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Holy Family Church in Dayton becomes ‘Latin-only’ parish

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DAYTON DEANERY — Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has entrusted Holy Family Parish in Dayton to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) for celebration of the Catholic traditional Latin Mass and sacraments in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Father Mark Wojdelski is the new pastor of the parish, which offers two Sunday Masses, an 8 a.m. low Mass and a 10:30 a.m. high Mass, with weekday Masses offered at 7:15 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.

The archbishop’s action establishes the first “Latin-only” parish in southwest Ohio, and only the 13th such parish in the nation.

Offering Mass in the extraordinary form means that parishioners and attendees experience Mass as it was celebrated before the Second Vatican Council, with the tabernacle on the main altar, the priest facing God during Mass, and a rail at which Catholics receive Communion on the tongue. Only priests and deacons administer Communion, there are private confessions before Mass, prayer books are in Latin and English and music includes Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.
Persons wishing to be members of the parish must register with the pastor.

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