Sunday, May 3, 2015

To the Traditional Latin Mass Community of Philadelphia

From the Rev. Fr. Harold B. McKale
May 3, 2015

I have what I believe is good news to share with you today. As I stated back in July when I took over the administrative responsibilities from Fr. Ron Check, I mentioned how important the Latin Mass is to me and that I would do everything in my power to promote and strengthen its presence for you in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Back in July 2014, Fr. Check was considering a move. I also believe that it is in our best interest for a variety of reasons such as an ability to use all liturgical options, improve parking availability and have access to facilities for social and other events before or after Mass.

It pleases me to announce that a new home has been found for us. Now no place is perfect, and each has its positive aspects as well as challenges.

It is my firm belief that this move is in the best interest of our long-term growth, so I offer the negatives first then the positives: - First, our new home does not have a pipe organ; it has an Allen organ; nonetheless, our Music Director, Steven Ball assures me that he can still provide the level of music to which we are all accustomed. - Secondly, the sanctuary has been changed in the wake of Vatican II; nonetheless, the altar is very beautiful; it is marble and has a praedella for the priest, and has a very workable sanctuary.

On the positive side: - We would have the ability to make full use of the liturgical options provided by the Church. - The church has its own parking lot. - Like Holy Trinity, the church is very fine looking inside and out. It was once known as the Cathedral of South Philadelphia. There is an area which we can utilize for socials and other events.

Here is the plan: I have already spoken to Msgr. DiGirolamo, thanking him for his gracious hospitality these past two years. It is my intention to send out postcards to anyone for whom I have an address as well as an e-mail.

Our last Mass at Holy Trinity will be Sunday, May 31. We will be moving that week, which I leave to John Lilley to coordinate and I am certain he will need your assistance.

On Sunday, June 7, the Feast of the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I hope you will join us at St. Edmond Church at 21st & Snyder.  Fr. Bartoloma will have the privilege of offering our first Mass there. It is a worship site of St. Monica Parish; the pastor is Fr. Joseph Kelley, and he is very excited to receive us.

May God bless you.


  1. Urgent. Call or text 3027574835, or email, or write to carl.Moore.7792 on Facebook re g9od Friday and easter vigil. I have just seen that you no longer use 413 spruce street.

  2. Oops, that is 615 spruce st. for old location.