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Monday, August 02, 2004

The first home for the Archdiocese of Detroit's Indult Mass is....

St. Josaphat in downtown Detroit (the parish website has a tentative announcement here). The Archdiocese announced it in yesterday's Michigan Catholic newspaper. Looks like a beautiful choice, architecturally. And, given the sprawling nature of the archdiocese, it's actually a decent central location, with easy expressway access (I pass by it every week).

The first Mass is scheduled for 10am on October 3. Very tentatively, from the report.

Other apparent reason for the choice--it's a struggling parish otherwise. Only about 100 families are registered there, though apparently Detroit's Filipino community has been gravitating towards it. The current pastor has high hopes for the Mass.

Also, the Archdiocese has taken upon itself the task of training a "cadre" of priests to serve at the parish.

Unanswered questions: (1) the location of the other parish, (2) whether the other sacraments will be offered per the older rite (though the training of a number of priests suggests this is the case), and (3) whether the number of Masses will increase.

The only cautionary note? Apparently there will be a review of the situation in early 2005 to see how things are progressing.

Not surprising, given the fierce resistance to the grant of the indult in the first place.

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