New quasi-parish established for Latin mass

A new quasi-parish for Catholics interested in the traditional Latin Mass has been established in Philadelphia by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

A quasi-parish is the equivalent of a parish under canon law, with some exceptions. It can later become a parish at the discretion of the local bishop.

“In response to a growing interest, it has become timely to provide additional pastoral care for those wishing to participate in Divine Worship in the Extraordinary Form,” Chaput says.

The archbishop made his decision after consulting with local pastors, local priests who celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and the archdiocese’s Council of Priests.

From 1 August, the former St Mary parish in Conshohocken (which has been merged with another parish) will be handed to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP).

The FSSP is an international fraternity of priests who celebrate exclusively according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (sometimes known as the traditional or Tridentine Latin Mass).

“While it remains to be seen if this community will flourish so as to become a [permanent] parish, the establishment of a quasi-parish to provide this spiritual care appears to be most fitting at this time,” he added.

This year, the Vatican allowed the FSSP to celebrate Holy Week liturgy according to the pre-1955 rubrics.













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