New Hampshire
Una Voce is an international federation of associations 
dedicated to preserving, restoring and promoting the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal of Blessed John XXIII
     In Support of the Traditional Latin Mass

 Missal Romanum

JUNE: Saints Feasts

21  St. Aloysius Gongzaga - 3rd class

22  St. Paulinus of Nola - 3rd class

23  Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist -
       2nd class

24  Nativity of St. John the Baptist - 1st class

25  St. William - 3rd class

26  6th Sunday after Pentecost - 2nd class

27  Feria - 4th class
       or Our Lady of Perpetual Help - 4th class

28  Vigil of Sts. Peter & Paul - 2nd class

29  Sts. Peter & Paul - 1st class

30  Commemoration of St. Paul - 3rd class


Next TLM's in
New Hampshire and Northern MA:

Sunday, July 7, 
St. John the Baptist Church

Suncook, NH
Sung High Missa Cantata:          11:30 AM 

Sunday, July 10, 2016
t. Patrick Church
Nashua,  NH
Sung High Missa Cantata:          12:00 Noon 

Every Saturday
St. Benedict Center Church

Still River, Harvard, MA
Low Mass:                  7:30AM and 11:00AM 
Sung High Missa Cantata:              9:15 AM

Every Sunday
St. Benedict Center
Richmond, NH
Low Mass:                                       2:00PM

St. Adelaide's Church
Peabody, MA
Sung High Mass every Sunday:
Sung High 
Missa Cantata:                 1:00 PM

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes
Newton, MA 
Sung High Missa Cantata:            10:30 AM

  5th Sunday after

Dear Friends:

If this is your first time visiting Una Voce NH, welcome. The Mission of Una Voce NH is to promote the spread of the offering of the Traditional Latin Mass(TLM) in New Hampshire. As the official voice of Una Voce International in New Hampshire, our goal is to unite traditional Catholics  throughout the state in a network to support and promote the celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Blessed John XXIII. The TLM is now available in NH for  the first time in almost 40 years. 

In neighboring Northern Mass.,
the TLM is also growing. We need your help. Volunteer your efforts or donate to our cause!!! 

Thank you...and may God Bless you!!! 

Bill St. Laurent
Una Voce New Hampshire
Telephone    603-436-1378     


Traditional Latin Mass

Sung High Missa Cantata

7th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, July 3, 2016

St. John the Baptist Church 
 Suncook, NH
Low Mass with Hymns
8th Sunday after Pentecost
, July10, 2016

St Patrick Church
Nashua, NH 

The Immaculate Heart of Mary 

Founded/Restored the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Patrick's, Nashua:

                      St. Patrick's Church, Nashua
     5th Anniversary Low Requiem Mass
                         with Hymns 

                               Fr. Martin Kelly
               Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00PM

                               Requiescant in Pacem
                                               5th Anniversary


  As announced at his Funeral, Fr. Kelly requested that the Traditional French Hymn,
         J'irai la Voir un Jour  be sung at his funeral as a tribute to his "two" Mothers.


NASHUA - The Rev. Martin T. Kelly, 66, pastor of St. Patrick Church, died June 21, 2011. He was born on Dec. 22, 1944, in Nashua, to Martin M. and Cecile (Dumont) Kelly. He attended the former Sacred Heart School of St. Patrick Church and graduated from Nashua High School in 1962. Father Kelly studied at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester and at Tufts University in Boston, earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in classics. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

The Rev. Kelly was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 3, 1989, by the Most Rev. Odore J. Gendron, D.D., seventh bishop of Manchester, at St. Patrick Church. He was assigned as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Milford in June 1989 and then as associate pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Plaistow in June 1991. Family includes his brother and sister-in-law, John D. and Diane D. Kelly of Enfield; a niece, Sarah Kelly; two nephews, Kieran and Brendan Kelly; and several cousins. .

 IN HIS LIFE: In June 1992, Father Kelly was assigned as associate pastor of St. Patrick Church, returning to his home parish where he was baptized, received his first Eucharist and was confirmed. In June 1997, Bishop Leo E. O'Neil appointed Father Kelly as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Nashua, where he served faithfully until his death.

Father Kelly was a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. Prior to his ordination, Father Kelly was a teacher with the Nashua school system, where he taught Latin at Nashua High School.

Remembering Fr. Kelly:
Fr. Kelly offers the 1st Latin Mass in the Manchester Diocese in almost 40 years on September 16, 2007

Above: St. Patrick's filled to capacity for 1st Latin Mass

Above: Fr. Kelly offers the 1st Traditional Latin Mass in a generation

Cardinal Sarah calls for Ad Orientum Worship as the Norm in the Mass
Below is a translation of a recent interview with His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in which he advocates a general return to worship ad orientem. The interview was originally published online by French journal Famille Chrétienne; the translation linked above by Christine Broesamle was published on Monday the website of the National Catholic Register.

I would recommend also a blog article written by Christ Carstens, the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin, in which he comments on why this call is so important. (h/t Adam Bartlett of Illuminare Publications).

I have nothing to add myself except, if only this would happen...

Cardinal Sarah: ‘How to Put God Back at the Center of the Liturgy’

Translation of an interview with the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, published by the French magazine Famille Chretienne.


Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

  – Wikipedia/François-Régis Salefran/CC BY-SA 4.0

Editor’s Note: The French magazine Famille Chretienne published an online interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea on May 23. The following is a Register-commissioned translation from the original French.


Cardinal Robert Sarah
, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, calls us to a serious reflection on the Eucharist. He also invites priests and the faithful to turn and “orient” themselves towards the East, “the Orient” — that is, to Christ.

Several weeks ago, you discussed a desire to see “The Sacrament of Sacraments put back in the central place,” that is, the Eucharist. What is your reasoning?

I wish to engage a serious consideration on this question, with the goal of placing the Eucharist back at the center of our lives. I have witnessed that, very often, our liturgies have become like theater productions. Often, the priest no longer celebrates the love of Christ through his sacrifice, but just a meeting among friends, a friendly meal, a brotherly moment. In looking to invent creative or festive liturgies, we run the risk of worship that is too human, at the level of our desires and the fashions of the moment. Little by little, the faithful are separated from that which gives life. For Christians, the Eucharist is a question of life and death! 

How can we put God at the center?

The liturgy is the door to our union with God. If the Eucharistic celebrations are transformed into human self-celebrations, the peril is immense, because God disappears. One must begin by replacing God at the center of the liturgy. If man is at the center, the Church becomes a purely human society, a simple nonprofit, like Pope Francis has said. If, on the contrary, God is at the heart of the liturgy, then the Church recovers its vigor and sap! Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger prophetically wrote, “In our relationship with the liturgy, the destiny of the faith and of the Church plays out.”

What remedy do you recommend to us?

The recognition of the liturgy as the work of God implies a true conversion of the heart. The Second Vatican Council insisted on a major point: In this domain, the importance is not what we do, but what God does. No human work can ever accomplish what we find at the heart of the Mass: the sacrifice of the cross.

The liturgy permits us to go out past the walls of this world. To find the sacredness and the beauty of the liturgy requires, therefore, a work of formation for the laity, the priests and the bishops. It is an interior conversion.

To put God at the center of the liturgy, one must have silence: this capacity to silence ourselves [literally: “shut up”] to listen to God and his word. I believe that we don’t meet God except in the silence and the deepening of his word in the depths of our heart.

 How do we do this concretely?

To convert is to turn towards God. I am profoundly convinced that our bodies must participate in this conversion. The best way is certainly to celebrate — priests and faithful — turned together in the same direction: toward the Lord who comes. It isn’t, as one hears sometimes, to celebrate with the back turned toward the faithful or facing them. That isn’t the problem. It’s to turn together toward the apse, which symbolizes the East, where the cross of the risen Lord is enthroned.

By this manner of celebrating, we experience, even in our bodies, the primacy of God and of adoration. We understand that the liturgy is first our participation at the perfect sacrifice of the cross. I have personally had this experience: In celebrating thus, with the priest at its head, the assembly is almost physically drawn up by the mystery of the cross at the moment of the elevation. 

But is this way of celebrating the Mass authorized?

It is legitimate and conforms to the letter and the spirit of the Council. In my capacity as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I continue to remind all that the celebration toward the East (versus orientem) is authorized by the rubrics of the missal, which specify the moments when the celebrant must turn toward the people. A particular authorization is, therefore, not needed to celebrate Mass facing the Lord. Thus, in an article published by LOsservatore Romano June 12, 2015, I proposed that the priests and the faithful turn toward the East at least during the Penitential Rite, during the singing of the Gloria, during the Propers and during the Eucharistic Prayer.

In the minds of many, the change of the orientation of the altar is tied to Vatican II. Is this accurate?

More than 50 years after the closure of Vatican II, it becomes urgent that we read these texts! The Council never required the celebration facing the people! This question is not even brought up by the Constitution [on Sacred Liturgy], Sacrosanctum Concilium. ... What’s more, the Council Fathers wanted to emphasize the necessity for all to enter into participation of the celebrated mystery. In the years that have followed Vatican II, the Church has searched for the means of putting this intuition into practice.

Thus, to celebrate facing the people became a possibility, but not an obligation. The Liturgy of the Word justifies the face-to-face [orientation] of the lector and the listeners, the dialogue and the teaching between the priest and his people. But from the moment that we begin to address God — starting with the Offertory — it is essential that the priest and the faithful turn together toward the East. This corresponds completely with that which was willed by the Council Fathers.

I believe that we need to review the Council text. Certain adaptations to the local culture have probably not been fully developed enough. I have the translation of the Roman Missal in mind. In certain countries, important elements have been suppressed, notably the moment of the Offertory. In French, the translation of the Orate fratres has been truncated. The priest must say, “Pray my brothers that my sacrifice which is also yours would be agreeable to God the almighty Father.” And the faithful should respond: “May the Lord receive from your hands this sacrifice for the praise and the glory of his Name, for our good and that of all his Holy Church.” [Translator’s note: In French, currently the people respond: “For the glory of God and the salvation of the world.”] At the audience which the Pope granted me on Saturday, April 2, he confirmed that the new translation of the Roman Missal must imperatively respect the Latin text.

 What do you think about the participation of the faithful?

The participation of the faithful is primary. It consists, first of all, of allowing ourselves to be led to follow Christ in the mystery of his death and of his resurrection. “One doesn’t go to Mass to attend a representation. One goes to participate in the mystery of God,” Pope Francis reminded us very recently. The orientation of the assembly toward the Lord is a simple and concrete means to encourage a true participation for all at the liturgy. 

The participation of the faithful, therefore, would not be understood as a necessity to “do something.” On this point, we have deformed the teaching of the Council. On the contrary, it is to allow Christ to take us and associate us with his sacrifice. Only a view tempered in a contemplative faith keeps us from reducing the liturgy to a theater show where each has a role to play. The Eucharist makes us enter in the prayer of Jesus and in his sacrifice, because he alone knows how to adore in spirit and in truth.

 What significance does the Church give to this question of orientation?

To begin with, we are not the only ones to pray “oriented,” that is, facing the East. The Jewish Temple and the synagogues were always facing East. In regaining this orientation, we can return to our origins. I note also that some non-Christians, the Muslims in particular, pray facing the East.

For us, the light is Jesus Christ. All the Church is oriented, facing East, toward Christ: ad Dominum. A Church closed in on herself in a circle will have lost her reason for being. For to be herself, the Church must live facing God. Our point of reference is the Lord! We know that he has been with us and that he returned to the Father from the Mount of Olives, situated to the East of Jerusalem, and that he will return in the same way. To stay turned toward the Lord, it is to wait for him every day. One must not allow God reason to complain constantly against us: “They turn their backs toward me, instead of turning their faces!” (Jeremiah 2:27).

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-sarah-how-to-put-god-back-at-the-center-of-the-liturgy/#ixzz4CAig1tf7

Ugly Churches Win Awards

The website of the Italian Episcopal Conference’s newspaper Avvenire reported Wednesday on the winners of the 6th edition of the International “Frate Sole” prize for sacred architecture. I would normally ignore an item like this when it pops up, as it did, on my Facebook feed, but for the grossly inappropriate headline, “Here Are The New Most Beautiful Churches in the World.” Tourism accounts for around 10% of Italy’s economy, which is the 8th largest in the world; the nation received over 57 million foreign visitors in 2013, while every holiday season, millions of Italians travel within their own country to visit what they call the “Città d’arte – Art cities.” (This classically Italian expression means both cities that are full of art, but also cities that are in and of themselves works of art.) One cannot help but ask, What kinds of churches, and what kind of beauty, do the editors of Avvenire imagine these people are coming to their country to see?

This photograph of the 3rd prize winner highlights the problem perfectly; at first glance, most people would probably assume that the building in the background was the church, and the one in the foreground a train station, or perhaps a library dedicated to the works of really depressing philosophers.

(photograph from Wikimedia Commons by RobKohl)

Unfortunately, the one in the foreground is the Propsteikirche (Provost’s Church) of the Holy Trinity in Leipzig, Germany; the only thing to indicate this architecturally is the cross on the bell tower, which looks a great deal like the clock tower of the train station in my home town of Providence, R.I. The building in the background is the early 20th century city hall.

Things don’t get any better inside.

(photograph from Wikimedia Commons by Martin Geisler)

And then there’s the first prize-winner, the Iglesia de Iesu (it is apparently officially spelled that way, according to the Greek, for no discernible reason) in San Sebastián in northern Spain. Here we will start with the sanctuary, featuring a retable that is completely blank. (closer view - photos from Wikipedia by Simoncio)

‘Charles,’ said Cordelia, ‘Modern Art is all bosh, isn’t it?’ ‘Great bosh.’

The tabernacle

Just over three years ago, I noted a critique of this style of church design from no less a personage than Dr Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museum, which applies here just as much as it does to the modern churches in the periphery of Rome about which they were originally said: ”They look like warehouses. ... Spaces that do not invite (us) to meditation, devoid of the sense of the sacred, without a breath of mystery or religion.”

The problem here is that the title of this article is not just true in the immediate sense, a way of saying in the classic style of newspaper headlines that specific ugly churches have just won awards. It is also true aphoristically; ugly churches win architectural awards all the time, because they are designed to win awards, not to serve as the House of God and the home of His people.

To cleanse the palate, here’s a photo of the Greek Orthodox church in Venice, San Giorgio dei Greci, recently taken by our Ambrosian correspondent Nicola de’ Grandi. Not designed to win awards.

Turn towards the Lord!

The esteemed scholar and liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing that happened in the wake of the Council was the shifting around of orientation at the altar.   In The Spirit of the LiturgyJoseph Ratzinger picked up on Gamber’s work and wrote his own exceptional explanation of the significance of ad orientem worship.  He advocated a return to ad orientem worship, but in a way that was peaceful, not like a abrupt way that changes had been imposed on the people of God – changes never called for by the Council Fathers – virtual overnight and without explanations.  As a transitional phase, Ratzinger suggested what has come to be known as the “Benedictine Arrangement” of  candles and crucifix on the altar.  My friend Fr. Lang has a helpful book about Turning Towards the Lord.  Over the last few year a growing number of priests (sometimes with the help of, sometimes with the interference of bishops) have been taking their parishes to ad orientem worship.  I know one parish where this was implemented, along with the installation of an altar rail.  Now, there, virtually everyone kneels to receive Communion on the tongue, parish registrations are up, and the average age of the congregation is plummeting.

Our re-orientation of our liturgical worship of God is of central importance for the revitalization of our Catholic identity.

The revitalization of our Catholic identity – and therefore our ability to influence the world around us – is only possible through a renewal of our liturgical worship.  No great undertaking we enter into as a Church (macro or micro) will succeed without it being rooted in proper sacred liturgy, whence comes what we need to initiate and sustain all our good efforts which are pleasing to God.

Recently His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah drew attention to ad orientem worship in aninterview with French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne.

Picking up on that interview, and the fact in Providence, RI there is a parish where Mass is said ad orientem, the diocesan newspaper of the same Providence has an article that features comments of my friend Fr. Jay Finelli.  HERE

A snip:

“We’re worshipping with the people in a common orientation,” he said. “We’re going toward the Lord.”

Initial reactions to the changes at Holy Ghost were mixed, but Father Finelli said parishioners have come to enjoy the practice. More importantly, he said, returning to their liturgical roots has benefitted the parish spiritually.

“In the beginning a few people had difficulties,” he said. “But now it seems to have led to a — how can I express this — a deep spirituality. There’s more of a reverence, there’s more of a prayerfulness on behalf of the whole congregation.”

Father Finelli said the practice is also beneficial for priests, who are reminded of their role in the liturgy by facing God as the people do.

“It shows us that we, the priests, aren’t the focus,” he said. “We’re not important. We’re just a vessel of the Lord being used by him for the people.”

Though he said he thinks the celebration of the liturgy ad orientem could be practiced in any parish, Father Finelli advised priests considering it to thoroughly teach the meaning behind the practice before instituting any changes. He believes that much of the discomfort with changes following the Second Vatican Council as well as discomfort with the return of pre-Vatican II practices in recent years stem from a lack of education.

“After the Second Vatican Council, there was no discussion and it caused a lot of anger, pain and hurt,” he said. “But if we teach the people as we should — why are we doing this, why is this important — of course some might not like it in the beginning, but eventually I think it really sinks in.”

Fathers! Get on this!

Dominican Rite Masses in Ohio for the Order's 800th Anniversary Celebrations

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order, St Dominic’s Church in Youngstown, Ohio, will celebrate a special series of Masses in the traditional Dominican rite.

July 1: Feast of the Precious Blood (Low Mass)
July 22: Feast of Mary Magdalene (Sung Mass)
August 19: Votive Mass of St. Dominic (Solemn High Mass)

There will be lessons by the friars explaining the history and the significance of the rite before each Mass, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the Mass itself 7:15 p.m. For more information, see the poster below, and visit the parish’s website, www.saintdominic.org.

Events: ICRSS Ordinations - July 7, 2016 - 11 new priests

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will have 11 deacons ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on July 7th by the hands of H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke at the Institute church of Sts. Michaele and Gaetano in Florence, Italy. They are the following:

1. Deacon Heitor MATHEUS
2. Deacon Cyprien PARANT
3. Deacon Cosme MONTJEAN
4. Deacon Erwan WAGNER
5. Deacon Erwan JOSSEAUME
6. Deacon Grégoire de GUILLEBON
7. Deacon David SILVEY
8. Deacon Florian BRAUN
9. Deacon Joseph de PONCHARRA
10. Deacon Martial PINOTEAU
11. Deacon John O’CONNOR

In addition to the priests ordained, 8 sub-deacons and 7 deacons ordained this July.

There's "That's wrong!" and then there's...this....

Someone ought to have a few words with this … fellow.

From a reader…


I hope that this isn’t really a photo of Mass.  Maybe it’s some, I dunno, bible church group doing their thing.   But I fear that it is what it looks like it is.

SSPX reaches a new milestone: 600 priests

Rorate Caeli Blog

Una Voce NH note - The SSPX is separated from and not currently regularized with or  in union with the Roman Catholic Church.

On this feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the (almost former) seminary of Winona, in Minnesota, the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX / FSSPX) reaches a new milestone. With the priestly ordination of 7 deacons (6 Americans and one Briton), the Society will now have 600 priests.

Let us pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that justice be done regarding the final regularization of this majestic work of God, so that even more thousands of Catholics may benefit from it.

Sancte Pie Decime, ora pro nobis!

Letter from the President of Una Voce NH to Bishop Libasci:
  Thank You, Bishop Libasci!

Thank you Bishop Labasci for the most wonderful gift you could ever give to the parishioners of this wonderful diocese.

The gift of a dedicated celebration of the Tridentine Latin Rite Mass entrusted to members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter {FSSP}, will fulfill the prayers of many parishioners of our diocese.

...Thank you for your service to our diocese and GOD BLESS what you have given to us with the Tridentine Rite Mass.
With Love and Affection from a grateful community,

Bill St. Laurent, President
253 Colonial Dr.
Portsmouth NH 03801
   Memorial Day Reflections: Requiescant in Pace  

                  The Soldier's Prayer
                    The Soldier’s Prayer, from the belongings of Corporal James Byron, 
                                               which were returned to his mother.



SSPX Reconciliation. I Think it might happen.

I have said for years that the SSPX could be reconciled without all sorts of doctrinal declarations about points in Vatican II documents.

I see this at the NCRegister:

Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council Teachings

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council’s declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism.

In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenzthe prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that if one “wants to be fully Catholic, one must recognize the Pope and the Second Vatican Council.”

Cardinal Müller said he expects a recognition of all the Council declarations that deal with these issues, according to the interview, reported on the Austrian Catholic website, Kathpress, May 24.

His comments come after reports that the Society of St. Pius X, which continues to oppose key teachings of the Second Vatican Council regarding ecumenism, freedom of religion and aspects of liturgical reform, may be close to being recognized by the Holy See.


I am hearing things in the background.

Friends… I think this is going to happen.

Pope Francis speaks: "The Society of St. Pius X are Catholics on the path to full communion."

From Rorate Caeli Blog

[UPDATED BELOW] Pope Francis granted an extensive interview to Guillaume Goubert, the director, and Sébastien Maillard, the Rome correspondent of the semi-official daily of the French Bishops, La Croix, on May 9. The interview (including videos) has been published today, and included the following very relevant excerpt:

    La Croix: You received, on the past April 1st, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X. Is the reintegration of the Lefebvrists in the Church once again being considered?

    Pope Francis: In Buenos Aires, I always spoke with them. They saluted me, they asked for [my] blessing on their knees. They consider themselves Catholic. They love the Church. Bp. Fellay is a man with whom we can dialogue. It is not the case of other somewhat strange elements, such as Bp. Williamson, or others who have radicalized. I think, as I had expressed in Argentina, that they are Catholics on the path to full communion. During this Year of Mercy, it seemed that I should authorize their confessors to pardon the sin of abortion.[*] They thanked me for this gesture. Before that, Benedict XVI, whom they respect greatly, had liberalized the Mass according to the Tridentine Rite. We dialogue well, we do a good work.

    Would you be ready to grant them a status of personal prelature?

    Pope Francis: It would be a possible solution, but, before, a fundamental agreement should be established with them. The Second Vatican Council has its value. We move forward slowly, with patience.

UPDATE (May 17, 8 AM): La Croix has released this Tuesday their English translation of the full interview.

Fraternity to Begin New Apostate in the Diocese of Manchester, NH

Bp. Peter A. Libasci, Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire

Most Rev. Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is pleased to announce that the Most Reverend Peter A. Labasci, Bishop of Manchester, has invited the FSSP into the diocese in order to administer the parish of St. Stanislaus in Nashua, New Hampshire.  His Excellency noted:

“Since coming here in 2011, I have heard from many Catholics who have a deep affection for the traditional liturgical forms of the pre-Vatican II era. Consistent with that desire, I am happy to announce the opening of this parish, dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as suggested by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, issued Motu Proprio in 2007.”

The Fraternity is grateful to Bishop Labasci for this opportunity, and look forward to providing for the spiritual needs of the Diocese by means of the traditional Roman Sacraments.

Please, in your kindness, keep the Fraternity and the parishioners of St. Stanislaus in your prayers as the apostolate begins in early August of 2016.

New Apostolate in the Diocese of Manchester - St. Stanislaus in Nashua

Recent Public appearance:
Pope Emeritas Benedict XVI !
Recent image of the Pope Emeritus in a concert offered for his birthday (April 2016)

FSSP News:
New Apostolate in Pennsylvania at St. Stephen's Church

 A press release from the North American District of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter:

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is pleased to announce the opening of a new apostolate in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Fraternity will take over the administration of St. Stephen of Hungary parish on July 1, 2016.

The announcement that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will be assuming pastoral responsibility for St. Stephen was made at the parish on the Feast of Pentecost, May 15, 2016, prior to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The members of the parish are very excited to welcome the FSSP to their parish, and are deeply thankful for the priests of the Diocese of Allentown who have offered the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Stephen’s over the years, as well as all those who have prayed and sacrificed for the FSSP to be invited into the diocese.

The Fraternity is grateful to the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, and his priestly assistants of the chancery for this opportunity.

Congratulations to the FSSP and to the local parishioners! And thanks to Bishop Barres!

(We thank local readers D, J, and L, who had sent us the news days ago.)

Manchester Diocese announces:
FSSP coming to
 Nashua, New Hampshire!

Latin Tridentine Mass and all Sacraments to be offered exclusively in the  Extraordinary Form: Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals

UnaVoce NH

May 20, 2016                                                                            OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION





Staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, the reopened parish will be

dedicated to the celebration of the Latin Mass


            (MANCHESTER, NH) – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today that the Diocese of Manchester will soon be blessed with the opening of a new parish dedicated to the celebration of the Tridentine Rite Mass, when the former Saint Stanislaus church in Nashua will reopen. The new parish will be entrusted to the members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). While a pastor for the new parish has not yet been named, current plans call for the celebration of the first Mass in early August.

            “Since coming here in 2011, I have heard from many Catholics who have a deep affection for the traditional liturgical forms of the pre-Vatican II era,” said Bishop Libasci. “Consistent with that desire I am happy to announce the opening of this parish, dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as suggested by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, issued Motu Proprio in 2007.”

            Saint Stanislaus parish, established in 1908 to serve the Polish community of Nashua, was unified with Saint Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish in 2002. The church has remained in use since then as a Eucharistic adoration chapel. Since 1999 it has also been the home of the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. The pantry, with its many dedicated volunteers, will continue to offer its valuable services and programs that serve those who are in need in the greater Nashua area.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of more than 264,000 Catholics.  For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org.

Front page story From the Nashua Telegraph:

                  Interior of St. Stanislaus Church in Nashua, NH


Catholic Diocese to reopen city church

Staff Writer

NASHUA - The Catholic Diocese of Manchester plans to reopen the former St. Stanislaus Parish in Nashua as a separate parish in which Masses and the entire life of the parish will follow the traditional Latin rite liturgy, church officials said Thursday.

This is the first time the diocese, which encompasses all of New Hampshire, will open a new parish in at least 15 years - an era marked by many parish mergers, a high-ranking church official said. It is also the first church-sanctioned parish to open in New England that will be dedicated solely to the traditional liturgy that was in force in 1962 prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the church official said.

The Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance, which provides food and financial assistance to thousands of Nashua families and leases space in the basement of the church building at 43 Franklin St., will not close as a result of the move, diocesan officials stressed. It is currently not known, however, if the food pantry will relocate to another site in the city, they said.

"I can definitely say it is not going to close," diocesan spokesman Thomas Bebbington said.

Bishop Peter Libasci, Bebbington said, "recognizes the essential ministry of the food pantry ... to Nashua and surrounding towns. It is not the intention of the diocese or the bishop to bring an end to that important or needed work."

The diocese intends to reopen St. Stanislaus Parish in August and staff it with a Roman Catholic priest from the Priestly Society of St. Peter, Bebbington said. The clerical society is in full communion with the Roman Catholic church, whose priests are trained in the Latin rite, or Tridentine, tradition and sent to serve in parishes in the United States and the world, he added.

The parish initially will be staffed by one priest and a second is expected to arrive about a year later, he said.

Libasci is opening the parish in response to Catholics who have requested it, according to Bebbington.

"He's heard fairly consistently from a lot of Catholics around the state that they have a deep affection for the traditional - the pre-Vatican II era - Mass," he said. "He has been looking for some way to fulfill that need."

St. Patrick Parish in Nashua and St. John the Baptist Parish in Suncook currently are the only two that offer Latin Masses. But the Masses are only celebrated in Latin once a month. They will continue to offer the monthly Latin Masses, the church official said.

Unlike traditional parishes that serve specific geographical areas, this new parish will be formed as a "personal parish" that will not be confined by territorial boundaries, but will serve a specific population that wants to participate in the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, Bebbington said. Not only will the Mass be celebrated in Latin, but baptisms, weddings, funerals and other sacraments will follow the Latin rite, he said.

As a personal parish, it would be similar to the national parishes formed in the 19th century specifically to serve ethnic groups and offer Masses in their native languages, Bebbington said.

St. Stanislaus Parish, which was set up to serve Polish-speaking Catholics, closed in 2002 and merged with St. Aloysius de Gonzaga Parish. Since then, the church no longer operated as a parish, but remained open as a chapel for Eucharistic Adoration.

The Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance is a nonprofit organization incorporated by the diocese in 1998, executive director Kay Golden said. It operates in the church basement in space it leases from St. Aloysius de Gonzaga Parish, she said.

The food bank served 5,315 families in 2014, 4,533 families in 2015, and, as of April this year, served 1,728 families, Golden said. The organization also provides financial assistance to many Nashua families.

Ernest Belanger, who is president of the Corpus Christi board of directors, said the board is working with the diocese to locate another space to move to.

"The diocese does not want us to close the pantry and we don't want to close the pantry," Belanger said.

"We certainly don't want people to think that we're closing, because that would really hurt us a lot," he added.

Bebbington said the diocese is beginning to look for space that can incorporate the food pantry. Belanger said it is possible the food pantry can remain at the church for a while even after it reopens as a new parish.

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