|Cathedral of St. Mary's Gaylord, MI|
Birth of Tradition
About this time last year I learned that the Diocese of Gaylord was providing a Latin Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. Through Divine providence my family was able to participate in praying the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St. Mary's while on Vacation in East Jordan, MI last summer. Previously we had attended Holy Mass at St. Mary's in downtown Charlevoix, but there seemed to be much disunity amongst the parishioners, the pastor at the time was being ostracized in the local paper for "turning back the clock" etc. etc. So sad! We considered the SSPX chapel in Mancelona but since the Diocese was allowing the TLM I felt we needed to show our support. Plus I was curious!
Last year we didn't know what to expect. Nothing was posted in the bulletin and if not for some personal correspondence with a blogger from northern Michigan I would have had no idea that Mass in the extraordinary form was being offered. Even when we pulled up to the Cathedral we had our doubts, Mass schedules were clearly listed on the sign out front, but absent was any mention of a Latin Mass. We pulled up to the front of the church and found only 1 or 2 other cars parked out front. The doors to the main sanctuary were open but the lights were off and nobody was inside. I left my family in the car as I ventured inside for a better look. If not for the custodian I probably would have just gone home, but I asked him whether or not the 3pm Latin Mass was to take place and he directed me to the chapel!
So I gathered my family and we made our way through the dimly lit main sanctuary to a little chapel along the back side of the church. As we entered we were greeted by about 20 or 30 people occupying a rather well furnished chapel. Three sections of full sized pews, a respectable altar, miniature organ, and of course - tabernacle were all present. The tabernacle looks like something straight out of the 70's, I couldn't help but wonder why the tabernacle sits behind the glass of the chapel rather than within the center of the main sanctuary, but this church is a modern design so what else is new right?
|Chapel containing the Blessed Sacrament - St. Mary's Cathedral in Gaylord, MI (Novus Ordo Mass)|