The life of our Lancaster Latin Mass Community continues to grow through organizations that enrich parish family life by providing opportunities to serve our parish, to grow stronger in our faith, and to get to know each other. We invite you to be a part of these ministries and groups.
Altar Linen Care
Volunteers launder and iron smaller linens (purificators and corporals) weekly on a rotating basis. If you are able to help clean altar linens for our Latin Mass, please contact Mary Ellen Gardner in the parish rectory at (717) 397-6921.
Our choir is open to members 14 yrs. and older in all sections with an ability to sing and a willingness to commit to sing Sundays and attend Wednesday evening rehearsals. If you have an interest or know of someone who is interested in singing, please consider the Traditional Latin Mass choir. Just drop the choir director a line–Philip Crnkovich (email@example.com).
All our singing is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.
“To the greater glory of God”
Sts. Gregory and Cecilia pray for us.
Te Deum Laudamus Schola
The Te Deum Laudamus Schola* was formed in the Spring of 1994 with the purpose of preserving and fostering the Church’s great treasury of sacred music particularly Gregorian Chant. The six men who comprised the original group sang in many of the parishes in the Lancaster area while occasionally venturing outside the diocese. The Sunday Latin Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore was often a favorite venue. Over a ten-year span the Te Deum singers sang at over one hundred liturgical and non-liturgical events.
Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum changed the focus of the group as Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) became more accessible. The Te Deum Laudamus singers sang for the inaugural Traditional Latin Masses at St. Lawrence chapel in 2007 and St. Anthony’s church in 2008. For a time the group provided the Mass propers from the Liber Usualis while the TLM was celebrated at St. Anthony’s church in Lancaster City’s East End. Attrition and age has lessened the liturgical role of the group in recent years, but a new effort is about to begin to reboot the schola. Men interested in this effort should contact Philip Crnkovich.
* “We praise Thee O God” Opening words of the hymn of praise from the Divine Office
KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR
Holy Trinity Chapter
Our Knights of the Altar Chapter, Most Holy Trinity #20094, was established on April 22, 2018. The chapter is open to boys, ages 6 and up. Our youngest servers may serve as torchbearers at High Mass and then gradually learn more roles as they get older. For more information, please contact Joseph Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Michael’s Guard
– Latin Mass Contingent –
St. Michael’s Guard, “[an] ecclesiastical movement of men who provide the highest level of discipline, reverence, and humility serving at the Lord’s Holy Altar, with fervent study and practice of the rites of the Roman Catholic Church,” has established a new Latin Mass Only Contingent. Membership is open to men ages 18 and older. If you are interested in joining, please contact Joseph Cunningham at email@example.com.
Traditional Catholic Men’s Group
Traditional Catholic Men’s Group meets the third Friday of each month at a different gentleman’s home to share a recorded homily followed by discussion. To learn more, please contact Chris Sloane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacristans arrange the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things necessary for Holy Mass. Our sacristans serve weekly on a rotating basis. To volunteer, please contact James Barbour at email@example.com.
Pictures courtesy of Steve Shope
Ushers greet parishioners coming to Mass, collect offerings, pass out weekly bulletins, help with parking for special events, and straighten the church after Mass. They also carry out other duties before and during Mass. To volunteer, please contact our head usher, Jim Clavin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adults Group
Our young adults group is open to those ages 18 to 35 and seeks to serve both social and spiritual needs of its members. We meet every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. for a Holy Hour in the adoration chapel followed by a social with food and drinks next door. Every second Wednesday of the month there is a designated topic for discussion. For more information, please contact our Young Adults Group Coordinators, Christin Miller, at email@example.com or (704) 425-4177; or Patrick Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 823-3481.