St. Joseph's Oratory, Green Bay, WI

After we visited the Good Help Shrine, we went to Mass at St. Joseph's Oratory.  If you are only going by GPS, you might not find it.  The chapel is right on the grounds of the diocesan center.  Did I think it was weird that the only assignment of the Institute of Christ the King in the Diocese of Green Bay was right on the grounds of the diocesan center in a little modern chapel?  Yes.  I guess the close proximity in case they start heretic-ing up?  But it is definitely a blessing for the city and the diocese nonetheless.

Mass was good, they do well with the little they have in the chapel.  The choir was good, but ... nobody else in the congregation sings...  I'm used to singing the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei.  To my traditionalist readers, do you sing during Mass?  It would seem that a true intention of Vatican II was to encourage singing in Mass, even by the people.  Anywho, still a good experience.  Some large young families in attendance.

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3 comments:

  1. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass was celebrated here before the Institute of Christ the King arrived. I sang for a wedding here about 15 years ago and at the time it was a chapel and the resident priest who offered the Mass wasn't part of the Institute. He was a secular priest.

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  2. "It would seem that a true intention of Vatican II was to encourage singing in Mass, even by the people."

    It was St. Pius X, I think, who called for a return to Gregorian chant for this very reason. There is nothing wrong with the Mozart style mass settings, it just should not be the norm. People should be able to sing the Gloria, Credo, etc. at Mass with little aid; from memory after a little while. That said, there should never be a requirement to sing nor should the impression be given that one does not participate if one does not sing.

    In Christ,
    Edmonton, AB reader
    (former Badger State residence)

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  3. Anony of Edmonton is absolutely correct.

    The "low Mass" model is an aberration--a concession--rather than the norm, which is a SUNG Mass w/Chant so the people can sing.

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