Bp. Paprocki to celebrate Pontifical "Nellie Gray Mass" in DC

Bp. Paprocki at FSSP parish in Quincy, IL
via FatherZ
The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy, Washington, DC, is pleased to announce that the Third Annual Nellie Gray Mass will take place after the 42nd March for Life, Thursday, January 22, 2015.

The Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. in the Extraordinary Form (traditional Latin Mass) at St. Mary Mother of God Church at 5th and H Sts. NW in downtown Washington DC.

St. Mary’s was Nellie Gray’s place of worship at the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form, which she loved and held deeply related to her cause for the March for Life.

A pontifical Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at the faldstool by The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L., J.D., J.C.D., M.B.A., Bishop of Springfield in Illinois.  The Mass of The Holy Innocents will be said as a votive Mass for the unborn.

Assisting ministers will be Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Assistant Priest; Rev. Monsignor Charles Pope, Deacon (Pastor, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church, Archdiocese of Washington); and Rev. Paul Scalia, Subdeacon (Bishop’s Delegate for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington). [I believe Fr. Scalia is the son of SCOTUS Justice Scalia]
Glad to see this is happening.  I don't know what was going on behind the scenes but at least on the surface it appeared the Archdiocese of DC was shutting these down, well it seems perhaps still enforcing a ban at the National Basilica.


  1. As someone who formerly resided in the D. of Arlington, I can confirm that Rev Paul Scalia is indeed the son of SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia. Fr. Scalia has been celebrating the TLM/EF for several years - despite his youth.

  2. there is a ban on the EF at the Basilica? whaaaa?

    1. Only that it appears so, at least for the Paulus Institute sponsored events, I've seen nothing official. Details are in the linked article.


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