Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saint Benedict's Announces the "Light of the World" Campaign

Saint Benedict's Chapel has announced the "Light of the World" campaign in order to complete construction of their new chapel. From their brochure:

Saint Benedict Chapel located in Chesapeake, Virginia is a mission of St. Gregory the Great Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Formally established on September 13, 1992, at the initiative of Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, St. Benedict Chapel is a fully functioning chapel that has, at its spiritual and liturgical center, the ongoing use of the traditional sacramental rites of the Roman Church. Our aim is to carry on the Church's mission to edify and sanctify the faithful of the parish by means of its specific sacramental apostolate, under the authority of the local bishop.

One of the first chapels in America to offer exclusively the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) and Sacraments approved by Pope John Paul II, it has seen tremendous growth over the years. The chapel has grown from January 2008 with 111 registered families to February 2009 with over 170 registered families. The current chapel has a normal seating capacity of 150; we are unable to comfortably and safely service its young, growing congregation. Moreover, many visitors have expressed their desire to register once a new, "less crowded" church building is available. When completed, the church will have seating for nearly 300 and a spacious sanctuary. We are most grateful to Bishop Francis DiLorenzo who granted permission to build. Construction began soon after in August 2008. The completion date is December 2009.

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the beauty and importance of the Tridentine Mass by issuing the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, a papal document encouraging and confirming the right of all Latin Rite priests to use this more ancient form of the Mass starting September 14, 2007. In reaffirming the essential place of the liturgy itself in the transmission of the faith, the Pope states that all priests may use the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. The Pope also encourages the use of all liturgical books in force in 1962. This text opens the whole Church to the treasures of these rites which presents many exciting opportunities for the future of the Catholic Church and the Richmond Diocese.
This is a worthy cause. Saint Benedict's Chapel is truly provides a traditional parish setting complete with orthodoxy and sound Catholic teachings, faithfulness to the Pope and Bishops and of course the Extraordinary Form of Liturgy. It is growing quickly as Catholics (and converts) rediscover their Catholic roots and traditions. And their are kids everywhere! Please consider giving. More can be found here: Light of the World

(New Liturgical Movement did a great piece on this chapel last November. Read about it here.)