May 2, 2016

New to the Latin Mass?

Welcome to Saint Damien of Molokai Parish; if you have never been to an Extraordinary Form Mass this page is for you.

St. Damien Parish is an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, in Latin: Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri, or FSSP for short.  You can find out more about the FSSP by visiting https://fssp.com/.  The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is dedicated to providing Catholics with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass with the bishops permission.   The Extraordinary Form, frequent call the “Latin Mass,” is the ancient liturgy of the Church going back many many centuries.  This liturgy is different from the standard Catholic parish Mass, not only in the language used, but also in the words that the priest says, in the gestures which the priest makes as he says Mass, in the calendar of feasts, in the music and in many other areas.   We invite you to come and pray the Mass of the ages.

If you have never been to a Latin Mass before, you will be surprised at how different it is and how beautiful and awe inspiringly rich it is.  This liturgy is filled with silent reverence allowing the soul to drink in the reality of what is before Him.  As Jesus often called his Apostles apart from the crowds to have a time apart with Him, so the Mass is a place where the soul can be apart from the noise of the world, silent with God, and in that silence to know Him in a personal and intimate way.

The focus of the Mass must always be on our Eucharistic Lord and the priest faces the altar and the tabernacle before him for most of the Mass in order to center himself upon the reality of what is happening, on our Lord and the unbloody Sacrifice on the altar.

You will be able to follow the Mass easily by using the red Latin-English missals found in the foyer, and you will find that this missal presents the Mass with all the cues for standing, sitting, and kneeling, along with the notations of the ringing of the bells.  You may find during your first Latin Mass that it is easier to just watch the priest, the altar boys, and the congregation as the Mass is said.

During communion, the Eucharist is received on your tongue while you are kneeling at the altar rail with your hands folded. Father will stand before you and say the prayer in Latin and you will simply open your mouth, extend your tongue and Father will place the Host onto it.  There is no need to say “Amen” before receiving.  Of course, those who are physically unable to kneel are not required to do so.

The music you will hear will range from chant to polyphony throughout the Mass, and at the recessional, please feel free to join in the hymn that will be sung.

We look forward to you visiting St. Damien of Molokai, and we want you to please ask a member of the congregation if you have any questions in understanding and how to participate more fully in the Latin Mass.

History of the Parish

From an architect’s rendering and alot of hard work to a completed St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Chapel has become a reality. Clear Creek Construction built the chapel dedicated by Archbishop Eusebius Beltran on Friday, October 1, 2010. Fr. Remski organized parishoners to install pews, set up the altar while others planned a reception. Since then additional changes have been made, ex. modifications to the present chapel proper by subsequent chaplains.

The chapel is located on a 10-acre rural site in far northwestern Oklahoma County adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cemetery (also known as Lockridge Cemetery, one of the earliest Catholic cemeteries in Oklahoma.) It includes and 8,400 square-foot parish hall and a two-bedroom rectory. The hall and rectory is finished in a Southwestern style with a stucco and stone exterior. The parish hall serves as a chapel and parish center with kitchen, classrooms and meeting areas.

Your continued prayers and support will see the chapel complete and paid off. The building of the permanent church goes forward. St. Damien of Molokai pray for us. The completion of St. Damien’s Church will become a reality with continuous financial support. Please consider making a contribution to our building fund.

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