Mass in the Extraordinary Form is celebrated at Sacred Heart every Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Upcoming Masses in January

Please note: We will have a Mass on Saturday January 1st at 12:30PM. Also, on Thursday January 6th, we will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord with an evening Mass at 7:00PM.

As a reminder, we continue to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite every Sunday at 12:30PM

Monday, December 20, 2010

Liturgy and Unity...

Monsignor Nicola Bux, the well-known litugical scholar who is Consultant to the Office of Liturgical celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff (and also to the Congregation for Divine Worship and he Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) was the featured speaker at a recent conference in Versailles. Amongst his comments he noted that that the Extraordinary Form is for all of the People of God, and not just a minority, and that it ought to serve as a training for the better celebration of the Ordinary Form. He admonished priests to be courageous in the implementation ofSummorum Pontificum, and added that the refusal of the Extraordinary Form could be considered as a rupture of communion with the Pope.

If you think about it, he's right. The Holy Father has declared the traditional Mass to be a form of the Roman Rite, and made it available to all who desire to celebrate it or worship at it. As Msgr. Bux stated, the Pope wants this Mass available for the whole Church. For a priest or bishop to intentionally and deliberately thwart the pope's will for the People of God is indeed a rupture of communion. This might sound "judgmental" but it's just plain speaking. The pope isn't simply analogous to a secular C.E.O., he is the Vicar of Christ and the Successor of Peter. One opposes his will at their own risk.

[N.B. Msgr. Bux is NOT denouncing anyone who simply prefers the Ordinary Form, he is referring to bishops or pastors who without a valid reason obstinately deny good-faith requests from their flock - including their clergy - for the Extraordinary Form.]

Monday, November 15, 2010


Please take note of the unusual times for some of these upcoming Masses:

Sunday 21 November - 12:30 p.m. - High Mass
Wednesday 8 December - 5:30 p.m. - The Immaculate Conception - Holy Day of Obligation
Sunday 19 November - 12:30 p.m. - High Mass
Saturday 25 December - 7:00 a.m. - The Nativity of Our Lord

A reminder that the 3rd Sunday is usually a high Mass, the 12:30 Mass on other Sundays is usually a low Mass with hymns.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Feast of All Saints Mass at 7:00PM

We will have a Sung High Mass using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the Feast of All Saints, Monday evening November 1st at 7:00PM. Father Jason Worthley will be the celebrant and homilist. All are welcome! For more information, contact the Parish Office at 508-947-0444

Monday, September 20, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

We will celebrate a Sung High Mass using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on Thursday evening October 7 at 7:00PM. This will be the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. All are welcome!

By the way, one of the greatest helps for you when you attend a Mass in the Extraoardinary Form is to have your own hand Missal which contains all the parts of the Mass - including the lessons from Scripture. Let me suggest you purchase a Daily Roman Missal from Baronius Press.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gregorian Chant classes come to Sacred Heart Parish

A Note from Father Jason Worthley

Some years ago, the Second Vatican Council requested that Gregorian Chant be "given pride of place in liturgical services." While encouraging the composition of modern and truly sacred music for our liturgy, Vatican II desired that the musical treasure of Gregorian Chant be preserved. Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly upheld this request of Vatican II. As you know, in our liturgical celebrations using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (also known as the Traditional Latin Mass), on occasion we are able to use Gregorian Chant. In the past few months, some of the teenagers in our parish have helped us greatly in this regard.

In the hopes of expanding the size of the choir that sings Gregorian Chant, I am pleased to inform you that we will have several chant classes here at our parish. My good friend, Mr. Steve Cavanaugh, will be leading these classes. I encourage those who are musically inclined to consider attending these classes, even if you cannot always make it to the 12:30 Extraordinary Form Mass. If interested, please contact Mr. Cavanaugh by phone (774-240-0065) or email

These classes will be conducted in the Rectory Conference Room on the following dates:

Saturday September 11 at 11:00AM
Saturday September 18 at 11:00AM

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summorum Pontificum

In this video, Father Jason Worthley offers a personal reflection on Summorum Pontificum and the Traditional Latin Mass.

Monday, July 19, 2010

"This Mass has saved my priesthood"

A very interesting interview with Fr. Calvin Goodwin of the F.S.S.P.:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sung Mass - Sunday 18 July

Fr. Andrew Johnson, O.C.s.o. will be filling-in for Fr. Worthley on Sunday 18 July. Coincidentally this will be a Sung Mass with coffee and refreshments afterward. We hope to see you there.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Corpus Christi - June 3, 2010

This is a slideshow of our Corpus Christi Procession. We celebrated the Mass for Corpus Christi on Thursday, June 3, using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This video begins with a few picturss from the Corpus Christi Procession of Pope Benedict XVI which was celebrated the same day in Rome. Father Worthley's homily is also in this video.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Early June Feast Day Masses and More

Who would have believed this a year ago?

  • On Thursday 3 June at 5:30 p.m. there will be a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of Corpus Christi at Sacred Heart Church. Immediately after* Mass there will be a traditional Corpus Christi procession. The procession will encircle the block on which the church and the other parish buildings are situated. Benediction will be be given at two altars on the route of the procession, and the procession will end with Solemn Benediction at the main altar of the Church. There will be a collation afterward with light refreshments served.

Or this?

  • As part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary year of Sacred Heart Parish there will be a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday 11 June at 7:00 p.m. on the parish's patronal feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Litany of the Sacred Heard will be recited after Mass, a parish reception will follow.

Tell your family and friends. How many of them - or you - have been to a Corpus Christi procession in the past 40 years? Join us - and Pope Benedict XVI - in professing our Faith and restoring our Catholic Identity.

*Sunset on 3 June is at 2016 (8:16 p.m.) so there will be plenty of time for the procession

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sunday 18 April - Sung Mass, Coffee Afterward...

Almost forgot, in case anyone else needs reminding, that this Sunday's Extraordinary Form Mass at Sacred Heart will be a Missa Cantata with the South Schore Gregorian Chant Schola.

After Mass there will be a collation - perhaps one could call it a "bruncheon" - in the parish offices, directly behind the church. Please join us!

Also - our somewhat impromptu cookout after last Sunday's Mass, which had been rescheduled to 5:00 pm, was a great success. It has been suggested that we do it again, although it would obviously be immediatly after the 12:30 E.F. Mass instead of in the evening. Please let us know your thoughts on this...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 11th - More News

  1. On Divine Mercy Sunday (11 April) Father Jason Worthley will lead a Eucharistic Holy Hour at 3:00PM. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited before the Blessed Sacrament. Father will offer a brief reflection on the Divine Mercy and then will make himself available for confessions. A plenary indulgence is granted to those who take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy.
  2. As Fr. Worthley announced the T.L.M. at Sacred Heart on 11 April will be at 5:00PM.
  3. After the 5:00 Latin Mass, there will be an informal cookout, weather permitting. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, feel free to bring an appropriate side dish or dessert.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April 11, Latin Mass is at 5:00PM

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Traditional Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Middleboro for Sunday April 11 will be at 5:00PM. We will return to the regular 12:30 time the following Sunday.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Holy Week

Readers of this site might be interested in knowing what options are available for attending the various liturgies of Holy Week and the Triduum in the Extraordinary Form:

Spy Wednesday - 31 March - Office of Tenebrae

7:00 p.m. - St. Patrick, Wareham
7:30 p.m. - Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton
7:30 p.m. - Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

(I'm not sure whether the Wareham service will be in the traditional form)

Holy Thursday - 1 April - Mass of the Lord's Supper

7:00 p.m. - Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Still River
7:30 p.m. - Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton
7:30 p.m. - Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston (lower church)

Fr. Jason Worthley of Sacred Heart Parish will be the celebrant for the Mass at the Cathedral

Good Friday - 2 April - Liturgy of the Presanctified

3:00 p.m. - Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Still River
7:00 p.m. - Holy Name of Jesus, Providence, RI
7:30 p.m. - Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton
7:30 p.m. - Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston (lower church)

Holy Saturday - 3 April - Easter Vigil

7:00 p.m. - Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Still River
8:00 p.m. - Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton

(Please note that there is no Easter Vigil in the Extraordinary Form at the Cathedral)

Easter Sunday - 4 April

7:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. - Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Still River
7:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Holy Name of Jesus, Providence, RI
11:00 a.m. - Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston (lower church)
12:00 noon - Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton
12:30 p.m. - Sacred Heart, Middleborough
1:00 p.m. - St. Francis Xavier, Hyannis

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NEWSFLASH - Sung Mass for Easter!

Fr. Worthley has announced that the 12:30 Extraordinary Form Mass on Easter Sunday will be a Missa Cantata. What a wonderful way to celebrate the most glorious day of the year - join us!

Schedule Correction

I incorrectly reported that there would be a Mass in the Extraordinary Form every Wednesday and Thursday of Lent, from the Thursday after Ash Wednesday (18 February) through Spy Wednesday (31 March).

The last Lenten weekday Mass will be this Thursday, 25 March, for the Feast of the Annunciation. There will be no Mass on Wednesday 31 March.

Mea culpa!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mass for Palm Sunday

Please note that, following the liturgical provisions, I will be using the short form for the Gospel of Palm Sunday this year. I will not be reciting the full Passion account, but instead will read the Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 27:45-52. We will, however, have the blessing of Palms before Mass begins, with a short procession.

Also, please note: I will not be celebrating a Mass at 12:00 on Wednesday March 31.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sung Mass - Sunday 21 March - Collation Afterward

This coming Sunday, 21 March, is the 3rd Sunday of the month and so we will be blessed to have a Missa Cantata at the regular time of 12:30 p.m. After Mass there will be coffee and light refreshments in the conference room of the parish office. Please join us!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Light Refreshments After 12:30 Mass?

Last Sunday's collation after Mass was very well attended and I heard a lot of positive comments. The food and the company were great and there seems to be some sentiment toward doing this more often. Father Worthley would like to hear your thoughts on this.

Would you like to have coffee, etc. after Mass more frequently? If so, how frequently? Would you prefer just coffee and donuts, etc. or more substantial fare, e.g. luncheon? What other ideas or suggestions do you have?

Please reply by clicking "Comments" below...

Reminder - Weekday Masses for Lent

Fr. Worthley will be celebrating an Extraordinary Form Mass at 12:00 noon each Wednesday and Thursday during Lent, beginning on Thursday 18 February and running through Wednesday 31 March.

High Mass!

Thanks to the work of Steve Cavanaugh who prepared the Schola and Leo Higgins who drilled the servers, we had our first Missa Cantata on Sunday 21 February. Everything went very well, and it was wonderful to hear Gregorian Chant at Sacred Heart! The collation after Mass was also very well attended.

For at least March and April there will be a High (sung) Mass on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the regular time, 12:30 p.m. There will be coffee and refreshments afterward, in the parish office, on both Sundays.

Save the dates:

Sunday 21 March
Sunday 18 April