Latin Mass Parish to Open in NKY Saturday
A new Latin Mass parish will open Saturday in the Diocese of Covington.
Our Lady of Lourdes will be operated by the Missionaries of Saint John the Baptist (MSJB) and located in a one-time Lutheran church building in Park Hills. It will follow the “usus antiquor” — the liturgical books and calendar of the Roman Catholic Church before 1962.
Although several area churches offer weekly or occasional Tridentine Latin Masses, OLL will be only the second Latin Mass parish in the region. The first, Holy Family Church in Dayton (OH), is run by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Like Holy Family, OLL will be an official parish of its diocese and all Catholics may attend Masses there for their Sunday obligation.
The parish’s first Mass will be at 8 am Saturday, and is open to all.
Our Lady of Lourdes Mass Schedule:
- Sunday: 8 am and 10 am
- Monday-Friday: 6:30 am and 12:10 am
- Saturday 8 am
“I am happy to announce that a new Latin Mass Parish is opening in Park Hills,” Ken Zalewski, head of the Latin Mass organization Una Voce of the Greater Cincinnati Area, said. “The parish will be administered by the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist (MSJB) whose current members include Fr. Sean Kopczynski and Fr. Shannon Collins.
“We’ve been working to make this a reality for the last 2-3 years and it’s great to see the vision become reality.”
An offshoot of the Fathers of Mercy (founded in France by Fr. Jean Baptiste Rauzan in 1808 and headquartered in the United States in Auburn, KY), the MSJB is a diocesan religious association of priests under the authority of Bishop Roger Foys. While the Fathers of Mercy concentrate on preaching parish retreats focused on the Corporal Works of Mercy and devotion to Mary, the MSJB will concentrate on parish life and the Latin Mass, and will provide its priests with a rigorous religious rule. The association’s purpose is be a “counter-revolutionary force” for Christ, combating the secularizing tendencies of the modern West, according to the parish website.
Our Lady of Lourdes will be its first parish and Frs. Kopcynski and Collins are its first members. They have been offering Latin Masses at St. Bernard Church in Dayton (KY). The MSJB purchased the building, most recently home to a nondenominational church, with funds saved from previous missions and a fund drive from local benefactors and supporters around the county.
The priests hope to raise an additional $120,000 to complete the main chapel renovation, which will include an elaborate altar, and an outdoor grotto. While renovations continue, Mass will be held in a the church undercroft.
Photos courtesy the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist.
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