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Tuesday, July 24, 2007



When I attended the TLM at St. Mary's by the Sea, the little church was packed to the rafters (if you count the choir in the loft). I am sure it will once again have an overflow crowd. It may become necessary to add more TLM Masses. That little, old church church near the beach could become a "jewel" of the diocese. It almost makes me want to move back to Southern California (if only the pope could do something about the traffic).

Stephanie A. Richer

You wrote: "It is my opinion that Fr. Tran has always been a kind, obedient priest who only sought to comply with the directives and expressed or perceived wishes of Bishop Tod Brown."

As someone who has had the good fortune to be in a parish with Fr. Martin, I would like to thank you for those words. Fr. Martin did not - and does not - deserve the calumny I have seen on the Internet regarding him.

Thomas Liang

How much does it cost to learn to know enough about saying the Traditional Mass? Obviously, the priest doesn't have to know how to speak latin fluently. He shouldn't read the verses without understanding the words either. There must be an in between ability. Is there some knowledgeable religious order, perhaps from out of state, who is willing to donate their teaching services for the young priests in the LA diocese? Might the parishioners going to partially help out with the finances? Just a thought. It is worth it for centuries to come!


Just wanted to ask when they'll start saying the Tridentine Mass at St. Mary's by the Sea - Or is it happening now? If so what are the Mass times.


Not until the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, September 14, 2007.

The TLM is scheduled to resume at St. Mary's by the Sea on that day.

The Mass will be at 12:00 PM.

It is my hope that St. Mary's parishioners will request and get a daily Tridentine Mass, as well, but some time after that.



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