UPDATE: The commencement of the Summer Mass Schedule at St. Mary Catholic Church will be on June 16th, not the 9th as previously posted.
Please note that during the Summer months the Sunday Traditional Latin Mass at St Mary Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan (address in the sidebar), will be moved to 10:30 AM, effective this Sunday, June 16.
The normal Mass schedule (12:00 Noon) for Sunday's Traditional Latin Mass will resume on September 8th.
Weekday Masses will remain at 8:00 AM throughout the summer.
St. Mother Theodore Guérin Traditional Latin Mass Community
A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as you wish to accomplish your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to you, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
The St. Mother Theodore Guerin Traditional Latin Mass
Community was honored to be part of the first Mass offered at the newly
constructed Divine Mercy Chapel at the Life Center in South Bend on Saturday,
Fr. Roberto Cano, F.S.S.P., offered the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass according the liturgical books of 1962 with the assistance of Mr.
Austin Werling who assisted at the altar, and Mr. Tom Policinski of the Life
Center who coordinated and made all the necessary preparations for the Mass.
Both Tom and Austin are members of the St. Mother Theodore Guerin Traditional
Latin Mass Community at St. Patrick Catholic Church in South Bend. No doubt
this was only the first of many collaborative efforts between the Life
Center and the Traditional Latin Mass Community in South Bend.
The Life Center and the chapel are integral parts of the
Apostolate of Divine Mercy in Service of Human Life. This new Apostolate,
recently approved by Bishop Kevin Rhoades, is a very exciting initiative
designed to promote a culture of life, and organize, coordinate and promote
anti-abortion efforts in the Michiana area.
The Apostolate of Divine Mercy in Service of Human Life
acquired the building which has now become the Life Center on All Saints Day,
November 1st, 2012. Situated right next to the only abortuary in South Bend (2018 Ironwood Circle, South Bend IN 46635), the Life Center building will house various organizations that further the
culture of life in the Michiana area. Currently these are St. Joseph County
Right to Life, 40 Days for Life South Bend, Silent No More, and Holy Family
Catholic Adoption Agency. The Apostolate also operates the diocesan approved
Chapel of Divine Mercy at the Life Center, and is also continuing the sidewalk
ministry program. The building is also within easy walking distance of the
Women’s Care Center.
The Life Center building and the chapel are still under
construction, but by the grace of God, and the hard work, dedication and
support of the staff and donors, the Life Center should be complete and fully
operational very soon.
Even though the chapel was still under construction, the
first Mass offered there was very beautiful, and gives particular insight into
the beauty and piety that this chapel will inspire in the Pro-Life work of the
Through the window the abortuary is clearly visible.
The altar pictured is a temporary altar, but the
permanent altar and tabernacle will be affixed against the wall as is the
temporary one. This arrangement was enthusiastically approved by the diocesan
liturgy committee, so all Masses at the Chapel will be offered ad orientem. However, this also is
intended to focus the attention of all present to the Center’s purpose. A
distinctive feature of the chapel is the window above the altar that looks out
on the abortion mill, which is only about 20 feet away. This was part of the
original design of the chapel so that, during prayer, there is a constant
reminder of the horrors that take place inside that adjacent facility.
The folding chairs pictured are temporary as well. A
number of beautiful pews were donated by the Sisters of St. Francis of
Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka. These pews are currently in the process of
being refinished, and will be installed soon along with the permanent altar.
Construction begins on the permanent altar.
The permanent altar is already being assembled, work
beginning the day after the first Mass was offered. No doubt the celebration of
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the graces granted thereby, are speeding
the work along. The construction of the altar will accent the tile mosaic of
Our Lady of Guadalupe that was installed in the floor. This beautiful tile was
brought to the United States from Tepeyac, Mexico, the site of Our Lady’s
apparition to St. Juan Diego. This tile mosaic remained in storage for many
years until finding its place in the Center’s chapel, to be used in the service
Another extraordinary feature of the altar will be the
enshrinement of a verified first-class relic of St. George. After searching and
searching for a relic of St. Gianna Beretta Molla for the Life Center, a search
that seemed frustrated from the very beginning, by what must be attributed to
divine providence, a generous donor offered the Center this relic of St. George
instead. There is much providential symbolism to acquiring this relic, as the
abortionist’s first name is George, and at one time he used a website that
sported a rather demonic looking dragon symbol. As we all know, in the legend
of St. George the hero-saint slays the dragon, a symbol of victory over evil.
There is no doubt that the prayers and sacrifices offered
in the Life Center Chapel will bring innumerable graces to the various works of
the Apostolate. Indeed, there has already been an abundant outpouring of graces
since the building was purchased on All Saints Day, 2012. Since that day, there
have been eleven women convinced by the grace of God to choose life. This is an
incredible number, given that the average number of “saves” per year is four or
One of the blessed consequences of the Life Center being
situated next to the abortuary is that on occasion nervous and disoriented young
ladies seeking an abortion fail to notice the abortuary’s entrance, and wonder
unthinkingly over to the Life Center’s front door. Indeed, the Life Center
looks much cleaner and more welcoming than brown and drab abortion mill next
door. These anguished and conflicted women, once at the front door of the Life
Center, give a unique opportunity for the staff at the Life Center to provide
the resources and information to help them choose life.
On one such occasion a nervous young lady came to the
Life Center entrance by mistake and was immediately approached by Shawn
Sullivan. Shawn, knowing what she was seeking, asked her simply: “Did you come
here for your appointment?”
“Yes,” the young lady replied.
Shawn smiled broadly, gently took her by the arm, and
accompanied her, not to the abortuary, but to the Women’s Care Center a short
distance away. He chatted with her pleasantly as they went.
Once at the Women’s Care Center, Shawn and the woman went
up to the receptionist’s desk and Shawn announced: “This young lady is here for
her counseling appointment!”
Without missing a beat, the staff at the Women’s Care
Center greeted the young lady, and she was able to sit down with one of the
trained professionals. Having been put at ease, and given all the resources and
options available to her, this young lady was empowered to make the right
choice—the life of her baby and a new start for herself.
There have been so many other miracles just like this one
at the Life Center since it was established. As Shawn told me, with only five
seconds or less to engage those leaving their cars and entering the abortion
mill, this sidewalk ministry depends on miracles. Every “save” is a miracle.
But the miracles don’t stop with just the sidewalk ministry.
There are many opportunities for miracles to take place
at the Life Center. Unlike other abortuary-side ministries, the Life Center offers
more than sidewalk counseling. Not only can the option to choose adoption
instead of abortion be mentioned, but the Life Center, because it will house
the Holy Family Catholic Adoption Agency, can initiate that process on the
spot. A young lady can literally walk from the abortuary's parking lot to an
adoption counselor in a matter of minutes. Not only will the Apostolate engage
in sidewalk ministry, but will also have the resources to engage in
post-abortive services as well. Silent No More will have a prominent and
important role to play at the Life Center.
The "Prayer Peninsula" and the "Prayer Patio" flank the abortuary's entrance.
Almost everything necessary to wage the war against the
culture of death will be housed in this one facility. The “Prayer Peninsula”
and the “Prayer Patio”, both of which flank the entrance to the abortion mill,
are the front lines in the battle, and those engaged in sidewalk ministry are
the infantry in the trenches. But the Life Center, unlike anything of its kind,
provides everything else necessary for their mission—strategic planning,
logistics, after action review, and, most importantly, prayer-support.
There is still one thing more that the Life Center and
the Apostolate of Divine Mercy in Service of Human Life are desperately in need
of, and that is you! Please consider
generously giving from your talents. Whatever gift you can bring to the table,
the Life Center needs it, from receptionist skills to fund raising, from
marketing to grounds keeping, from getting involved with the sidewalk ministry,
to providing baby-sitting services for those doing the ministry. There’s really
no limit to what you can give that will support the Life Center in its battle
to end abortion and promote a culture of life.
The Life Center especially needs you to pray. Please
consider visiting the Life Center chapel, especially on those days that the
abortion mill plies its murderous trade, to pray and weep and make reparation.
That is the violence that bears away the kingdom of heaven, and is pleasing in
the sight of God!
And from the days of John the
Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent
bear it away.
-St. Matthew, 11. 12
For more information about the Life Center and the Apostolate of Divine Mercy in Service of Human Life, and to find out how you can help, please call (574) 233-7860 or (574) 286-7860 or email Shawn at Shawn.Sullivan@DivineMercyForLife.com.
More pictures of the first Traditional Latin Mass offered at the Life Center Chapel.
The St. Mother Theodore Guerin Latin Mass Community of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Chaplain, Fr. George Gabet, FSSP
Associate Chaplain, Fr. Roberto Cano, FSSP Sunday, 8:00 AM
First Fridays, 7:00 PM
First Saturdays, 12:00 Noon (Rosary 11:30 AM)
Holy Days of Obligation, 7:00 PM
Potluck Breakfast and coffee after Mass on all Sundays
Please call Sacred Heart Catholic Church for any questions regarding the St. Mother Theodore Guerin Traditional Latin Mass Community at St. Patrick Catholic Church, South Bend: (260) 744-2519
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