Monday, October 3, 2011

New Personal Parish for the Traditional Mass and Sacraments

From Rorate Caeli:
America is fast becoming the nation of Personal Parishes for the Traditional Roman Mass and Sacraments. This Sunday, the creation a new Personal Parish, to be established by the Ordinary of Fort Wayne-South Bend, was announced - a decision of Bishop Kevin Rhoades, as foreseen by Summorum Pontificum, art. 10. As reported by D. Werling, the existing Sacred Heart parish will cease being a territorial parish and is to become a personal parish for those attached to the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite" in Fort Wayne, Indiana (with its former territory attached to that of another territorial parish).
The parish will be administered by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP).


  1. What does 'personal parish' mean? Does it mean celebrating mass your own way? Please explain.

  2. Most parishes are territorial, i.e. you belong to a parish by virtue of living within its territory. Canon Law allows for the erection of personal parishes whereby you belong to that parish if you belong to a defind group of people, e.g. you belong to a Polish parish by being Polish. In the case mentioned here, you belong to this parish by being attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Sacraments. Probably there will be a system of registration. The jurisdiction of the pastor of this personal parish crosses the boundaries of the territorial parishes in the diocese. It has nothing to do with doing things "your own way". Only a bishop can erect a parish - personal or territorial - after consulting his Council of Priests. He will set the rules regarding who does or does not belong to the parish and what are the precise services that parish offers which are distinct from the territorial parishes in the diocese. Hope that helps.


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