Name of Church Mater Misericordiae Mission
Address 1537 West Monroe Street, Phoenix AZ 85007
Phone number (602) 253-6090
Mass Schedule Sunday, 7, 9, 11 a.m. (sung Mass). Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 & 8 a.m. All Latin Tridentine.
Confessions Monday – Saturday, 30 minutes before Masses. Saturdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sundays, between Masses, and after the 11 a.m. Mass. Anytime by appointment.
Names of priests Father Joseph Terra, FSSP, pastor. Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, associate pastor.
Special groups and activities Knights of Columbus, Schola (sings during Mass)
Music On Sundays, organ during the 7 & 9 a.m. Masses; the 11 a.m. is a sung Mass. Frequently there will be a sung Mass during the week.
School No, but there are catechism classes.
Parking You can park in lots on either side of the church.
Cry room No, but you can go into the vestibule, which is separated from the church by glass.
Additional observations Mater Misericordiae Mission is served by priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, which celebrates Mass according to the 1962 missal. It’s a simple brick building that was formerly a Baptist church, acquired in 2010 and renovated. It has a traditional altar flanked on either side by statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph. It’s located in downtown Phoenix, about five minutes west of the chancery office. The exterior is being redone as of this writing; ornate exterior decorations and the name of the church are currently being added. Liturgies are impeccably done; sermons always orthodox. The FSSP priests serve churches in Clarkdale and Mesa; see the website for Mass times.
Sounds like a wonderful parish.
Yes. All Catholic parishes should be like Mater Misericordiae. Read the article, “Reforming the Irreformable?” by Fr. Thomas Kocik (Feb. 9, 2014) (The New Liturgical Movement). Fr. Kocik essentially says of the Novus Ordo that, “it does not represent an organic development of the liturgy which Vatican II (and, four centuries earlier, the Council of Trent) inherited.” He offers the need for a synthesis of the two “forms” although much more closely following the TLM, “What is needed is not a ‘reform of the reform” but rather a cautious adaptation of the Tridentine liturgy in accordance with the principles laid down by “Sacrosanctum Concilium” [.]” Increasingly, many commenters now see the futility of fixing Humpty-Dumpty. Instead, “retooling” of the TLM is seen as preferable to most. As his footnote 12 briefly discusses, the Tridentine Council’s codification to the Latin Mass, “differ[s] only in minor points from the tradition which had already been alive for a thousand years[.]” Wow, instead of taking the same approach to “modernizing” the TLM, the Vatican II “implementers” created the “Novus Ordo” Mass which contained “significant ruptures in content and form” from all masses that had come before. Many now, of course, including, unfortunately, staffs of the Vatican, and bishops, create historical fictions in an effort to show that the N.O. somehow has legitimate historical precedent. Such a conclusion is utter nonsense. The point now is what to do about it. Only the TLM contains true Catholic expression of worship that reflects the beliefs and manners of the Apostles and early disciples of Jesus Christ. With baseball’s Spring Training beginning, there is much talk of “getting back to basics.” Time to do this with the Church; the season begins shortly.
Great point about Baseball. Catholic fans who annually migrate to Phoenix to take in the MLB Spring Training season have now been advised about the best place to go to Mass while there – Mater Misericordiae Mission. The Masses there are truly “extraordinary.”
I have had the chance to go to Mater Misercordiae Mission most recently this past Christmas, and the FSSP priests are profoundly versed and very good sermonizers. The church has been re-furbished in an obvious labor of sacrifice and love. Just a word of caution: it is NOT in one of the safest places in the city, being near the state Capitol plaza, but there are worse places one could be.
The tortuously twisting history of this little mission stretches back a long way, to when they used to have a 1pm Sunday Mass @ St Thomas the Apostle in mid-town Phoenix. (Bp. Olmsted should receive credit for finally allowing the indult Mass there.] Prior to that, for years, literally over a decade, under a prior regrettable episcopal leadership, several families petitioned the then-bishop asking for a TLM, which he always disobediently (i.e. to JP2’s guidelines) and peremptorily refused. As a result, the [at least] 4 other “unapproved” TLM groups, including the SSPX and CMRI, became well-established and to this day have thrived. (Who was to blame for that, I wonder?)
It shows to me again and again that the role ( like it or not, brave Anonymous comrades) that the SSPX and other trad groups perform is to dispense the sacraments to those to whom they would be denied, functioning under the “ecclesia suplet” rule (Canon 144).
The FSSP is a holy order.
Also, in respect of echoing St Christopher’s observation: Here is a recent comment by Dom Mark Kirby OSB of Silverstream Priory, near Dublin, Ireland.
“After having devoted nearly forty years to a worthy “reform of the reform”; after having taught and defended the Novus Ordo Missae to the best of my ability; after having composed… an entire monastic antiphonal in modal plainchant for the French liturgical texts; after having composed hundreds of plainchant settings for the Proper of the Mass in the vernacular; after having fought mightily for the restoration of the Proper Chants of the Mass; after having argued to the point of exhaustion for an intelligent obedience to the Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani; after having poured myself out in lectures and in preaching to priests, seminarians, and religious, I am obliged to conclude that I could have better spent my time and my energy humbly carrying out the traditional liturgy such as I discovered it — and such as I so loved it — in the joy of my youth.”
” I say this not with bitterness but with the seasoned resignation of a weary veteran lately come home from an honourable defeat in the liturgical Thirty Years War.”
–Rorate-Caeli blog, 2/21/2014