I’m safely here in Tulsa. Found an apartment, signed a lease, and have my earthly belongings moved into the apartment. About half of them are in boxes still, as I’ve had my hands full completing onboarding tasks and pissing into a cup for this new job.
However, there’s one thing that makes me sad.
The Latin Mass really isn’t practiced here in Tulsa.
There’s two parish’s that supposedly offer it. As part of finding an apartment, when I ran out of appointments I went from work to the Parishes I’d found that practice the Latin mass to look at places along the way (yes, I actually found my apartment this way). One of them I got there, called the parish office to see if anyone was in, and got a message that they only offer Mass every other week. When I got to the other and called, the phone number was disconnected.
The grounds were taken care of, so I have hope, but honestly it’s faint.
To put this in perspective, the nearest other parish that would offer the Latin Mass is an hour and forty minutes away.
I’d do it, but the gas money would drastically cut into my budget and my time on Sundays. Not to mention I’m not sure if I could make RCIA work at such a distant location, forcing me to go through confirmation at a Novus Ordo parish, which I’d rather avoid.
In conclusion, if that other parish really is shut down, I’ll contact fathers and ask what I’d need to do to make a Latin Mass happen in Tulsa. Outreach to other Parishes, contacting local colleges, high schools, elderly homes to find an interest for it in others….
A friend of mine in Chicago described it as thus: “Latin Mass and Novus Ordo are both people playing a sport by the same rules. It is simply that those going to a traditional mass are like the Varsity Team, and the Novus Ordo is the Varsity Team. You may get individuals on the JV team with higher skill, but the Varsity team will better understand the game, their place in it, and work better as a team. Look to the Saints – none of them have yet to come from the Novus Ordo.”
At the end of the day, I feel like my own soul benefits greatly from the Latin Mass, so I’ll do what it takes to get that as a part of my life. Hopefully I can bring Glory to God in some fashion along the way.