THE HISTORY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS AT HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH
July 7, 2007 | His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic letter called Summorum Pontificum in which he declared that the older form of the Roman Rite was never abrogated, and that it "must be given due honor for its venerable and ancient usage."
July 2009 | Father Kevin Nelson arrives at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
October 2009 - May 2010 | Mass is offered every Sunday at 2:00PM. Mass is suspended for the summer.
October 2010 - May 2011 | Mass is offered every Sunday at 2:00PM. Mass is suspended for the summer.
October 2011 - May 2012 | Mass is offered every Sunday at 2:00PM. Mass is suspended for the summer. During this time, Father Brian Campbell started celebrating the Mass.
October 2012 - Septmber 2013 | Mass is offered every Sunday at 2:00PM. Mass is extended into the summer. It was offered every other week. Father Brian Campbell was the celebrant of the summer Masses.
October 2013 - September 2014 | Mass is offered every Sunday at 2:00PM through the summer. In January 2014, Father Romeus started celebrating the Mass. He and Father Brian Campbell were the main celbrants for the summer Masses.
October 2014 - September 2015 | Mass is offered every Sunday at 2:00PM through the summer, with a few exceptions.
2016 | For the first time, select Holy Days are celebrated consistently at 5:00PM. The Schola Cantorum of the Palm Beaches begins the singing of Gregorian Chants at Mass.
November 2016 | Holy Spirit Catholic Church's new Pastor, Father Eli St. Fort, begins celebrating the Mass.
Spring 2017 | Mass is celebrated by Father Chamindra Williams midday on Mondays at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jupiter, Florida.
March 2018 | First High Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite in the history of the Palm Beach Diocese for Palm Sunday with the Distribution of Palms and Procession and the Latin Mass Schola.
In the first year, there were 40 congregants when the Mass was not offered in the summer. We increased to roughly 60-70 people. The average attendance then increased to 80-90 people. We now regularly have over 100 people attend weekly. The number has been increasing for several reasons, the most being the constant offering of the Mass.
We have a core group of 40 people who attend every week. We also have people who rotate in and out, which most likely is due to time and distance, but they still come. The other group that attends are the travelers and out-of-town folks. They find us online and through social media.
The Easter Mass of 2015 had 150 people in attendance.
In March 2012, we had a High Mass where about 300 people attended.
In 2013, a boy received his First Holy Communion at the Mass.
In May 2014, a girl received her First Holy Communion at the Mass.
In December of 2014, FLORIDACatholic newspaper published an article about the Latin Mass Society of the Palm Beaches, 'Catholics discover reverence, beauty of Latin Mass.'
In 2015, we celebrated three Baptisms in the Extraordinary form. We also launched our website and active social media accounts.
In October 2016, FLORIDACatholic newspaper published a second article about the Latin Mass Society of the Palm Beaches, 'Tridentine Mass celebrated weekly in Lantana.'
In October 2017, the first Traditional Latin Mass wedding was celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens. Fr. Campbell was the main celebrant and was assisted by Fr. St. Fort and included the beauty of the Schola singing the Gregorian Chants.
In the past, coffee socials were held following Mass. We now have bi-annual potluck socials to open and close the "Florida snowbird season."