ROXBURY -- In the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum," issued in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI declared that the Mass currently celebrated throughout the Catholic Church is the normal form of the Mass.
The Holy Father also pointed out that the Mass based on the last version of the Missale Romanum, published prior to the Vatican Council in 1962, is the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, commonly known as the Tridentine Mass or Latin Mass.
Pope Benedict XVI also wrote that these two forms of the Roman Rite can be "mutually enriching as there is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal," a twofold use of one and the same rite.
Responding to the call of "Summorum Pontificum" and following on the Holy Father's declaration "to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church's faith and prayer," Bishop Robert C. Morlino twice celebrated a High Pontifical Mass at the Throne at Holy Redeemer Church in downtown Madison.
This year Bishop Morlino will celebrate four Low Tridentine Masses during the year, in addition to celebrating a High Pontifical Mass at the Throne.
The first Low Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Morlino at St. Norbert Church in Roxbury at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 18. All are invited to experience the beauty and solemnity of this Mass.
Roxbury is located near Sauk City. Take Hwy.12 west of Middleton and look for the sign pointing to Roxbury.