The Holy Wisdom Parish Latin Mass Community of St. Therese of Lisieux celebrates Mass daily in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite – that is, the Traditional Latin (or Tridentine) Mass. Father James W. Dolan is chaplain of the community.

Check the “About Us” page for the location of St. Boniface Church.

Questions? Call Please call Father Dolan at 412-434-1651, or send an email to LatinMassQuestions@gmail.com, which can be passed along to Fr. Dolan.

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January 1, 2015: We are a Parish!

On Sunday, October 19, Father Dolan read the following letter to the faithful at both Masses:


October 11, 2014
Feast of Saint John XXIII

My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Latin Mass Community:

It is with great joy that I announce the establishment of Saint John XXIII Personal Quasi-Parish. This new parish will serve those who participate in the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This decision has followed nearly two years of prayerful dialogue and planning among members of your community, your chaplain, Father James W. Dolan, and members of my diocesan staff.

What is a personal quasi-parish? A personal parish reflects a membership that is not based on territorial boundaries but, in this case, on the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and sacraments. A quasi-parish is a Catholic community entrusted to a pastor in which worship, ministry and evangelization take place under the Diocesan Bishop, but which is not yet fully erected as a parish. In your circumstances, there is the need for an assessment to determine whether the quasi-parish can sustain the pastoral and financial responsibilities of a parish. Your history in this regard is already impressive and I have been moved by the willingness that your members expressed to shoulder the responsibilities that this change entails.

I have issued a decree establishing Saint John XXIII Parish, effective January 1, 2015, Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. The Mass and other activities will be celebrated at Saint Boniface Church, North Side, and the Holy Wisdom Parish administrative staff will be responsible for the administrative work of the quasi-parish. Your current chaplain, Father Dolan, along with Father Lawrence A. DiNardo, pastor of Holy Wisdom Parish, will become co-pastors and form a team ministry that will provide pastoral care for the newly erected quasi-parish. Father DiNardo will be moderator of the team ministry of Saint John XXIII Parish. Also, Father Dolan will be responsible for the coordination of the Extraordinary Form throughout the Diocese.

Holy Wisdom Parish will continue to exist as it has since it was formed in 1994.

The pastoral council of Saint John XXIII and Holy Wisdom Parishes will be established as one body. There will also be a joint finance council, with the ability for members from each parish to consider matters that affect only that parish.

I hope this news is as much a cause for celebration for you as it has been for me. Please pray for me and I will continue to pray for you that you may be guided and protected by our dear Blessed Mother under the mantle of her love.

Grateful for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God,” I am

Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

See the letter here.

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Novena to St. Therese: Sept. 25 – Oct. 3

The Latin Mass Community will begin its Novena to St. Therese of Lisieux on Thursday, Sept. 25. Our triduum in her honor will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 1 with a Low Mass at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, Oct. 2 with a Low Mass at 7:00 PM, and Friday, Oct. 3 with a High Mass at 7:00 PM. Confessions will be heard before each one of the Triduum Masses. Please make sure to spend the time to offer thanks for St. Therese’s intercession for us to follow the Little Way of Love. All are invited to attend and join us for these special days of prayer.

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Picnic, Hayride, & Bonfire – Sunday Sept. 28

On Sunday, September 28, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM, the Latin Mass Community will have a picnic gathering at Youthtowne. There will be a picnic time with food, fun, and time for a hayride and bonfire will be provided. There will be a form that you can sign to indicate how many of you and your family will be coming so that proper amounts of food can be provided. We also ask each family to provide a dish to share and beverages for your family. Further information will be forthcoming. Any questions, please call Dennis and Alicia Stull at 412-922-4268 or email aliciastull71@hotmail.com.

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Help Wanted: Church Cleaning & Food Bank

We are currently putting together four cleaning teams so that our Churches can be cleaned on a weekly basis. Each team would clean our Church once a month on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in either being on a cleaning team or just a substitute, please contact Rose Waruszewskiat 412-766-1376 or email rose_waruszewski@reagan.com.

One of the most important ministries of our parish is the care for the poor and those in need. Our food pantry currently serves many families and individuals on a monthly basis, and provides holiday dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are looking for volunteers to continue this vital ministry in our parish and our community. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in this work, contact the Administrative Center at 412-231-1116.

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Catechism Classes Resume Sept. 7; Wednesday Mass Returns to 6 p.m.

The Latin Mass Community Catechism Program opens for the 2014-15 school year on Sunday, September 7, at 9:15 AM. Classes are held at the parish Administrative Center (the former St. Ambrose School building) on Haslage Ave. Registration will take place in the cafeteria downstairs at 9:15.

Also please note that the Wednesday Mass returns to its usual time of 6 PM beginning this week, on September 3.

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