Savannah, Ga., Jul 19, 2022 / 06:56 am
Bishop Stephen D. Parkes of Savannah has announced that Traditional Latin Masses in his Georgia diocese will cease in May 2023.
The bishop said that he had requested permission from the Vatican Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments for parishes in his diocese to offer Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal and received a response from Rome containing the following:
"The Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 may be celebrated at the parish of Sacred Heart in Savannah on a weekly basis until May 20, 2023. The Mass according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 may be celebrated at the parishes of Most Holy Trinity in Augusta, St. Joseph in Macon and St. Anthony of Padua in Ray City on a monthly basis until May 20, 2023."
“I am grateful to the Dicastery for granting the above permissions so that Masses according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 may continue to be celebrated for another year. Since my appointment as your Bishop, I have been present at Masses celebrated with this Missal, and I recognize the reverence and beauty of these liturgies,” Parkes wrote in a statement.