Saturday, August 4, 2018

Okie Trad bill for Tulsa Diocese: for travel expenses to traditional Mass

I was wondering today, how much $ have I spent these past 18 years driving across town to a Traditional Latin Mass, because my territorial parish down the street does not offer a reverent, rubrical, and orthodox celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

So when I got home I grabbed a pen from a drawer, whipped out a calculator, and wrote down all the extra miles I've put on vehicles to keep Sunday truly holy the last two decades.  Average say $2.50 a gallon, plus 50 cents per mile for wear and tear on the vehicle, factor in inflation and some reasonable interest, then the dollar figures start to really grow.

37,720 miles

Average 25 miles per gallon
Average $2.50 per gallon
1508 gallons
$3,722 gas
50 cents per mile wear and tear
$18,860 wear and tear
$1000 inflation
$ 10,000 compounded interest over 18 years
$ 5,000 collection fee

Grand Total owed me by my Diocese:

$ 38,582.  Man that's a lot.

Now if the say 75 households in Tulsa who drive to Sunday TLM, are owed even just half that, say $19,291 (while many families actually drive far distances every Sunday) then the Tulsa Diocese would owe us collectively...drum roll please...

                          $ 1, 466, 116

Wow!  Somebody send the bishop our bill. 

In all seriousness though, this is our penance, and a small one for most budgets considering most Catholics in the world don't have ready access to the Mass of the Ages.  When the status quo in diocesan parishes is banality and objective sacrilege, that state of affairs forces us to drive to out of the way places, to gather together and worship outside of the parochial mainstream.   

So be it.  Is what it is.


  1. Thank you for your post. This was written three months ago:
    Having relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to southern Florida 143 Sundays ago, I have been liturgically malnourished. For some background on what I mean by that see ‘Is attending Mass an ordeal for you? Perhaps it should be’.

    There are very few churches in Florida that offer Mass in the traditional form (currently referred to as the ‘Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite’. It is indeed extraordinary as in “remarkable, special, wonderful, outstanding, rare, amazing, fantastic, marvellous, exceptional, notable, serious, phenomenal, singular, wondrous, out of this world“, but, sadly, that’s not the description intended by its new name. ‘Scarcely available’ would be more accurate.

    The nearest traditional Mass to where I live is in Miami, over 100 miles and 2 to 2.5 hours away (one way). The other nearest opportunities range from 143 to 225 miles away. So prior to this past Sunday I had only attended the Traditional Mass about four times over these past 143 Sundays. This past weekend I made a pilgrimage to Sarasota, FL (313 miles away) as a 72nd birthday gift to myself. There I attended a traditional High Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church (I stayed in Ft. Myers the night before and continued my pilgrimage on Sunday morning). I had a glorious day and I felt ready to die without being given any notice. Now that’s the best feeling anyone could possibly have and it doesn’t have any expectations of immediate entry into Heaven. That gift (being blessed to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the traditional form of that most august commemoration) has “lifted me higher and higher”. I wish the same for you and everyone.


    1. The SSPX in Florida is beyond amazing. If you think it's illicit to attend there you just have not done your homework.
      Do yourself a big favor and do some research. Faculties for Confession and Marriage directly from the Vatican.

    2. Thanks for your story Fredi. I understand Florida is a trad hotspot.

    3. I second what Joe said. SSPX is definitely licit to attend, and receive the sacraments.

    4. There's even a Fr Allesio there.

  2. Were blessed to have an SSPX priory 45 minutes away and an FSSP chapel 1 hour away (this because the local ordinary, who cared not one whit for "Trads" didn't want more of the faithful being "stolen" away by a "schismatic" group of priests he couldn't control).

    For as obscure as the old Mass still is, the day may come when an ever widening group of people of good will realize that its NOT the "Trads" who need the qualifier, but that its the "Mods" who do. As in, "Traditional" Catholicism is mere, mainstream, Catholicism because when measured in the light of history, Trads are the mainstream whereas "Mod" Catholics are the outlier, the weirdos, the crazies who go to Mass to attend a social gathering rather than to participate in the immemorial Sacrifice of all ages. Its the Mods who clap, backslap at the "kiss of peace", wear flip-flops and cargo shorts and generally have no clue what purpose the Mass actually serves.

    This is of course a broad over-generalization and there are many good, holy Catholic people who attend the Mod Mass, but its more that they are this way IN SPITE of the Mod Mass and the Mod construct of the mainstream part of the Church. Its these people who by a work of great grace keep their faith in spite of the man-focused liturgy and the generally weak, meandering, vacuous homilies that boil down to "I'm okay, you're okay, and lets just try to be nice, 'cause Jesus was nice" that are the hallmarks of Mod(ernist) Catholicism.

    1. Good points Andrew. My impression is there are a few intellectually honest journalists and historians out there to more and more call into question the modernism in the Church, and express curiosity about sincere Catholics who are following tradition and orthodoxy.