22 March 2020

Laetare Sunday 2020


In gratitude to Our Lord & Our Lady.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

16 March 2020

All Masses Canceled by Order of the Bishop

Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

15 March 2020 - Bishop David Zubik has made the decision to cancel all weekday and Sunday Masses in the Diocese of Pittsburgh effective Monday, 16 March 2020, until further notice.

Read the official statement here.

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In accordance with Bishop Zubik's order, all Traditional Latin Masses at St. Titus Church are canceled until further notice.

Woodlawn Council will continuously update the availability of publicly offered traditional liturgies in both the Western & Eastern Rites.  The situation is changing rapidly, so we make no guarantee as to the accuracy of the information posted below.  You are encouraged to confirm all services before traveling to the church.

Information updated as of 3:00 PM, 27 March 2020:

Effective 17 March 2020, the Byzantine Catholic Archdiocese of Pittsburgh (website) has suspended indefinitely all public liturgical services.

The Roman Catholic bishops of Ohio have suspended all publicly offered Masses through Easter.  See official statement here.

The Ukrainian Catholic bishops have suspended all public services.  See official statement here.

As of 20 March 2020, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio, has suspended all public services by order of their Maronite Catholic bishop.

Finally, the Society of Saint Pius X has a chapel in Pittsburgh.  They have tripled the number of Sunday Masses at St. James Church in Pittsburgh in order to continue to make public Masses available to the faithful.  They are limiting the number of people in the nave of the church to 50, with an additional 30 in the basement.  Once capacity has been reached, no additional faithful will be admitted.  Also, they are splitting the congregation into three groups based on the first letter of their last name.  See below.  They also request that people over 60, small children who have not reached the age of reason, and anyone who is sick not attend Mass.

St. James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh PA 15220  (website)
Sunday 7:00 AM (A-K); 9:00 AM (L-P); 11:00 AM (R-Z)
Tel. 412-875-6323

09 March 2020

Latin Mass 3rd Sunday of the Month at 12 Noon -- 15 March 2020

Third Sunday in Lent
Luke 11, 14-28

Traditional Latin Mass
Third Sunday in Lent
15 March 2020, 12 noon
(Holy Rosary & Confessions begin at 11:30 AM)

St. Titus Church
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001

Celebrant: Fr. Ladis J. Cizik

Sponsored By:
Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161
Traditional Latin Mass Guild

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Titus Church on First Fridays at 7:00 PM and the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12 noon.  View the complete 2020 Traditional Latin Mass schedule here.

25 February 2020

First Friday Mass & Devotions - 6 March 2020


Traditional Latin Mass
Offered in reparation for sins committed against the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts.
First Friday, 6 March 2020, 7:00 PM
Friday of Ember Week in Lent
(Confessions begin at 6:15 PM; Holy Rosary at 6:30 PM.)

Litany of the Sacred Heart, Act of Reparation & Act of Consecration after Mass.

St. Titus Church
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001

Celebrant: Fr. Ladis J. Cizik

The Pool at Bethesda
Friday of Ember Week in Lent
John 5, 1-15

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020.  Make the First Friday Mass & Sacred Heart prayers part of your Lenten devotions this year.  If you have not made your Nine Consecutive First Fridays, start this Lent.

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Titus Church on First Fridays at 7:00 PM and the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12 noon.  View the complete 2020 Traditional Latin Mass schedule here.

Sponsored By:
Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161
Traditional Latin Mass Guild

23 February 2020

Report: Cardinal Zen Pontifical Mass in NYC 2020

On Saturday, 15 February 2020, Cardinal Zen offered the Votive Mass of St. Pius V at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City.  A member of Woodlawn Council 2161 was present, and provided the following report & photos.


There were at least 700 people in attendance at the Pontifical High Mass at the Throne at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer, New York City, celebrated by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen, of the Diocese of Hong Kong. His Eminence was greeted at the West Porch of the church by the Honor Guard, made up of NYPD officers, and processed to the high altar amid solemn music by the Schola Cantorum and Brass Ensemble of St. Vincent Ferrer.


The Reverends Robert Pasley of Camden, Michael Novajosky of Bridgeport, Rufus Kenny of New York, and Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil, of Bridgeport served as assisting priest, deacon, subdeacon, and homilist, respectively. The Mass was part of the Third Annual Lepanto Conference, an event organized by the Pio-Leonine Society for young Catholics under the patronage of Pope St. Pius V, and was sponsored by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.


The Reverend Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil, of the Diocese of Bridgeport, opened his homily with lines from G.K. Chesterton’s Lepanto Poem, and went on to point out how the poem was not much read today. In fact, it was not much read because our postmodern society rejects such celebrations of chivalry, courage, and Christendom in Europe as offensive in this post-Christian age centered on the desires of the self and with distorted view of reality. He ended the homily by saying that too many Catholics believe the Crucifix is simply furniture of the Church. When Jesus Christ is no longer the center to how one lives, the Faith becomes mere religion. When Cardinal Zen, whose witness to Jesus Christ refuses to deny the freedom bought on the Cross, celebrates Mass at the altar it is not mere religion, it is an eruption of Heaven at this space and time. It is the Mass of Saint Dominic and Saint Benedict. The Church, grounded in regality, is the glorious embodiment of the Faith. Saint Pius V, pray for us.


Additional information and photos, including the text of Fr. Cipolla's sermon, can be found on The Society of St. Hugh Cluny website.

17 February 2020

Report: Solemn Mass for Feast of St. Valentine 2020, Bethel Park, PA

On Friday, 14 February 2020, the Knights of Columbus South Hills Council 3084 sponsored a Traditional Latin Solemn High Mass for the Feast of St. Valentine at St. Valentine Church in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.  Members of Woodlawn Council 2161's Traditional Latin Mass Guild were in attendance.


Matthew Hoffman, Grand Knight of South Hills Council 3084, welcomed the faithful before Mass.  Canon William Avis of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and Pastor of Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh, offered the Solemn Mass, assisted by Fr. Samuel Spiering as deacon, and Fr. Ryan Erlenbush as subdeacon.  Fr. Frederick Gruber heard confessions before & during Mass, and assisted with the distribution of Holy Communion.



There were between 150-200 people in attendance.  South Hills Council 3084 serves nine parishes located in the municipalities and townships of Pittsburgh's South Hills.


One of the primary organizers of this Mass, Salvatore Randazzo, is a member of South Hills Council 3084 and the Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network.


South Hills Council is planning future Latin Masses at the other parishes they serve.


09 February 2020

Latin Mass 3rd Sunday of the Month at 12 Noon -- 16 February 2020


Traditional Latin Mass
Sexagesima Sunday
16 February 2020, 12 noon
(Holy Rosary & Confessions begin at 11:30 AM)

St. Titus Church
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001

Celebrant: Fr. Ladis J. Cizik

Sponsored By:
Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161
Traditional Latin Mass Guild

The Traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Titus Church on First Fridays at 7:00 PM and the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12 noon.  View the complete 2020 Traditional Latin Mass schedule here.