Today I was compelled by a friend to attend the Missa Cantata at Mater Dei church in Irving, TX, a parish staffed by the St. Peter Fraternity under diocesan auspices. The parish was jammed wall to wall with adults and children. A polyphonic Mass was sung. Sunday was commemorated, but the Last Gospel was In principio. The sermon was an instruction on some manualist theologian's five criteria for rebuking people fraternally. The Rosary was prayed prior to Mass. My friend, Mr. "Lord of Bollocks," grabbed me and took me out of the church during the recession to avoid Faith of Our Fathers.
From what I understand the building was once an Asian Baptist church before the FSSP purchased it to escape the chapel of a cloistered Carmelite convent where they had previously celebrated Mass.
The decor has some positives, namely the stenciling, but other parts seem
to conform a bit too much to 1950s architecture.
Although difficult to see, there are actual choir stalls used
by the acolytes during Mass and by the clergy during Tenebrae.
In my opinion the altar design does not work very well. Too many
bulbous bits and gradines. A table altar with a metal tabernacle in the center
and the candles on the altar would look better. Perhaps also so color, either
in the form of paintings or mosaics. The statues next to the altar give an entirely
new meaning to "We who mystically represent the cherubim...."
There is a true baptistery, with an octagonally shaped room and font!
My friend opined that the plaster statues on the side altars
need to be replaced with crucifixes and some source of color.
I couldn't agree more. Still better than more churches in the
Not sure what is happening with the windows. Is it
stained glass or is it a printed plastic sticker?
Hymnals compliments of the FSSPX and Bishop Richard Williamson.