iOS Traditional Latin Mass Finder, version 2.1 released

More news on the Traditional Latin Mass Finder app.  We have now released an update to the iOS version of the Traditional Latin Mass Finder.  This is a smaller update.  It is a conversion to Swift 3.0 (a language used to program iOS), some small bug fixes, and some other tweaks.

There are plans to introduce new features in the coming year.  One is a social feature, one introducing the app onto new tech, and one to enrich the content of the Mass Details page.  I’ll share more information going forward.

This is the 2nd announcement in a couple of weeks.  Last week we released the first Android version of the Traditional Latin Mass Finder.




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Piano Guys – Let It Go

My 10-year old daughter really likes this video by the Piano Guys.  Of course, she also really likes the movie Frozen🙂

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Text of the Four Cardinals Dubia

I have been following the story of the Dubia (doubts) written by the four cardinals, and how they went public with the Dubia recently.  Interestingly, most of the stories don’t list the questions they asked the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

The four cardinals are: 

Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna

Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; (he used to be bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, not too far north of me, and Archbishop of Saint Louis, just south of me)

Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences

Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne

For the record, here are the Dubia questions.  I got this from the National Catholic Register.  For the Explanatory Note of the Four Cardinals, the Forward, and Edward Pentin’s commentary, please visit the link to the Register.

The Dubia

  1. It is asked whether, following the affirmations of Amoris Laetitia (300-305), it has now become possible to grant absolution in the sacrament of penance and thus to admit to holy Communion a person who, while bound by a valid marital bond, lives together with a different person more uxorio without fulfilling the conditions provided for by Familiaris Consortio, 84, and subsequently reaffirmed by Reconciliatio et Paenitentia, 34, and Sacramentum Caritatis, 29. Can the expression “in certain cases” found in Note 351 (305) of the exhortation Amoris Laetitia be applied to divorced persons who are in a new union and who continue to live more uxorio?
  2. After the publication of the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (304), does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, 79, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, on the existence of absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts and that are binding without exceptions?
  3. After Amoris Laetitia (301) is it still possible to affirm that a person who habitually lives in contradiction to a commandment of God’s law, as for instance the one that prohibits adultery (Matthew 19:3-9), finds him or herself in an objective situation of grave habitual sin (Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, “Declaration,” June 24, 2000)?
  4. After the affirmations of Amoris Laetitia (302) on “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility,” does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, 81, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, according to which “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good or defensible as a choice”?
  5. After Amoris Laetitia (303) does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, 56, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, that excludes a creative interpretation of the role of conscience and that emphasizes that conscience can never be authorized to legitimate exceptions to absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts by virtue of their object?
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December 8, 2016, noon – High Mass at Saint Joseph Parish in Claremont, New Hampshire.

A High Mass will occur at Saint Joseph Parish, in Claremont, New Hampshire, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. The Mass will be at 12:00 Noon. This is the first time the Latin Mass will be celebrated at Saint Joseph’s. If you live in the area, please come and support this celebration of the Mass!

58 Elm St.
New Hampshire

Deanery Announcement:

Extraordinary Form of Mass
In accordance with the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificim of Pope Benedict XVI, and responding to the requests of the faithful and attending their pastoral need, Bishop Peter Libasci has asked the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Mass in Latin according to the old rite) at St. Joseph Church in Claremont, NH. This will take place on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2016 at Noon. St. Joseph’s is on Elm St. in Claremont. The Mass with be sung, that is a High Mass. All are invited to attend. 

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Traditional Latin Mass Finder – Android version now available

The Traditional Latin Mass Finder is now available for Android!  I want to thank my friend, Nive, for putting together the Android version of the app.  This is brand new!  We published it to the PlayStore around 2:00pm Central Time (Illinois time) today. 

We have coverage in the United States, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and expanding to more places as we get the information.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email us at

The Android version of the TLM Finder is here ->

The iOS version is here ->

The app’s website is here ->

Both versions of the app are FREE to download and use, and I hope that it helps people find a Traditional Latin Mass close to them.

God bless,


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TLM Finder Updates – Android development close to done, New iOS version coming

I shared this update in the Traditional Latin Mass Finder app (News page) earlier today – 

Note from app author – November 26, 2016

1. The Android version of the Traditional Latin Mass Finder is mostly done, and will be released soon. Thanks to Nive for building out the Android version of the app!

2. The iOS Version of the app has now been converted to Swift 3. I will be releasing this version to the App Store within the next week or so.

3. A new version of the iOS app will be released early next year. Keep an eye on Average Catholic, Leetaur Apps, or this news page for updates.


We are very close to releasing two versions of the Traditional Latin Mass Finder.  

I want to thank Nive on her hard work on the Android version of our app!  It is looking beautiful, and should be released soon.  The initial Android version looks and behaves similarly to the iOS version, though with the Android look-and-feel.

There will be an iOS update in the next week or so.  This update is my Swift 3.0 conversion, along with applying SSL communication when retrieving the Mass listings (Apple is requiring SSL for new apps and updates as of January 1), along with minor changes in the app and an updated information page (now referencing the Android version as well).

Sorry for delays on iOS updates.  It became very hard to develop iOS apps on my aging machine, a MacBook Air from 2010.  That machine has now been given to my 20-year old daughter for her college, and I invested in a 13-inch MacBook Pro, one of the ones Apple just released, with the new touch bar.  It is a very nice machine, and should last me for several years for programming and writing (I am working on a book, planning to be done by March).

With the new computer, I hope to start releasing new features in the iOS version of the app fairly quickly next year.  I will be cataloging ideas here in the next few weeks.  Some ideas are just fun, and some are useful.  I will be sharing details soon.  I also am going to be working on some other applications.  Those efforts will be announced on this site going forward as well.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with the Traditional Latin Mass Finder app – including Nive, Justin, my daughter Crysta, and everyone who emails me to give me new Masses starting, and those that have gone away.  Please know that I really appreciate it!

God bless,


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Average Catholic!  

I hope everyone out there has a great Thanksgiving, and has time to spend with friends and family.  

As I write this, several of my children are already up and about, including my increasingly rascally 16-month old son.  And my eldest daughter and I start about to tackle the turkey. We’re going to try to make this a very easy day for my wife🙂

Everyone be safe, especially if you are traveling.

I hope going forward to be able to post a lot more (it’s been quiet on this website), with commentary on everything going on (we live in an interesting world) and a few announcements coming up as well.

Damsel of the Faith has some interesting history of Thanksgiving over on her site as well.  Be sure to check it out🙂

God bless,


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