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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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“The World” • What is the world?
published 29 March 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

Bishop Gracida explains what “the world” is in this 2010 video:


This was filmed when I still worked at Corpus Christi Cathedral. The green 1970s carpet was still in the Sanctuary. Later on, Fr. Lopez would have the carpet removed, revealing the beautiful marble underneath—a fantastic improvement. That carpet never should have been added to the Sanctuary, but there was a movement in the 1970s to make Sanctuaries resemble one’s living room. Sometimes they even installed curtains (like a Church in Lawrence, KS).