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Traditional Catholic Church opens in Scioto

WHEELERSBURG - Catholics have a new, old-style option for worship in the area.

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Wheelersburg was dedicated last Friday. It is known as a traditional Catholic Church, meaning it eschews many of the changes that have taken place in the Roman Catholic Church over the last four decades, including Masses celebrated in the vernacular.

"So many things that are going on now," Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church parishioner Jenny White said. "When they left the Latin (Mass) for the English it just went downhill. In many churches they took out the altar rail and people are on the altar. A lot of the music is Protestant music."

White's husband, Howard, said the new church is the way worship used to be.

"It is the original mass, the way it was 2,000 years ago. We still kneel at the altar rail to receive our communion, and it's not in the hand its in the mouth," he said.

The new church celebrates Mass the second and fourth Sundays at 7 p.m. It is hoped this congregation will soon have its own pastor and add services. Right now, priests from sister congregations in other cities are handling pastoral duties. The church is located at 477 Dewey St., behind the post office in Wheelersburg.

There are traditional Catholic churches in several locations throughout Ohio, including Columbus, Urbana, Cleveland, Parma, Akron and Cincinnati.

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