Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel was established in 2001 by Catholic families in Louisville and surrounding areas who had been preserving the traditions of the Holy Catholic Church since 1972. These Catholics recognized the need to establish a chapel and school free from the errors and influences of Modernism and Vatican II.
The number who attend Holy Mass here on Sundays is approximately 200. Through the grace of God and hard work, the Chapel has accomplished much during the time of its existence. Our resident priest is Father Gavin Bitzer, ordained in 1985 by His Excellency, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
The Traditional Latin Mass is offered every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Gregorian chant and traditional Catholic hymns are sung at the Sunday and feast day Masses. The holy rosary (all fifteen mysteries) is prayed before the Most Blessed Sacrament each evening at 7:00 pm.
Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel also operates Saint James Academy, located in the same building. The school stresses sound training in Catholic beliefs and morals, and in “the three R’s,” as well as in other elementary subjects.
Why Establish a Chapel?
There is nothing so precious as our Catholic Faith, that “pearl of great price” bequeathed to us by our fathers. Without this Faith, as the Council of Trent tells us, echoing St. Paul, it is impossible to please God.
The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) ignited a revolution against every established principle, practice and doctrine that Catholics have held and cherished for nearly 2,000 years. Since that time, and in a way that would be the envy of Luther and Calvin, we have been stripped of our spiritual heritage by our own hierarchy, and in its place we have a new Mass, new sacraments, a new Code of Canon Law, a new rosary, a new catechism, new doctrines, new disciplines, new theology, new morality, etc. In short, a new religion. Everything that has been held to be ancient and venerable has been cast aside, outlawed and suppressed.
The results are as heart-rending as they are catastrophic for souls. Empty seminaries, scandals on every level of the hierarchy, unprecedented ignorance and disdain for even the most basic truths of revelation and the moral law. Heresy and immorality flow unchallenged through the homes and streets of Christendom with a shocking liberty.
Confronted with such universal confusion, it is clear that if we are to preserve the Catholic Religion as practiced by our fathers for centuries, and if we are to pass it on intact to our children, we must remain aloof and continue on the course charted by the Apostles, until such time as Our Lord chooses to command the winds of error and the tempest of heresy to cease. (Mt. 8:26)
“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” –Our Lady of Fatima