Three years after Pope Benedict's stunning motu proprio confirming that the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated and should be made widely available to the faithful, I can't tell that anything has changed in Houston.
I cannot find even one parish serviced by the Fraternity of St. Peter, and the Latin Mass Society website for Houston still says: "We are currently in the process of establishing the Latin Mass Society of Houston." My Google search results date their page as July 7, 2007.
We still have the one indult at Annunication at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, said by Rev. Msgr. James L. Golasinski of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. It is usually a low Mass, and before you finish your thanksgiving at the end, they start wheeling out the freestanding altar for the novus ordo. It's very disturbing.
When we attended for a few months in 2008, the homilies were generally limited to the subjects of politics or abortion. For the most part, parishioners' dress was the same as what I remembered from novus ordo parishes, casual, with many women wearing pants. Veils were scarce. I learned that I need the peer pressure of a congregation that has high standards of dress. The longer we attended, the less concerned about my own attire I became, though I never wore pants.
There was no discernible parish life. It would have helped tremendously if the traditional Mass could have had its own bulletin or at least its own section in the bulletin. However, it was clear by the differences in the way people dressed and conducted themselves that some were there because the mass time suited them, not because the Tridentine Mass best expressed and supported the Catholic faith for them. I gained a new appreciation for like mindedness.
My family felt spiritually adrift there, not as much as we had in the novus ordo but similarly, and we eagerly and gratefully returned to Queen of Angels, an SSPX chapel.