A Seminar on Sin and Reconciliation

One of my favorite rants is ranting over the collapse of catechesis over the past half century. Well, here’s a local offering that appears well worthwhile:

"A SEMINAR ON SIN AND RECONCILIATION"

Led by Fr. John Bacevicius, O.F.M. of the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk, this seminar will reacquaint the participants to the Church's requirements for the forgiveness of sin, the reasons for them, and the path to their fulfillment.

If you wonder about the need for Confession or would just like to clarify your questions about it, you'll be glad you attended. It's truly critical for your salvation to resolve any issues you may have...bring a friend and/or your teenager.

The dates and times are:

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday (Nov. 6th-8th), 8:30-10AM

or

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday (Nov. 11th-13th), 3:30-5PM

Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to Peter McNelis at 967-0302 or petrus.jacobus06@gmail.com with the number and week of attendance.

For Guest House inquiries call: 967-4865.

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Columbus Day, 2019

Did you know that Columbus Day is a national holiday not just in these United States, but in many other countries as well: Spain, Italy, several Central and South American countries? Well, it is, and it commemorates the day that the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, after a voyage of some 70 days, made landfall on (probably) San Salvador, in the Bahamas. 12 October, 1492.

Our times being what they are, of course, Christopher Columbus is not praised for opening up the development of the New World but vilified for, well, opening up the development of the new world. In our own increasingly loony state, Columbus Day has been outlawed by the new overlords and renamed “Indigenous Peoples Day”. However, the Edict isn’t being universally observed: openly defiant, the mayor of Waterville has foolishly raised his head above the crowd and plans to declare (re-declare?) October 14th as … Columbus Day!

The Eye of Sauron will probably get him.

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Anyway, we talked about the Latin Mass Knights here. They have a page, Defend Christopher Columbus, which is self explanatory. Go have a look. It concludes thusly:

As the attacks against the Church and the faithful increase (both outside the Americas and within), let us return to prayer and the invocation of the Holy Trinity, to intercede for the Church during these times of unrest, while also giving thanks for the benefits we have been given.

As our founder, the Venerable Michael McGivney, chose the name of Christopher Columbus, let us pray to God:

"We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor we now present....Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

A couple of my children still attend the local Diocesan school, the others having aged out. That is why I happen to know that at the local Diocesan school beginning this year the kids have been told they have Monday off because it is… Indigenous Peoples Day. And for this I pay more than I care to think about.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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Mass at Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini Roma

We have discussed the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) in many places on this blog, probably the most in depth discussion was in “On Birthing Priests”, here. Suffice it to synopsize that, in my opinion, the necessary first steps towards solutions for both the vocations crisis and the crisis of general exodus of the people from the Church lie in (1) fixing the very, very broken catechesis that has dominated for the past half century, and (2) fixing the very, very, very broken way in which the Church does that most visible and iconic part of her public ministry, the Mass. Neither of these fixes is magic, neither will fix the Church overnight. It took years to get to this mess, it will take years to climb out. But the first step is to fix the Mass. Which of course brings us to the Traditional Latin Mass as the obvious fix...

Also, while I have the greatest regard and respect for good and great and heroic work of the FSSP, the ICK, and, yes, the SSPX (all discussed here) I believe that at the Diocesan level, the “ultimate” solution lies in regular parish priests again doing what was, up until only a few decades ago, done every Sunday: saying the Latin Mass.

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All that by way of introduction, the FSSP has a parish in Rome, the address is below (should you find yourself in the Eternal City):

Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini

Piazza della Trinità dei Pellegrini - I-00186 Roma - Italia

Diocese: Roma
Masses: Dom. 9.00, 11.00 (messa solenne), 18.30 / Lun. - sab. (eccetto luglio e agosto) 7.15 / Lun. - sab. 18.30

Fr. Zuhlsdorf finds himself in Rome again (he is practically a citizen) and does a series of travelogues on his website (here, for example, and here), which are quite interesting and entertaining. He also has a connection to the above-mentioned FSSP parish, Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, which he describes in detail here.

However, the clip I want to draw attention to is from a slightly earlier post, here (as always, my emphasis and comments). It is Fr. Z narrating:

“…I put my head in for Mass at Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini for the main Mass. The place was jammed, people standing in aisles and in back.

Around the time of the consecration an old priest, Maltese as I learned, came in and observed. After some time he noticed, approached, and asked a few questions. He was clearly surprised at the number of people. Was it a special day? Sunday. Is it always like this? Yes. Is this the…the… Latin Mass? Yes. He was quiet for some time. So many young people. Yes, and this is a parish. He was again quiet for some time. Who is in charge? I explained. (It is an FSSP parish – TC) He stood still, taking it all in. At last, he said that he was very impressed by the reverence of the people and of the liturgy…

Regarding “young people” and the Mass, well, we’ve discussed that a bit as well from time to time here and here, as has the National Catholic Register here, for example, and here. Lots of other articles out there, these are only examples. I say again: if the bishops will encourage it, and the priests will say it, they will come.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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Conference on Communion on the Tongue (in Rome).

From Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register:

‘…It [the Rome conference this Saturday aimed at reestablishing the rebirth of Eucharistic devotion - TC] comes after around 11,000 people signed an international petition to say they wanted to receive Jesus in the Eucharist in this “traditional way,” one “more suitable to express utmost devotion.”

They asked that the possibility of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling be guaranteed and that the distribution of the Eucharist by the laity be prohibited.

The petition was sent as an open letter to Church authorities, asking them to act on this ‘legitimate request and will of the Catholic people.’…”

An English translation of the text of the petition (launched in January, 2018), along with links detailing the original launching, can be found here. The conference, organized by the lay group ‘United With Jesus in the Eucharist Through the Most Holy Hands of Mary,’ will take place at 6 p.m., Oct. 5, in the conference hall of the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome.

Should you happen to be in the neighborhood, you might consider stopping by.

Curate, ut valeatis!

Latin Mass Knights

Did you know that there is something called the “Traditional Latin Mass Network”, made up of members of the Knights of Columbus? Well, go to the site found here: Latin Mass Knights.

Here’s their self description from the About Us page.

The Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network is a working group sponsored by Knights of Columbus Councils, Assemblies, individual Knights and other members of the Christian faithful supporting the Traditional Latin Mass (which was the Mass offered by Knights founder, Venerable Servant of God Fr. Michael McGivney)…

We also welcome Knights from the entirety of the sacred liturgical patrimony of the Catholic Church: the Dominican Rite and other religious order Rites, Anglican Use, Eastern Rites, and, above all, the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin) Mass.

If you are a Knight in good standing and interested in joining the Network– even if your parish celebrates only the Ordinary Form or other liturgy (my emphasis- TC) – please fill out the online membership form.

And, I would be remiss to not include their disclaimer:

Disclaimer: The Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network is not a program, event, or activity of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus in no way owns, operates, maintains, or otherwise controls the Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network or its website, and is not responsible for any of its content. The Network is composed of members of the Knights of Columbus in good standing, and other members of the Christian faithful, who support and promote the preservation of the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments.

The first thing I can’t help but notice is that it is an active website: when I look at a blog/website, the first thing I do is look at the date of the most recent post. If that date is sometime in 2016, I just walk on by. These guys are doing things!! Here’s some recent tidbits:

Knights promoting the TLM: there are two threads here. The first thread is to publicize the cover story of the August edition of Legatus Magazine on the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (also covered by the FSSP newsletter The Missive, here). The link to the Legatus article is here. The article has an excellent short history about how the FSSP came in to being (PS: we here at UVM have discussed the alphabet soup of FSSP, SSPX, ICK here). Also, of interest to me because I am originally from Baltimore, the Legatus article cites one of the FSSP’s most recent locations at the National Shrine of Saint Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore, MD. I’m certain y’all will recall that Una Voce Maine, as always ahead of the pack, did a piece on St. Aphonsus Liruori FSSP Parish ‘way back in March, 2018, here.

Anyway, the other thread of the Knights promoting the TLM link was to highlight a recent piece by a Knight, Don Havercamp, on his experience as a Catholic who knew only the Novus ordo upon being exposed to the Traditional Latin Mass, worth taking a look at here.

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A final tidbit is one that moved me personally being as I am a 20 year Navy veteran and the same age as the gentleman who is the focus of the articles: here and here.

So, I think this is really great! Who knew?!? Well, now you do. And, even though “The Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network is not a program, event, or activity of the Knights of Columbus…” et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, I’m going to put the KoC logo here anyway!

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Extraordinary Faith: TLM training for Priests (and, they come to YOU!!) (at NO CHARGE!!!)

What is Extraordinary Faith?

From their website (my emphasis):

Extraordinary Faith is a monthly 30 minute television program on EWTN that celebrates the beauty of classical Catholic sacred art, architecture, music, and liturgy. We’ll take you to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring churches. We’ll introduce you to dynamic young Catholics whose faith has survived the demands of a secular world and who are becoming key players in the New Evangelization by sharing their enthusiasm for the traditions of Catholicism. We’ll show you the rich vocations harvest that is synonymous with the movement to restore the Extraordinary Form of Mass to mainstream parish life. We’ll give you the resources to find churches that offer traditional worship experiences, and we’ll even assist you to organize your own Latin Masses..”

I admit, I don’t watch TV at all, I don’t even have one. So, I’ve never heard of these guys (although, yes, I have heard of EWTN). It’s fascinating and uplifting to find that the network devotes a show to, among other things, a point that I (and many others) have made time after time after time: the rich vocations harvest that is synonymous with the movement to restore the Extraordinary Form of Mass to mainstream parish life. If only the bishops would listen!!!

But the most interesting part (to me, anyway) of the entire Extraordinary Faith program is that they will come and train diocesan priests – parish priests and parochial vicars - at no charge. They will come to the parish!!

Read about it here. I took the liberty of cutting and pasting the entire thing as well, because I think it’s so important! (My emphasis.)

Are you a priest or bishop interested in learning how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass? Looking for an easier alternative than one of the multi-day training workshops offered by various religious communities? Extraordinary Faith has an innovative option for you to consider.

Over the years, members of the staff of Extraordinary Faith have trained numerous priests, bishops, and musicians to celebrate and sing for the Traditional Latin Mass. We recognize that not every person can afford to attend one of the out-of-town training workshops, either financially or time-wise. We are therefore providing a convenient alternative: we will come to you instead. We offer a condensed course, to be conducted in one or two days according to your availability, at your parish, in how to celebrate the Extraordinary Form Sung Mass (Missa Cantata) and Low Mass. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn the Church’s historic Liturgy. By the end of our time together, you will have celebrated at least one Mass – we guarantee it. In fact, we’re happy to provide references to prove our capabilities.

Our philosophy is simple: One does not need to be a mechanic in order to drive a car. We believe you will be motivated to learn more about the Classic Form of the Mass after you learn how to celebrate it. We’ll get you started; how much additional learning about the Mass to pursue afterwards is a matter of personal preference.

Best of all, celebrant training is provided at no charge anywhere in North America as part of our apostolate. Even the travel expenses will be covered. There is only one requirement: Clergy taking us up on this offer must commit to holding Mass in the Extraordinary Form at least once per month, for at least three months, commencing within two months of our visit.

For further information, please call (248) 952-8190, or e-mail info@extraordinaryfaith.tv.

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I, Tim Collins, Chairman of Una Voce Maine and overworked overtired pewsitter and general nobody in the church, am appealing directly to the priests out there (if any) who may read this little blog:

Please consider having these folks come and train you! There is no reason to not consider it. Of course you are busy, but you are no busier than I am. Please, please, please consider it!

Noto bene: I first stumbled upon this, as I do so many worthwhile things, on Fr. Z’z Blog here.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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Catholic Rural Life Festival, Farmington, ME, 13-14 September 2019

The Catholic Rural Life Festival is hosted by St. Joseph and St. Rose Parishes of Farmington and Jay, ME. From the CRL website:

“…The Catholic Rural Life Festival, inspired by the Autumn Ember Days, combines elements of the temporal cycle, which deserved to be observed along with the Church’s liturgical practices and prayers, which integrate us into the order of grace marked by the sanctoral cycle. This inclination to festivity is in the human heart. When festivals are dislodged from the deeper meaning of joyfully embracing what is good and becoming transformed by the highest goods then they tend toward functional or merely commercial activities. A true festival combines the need for leisure as well as a sense of common participation in the community…

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Anouncing the Resumption of the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Anthony's Monastery, Kennebunk, on the Third Sunday of Each Month Beginning in September, 2019

St. Anthony's Monastery in Kennebunk is pleased to announce the return of the Traditional Mass to the monastery on the third Sunday of every month from September 2019 through May 2020. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John Bacevicius, O.F.M. at 9:15am beginning September 15th, 2019. We hope that you will consider worshiping with us.

Inquiries regarding lodging may be made the Franciscan Guest House: (207) 967-4865.

Inquiries regarding the Mass may be made at (207) 967-2011

9:15am
"Missa Cantata"
St. Anthony Franciscan Monastery
28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk

Contact the Monastery:
franciscanmonastery@yahoo.com
(207) 967-2011
PO Box 980
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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First Saturday Mass Saturday 7 September 2019

FIRST SATURDAY MASS Saturday, 7 September 2019.

9AM (Confessions, 8AM)
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
268 Brown Street, Westbrook ME

Contact:
Fr. Steven Cartwright
Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes
Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22

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Curate, ut valeatis!

Msgr. Pope on the Loss of Belief in the Real Presence

The majority of Catholics, including a substantial fraction of those who attend Mass regularly, do not believe in the Real Presence.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n.b.: a short post on the development of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is here):

Para 1333:“At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood…” (my emphases – TC)

Para 1367: “The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: ‘The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.’ ‘And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner. . . this sacrifice is truly propitiatory…’"

Para 1374: “The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as ‘the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend. ‘In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ ‘This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present…"

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From Msgr. Charles Pope in the National Catholic Register (my emphases):

“…There have been two different interpretations of these results. The first is that the numbers show a failure of teaching; poor catechesis is the fundamental cause. The second is that they show a failure in liturgical practice; a desacralized, demystified, less-reverent liturgy is the underlying problem.

There is truth in both interpretations, but to my mind, the second view is superior, in that it contains the first view but recognizes that faith is more than intellectual formation. Faith is more than what we say; it is also what we do. Too often, things we do and things we fail to do in the Mass are countersigns of the Real Presence and undermine, rather that support, what we say we believe…

“[Msgr Pope] would argue that the poor results are mostly due to the fact that the Mass, as it has been celebrated since the early 1970s, has remained largely and stubbornly resistant to changes aimed at restoring reverence. It has been a combination of the force of many bad habits and an entrenched liturgical establishment that has resisted anything that seemed to be a “step backward” (e.g., kneeling to receive Holy Communion), even as an option…

There is much more to Msgr’s post, go read it all. My personal experience with the Ordinary Form has been that, in general, pretty much anything is allowed to fly in the Mass, except for anything that even hints at reverence or tradition. This even includes the “preferred” option of saying the Confiteor during the Penitential Act, something I never – never – hear in an Ordinary Form Mass in the Diocese of Portland, Maine, even in the Cathedral (this is a pet peeve of mine).

Anyway, the point is, the Mass teaches. The Ordinary Form, although it can be done reverently and well, generally is done poorly. Thus, it teaches poorly. The Extraordinary Form is not magic, but it is far less susceptible to the whims of the priests, because there’s pretty much only one way to do it, as opposed to the thousand and one ‘options’ of the Ordinary Form. In general, the Extraordinary Form teaches reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, and teaches it well.

Curate ut valeatis.

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24th Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration Auriesville, NY, 27-29 September 2019

What is the Pilgrimage for Restoration? From the website:

“In the footsteps of Martyrs…

In its twenty-fourth year, the annual pilgrimage is a journey of the faithful to the place in ‘New France’ where Saints Isaac Jogues, René Goupîl, John LaLande and numerous Native American Converts were martyred 377 years ago. It is conducted in honor of Christ Our King, for the restoration of new Christendom, and in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Invoking the intercession of America’s saints and martyrs, we desire that Catholic Faith restore every dimension of our lives: our hearts, families, workplaces, schools, parishes, neighborhoods, monasteries, cities, dioceses, the American nations.

The pilgrimage is an exercise of penance and prayer, of contradiction and restoration, having both a personal and social character. Modeled on the annual Pentecost Pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Chartres, France, we embrace the traditional doctrine & practice of Holy Church, with all her demands.

A special intention of the pilgrimage is restoration of the Catholic family, civil society and the specifically Roman liturgical tradition. We hope thereby to show our attachment to the Church’s tradition – East & West – and the riches it contains, not with the intention of reverting to some by-gone era, but rather of drawing benefits from the ancient sources and putting them to work in the world today…”

And so, here is the announcement for this year – 2019 - and information from the Pilgrimage for Restoration blog:

24th Pilgrimage for Restoration in the footsteps of the martyrs to Our Blessed Lady’s Shrine at Auriesville, NY, 27-29 September — Friday to Sunday!

Journey through majestic Adirondack forests sanctified by the blood of martyrs. Traditional Roman Liturgy every day. Confession, counsel and teaching from priests of solid faith. Fellowship & fun. Shuttles & TLC for the weary.

Something for everybody: youths, students, seniors. Family-friendly. Kids love it!   http://pilgrimage-for-restoration.org/schedule/

AFFORDABLE!   https://pilgrimage-for-restoration.org/how-to-afford-pilgrimage-the-traditional-way/

Can’t travel? Pray and participate from afar, or sponsor a pilgrim at www.national-coalition.org/w/pilgrimage-without-travel.

Not sure you can make it? PRE-register to hold your place.   http://pilgrimage-for-restoration.org/registration/

Register online at www.pilgrimage-for-restoration.org/registration, or send contact info with fee to NCCL, 621 Jordan Cir, Whitehall PA 18052.

Check this blog page or the website for details.

Questions?    pilgrimage.for.restoration@gmail.com    610/435-2634    http://pilgrimage-for-restoration.org/blog/

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A couple of years back, a supporter of Una Voce Maine went on the pilgrimage; her recollections are here. A couple of snippets:

“… For me, the greatest challenge of the pilgrimage was not the actual walking and occasional discomfort experienced on location, but rather it was trusting Our Lord completely to make it safely from Maine to New York and back with my three youngest treasures (ages 12, 9, and 6) in the back of the car. I had only been driving locally for a few months, had never in my life driven on a highway, so it was tempting to just drop the whole idea…

All in all, there was an overwhelming sense of hope that as we witness the tragic descent of our world into a culture of death, we fellow pilgrims are keeping our eyes focused on Heaven and trust our Blessed Mother to guide us there along with all our children. We are not giving up, we are fighting, and we know Who wins in the end!

Again, I urge you to explore the Pilgrimage for Restoration homepage and blog, both of which have a wealth of information.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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UPDATE on the People's Veto

Here is some more information on the PEOPLE’S VETO of LD820 and LD1313, which we discussed recently here. The deadline for petitions is mid September.

From an E-mail originating with the Diocese of Portland, Maine’s Office of Public Policy:

This is an invitation to serve as a volunteer circulator for the people’s veto efforts.

We’re in dire need of people to collect signatures. This includes before and after masses in your area for this effort. All volunteer circulators must be register Maine voters. If you’re interested, please reply to Peter Morin (see below for contact information – TC).

Thanks very much for the consideration.

The Maine Knights of Columbus have been most active in organizing petition drives among various diocesan parishes, their People's Veto page has numerous links and information.

The Christian Civic League (CCL) is also well organized. You will find a page filled with information-packed links here, and contacts by county “for those looking for petitions or just general info” here. For your convenience, I have taken the liberty of cutting and pasting the contacts below (I hope you don’t mind, CCL…)

Contacts by County
for those looking for petitions
or just general info

Peter Morin: Cumberland, York
morin113@gmail.com
653-4849

Adam Crepeau: York
ajcrepeau@gmail.com
361-7466

Cody Porter: Penobscot, Hancock, Piscataquis
codygporter@gmail.com
631-9619

Nick Adolphsen: Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Washington
nick.adolphsen@gmail.com
975-2838

Jon Moynahan: Kennebec, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin
jonathanmoynahan@gmail.com
929-0847

Zach Lingley: Aroostook, Franklin
zachary.lingley@gmail.com
902-0179

Mike McClellan: Oxford, Cumberland, Androscoggin
mmcclell@maine.rr.com
329-6148

The Bishop’s Letters on all this, which you may (or may not) have seen or heard about in your parish, are as below:

Link to the LD 820 letter (taxpayer funded abortion) here.

Link to the LD 1313 letter (“assisted suicide”; as a physician I am ashamed to call it “physician assisted”) here.

If there hasn’t been a petition in your parish as yet, ASK YOUR PARISH PRIEST ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S VETO PETITION!!!

I’ll put up more information when I get it.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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On ad orientem.

[I cannot assume that everyone is familiar with this issue, so some brief terms: “Versus populum” is when the priest is facing the congregation, with his back to the tabernacle (if, indeed, the sanctuary has a tabernacle), throughout the Mass. This is the posture that nearly all Catholics born subsequent to 1970 know. The vast majority think it is “the way it’s always been”.

Ad orientem” or “to the East” (or, more correctly, “towards God”) is the form where the priest is not facing the congregation but facing God through most of the Mass. This has the secondary effect of the priest having his back to the people, although in fact everyone, priest and people, are facing God. Think of the postures of the airplane pilot and the passengers: all are facing the same direction, the direction where they are going, but it is also true that the pilot has his back to his passengers. Most passengers, I suspect, would prefer their pilot to be paying attention to where they are going, rather than talking and looking at them. Most Catholics today, if they are even aware of it, think ad orientem is arcane, ancient, and irrelevant. In fact, it was the way the Church worshiped throughout her entire history, up until the 1970s. Enough by way of introduction. let’s get on with it. - TC]

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On the 22 of July, 2019, the Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of Gallup, NM, issued a letter to his diocese. The letter is here. Snippets, with my emphases, are as follows:

“…There is, however, one particular practice that I would like to highlight here. It is about exercising the option to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass facing “toward the East” (ad orientem) or “toward God” (ad Deum) as distinct from “toward the people” (versus populum).

Let me say at the outset: I know this can be a contentious topic … By explaining and advocating for this, I am in no way trying to disrupt the way the people of this Diocese pray. Rather, I am trying to open the treasury of the Church’s patrimony, so that, together, we can all experience one of the most ancient ways that the Church has always prayed...

With that in mind, let me start with just a brief historical note. Essentially, we can say that celebrating Mass ad orientem is one of the most ancient and most consistent practices in the life of the Church—it is part of how the Church has always understood the proper worship of God… versus populum worship is extremely new in the life of the Church (1970’s – TC), and, while a valid liturgical option today, it still must be considered novel when it comes to the celebration of Mass…

Bishop Wall then goes on to give a concise, readable explanation of what, exactly, ad orientem (or ad Deum – towards God) worship involves. He also discusses the common assertion that this is all merely a matter of taste. His central point, however, is here (his emphasis, set off in bold as a separate paragraph):

For all these reasons, I have decided that, since the recent solemnity of Corpus Christi, the 11:00am Sunday Mass will henceforth be celebrated ad orientem at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Gallup…

This is also a practice I would like to encourage throughout the Diocese of Gallup…”

I recommend you go and read his entire, very thoughtful (and, in my opinion, courageous) letter. Bishop Wall is in no way suppressing versus populum. It’s also important to note that the Bishop is implementing this in the context of the Novus Ordo Missae (New Order of the Mass, as it was originally known, now known as the “Ordinary Form”) He is, however, highlighting it – “which way the priest faces - as important, important enough for him to use it at a central (11AM every Sunday) Mass in his cathedral, and to clearly support and encourage it’s use by other parishes in his diocese.

Finally, MSGR Charles Pope, whom I have quoted a fair amount on this blog, has written extensively on the topic of ad orientem. A brief list:

A Pastor Reflects on Cardinal Sarah’s Call to Face East Together

Why We Should All “Face East” During the Eucharistic Prayer

5 Things to Remember in the “Ad Orientem” Discussion: An Advocate of ‘Ad Orientem’ Reflects on the Responses of the Holy See Press Office and the U.S. Bishops

How to Popularize ‘Ad Orientem’ Without Disorienting People

Curate, ut valeatis.

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A Young Man's View of America Magazine's View of the Mass

Declan Leary is, according to his byline, an editorial intern at the National Review, and a junior at John Caroll University. In my simple mind, that would make him one of those young people the Church is always wailing about. He has recently penned an article in the National Review entitled What America Magazine Gets Wrong About the Mass. The principal point (but by no means the only point) is this (my emphasis):

Catholics have to make a choice about how we approach the Mass. Is it the solemn observation instituted by Christ in which we as a Church constantly live the Passion and experience the real presence of our Lord? Or is it a do-it-yourself liturgy where we play out our fantasies and fulfill our wishes, where we make sure that everyone is included in any way they want, no matter how much attention is shifted away from Christ? One choice serves our egos, the other, our souls.

Do take a few minutes to go here and read the entire thing.

Curate, ut valeatis.

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PEOPLE'S VETO of LD 820 and LD 1313

There is a “People’s Veto” initiative for LD 820, taxpayer-funded abortions in Maine, recently passed and signed into law, as well as LD 1313, the “assisted suicide” law, also recently passed and enacted. Details on the “People’s Veto” law here, and details on how to become a volunteer circulator here.

Bishop Deeley has sent two letters concerning this to all clergy, as well as in the weekly mailing which goes to all employees of the Diocese. So, your parish priest should know about this. Your priest will decide how the letters will be distributed (Faith Catholic app, bulletin stuffer, bulletin column, etc).

I have reproduced Bishop Deeley’s letters below. They’re a bit faded, so I’ve got the links as well!

Link to the LD 820 letter (taxpayer funded abortion) here.

Link to the LD 1313 letter (“assisted suicide”; as a physician I am ashamed to call it “physician assisted”) here.

I will put more up on this as I get it, for right now I want to thank Suzanne Lafreniere, Director of the Office of Public Policy for the Diocese, for her speedy help in getting me all these links and whatnot.

Nota bene: the DEADLINE FOR PETITIONS is 18 September 2019!

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New ICK parish in Pittsburgh

Awhile back, we talked about the Institute for Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, in an article entitled “On birthing priests.” The primary points of my article were two.

First, this:

No matter how much we laity may long for it, until there are priests who are willing to learn, and say, the Latin Mass, we laity are just sitting in a circle talking to each other…

Second, this:

Where are those priests going to come from? Two places, methinks….

[1] Diocesan priests would be willing to learn, and say, and offer every Sunday the Latin Mass. (Still, in my opinion, far and away the best choice – TC)

[2] Those orders, and their seminarians, that “specialize” in the Latin mass.

In the article I then give brief introductions, with various links, for the Institute for Christ the King (“ICK”), the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (“FSSP”), and the Society of St. Pius X (“SSPX”).

All of this is by way of introduction to the newly established Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh, PA, staffed by priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. I came across this information via a blog known as The Guild of the Blessed Titus Brandsma, here. From that article:

On 1 July 2019, Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Bishop David Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh established Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish, and entrusted its care to Canon William Avis and Canon John O'Connor, priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest…”

The Diocese of Pittsburg, by the way, is not too far from the Diocese of Harrisburg, which we touched on recently in “Nuns in PA”, here.

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So, just as there were two main points to “On birthing priests”, there are two main points to this post:

(1) To make you aware of yet another Bishop inviting a traditional order into his diocese, to revitalize a dying or empty church building. We have no shortage of those sorts of buildings here in Maine. (I have done many posts on several Bishops in these United States who have invited the FSSP and/or the ICK into their dioceses, as well as fostered their own priests learning the Extraordinary Form). The Diocese of Pittsburgh is facing tremendous financial and other problems, see here. All the more reason, perhaps, for Bishop Zubik to invite in the ICK.

(2) This is important. The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma blog, from which I linked the information on the new ICK parish in Pittsburgh, is in some way associated with a lady whom I’ve never met and do not know, but who appears to be fairly well known (at least in the blogosphere) and who goes by the combox name of “Supertradmum.” Now, however, she is quite ill, and in danger of death, see here. I thought I’d pass it along.

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Nuns in PA

Some time back, we looked at “Nuns and Home Improvement”, here. One of the groups we looked at were the Carmelites of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. From their website (my emphasis):

The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a papally enclosed Discalced Carmelite community in the farmlands of Fairfield, Pennsylvania (near Gettysburg – TC). In communion with the Roman Catholic Church and approved by their diocesan bishop, the Most Rev. Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese, the cloistered Nuns live lives of solitude, prayer and sacrifice. Their monastery is at full capacity — and their numbers continue to grow.

The primary mission of the Carmelite Order is to pray and offer oblation for the Church and the world. The use of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Divine Office sets this monastery apart and their observance of the Rule and Constitutions is part of an unbroken tradition stretching back from Mexico to Spain to Mount Carmel itself in the Holy Land.

They are affiliated with the Carmel in Elysburg, PA. Visit ElysburgCarmelites.Org to learn more…

Well, the National Catholic Register has an article on them, here. From The Register:

“[The] nuns are originally from a Carmel convent in Valparaiso, Nebraska, and as the order has experienced a surge in vocations, small groups of nuns have branched out to form new communities. The Fairfield Carmelites currently number 11, with most in their 20s and 30s, wear the traditional habit, make use of the extraordinary form of the Mass and Divine Office, and pray for the Church and the world. “We don’t engage in an active apostolate, but live a retired and cloistered life,” said Mother Therese of Merciful Love, the subprioress and novice mistress.

The nuns spend up to six hours per day in formal prayer, and the remainder of the day is spent in silence and personal prayer…

These are cloistered nuns: “…as the sisters value “hiddenness,” they don’t allow their faces to be photographed…

I wish to emphasize two things:

(1) The monastery is at full capacity, and their numbers continue to grow.

(2) They use the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

As has been pointed here and elsewhere, the future of the church is in her past. The Extraordinary Form needs to be mainstream: every Sunday, prime time, every Holy Day, not kept off in the closet like some weird uncle. Liberating the Extraordinary Form will NOT fix the church. But it IS a necessary first step. If you, priests and bishops, will only say it. They. Will. Come. When, O when, will our church leadership understand this?

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Regular (meaning every Sunday) Latin Masses for August 2019

Please feel free to E-mail me at info@unavocemaine.org or timothy.collins3@va.gov with additions, deletions or corrections.

EVERY SUNDAY (courtesy of the Saint Gregory the Great Latin Mass Chaplaincy):

8:30 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Basilica
122 Ash Street, Lewiston, ME

12 NOON
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Fr. Rale Pilgrimage Saturday, 3 August 2019, Westbrook, ME

We discussed last year’s Fr. Rale Pilgrimage here.

Well, it’s that time again, and the Pilgrimage will be Saturday, August 3rd, from 10AM to 1PM.

Gather at 10AM at St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street, Madison, ME 04950 (part of Christ the King Parish).

Details follow:

“… the Fr. Rale pilgrimage will be happening again this year on Saturday August 3rd from 10 AM to 1 PM in Madison, Maine. As in previous years, we'll begin with a Holy Hour, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, time for prayer and reflections on Fr. Rale's life. We'll be praying especially this year for priests in Maine. Confessions will also be available. The Holy Hour will be at St. Sebastian Church in Madison. After that, we'll drive five minutes down the road to the site of Fr. Rale's mission and do a procession to the place where he was killed and is believed to be buried. The procession involves about a half mile worth of walking…”

The primary organizer of this event is Joseph Moreshead, a Diocesan seminarian whose bio is here. He adds this:

“ … If you're interested in coming, it would be great to have you. We're always in need of altar servers for the procession or the holy hour. Just shoot me an email (joseph.moreshead@portlanddiocese.org) if you think might be interested in serving. We're also in need of readers, so let me know if you might be willing to do a reading. Also, please spread the word! I'm organizing this from Nebraska this year (but will be back for the pilgrimage), so it's harder for me to promote this year than in years past..

If I get any more information on this I will surely pass it along!

Curate, ut valeatis!

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First Saturday Mass 3 August 2019

9AM (Confessions, 8AM)
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
268 Brown Street, Westbrook ME

Contact:
Fr. Steven Cartwright
Parochial Vicar - Sebago Lakes Region Parishes
Office Phone: 207-857-0490, ext. 22

Curate, ut valeatis!

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