My reflections on a variety of topics pertaining in some way to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York, as well as the wider Church.
This speaks for itself ...
Tip: David F.
OLV is the place to be, and it's the place for me!God bless Father.
Our Lady of Victory/St. Joseph is the only church in the DoR I feel comfortable attending anymore. That's really too bad that the DoR has gotten so bad. Thank God we have at least one safe haven of sanity and orthodoxy.
I love the vid. So true. Anyone who hasn't taken the plunge yet doesn't know what they're missing. I encourage anyone who has thought about coming to OLV to give it a shot, and experience a truly reverent Catholic Novus Ordo. Yes, it can be done.~Dr. K
Looks like this fellow has a new blog. It's always great to see these types of things growing as they are!http://cleansingfiredor.blogspot.com/
Dear Anon 3:41You might feel comfortable attending the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite or the Tridentine Latin Mass at St. Stanislaus @1:30 p.m. on Sundays.It's all orthodox! See you at the communion rail!!!
Give the TLM at St. Stanislaus a try. Go at least once a month for 6 months. There is a "High Mass" once a month there that anyone who has never been to a TLM should experience. The other Sundays of the month are "Low Masses". We try to make the sung High Mass each month --depends on whether the date conflicts with "donut Sunday" at Our Lady of Victory! Really.Mass at Our Lady of Victory is, I think, the way the Fathers of Vatican Council II envisioned how the Mass should appear as a result of reform. The preaching at OLOV is excellent every Sunday, as well. Very well prepared and stimulating and sometimes delivered with gut splitting humor.
I agree for the most part, Bernie. I do feel the Vatican II fathers desired the following: ad orientem worship to be maintained, the Mass to be mostly in Latin with the exception of some of the parts recited by the people, and a Novus Ordo Mass that wasn't quite as oversimplified as the present one.
What do you think of the idea of taping a Tridentine Latin Mass and a High Mass at St. Stanislaus and then broadcast it on our free, public access cable channel? I am sure many people would enjoy watching these Masses.Hundreds of our senior citizens watch the EWTN Mass everyday.
This coming Sunday is Corpus Christi and there will be a High Mass along with a procession and Benediction after Mass. The music is top-notch. Remember 1:30 at St. Stanislaus at the corner of Hudson Ave and Norton St. Security provided. It's the last High Mass of the season.See you in the confession line!Jim
Somebody please do this, I would love to see one of these TLM's appear on TV to make the masses aware of what a Mass should look like.
Jim,I was just looking at the St. Stan area on Google Maps (see here).Where does one park? Is it the lot on the SW corner of Hudson Ave. & Northeast Ave.? Or the lot on the north side of Northeast Ave, one building down from the corner. Or somewhere else?
Mike -You can park either of those two places, or even closer, behind the church there is a parking lot. You can almost always find a spot there. I have been going to the TLM since it started in 1993 and people come from a LONG distance to attend. We use to have a couple from Pennsylvania, but now that a TLM is offered in Belfast they go there. I hope to see you at the communion rail! Any further questions, just let me know.Oremus pro invicem,Jim
Jim & Dr. K.,I just got back home from the Mass at St. Stan's.Awesome! only begins to describe my reaction.One very reverent priest who preached a great homily, ten highly trained servers, an excellent choir singing equally excellent music and 125 or so lay people who really seemed to understand what it means to assist at Mass - and that even includes the children!It brought back a flood of memories about the way things used to be and, I pray, will be again sometime soon.I'll be back.
Mike,Thank you for your very kind words about the Tridentine Latin Mass they are most welcomed to hear. This Mass is part of our Catholic patrimony, something we Catholics have a right to. *Jim plays "gimme that old time religion"*For a number of reasons, the 1:30 time slot presents a few problems, but as of now that's all we have.Today's Mass was the last High Mass until late September; however, there will still be organ music. Our organist is usually John Morabito from Eastman, but sometimes not.The celebrant was Father Bonsignore. He is a very holy and kind man and an exceptionally devout priest.Please look me up again when you come back. I am usually in the back ushering and handing out bulletin and missals. I would be my pleasure to finally meet you.God Bless and as we say at the TLM "See you at the communion rail".Oremus pro invicem,Jim
Mike and anyone else interested,The sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Clark's delegate, Father William Laird on Tuesday evening, June 30th at 7 or 7:30, I can't remember which at St. Stanislaus, corner of Hudson and Norton. I believe we have 12 confirmands.Jim
The Latin Mass is truly a beautiful experience. It is a shame that more people aren't aware that the Traditional Mass is still being offered in the DoR. If only they knew, watch how fast they'd ditch their parishes riddled with liturgical abuse. I realize the TLM may not be for everyone, it does require full concentration, but there are many out there who I think would truly benefit from it were they to stumble upon St. Stanislaus.
I've been meaning to try out the Latin mass at St. Stans myself. Have been going to the 4pm Mass there myself, on and off over the past few months.
Dave: You would be most welcomed to attend the Latin Mass. I'm usually in the back handing out missals and bulletin. If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to let me know. It is easy to work the Latin Missal. Take good care,Jim H
Not to step on OLV toes or St. Stan's toes... but St. Michael's @ 4:00 pm Sunday is a nice choice too. Sacred music, holy priests (for the most part retired - who help the deacon administrator since the priest assigned is particular apt with the Spanish community), very good homilies given by those priests and the deacon administrator, fabulous architecture that will take your breath away... never a lay preacher! An excellent "other choice" for people looking to escape the liturgical nonsense that's around.
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