Sunday, January 29, 2012

Grapevine: (Updated) Mark your calendars... more Missae Cantatae

Gentle Readers,

Some updates I have heard on the preparations beginning for the next few Missae Cantatae for 2012 at St. Ann's in Charlotte...

Monday, March 26 -- Missa Cantata for Feast of the Annunciation (7.00pm)
Thursday, May 17 -- Missa Cantata for Feast of the Ascension
Sunday, June 3 -- Missa Solemnis for Feast of the Holy Trinity (2.30pm)

In addition, also hearing discussions on some additional summer events to look forward to...

Thursday, July 26 -- Missa Cantata or Solemnis for Feast of St. Anne

... and the possibility of a Forty Hours Adoration as well in June around the time of the Feast of Corpus Christi.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Forty Hours Adoration which was quite a common devotion in the pre-Vatican II days, it was a great Eucharistic celebration that open with a High Mass of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a Eucharistic procession after which the Blessed Sacrament was enthroned on the High Altar for 40 hours while a Mass for Peace (pro Pace) was offered on the second day at a side altar, and then a closing Mass at the end of the 40 hours. In the "old days" the closing Mass was usually followed by an "opening" Mass at another parish so that 40 hours of Adoration of our Blessed Lord was constant at one parish of the diocese at all times.

I look forward to being able to post this as a "Fact"... and in the meantime, please join me in praying for all of those involved in making these fonts of grace available to us: Father Reid, the Altarboys, and the Schola & Choir.

God bless y0u all!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fact: Administration Attacks Religious Liberity

Dear Readers,

Until now, I have managed to avoid talking politics on this blog, but there are times when things are so wrong , that it must be addressed as I am reminded of the poem at the entrance to the Holocaust memorial in Boston:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

We must now speak... or our freedom to believe and to live our lives in our believe will be gone. I only pray that the outcry raised by this will exceed the successful beat back of the Internet censorship efforts that this same Administration was supporting... first it was freedom of speech, now it is freedom of religion... this Administration has no moral compass to guide it as it wantonly flaunts those precious rights that this country was founded on.

I implore you to:
1. Pray for conversion of the Administration and repeal of the regulations
2. Contact your representatives in both houses of the U.S. Congress
3. Vote your informed conscience in November's elections

Below is the video message of Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB and a link to the official USCCB "statement" on this issue...

Please do not be a bystander on this one for they are "coming for us"

Archbishop Timothy Dolan on HHS Conscience Regulation from Rocco Palmo on Vimeo.


Unconscionable to force citizens to buy contraceptives against their will

No change in limited exemption, only delay in enforcement

Matter of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion

WASHINGTON—The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. Today's announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The cardinal-designate continued, “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty."

The HHS rule requires that sterilization and contraception – including controversial abortifacients – be included among “preventive services” coverage in almost every healthcare plan available to Americans. “The government should not force Americans to act as if pregnancy is a disease to be prevented at all costs,” added Cardinal-designate Dolan.

At issue, the U.S. bishops and other religious leaders insist, is the survival of a cornerstone constitutionally protected freedom that ensures respect for the conscience of Catholics and all other Americans.

“This is nothing less than a direct attack on religion and First Amendment rights,” said Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairperson of the board at Franciscan Alliance, Inc., a system of 13 Catholic hospitals. “I have hundreds of employees who will be upset and confused by this edict. I cannot understand it at all.”

Daughter of Charity Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, voiced disappointment with the decision. Catholic hospitals serve one out of six people who seek hospital care annually.

“This was a missed opportunity to be clear on appropriate conscience protection,” Sister Keehan said.

Cardinal-designate Dolan urged that the HHS mandate be overturned.

“The Obama administration has now drawn an unprecedented line in the sand,” he said. “The Catholic bishops are committed to working with our fellow Americans to reform the law and change this unjust regulation. We will continue to study all the implications of this troubling decision.”