The Sheep of Kephas

“GUN CONTROL” at St. Peter’s – More to the Story

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When it comes to our radical Pastor’s involvement with issues on the left, it is always necessary to delve deeply into what motivates him. In yesterday’s post (For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-12-10), we had only peeled off one layer of the onion. To be certain, the Unitarian Universalists (UU) are among the chief sponsors of the scheduled December 14, 2017 GUN CONTROL event publicized in St. Peter’s bulletin.

Let’s put the UU’s aside and go one level deeper. First, we’ll go back to For the Sheep in Exile: Bulletin 2017-06-25 when Father told us that he had just returned from attending the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) assembly in Atlanta. He himself established that he was impressed and influenced by the event. Then, we go further back to the picture of our Pastor attending the 2016 AUSCP assembly in Chicago. It is here that we find another motivating factor for Father’s apparent support for GUN CONTROL.

It was in Chicago that Father may have or even likely participated in an AUSCP vote for GUN CONTROL. Following is a direct quote from the AUSCP website article AUSCP passes resolutions regarding gun control and violence, dated June 29, 2016:

Members of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests approved (June 28) three resolutions regarding gun control and non-violence. One resolution supports the statement made by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International regarding Nonviolence and Just Peace. Another resolution calls for members of the association to “incorporate the lessening of gun violence in their personal life choices and pastoral ministry.” The third resolution supports Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich who is urging the USCCB “to make gun control and gun violence one of the top priorities of the Church.”

So, it seems that our Pastor has decided that the UU sponsored GUN CONTROL event coincides perfectly with the AUSCP call to “incorporate the lessening of gun violence in their personal life choices and pastoral ministry.”

Our parish bulletin now promotes (in capital letters) a “GUN CONTROL” event. That would lead us to suspect that GUN CONTROL is now part of the “pastoral ministry” here at St. Peter’s.

How many souls will be saved?

Salus

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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-12-10

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Another reason why you might want to be a Sheep in Exile:  This notice was on page three of St. Peter’s bulletin this week:

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Yep, this is how we save souls here at St. Peter’s – we promoteGUN CONTROL. A little research reveals some organizers involved in this GVP demonstration. Here are two stories that tell you much of what you need to know about the organizers:

The National Interfaith Clergy Witness at the NRA

Faith Witness at NRA Headquarters

How many times have we encountered the special influence that Unitarian Universalists (UU) have had on our Pastor’s actions and recommendations to the sheep of St. Peter’s. Do you remember Laudato Si’ and the Rev. Russ Savage? Do you remember the UU prayer distributed in our bulletin just last September? (See: For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-09-24 and For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-09-03 – Supplemental)

Something is wrong here, something is very wrong and it is not necessarily Catholic. And it’s the kind of wrong thing that drives the Sheep into Exile.

Another reason why being a Sheep in Exile isn’t easy: The Sheep in Exile know that their exile is self imposed. They know how they have had to change their schedules, change their parishes, drive inordinate distances for Mass, and accept many other inconveniences. For those who have chosen St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton as their home-away-from-home while in exile, things are going to be even more inconvenient.

A very helpful reader has passed us the following announcement from St. John’s:

Father Gould wishes every one of our Ministries to share the following with their members via newsletters, emails, etc.:

It is now official.

Holy Trinity has decided NOT to have a Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve and has cancelled their Mass. The attendance for this Mass would have been close to 1,500 and since they have no place to go at that time, we now anticipate an additional 500 souls coming from Holy Trinity who will be attending our 4pm Christmas Eve Mass. So St. Johns is now changing our Christmas Eve Schedule.

In light of this change, the 4pm Mass will now be a general Mass. Registration forms will be passed out to those attending from our neighboring parish welcoming them to join us from now on. Merry Christmas, Holy Trinity.

The 6:30pm Mass will NOW be the Children’s Mass for our parishioners. Please take this into account when planning your Christmas Mass attendance, especially with our limited parking.

Carpooling is absolutely necessary. Yes, little Virginia (you and your family), carpooling is absolutely necessary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this Holy time of year. God bless you. Let us pray for one another!

There was more information about the deteriorating parking situation at St. John the Evangelist over the next several months in their bulletin this week. (Please see the following for details: Bulletin_2017-12-10A)

Bottom line: If you want to be exposed to a leftist, social justice agenda with a little added UU flavoring, you attend Mass at St. Peter’s. If you want grow spiritually and be guided on the way to salvation, you become a Sheep in Exile and attend Mass elsewhere.

There is a price to pay for going into exile, but the price will not be your spiritual well being.

Salus

Priez pour nous qui avons recours à vou

It snowed in Cleveland and the surrounding area on the evening of December 7th, 1962. In the school where I was staying, we awoke to 7-9 inches of glistening, early Winter snow on December 8th. The first order of the day would be attending morning Mass in celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The second order of the day would be shoveling the quadrangle sidewalk.

I was in the perfect place at the perfect time. It was a solemn feast in honor of my Mother. I would be with her and her beloved Son in the chapel. I would behold my Mother, her Son, my Father, and the Spirit Who binds us together. I was in the perfect place at the perfect time.

Our relationship began several years before. I had saved my pennies and nickels, even my dimes. I handed my envelope to Sister and she assured me I had made an investment in something that would last forever. She told us how the Knights of Columbus would use the money to build a great bell tower at the shrine to the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

IC-MedalYet, even before 1959, my Mother was already with me. Sister Mary Gemma taught me how to say the Rosary and Sister Mary Lucienne had suggested that we wear the Miraculous Medal. With the exception of the years when I fell away from the Church, I have worn that medal continuously and my Rosary is always near at hand.

So, on the morning of December 8th, 1962, the newly fallen snow was a sign of joy and purity – it only added greater love to my Mother’s day.

Today is December 8th, 2017. Once again it is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The first order of the day was to attend morning Mass in celebration of my Mother’s day. And, although the snow has not yet started to fall, it will be here soon. Once again, I am in the perfect place at the perfect time.

IC 2016-02-13And I can imagine in my mind that sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning in Washington, D.C. this will be the scene. Perhaps there will be some glistening, early Winter snow atop a great bell tower. My, what beautiful memories I can buy with my pennies, nickels, and my dimes.

Sister was so very right, ” I had made an investment in something that would last forever.” With that assurance and so much more. I will continue to keep my Rosary close at hand and I will wear the Miraculous medal always. And I shall never cease to pray to my Mother, “Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vou” (“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”)

Although it might be best to say no more in this post, I find it necessary to consider what has happened in our Church since 1962. Where are the Sr. Mary Gemmas and Sr. Mary Luciennes – where are the sisters who put teaching children about faith and devotions and their Mother Mary before anything else? Now more than ever, I am compelled to cry out, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”

What has happened in our Church since 1962? In that school where I was staying those 55 years ago, I saw the beginnings of the change from a church that knew its Founder, Jesus Christ, and His teaching into to the confused, misguided church we have today. So, when I read a report like US Catholic Priests Conspiring to Create “Priestless Parishes” Run by “Deaconnesses” by the Lepanto Institute, again I am compelled to cry out, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”

Finally, when I think of St. Peter’s Sheep in Exile and the reason why they are in exile, I am compelled to cry out, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!”

 

Salus

For the Sheep in Exile – 2017-12-03

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The First Sunday of Advent: 

1 Cor 1:3-9

I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The second reading for today’s Mass is so very important as we consider the opening line of today’s Gospel which reminds us of the “end times”:

“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.

You (we) must be prepared to call upon “the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus”.

Consider the following analysis by Cardinal Raymond Burke as related by the UK Catholic Herald  story ‘Perhaps we have arrived at the End Times’: an interview with Cardinal Burke:

PG Your Eminence, you have recently referred to our times as “realistically apocalyptic”. And you added that the “confusion, division and error” within the Catholic Church coming from “shepherds” even at the highest levels indicate that we “may be” in the End Times. Would you help us to understand what you meant by this?

CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE In the present moment there is confusion and error about the most fundamental teachings of the Church, for example with regard to marriage and the family. For instance, the idea that people who are living in an irregular union could receive the sacraments is a violation of the truth with regard both to the indissolubility of marriage and to the sanctity of the Eucharist.

St Paul tells us in his First Letter to the Corinthians that before we approach to receive the Body of Christ, we have to examine ourselves, or we eat our condemnation by receiving the Eucharist in an unworthy way. Now the confusion in the Church is going even further than that, because there is today confusion as to whether there are acts which are intrinsically evil and this, of course, is the foundation of the moral law. When this foundation begins to be questioned within the Church, then the whole order of human life and the order of the Church itself are endangered.

So there is a feeling that in today’s world that is based on secularism with a completely anthropocentric approach, by which we think we can create our own meaning of life and meaning of the family and so on, the Church itself seems to be confused. In that sense one may have the feeling that the Church gives the appearance of being unwilling to obey the mandates of Our Lord. Then perhaps we have arrived at the End Times.

 

The New Bulletin Format: Our Pastor has delivered. We now have the new bulletins. Check out the back page and consider patronizing the advertisers.

 

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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-11-26

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Today is the the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

According the Manual of Indulgences, “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who on this solemnity, publicly recite the act of dedication of the human race to Christ the King (Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor); a partial indulgence is granted for it’s use in other circumstances.

Act of Dedication of the Human Race to

Jesus Christ King

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy most Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the darkness of idolatry or Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thy eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Saviour; may it now descend upon them  a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations; and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation: to it be glory and honor forever. Amen.

Prayer source: The Young Seminarian by B.F.  Marcetteau, S.S. Spiritual Director, Theological College of the Catholic University, Washington, D.C., 1943

Please note that the entire section in blue is omitted from the Manual of Indulgences. Originally, the prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII and accompanied the encyclical Annum sacrum. It was promulgated on May 25, 1899 with the following wording”

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The section that was omitted in the current Manual of Indulgences reads:

Rex esto denique eorum omnium, qui in vetere gentium superstitione versantur, eosque e tenebris vindicare ne renuas in Dei lumen et regnum.

While the above text and the text in blue are not identical in meaning, the additions to the original text were considered necessary by the Church. That is why almost every young seminarian was taught this form of the prayer until the mid-1960’s.

It is more than a shame that the entire section and it’s revisions have been dropped. Consider what the world might be like today if the Church had been praying that Christ would be the “King of all those who even now sit in the darkness of idolatry or Islamism“.

As for me and my house, we will keep the old form!

Viva Cristo Rey!!

 

Where will Father be? Once again our Pastor will be unavailable, unattainable, unreachable, and just generally “un-” for an entire week. Once again he will be gone with no warning, no explanation, no reason, and just generally “no“. That is our Pastor – the Pastor of “un-” and “no“.

Speaking of “no“, there will be no Mass on Monday. There will be Communion Services on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the usual times.

Like a Broken Record: It’s back again, and again, and again – The Little Blue Book

LITTLE BLUE BOOK ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 

At the door of the church there is a little “Blue” reflection book with daily reflections for its Advent and Christmas seasons.  Six minutes a day.  That’s what you’re asked to give during these next 37 days—the 22 days of the Advent season, and the 15 days of the Christmas season.

Each 24-hour day has 240 “six minute” packages.  During the Advent and Christmas seasons, you’re asked to give one of those to the Lord.  People are often surprised at how easy it is to pray this way, and how deep such prayer can be.

It can change your day…change your life. 

If our Pastor can say all this about The Little Blue Book, as for me and my house we can say: Balderdash, poppycock, and baloney!!! My beautiful spouse would add, “It’s a bunch of crapolla!”

(Note: If you wonder why we say this, please search for “Blue Book” in the search box in the upper right hand corner of this page.)

 

Salus

 

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-11-19

Here is Bulletin_2017-11-19

One Misgiving Allayed: Some stories have a happy ending. This is one. In our post Misgivings, we expressed a misgiving about whether there would be a Mass at St. Peter’s on Thanksgiving Day. The good news is that there will be. The following is from St. Peter’s Website:

CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING!

Join us on Thanksgiving Day for three events… at 10 a.m., join the churches and community of Rappahannock for the ecumenical Thanksgiving service (10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on the corner of Gay and Main Streets in Washington, Va. Later, join us for a Thanksgiving Mass (7 p.m.) and Holy Hour (7:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m.) What a good way to “cap” Thanksgiving Day with Mass and thanksgiving time before the Blessed Sacrament. Also, you can go to confession (during the Holy Hour). How good is that! 

It only stands to reason that, for those who will not be away visiting family or friends, an effort should be made to take advantage of the opportunity to express our thanks to God for His great blessings in the truly Catholic way – attend Thanksgiving Mass at St. Peter’s.

Okay, Father, – “How good is that!”

The Loss of Fr. Creedon: The Catholic Herald story Fr. Gerard Creedon dies at 73 explains that: “Father Gerard (Gerry) Creedon, pastor of Holy Family Church in Dale City, died Nov. 16 from complications following heart surgery.”

Fr. Creedon was a very good friend of our Pastor. They worked together on many worthwhile corporal works of mercy. Our diocese needs every priest it has and the loss of  Fr. Creedon is a loss for all of us.

Please keep Fr. Creedon and our Pastor in your prayers.

Salus

 

 

Misgivings

mis·giv·ing
ˌmisˈɡiviNG/
noun
plural noun: misgivings
  1. a feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something.

Misgiving about Giving? You keep it in a drawer or place it on a shelf. The box simply says “My Offering” and nothing more. This week you will pull out an envelope from that box that looks like this.

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Now read this year’s CCHD update from the Lepanto Institute. Read it closely and consider where your money will be going this year and what it will be supporting. If you come to the same conclusion as we have; if you have a misgiving about giving, you might consider inserting the item pictured below into the envelope pictured above.

Alinsky-bucks

You may want to print out many extras for our Pastor. In my mind I can see him sitting near the fire burning in his wood stove with his faithful SJW dog Alinskee resting at his feet. All the while he will be enjoying a cool Stella Artois and counting an enormous stack of Alinsky bucks.

Misgiving about Thanksgiving? Let’s ask the simple question: Will there be a Mass at St. Peter’s on Thanksgiving Day this year?

Until the weekly bulletin comes out this evening, we have no clue. – So, we are waiting, waiting with the usual measure of misgiving.

Of course you remember last year there was no Mass – instead, there was an Ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service at St. Peter’s. (See Soul Check: WooHoo! The parking lot is a sin! for the details concerning that troubling event.)

My wife’s capable detective has found that this event will be hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church. (See Ecumenical Thanksgiving Day Service.) The pastor at Trinity Episcopal was impressed with the service at St. Peters last year as expressed in his note The Rambling Rector, by Miller Hunter.

One of the highlights of my first year in Rappahannock was attending the Thanksgiving service at St Peter’s last November. I am pleased and honored that Trinity will host the service this year.
It is very much a community event. Many of the clergy from the Rappahannock clergy group will participate and the community choir will lead the music. Our friend, the Rev. James Kilby, will be the preacher for the service.
Last year I found it the perfect way to begin my Thanksgiving celebration. I know you will also find it to be meaningful. Please plan to join us on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00.
Until our weekly bulletin comes out this evening, we have no clue. – So, we are waiting, waiting with the usual measure of misgiving.
Will there be a Mass at St. Peter’s on Thanksgiving Day? Where will our Pastor be at 10 AM? Will he be with his sheep or will he be somewhere else – perhaps at Trinity Episcopal? Or will he simply be “elsewhere”?
“Many of the clergy from the Rappahannock clergy group will participate…”
When it comes to what is or is not going to happen at St. Peter’s, my wife and I suffer many misgivings.
Salus

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