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7th Annual AUSCP Assembly! Albuquerque, NM: June 25-28, 2018

The Big AUSCP AssemblyJune 25th, 2018
The big day is here.

For the Sheep No Longer in Exile – Mass Tomorrow Morning

Tomorrow, June 30th, there will be a Mass at 8:30 AM. Yes, you read that correctly. St. Peter’s will have a Saturday morning Mass.

You prayed four years for this day. The exile is over. It’s time to come home!



For the Sheep in Exile – 2018-06-24

Here is Bulletin_2018-06-24

Glad tidings for your information:



“Oh, just one more thing …”

Investigation Summary:There are a couple of loose ends I’d like to tie up.” You contracted me to conduct a private investigation on behalf of individuals known as the “Sheep in Exile”. Based on your recent request, I have closed out that case. I have forwarded a large confidential file containing the following:

  • Detailed report of investigation with key judgements,
  • Photographs,
  • Interviews,
  • Source materials (news clippings & electronic media), and
  • Physical evidence from dumpster diving.

As discussed earlier, I remain on retainer and am preparing for the imminent activation of  Phase II operations. I stand ready to conduct a thorough review of certain matters pertaining to the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP).

With regards to the AUSCP, I have worked with your friend, Mr. Fre3d Capra, and trained him in the tradecraft required to infiltrate the AUSCP and provide inside information on the upcoming Albuquerque Assembly to be held June 25-28. His counterfeited dissident, liberal catholic credentials were impeccably contrived. He is now an AUSCP member in good standing.

4458652-rambler01loHaving Fre3d feign being comatose last year was a brilliant ploy. That gave him an opportunity to join the AUSCP and win their trust. Good thinking on your part!

Fre3d recognized that his old Rambler would be far too recognizable for undercover work. So he gave it to me. My dog loves it.

I have also been in touch with your “dead horse” Petition. He is quite alive and thrivingdead-horse at Wyoming Catholic College. He is assisting with their P.E.A.K. summer programs (click here and here.) He will be part of the horseback riding  and horse excursion program. His devotion to prayer and desire to help in influencing strong Catholic youths is a fitting way for him to move towards retirement. The way Petition was treated at St. Peter’s was a very sad thing, indeed.

As we move into Phase II, the sensitivity of the operations focusing on AUSCP and similar organizations demands that we refrain from any further open discussion. This will be my final post. All future correspondence will be encrypted and sent via other means.

Personal Comment: Although this was an exceedingly difficult case, it has certainly been intriguing and spiritually instructive. The reason I took this case pro bono was because all of us in the Church Militant have to contribute our time and prayers to defend the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Evelyn Kerr who passed away today.



I’m coming back home

I have been a “sheep in exile” for four years. I met many of you during our exile. And, although we didn’t speak of it, I could tell you all wanted to go home.

Some of you, have made changes and have become members of one of our surrounding parishes. Perhaps your children have made new friends in CCD or you are tied to your parishes in other ways.

Now the announcement is there in the Catholic Herald for all to see; St. Peter’s will have a new pastor. (Click here.)

Like me, many of you have no real decision to make. You knew all along that you would come back the very first moment that you could. For some of you, the decision will be a bit more difficult.

This will be our last post. Your support and prayers kept us going. Now, I’m coming home. Will you join me?

It’s been a very long time since I dedicated a song – this is for you.


Let me go home
I’ve had my run
Baby, I’m done
I gotta go home
Let me go home
It will all right
I’ll be home tonight
I’m coming back home
Please keep Fr. Grinnell in your prayers. May God bless him abundantly in his new ministries.

For the Sheep in Exile – 2018-05-27

Here is Bulletin_2018-05-27

Contribute to Health & Wellness in Rappahanock County?

Imagine, if you will, Yul Brenner in The King & I singing “A Puzzlement”. We often imagine that when we see certain items in St. Peter’s Sunday bulletin. For example, this week we read:

PATH Foundation

If you want to know what the PATH Foundation is about, click here. If you want to know who sits on the board of directors, click here. (Perhaps some of the names and faces will be familiar to you.) If you want to know what the PATH Foundation used to be, click here.

The part that doesn’t click for us is why the PATH Foundation will be meeting in St. Peter’s parish hall. It’s all well and good that an organization exists that is concerned about the physical health of those living in Rappahannock County. We’re sure the County Library would be well suited for that type of “community listening tour”. But, please tell us, where we can find the organization that is concerned about the spiritual health of those living in Rappahannock County? To quote the king:

“But… Is a puzzlement!”



For the Sheep in Exile – 2018-05-20

Here is Bulletin_2018-05-20

It is now 36  days to the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) Assembly. Although our Pastor has attended this event at least twice in the past, we have no idea if he will attend this year.

If you have the time, read the article Listening to Women: Creating space for women’s voices in the Catholic Church (click here). After you have read it, please note the remarks at the end of the article. This will help in understanding some aspects of the AUSCP agenda.

Listening to Women is sponsored by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, Australian Reform Organization, DignityUSA, FutureChurch, RAPPORT (Renewing a Priestly People, Ordination Reconsidered Today) and the Women’s Ordination Conference.



No Corpus Christi Procession at St. Peter’s This Year?

If you are a Knight of Columbus and you were looking for a reason to attend tonight’s meeting at St. Peter’s, please read the two emails below. Both were sent to me by a person whom you know as one of most active and faith-filled members of our parish.

I have removed all names for the sake of privacy.

  • From: [Redacted]
    To: [Redacted
    May 14 at 12:24 PM
     This morning I asked Father Grinnell if he would permit Deacon Benyo to conduct the Corpus Christi procession.  He flatly said no.
    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: [Redacted]
    Date: Sat, May 12, 2018 at 11:12 AM
    Subject: a Knights of Columbus campaign
    To: [Redacted]

    Dear Knights,
      I recently heard that Fr. Grinnell will not be around for Corpus Christi Sunday, but that a replacement priest, Fr. Bieber, will be with us.  Fr. Grinnell does not want to impose a procession on that priest.
     This is a big mistake.  Corpus Christi Sunday needs to be emphasized in importance as the Holy Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (Vatican II).  Furthermore, there are far too many Catholics who don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
    The Knights have experience in carrying the canopy over the monstrance that is held by the priest, and we have had a simple procession to and from the cemetery.  Fr. Bieber certainly knows how to do a Benediction.  There is NO reason why he can’t engage in a Eucharistic procession!
    The Knights, in unison, have a greater pull with Fr. Grinnell than just one person in promoting such a ceremony honoring Corpus Christi Sunday.
    Please Knights step up to the plate!!  Gather up the Knights and meet with Father about this important matter!
    P. S.  If a table needs to be set up with an altar cloth in the cemetery for this procession, I will set it up.

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