1. Where’s Father? Again!: He’s missing in action! I was concerned that he might be in danger. All I know for sure is he hasn’t been seen around here since Sunday. The bulletin merely says there will be Communion Services on Monday, June 19th and Wednesday June 21st, and Tuesday is his day off. Where oh where can he be??
Mind you, I wasn’t concerned for long. After all, I had the following clipping from the Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP) Website since May of this year.
No, I’m not sure that he’s been to Atlanta. But, If you go to Mass Thursday night at St. Peter’s and Father looks a little tired, ask him if he enjoyed his visit with his radical, modernist confreres.
Now, If you want to know what’s been going on in Atlanta with the 2017 AUSCP Assembly, check out this site: 2017 Assembly – AUSCP. All of you are well enough schooled in your faith to understand why I would fear for Father’s safety if he had participated in that event.
2. Where will Father be in July and August?: I must admit I dropped the ball. Even though I anticipated that Father would be gone during this period in June and I had the dates of the AUSCP assembly, it took a very astute reader to remind me to check on this.
Now, I have some information for July and August. (I can’t be sure of this because plans change.)
Supposedly, Father will be on a river cruise in Europe (perhaps with some parishioners) from July 27 – August 9.(See: Bulletin_2016-06-19)
Afterwards, he is likely to leave (abandon) his little group of pilgrims early to make their own way back to the States. Meanwhile, he just might head over to Belgium so that he can attend the American College Alumni Association (ACAA) reunion from August 6 – 13.Oh, and by the way, the cruise was organized by his seminary alumni buds. (I had to really dig to come up with this.
In case any of our alumni would like to add a vacation to a visit to Leuven for the 2017 Alumni Reunion, Frank O’Hara (AC, ’59) suggests that an 8-day Paris-Rouen-Paris river cruise would be a good addition to your itinerary. The cruise, July 28-Aug 4, 2017, would include 7 guided tours including the Normandy Beachheads and Monet’s home. Including air-fare from the East Coast to Brussels or Paris, the tour would cost $4,369 for a stateroom with veranda. Staterooms on lower decks may be as low as $3,244/per person (double occupancy).
The price is guaranteed until June 30, 2016. If ten people are interested, Frank would serve as chef-du-groupe and would donate the value of his benefits to the Alumni Association’s Damien Fund. Call “Ed Pitman” at Leisure World Travel 401-944-7421 or Frank at 401-275-0720.
Reunion Dates for 2017
Save the date for the 2017 reunion Leuven, Belgium, beginning planned for arrival on Sunday, August 6 and participants departing, or traveling on their own, on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
The cruise package reads like the most traditional religious pilgrimage one could imagine. I don’t think so! Meanwhile, the sheep at St. Peter’s will be without their shepherd once again.
For the Chancery – how much longer do we have to endure the absences and general crapola? Oh well, until this is fixed, I pray for my Pastor’s safe return. – Char
Here is Bulletin_2017-06-18.
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Thank you to our Pastor, our Deacon, and the Knights of Columbus.
Reading 2 1 Cor 10:16-17
Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf.
To all dads, Happy Father’s Day!! St. Joseph, Pray for us!!
This is the first in a series of posts where I will describe aspects of the Catholic Cultural Revolution using quotations directly from our Pastor. (Shall we put them in a “little book”?) These are my personal views. If these posts put a knot in your knickers, then take it up with me. Char
Child of the 60’s: I was a child of the 60’s. I was rebellious. I renounced authority. I wore the clothes. I listened to the music. I was a part of the culture wars. I did not want what preceding generations offered. I was a heathen and I was “woman”.
That is what I was, but am that no longer – I grew up. And, more importantly, I found my way to the Catholic Church.
Slowly, however, I am finding that some children of the 60’s never grew up and many are our spiritual shepherds.
For example, in the view of my Pastor, some of his brother priests are “retrograde” and I, a member of the laity, am “living in another world”.
How do I know what my Pastor thinks? Well, pull up your knickers, sit down, and read his words. These are the thoughts of our great and fearless Pastor:
Topic: Brother Priests
“Bishop Loverde told me he had received some letters from people who did not want to have young women serve with young men on the altar,” Grinnell wrote in the church bulletin. “I assumed that these letters could only have come from some of the retrograde clergy of the Arlington diocese (who seem to be permanently ‘out to sea’ on this issue).
Priest Who Allowed Altar Girls Is Told to Stop – The Washington Post,
Friends, and those who have already developed knots, this quote tell us that Father thinks that some of his fellow priests are “retrograde”. Not only are they “backward”, they are “out to sea” whenever they think something contrary to whatever view Father might hold. And, he is willing to call them “retrograde” in a Sunday bulletin where a newspaper with a national readership can find his words.
Oh my goodness, how very “progressive” of him?
Topic: The Laity
“I was quite surprised, therefore, when the Bishop told me that he had also received some letters from lay people,” Grinnell added. “I understand that some of my brothers are living in another world.”
Priest Who Allowed Altar Girls Is Told to Stop – The Washington Post,
Oh, how very out of character! Father normally says “my sisters and brothers”. Whatever. My Pastor finds it hard to believe that the laity could ever follow the retrograde/backward, reactionary thinking of “some of the retrograde clergy of the Arlington diocese”. But I do agree with those priests. Their teaching is consistent, logical, and it just makes darn good sense.
So my Pastor has pegged me well. I don’t live in his world. Nor will I ever. I am Catholic. I am not progressive, nor do I agree with one d- -n thing that is being promoted by the Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP), nor with any of its members – including my Pastor.
So, there it is. In the mind of my Pastor, my hubby, my children, and my grandchildren would all be living in a different world. Perhaps, he sees me, my hubby, and my cat like the folks in this picture to the left. Welcome to the Catholic Twilight Zone.
Catholic Cultural Revolution: Dear readers, you can now un-knot your knickers, I’m almost done. You and I both know that there is a culture war being waged in the Catholic Church. But it is more than a war – it is a revolution. In many respects it resembles the Cultural Revolution launched by Chairman Mao in 1966. Our parish is already becoming a re-education center. (Think of Father Richard Rohr.)
Retrograde: If you are not familiar with the history of the terms “retrograde clergy” or “retrograde priests”, go do some research. It is a very derogatory term.
Standby! More to come – I have a lot to say. Rather, Father has a lot to say in his many public quotes. Whohoo!!
Now for some light entertainment for reflection, let’s go retrograde and listen to some music from my past.
“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world”
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right, all right, all right
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right
Here is Bulletin_2017-06-11
A Word about the Knights: Our bulletin this week reflects a simple fact – Knights of Columbus Council #14755 strengthens “the parish community as a whole”. (See page 2, Feeding the Hungry; page 3, Corpus Christi Procession & Parish Picnic, page 4, Help the Knights Support KOVAR and Special Olympics.) Consider the words of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. (See Supreme Knight tells state leaders membership key to growth and stability of the Knights of Columbus; our emphasis added.)
“Our Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative combines two great traditions of the Knights of Columbus: building up Catholic family life and strengthening parish life,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. Parishes are the natural home of Knights of Columbus councils and where they thrive best while strengthening the parish community as a whole, he added. These parish-based councils can be the drivers within the parish that promotes Catholic family life and new charitable initiatives, and that calls Catholic men to greater spiritual formation and evangelical action.“
A note to the Knights among the Sheep in Exile: You are our Brother Knights. Your fraternity and prayers have strengthened us. Stay in contact and join us when you can.
Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney – Pray for us!
The McGivney Prayer: God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. 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 I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here is Bulletin_2017-06-04
Contract Renewal: The Sheep of Kephas blog is not a low-budget, homespun production. For the last three years the great providence of an anonymous donor has underwritten the expense of this humble effort. Organized as a subsidiary of the private Beltway “think tank” known as Silva Research Writers (SRW), founded by Frank Silva in 1998, the Sheep of Kephas staff has labored tirelessly to use “Assent to Counter Dissent” here at St. Peter’s.
This year it appeared that the contract would not be renewed, and like so many other Beltway contractors, our staff would have to find work elsewhere. There was even talk of starting a new blog to be called “Life at Serendipity Farmhouse”. But, much to our amazement, the Diocese of Arlington 2017 Clergy Announcement notice gave our anonymous donor reason to call Frank Silva immediately to renew our contract.
And there it is folks. We here at the Sheep of Kephas welcome the opportunity to assent to the teachings of the Catholic Church; we welcome the chance to keep you informed; and we are so very grateful to our benefactor for giving us a very special gift – that gift is:
The Gift of Fortitude
Definition from the Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1808 Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Definition from CatholicCulture.org One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; it gives a person a special strength of will. This gift confers an extraordinary readiness to undergo trials for love of God or in fulfillment of the divine will; unusual courage to bear difficulties even for many years; firmness in carrying arduous tasks to their completion; perseverance in a lifetime fidelity to one’s vocation in spite of heavy trials or disappointments sent by God; and gladness in being privileged to suffer persecution or humiliation in union with Christ and for the sake of his name.
A reminder to all of you who read this blog, the sheep in exile and the sheep who remain, at your Confirmation you too received the gift of Fortitude. It is a treasure that needs to be used. – Have the very best and happiest Pentecost Sunday ever!
Larry and Liza – Not a Fluke: We may have failed to mention last week that we know Larry and Liza Lookeeloo personally. Lakeline, Ohio was only three streets over from where I grew up in Eastlake. Larry sent me a letter exclaiming how much more orthodox and spiritual was the Mass at St. John the Evangelist in comparison to what goes on now at St. Mary Magdalene in Willowick, Ohio. (See Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #20 – Priest-less Parishes?) I guess they had a lucky day when they read that advertisement in the Rappahannock News (RN).
There has been some speculation that the advertisement for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton on page A5 of the RN last week was somehow a fluke. Not so, dear readers, this week’s edition of the RN features the very same ad appearing on Page A8. We’re wondering if there were also an ad from St. John the Baptist in Front Royal in the RN if that would be a bad thing?
1. Death of a Dear Friend: We prayed and we prayed but the good Lord has finally taken our dear friend, that good and faithful dead horse Petition. My sweet spouse and I are mourning his loss. Meanwhile, Fre3d Capra remains in a coma. We hope we never have to tell him about poor Petition.
2. Why? You might be wondering what brought on the demise our dear dead horse. Perhaps the following from the official Diocese of Arlington site will explain it all. Petition truly hoped that he would see the name of our Pastor on this list, but it was not so:
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments effective Wednesday, June 28, 2017, except where noted differently.
Reverend Brian G. Bashista – from Parochial Vicar at Saint James Parish in Falls Church to Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lake Ridge.
Reverend Edward R. Horkan – from Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Luray to Pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Luray.
Reverend Stanley J. Krempa – from Pastor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester to Pastor of the newly established Parish of Saint Bridget of Ireland in Berryville, effective July 12, 2017.
Reverend Bjorn C. Lundberg – from Chaplain at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, with residence at Holy Family Parish in Dale City, to Pastor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester, effective July 12, 2017.
Reverend David P. Meng – from Pastor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lake Ridge to Pastor of Saint Timothy Parish in Chantilly.
Reverend Keith M. O’Hare – from Service in the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic to Pastor of Saint Louis Parish in Alexandria.
Reverend Matthew H. Zuberbueler – from Pastor of Saint Louis Parish in Alexandria to Pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church.
Reverend Milton R. Acevedo – from Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge to Parochial Vicar at Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria.
Reverend Thomas B. Cavanaugh – from Parochial Vicar at Saint Theresa Parish in Ashburn to Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge.
Reverend Phillip M. Cozzi – from Parochial Vicar at Saint Timothy Parish in Chantilly to Parochial Vicar at Saint James Parish in Falls Church.
Reverend Alex Diaz – from Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish in Dale City to Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge.
Reverend Michael J.R. Kelly – from Chaplain at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax with residence at Saint Philip Parish in Falls Church to Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Fredericksburg.
Reverend Luis Quiñónes – from Parochial Vicar at Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria to Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish in Dale City.
Reverend Augustine Minh Hai Tran – from Parochial Vicar at Saint James Parish in Falls Church to Parochial Vicar at Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville.
Reverend Brendan W. Bartlett – from Parochial Vicar at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester to Canon Law Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with residence at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington.
Reverend Keith D. Cummings – from Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Fredericksburg to Chaplain at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries with residence at Holy Family Parish in Dale City.
Reverend Stephen F. McGraw – from Chaplain at Christendom College in Front Royal to service in the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.
Reverend Marcus A. Pollard – from Pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church to Chaplain at Christendom College in Front Royal.
Reverend Stephen J. Schultz – from Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge to Chaplain at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax with residence at Saint Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax.
Reverend Gerald Weymes – from Pastor of Saint Timothy Parish in Chantilly to retired status in a private residence.
Newly Ordained Priests
Reverend Mr. Steven G. Oetjen – upon ordination to the priesthood, to Parochial Vicar at Saint James Parish in Falls Church.
Reverend Mr. Stephen M. Vaccaro – upon ordination to the priesthood, to Parochial Vicar at Nativity Parish in Burke.
Reverend Mr. Jordan M. Willard – upon ordination to the priesthood, to Parochial Vicar at Saint Theresa Parish in Ashburn.
Transitional Deacon Assignment
Michael J. Folmar – upon ordination to the diaconate, to All Saints Parish in Manassas, effective June 12, 2017.
Christopher F. Tipton – upon ordination to the diaconate, to Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, effective June 12, 2017.
Religious Personnel Assigned to the Diocese
Reverend James Puglis, T.O.R. – from service outside the Diocese of Arlington to Parochial Vicar at Saint Joseph Parish in Herndon, effective June 10, 2017.
Clergy Personnel Assigned Outside the Diocese
Reverend William N. Serrano – from Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernadette Parish in Springfield to ministry outside the Diocese of Arlington, was effective May 15, 2017.
Reverend Jonathan St. Andre, T.O.R. – from Parochial Vicar at Saint Joseph Parish in Herndon to ministry outside the Diocese of Arlington, was effective May 18, 2017.
3. To Our Bishop – The Smell of the Sheep: You live in Arlington. You do not live in Rappahannock County – you have only been here once. If you had to attend (not celebrate) Mass here every week, you might know what “odours” are in the air here. So in the words of Pope Francis:
This I ask you: be shepherds, with the “odour of the sheep”, make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men. True enough, the so-called crisis of priestly identity threatens us all and adds to the broader cultural crisis; but if we can resist its onslaught, we will be able to put out in the name of the Lord and cast our nets.
There is a “crisis of priestly identity” here and the Sheep of Kephas and the Sheep in Exile will “resist its onslaught“.
Here is Bulletin_2017-05-28
1. Sunday for the Lookeeloos: Larry and Liza Lookeeloo are from Lakeline, Ohio. They made the trip to Rappahannock County this Memorial Day weekend with the specific intention of visiting Sperryville. They had read the article The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States. They had seen the article as soon as it was posted by THRILLIST on May 19th, well before the Rappahannock News ran the story Sperryville among America’s top ‘gems’ this Thursday. The question of where the Lookeeloos would go for the upcoming holiday now had an answer – they were heading for Sperryville. They made a reservation with a local B&B and they were soon on the Ohio Turnpike heading to our fine county.
After they checked into the B&B, they headed directly to the Sperryville Corner Store to see the ‘gem’ of a town we call home. Being good Catholics they knew that they would have to attend Mass while they were here. So, knowing that every good local newspaper carries a list of the nearby places of worship, they soon had a copy of the Rappahannock News in their hands. While eating their RPK wood fired stove pizza, they concluded that they would have to drive over 25 miles to go to Mass.
If you were on US 211 this morning and saw a car with Ohio plates heading East toward Warrenton, you now know who it was – it was Larry and Liza Lookeeloo. Why? Because the only add for a Catholic church in the Rappahannock News was for St. John the Evangelist. Oh, they might have stopped at St. Peter’s had they seen it, but they were too intent on following the directions on their GPS.
2. Spiritual Direction: My spiritual director advises me to include 20-30 minutes of spiritual reading as part of my daily routine. For Eastertide he asked me to read The Risen Christ – The Forty Days after the Resurrection . First published in 1958, the book written by Caryll Houselander brought me back to a way of thinking and expressing our Catholic faith in clear and unambiguous terms that seems so lacking these days. That was the way I was taught my faith and that is the way my wife and I taught our children. So, reassured by a Nihil obstat and an Imprimatur, we can safely provide a quote from the book that speaks eloquently of what the role of the priest is at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
Every word, every movement is effective, every one is a bodily act, and the very changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is accomplished, because he wills it so, by certain movements and spoken words.
The priest at the altar is not asked to feel any sweetness, to pass into ecstasy, to weep for sin; he is not asked to express his own feelings or fervor; he is not asked to do what no man could do by himself, namely, to sustain the sweetness of contact with Heaven all through this life, to realize the horror of sin and experience the fullest felt sorrow for it unceasingly. No, he is asked to put himself aside, and to let Christ in him rejoice and sorrow and pray, and so let the experience of the whole world be his prayer. He stands there as a Christ before God, and the unchanging necessities of the universal adoration of mankind pass through him. He is asked only to surrender his will to Christ, lending his body to those slow, beautiful acts, his tongue to those miraculous words.