The Thoughts, Prayers, and Actions of Others: I’ve received two emails this morning that tell me that my wife and I are not alone in our thoughts as we begin this day and this new year. Rather than launch into a full discussion of what those thoughts might be, here are links to posts that indicate what is on the mind of some of the Sheep of Kephas: Parish life in 2014…dismal at best and Pastor’s Page.
The first post clearly demonstrates what can happen to a parish and the detrimental effects on a faithful Catholic soul. Nevertheless, the author of the post weighs the prospect of leaving or staying and her thoughtful conclusion is:
So do I leave or do I stay and fight?
For now… I stay and fight – but I honestly don’t know how long I will last if things don’t improve.
I don’t know what 2015 will bring, but I am praying, sacrificing and offering Masses for a change in my parish. It’s time the Catholic laity take back their Faith and DEMAND our clergy stop denying us the fullness of our Faith and the beauty of our Faith.
The second post is a statement by the Pastor of two parishes of the Catholic Church in Westmoreland and King George Counties, Virginia.
The purpose for which Christ established the Catholic Church is to lead souls to Heaven. Everything else is subordinate to this sublime end. There are three key principles which serve to keep us on the Way of the Lord Jesus. They are themes that have been and will continue to be the recurring motif of my preaching and message, and I would like to articulate them again as I begin my pastorate:
1. Firstly, we must be steadfast in fidelity to the Vicar of Christ on Earth, the Pope.
2. Secondly, we must root our spiritual lives in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
3. Thirdly, we must cultivate a tender, filial devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
So, there it is – a faithful Catholic lay person and a faithful Catholic pastor. This is what St. Peter Catholic Church used to be and this is what it will be again. However, this will not come to pass unless we “… the Catholic laity take back their [our] Faith and DEMAND our clergy stop denying us the fullness of our Faith and the beauty of our Faith.”
Last Year’s Resolution: When this blog was launched, my wife and I were resolved to win our parish back. We remain so resolved and we are more committed now than ever to do what is necessary to make that happen. With that resolution in mind, The Sheep of Kephas blog declared two goals:
This blog is about exposing the means by which the new pastor is attempting to transform the parish. This blog is also about how those faithful Catholics in St. Peter’s, who are in full assent with the teachings of the Church, can thwart this plan for transformation.
Today, we can say that we have made some progress exposing how our Pastor is attempting to transform St. Peter’s into something resembling the parish described by the author of the first post cited above or the parishes my wife and I encountered in the Diocese of Boise. There is still much more to uncover and expose to the light of Truth. We will continue this in both the spirit of Christian charity and the the spirit of the Church Militant.
Many good and faithful members of the laity at St. Peters, the Sheep of Kephas, have come forward to write letters to and personally visit the Pastor and others in the diocesan hierarchy. Many have also written the Bishop. Each of you have contributed in your own ways toward the second goal of thwarting “this plan for transformation.”
There are also those whom we do not see at Mass at St. Peter’s, the Sheep in Exile. Your prayers and words of encouragement help to sustain our resolve to continue this effort and to overcome the thought “… but I honestly don’t know how long I will last if things don’t improve.”
This Year’s Resolution: We, you, my wife and I will last. We know that the Diocese is aware of this blog. We know that we can do more. We know that we can go beyond bringing “awareness” within the chancery, we can bring about official “acknowledgement” that the Sheep of St. Peter’s demand and deserve a riddance of the distorted Catholic “social justice” and irreverent liturgy that is infiltrating our Parish. We know that, with God’s help, with our “… praying, sacrificing and offering Masses for a change in my [our] parish,” we will see the Bishop recognize and do what is necessary to give us a new pastor, who will undertake the renewal of the true “spiritual justice” that is the right of all the Catholic Faithful.
Mary, the Mother of God, please help us in this our time of need.