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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-03-01

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Here is Bulletin_2015-03-01.

1. No Longer Missing in Action: Winnie the Pooh can now return to a normal life. In fact, he can invite over all his friend, break out the honey pot, and have a feast. The St. Peter’s Pastoral Council has been found. This week the minutes for the February 15th meeting appeared on the St. Peter’s Website. Here are the 02 15 Pastoral Council Minutes. When there is more time, we’ll discuss some of the items and try to figure out what it all means.

2. Ecumenical Dinner: According to the bulletin:

The ecumenical dinner, prayer and reflection each Wednesday night during Lent continues. All the evening Lenten dinners will begin at Washington Baptist Church with a pot-luck dinner at 6:00 pm. Prayer, songs and reflection at 7:00 pm.

My son and I often share with each other when we find a source for worthwhile spiritual reflection and sound Catholic instruction. Recently, he recommended the Institute of Catholic Culture and specifically noted some of the lectures by Dr. William Marshner. Dr. Marshner was a convert to Catholicism, a Thomistic theologian, ethicist, and a founding professor at Christendom College in Front Royal, VA. So, this week I listened to his three-lecture series called Trent, the Reformation & the Mass.

After hearing Dr. Marshner’s account of the Reformation and what had to be done at the Council of Trent to counter the many heresies that came from the Reformation, I was left with a profound sense of dismay. It began to dawn on me just how much spiritual harm was caused by those heresies – especially to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

I’m not saying that all ecumenical exchanges are to be avoided. I will say, however, you might benefit more by spending your Wednesday evenings in Lent listening to one of the many audios offered by the Institute of Catholic Culture.

3. The Prayer to St. Michael: In the Pastor’s Piece our Pastor says:

Some people like to pray the prayer to St. Michael after mass and others do not. Several weeks ago Bernadette O’Heir and I talked about the way around this problem satisfying everyone (those who want to pray the prayer and those who don’t). I suggested that those who want to pray the prayer wait 20 seconds after the end of mass to let those who don’t want to pray the prayer to leave. Another option would be for people to pray the prayer silently. Fr. Murphy avoided this problem in the past by telling people not to pray the prayer at the end of mass.

What used to be a verdant and thriving spiritual garden, seemingly hidden from the rest of the world, somewhere between St. John the Baptist in Front Royal and St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton, is now becoming a desert slowly wasting away. The sheep that abide there are scratching the ground in search of nourishment.

Now the sheep who wish to pray the simple, yet powerful prayer will have to consult their watches to see if the allotted 20 seconds have passed. Those without watches will resort to saying: “One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three …. one thousand twenty … Ready or not, I’m going to pray … Here I come St. Michael.”

Meanwhile, in the surrounding parishes there is no referring to a watch or counting to 20 … there the shepherds (after Mass is over) lead their flocks in the prayer to St. Michael.

By the way, wouldn’t it be refreshing if our Pastor started capitalizing the word “Mass.”



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