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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-08-28

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Two brief comments:

  1. This week there has been a high level of interest in our most recent post. Some hits are from parishioners and some appear to be from outside the parish. Our last post was not one we ever wanted to write. Nevertheless, we will stay on top of the story and let you know what we know.
  2. We never finished our discussion of the five Laudato Si’ sessions. Sometime soon we will pick up where we left off. One of the hazards of attending the Laudato Si’ sessions was you might end up on a mailing list. For example, I’m now receiving buckets of email from the Interfaith Climate Change Group. You can be certain this group has far more to do with social change than it does with faith or climate change.

What I saw and what I heard

To all the Sheep in Exile and those who remain at St. Peter’s, this post is offered to provide an accurate rendering of what occurred at the 08:30 AM Mass on Sunday, 21 August. Prudence and respect dictate that this post be made without comment or judgement. We hope that it will not be the cause of gossip or uncharitable statements. Quite the contrary, we hope that it will be received and considered in prayerful reflection.

Please click on the following link to see an edited (for brevity’s sake) transcript of the six minutes in question. 2016-08-21_Incident transcript-Edited    2016-08-21_Incident transcript-Edited PDF version

Please note, the transcript is as accurate as we could make it, considering acoustics, noise, and distance from the speakers.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us. St. Peter, pray for us. Please pray for our Pastor.

What did you see? What did you hear?

Were you at the 8:30 AM Mass this morning?

What did you see? What did you hear?

I know what I saw and I know what I heard. When I told my wife, she declared that our sabbatical must come to a premature end. She rightly insists that something must be said.  So, sometime this week we will publish a post with details, analysis, and comments.

We need your help. Although I took notes and have my own recollections, I am asking that, if any of our readers were there and witnessed what I saw and heard, please send your observations and comments to We will try to build a factual account for the record to be posted on this blog and for forwarding to the chancery. We may extract some of your observations for use in our post, but we will not reveal your identity.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us and pray for us!

Please pray for our Pastor.


For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-08-21

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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-08-14

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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-08-07

The Feast of the Transfiguration

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1. Change: Not all change is bad. Changes at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Culpeper now offer a new alternative for the Sheep in Exile for daily and Sunday Masses. For this week’s reading, consider the portions of Canon 528 as presented by Fr. Kevin Walsh in the Pastor’s Corner of July 31st bulletin. (Precious Blood Bulletin 2016-07-31 Excerpt)

2. Sabbatical Nearing and End: Although there has been little time to complete the planning and revisions we had in mind for the Sheep of Kephas blog, we will return from our sabbatical before the end of this month. We ask for your prayers now and we may be asking your assistance in the future.