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Catholic Cultural Revolution #3: The Parish Pastoral Council has been “Disappeared”

I went to the St. Peter Catholic Church Website this week to find out what’s new. Every now and then I find some useful information. For example, last week I found out that Father was missing in action – again. (See Catholic Cultural Revolution #2: Where’s Father? Again!)

To really know what’s going on in the parish, I need to hire a good detective.

This week, oh my goodness, I found out that the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is missing in action. It is gone. There is no trace. Either the PPC and all of its members have disappeared or, even worse, they were “disappeared”.

This really calls for a good detective.

Oh, what’s that you say? You didn’t remember that St. Peter’s had a PPC. Well let me refresh your memory. Way, waaaaay back in September of 2014, Father said: (Taken from Bulletin_2014-09-21)
PPC-Beginning
From the beginning, that was all a bunch of crapola.
Perhaps, like me, you have trouble recalling what the PPC has done, if anything. I don’t know if anyone really knows. Of course, you could have read the minutes from their meetings, but the last meeting for which there are published minutes was November 7, 2015. We brought this to everyone’s attention, but nothing happened. Does anyone care?
Oh no, save yourself the trouble. Don’t go rushing to read those old minutes now. You won’t be able to find them. Instead, take a look at this side-by-side, before-and-after comparison.

PPC-MIA

  • So, you might ask, who is the PPC member for your Mass? You can’t find that on the Website anymore.
  • What wonderful works of the New Evangelization are being developed by our PPC? Sorry, you can’t find that out on the Website.
  • What plans for savings souls have been considered? Nope, you won’t find it.
  • In fact, you just can’t find anything about the PPC anymore.

 

Not Really “Disappeared”: Although the minutes of past PPC meetings have been “disappeared” from the parish Website, that does not mean the Sheep in Exile no longer have access to them. (This was the first success for our newly hired detective.)

For our Pastor, in case you want a personal copy, here are the ‘disappeared’ PPC minutes:

2014-10-07_PPC_Minutes

2015-02-10_PPC_Minutes

2015-05-05_PPC_Minutes

2015-11-07_PPC_Minutes

Char’s Commentary:

Our radical Pastor has once again made a sneaky move to cover up an inconvenient truth – The PPC is not what parishioners have been led to think. Although I can’t read his mind, there is every reason to suspect that the PPC always was, and as long as Father is at St. Peter’s, always will be just another tool used in the Catholic Cultural Revolution. There is also every reason to suspect that this PPC charade is fully in accordance with RULE 2 for Radical Pastors.

RULE 2: Build an organization by presenting a vision of where you are going and moving toward it.

Saul Alinsky said that people were to have the power that their ideas and programs should come to the surface. But he also understood that the organizer had to capture the best of those ideas and present them as a vision so that people could move toward them. Alinsky wrote, “The organizer’s biggest job is to give people the feeling that they can do something”

Dear readers, RULE 2 is why Father established the PPC. As Alinsky wrote, “The organizer’s biggest job is to give people the feeling that they can do something”. It doesn’t matter if anything is accomplished or any souls are saved. Our Pastor’s vision of a good PPC is a coffee clutch that has the feeling that they can do something.

 

More importantly – keep no records and keep the parish in the dark. Mushrooms grow well at St. Peter’s where PPC minutes and members get “disappeared”.

 

That’s it folks. The PPC is charade. If it remains missing from public view, it might just become another self-licking ice cream cone and book club like the PPC at Father’s last parish, St. Charles Borromeo.  Woohoo!!! (Read: Minutes – Pastoral Council Meeting – St. Charles Borromeo Church – April 21, 2014)

 

“Oh, just one more thing” … Meet my new detective!

 

 

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For the Sheep in Exile: Bulletin 2017-06-25

Here is Bulletin_2017-06-25

Today at the 8:30 AM Mass, Father had an interesting homily. The theme was loosely based on the topic “TO REDEEM THE SOUL OF AMERICA” — Martin Luther King’s Vision and Its Challenge to American Catholics.” He was inspired by what he had heard and seen while at the Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP) Assembly in Atlanta, GA earlier this week.

You may have read some about this earlier in Char’s post: Catholic Cultural Revolution #2: Where’s Father? Again!

Although this link has been mentioned before, it might be worth reading again: Hundreds of US Priests Want Gay Men Ordained – Church Militant

If you would like some more recent material, read this one: DeaconChat | VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL

Please note the substantial role played by AUSCP in launching the DeaconChat effort.

Catholic Cultural Revolution #2: Where’s Father? Again!

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??

Where's Father-Again

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.

Where's Father-Again-2

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)

Where's Father-Again-3

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.Where's Father-Again-4Oh, and by the way, the cruise was organized by his seminary alumni buds. (I had to really dig to come up with this.

Cruise Package

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

 

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-06-18

Here is Bulletin_2017-06-18.

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

(Corpus Christi)

Thank you to our Pastor, our Deacon, and the Knights of Columbus.

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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!!

Catholic Cultural Revolution #1: Retrograde Child of the 60’s

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,  July 16, 1999

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,  July 16, 1999

 

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.

Our Pastor's HandSo 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.

 

Revolution

“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

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-06-11

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!

 

mcgivney-small.jpgThe 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.

For the Sheep in Exile – 2017-06-04

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?