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For the Sheep in Exile – 2017-08-27

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Onward with the AUSCP Agenda: It’s time to say goodby to Fr. Richard Rohr. The guided tour of his book “Falling Upward” is now complete. And, though he has departed our parish for now, it seems certain that we will experience his influence next when Father returns from the AUSCP 2018 Assembly in Albuquerque, June 25-28 next year. Why is that? Well, of course, Fr. Richard Rohr will be a “featured speaker” at the assembly. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but we think not.

August 28th, the Monday morning group will be introduced to Sr. Laura Swan and her book “The Forgotten Desert Mothers”. No, Sr. Laura is no radical, progressive nun formed in the mold of Simone Campbell, in fact, many say her book has merit. The AUSCP agenda, however, is very strongly pushing for ordained women deacons (e.g. DeaconChat) and her book provides an historical framework for some of the supporting arguments. So, our Pastor is subtly introducing the Monday morning group to the concept and the argument for “change”.

The AUSCP agenda is well served by our Pastor.


For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-08-20

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Liturgy and Life: It’s always worthwhile to read what our former pastor  has to say on The Catholic Thing. This week, in the article Liturgy and Life, Fr. Pokorsky takes lessons from “liturgy” in the secular world and shows how they parallel “liturgy” when applied to the celebration of the Mass. Here is an excerpt:

A Mass should be “vibrant” only to the extent its reverence in celebration moves our souls to enter into an intimate union with Christ and His Mystical Body.

Sacred liturgy and ritual are both instructive and transformative. While it is profitable to consider the Mass from an academic stance, it is more profitable to enter into the Mass with a living faith, attentive to and engaged in the words and action. Our transformation in Christ through the liturgy is not magical; it is gradual and mystical, touching our minds, hearts, and emotions.


A new carpet? We saw two trucks in the parking lot this week and there was work activity in the main nave and the vestibule. The apparent result is new carpeting, free of stains and signs of wear and tear.

The flower arrangements are quite pleasant this week. For the carpeting and flowers, thanks to all involved.

Secular Mess in the World: Please note the item on page 3 in the bulletin entitled How to Get Ourselves out of the Secular Mess in the World.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


Prayers for a Friend

We’ve never done this before. But, when my beautiful spouse asked me to do this, I knew I had to.

My big brother fought in the Korean War. My big brother and I both fought in the Vietnam War. The bullets, missiles, and bombs never got us.

In 2003, my big brother died. Some call it ALS, some call it Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I watched it take my big brother. It was close up and personal.

My brother was an Army truck driver – I never drove him anywhere – he would always drive. But, one day in Arkansas, my big brother said, “Please drive me to Mass.” It wasn’t long after that when I helped to carry his coffin.

A very dear friend of ours, Joe, has ALS. He’s 35, a father of four young children. He’s a good Catholic – his faith is strong.

Today, Joe started a new, experimental drug therapy at John Hopkins. Please ask Venerable Father Aloysius Schwartz for Joe’s healing.


Father Al’s Journey Toward Sainthood

Venerable Father Aloysius, pray for Joe!

Is a Prophecy Being Fulfilled?


First, because of its potential relevance to our times, let’s recall Our Lady’s of Akita’s prophecy about “cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops.” Our Lady’s prophecy of October 13, 1973 can be viewed not only as a prediction of events yet to come but also as a prophetic witness of events already in motion. Here is an excerpt from her prophecy:

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

Of course, it’s shocking to think that “the devil will infiltrate even into the Church.” Yet, in her prophetic voice, Our Lady points to priests of faith and to priests pressed by the demon. In 1973, she could already see the priests who would scorn and oppose their faithful brother priests. Those priests under the influence of the demon would sack the churches and the altars and “leave the service of the Lord.”


Who are the Cardinals and Priests of the Prophecy?

There is division in the Church. There are “cardinals opposing cardinals” and “bishops against bishops” throughout the world. And the point we’re trying to make is quite simple – the cardinals and priests of the prophecy include every member of the clergy, every priest and bishop you know. They are the good priests and the not so good priests, the good bishops and the not so good bishops, the good cardinals and the not so good cardinals. And, the Pope is a part of the prophecy as well.

Here are news articles from the last few weeks to illustrate the point. (Yes, this is a reading assignment.) Don’t trust me. Do your own research. The first four articles are from the National Catholic Reporter:

Papal connected authors condemn Catholic, fundamentalist ecumenism of hate

Thousands of faith leaders ask Congress to protect Johnson Amendment

Nigerian cardinal says pressure to change Communion rules is unfortunate

British bishops tackle anti-LGBT bullying in Catholic schools

and the next four are from

Spanish cardinal: ‘Never in history’ has Church faced such ‘severe test’ as today

Cardinal: No Communion, funeral for Catholic politicians who support abortion

Cardinal Sarah: ‘We are called today to witness, which means martyrdom’

Vatican liturgy chief calls for ‘revolt’ to defend traditional family values

The final article deserves special note because it deals with questions of singular importance.

Cardinal Burke: Here’s what the formal correction of Pope Francis will look like

Some say this particular controversy could lead to schism. Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Burke said that faithful Catholics who are frustrated with Pope Francis’ leadership of the Church must not entertain any notion of “schism.”

“People talk about a de facto schism. I am absolutely in opposition to any kind of formal schism — a schism can never be correct,” he said.

“People can, however, be living in a schismatic situation if the teaching of Christ has been abandoned. The more appropriate word would be the one Our Lady used in her Message of Fatima: apostasy. There can be apostasy within the Church and this, in fact, is what is going on. In connection with the apostasy, Our Lady also referred to the failure of pastors to bring the Church to unity,” he added.

And where we began with Our Lady of Akita, Cardinal Burke ends with Our Lady of Fatima. So, pray to Our Lady, pray the Rosary, pray, pray, pray …. pray that our pastors and our Pastor will bring the Church to unity.

Our Lady of Akita, pray for us!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-08-13

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Praying for a Safe Return: The American College Alumni Association (ACAA) Reunion 2017 Leuven, Belgium wrapped up a week of festivities last night at 7:00 pm with a closing banquet. Our Pastor is now making his way back to St. Peter’s. We pray for his safe return.

Congratulations: If all went according to the ACAA Business Meeting Agenda, our Pastor is now the ACAA Vice-President / President-elect. Congratulations, Father.


 Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-08-06

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The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”

And for today’s commentary:



Memorial – St. John Vianney, Priest

Untitled.jpgThe ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre’s sake, but voluntarily: Neither as lording it over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart. And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory.   1 Peter 5: 1-4

St. John Vianney (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), was a French parish priest who is venerated as the patron saint of of parish priests. Let us pray to him today to protect our Pastor on his journey and bring him home safely.

St. John Vianney, pray for all pastors!

St. John Vianney, pray for St. Peter’s!