Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lake Orion, Michigan: Bravehearts Catholic Men's Conference



 
 
"Nobody looking at the numbers describing the state of the Church in America would be optimistic about our future. But the Church of Jesus Christ is built on the Resurrection of Christ. In other words, we are a people who don’t believe dead men necessarily stay dead. Why should the Church he founded die in the land of the free and the home of the brave where we still have the freedom to preach the gospel. It is time to reach those millions of Catholics who have been sacramentalized but not evangelized. It is time to evangelize the baptized."
 




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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saint Thérèse and her spiritual maturity in praying for priests...



Indignant at the actions of some priests and bishops?


We learn from many of the saints that spiritual maturity involves praying for others and not venting about them.  For Thérèse, this was especially true about clerics for whom she felt particularly moved to pray, recognizing they must also fight the effects of Original Sin and are in need of grace.  Helping one priest this way helps his entire flock.  Helping one bishop this way helps an entire diocese.

It's hard to  imagine that,  had the Little Flower had lived today, with all of the technology we have, that she would choose to take to the internet to complain about priests and bishops rather than to take her concerns to Our Lord, begging for graces to convert and strengthen them.  The worldly approach to vent is part of the 'gospel of feel good', as it gives us relief. But venting has no basis in Scripture. The chance of actually changing imprudent and wayward clerics this way is quite small.  Time and again, the saints have shown us that praying for others and making sacrifices for them can do the greatest good, especially when it comes to priests.  Saint Thérèse is among them.

This is not to say we cannot respectfully voice disagreement where we feel there is a danger to the faith, but so much of what is out there hardly respectful. We have lost a sense of what is considered respectful disagreement and castigating others in a rage-filled online vent.

Pray for the Sanctification of the Priesthood


The Order of the Holy Cross has been holding a Holy Hour every Thursday night at 8:00 for the sanctification of the priesthood at Assumption Grotto.  I know of other parishes who hold holy hours with Exposition on Thursday nights - the night of Our Lord's Passion.   Can you give one hour every week in prayer for priests at an Adoration Chapel near you, or in a parish that is open, or in your home if those are not options?  Can you pray daily, the prayer by Saint Thérèse at the top of this page? Fathers - can you begin a Holy Hour for the sanctification of the priesthood and for priestly vocations every week? Bishops - can you arrange for a weekly holy hour in your cathedral for this purpose?

Below this line is the beginning of a conference that took place on May 17, 2000 and is found on the Vatican's website.  A link to continue reading is at the bottom.







Wednesday 17 May – The Saints speak to the Priests
CONFERENCE BY FR ANTONIO MARIA SICARI, OCD

SAINT TERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE PRIESTHOOD


It was a Sunday in July 1887.

Teresa Martin, an adolescent, shut her prayer book at the end of Mass, and suddenly she saw an image of Crucified Jesus on the margin: it was only the nailed hand of Jesus, and the drops of wine seemed to fall into emptiness…

Later on she told how much sorrow she had experienced in that moment, «at the thought that blood had fallen on the ground and nobody had paid any attention about collecting it…», and that was when she promised to spend her life at the foot of the Cross to collect the precious blood of Christ and give it to souls.

Thus began the ecclesial mission of Theresa of Lisieux.

However, there is a very interesting note, which she added to this episode: « Even the cry of Jesus on the Cross continuously echoed in my heart: «I am thirsty!» These words aroused in me a very strong burning never experienced before…I wanted to give my Lover to drink and I myself felt devoured by the thirst of souls. These were not yet the souls of priests who drew my attention, but the ones of great sinners – I was burning with the wish to pull them away from those eternal flames…» (Ms A. 45v).

When Theresa was about fourteen years of age, she thought of the great sinners, and implored for the salvation of a well-known criminal who was about to be hung.

She was not even thinking of priests at that time, because she was absolutely convinced of their holiness.

We know that as a child she simply identified them with Jesus.

Writing about her first confession, she said:

«Beloved Mother, how careful you were in preparing me by saying that I was telling my sins not to a man, but to the good Lord. I was really convinced of this. Hence I said my confession with a strong spirit of faith and even asked you whether I should say to Don Ducellier that I loved him with all my heart since I was talking to the good Lord through his person…» (Ms A 16v).
But when she took part in the pilgrimage to Rome organised by the dioceses of Coutances and Bayeux (one hundred and ninety-five pilgrims of whom seventy-three priests), her apostolic anxieties began to turn in particular towards priests.

She explained that change by simply saying the following:

«Praying for sinners fascinated me, but praying for the souls of priests, whom I thought were purer than crystal, seemed strange to me! Ah! I understood my vocation in Italy: it was not going too far to have such useful knowledge… I lived with many holy priests for one month and understood that, if their sublime dignity lifts them above the angels, this does not mean that they are not weak and fragile. If holy priests, whom Jesus calls in His Gospel «Salt of the Earth» show by their behaviour great need for prayer, then what must one say about the ones who are lukewarm? Did Jesus not also say: «If the salt lost its taste, what could one use to make it salty?» Oh Mother! How beautiful is the vocation to preserve that salt destined for souls! This is the vocation of Carmel, because the only purpose of our prayers and our sacrifices is to be anapostle of the apostles, to pray for them whilst they evangelise souls by words and above all by example…» (Ms A 56r).

Hence something deeply struck her during the pilgrimage: if even the most «holy» priests did not hide their weakness and fragility, and «showed by their behaviour to have great need of prayer»…Then what happened to the «lukewarm» people who spoilt «thsalt destined for souls»?


The question did not scandalise that young maiden who was going to Rome to ask Pope Leo XIII the grace to be able to enter the Carmelites at eighteen years of age. On the contrary: she threw a dazzling light on her vocation which so many people considered too immature.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Chicago and Detroit: Noteworthy Events


I have been meaning to post on some of these items, but have just been caught up in other things.

Chicago

October 3-5 conference on Sacred Liturgy.  This goes with the image at the top of the post.  Click this link for details and registration.

I meant to post on this a few weeks back.  My regrets for such late notice. I did see flyers out at Assumption Grotto and some were taking them.   I hope some from this area can make it.

Detroit Area

These items come in the order they are taking place.

Friday, Sept 26: Chant Class with Fr. Perrone


Fr. Perrone needs a live audience for a chant class being recorded.  He wrote in his September 14 column:

I have been asked to teach in our gym an introductory course on Gregorian Chant that requires a live audience. The course will be video recorded and later made available for viewing and purchase. The idea is for me to explain to those who may have no previous knowledge how to sing Chant. It will build from the most basic things to the more complex. I’m in need of summoning an audience for this purpose. This will not be open to small children, however, older children who can sit still and grasp the class content would be welcome. Viewers, I suppose, would of necessity be more or less limited to retired adults, stay-at-home Moms, [people with non-traditional work schedules], and homeschool children. Please consider coming and participating. There’s no cost to you and I think you will find the classes enlightening, beneficial, and perhaps entertaining. The proposed dates for the series are (1) Monday Sept. 29 from 2:00 pm. Until 5:00 p.m.; (2) Friday Oct. 3, a double session, from 10:00 a.m. until noon and then after a lunch break from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; (3)Monday Oct. 6 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; (4) Thursday Oct. 30, a double session, from 10:00 a.m. until noon and then after a lunch break from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Read the rest in the September 14, Grotto News in Fr. Perrone's main column.

Sept 27-28: Oktoberfest at St. Joseph's Church

Hey, the Grotto choir is singing!  But people in this area love going to Oktoberfest even if they weren't.   Here's is what I was sent:

Oktoberfest 2014 at St. Joseph Church (Mother of Divine Mercy Parish) will be fun for the whole family!

A flyer is attached, and more details are below.  In addition, you may find our "event page" here:  www.facebook.com/events/347756625381450/


SaturdaySeptember 27

4 p.m. Mass (St. Joseph Cappella)
5-7 p.m.  Killarney Creek, a Detroit-based family band playing American, Irish, and German Folk music
7-9 p.m.  Swing Dancing and Dance Lessons with DJ Sam Johnson of Epic Events

Sunday, September 28

11:30 a.m. German Mass with Archbishop Allen Vigneron (St. Joseph Cappella, St. Joseph Men’s Schola)
1-3 p.m. Notre Dame Prep Jazz Band
1:30 p.m. German dancers from Carpathia Club 
3:00 p.m. Choral Festival (Assumption Grotto Choir, St. Augustine Schola, Ss. Cyril & Methodius Women’s Schola, St. Joseph Men’s Schola, St. Joseph Cappella, Brittannia Talori soprano, Michael Semaan organ)
1-4 p.m. Face Painting with Giggles the Clown
5-7 p.m. Austrian duo Herb Langegger (accordion) and Herb Gruber (bass)

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German food and seasonal Oktoberfest beer
Church tours following each Mass and the Choral Festival
Arts and Crafts Vendors: Hansknecht Apiary honey and beeswax products; Beatus Baca jewelry and gifts, God’s Greatest Gift children’s books and prints; and religious goods and unique gifts from Mother of Divine Mercy Parish
Attic Treasures Tent
Games for children
Raffle with Grand Prize $1,000


Mother of Divine Mercy Parish - St. Joseph Church
1828 Jay Street at Orleans, Detroit 48207
Near Eastern Market across Gratiot
Guarded parking; handicap accessible


Sept 29: Monday Night Catechism with Fr. Perrone

From the same Grotto News, Fr. Perrone announced the start of his rather popular, yearly catechism class.  He writes:

My adult catechism class, which serves the dual purpose of convert instruction and adult refresher course, will begin September 29 and go from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. in the school lounge. It will continue on all Monday evenings until Easter. No cost save for the purchase of a textbook.

Noteworthy is that there is a 7:00 p.m. Mass some participants go to that is usually right around 30-35 minutes, with the Rosary following the Mass.  It is a low Mass in Extraordinary Form.

I can tell you he gets a good showing of cradle Catholics along with people discerning that faith journey into the Church.  He'll talk about his choice of books and it will be available for purchase in the gift shop.


Sunday, October 19: Assumption Grotto's Annual Benefit Dinner

This is an important event each year.  Please try to come.


The 2014 Annual Benefit Dinner and Raffle
Sunday, October 19, 2014, following the Noon Mass (about 1:30 PM) 

Exquisitely catered by the Vintage House Banquet Facility: rosemary dijon chicken, Italian sausage with roasted red peppers, oven roasted redskin potatoes, pasta primavera, Prince Edward vegetable medley, garden salad, and more!  

Live music!  Special guest speaker! Silent auction featuring handcrafted items, collectibles and services offered by our own parish members, as well as donations from area businesses.
Primary raffle with a first cash prize of $1000, plus other prizes! 

Get your seats early, only a very limited number will be available at the door.
$21 per adult, $10 ages 5-12, $5 under 5

Go to the homepage of Assumption Grotto for more information.



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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Photos in video form, of Prayer Vigil for Life with Archbishop Vigneron; includes audio homily





On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron led the Prayer Vigil for Life as he has done yearly since returning to the Archdiocese of Detroit.  The Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping women during pregnancy to seek alternatives to abortion, guiding them to other groups who assist them through pregnancy and after. A big part of their work is prayer.  Volunteers spend much time in prayer, especially in Adoration and praying the Rosary.

In this video you will see photos from throughout the day.  You will also hear the brief homily of Archbishop Vigneron from the 7:30 a.m. Mass, preceding the prayer procession to the 8 Mile Rd boulevard, with pictures continuing to stream as you listen.  There, on 8 Mile Rd., people prayed in front of one abortion mill on the Eastpointe side; then processed about a block on the grassy island separating east and west-bound traffic to pray in front of another mill on the Detroit side.  Both were open.

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You can see the full set of photos I took that day in this gallery for September 20, 2014 Prayer Vigil for Life.   I captured a small bit of video, but I am saving this for a larger project that will be used to share what I have witnessed through the lens of my camera over the 9 years that I have been covering these vigils.  While the Helpers work most days during the week in front of the two mills, these larger prayer vigils happen 3-4 times from early spring to late fall. They are almost always led by one of the bishops of Detroit.

For the most part, sidewalk counselors from the Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan are out in front of those abortion mills during all hours of operation, regardless of weather conditions.  They provide training for those considering sidewalk counseling, as well as for others who want to dedicate themselves as prayer warriors to for the success of the counselors.  Sidewalk counselors are not confrontational, but offer materials in a friendly way and the women and men visiting the mill often take these materials.  Visit HGPI-Michigan.blogspot.com and look at the side bar for more information on how to work with this apostolate.

If you are not in metro Detroit, look for a Helpers of God's Precious Infants chapter near you, or contact the main apostolate in Brooklyn, New York, for information on how to start a chapter. See the sidebar.



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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tomorrow: Archbishop Vigneron leads, "Prayer Vigil for Life"




Greetings and Peace to all Helpers of God's Precious Infants friends and supporters!

The "Helpers" will be holding a formal Prayer Vigil for Life on Saturday, September 20th at St Veronica Catholic Church 
and it will be led by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron!


The Archbishop will offer Holy Mass at 7:30am and will then lead us in deep prayer in front of the two nearby abortion mills on E 8 Mile Rd.  The vigil concludes back at St Veronica with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Refreshments will be served immediately following.

A usual reminder that Helpers Vigils are never a protest or a demonstration.  We will be led by the Archbishop in peaceful, loving, prayer of the Holy Rosary. 


Only the official Helpers Crucifix and banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be carried at the front of the procession. In procession we will carry only a rosary and the Helpers hymn book in our hands, and the merciful love of God and neighbor in our hearts.

We hope and pray that you will join us!  Please invite your families, parishioners, and pro-life friends and contacts to attend.  See attached flyer for details.

Thanks so much for your continued support! We hope to see you there!

God bless you!

Mary B.
Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan








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Monday, September 15, 2014

15th Call to Holiness Conference, and Solemn High Mass Photos; Audio and Video


This weekend Call to Holiness had it's 15th conference since it began in 1996.  It was held at the Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  Feedback I have gotten thus far has been very positive.  People felt the subject matter helped them to probe their own spiritual lives deeper. The speakers provided people things needed for discernment, especially in the area of the virtues.  As a member of the Board of Directors, I can tell you that we were all very glad that Archbishop Vigneron accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker.  I also heard many attendees express likewise.

If you could not attend the conference, CD's and DVD's are available through the homepage, calltoholiness.com, by printing a form and sending it in, or by using the online option at Eventbrite. 

What follows are just a few of the many images I took. A link to the gallery will be found after the photos below.  I would appreciate a direct link to this post, rather than to the photo galleries, so people can get the background and other information, including that about audio and video. 

The conference began with a dinner on Friday night.  Dr. Ray Guarendi and Dale Ahlquist played off of one another very well.  We had 250 at the dinner - just 10 shy of the number of place settings.

Friday Night Dinner









Saturday, Main Conference


On Saturday, there were a number of events taking place at the same time.  Years ago, it was hard to find a conference like this and the Call to Holiness conferences would draw from 1000-2000 people.  These days, it is hard for any Catholic apostolate or the Archdiocese of Detroit to plan an event and not have something overlap.  I suppose that is a good problem to have here in metro Detroit.  We were blessed with about 600 people between the 60 in the youth conference and those at the main conference.

We could not have had a finer MC than Dale Ahlquist on Saturday.  I have been aware of G.K. Chesterton and have watched some of Dale's programs on EWTN, but after hearing him speak Friday, I have a desire to finally dig in to some of his writings.



I wish I could summarize what each speaker talked on, but running around taking pictures and tending to other things, I myself rarely get to hear the talks.  I end up getting the DVD's and seeing them after the fact.  Here are photos of the speakers on Saturday.

Sr. John Dominic of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, kicked things off in the main conference.  I saw her booth in the vendor room and I would encourage everyone to visit their webpage for the curriculum they have on the virtues.  They have materials that would be easy to use in the home or in school.  See it here: https://educationinvirtue.com




The president of Call to Holiness, Chris Kolomjec, introduced Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron.  Chris praised him his defense of life, and of traditional marriage.






I heard from a number of people who told me they liked how he broke things down into parts. They felt it was something they could easily walk away with.



Fr. Aidan Logan, o.c.s.o, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A., is seen listening to Archbishop Vigneron. He had a booth representing his archdiocese in the vendor room.  He celebrated the Noon Mass at Assumption Grotto on Sunday, pictures to follow in this same post.




Here, the Archbishop was encouraging devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and speaking of it's importance.


Naturally, I took more photos of my archbishop, but I like having stock photos too.  Here are two of my favorites.


This photo I call, "The Angelus."  Dale had asked Archbishop Vigneron to say grace as boxed lunches were being wheeled into the hallway.  But His Excellency noted that we were approaching noon and said we should pray the Angelus, after which, he said grace and blessed the food.


As an aside, Archbishop Vigneron will be leading the Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan prayer vigil for life this Saturday, September 20, 2014.  See details here.

Dr. Peter Kreeft spoke next.  As with many of the other talks, I myself did not get to hear this one and am looking forward to watching him on DVD (purchase info at top of post).



Dale was having fun with Father William Casey, C.P.M., in his introduction.  The priest found it funny too.  He is with the Fathers of Mercy.  Click around their website for resources.






Dr. Ray closed out the day.  We had to close out the vendor room before the talk ended, but his table was in the hallway afterwards.  People should visit his site to get his excellent material.




Saturday, Youth Conference

Board Member, Stephanie Nofar-Kelly did an outstanding job of pulling together a phenomenal youth conference.  We had 60 attendees this time.  Most of the speakers from the main event spoke to the young people, including Archbishop Vigneron.  Here are some photos I took.

Fr. Anthony Kathawa led this event as he did at the 14th Call to Holiness.  He was so popular we had to bring him back.





The Archbishop spoke to the young people for about 15 minutes, encouraging them to be bold in following Christ. He explained how the world will pull them into ways that are contrary to Church teachings and to have courage in saying, "yes" to God's ways and "no" to the world's.  He then fielded questions for another 15 minutes before going on to speak at the main conference for an hour.  Here, he listens to a young man's question.



I was not able to capture all that went on in the youth conference and elsewhere, but here are a few images taken by fellow board member, Debbie Bloomfield.  



Young people had an opportunity to participate in a pro-life demonstration during one of their breaks.  Saturday was a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  Our conference took more than a year to plan so we were unaware that it would fall on the same day.  Ours was one of three main events that took place in metro Detroit that day.  The other was a Christ Life session.



Fellow board member, Stephanie Nofar-Kelly, also organist extraordinaire, was behind the great youth conference.



Here is just one area where people were able to eat lunches. It was in the main lobby area.  Tables were also set up in the center of the vendor area.  I heard from many vendors who were happy with how things turned out. We made sure there was plenty of break time so people could visit them and to give the talks a little time to sink in.  Sometimes, conference talks are ram-rodded through with only a 5 minute break between, with a 45 minute period for lunch that is often running late and compressed.  We wanted a more relaxed atmosphere.  



Debbie got the vendor area too.



Here you see the vendor area during lunch with people eating in the center and vendors lined up around the walls.




Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form, Exaltation of the Holy Cross


On Sunday we had a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form, celebrated by Fr. Aidan Logan, o.c.s.o.  He was joined by Fr. Charles White IV as deacon and Fr. John Bustamante as subdeacon.  Deacon Richard Bloomfield was in choir.  Fr. Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto, was conducting the orchestra and choir in the orchestral Mass.  I had videotaped the homily by Fr. Logan, but the echo made it too difficult to understand.  I hope to have a direct feed in the future.  Father is a Cistercian monk so he wears his hood up rather than a biretta.  This was a Mass on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.






Fr. Perrone is seen conducting here, with Mass in the background.







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Friday, September 12, 2014

Orchestral Mass; Extraordinary Form shifted to Noon this Sunday only



Tonight and tomorrow is the 15th Call to Holiness Conference at the Sterling Inn Best Western in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  Walk-ins accepted.  See details here: http://www.calltoholiness.com

This Sunday there will be a special Orchestral Mass at Noon.  Fr. Perrone discusses it in reference to the closing of the Call to Holiness, but it is also the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  September 14th is remembered each year as the day Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum went into effect (2007) allowing for open and broad celebration of the Mass using the 1962 Missal.  All of these things factored into an orchestral Mass and when Fr. Perrone conducts an orchestral Mass, it is done in the context of the older form of the Mass.  Music written in eras past is particularly suitable for this Mass.  I anticipate this will be a Solemn High Mass.  I regret not having the music at this time so you'll have to come to find out.

In his column for this week's bulletin, now online, Fr. Perrone laments not having announced at all the Masses last weekend, that the 'Tridentine' shifts from it's usual 9:30 a.m. time slot to the Noon slot, this week only. He explains:

F east of the Holy Cross. 
This is one of those rare liturgical celebrationswhich is celebrated even on a Sunday, whether in the ordinary or extraordinary form of the liturgy. By an oversight (the effect of aging?) I neglected to have announced at the weekend Masses lastweek (except for the noon Mass) that the Latin Tridentine Mass would be moved today to noon instead of 9:30 to accommodate the closing of the Call to Holiness Conference (about which I cannot have anything yet to say now since I am writing in advance of the Conference). I apologize to those persons who may have come from a distance for the Tridentine Mass only to find that it is not celebrated here at 9:30 today. The Mass at 9:30 is in Latin but in the new form. (According to current legislation, we are not permitted to have two Tridentine Masses on days ofobligatory Mass attendance.)





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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Time is running out: 15th Call to Holiness is September 12-13



I've been tied up with much this summer, and blogging has been at a minimum.  Hopefully, I can get back to more regular posting.  




Archbishop Vigneron; Dr. Peter Kreeft; Dr. Ray Guarendi; Fr. William Casey, C.P.M.; Sr. John Dominic, O.P.; Mr. Dale Ahlquist - these are the primary speakers at the 15th Call to Holiness at the Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

I wrote more in a previous post. 

Tickets will be sold at the door as long as they are available, but as you can imagine, we need to get food counts in.  It would be merciful if you get your tickets in advance to help us with food planning. If you pay at the door, you might consider bringing a bagged lunch.  There will be extras available, but those might be limited depending on how many show up to buy at the door.  There is a restaurant attached to the hotel and conference center, but that too will be limited.

Discussion of Call to Holiness on Ave Maria Radio - Audio Archive. 


Recently, Teresa Tomeo interviewed Debbie Bloomfield and Ed Leslie about the conference on Catholic Connection.  You can hear the interview here.

Also, Al Kresta just interviewed Dale Ahlquist who will be the keynote speaker at the Friday dinner and MC at the Saturday conference.   He always has some interesting things to say about G.K. Chesterton.  I had some good laughs listening to Dale and Al.  I suspect we can expect more of the same at the conference.  Hear that interview in this link.

For more info, and to register, visit http://calltoholiness.com.  The page has been loading slow so be patient.




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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Full Text: Sermon of Fr. Eduard Perrone on Assumption Day 2014 at Assumption Grotto





Here is the text of Fr. Perrone's sermon for August 15, 2014.  If this Scribd box below does not work of you, click here for a link to the PDF.






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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Assumption Day at Assumption Grotto

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Tomorrow is the big day.  It is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Assumption Grotto goes all out making it a day of prayer.  There was a beautiful article in, "The Michigan Catholic".

The poster above, made by a parishioner, shows Archbishop Vigneron on 2009, singing to the Blessed Virgin Mary after the candlelight procession.  He celebrated the Mass that year - his first as Archbishop of Detroit. Just so no one misunderstands, His Excellency will not be with us this year, to the best of my knowledge.

Unlike past years, I will not be taking photos this year.  My camera broke on Friday.  Aside from that, I was feeling like it was time to just bring myself.  I've never had a chance simply to devote myself entirely to prayer and worship on this solemnity.  So, tomorrow, I will do just that.

The highlight of the day is the big 7:00 PM Mass and candlelight procession. Dress warm!

There is a spaghetti dinner which ends at 5:30.  It's a good idea to get there before then.  Parking can be a challenge.  Don't get there at 6:30 and expect a parking spot.  There is shuttle service going all day to and from St. Veronica's which is just about 2 miles away, in Eastpointe.  See map here.

Most Masses will be down by the grotto.  There are wheel chairs to assist those who cannot walk that far.  

The evening Mass will be in the Extraordinary Form.  I believe Fr. Perrone is the celebrant and if it is like past years, it will be a Solemn High Mass, with choir and a small orchestra. Usually, the Noon is also in EF.  I'm not sure about the 9:30 a.m. Mass.  The 6:30 a.m. Mass is the usually in English and has no music.

You will find more concise schedules posted around the parish.

A note about anointing advertised in the poster.  The Sacrament of Anointing is not indiscriminately given.  The priests usually explain who may be anointed.  As with any Sacrament, souls must be predisposed for it.   Therefore, private, Sacramental Confession is available in the parish church before hand (the anointing takes place down by the grotto).

Someone once asked me about this kind of communal anointing. From the catechism:

1517 Like all the sacraments the Anointing of the Sick is a liturgical and communal celebration,132 whether it takes place in the family home, a hospital or church, for a single sick person or a whole group of sick persons. It is very fitting to celebrate it within the Eucharist, the memorial of the Lord's Passover. If circumstances suggest it, the celebration of the sacrament can be preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed by the sacrament of the Eucharist. As the sacrament of Christ's Passover the Eucharist should always be the last sacrament of the earthly journey, the "viaticum" for "passing over" to eternal life.
I've seen the priests sometimes have a brief discussion beforehand with someone who seeks it and is not in advanced age or visibly ill.  It is not like what I recall when, after Mass, a priest went up and down the aisles anointing anyone and everyone who stepped forward.  If in doubt, ask a priest in advance. Here is a video of the anointing some years ago, and the Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament that followed.







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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Assumption Grotto Mourns the Loss of Pam Manteuffel




It is with shock and sadness that I bring the news to fellow Grotto parishioners that Pam Manteuffel passed away overnight, yesterday.  She had not been feeling well for many months and was taken to the hospital last week only to learn she had lymphoma.  She was too weak for the biopsy, then passed away rather unexpectedly at 2 a.m. Saturday, before anything else could be done.

Pam was a fixture at the convent, always helping the sisters and Opus Angelorum. She was also known for her pro-life work, and was a familiar face in the chapel and in the parish Church during Adoration, Mass, and other devotions.

Update: From the Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home website (source link)

Pamela L. Manteuffel, age 70 of Harrison Township, passed away early Saturday morning at Henry Ford - Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township. She was born August 10, 1943 to Florian and Helen (Gugala) Manteuffel in Detroit, Michigan. Pamela was a graduate of the University of Detroit, and was a member of Assumption Grotto Catholic Church. She was a teacher at St. David Catholic School and Denby High School, and retired in 2009 as a medical technologist from William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Pamela did volunteer work for Sisters of the Holy Cross, and enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. She is survived by her mother, Helen of Harrison Township; siblings, Max (Cynthia) Manteuffel of Florida, Michael (Fidez) Manteuffel of California, Linda (Ed) Allen of Shelby Township, Gregory Manteuffel of California, Laurence (Mary) Manteuffel of Washington Township, Mark (Teri) Manteuffel of Chesterfield, Maria Wilcox of Harrison Township, Ronald (Kit) Manteuffel of Chesterfield, and Andrea Jantz of Harrison Township, and 13 nieces and nephews. Pamela was predeceased by her father, Florian in 1994. Visiting hours are 3 - 9 p.m. (with an 8:00 p.m. Rosary), Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot, Mount Clemens. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. (in state 9:30) Wednesday at Assumption Grotto Catholic Church, 13770 Gratiot, Detroit with Father Eduard Perrone officiating. Burial will follow at Assumption Grotto Cemetery. Share memories at willandschwarzkoff.com

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MEMORARE


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, 
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, 
implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,
 I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; 
to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. 

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, 
despise not my petitions, 
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.







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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mother and baby lose everything in house fire…


Dear Friends,

The daughter of a parishioner at Assumption Grotto, and her three month old baby, have lost everything they own in a house fire, including their beloved pet.  In your mercy, please pray for them, and consider helping them to get back on their feet.  Donations are being accepted at this Go Fund Me page for her and the baby.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Catholic Virtual Wars 12: Mocking and ridicule of bishops - a failure in communication…




There are lots of ways to try to change the hearts of bishops where one thinks change is needed.  Some feel certain bishops are going out of their way to hinder the use of the extraordinary form Mass. In some dioceses, this may be true.  But, one sure way to fail at driving change, is to publicly mock and ridicule, "the bishops." It doesn't matter if it's done in a general way, or by name.  Such behavior will lead only to a self-fulfilling prophecy when those bishops, and ordinary people, think all traditionalists are cranks who can't seem to find 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 if it was taped to the inside of the 1962 hand missal.  St. Francis de Sales makes the point:

One of the most evil dispositions possible is that which satirises and turns everything to ridicule. God abhors this vice, and has sometimes punished it in a marked manner. Nothing is so opposed to charity, much more to a devout spirit, as contempt and depreciation of one's neighbour, and where satire and ridicule exist contempt must be. (St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life)

How much more offensive to God it must be when the target of contempt is a bishop?  Oh, people inform me all the time that St. Thomas Aquinas said we can fraternally correct a prelate, even in public, if what he says or does presents a danger to the faith.  But, I wonder how many have read it in context of all that he wrote on the subject?  And, kvetching is not fraternal correction. Aquinas lays down some boundaries that are somewhat inconvenient to the trigger-happy.  When composing or sharing something online we should also be mindful of canon 1373.

If you want to compound the failure in communication, simply gin up the  crowd-anger by mixing in other complaints in a condescending and abrasive manner on passionate subjects like Communion-in-the-hand. Hit a triple by showing public scorn for particular bishops by including the most undignified pictures of them in the narrative; and, don't forget to present every word and action in the most unfavorable light. Toss out the traditional practice of making excuses for others to protect their dignity. In this way opinion of them is lowered in the eyes of others.  Consider how Our Lord treated Judas.  St. Augustine points out something worthy of pondering...:

Of this patience Himself afforded and showed an example, when, before the passion of His Body, He so bore with His disciple Judas, that ere He pointed him out as the traitor, He endured him as a thief; and before experience of bonds and cross and death, did, to those lips so full of guile, not deny the kiss of peace.


One can advocate for more extraordinary form Masses or ending Communion in the hand, or any other subject that brings out strong emotions, but it ought not be made with all the tact of bison in a ballroom.  In fact, the more sensitive the issue, the greater the need for restraint in how it is discussed - if progress is desired.  If we want people to hear what we have to say on these topics, we have to cease the condescension, mockery, ridicule, and abrasiveness. It's not necessary. In fact, it is counterproductive, no matter how entertaining it may be to the choir. When we die, God won't ask us how well we entertained others; but, He might have something to say about our sins against charity. Venting is not a virtue; it's a vice.  More from St. Francis de Sales:

A brave man can easily bear with contempt, slander and false accusation from an evil world; but to bear such injustice at the hands of good men, of friends and relations, is a great test of patience.

Read that whole section from St. Francis de Sales. It will have you heading into Adoration to meditate rather than desiring to commiserate at the usual watering holes that leave you feeling hopeless, bitter, and angry.  See also what St. Alphonsus says about anger.

How to advocate for a good cause


Bishop Athanasius Schneider has been traveling the world, and writing books,(1) discussing how we can increase reverence for the Eucharist interiorly and exteriorly.  He does so in the most respectful way, very mindful of the dignity of those he addresses and speaks about.  His is a mission love - love for God that is manifest in the dignified way he speaks about the subject, about his concerns, and about people.  Anyone who has heard Bishop Schneider speak can sense that love.  He is not abrasive; he does not put on airs; he does not make use of put-downs and ridicule.  He explains and teaches, constantly proposing with gentleness and meekness. Sometimes he is firm on a point, but his most firm expressions are gentle and loving.  Knowing Bishop Schneider from his visits to Detroit, I can attest that his gentle and meek manner has everything to do with the fact that he is aware people have a free will and can accept or reject what he teaches.  This is prudence in action.

If you want to help Bishop Schneider, then follow his gentle and meek way of advocating.  If you want to harm his mission and cause a good many bishops, priests, and people in general to reject the discussion altogether, and turn against it, then go ahead and mock and ridicule them publicly.

I've seen people use Bishop Schneider's interviews and quotes to browbeat other Catholics over Eucharistic reverence.  I've seen people use the words of Cardinal Burke likewise, as well as Pope Benedict XVI.  I've never heard any of them speak the way that I see others sometimes quote them.  All this does is get people to tune out what they have to say. It never ceases to amaze me that anyone would think that quoting them in vinegar-laced airs would convince others to hear their words. It is so contradictory and unorthodox to promote reverence for the Eucharist or, for the EF Mass, by abrasive and condescending means.

Let's all remember to pray for our bishops and priests.  Where our public, and private, respectful discussion cannot make headway, prayers can.  We have to be mindful, that what God doesn't will, He permits.  If the thing we want doesn't come when we want, despite respectful discussion and prayer, then it is best to leave it in God's hands.

"We can have the most beautiful liturgy in the world, and not have love... It's just for show.... As we seek our way forward...not to be angry and embittered, but people filled with the joy of the Gospel, in love with Our Lord Jesus, and sharing that with our brothers and sisters..." - Archbishop Alexander K. Sample at first Pontifical Mass in EF as Archbishop of Portland. 

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
    Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
Psalm 37:8



When will they learn?




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(1) Both of Bishop Schneider's books, now in English, can be purchased here, including his latest book, Corpus Christi.


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