Friday, March 23, 2007

Sunday: Mass with Bishop Olmsted on EWTN

It's nice to see EWTN spreading it's wings around the country, bringing us some of the beautiful liturgies out there. You may recall some months ago, they brought us the Mass from St. John Cantius in Chicago. Now, this Sunday at 11:30 (assumed to be local time or 1:30 EST), they will broadcast a Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmstead.

Musica Sacra brings us details, as follows:

On March 26th at 11:30am Eastern time, the Holy Mass will be shown from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in the Diocese of Phoenix on EWTN. The Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted will be Celebrant. The Cathedral Schola, which sings the Solemn Mass every Sunday at 11:00am, will sing the Introit, Communio and the Ordinary of the Mass, along with some solid Catholic hymns. The Schola is made up of professional musicians.

Remember, just because you don't have cable doesn't mean you can't watch this. If you are accessing the internet with some kind of broadband, like SBC, you can watch it right online. Just go to EWTN, and place your cursor over "Television" in the upper left hand side of the menubar and select Live-TV, followed by a connection. I'm not sure which connection is best for the lower end of high speed. It might take a couple minutes to buffer and if the video isn't that good, you'll still be able to listen from your PC.

Bishop Olmstead has done wonders in the Phoenix area. This is a bishop who understood that a diocese needs cloistered nuns who would be the fuel for the engine. Not many today understand the power of prayer.

On a related note, recall that when Mother Angelica's order was getting too big - a pure grace of God - it had to spread it's wings. This resulted in Bishop Olmsted giving a small handful of sisters from Mother's order a new home in the Phoenix diocese where the are now growing!

Related reading on Bishop Olmsted, and on the Poor Clares in Phoenix:

Bishop Finn - on a roll - new Benedictine Community (Te Deum - scroll down to read about the Poor Clares in Phoenix)

Update on Desert Nuns (Te Deum)

Bishop Olmstead Blesses future home of Poor Clares (Catholic Sun)

Bishop in the Desert: An Interview (Ignatius Insight)

New Phoenix Bishop Shows Impressive Leadership - Dares to Directly Address Homosexuality(LifeSite)

Olmsted's Stamp on Diocese (East Valley Tribune)

Last, but not least, is the website of the Desert Nuns - something worth checking in on now and them. They have a section of photos showing their progress.

Bishop Olmsted blesses future home of the "Desert Nuns"