Sunday, March 17, 2013

Assumption Grotto honors Pope Francis and St. Joseph

Today was a big day at Assumption Grotto in Detroit.

The Traditional Latin Mass was moved to the Noon time slot for today in consideration of the many who would stay for the annual St. Joseph's Day Dinner (more on that in a moment).

First, we honored Pope Francis with a special provision in the Christus Vincit for the Supreme Pontiff.  Here is a pic of one side of the sheet parishioners had for singing today.

Here is video from my iPhone, now up at Gloria TV.  Not the best quality, but you get the idea.

Father Perrone led the people's response from the ambo while the cantor chanted from the loft.

The Asperges me...

The Confiteor

Fr. John Bustamante delivering his homily

You will notice all statues and pictures covered now, at this point in Lent (read more here on the custom, which is not exclusive to the TLM).  St. Joseph was not covered because the parish was having the St. Joseph Day Dinner, but after the feast, he will be removed.

The Elevation of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

I normally do not take pictures during Holy Communion and it can also be very difficult given people moving about, getting in the line of shot.  But, I was able to get a clear shot of some of the altar boys who stand with the candle-boats as people are receiving.  They are on either side of the center.  It just adds to the reverence of the moment. Pope Francis is seen in the background.

The Sunday closest to March 19th features our annual St. Joseph Day Dinner which has been a tradition for decades due to the generosity and hard work of the Romano family.  Here are a few pictures from the afternoon.  You can see a small statue of St. Joseph in the background. They had a large statue, but it broke some years ago.

Fr. Perrone blesses the food...

This was pretty much just the dessert table!

An Italian band comes every year to sing.  Here, they are serenading the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

It draws a big crowd every year.  All they ask for is a free-will offering.

Not everyone forgot about St. Patrick.


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