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We told you it was a little premature to break out the champagne. We have now have a report that St Thomas More parish on the Upper East Side will be closed and its parishioners “invited” to join St Ignatius Loyola and its Jesuits:
“Gasps were heard and tears were seen when Pastor Kevin Madigan informed parishioners this past Sunday at each Mass that their church was likely to close next August. It was a stunning blow for the vibrant church community that had received numerous assurances that St. Thomas More Catholic Church was safe.
St. Thomas More serves a highly affluent family community on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with regular Masses, as well as with many informative and noteworthy events. The church is free of debt and its operations are financially sound.”
From the Huffington Post.
In a way it is poetic justice, for St. Thomas More was established to offer an alternative to Jesuit dominance of the wealthiest neighborhood of New York City. I doubt anyone could have imagined that such a parish would be closed. but it continues a emerging pattern of the liquidation of smaller parishes (Our Lady of Peace, St. Elizabeth of Hungary have been announced; others have been rumored) in some quite well-to-do areas of the city. Areas with correspondingly high real estate values….
Msgr. Joseph Ambrosio will be having a modified version of the 40 Hours Devotion at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey this coming weekend (Friday, Nov. 21st through Sunday, Nov. 23rd).
The hours of exposition are as follows:
Friday, Nov. 21 – 8:30am to 7pm
Saturday, Nov. 22 – 8:30am to 5:30pm (Traditional Mass for Peace at 3pm)
Sunday, Nov. 23 – 12pm to 5pm.
N. B. A group will be meeting on Saturday Nov. 22 at Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan at 10 am to go as a group via NJ Transit to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newark. If you are interested, please contact Eddy Toribo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parents of Regina Pacis Academy and its sister school, Cardinal Newman Academy, have organized an online auction to raise much-needed funds for the school. Regina Pacis Academy is an independent Catholic school located in Norwalk, CT. This year, by permission of Bishop Caggiano, the school has moved into the beautiful school building of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk, CT.
If you could find it in your heart to support this school, you may go online to see many items to bid on in an online auction that culminates next Sunday, November 23, during the school’s fund-raising dinner.
The school receives no funds from any parish or the diocese. The parents raise all of the funds through a reasonable tuition and various fund-raisers including this one, the most important of the year.
According to the school’s website:
“Regina Pacis and Cardinal Newman Academies offer students their patrimony in the Catholic Faith within a classical education. Students learn to do all things well, aware that they act in the presence of their heavenly Father. Our teachers demonstrate their witness to the Faith, their dedication to education and their affection for their pupils. The reception of the Sacraments sustains the life of the schools.”
Students assemble for a daily morning assembly.
Father Paul Check, the school’s chaplain, leads students, faculty, and parents in the Angelus, the first of many prayers offered during the school day.
Last Spring, the school was honored by a visit of Bishop Frank Caggiano. Here he is visiting a Latin class of Cardinal Newman Academy high school students. The schools instruct all students in Latin, from Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
All students participate in weekly schola practice, receiving instruction in Gregorian Chant. The students chant the divine office once a month, sing at week-day school Masses and on occasion at Sunday Extraordinary Form Solemn Masses. Students, parents, and faculty have the opportunity to attend daily Mass before the start of each school day—and most do. Regular Confession is also available to the students.
Last Spring his Eminence Cardinal Burke visited the school, offered a special Mass, and addressed students, parents and faculty.
Regina Pacis Academy is proud of its yearly drama productions. Last spring’s play was Robin Hood.
A scene from the beloved annual Christmas pageant
Student Schola performs at the Christmas pageant.
Another annual event that is treasured at the school is the May crowning.
Here is a link to the online auction, where you can provide support for the school.
The Roman Forum has been asked by a number of friends attending the Summer Symposium from June 29th through July 10th, 2015 to organize an eleven-day “introductory tour” of the Greek world preceding the gathering in Gardone Riviera. Fr. Richard Munkelt and Dr. John Rao will be the tour guides. There is space for twelve more participants.
At the moment, the planned date of departure is June 14th, arriving the next morning in Athens. After four nights in Athens (from which we will be visiting Delphi and other surrounding sites of importance), we will tour Epidaurus, Mycenae, Sparta/Mystra, and Monemvasia by means of private vans. From Monemvasia we will travel north by boat, staying a night on the island of Hydra, passing Salamis to spend one last evening in the Athens area. Participants may leave for home from Athens on June 26th, but those taking part in the Summer Symposium will fly to Venice. Tour guests attending the Summer Symposium will remain two nights in Venice, proceeding to Gardone on June 28th.
There will be one lecture each day, either by Fr. Munkelt or Dr. Rao, dealing with Greek History and Culture, as well as Early and Byzantine Christian Civilization.
Exact cost is not yet known. The estimated amount is c. $2,300 (possibly less). NB: Participants’ travel costs to and from Greece are not included.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact the Forum at this address/email by January 15th, 2014.
Roman Forum Greece Tour
An Introduction to the Hellenic World
11 Carmine St., Apt. 2C
New York, NY 10014
Announcing an international conference on liturgical formation in the light of the new evangelization, Sacra Liturgia USA 2015, to take place in New York City from June 1 to 4, 2015. This conference continues the work of Sacra Lituriga 2013, in Rome, organized by Bishop Rey of Frejus-Toulon. Speakers will include Raymond Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, and our own Father Richard Cipolla. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan held a Forty Hour Devotion from Friday Nov. 7 to Sunday Nov. 9. Arrys Ortanez has sent us these beautiful photos of the 3-day event.
Organizer Eddy Toribo has written:
“This was the second year we have had it at Holy Innocents and, now that the parish has been left open, we expect to have many more.
We thank all those who helped and made sacrifices in order to spend time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament (in addition to attending the Masses) most particularly during the night hours. These days, it is difficult (compared to the past) to find people to commit to be part of the Forty Hours Prayer (Devotion), especially in the traditional context given that many people who attend the traditional Mass at Holy Innocents come from all over. Thank God, we were able to get a few faithful souls who made sacrifices and arrangements to spend the night in prayer, particularly on Saturday. We can be assured God will know how to reward that time spend in church as part of Forty Hours.”
Thanks to Eddy and Arrys for providing this report.
Last Tuesday Evening, November 4th, Cardinal Raymond Burke celebrated a solemn Pontifical Mass at the church of St. Charles Borromeo in Vienna, Austria – the Karlskirche. The organizer of the liturgy was Una Voce Austria. A standing room only congregation assisted at the splendid liturgy in which splendid music, beautiful vestments and precise and complete ceremonial combined for a magnificent statement of faith.
(above and below) The vesting.
(Above and below) The Karlskirche is one of the main masterpieces of that flowering of the baroque in the lands of the Holy Roman Empire – primarily Austria, Bohemia and Germany – after 1683. The architecture of this church contains numerous references to Rome – such as the two columns standing before the facade modelled on Trajan’s column.
(Above) Cardinal Burke preached in German on St. Charles Borromeo (below), whose feast day it was. He recalled the days of struggle against the “Protestant Revolution” and the role of St. Charles at the Council of Trent and as a reformer, first in Rome and then in Milan. Cardinal Burke made reference to the liturgical reforms of that time. He spoke of the necessity – then and now – of remaining faithful to all teachings of the Catholic faith.
The Karlskirche was completely filled for the liturgy. The congregation seemed like a recreation of old Austria – what with men in traditional uniforms – and families with infants and young children. The church is currently under restoration (see above and below, right) so space was at an even greater premium.