Tuesday, June 24, 2014


While this occurred Pentecost Sunday, 2014, it might as well have been 1980. A disclaimer on my part, I would have loved this in 1980 and would have encouraged this gimmicky liturgical aberration if our liturgy committee could think of it and follow through! Please note the trendy 1970's creative idea to make sure that the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are seen as equal so the altar is on one side and the ambo on the other. Why the old high altar is still there is beyond me and without a tabernacle! But the flower arrangement brought in procession to the place where the tabernacle once was to be adored for its natural beauty is a nice touch! Isn't all this just so meaningful! UGH! It is this sort of thing that has pushed people away from Vatican II and toward the nostalgia of the older rites of the Church where this simply would have been impossible to conjure up and carry out. Can you imagine a Catholic from 1958 seeing the future in 2014 for the Liturgy what their reaction would be?


JBS said...

Wow! Makes me what to start that in my parish. Except that the only ribbon I have is yellow caution tape. Is that okay? I'd have to attach it to a fishing pole.

As for the sanctuary arrangement, I'm thinking of placing my bed on one side here, so I can more readily offer a 6:30am Mass. It could also symbolize "resting in the Lord".

Anonymous said...

Take a look at their website to fully understand this ... whatever it is.


Marc said...

Here's this "church's" mission statement:

"We, the people of God at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, are a welcoming Christ-centered community committed to keeping alive the vision and hope of Vatican II. Our Sunday liturgy, enhanced by the creative arts, strengthens us for the work of peace and justice in the world and challenges us to live in communion with one another and all of creation."

These people are in "full Communion" with the pope.

Carol H. said...

I didn't see very many men in those pictures (except for the ones focused on events taking place outside of Mass). When I came to the one entitled, "The Prayer of St Francis," the song "I believe I can Fly" popped into my head.

This is what happens when parishes focus on the horizontal dimension of Church while neglecting the vertical.

John Nolan said...

The bird was very realistic! In medieval England on Whit Sunday it was the custom to release a white dove from a cage at the top of the chancel arch - the bird would fly around over the congregation before exiting via the west door. Apart from anything else, it encouraged women to keep their heads covered.

In the video clip the priest and some members of the congregation would certainly have been around in 1958. Perhaps like Pater Ignotus they don't get 'the so-called Traditional Latin Mass thing', Pater's elegant dismissal of more than 1500 years of the Roman Rite.

Anonymous said...

Did you see the puppet masses in Buenos Aires with you know who presiding? Video tape does not lie. It's just a matter of time before this happens in St. Peter's. After all that crucifix is getting smaller every week. Just sayin......and let's not forget the tango.

JBS said...

Carol H.,

"I Believe I Can Fly" is very appropriate on the feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino.

rcg said...

The vertical banner stage left of the Altar reminds me of the Saturn Motor Company logo. They went out of business in 2010. I have seen just about this bad in a local parish my youngest daughter characterized as disrespectful. The Priest's mannerisms reminded me of Johnny Carson.

Surviving said...

I think I speak for a lot of Catholics when I say this:

You people--theologians, liturgists, professors, feminists, parish council members and that unnumbered group of priests who deserve to be called "bad"--obviously think you have done some great service for us. But you haven't.

You think we are impressed by all of this silliness. We are not. We are groaning under our breath. We are rolling our eyes. We are fighting to worship God prayerfully at Mass IN SPITE of this disgusting perversion of worship that you insist on inflicting upon us.

You folk group members think that Mass just can't go on without you. Trust me, it can and it does. Every day, millions of low-key faithful break from lunch or skip breakfast to attend the non-obligatory weekday Masses where we can actually pray and not have our senses assaulted with your "contemporary" and "relevant" noise.

We see through you empty code words: "peace", "justice", "inclusiveness", "preconciliar" and "postconciliar". Your condescending psuedo-intellectualism isn't fooling anyone.

We are gritting our teeth and surviving in spite of you. Why? Because we know your version of the Church is doomed. It cannot last. It has killed vocations. It has drained religious orders. It has emptied churches from Sunday Mass attendance. And, as much as you refuse to see it, it has driven younger Catholics to embrace the Tradition that you insist on denying them.

We are just waiting for age to do what it will inevitably do with you and with your laughable, yet pitiful version of the Church. We know the REAL THING is coming back. We just can't wait for you to get out of the way so it can. And so we can pray again at Mass.

Gene said...

Surviving, Indeed…and I hope and pray you are correct.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I hope Father Z doesn't see this!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I hope Father Z doesn't see this!

George said...

I posted this on the wrong thread. It was meant to refer to the video of the Seattle church service.

If you use your imagination you could see this as an Elizabethan - Renaissance Faire with musical accompaniment of oboe and harpsicord. I have had the great fortune of not having had to endure or experience these kind of liturgical abuses. I have attended quite a few protestant services (funerals). Some of the music was not all that bad but when attending these it makes me appreciate all the more what we Catholics have, which is first and foremost the Holy Eucharist.I could even endure this ONE time, but would be looking to find another more traditional Mass afterward and henceforth.