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Defending Truth and Tradition in the lay-run Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester and beyond.

Updated: 2018-03-06T18:41:34.993-05:00


Diaconate Ordination - Part V


Let's see how many people you can name from the opening procession at the June 5 ordination Mass. This video is kind of like a who's who of DoR politicking. I have another video I will upload soon showing the second part of the procession.

On an unrelated note, we will be starting voting in the "Vocatus Es Contest" when we switch over to the new site.

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St. Patrick's in Troy


Bishop Clark's bestest bishop buddy, Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY is closing churches in his diocese. I wonder if Clark learns from Hubbard or Hubbard from Clark how to scam their parishoners. It just doesn't stop does it. Would it ever possibly, remotely even dawn on them that they should have been getting vocations for all these past years, instead of fleecing people. True orthodox priests would pack the churches. Preach the truth and they will come.

This situation parallels St. Thomas the Apostle in Irondequoit.

More on the demise of St. Francis Xavier Church


Terribilis est locus isteI first reported on this on June 2 when a friend went into St. Francis Xavier and reported what he saw.Yesterday, June 7th, a different friend stopped into the same church and reported to me what he saw.First off, my friend said the Moslems were very gracious to him. Couldn't have been nicer. My friend, and myself, have a HUGE problem with the diocese of Rochester and Bishop Clark and NOT with the Moslems.First off, two marble statues (one of the Blessed Mother and the other of St. Joseph), were knocked off their pedestals and had their faces jack hammered off. The pews were disassembled (it's hard to reassemble them once taken apart. Special vises are required) and were being sold for $100 a piece. The copper crosses on the top of the steeple still have to come down. The organ has been rendered inoperable by the sanding dust from the sanders that are being used inside the church.All the angels on the cornices had their faces jack hammered off too. Most of it is in the dumpster. My friend did salvage a small angel who had survived. What's up for sale is the Gothic part of the old reredoes from Rochester's original cathedral, Saint Patricks. This is all Carrerra marble with finials (see picture above for example).All the canvas paintings that for years had been adhered to the walls of this sacred house of God, have been ripped off the walls and are all torn up.If you want a church bell, put in a bid. That's up for sale too. My friend put in a bid for the outside stone statue of St. Francis Xavier. The "Hic Domus Dei, Porta Coeli" is still in intact, but that, my friend was reassured, will be totally defaced. The four stained glass windows in the sanctuary are to be sold as a set of four. They are quite stunning. All the windows in the nave have to go too. Also, up for sale is the "rose window" above the organ in the rear of the church. And, last, but not least, some very nice oak cabinetry, including a plain, but adequate vestment case.The diocese of Rochester is negligent in maintaining a stewardship that has been entrusted to them. While the church itself hasn't been consecrated, it has been blessed and consecrated to the worship of the Triune God. If this sale absolutely had to happen (I don't believe it did , if we had more priests, this probably would not have needed to happen), why couldn't the diocese sell or give the remain artifacts to other Catholic churches in the 12-county diocese.Oh yeah, the old Holy Family Church on Ames Street on the westside has been sold to a Spanish Pentecostal Church. The church still houses a magnificent (albeit old organ) and probably one of the best collection of Austrian/German stained glass windows in the diocese.Terribilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est et porta coeli: et vocabitur aula Dei.[...]

Why Altar Boys, Not Altar Boys and Girls?


This article from the National Catholic Register is expertly written. Everyone involved in youth ministry, parish work, faith formation, CCD, server training, liturgy coordination, etc. should read this. People tend to forget that there was a reason for everything in the Church, and when certain traditions were done away with, like only boys serving Mass, things began to crumble. I am not saying that girls aren't worthy, or that they are incompetent. I am merely stating that vocations are fostered on the steps of the high altar. When girls began to serve, many young men felt pressured to stop. They felt effeminate and dainty all of a sudden. What had once been a manly, masculine thing became a transgendered and politically-minded affair. I know there are some pious altar girls reading this, and I know that they are among those "working to change things from the inside." They have my miter-nod, of course.Now the article:The altar servers at Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, Minn., are a sight to behold. In their white surplices and black cassocks — red for special feasts like Christmas and Pentecost — six carry candles, while others process in with the cross, Sacramentary and incense thurible and boat. Between 12 and 20 altar servers assist at every Mass, every Sunday. On special feasts, the head count jumps to more than 30. And the most astonishing facet of the scene: All of the altar servers are boys. It’s a sight that must put a smile on the heavenly face of St. John Bosco (1815-1888), the great priest-mentor who promoted the banding together of boys in religious activities. The Church celebrates his feast on Jan. 25. Holy Family Church is one of a number of parishes that, after deciding to go with an all-boy corps of altar servers, have seen a notable increase in the number of boys participating in the life of the parish. At Holy Family, the decision was made 10 years ago, when only a few boys were servers. The surge was on immediately. Today, more than 60 boys stand at the ready. “What’s happened is: The younger boys can’t wait to get on the altar,” says parishioner Bob Spinharney. “And the older boys, to their great credit, stay on even beyond high school age. So the younger boys always have role models to look up to.”Spinharney and fellow parishioner Mark Rode got the approval of their pastor, Father Thomas Dufner, for the altar boy program. Then they built key elements, like a hierarchy of services and names for each position. Starting at age 10 as “leads” (beginners who observe from the altar), boys can stay as servers into their early 20s. Along the way, they progress to “torchbearer,” holding one of six candles for processing and during the Gospel reading and consecration; “mains,” serving the priest and ringing bells; “cross” and “book” with Sacramentary duties; and “thurifer” and “boat,” assisting with the incense during consecration. At each Mass, an older boy is designated “master of ceremonies” to lead and supervise the “troops.” What drove the two men to suggest the experiment a decade ago? Two observations. One: “When boys and girls are mixed on the altar, the boys tend to be less participative. They defer to the girls,” explains Spinharney. And two: “Many priestly vocations come from the altar. We’re trying to drive new vocations.” Father Dufner expounds on those points. “Girls tend to be more reliable and get jobs done more effectively,” he says, “so the boys tend to drop out.” At the same time, he notices that boys are excited about being part of an all-male group that is hierarchical and advancement-oriented. “And, clearly, reverent worship of God the Father through Jesus Christ in the liturgy is a calling card for vocations,” adds Father Dufner. In fact, one of the two current seminarians from this parish — from which four men have been ordained in the last 10 years — was an altar server. Both semi[...]

I Wish I Were the Little Key


I happened upon this poem when I was browsing through old Eucharistic hymns and prayer cards. It seems like something that would appeal to certain of you - I know I certainly enjoyed it.

I wish I were the little key
That locks Love's captive in
And who lets Him out to go and free
A stricken heart from sin.

I wish I were the little bell
That tinkles for the Host,
When God comes down each day to dwell
With hearts He loves the most.

I wish I were the chalice fair
That holds the Blood of Love
When every flash lights holy prayer
Upon its way above.

I wish I were the little flower
So near the Host's sweet face,
Or like the light that half an hour
Burns on the shrine of grace.

I wish I were the altar, where,
As on His Mother's Breast,
Christ nestles, like a child , fore'er
In Eucharistic rest.

But oh, my God, I wish the most
That my poor heart may be
A home all holy for each Host
That comes in love to me.

Well, It Worked in 452


The Associated Press is reporting that several groups (six, to be precise) sent representatives to protest against the priesthood in St. Peter's Square today. These protesters have gathered on the day before the commencement of the three-day ceremony to close out the Year for Priests.

Do you notice a trend here? The Church does nothing to provoke these people, save bear witness to the will of Christ. However, these precious children of God stand in our midst and attack us. They stand in front of our cathedral during such a happy occasion as the recent diaconate ordinations. They stand below the pope's window and hurl hatred and viciousness towards his person. Where is the respect? You don't see me yelling at Bishop Clark for the things he's done - I just sit and type. Not too hostile, that. However, these protesters have hurled themselves at the physical dwelling places of the Lord.

When Pope St. Leo the Great rode out in 452 to meet Attila the Hun, the barbarian was convinced to spare the Eternal City, Rome. He had respect for the papacy. If a pagan warlord can recognize the sanctity and preciousness of the Church, why can't liberals and militant evangelicals? The day that Catholics show up at Protestant churches and WOC meetings yelling obscenities and hatred, that's the day when these people will be justified. The Church proves Her charity by being perpetually on the defensive. That's the mark of the true Church, folks. We don't spit in the face of sanctity. We may write down and share our displeasure, but that's it. No souls are lost, no blood spilled, no physical or emotional pain inflicted.

Pope St. Leo the Great, defender of the Church and of Rome, pray for us. May these barbarians withdraw as they did 1558 years ago.

Diaconate Ordination - Part IV


Buried among all the liberal politicking and the liturgical problems at the Diaconate Ordination, there were a couple gems I should like to share with you all. The one in the video below was particularly enjoyable. Bishop Clark is thrilled to be ordaining a married man to the priesthood next year, but I think we all know that the bishop isn't getting a liberal poster child of dissent. He's getting a loyal son of the Church. For this reason, when Dr. Caton knelt in front of Bishop Clark, and the bishop told him "Scott, believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach," a little burst of glee had to be suppressed in my throat.

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Name that Priest


Can anyone tell me the name of the priest on the left side of this video. You only see him for the first few seconds during the sortie.

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Diaconate Ordination - Part III


The video below is of the vesting of the newly-ordained deacons. If you look closely (watch this in full screen mode) you will note Fr. Dennis Bonsignore was the vesting priest for Dr. Caton. They can be seen towards the left of the sanctuary - Dr. Caton is the taller fellow standing near the two women in red shirts.

The new growth of orthodoxy in Rochester has begun, folks, and it began right under Bishop Clark's cathedra.

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Diaconate Ordination - Part II


Part 2 of a many-part series on the liturgical irregularities at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

I am certain that all of you have heard that absolutely atrocious setting of the Alleluia used by the DoR to celebrate feigned-diversity. You know, "Halle, Halle, Halle . . . .Looo - ooooo - yah." Well, I bet you've never seen 50 priests and a bishop clapping to it, along with hordes of deacons and lay people.

I have much to say about this, but the video can sum it all up better than I can. Be sure to watch it full -screen - I shot in HD for you. You can even see Bishop Clark clapping in rhythm. Now isn't that just the cherry on top of the liturgy sundae?

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Diaconate Ordination - Part I


I was graced to be able to be present for Dr. Scott Caton's ordination this Saturday. While the Mass was certainly not as bad and riddled with abuse that it could have been (i.e. prancing gays in tights) there were certainly several moments of liturgical-disconnect. One instance that particularly stood out to me was the following clip I shot. During the preparation of the gifts, the choir sang "I Am the Lord of the Dance," accompanied by one of the Dady Brothers (secular musicians, mind you) playing the mandolin. Now, I love the Dady Brothers. They're great local talent. However, just because you're an amazing artists doesn't mean that you have the right to strum your mandolin, or guitar, or whatever in the sanctuary of God. There is a clear separation of sacred and profane that should be recognized by the planners of the liturgy. But, then again, we know what "liturgies" are permitted and endorsed by the DoR.

Anyways, the striking thing about this piece was that they're singing about Our Lord as if he's Garth Fagan, a dance master and glee-maker. About 50 feet above Mr. Dady and his mandolin is a life-sized crucifix, showing Our Crucified Lord. All around the church are the bloody stations depicting Our Savior's woe. Why would such a song as this be considered appropriate for a Mass? The Mass is a celebration and memorial of Calvary, not the last season of Dancing With the Stars.

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Our Lady of the Flakes


     Some people must have an itch which is only satisfied when they re-create the Roman Church into something of their own making. Such thoughtless tinkering can be seen in the topics for discussion in the upcoming lecture series hosted by Our Lady of the Lakes. The program scheduled for Wednesday June 9th is particularly seditious. Keep in mind, this will be held at a winery - so we can have both heavy-handed communion metaphors and get plastered at the same time. Looking at these topics, one is led to the conclusion that the creator of the program was already a little inebriated when he/she/it put pen to paper.Anthony Rd. Wine Company, Penn YanDeacon Tom Driscoll“Remnants of a Medieval Church in the 21st Century”• Do Ordained Men Have More of the Holy Spirit?• What Does the Vow of Obedience Mean Today?• Is Heaven Really Up and Hell Really Down?• How Do We Look at Fear and Punishment Today?Now, for all we know, the answers to these questions could be in accordance with Church teaching. However, asking a question like "Do ordained men have more of the Holy Spirit" tends to make one think that these are geared more towards a "reform-minded" crowd.In the spirit of Christian charity, I think we should address these points one by one, and let the good people of Our Lady of the Lakes discern the difference between reality and flakiness.1. The Church naturally does have remnants of its medieval past. It's called "Gregorian chant." You know, the thing that the Second Vatican Council declared to have "principal place" in all Latin Rite liturgies. The Church is not about the here and now - it is about eternity. The use of Gregorian Chant, incense, Latin, beautiful vestments, and other similar things, makes us grasp a sense of timelessness, not immediacy. If the Church changed from year to year, there would be no difference between MTV and the Mystical Bride of Christ, the Roman Catholic Church. Now, I'm not trash-talking whorishly-dressed girls hurling themselves at each other in musical ecstasy. However, I am gently reminding our dear readers and friends that the Church exists to move the world, not to be moved by it.2. St. Paul tells us in the First Letter to the Corinthians the following:"Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit. And there are diversities of ministries but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who works all in all. And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit. To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit."This means that everyone is filled with the Holy Spirit - there are no degrees. The only possible degrees one can imagine would be those dealing with external showings of sanctity, but that's not what is being discussed. God is wholly present in each and every person, but in a different way. Holy Orders is not Holy Matrimony. However, both the priest/deacon and the husband and wife are filled with the same Spirit, but with "diversities of graces." The Holy Spirit is not any more or less present in a priest than He is a little child. 3. "What does the vow of obedience mean today?" It means the same thing it meant when described in the Acts of the Apostles. It says,"The word of God continued to spread, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly; even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith."We must be obedient to the faith, letting ourselves be ruled, not dealing in matters too lofty for us. Humility means letting ourselves be conquered for Christ. Indeed, it means letting our souls be conquered by Christ, that He may drive out any profanations and sacrileges that may[...]

Deaconate Ordination Tomorrow


Just a reminder for you all - there will be deaconate ordinations tomorrow at 10:30 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Normally, I would consider the Cathedral a no-fly zone for people who have genuine regard for the Liturgy. However, Dr. Scott Caton will be ordained to the transitional deaconate at this Mass. He is definitely worthy of your prayers, as are the seven other men who will be ordained to the permanent deaconate. Your prayers are one of the sources of much-needed grace and strength for our ordained ministers.If you can make it to the Cathedral for this special day, I would strongly urge you to do so. Show your support for ordained ministry. I find it extremely ironic that the diocese pitches the "we want vocations" shpeal so often, but the Master of Ceremonies is a nun, vested in alb. Only in Rochester do we have a Mistress of Ceremonies in lieu of a Master of Ceremonies, who is typically a monsignor. What message does this send to the young men in the diocese? "We want vocations, but it's nothing special to be a priest - anyone can play the part."You can have the nicest posters, the most reverent priests, the most intimate conversations with discerners and seminarians, but without the proper liturgical and sacramental formation, vocations die. And when vocations die, so do parishes and schools. When the Mass is corrupted, so too are the minds of those young men who are called to ordained ministry in the deaconate or the priesthood. We have seen this in so many instances in Rochester - I can state with certainty that Jim Callan had a vocation to the priesthood, but look at how he was warped! That was not his doing, but the doing of a lacklustre administration in his formation years. There is a glimmer of hope in every heretic's heart, and that glimmer is the Call they received from God. If only human politicking did not obscure God's plans so easily.So come to the ordination, tomorrow, Saturday, at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Show your bishop that you support our ordained ministers. Be there for Dr. Caton on this blessed day, and give him your prayerful support. And in the long-term, do all that you can to let the young men in your parish know that the priesthood is something so transcendent that it cannot be restricted to "sacramental ministering" and parish administration. To be a priest is to love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and through this piercing and all-consuming love come the sacraments of the Church, and through them, the singular grace which only can be attained through them. Without the priesthood, there are no sacraments and no Church.Pray for vocations. Support our young men, our seminarians, our discerners, our Becket Hall residents, and even your own sons. Put your sons into the altar serving program at your parish, because there is no surer fountain of vocational awareness than being in the sanctuary of Our God, aiding the priest who makes God incarnate again and again, each and every day reenacting that bloody sacrifice of Calvary. To serve at the altar of the Lord is to kneel shoulder to shoulder with the choirs of haven, the hosts of angels, and the saints who have gone before us in Faith. Show your sons that a vocation to ordained life is a manly, noble thing, not something to be toyed with for political gain. Pray for our priests, and pray for our deacons, and pray for our religious. May God bless them in their ministry, and may He bless Dr. Caton and his fellow soon-to-be-deacons in their zeal for God's Church.[...]

Orthodoxy - the Obvious Choice


The two videos below are from two valid Masses in the United States. However, the one is markedly different from the other. The first one is from a "Teen Mass." I guess a regular "Mass" isn't good enough for some people. When I watched this video, I was struck by how trite the whole thing is. There's more effort going into throwing the slides on the screen than there is in trying to read the Word of God worthily. The second video is from the 2007 Sacred Music Colloquium in Washington. Now when you compare the two, and you measure the reverence, the piety, the tastefulness, the beauty, and the eye appeal, the obvious "winner" is the second video.


The Mass is a reenactment of Calvary - it is not a talent show, a powerpoint presentation, a chance to socialize, or an opportunity to meet new friends. It is Heaven on Earth, and those who are loyal to the Church, and whose views are orthodox and unfaltering, realize this.

So watch these two videos, and feel free to comment on what you feel is more sacred, and why you feel that way. Bear in mind that these are both Novus Ordo Masses, that is, "Ordinary Form." They are using the same missal, the same rubrics, the same norms. However, one of them is celebrating Mass according to the genuine spirit of Vatican II, and the other is possessed by the impostor spirits of Vatican II, which were not of divine origin.

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The Battle for the Ancient Mass


The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, aka FSSP, has released this rather interesting talk called "The Battle for the Ancient Mass." I would strongly urge you to give it a listen. It certainly rings true.

High Mass for Feast of Corpus Christi


The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, more commonly known by its Latin name the Feast of Corpus Christi, is celebrated in honor of Christ’s institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday. The feast is observed in the United States on the Sunday following Holy Trinity Sunday.

In honor of this feast, there will be a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, June 6th at St. Stanislaus, at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street. The celebrant will be the Reverend Dennis Bonsignore. After Mass and following Catholic tradition, there will be a procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the church, followed by Benediction.

The Latin Mass choir will sing Missa Phrygia. The Mass was written by Pompeo Cannicciari, an Italian Baroque composer. The choir director and organist is Eastman School of Music student, John Morabito. Also, our "Schola Roffensis" will sing the Gregorian propers and the Sequence, Lauda Sion Salvatorem. The schola is directed by the very capable, Joel Morehouse.

Saint Stanislaus is one of the few churches in the Diocese of Rochester that has not been "renovated". Restored, yes; but not renovated.

Often I am asked who are the saints in the niches on the high altar. From left to right, they are St. Methodius, St. Adalbert, in the center is St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Jadwiga (Hedwig) and finally St. Cyril. All of these saints are of the Eastern European tradition.

There is plenty of parking in the lot across the street from the Church, or behind the Church, or on Hudson Avenue. We have two security guards, a handicapped elevator and facilities for men and women at the back of church. There is also a very well stocked Catholic book table in the narthex at very reasonable prices. In addition, there is a "discount" table full of traditional Catholic readings.

If you or your family has never attended "The Mass of the Ages", please bring them with you to this timeless ritual of Roman Catholicism. Holy Communion is received on the tongue only and kneeling (if you can) at the Communion rail. You must be a practicing Catholic and spiritually prepare to receive Communion.

There will be no liturgical "aberrations". No parade of Eucharistic ministers, no wonkiness from the pulpit and no "I'm-a-woman-and-want-to-be-a-priest types." Everything will be, as they say, "according to Hoyle". Everything is solidly and unabashedly Catholic.

If you have a desire for the sacred, then this is the Mass you need to be at.

This is the last High Mass of the year. As typical, even the choir needs a summer break. See you at the Communion rail!

Mass at St. Peter's Basilica


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A Memorial Day Prayer‏


Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when
flowers were placed at the graves of Union and
Confederate soldiers. On this day we honor all who
have died in service of our nation.

Dear God our Father,

Your word tells us, “Unless the LORD build the house,
they labor in vain who build. Unless the LORD guard
the city, in vain does the guard keep watch” (Psalm 127:1).

Thank You for those who have guarded not only our
cities, but our country, allies, and many other communities
from unjust and unprincipled aggressors. On this Memorial
Day, with a solemn and sacred spirit, we pause to remember
and honor the brave men and women in our Armed Forces
who gave up their lives for their fellow Americans at
home and abroad.
Many were young and many were married, with their loved
ones praying for them back home; but they were each fighting
to protect the freedom we enjoy when they were called to make
the ultimate sacrifice.

Dear God, please bless our heroes and heroines with Your
mercy, grace, and peace. Bless also their families and
friends. May Your perpetual light shine upon them; and may
their souls and the souls of all our faithful departed rest
in peace. In Jesus’ name.


St. Thomas the Apostle to Close


From the very first whispers even unto the present moment, not a single kindness was shown to the people of St. Thomas the Apostle. Their sufferings were mocked and magnified by the greed and callousness of their administration, especially Fr. Norm Tanck. I don't care how many people say we shouldn't single an individual out. When a wrong has been committed, it is the duty of the lay faithful to address it. This is what we are doing.Fr. Tanck has lied and offered false truths to the people of St. Thomas. As their priest, he should have been leading their defense, but that task was thrown to the ground by his treacherous hands. We were obliged to pick it up, for the sake of genuine charity, caritas. Fr. Tanck will also be the new pastor of the St. Irondequoit community, as it's been termed. He will be assisted by Fr.'s Horan and Leone.As of now, the parish will be closed on September 1, 2010. This is not official yet, but we have it from a very reliable source. The diocese is certainly in a hurry to destroy the faith in Irondequoit. And I wonder why? Could it be that they see their political agendas and "renewal" efforts failing? Do they blame the orthodox members of the diocesan Church for this? Do the administrators of the diocese not realize that the people of St. Thomas and St. Salome have only followed the Church loyally? Why does the diocese root out the sane parishes, the kind and focused faithful, and the devoted laity, to bring down the hammer of their "leadership"?The closing of these two parishes is nothing less than a political maneuver hidden behind a facade of people who have been made to feel important and righteous. The IPPG should be ashamed of itself. What Catholic, nay, what human, would willingly turn on his own family? Only the mentally infirm and the traitorously inept would even think to attempt such a thing. And yet these individuals have done more than formulate thoughts- they turned them into dangerous and daunting weapons of canonical destruction. To the parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Salome - stop contributing to the weekend collections. If the diocese says you don't have the money to support yourselves, don't try to argue otherwise. Make them bleed. Start getting organized to sue for your money back. Your renovation(s), repairs, enhancements, etc. are your own - you have a right to what you paid for. Do not give one more penny to the diocese, to your parish, or to the CMA. They do not deserve your money, nor are they worthy to sit at your feet and beg for the "scraps off your table." They are the dogs that devoured your spiritual well-being. They deserve no special consideration.Get to work, friends. Start writing to religious orders, other bishops, and friends who now people. We need to find a buyer for this property, or at least, someone who can take it over at no cost to the diocese. This is the job of another group separate from Cleansing Fire, so I will let them get to work on their own time.God will not reward the impious. God does not give aid to those who desecrate His holy Church.Our Lady of Divine Compassion, comfort us in our time of need and sorrow, and pray for the souls who have led us to our doom. They have more need of prayers than anyone else.[...]

Bishop Clark's Decree Regarding the Future of Irondequoit


Folks - there's nothing more which I can say. Just read this. Nothing good can come of this:

Update from Dr. K, 8:18 PM: I believe this decree is dealing with the dissolution of the five parishes as separate parish entities (similar to what happened with Peace of Christ). It does not appear to call for closure of any particular church building. Were closure to be decreed, it would seem that such would need to be clearly stated in the document. I am not sure what this may mean for STA at this point in time. Has the diocese decided to give STA time to prove it should remain open, like was awarded to Holy Name? Is another decree of closure soon to follow? Has the diocese accepted the addendum of St. Thomas (to keep it open) which was attached to and sent along with the IPPG recommendation?

We will post updates as information arrives.

Bishop Accepts IPPG Proposal


(image) Cleansing Fire has learned that Bishop Clark has accepted the IPPG recommendation to merge the Irondequoit parishes into one. However, whether or not the parishes to be closed were mentioned specifically has yet to be determined. I will keep you all up to date with whatever news comes to us. Please check back often, and spread the word.

As if pressured by the fates, Fr. Tanck included in this weekend's bulletin one more slap-in-the-face for St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners. To read his piece in the cluster bulletin, click here. Why is it that when people need a pastoral priest the most, they are confronted with veiled accusations of faithlessness?

Probably the same reason that the orthodox in Rochester are punished for their faith by the administration.

Another thing you should note, is that Fr. Tanck's announcement this evening is the first time he has been present at a weekend Mass at STA in seven weeks. Could his views be any more obvious to the casual observer? I think not.

Bishop Clark, remember that you are a representative of the Holy Apostles. Let this knowledge, and your conscience, dictate your decision, not the politicking of those with whom you have surrounded yourself.

St. Thomas the Apostle, pray for us. St. Matthew the tax collector, and holy Apostle, pray for us. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.

Jesus, a Nice Guy


I would just like to share, briefly, the gist of a homily I heard today. Those of you who watched EWTN's Mass, or went to one around the DoR, will have noted that the Gospel is that which deals with the cleansing of the temple. The Mass I attended had a priest presiding (rare, I know), who gave this little bit of insight which is ideal for us who zealously seek to restore reverence to our own "temples." And, no, I wasn't anywhere remotely close to Our Lady of Victory, so don't even think about it.

"We see Jesus get angry. Now, don't get me wrong. Jesus was a nice guy. A great guy. He got hungry, because He was fully man, and He probably got cranky too, because He was fully man. Some of you are probably thinking, 'God shouldn't get angry like that. It's scary.' Well, what we see today in the Gospel is called 'righteous anger.' Would that we be consumed with the same passion to cleanse our parishes of the abuses we see perpetrated in the sight of God. What clearer directive do we have, friends, than this? God cleansed His own temple. Imagine all the pigeons flying out, all the coins rolling down the temple steps, and why? Because God's anger was brought upon these perpetrators of sacrilege. He will not permit Himself to be profaned, and that is what drove Our Lord's divine anger."

Bishop Morlino on Eucharistic Reverence


This was sent to us by a dear friend of the blog. Many thanks go out to her and her family. May God bless such kind-hearted and sincere Catholics.

The video below is of Bishop Morlino discussing reverence at Mass. His insight is invaluable, and should be given, in a spirit of precise charity, to all your administrators, your pastors, your sacramental ministers, or what ever else you may have. He states, "No one intends to be irreverent." I could not agree more. Our lay preachers think they're doing the right thing. They love the Church, but in a very inappropriate way. Just like a 15 year old boy may "love" his girlfriend after a night of passion, that love is misplaced and juvenile. There's something there, but it's trounced and destroyed by the effects of sin. No one, unless they are instruments of Satan, seeks to destroy that which they know to be good. No one, unless they are instruments of Satan, would follow a path they know to be wrong. However, if we permit these people to walk in these ways, to continue embracing the metaphorical girlfriend, we testify to be in error ourselves, for we are doing nothing to bolster the good which we perceive, the good which Our Lord perceives.

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Submissions for the Vocatus Es Contest


The following are submissions for the create-your-own vocations poster for Rochester. Enjoy! We'll start voting once we have several posted. Send your submission for funny or serious DoR self-designed posters to me at serious vocations poster: - Submitted by Anonymous Photo credits: jdbradley and CarbonNYC- Submitted by A.G.- Submitted by Anonymous - Submitted by Nod, from humorous vocations posters:- Submitted by Emma- Submitted by Nate- Submitted by Nate- Submitted by anonymous- Submitted by Ben and Mary Anderson [...]

Liturgical Reform


This video sets forth very clearly exactly what we (and others like us) mean when we talk about "reform of the reform."

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