The Bulletin and Ministers' Schedule are no longer being
made available by the parish office for online access.

So, in their place, some thoughts for 2018—

Open your eyes . . .

  • Why was a dog a part of the OLA 2018 Palm Sunday Mass entrance procession, an official part of the Mass—purposely disrespectful on one of the most holy days in the Church year. Seems the dog has more importance than parishioners.

  • Look around and notice how many parishioners are no longer members of ministries and councils, and faithful volunteers. The attendance numbers for the month of April 2018 was 384 and April 2017 was 691, which both had five Sundays. A reduction of 45%! Where are the missing parishioners? Many are travelling 80-100 miles to attend Mass elsewhere.

  • Why were Masses being said in part of Lent and all through Holy Week, including Easter 2016, without a visible crucifix, contrary to the Code of Canon Law, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and Code of Rubrics?

  • Should the stone top of the altar, that was blessed with holy oil at our Mass of Dedication and is where the Consecration takes place, be removed and stored behind the wall in the sanctuary during various liturgical seasons of the year when in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, it states that, “The altar, on which is effected the Sacrifice of the Cross made present under sacramental signs, is also the table of the Lord to which the People of God is convoked to participate in the Mass, and it is also the center of the thanksgiving that is accomplished through the Eucharist?”

  • Should the sacred space of the sanctuary have been used for the community chorale, as it is stated in Rubrics that “the Ceremonial of Bishops and 2000 years of Church tradition reserve the sanctuary for the ministers of the Mass.” A further explanation states that, “The sanctuary is reserved for the ministers of the Mass. Ministers here refers to bishops, priests, deacons, acolytes, readers and cantors, not to the congregation or the choir.” If the choir is not permitted in the sanctuary, then a community choir should not have been permitted to enter this space either.

  • Are the seats for the presider and the deacon supposed to be arranged with the seating of the congregation when the General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that, “The chair of the Priest Celebrant must signify his function of presiding over the gathering and of directing the prayer—with the most suitable place facing the people at the head of the sanctuary?”

  • Have you ever wondered why parishioners are no longer allowed to have a private confession (one that does not have to be scheduled where they can remain anonymous)?

  • Why were the Voices songbooks and the prayer cards taken out of the pockets on the backs of the pews and the chairs? Both are approved for use during the Mass.

  • Why are families of parishioners who have died asking other priests to come in and celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial?

  • Try to recall the last time you saw any accounting in the form of a Profit and Loss statement of the parish finances in the bulletin.

  • This webpage seems to be describing OLA's current situation as being the norm for the Mass in many parishes:

    Here are couple of quotes to get you interested. Can you see OLA in them?

    • Incidentally, are you weekly suffering through a tortured, one-man act routine instead of enjoying a proper homily? Nope to that, too. The homily should relate the readings to one another and exegete the Gospel and indicate how their total message can be applied directly to the lives of parishioners — just read Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntianidi; Inter Oecumenici. The priest is not supposed to be the star of the show. Jesus is.

    • I once attended a parish where the priest allowed his dog to attend (defile) the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I still can't believe the words "Is that dog supposed to be running around the altar?" left my lips. Incidentally, the confidence with which the dog strutted around the church told me that this was a regular, baffling occurrence.

    • Confrontation seems to be dead on arrival. Do Catholics even know it's their duty to confront their pastor should they witness liturgical abuse? Are they even aware what constitutes a liturgical abuse? Judging by the state of affairs in the Church — nope.

Pray to Our Lord so that you will clearly see truth!

Open your ears . . .

  • Listen to the explanation for the second collection (which is not subject to DMF tax)—why is it given the title of “Capital Improvements” when it is stated that this collection is for emergency repairs, maintenance (when these are normal operating expenses and should be paid from the first collection), and on-going restoration (when there is none, and this expense is a normal operating expense as well)?

  • Why were parishioners encouraged to give their annual parish tithing to the 2017 DMF campaign so that it could be refunded to the parish as overpayment to this fund; and, therefore, not be subject to any future DMF tax?

  • When there is a service that typically would include non-Catholics, why were earlier instructions (click here for YouTube recording) for the receipt of the Holy Eucharist so vague and confusing that non-Catholics freely received this beautiful sacrament? And why recently, were those instructions changed to, “Communion here is messy?”

  • Why was it necessary for our pastor to share sexually explicit information with the choir on Christmas 2016 during its practice before Mass and then minimize it as a “joke;” and more recently in a homily, why was it included in a list of rumors? It, most certainly, was not a rumor at all—it actually happened!

Pray to Our Lord so that you will be able to listen and discern the truth!

Open your hearts . . .

  • Seek enlightenment and take the time to read the doctrine of the Catholic Church so that you can be obedient to God’s law.

  • Lift up those who are working hard to restore the sanctity of the parish and pray so that we all will join together in obeying Christ and his teachings.

Pray to Our Lord so that you will be faithful to Him in all ways!


Code of Canon Law

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Rubrics & Law

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