Friday, July 14, 2006

The Shape Of Things To Come?
Very different from not that long ago

Interesting story out of The Philippines.

A 68-year-old grandmother joins Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Victories because the St. Pius X society's teachings are "clear cut" and more "helpful" than catechesis in her home parish. She finds the "holy" ambience conducive to reflection. She does not understand Latin, but can follow the liturgy because translations are provided in books.

A teenage high school student too came for the ambience. "I watch TV to be entertained, but come to a quiet church to pray," he said.

St. Pius X Father Thomas Onoda from Japan has served in Quezon City since he arrived in the country in 1993. He told UCA News earlier that his group started in the Philippines with some 20 followers and "quickly" grew. He recalled that the first missioners stayed with a local family and said Mass in Latin in a converted garage. The priests later rented a house, set up a chapel and began catechetical work in a Quezon City slum.

Today, more than 800 people attend two Sunday Masses and about 50 join the daily liturgies, Father Onoda estimated. The society also maintains a priory in Quezon City.

Now here's something that caught my eye;

Father Onoda said Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, whose diocese covers part of Quezon City, is "friendly" to his group, based in the diocese, unlike when the late Cardinal Jaime Sin headed Manila archdiocese.

Just something to think about...


Blogger Gaufridus said...

An interesting note about Japan...

...When the Faith first came to Japan, it caught hold slowly, but very strongly.

Then, for about 400 years, Japan was cut off from the West and maintained the Faith *without* priests or bishops, but solely by virtue of the sacraments of baptism and matrimony. That's quite an accomplishment.

Pax tecum

10:39 PM  

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