Saturday, August 29, 2009

All The News That's Fit To Delete
A curious bulletin note, part II

Just about a month ago, the news was made public (and world-wide at that) concerning the very same parish where the presider had some rather... curious, shall we say... comments in regards to both the Traditional Latin Mass and indirectly towards the visiting priest who is about to offer said Mass at the Shrine of St Mary's in Wilmington, NC.

Father Zuhlsdorf certainly had some rather pointed comments for the Presider-in-Residence occupying the rectory at St. Mary's.

Here's the latest bulletin for that very same parish. Amazingly enough *sarcasm off*, not one peep in regards of the Traditional Latin Mass that's about to be offered. Not one.

But there is space enough for some of these oh, so important notices -

St. Mary Nursery News!
The nursery is open each Sunday during 9:30 Mass. We offer a safe and fun environment! We are located on the main floor of the Tileston Building. There is no cost or requirements for this service. The nursery is open to all children 6 mos. to 5 years old!

New Nursery Opportunities!
We are looking to open a nursery during the other Mass times. However, we need additional volunteers to staff those times. It only takes an hour! If you are interested in volunteering in the nursery during the, Saturday 5p.m., Sunday 8a.m., 11:00a.m. Masses please contact us. Stop by the nursery during Sunday 9:30 am Mass or email us at for more information!

English as a Second Language Classes
Classes will resume in September. Sunday mornings from 10:45 am – 12:45 pm.

Rides to Church Ministry
One of our parishioners, Xxxxx Xxxxxxxxx, has graciously agreed to head our new “Rides to Church" ministry. This ministry will be divided into Zip Code areas. All who are interested in becoming part of this ministry as a driver should call Mr. Xxxxxxxxx at 910-xxx-xxxx to discuss arrangements.

Centering Prayer
An hour of contemplating prayer and the Centering practice Wednesday afternoons in our Chapel in Tileston.
When: Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Place: Chapel - Tileston – 1st floor
More information: contact Xxxx Xxxxx – xxx-xxxx

Coming Soon to Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception Parish is pleased to offer a dymanic [sic] seminar by Deacon Bob Diehl, a certified spiritail
[sic] gerontologist, “The 12 Keys to Ageless Living” This seminar will be offered both in the mornings and evenings during the week of September 27th. For more details and to register, contact Xxx Xxxxxxxx at or xxx-xxxx

And finally, from the parish calender;
Sunday, August303 [sic]:
Nursery* – Av ailable
[sic] at the 9:30 am Mass
No Faith Formation – (Begin again in the Fall)
Faith Sharing* - 9:45 am in Tileston
No English as a Second Language Class* - (Begin again in the Fall)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament* - 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Church


Blogger Al said...

Given his past track record,promoting New Age Centering Prayer, & bringing in a deacon whom I suspect is at least partially New Age from what I see while ignoring the TLM doesn't surprize me. It is to be expected that he would ignore it. I've sen similar actions in my parish for what does or doesn't get in (such as ignoring most Pro-life events). What does surprize me is that he does allow Eucharistic adoration. How did that get in?

10:55 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Elsewhere on the website, Eucharistic Adoration is generically known as "Monstrance Hour". Whatever the hell that is. Do they mean Eucharistic Adoration?

7:26 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Of course they are not going to publicize it. The head "presider" is doing his best to sabotage a good turnout so he can say, "See, the Pope was wrong when he encouraged the EXTRAordinary form."

11:47 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Re: Centering Prayer

It may be practiced in a New Age context now, but I believe CP has its origins in a traditional, prayerful practice of the Trappists or Cistercians, or one of the other contemplative, monastic orders derived from Benedictine monasticism. The type of interior private silence that CP emphasizes was practiced as far back as the Desert Fathers. It's principles are also found in the anonymous medieval work, The Cloud of Unknowning. I have read bits and pieces of Cloud over the years and found it very worthwhile.

Of course, this doesn't mean that the post-VII Church hasn't mucked this up as it has so many other things, such as sacred liturgy.

Could you be thinking of enneagrams? I have seen this technique publicized in parish bulletins. A bit of mysticism, numerology, and unempirical psudo-pop psychology on personality types wrapped into one package. Perfect for the Novus Ordo-ite interested in innovationism.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Al said...

Ade, These days, when you see the term Centering prayer, you can be almost 100% sure it is the New Age variety that has you center in on your inner self. It is more like a form of TM that any real form of prayer.

5:46 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Re: modern (New Age) uses of CP. It still amazes me that well-developed and spiritually beneficial prayerful practices can be so mucked up in this post-Christian age. Geez :-(

11:29 AM  

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