Thursday, April 28, 2016

Congregation for the Clergy Informs Cardinal Dolan of Procedural Lapse While Making All Things New

Today's Catholic New York spins the above development as "Two Manhattan Merger Decrees to be Reissued"

According to the article:
"The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees parish mergers, notified the archdiocese that it should have redrawn the parish boundaries before the mergers were put into effect, not afterward, as the archdiocese had planned."
The affected parishes and mergers are St. John the Evangelist-Our Lady of Peace and St. Monica’s-St. Elizabeth of Hungary-St. Stephen of Hungary.

I look forward to a statement from the good folks at Our Lady of Peace Virtual Parish.  Their last post indicates that the review of their appeal before the Congregation for the Clergy had been extended 4 times, most recently until April 30.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Music for Earth Day

I enjoyed singing "Stewards of  Earth" to the tune of Sibelius' Finlandia at Saint Stanislaus Kostka.  Here is the lyric:
All praise to you, O Lord of all creation;
You made the world, and it is yours alone,
The planet earth you spun in its location
Amid the stars adorning heaven's dome.
We lease the earth but for a life's duration,
Yet for this life it is our cherished home.

With grace you clothed the earth in splendor;
With teeming life you filled the sea and land.
Instill in us a sense of awe and wonder,
When we behold the bounty of your hand.
Then when we hear the voice of bird or thunder,
We hear the voice our faith can understand.

To tend the earth is our entrusted duty,
For earth is ours to use and not abuse,
O gracious Lord, true Source of all resources,
Forgive our greed that wields destruction's sword.
Then let us serve as wise and faithful stewards,
While earth gives glory to creation's Lord.
I couldn't find a good video of a chorus singing it, but here is an inspiring bunch of Finnish guys singing Finlandia flash-mob style.  Hit it, boys!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Mercy Sunday, Too: Spiritual Nourishment at Sacred Heart in Hartsdale

On Mercy Sunday, parishioners from everywhere Father Wenceslaus Rodrigues has served gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his ordination.

A choir gathered from the choirs, past and present, of St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Matthew and Sacred Heart joined in the loft to offer thanks and praise.  Father Christian, who ministers to the German community,  played a prelude and Communion meditation on violin,  accompanied by ad hoc choir director Susan Muller on synth-harpsichord.

Among concelebrants were Fr. Wency's former Pastors, Msgrs. McCorry and Carney as well as current Sacred Heart Pastor Msgr. Larkin.

Father Wency shared his love of music, his love of the Lord and his exuberance by singing in a singularly heartfelt way a hymn that he brought with him from India.

After the Mass all were invited to a reception in the school gym, where we were treated to antipasto and finger sandwiches with a distinctly Italian flavor.

Father Wency was a gracious and radiant host on his special day.

We wish our fellow pilgrim in our more-than-ever pilgrim Church "ad multos annos' and "sto lat!"

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The Wound on Broome Street - Contrary to What Bishop Dennis Sullivan Said in 1970

From "Revealed:  First Look at the Builtd's Condos Coming to 570 Broome Street."

"Bishop Dennis Sullivan, the co-vicar general of the archdiocese, said no church properties would be sold off."
-Archdiocese to Shut 21 NY Parishes, The New York Times, January 29, 2007

Condos Rising in Place of Mary Help of Christians, Contrary to Joseph Zwilling's 2007 Pronouncement

Condos Rise Where an East Village Church Once Stood,  an article in the Real Estate section of todays New York Times describes the condos going up on the former site of the much beloved Mary Help of Christians.  The details:

  • $old by the Archdiocese of New York for $41 million
  • Name: Steiner East Village
  • Seven stories
  • 87 apartments
  • One bedroom prices start at  $1.1 million
The lush amenities seem to provide habitat for a much different species and don't include a chapel.  Author C.J. Hughes accurately portrays the history.  

Mary Help of Christians was one of OLV's sisters in resistance to closure back in 2007.  A 2007 Daily News Article titled "Diocese Won't Sell Property" quotes archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling as saying, "selling those properties is not something that is going to happen."