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Fr. Tanck’s Legacy…..

November 21st, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish - Sunday morning Nov 21, 2010

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11 Responses to “Fr. Tanck’s Legacy…..”

  1. avatar Sfomo says:

    The beautiful liturgy we experienced at Our Lady of Victory this morning relieved some of the pain of being shut out of St. Thomas the Apostle. When Fr. Tanck closes a door, God opens a window.

  2. avatar Bernie says:

    I wasn’t at OLV this morning but my wife said it was packed. Several new choir members it seemed, as well.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Remember, he is the lackey. He is the messenger. It is the bishop who ordered your church closed because he hated and still hates orthodoxy. Surely, Fr. Tannack is not being a good shepherd but it is Bishop Clark who is calling the shots, yet is hiding behind Father Tannack. Fr. Tannack is taking the heat while the bishop cowers behind the scenes. And as far as most contraversial events occurring in the diocese, this is how the bishop operates. A few or perhaps more than a few faithful lackeys, do all his dirty work, folling his orders, while he hides in the shadows, after ordering all the mayhem. A true coward.

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    As an “ex” STA parishioner, I attended the 10:00 am Mass at Christ the King today. It was hard to pray between the “noise” and distraction of their choir – complete with drum set and other loud instruments, the children exiting and entering for their service, clapping, and the sound of metal folding chairs being setup in the back of the church to accommodate the overflow crowd. The prayers of the faithful did not include anyone from STA. In fact, there was nothing in the liturgy that was remotely associated with STA. STA was assured that the new parish would incorporate all traditions in their liturgies. In addition the Mass was concelebrated and Fr. Tanck announced that Fr. Morgan Rice was at St. Andrews this weekend. Why can’t STA have a priest for one Mass on Sunday? The atmosphere was that of a “feel good” protestant service. It was so far away from the quiet reverence of St. Thomas that it made me very sad. Christ the King was standing room only and it sounds like so was OLV and yet STA has a 1000 seat church locked-up, just doesn’t make any sense. I noticed a group of STA parishioners huddled together after the Mass. They all looked so sad and disillusioned. Very very sad.

  5. avatar Mike says:

    Anon. 7:19,

    The 10:00 am Mass at Holy Cross features our adult choir with organ accompaniment. No drums. No electric guitars. No silliness.

    Before Mass begins we even publicly welcome those discerning a new parish. While this is meant primarily for those from the now-closed Our Lady of Mercy, there’s no reason it cannot apply to you.

    Why not give us a try?

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    Mike,
    My family and I will be at Holy Cross next Sunday. Thanks for the welcome! We are looking for a new home and we may have just found it!
    God Bless all you do!

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    *insert plug for the Latin Mass Community here*

    seriously, it’s awesome

  8. avatar Monk says:

    Anonymous 6:37
    I understand that overall it is Bishop Clark’s agenda operating here but it is a mistake to consider Fr. Tanck just a “lackey” of the Bishop.
    Tanck is in full agreement with the bishop’s liberal agenda and is freely championing it. Tanck did nothing to defend his parishes (St. Salomes and St. Thomas). He treated his own parishioners with disdain throughout the entire process. He could not wait to close St. Thomas. The Bishop did not close the churches. Tanck effectively closed the churches by eliminating weekend Masses. He could have freely chosen to keep these churches open and has chosen not to do so. He could not hide his contempt for St. Thomas. He never once had a meeting with his parishioners to address their concerns and questions. In fact, for several months this summer he never showed his face at weekend Masses. If Bishop Clark is the architect then Fr. Tanck is the chief engineer of the degradation of the Catholic church in Irondequoit. He doesn’t hide behind the Bishop, he marches right along side him!

  9. avatar Jim says:

    The black and white picture of the empty St. Thomas the Apostle parking lot, is reminiscent of the mood that I and I’m sure many other St. Thomas people felt on that Sunday morning. Although we went to a local parish, being in an unfamiliar place on a Sunday morning sort of made me feel like a refugee tossed out of my own church. We were plugging into an already existing congregation, alive with their own parish history and activities. It was like starting all over again from scratch. Having been in St. Thomas since 1954, this will take some getting used to. I hope that the people reading this who are in a parish that is open and not threatened with closure, will never have to experience what we are going through right now.

  10. avatar Anonymous says:

    Jim,
    Don’t despair! It will work out. STA parishioners have not given up and will continue to keep their legacy alive. We just need a change in leadership!

  11. avatar Jim says:

    Thank you, 11/24 Anon. for your truly positive spirit! Let’s pray that STA can stay intact until June 2012, when hopefully, a real change can take place!


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