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“Geeze, You’d Think The Guy Would Take a Hint.”

July 31st, 2009, Promulgated by Gen


Thus was the statement of a ninety-two year old DoR parishioner. I often have breakfast with this gentleman, whom I shall call “Sanctus.” He has been displaced from his parish, but because some feel I “harp” on this parish, I won’t name it. He is planning on going to St. Boniface, closer to downtown Rochester than . . . the other parish.

His conversations usually repeat themselves, with anecdotes from WWII, Kodak employment and a quaint cottage in the thousand-islands thrown in. However, lately his true colors of tradition and faith have begun to fly proudly. The following are quotes from recent conversations:

“Why’d they get rid of the altar rails? I mean, really, why get rid of them? They just made sense and made people stop and say, ‘This is something really special.’ they just elevated the whole Mass.”

“Why don’t we get to say the ‘Confiteor’ anymore?”

“Geeze, you’d think the guy would take a hint that people think he’s doing a lousy job. I mean, for cripe’s sake, he’s ticked off everyone in the diocese.” (Three guesses as to who this references.)

“The Latin Mass was just so holy. I mean, geeze, it was a holy language. I don’t mind the new Mass, but the English just doesn’t feel right.”

“Why doesn’t the bishop just leave the parishes alone and let them survive if they can and when they can’t, that’s when they should close? It just makes no sense at all. He’s just backwards.”

“These nuns don’t have any right to run a parish that way. They don’t even show any respect for the Church.”

“Sanctus” certainly asks the right questions. If only we had the answers. It seems as if the people that are genuinely pious, genuinely educated (in a liturgical sense) and genuinely devoted to the Church all have one thing to say: “We want our Tradition back.” From 10 years to 100, people want “the good old way.”

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10 Responses to ““Geeze, You’d Think The Guy Would Take a Hint.””

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    This Sanctus fellow sounds like a stand-up gentleman. Even young people who were born after Vatican II are asking the same questions. When this happens, you know the spirit of Vatican II people are beginning to sweat.

  2. avatar Dr. K says:

    I hope that this man will live to see the Diocese of Rochester regain some normalcy when the next bishop takes over.

    ~Dr. K

  3. avatar Gail H. says:

    Ok, this is totally unrelated, but can anyone provide a list of DoR churches that are open throughout the day for private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? A close friend is going through some health difficulties and I would like some private time alone with our Lord to pray for her. Thank you all and God bless you.

  4. Gail — The only two I can think of are at St. Thomas the Apostle. The Eucharistic chapel is not in the church, it is in the old convent. And St. John of Rochester in Perinton. That is open 24 hours.

    I hope this helps.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    Check out Holy Spirit Church in Webster as well. Their daily adoration schedule is in their bulletin (which can be found on-line.)

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    Gail there is a very nice chapel open durng the day, night, and week ends at St joseph in Rush. it has a private entrance on the side of the Church. There is a combination on the door to get in.
    call them and ask what it is. I like it as it is very plain, small, no frills but lovely. convient if you live south of the city . 10 minutes from henrietta.

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    St. Cecilia I believe is open during the day for adoration.

  8. avatar OneOfFourAtTheDiner(D) says:

    I have to say, that even though he probably won't remember what he says about all these controversial issues….Sanctus…..is a profound man. He has been my "surrogate father" for about 5 years now….But, he's not much for mushy talk, or outward displays of affection. He is harboring a huge grudge on the priests and sisters of today….well, not ALL of them, mind you. But he remembers fondly the priests of yesteryear. I cry when I think of what life is going to be like just remembering him. He is a jewel.

  9. avatar Dr. K says:

    Gail, St. Jude is still open 24 hours a day. I've stopped in on more than one occasion, and it is usually very peaceful.

    ~Dr. K

  10. avatar Mr. B says:

    St Stephen's in Genev has 24hr aAdoration.

    Go Bless!

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