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Novena of Fortitude Returns Monday

August 2nd, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

I apologize for not keeping as up-to-date with your doses of fortitude, but time is a resource most lacking in my week/weekend. I will post Day 6’s video on Monday.

However, on a random note, a priest gave me the following psalm in reference to the Diocese of Rochester’s plight of liberalism:

1 In the LORD I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?

4 The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD is on his heavenly throne.
He observes the sons of men;
his eyes examine them.

5 The LORD examines the righteous,
but the wicked and those who love violence
his soul hates.

6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.

7 For the LORD is righteous,
he loves justice;
upright men will see his face.

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5 Responses to “Novena of Fortitude Returns Monday”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    A few observations about Bishop Clark's destruction of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

    Inner city parishes in the City of Rochester have asked the diocese for years to be associated with the wealthier suburban parishes. My My, Sacred Heart Cathedral will be the first inner city parish to start the big brother parish program.

    Bishop Clark lost over half of the parishioners when he forced the Cathedral renovation. Now the parish is very heavily subsidized by all parishes in the diocese.

    All of a sudden, Sacred Heart Cathedral has received many "anonymous" cash donations, including money for the new organ, repairs to the bell tower and spring clean-up of the parish grounds. During these harsh economic times, even the collection basket is getting heavier with "soft money", as in money from the parishioners of the diocese. Bishop Clark isn't fooling the parishioners of the diocese anymore.

    Sacred Heart Cathedral – Webster-Penfield Big Brother Program
    http://www.cathedralcommunity.org/documents/Bulletin08-02-09-1.pdf

    Cathedral Spring Clean-up – "anonymous" donation
    http://www.cathedralcommunity.org/bulletins/documents/Bulletin05-10-09.pdf

  2. avatar Dr. K says:

    As for the partnerships with the Webster/Penfield churches- It looks like the Cathedral attendance has dropped so much that SHC is trying to pull away members from suburban communities. If you noticed the list of hopeful outcomes for this new partnership, one of them is "shared liturgies." Will these liturgies be taking place at Sacred Heart by any chance? Seems quite likely, as Sacred Heart Cathedral is good at holding various special occasion Masses. If SHC didn't have all these theme Masses to attract suburban visitors, they'd be dead by now.

    I also have noticed the many anonymous donations. They must have a lot of modest parishioners down there… The Cathedral organ received a large donation from Fr. Halloran who passed away. I may be wrong, but I heard that this priest was not too enamored with Bishop Clark.

    ~Dr. K

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    The whole Sacred Heart situation reeks of corruption. I will never support that church, EVER.

  4. Father Halloran was quite rich when he died. He loved classical music. I believe his niece was a Carmelite nun at the monastery on Jefferson Road. She is now deceased. RIP.

    Another priest who was extremely rich was Father George Weinmann. He was pastor of St. Philip Neri when it burnt in February of 1967. Father along with Sister Lilian Marie, a School Sister of Notre Dame, died trying to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle. So the DoR has two Eucharistic martyrs in its history.

    Father Weinmann was worth many millions and he left no will, so it all went to New York State. Bishop Sheen flipped and from what I'm told, after that ALL priests had to make out a will.

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