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Of Farms and Shepherds

September 24th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen


We have all grown accustomed to the Diocese of Rochester’s “touchy-feely” approach to liturgy, particularly through theme Masses, Masses with specific groups of people and Masses held in “unique” locations.

Well, evidently “farm” is now a suitable synonym for “church.” Bishop Clark has decided to say a Mass in Savannah during a cluster picnic. I can only hope that he will use a communion rail to keep the swine and the cattle out. After all, that’s what it’s meant for.

However, one positive thing is this: the bishop is reaching out to rural Catholics in the diocese, celebrating Mass for them during a hard time. However, let’s compare functions which the bishop has attended and those which he hasn’t.

Has not attended:

  • Nocturnal Adoration Society social functions, as his three predecessors did.
  • Closing Masses at dozens of parishes.
  • Closing ceremonies for the schools the DoR has closed.
  • Old Rite Confirmation at St. Stanislaus.
  • Anniversary celebrations at OLV, St. Anne (before the fall) and the entire list of “sane” parishes.

Has attended:

  • Sr. Joan Sobala’s “Installation Mass.”
  • Nancy DeRycke’s “Installation Mass.”
  • The labyrinth.
  • Numerous occasions of non-Christian “ecumenism.”
  • The “rainbow sash Mass.”
  • High school graduations.
  • The production of “The Video.”
  • Need one continue?

So, yes, Bishop Clark will be saying Mass for a group of Catholics (Masons?) in the rural areas of the diocese. This begs one question:

Which Savannah parish is getting a new female lay administrator?


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3 Responses to “Of Farms and Shepherds”

  1. Under has not attended: 40 Days for Life protest and the Good Friday march from McQuaid High School to a nearby abortionist office. He was too busy doing an Interfaith Walk.

  2. Sed says:

    All in a day's work for a fair weather bishop.

    I get the feeling that if the installation Mass for Sr. Joan was not at Lourdes, but rather St. Anne, there would have been no such Mass. Lourdes is essentially friendly turf.

  3. Gen says:

    Very true. The St. Anne folks did have a part, though. They hosted the reception in their social hall. However, only invited guests were allowed in.

    None were from St. Anne.

    (Tip from Sanctus.)

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