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October 7th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

Wherever the bishop goes, the liturgical dancers are soon to follow.

The following article recounting the recent 50th anniversary Mass at Guardian Angels parish in Henrietta, offered by Bishop Matthew Clark, appears in the upcoming bulletin (emphasis added):

“[A big thank you] to all those who made our 50th anniversary
Mass and dinner such a huge success.
There are so many people to thank and people
who pitched in where they were needed that I?m not sure
we have everyone?s name. So ? thanks
to those who helped to decorate the church (did you
notice the new banners and wreaths, and altar cloth?),
to our Ensemble who led us in song at the Mass and
entertained us at dinner
to our RHYM music group who also led us in song
to our Liturgical dancers
to the 50th anniversary committee
to those who helped with ticket sales
to those who helped set up/decorate the hall (it looked
beautiful didn?t it)
to those who cleaned up
to those who arranged for the food
to Diane Hayton who baked the cake (it was a model of
the Guardian Angels building)
to Jerry Stewart our maintenance person, who arranged
the tables ? then set them back in order for Bingo.
To those who brought the flowers that graced the
To all of you who came and had a wonderful time
To those who donated door prizes
We will continue to celebrate our 50th year in many different
ways. Keep checking the bulletin and our bulletin board
for more events.”

Perhaps the leaders at Guardian Angels missed the memo that liturgical dance has been frequently condemned by the Holy See. Thankfully for them, this post contains the relevant Church documentation. Yes, it is possible to have Mass without dancing. Quite possible in fact.

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12 Responses to “Footloose”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Ok Doc, what is the name of this priestess – actress?

  2. avatar Dr. K says:

    No idea. I just found the image on the page for their "Praise and Worship" Mass (

    ~Dr. K

  3. avatar Sed says:

    Did the dancing look anything like the Diocesan Norms video? 🙂

  4. avatar Gen says:

    lol I wouldn't doubt it. 😉

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    Anyone else notice that most of our liturgical abuses take place in parishes run by lay administrators?

    It's clear: Lay pastoral administrator = more liturgical abuses.

    Put priests in charge of these parishes and there'd probably be less of these offenses to the Lord.

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    Sorry, this is no priestess/actress, but the worship leader for the more "charismatic" Mass. Suzanne leads the praise and worship music prior to the start of the liturgy, then joins the congregation and has no prominent role in the Mass. At least, that?s the way it was the last time I was at Guardian Angels.

    Not my style, really, but I wouldn?t do her the grave dishonor her in with Sobala or DeRycke. In fact, last time I talked to her, she seemed pretty orthodox.


  7. avatar David says:

    I don't pretend to sit in judgment of anyone's orthodoxy, real or imagined, but in my personal experience, orthodox folks don't dress up in albs and participate in charismatic Masses.

  8. avatar Steak says:

    I'd be curious to hear the bishop's justification for the continued presence of liturgical dance in various anniversary Masses/reopening Masses/and so on. He has to know that the Vatican said it should not happen in the western churches, shouldn't he?

  9. avatar Gen says:

    The few times I have spoken to the administrators of the diocese/parishes, they all say that diocesan norms supersede the norms from Rome.

  10. avatar EandKmom says:

    Suzanne is very involved in pro-life activities. I don't know what her role is in the Mass, but I respect her immensely for the ork she does on behalf of the unborn.

  11. avatar EandKmom says:


    Sorry–I need to proof read!!

  12. avatar Gen says:


    That's one thing which Guardian Angels does well – social ministry. If only more parishes would take such a Christian lead on things like being pro-life and pro-marriage.

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