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St. Nick’s Homily Revisited

December 14th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

About a week ago Cleansing Fire relayed a story from a reader about how a man dressed as Santa Claus preached the homily during an Our Lady of Lourdes Mass (a blatant and shameless liturgical abuse).

As is usually the case with parishes that revel in liturgical abuse, they can’t keep themselves from advertising it all over the Internet. What follows below is taken right off of the St. Anne/Our Lady of Lourdes Web site, emphasis added:

“Our cluster had a unique visitor on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, came to visit us for his feast day on December 6th, sharing the homily with Fathery [sic] Tyman at the 5pm mass at Lourdes, bringing a gift to all of the children at mass, and posing for a photo.

In Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, presents are exchanged on St. Nicholas’ feast day. For young children in these countries, St. Nicholas’ Day Eve is even more fraught with anticipation than Christmas Eve!

In his homily, St. Nicholas talked about Christmas as the season of giving. As we get many presents in the Christmas season, we should remember that we, too, are a gift from God to the world. And as God has given us the ability to improve our world and the lives of others, this is a gift that we are bound to give to the people around us.”

How long, oh Lord?

Update 12/16/09: Wouldn’t you know it, the leadership at St. Anne/OLoL has modified the page so that it no longer mentions that the layperson gave a homily. Never fear, Cleansing Fire has you covered. Here is how the page originally appeared:

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9 Responses to “St. Nick’s Homily Revisited”

  1. Gen says:

    I know that as Catholics we profess a belief in "the resurrection of the body," but this isn't what the Church fathers had in mind when they nailed down that doctrine.

  2. Sonja says:

    What is it these people here are trying to say anyway??

  3. Anonymous says:

    I went to the site. It reads:

    Our cluster had a unique visitor on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, came to visit us for his feast day on December 6th, sharing a message with the 5pm mass at Lourdes, bringing a gift to all of the children at mass, and posing for a photo.

    In Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, presents are exchanged on St. Nicholas' feast day. For young children in these countries, St. Nicholas' Day Eve is even more fraught with anticipation than Christmas Eve!

    In his message, St. Nicholas talked about Christmas as the season of giving. As we get many presents in the Christmas season, we should remember that we, too, are a gift from God to the world. And as God has given us the ability to improve our world and the lives of others, this is a gift that we are bound to give to the people around us.

    …. No mention of him delivering a homily.

  4. Gen says:

    Naturally, the liberals in our midst resort to editing reality to make the Truth something which can be molded into whichever form it would please them. I believe Dr. K has some proof which he has posted above.

    Sr. Sobala, no amount of last-minute editing can prevent the truth from being exposed.

  5. Dr. K says:

    Thanks for the tip, Anon 5:43. I have posted how the page originally appeared at the end of the post.

    ~Dr. K

  6. Anonymous says:

    I'd say Joanie has been BUSTED!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why don't you send this page capture to Holy Father in the Christmas greeting email?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice catch! Dr.K.Don't Ya just love being right? She sure is sneaky.

  9. Anonymous says:

    God dictates the Liturgy and He punishes liturgical abuse. Just ask the two sons of Aaron.

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