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Updates From Our Readers

June 24th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

According to a Church of the Nativity parishioner, the diocese has assigned Fr. Scott Caton to offer weekday Masses at Nativity so as to compliment the sparse weekly offerings by Fr. Ted Auble.

Update: Another reader has stated that Fr. Caton will only be available during the summer months.

Another reader, Interstate Catholic (blog here), has written that an extern priest, Fr. Peter Nkansah Adu-Boaher, will be assigned to Blessed Trinity parish as a Parochial Vicar.

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15 Responses to “Updates From Our Readers”

  1. S.B. Caton says:

    My friends: The Bishop asked me to consider offering my help to Nativity BVM parish in Brockport on certain weekdays, my schedule permitting. (The Diocese definitely put the ball in my court and was very understanding that if I could do something, fine, and if I couldn’t, that would be fine, too. They were very flexible as my wife and I discussed this.) My family and I (and I give my wife the lion’s share of the credit for this) rearranged some things in our schedule to make it possible, for most of the summer, for me to celebrate daily Mass there at the time the Brockport people are accustomed to (8:00 AM), and to do this on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, beginning Tuesday, 5 July, God willing. (Nativity already has priestly coverage, I am told, for Mondays.) I have made my own personal commitment, in addition to this, of being available for confessions each of those days from 7:20 AM until 7:45 AM, when I would need to vest for Mass. That is completely my own doing.

    Once my teaching schedule begins in earnest in the fall semester (29 August), I told the Nativity BVM leadership that I would not be able to continue to celebrate daily Mass at the usual 8:00 AM time. However, I will be working with them to see if we might be able to arrange a time in the middle of the day (say, around noon) when I could offer Mass with the approximate regularity of the summer (but this would need to be tweaked, discussed, etc.). The “spirit” of what I would be willing to commit to would be to try to continue daily Masses there with the Tuesday-through-Friday concept (along with confessions, if possible, preceding Mass); I hope the good people at Nativity who do come to daily Mass (and others who might be interested) would be willing to think with me about the middle-of-the-day proposal. But, as I said, there would need to be the proper development of discussion on this. I’m praying that it can and will happen, if possible.

    Anyhow, you may be assured that I am trying (along with my family) to be vigilant and realistic about my scheduling demands (for all of this is of course new to me–and new, too, to the Diocese), and that I am trying to be prayerful about what it is I commit to, and that I do not take on too much. But I think, with God’s help, the present situation is do-able. Please pray with me about this–that God gives me the wisdom and grace to be able to serve, in whatever small way I can, the good people in all the parishes where I am privileged to serve as a priest.

    Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Caton

  2. Ben Anderson says:

    Fr. Caton,
    Your willingness to provide the sacraments amongst your busy schedule is such an inspiration (as is your willingness to be so open about it). You will certainly be in the prayers of the CleansingFire community.

  3. Dr. K says:

    Your willingness, Father, to go the extra mile speaks volumes about how good a priest you will be in this diocese. Thank you. I am sure the people of Nativity, who are very uneasy and upset about the current situation in their parish, will thank you as well for offering to help with the availability of weekday Masses in that parish.

  4. Best wishes to Fr. Caton.

  5. Eliza10 says:

    I will pray for you Father Caton, and all DoR priests.

  6. JB says:

    As a member of Nativity parish I am extremely upset to hear that Charlotte Bruney who will be moving into the rectory will having “sleep overs” with Fr. Ted Auble. She has stated that Fr. will be sleeping over on Saturday and Sunday nights. The “dynamic duo”(which is Charlotte’s name for them) strikes again!!!! Why didn’t we just have a full time priest appointed?

  7. Bill B. says:

    That is a fair question from JB. He must have just moved into the Diocese and does not know that we don’t have enough vocaions, able bodied priests in numbers needed and a reduced population of young families. There has to be a pamphlet somewhere!

  8. Gretchen says:

    Charlotte Bruney will be living in the Nativity rectory? And having “sleep-overs” with Fr. Auble on the weekends??? (Where does Fr. Auble normally live? And how is it that a lay woman can live in the rectory?) Wow. I’m speechless. If I were to look up “scandal” in the dictionary, what would I find?

  9. Dr. K says:

    Fr. Auble has a home in Medina where he operates a dog grooming business.

  10. JB says:

    Medina????? That is only 30 minutes away from Nativity. Don’t understand why he just does not return to his own home!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Bishop Clark, saddened with the news of the appointment of Charlotte Bruney as a “Pastoral Administrator” to Nativity, ( 2 priests applied for the position) your respond was, that we are going to love Charlotte. Now that Charlotte will be living at the rectory and has Fr.Auble sleep over on Saturday’s and Sunday’s night, what will your respond be? I am hoping that you will take care this scandal.

  12. Eliza10 says:

    “Fr. Auble has a home in Medina where he operates a dog grooming business.”

    Um. Wow. How is this explained? Why is an able-bodied priest in a Diocese short of priests using his able-ness to run a dog grooming business?

    Is there precedent here? How many priests run businesses on the side??? [I never once heard of this].

    Is he perhaps “broken” for priesthood in some way, i.e., he is a homosexual, so Bishop Clark is minimizing his interactions with people?

    Or has he been accused of abuse or been involved in some scandal, so, allowing him to spend his priestly time with dogs is seen as preferable to spending time with people?

    Speaking of scandal, isn’t two people of opposite sex sharing a home on a regular basis seen by the average-everyday-person as a scandal?

    Or are we supposed to assume that either both or one of the two, Charlotte and Fr. Auble, are not average everyday people, that one or both is gay, so that its not REALLY like two people of opposite sex sharing a home? So that makes it okay…?

    What a strange place Nativity is turning out to be. Then we have Fr. Caton putting in a shot of “normal” several weekdays, offering Mass and confession. Thank Goodness for normalcy…

    I know not a thing about Fr. Auble. I am just trying to understand how this scenario could possibly have come about.

  13. Eliza10 says:

    Really. I am wondering. Are there other Diocesan priests (in our diocese or another) who run a private business on the side?

    I see Fr.Corapi had one, and it doesn’t seem to have been a wise thing.

    Does a Diocesan priest need permission from his bishop to have his own side business? Or can he just do it?

  14. Raymond Rice says:

    Maybe Father Ted Auble likes the dog grooming business better!

  15. Raymond Rice says:


    Count your blessings!! Auble could have been a woman’s hair stylist and had a salon in Medina or Brockport ! Maybe it would have been called, “Chez- Mon Pere”. He could also have been hearing confessions because I understand women tell their stylist everything. Or he could have had a barbershop and called it “Ted’s Tonsures”.

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