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CMA Money at Work (?) – Regarding Clerical Illiteracy

May 23rd, 2012, Promulgated by Gen

It seems as if our CMA donations go to everything under the sun, except for making sure our priests are literate to a sufficient degree. This may sound harsh, but illiteracy (or poor reading comprehension skills) seems to be the only logical explanation for the following:

Many of you will note that the Blessed Sacrament is still in the church-proper of St. Thomas the Apostle in Irondequoit. Canon Law is very clear about the necessity of its presence and the ability of the laity to make holy hours and the like:

Can. 934 §1 The blessed Eucharist:

1° must be reserved in the cathedral church or its equivalent, in every parish church (this means “each and every one,” not “whichever ones please the administation”), and in the church or oratory attached to the house of a religious institute or society of apostolic life.

§2 In sacred places where the blessed Eucharist is reserved there must always be someone who is responsible for it, and as far as possible a priest is to celebrate Mass there at least twice a month. (Seeing as how Fr. Tanck stated a while ago that the problem was not necessarily a priest shortage, this seems like it should be a non-issue, especially when I guarantee that any of us could find priests willing to help at St. Thomas to offer the required two Masses.)

These particular excerpts from Canon Law are explicit, and cannot be denied if one has any grasp of reality or rhetoric. It seems as if the administration of Blessed Kateri “parish” are in touch with neither, seeing as how, and I quote:

“After consulting with the Chancellor of the Diocese of Rochester, it would seem that the canon you refer to encouraging that two Masses a month be celebrated in churches where the Eucharist is reserved does not bear the weight of obligation, and that the Blessed Sacrament does not have to be reserved in a church for it to be considered open and accessible for worship by the faithful.”

They have no legitimate reason to keep St. Thomas locked for the vast majority of the time, allowing Our Lord to sit solitary in the shadows, living his Agony in Gethsemane every day from dawn till dusk. Canon Law forbids it. Human decency forbids it. Pray for the people of St. Thomas, that their sufferings might be united with those of Christ the King, whose glorious and royal title is so horribly profaned on such a regular basis.

Blessed Kateri Parish Council votes to remove Blessed Sacrament from Open Churches

February 3rd, 2012, Promulgated by Monk

In a stunning display of arrogance, the parish council of Blessed Kateri parish voted at the December 2011 meeting to remove the Blessed Sacrament from St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Salome Churches. “Consensus was reached” declares the council! (see parish council meeting minutes below). These Churches are not closed. Both have been currently declared open by Bishop Clark and available for worship (as stated in his letter to the Vatican). It is astounding that, as pastor, Fr. Tanck would sit by and allow such a vote to be taken by his parish council. They have no ecclesiastical authority whatsoever to even recommend removing the Holy Eucharist from a Catholic Church. Why isn’t the parish council demanding the pastor provide the required canonical pastoral support to the Churches entrusted to his care?
The DOR along with liberal pastors such as Fr. Tanck, continue to foster a lay-run American church and misguide the laity as to their proper role in the church.

“Real estate and building assets are currently being reviewed by the Finance Council.
One major opportunity for savings the committee has recommended, which they
estimate will save $20K for the remainder of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, would happen if
the heat is reduced down to the ~50 degree range (to maintain temperature above
freezing to avoid pipe/water damage) inside the St. Salome church, St. Thomas church
and St. Thomas parish center. If the temperature is indeed lowered to reduce heating
costs for the rarely used spaces, Funerals or Weddings will need to be scheduled at one
of the three open sites and daily prayer at St. Thomas would need to be moved. Also,
all meeting and events currently scheduled at the STA parish center would need to be
rescheduled at one of the other parish sites.
It was brought to the attention of the pastoral council during the Dec 14th meeting that
Canon 934.2 law states that where the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved, there must
always be someone responsible for it and, insofar as possible, a priest to celebrate Mass
there at least twice a month.

Therefore, based on the pastoral council’s obligation to foster fiscal responsibility, and
that there are no current plans to schedule a weekly Mass in either the St. Salome or St.
Thomas the Apostle buildings, the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Pastoral Council
recommends that the Most Holy Eucharist be removed from both St. Salome and St.
Thomas the Apostle churches. Consensus was reached by the council regarding this recommendation

Fr. Tanck Moves Against St. Thomas

January 27th, 2012, Promulgated by Gen

Surgite, eamus. Ecce qui me tradet, prope est.

With his words in this past weekend’s bulletin from Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Fr. Tanck twisted the dagger he has already so skillfully plunged into the heart of every St. Thomas parishioner.

“In our planning, however, we still need to do more to contain our costs. Among the costs we presently carry are the maintenance, care and insurance coverage of several buildings that we do not use to their full potential because we are able to accommodate our offices, ministries, programs and divine worship in fewer facilities. Our developing Strategic Plan calls for us to divest ourselves of unneeded buildings and real estate; we will soon begin the process of doing so.
I am sure raising these concerns will open old wounds among some of our parishioners, but I hope all will see this as positive proof that we are moving forward as a new unified parish community and good steward of our resources.”

It’s funny how the same fellow who rebuked parishioners for being attached to a “building” can now seize upon the convenience of that notion in order to take further steps towards the dismemberment of the Faith in Irondequoit. Buildings which aren’t used are a burden on the “parish”‘s finances? No kidding, Father. Here’s a dynamic idea: use the buildings, rather than let them sit there leaking and gathering dust. When you have a worship space that accommodates around 1,000 people, it does not make sense to forsake it for whatever mindless reason Fr. Tanck has contrived.

I am making no effort to hide my vitriol for this man’s actions, for they speak of the prevailing passive-aggressive contempt the Diocese has for anyone or anything that dares to reflect a global Catholicism, rooted in Tradition more sacred than any of these “administrators” can imagine. Whether or not they care to admit it or not, these men who are as so many lords in their castles are soon to be shown to be as so many jesters in the court of the next bishop who shall reign here. Error has no rights, and there are few errors so egregious as the mistreatment of devout and charitable parishioners whose only desire is to praise God without the malicious intervention of men such as this. There is no excuse for the lack of pastoral sensitivity seen in this situation. “I am sure raising these concerns will open old wounds among some of our parishioners.” Are you, Father? You seem to be acting like a pediatrician who looks gleefully at his frightened and hesitant patient, and then says to her, “I’m going to give you a shot. It’ll probably hurt a lot, and you might cry and feel rotten, but it’s what you need.”

What adds a particular awareness of Fr. Tanck’s demeanor in this matter is the reference in the financial committee minutes to turning off the water, heat, etc. at St. Thomas.

“Andrew suggested that all of the following buildings (STA church, SS church, STA house, STA parish center) be ‘mothballed’. This would include turning off all utilities and placing antifreeze in pipes. This will save money on utilities. (This is similar to SMM school process. The school was “mothballed” until a buyer was found.)”

Ah, well, thank God we’ll be able to save some money by making parishioners sit in a cold dark church to offer their Rosaries. (Sorry, I made a mistake: “The daily recitation of the Rosary at STA could be moved to the Adoration Chapel.” Isn’t that generous, folks?) And, mercy of mercies, “Only one Mass a year is needed at the churches to ensure tax-exempt status.”

Now let’s read that for what it is. 1. Get the people out of St. Thomas itself. Fr. Tanck seems to favor an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to this matter. 2. The properties will be easier to sell. Note the sanctimonious tone through all of these quotes – I can practically see the “it’s for your own good” after every single one. 3. We’ll allow a Mass or two per year, not for the salvation of souls, but for the sanctification of our coffers. We’re still tax-free, you know!

I would offer more commentary, but I don’t think that’s necessary. Fr. Tanck and the Finance Committee have both spoken more through their actions than I could ever interpret here.

You can read the Bulletin here, and the Financial Committee minutes here.

It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist

April 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Here is a view of  the standing room overcrowding at yesterday’s Easter Mass at St. Margaret Mary church in Irondequoit:

The image is further proof of why St. Thomas the Apostle must remain open and be utilized by the Irondequout parish. Blessed Kateri is going to lose all three of its parochial vicars come June (they will drop from four active priests down to one if no replacements are assigned). Fewer priests plus fewer Masses equals greater overcrowding. That is unless Fr. Tanck finally realizes that it is necessary to make use of the largest church building in Irondequoit; the 1,000 seat St. Thomas the Apostle church. As of today the smaller St. Margaret Mary, Christ the King, and (much smaller) St. Cecilia churches are being used by Blessed Kateri. This configuration will not work going into the future.

Must families be forced to stand throughout the Mass because of this priest’s stubbornness?

How About a Little Compassion?

April 14th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Blessed Kateri has released the liturgical schedule for the 2011 Easter Triduum. As was the case on Christmas, the 1,000 seat St. Thomas the Apostle church will once again not be utilized by the parish.

Blessed Kateri’s attendance continues to average 400 less people than last year, when St. Thomas and St. Salome were still used for Masses.

Update: A reader points out that Blessed Kateri regularly offers 10 Masses per weekend, yet they will only offer 7 for one of the most attended days of the Church year. There is room for at least one Mass at St. Thomas.

Let’s build a parish in Irondequoit

March 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Monk

After demolishing five parishes in Irondequoit, Fr. Tanck wants to build a new one. He destroyed parish communities and relationships that took decades to build. How insulting to the Catholic community of Irondequoit! “Join the construction crew.” Ya right.

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The “Catholic Taliban”

March 7th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

Here is a snippet sent in to us by a reader from Sunday’s homily delivered by Blessed Kateri’s pastor, Fr. Norm Tanck. In this clip, Father speaks about the “Catholic Taliban” and Catholic pharisees, no doubt directing his comments at those who wish to see the Church’s liturgical norms and her teachings respected and observed. He also makes a brief comment about those who provide possible reasons for the priestly vocations shortage.


Please keep the people of  Blessed Kateri, especially those from St. Thomas, in your prayers. I know I wouldn’t enjoy such regular chastisements from my pastor for desiring fidelity to the Holy Catholic Church.

Christmas at St. Thomas the Apostle

December 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

As Irondequoit Catholics were encouraged not to attend Christmas vigil Masses this year because of overcrowding concerns at their remaining worship sites, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, the largest church in the diocese was left empty. How sad, that Jesus was left to be alone in the tabernacle of His beautiful house. Loyal parishioners however decorated the Church for Christmas to honor the baby Jesus on His birthday. This once vibrant orthodox parish, filled to capacity on oh so many Christmas’s pasts, filled with the sounds of joyous Christmas carols, was silently empty this Christmas!

St. Thomas the Apostle - Christmas 2010

St. Thomas the Apostle - Christmas 2010

The three wise men find baby Jesus at St. Thomas the Apostle

….A reminder that the sacristy doors of St. Thomas Church are open for visits Monday thru Friday from 8:15 am to 6:45 pm. The rosary and other prayers are said Monday thru Friday at 8:15 am and 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:45 am and Sunday 6:00 pm.

Even our protestant neighbors have accommodation…..

November 24th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

for their traditional-minded members. But Fr. Tanck has eliminated traditional worship at St. Thomas the Apostle and the Irondequoit Catholic community. We now must all be subjected to his gong show style of worship.

Fr. Tanck’s Legacy…..

November 21st, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish - Sunday morning Nov 21, 2010

A Party in Irondequoit

September 30th, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

Fr. Tanck’s hand-picked Irondequoit Transition Committee is busy planning the final chapter of St. Thomas the Apostle’s parish life. The final Sunday Mass will be November 14th followed by a “reception.” I heard someone say that it is analogous to family members planning the euthanization of their grandma (against her will), standing around her bed while it is carried out and then all going out and having a party! How can one participate in this injustice?.
Fr. Tanck assured concerned St. Thomas parishioners that the transition team would be different than the IPPG committee and they would have equal representation as the other parishes – two members from each parish. St. Thomas was under represented on the IPPG committee with only one member (a hand-picked parishioner leading the charge for some strange reason to close STA). So the two members Fr. Tanck picked for the transition committee were #1 – He told Fr. Tanck he would not be available for meetings for the entire month of August. Fr. Tanck said “no problem, welcome aboard.” August was the month that most of the committee’s decisions were made. #2 – A St. Thomas parishioner that spends half the year out-of-town. She stood in front of fellow distraught parishioners at the recent listening session and proclaimed what a “terrific” decision it was to close the parish – one she worked at for over 20 years! The insensitivity towards her fellow parishioners was astounding! So much for Fr. Tanck’s assurances…..this entire process has been nothing but a sham with Fr. Tanck having no authority to effectively close St. Thomas the Apostle (or St. Salome) by eliminating their Masses. Shame on him.
Fr. Tanck’s transition committee can plan HIS party but STA parishioners aren’t going to dance on Msgr. Burn’s grave!

Let’s be honest….

September 21st, 2010, Promulgated by Monk

Fr Tanck stated repeatedly during the IPPG planning process that all the parishes in Irondequoit would suffer loss in the new parish configuration.  He stated some parishes would suffer more loss than others but that it was important that they “all die together.” Looking at the new Irondequoit parish Mass schedule, it appears that Fr. Tanck’s home parish has suffered little indeed! Christ the King entered the IPPG process with four weekend Masses, two daily Masses, and a Saturday morning Mass. They also had a resident pastor (Fr. Tanck). Hey, guess what? After the IPPG reconfiguration. Christ the King has four weekend Masses, two daily Masses, and a Saturday morning Mass. Fr. Tanck continues to be the resident pastor. It appears that Fr. Tanck has taken care of his home parish very nicely as he slams the doors shut on St. Thomas and St. Salome.  In reality, St. Margaret Mary and St. Cecilia parishioners will also experience little change in their day-to-day practices. How can all Irondequoit Catholics believe Fr. Tanck when he states that “we are going forward as a new vibrant faith community?”

New Irondequoit Mass Schedule