Monday, October 26, 2009

Sacred Heart and the unknown

I have been neglecting posting about our current situation at our parish. I haven't known how to deal with it and maybe, I still don't know what lies ahead. For those who have followed this blog, you know we love the traditional liturgy and have been nomads for quite some time. We finally felt drawn to a parish in Cincinnati that offers an Extraordinary Form Mass every Sunday and holy day and is also quite conservative for the ordinary form as well. This has gradually changed with the new pastor that came in this summer. Unfortunately, changes have come. So far, we can deal with most. Others who attended this Mass have already moved on(left). I am praying for God's Will. It is not a matter of us being attached to a parish as we were a year ago because of a school. But I really felt home in this parish...now I don't know.
If I was single, no big deal. But having children, a husband, uhg, causes anxiety and I am fighting it. The new pastor has no interest in getting to know those who attend the traditional Mass and it is obvious. We had a catered celebration when he first came and he was not present when the EF Mass attendees arrived. He took out the votive candles, wants girl servers, woman and girl "readers" and took out the significant information from the bulletin regarding our Mass and the traditional calender. So, I don't think I am too far off base in saying he doesn't care for my "kind". Sadly, the EF Mass attendees have been supportive financially and physically to the parish life. That is changing. Anyway, it saddens me and we will stay as long as we can and it is bearable. My son recently started serving, too. I will continue to pray. I just don't feel much stability in my life right now. Satan is fighting the traditional movement with a vengeance. We just want a home and stability. We have been through so much and I am not trustful of much right now. Now you know why I have been neglectful in posting on local church matters. I am hopeful for the long-term. I think we may have to go through quite a lot of garbage to get there. I need to just be okay with that and move on.
I pray we all stay well, healthy and sane. Why do I feel like that is too much to ask right now?

4 comments:

Kindred Spirit said...

My prayers are with you and your family, dear Thorn. I've been where you are now, and it felt like a form of schizophrenia. Just keep praying your Rosary; Our Lady will lead you to where you need to be. May God bless you and Our Lady protect you.

Tridentine Wife said...

It's hard to deal with something like that. I feel so blessed that we have the opportunity in California of all places to have the TLM offered every day. It does seem as if the Devil is attacking this movement and attacking the Holy Father as welll. We can only pray that these recent talks with the SSPX will go smoothly and things will become as they once were.

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I wish it could be that our parish offered just the perfect Mass...thing is, it hasn't and probably won't. I have always felt "lost" since I was at the age of reason and Dad would tell me about how Mass used to be when he was little. Why would people change things to be so ugly and "new"? Why would a parish put horrible music right on the altar when we have a perfectly good choir loft, etc.? Little things added up to a bunch of really terrible big things until I'm left feeling depressed and like I maybe didn't even attend a "real" Mass most times. WHY???? This is a longer story, but I'm sure it's very similar to a lot of "displaced" people's stories. I can't leave my parish forever, it was the place my grandpa was baptized...on down to my children. Someday, it will either be great, or it will be something I have to leave. I will just bear it until that day, I guess.

Alexander said...

It seems ridiculous to exclude TLM info from the bulletin when the TLM down there is not actually a separate community but is supposed to be apart of the parish.


I have been to Sacred Heart recently.. it does look like there is a few less people. I had no idea a new pastor came in. Some (I think Fr. Wojdelski included) seemed to be worried about the old pastor’s retirement and its effects.

I think a similar thing happened in Dayton where the pastor at the old location of the TLM basically said a few nasty things and/or neglected the community (can’t remember right now what exactly happened).

The result was the Latin Mass community up here moved to a new location. Maybe the Latin Massers down there can do the same?