Skip to comments.Archdiocese Cracks Down on St Stephen's Parish in Minneapolis (insiders look at their service)
Posted on 03/04/2008 1:01:49 PM PST by NYer
The "Sacramental Minister" and a woman walked together up to the altar, took their microphones and the "Mass" began with the female minister welcoming everyone and asking visitors to introduce themselves. The "Sacramental Minister" then said the introductory prayers and then stepped back and let the female minister lead the congregation in saying the Kyrie Eleison.
Then a middle aged man gave the second reading, the Epistle, letting us know that it would be accompanied by a poem by an environmental poet. It was Earth Day. Halfway through the reading, a woman (possibly his wife) joined the lector and assisted him in finishing the poem. Relieved, thinking to myself, well Im glad thats over, now we can get down to the meat of the Mass.
But the Sacramental Minister, legs crossed, looking extremely uncomfortable, remained seated next to the female minister and the couple proceeded to read the Gospel, taking turns. The couple remained at the microphone and then proceeded to give the homily, again in turn.
After the Gospel/Homily abomination, the Creed was omitted and there were General Intercessions coming from various members of the congregation. The Sacramental Minister remained seated, still ill at ease, crossing and uncrossing his legs, leaning over his knees, hands in his pocket, while the female minister continued to control the flow of the service.
At this time, I declared to myself that I was not in attendance at a Mass and made my plans to go elsewhere at 5:00 to a St Paul parish.
It got worse. The gifts were presented, pita bread and the de rigueur Kool Aid pitchers of wine, normally used by dissenting parishes. The Sacramental Minister remained seated. They were presented to laypeople. At this point, I started to lose track of what was going on. There was just too much wrong.
The female minister then said the priests Blessed are you Lord prayer while the Sacramental Minister watched.
Then at the consecration of the host and the wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION RECITED THE WORDS OF THE CONSECRATION ALONG WITH THE PRIEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He resumed saying the Eucharistic Prayer and when he raised the platter of pita bread at the Great Amen, THE FEMALE "MINISTER" RAISED THE K-MART GLASS GOBLET OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE PRECIOUS BLOOD UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
I hope they don't go infect some Protestant community. I wouldn't wish these loons on my worst enemy.
May God, in His Infinite Mercy, grant them the graces of repentance and conversion.
Objection, your honour! Their activities are neither holy, nor eucharistic.
How cute! Children playing church. Actually children should not be allowed to play in the sanctuary, it’s not a playground.
I’ve only been subjected to the layperson Homily once, this past Thanksgiving....though the first reading was supressed in favor of a Pagan Indian Prayer.
Very horrible, it was in Pawtucket RI.
Now that the TLM is back at Holy Trinity (at 9am!!!!), Boston, I’m ending up there more often than not.
I’m wondering if the Traddies may finally have one me over.
I would be very interested in hearing more detail on this -- a theme that recurs in stories about this "parish" but with no detail. Color me skeptical -- my own observation has been that the left is more into self-congratulation and government agencies and feel-good cr@p that benefits no one than they go for actual charity. Maybe these people are the exception, but I'd really like to know more.
Most look like aging hippies.
As much as I’m a traditional Catholic who relishes the idea of the return of the Tridentine Mass, these people are really just enjoying themselves on a Sunday morning. Sure, they’re dissident Catholics, but they are really harmless and will fade away, as the elderly of the parish pass on there will not be a younger generation to take their place.
Profaning and desecrating the Holy Eucharistic and the Mass is not harmless.
It is absolutely evil in the original, Luciferian sense of the word.
You can't read anything by Nick Coleman unless you have a strong stomach.
But similar changes are taking place across the archdiocese, which is getting new, conservative leadership from Co-adjutor Archbishop John Nienstedt, who will shortly succeed Archbishop Harry Flynn.
The more snippets I get of our new Archbishop, the more I like him. Flynn has had his neck stepped on by his managers more than once, and I think it was time long ago for him to retire.
Those good works will continue. But many of the good people who contributed their time, talents and resources to the $3 million-a-year social outreach of a historic, 119-year-old inner-city parish will not.
In the lump, I think the Catholic Church in the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul does decent work and has even under the watchful eye of Harry Flynn, who probably qualifies as a clown of the first order. I even think he has done better than average in the area of Catholic Church pedophiles. Still, if left to his own designs, you couldn't tell the difference between the Catholic Church and the Teletubbies.
I wish one of these characters who see themselves as "missionaries" would tell me why he or she can't do the same thing within the Catholic Church framework. The long and short of it is there are, I think, many ways to salvation, as in, "I am the way, the truth and the life..." The thing of it is is why can't "Catholic" missionaries do their work while following the rules of the Catholic Church? Another thing of it is is we can still do good works while being other than Catholic, just don't go around pretending to be Catholic.
In the Lutheran church, anyone who thought the purpose of a Lenten service was to “enjoy’ himself would be pummeled with three day old sweet roles to within an inch of his life.
Indeed. I see a lot of white, middle-class people in that moblet - I don’t see any of the poor and homeless in their “gathering place.”
Nothing a bunch of good honest prayer wouldn’t fix. Let’s hope this parish lands a Pastor who beleives in prayer and can teach it.
The good news is they won't be around much longer to inflict themselves on this fallen world.
Interesting ! Worse than my late wife’s (Epicopal) church on a really “progressive” day !
Got that right. Whadd'ya think those Hot Cross Buns are for?!
what, no rainbow on the marquis?
I’ve often wondered to myself if I would object aloud in such a case. I hope I never find out.
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