Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Chapel
The Catholic & the Covid Vaccine?
OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY
Providing Holy Mass and Sacraments in accord with the
teaching and practice of the Roman Catholic Church
205 Fulton Street
Elgin, IL. 60120
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HOLY MASS 10:00 am
Confessions: 9:15 am - 9:50 am
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Holy Mass 9:00 am
Confessions prior to Mass
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The Chapel provides the traditional Mass and Sacraments for friends and members of the Sodality of Our Lady
Fr. Ronald Brown
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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel
P.O. Box 5501
Elgin, IL. 60121-5501
The Catholic & the Covid Vaccine?
As Chapel priest and Spiritual Director of the Sodality of Our Lady, I've received numerous emails and phone calls about the use of the Covid 19 vaccines. Frequently with these communications is a request as regards religious exemptions as many in the work force, especially those involved in health care, are often being harassed by an employer about the vaccine or with heavy handed tactics, employers (please note you often have recourse to State Laws that protect religious rights; check with legal counsel in this regard and please see links provided below) who feel obligated to force individuals in the work force to get a Covid 19 vaccine, even to the point of questioning the sincerity of religious belief.
While the Catholic Church does not oppose vaccines (especially for public health and safety) the Catholic Church does have a concern that vaccines are morally and ethically produced. The current vaccines, at least as they are available in the United States, are not morally or ethically produced (or morally and ethically tested) and in fact use cell lines from aborted fetuses or were tested on cells from aborted fetuses (infants). It is never acceptable to produce a vaccine through the use of cell lines obtained from the horrific sin of abortion; the murder of an infant. How anyone, especially Clergy, and most of all and sadly, in reviewing a note coming from a Congregation in Rome (the Vatican), could ever approve of such a thing only proves more and more what has been obvious for us traditional minded Roman Catholics: that the great evil of Liberalism and Modernism (of which Pope St. Pius X called the "sewer collector of all heresy") has truly invaded the minds and hearts, has found a home with many Churchmen today. It's no small wonder why we witness "Catholic" faithful today embrace such evils as abortion, "same sex marriage" and even euthanasia. This is none other than the "smoke of Satan" (as Paul VI called it) at work in the Church institution.
The introduction into the body of a vaccine produced or tested on cells obtained from the crime of abortion should be seen as a horrific thing that can only sicken good Catholic Christian people. Apparently some Churchmen feel otherwise.
Sadly, the various Diocese and Archdiocese also encourage the use of the abortion derived Covid 19 vaccine. If it were even possible, to top the outrage of "giving permission" (while at the same time advising that a Catholic is not obligated to be vaccinated) these Modernist henchmen have ordered parish priests to refuse any request by the faithful to provide a letter of religious exemption. We now see so many sincere, concerned, and even frightened laity, requesting a letter from a parish priest, being denied these. It seems the Modernist bishops care very little for those who might possibly have a job on the line, a means of support for themselves and family. This attitude on the part of Modernist bishops should surprise no one of course, as it is these same bishops who have been responsible for, and have shown very little concern for so many children who have been victims of pedophilia. These Modernist bishops have little concern, if any, for true Catholic faith and morals, as has been proven and documented over and over and by simply looking at the sad state of affairs in so many diocese around the world. The lack of Catholic faith, the failure to uphold the true Catholic faith and morals, the toleration of Liturgical abuse and the disdain for the traditional Roman Catholic Mass and Sacraments, as well as the faithful who desire the true Mass, shows only how pathetic these prelates are.
In December, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted fetuses, in this case, including COVID-19 vaccines. The letter is in contradiction to Catholic teaching.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did not use abortion-derived cell lines in developing or producing their vaccines, but they did in lab testing.
What exactly is the sound moral theology of the Church, as we are now hearing so many conflicting statements from Modernist "Catholic" clergy?
The simple fact is this: the ends can never justify the means. It's a fairly simple concept to understand and grasp. For example, the idea of building a Church is a "good thing." Obtaining the funds for the building of a Church by theft, is a "bad thing." So you see, the ends do not justify the means. The theft of funds for the building of a Church would be sinful, even though the building of a Church would be a good thing.
The Catholic Church is first the guardian of integral truth and charged with making that truth known to all of mankind. The Church does not have many conflicting voices as regards matters that pertain to faith and morals. The Church teaches with one authentic voice on faith and morals.
Our Catholic conscience must be guided by the teaching of the Church, the teaching of Christ that is revealed through His Church. Today we find many who would describe themselves as "Catholic" yet they follow a conscience that is false or in grave error because it inspires actions and dictates which are not in conformity with the truth or the reality of divine law which has been given to man. An instance of this is the killing of a fetus, or the approval of divorce, or "same sex marriage." Rather than clarify the truth of the faith on these issues, so as to help so many consciences in grave error, we find prelates offering conflicting statements. Because of the false teaching, the lack of Catholic teaching, we now see, for example, "Catholic" politicians who vote for abortion, we find Modernist Churchmen only cause further confusion with fuzzy and twisted statements, such as the recent one from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Very little assistance or interest in correcting consciences in error is being offered. To whom shall the laity look as regards the clear teaching of the Church to guide the conscience?
For those faithful who are concerned or confused over the use of the Covid 19 vaccines (again, at least those available in the United States) please know that one cannot consent to something that is evil. While protecting yourself from a virus, or for the sake of public health, you may not do something which is evil or which is the fruit of an evil act. A Catholic cannot cooperate in any manner with the sin of abortion, the taking of innocent human life. The ends do not justify the means. It's fairly simple and it's how a Catholic is obligated to believe.
If you are a sincere Catholic who has requested a religious exemption letter from a parish priest, and find yourself being refused, before you approach us, please consider that perhaps you might be better off finding a true Catholic Church, the Church that does not waver on faith and morals and the Church that continues to uphold truly, the sanctity of human life.
Director, Sodality of Our Lady
Mass & Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Confessions: 6:15 - 6:50 PM
Mass in honor of Jesus Christ High priest
for the sanctification of Clergy
Mass & Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Confessions: 8:15 - 8:50 AM
The Motherhood of Mary
The Motherhood of Mary
1. Fifteen hundred years have passed since Nestorius, in Constantinople, dared to assert that the humanity of Christ is independent of His divinity, and to teach that there are two persons in Him. To teach, further, that Mary conceived only the human person, the man Christ, and was therefore not Mother of God, not God-bearer, but merely mother of a man in whom God dwelt as in a temple. In the year 431 the Council of Ephesus took a clear stand against Nestorius. It formulated the Catholic doctrine thus: In Christ there is only one person and that a divine person. Therefore Mary gave birth to the Son of God, and she is God-bearer, Theotokos. We joyfully endorse this confession of faith. In memory of the Council of Ephesus Pope Pius XI introduced the feast of the Motherhood of Our Lady on the Council’s fifteen hundredth anniversary, in 1931.
2. Mary is the Mother of Christ. We accept the prophecy of Isaias: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and he shall be called Emmanuel” (Introit). The Gospel of the feast relates that, after Mary and Joseph had taken their Child on the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem and “set about their return home, the boy Jesus, unknown to his parents, continued to stay in Jerusalem.” Sorrowing, they sought the child, and after three days found Him in the Temple. “My son, why hast thou treated us so? Think, what anguish of mind thy father and I have endured, searching for thee.” Mary is the mother of Him who had no earthly father; Joseph is his foster father. Jesus testified that His real Father is in heaven: “Could you not tell that I must needs be in the place which belongs to my Father?” The Child of Mary is conceived of the Holy Spirit. In the Communion antiphon we proclaim: “Blessed be the womb in which the virgin Mary bore the eternal Father’s Son.” Blessed art thou, holy Mother, for thou didst bear the Son of God in the most intimate spiritual and bodily union: Thou His Mother; He the fruit of thy womb. “The Lord is with thee!”
Mary is our Mother, “no vine ever yielded fruit so fragrant; the enjoyment of honor and riches is the fruit I bear” (Lesson). Mary did not keep the Savior of mankind to herself, but gave Him to us at Bethlehem, at the Presentation in the Temple, and on Golgotha. She accepted His testament from the Cross: “Woman, this is thy son” (John 19:26). In John He intended all of us to be adopted. Amid the anguished sorrow that she suffered at the feet of her dying Son she became our Mother. From the Cross our Savior spoke to all of us in John: “This is thy Mother.” She gave us Christ, and, in Him, supernatural life. She is concerned about us and extends her love for Jesus over to us. Happy we who have such a Mother—the best and truest ever! The fact that Mary is truly the Mother of Christ is the best pledge that she is truly our Mother and exercises a mother’s care over us. We must thank her for that.
3. Full of faith, we repeat the invocations of the Litany of Loreto: “Mother of divine grace, pray for us. Thou purest, most chaste, immaculate, lovely, wonderful Mother, pray for us,” Mary is mother of mercy, all-powerful with her Son, full of goodness and love toward us. All this because she is the Mother of God.
“Hither turn your steps, all you that learned to long for me; take your fill of the increase I yield” of Jesus Christ, my Son, today, in the Holy Sacrifice, in Holy Communion. Just as God the Father “gave him up for us all” so has Mary given us everything with her Child. We believe this; we are grateful for it; we consider ourselves fortunate indeed.
Collect: O God, who didst decree that, at the angel’s message, Thy Word should take flesh in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary, grant to us, Thy suppliants, that we who believe her to be indeed the mother of God may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Amen.
"Jesus, seeing (the) faith (of those who brought the paralytic) said. . .'Take courage, son; thy sins are forgiven thee.'"
- Holy Gospel
We approach the end of the Church's year. We, too, have grown to maturity. In our youth we regarded perfection an easy accomplishment. Now we plead for Redemption. We implore His Mercy to direct our hearts (Prayer) in the evening of our life (Offertory). Our plea today is: Give peace, O Lord. What is the condition for peace with neighbor, peace amongst nations? It is a call to set ourselves right with God!
Are we ambassadors of peace to others? The paralytic was unable to do anything for himself. Did not Jesus cure him, absolve him, only when his friends brought him and He saw their faith?
“Be of Good heart…”
It is often said that man cannot conquer his or her inclinations to sin. This is not true because of the following:
1) Man is frequently and mostly the cause of his own sinful desires. We often go out and find sin, opportunities for sin.
2) The sinful man is well aware that the will is lacking, rather than the ability, to overcome the inclination to evil. We make our own choices.
3) The saints were human and had human inclinations and they conquered.
4) To say that man cannot conquer his inclinations to sin is to deny the holiness, justice and goodness of God.
Dogma - The Formal Object of Divine and Catholic Faith
In theology some want to reduce to a minimum the meaning of dogmas; and to free dogma itself from terminology long established in the Church and from philosophical concepts held by Catholic teachers, to bring about a return in the explanation of Catholic doctrine to the way of speaking used in Holy Scripture and by the Fathers of the Church. They cherish the hope that when dogma is stripped of the elements which they hold to be extrinsic to divine revelation, it will compare advantageously with the dogmatic opinions of those who are separated from the unity of the Church and that in this way they will gradually arrive at a mutual assimilation of Catholic dogma with the tenets of the dissidents. … Some say they are not bound by the doctrine, explained in Our Encyclical Letter of a few years ago, and based on the Sources of Revelation, which teaches that the Mystical Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing. Some reduce to a meaningless formula the necessity of belonging to the true Church in order to gain eternal salvation. Others finally belittle the reasonable character of the credibility of Christian faith.
These and like errors, it is clear, have crept in among certain of Our sons who are deceived by imprudent zeal for souls or by false science. To them We are compelled with grief to repeat once again truths already well known, and to point out with solicitude clear errors and dangers of error.
-Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis
Infallibility and the Salvation Dogma of Faith
Let the reader accept the reasonable fact that the Pontiffs who pronounced these decrees (on No Salvation Outside the Church) were perfectly literate and fully cognizant of what they were saying. If there were any need to soften or qualify their meanings, they were quite capable of doing so..... Dogmas of the faith, like Outside the Church There is No Salvation, are truths fallen from heaven. The very point of a dogmatic definition is to DEFINE PRECISELY and EXACTLY what the Church means by the very words of the formula. If it does not do this by those very words in the formula then it has failed in its primary purpose – to define – and was pointless and worthless. ANYONE who says that we must interpret or understand the meaning of a dogmatic definition, in a way which contradicts its actual wording, is denying the whole point of Papal Infallibility and dogmatic definitions. They who insist that infallible DEFINITIONS must be interpreted by non-infallible statements (e.g., from theologians, catechisms, etc.) are denying the whole purpose of these infallible truths fallen from heaven. They are subordinating the dogmatic teaching of the Holy Ghost to the re-evaluation of fallible human documents,thereby inverting their authority, perverting their integrity and denying their purpose".
-Fr. James Wathen, Who Shall Ascend?
Why are the people sprinkled with holy water on Sundays during a High Mass?
To remind the people of the interior purity with which they should come to divine service, and fulfill the duties of their calling; and to exhort them to purify themselves from the stains of sin by tears of sorrow, and repentance. Hence the priest in sprinkling the faithful recites the words of the fiftieth psalm: Asperges me hyssopo, etc. Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed; to remind them to preserve the purity and innocence procured by the blood of the Lamb of God, and communicated to them in baptism. Finally, the people are sprinkled that the temptations of the devil may depart from them, enabling them to attend with great fervor and with more recollection to the holy service.
Message of Our Lady of Fatima
Between the months of May and October of 1917, our Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal, giving them a message for the world which has since become known as the “Peace Plan from Heaven.” She warned men that if they did not amend their lives, God would be forced to punish them by means of wars and other sufferings. “Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war... If they do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. The war is going to end [World War I]. But if they do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI... When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, of hunger, and of persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. “To prevent this, I come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If they listen to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; many nations will be annihilated. “Jesus wishes to make use of you to have me acknowledged and loved. He wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. “Here you see hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart... Pray, pray a great deal and make sacrifices for sinners. So many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and sacrifice for them.”
Our Lady’s message that men “must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins,” and that they “offend the Lord God no more, for He is already much offended” is meant for all of us, whether we are religious or lay. It is this message that our Congregation acts to promote, so that all people can, by praying the daily Rosary, by offering up their prayers and the sacrifices demanded by their daily duty, restore the temporal order in Christ.
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On a recent Retreat for friends and members of the Sodality of Our Lady, Fr. Brown is receiving the renewal of religious vows from a Sister.
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
John 3:3-5 "Jesus answered and said to him: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
Matthew 28:19 "Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."
Acts 2:38-39 "But Peter said to them: Do penance: and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call."
What are the effects of Baptism? What does Baptism do?
There is only one Baptism, therefore the Sacrament may be received only once (if one is unsure whether he was validly baptized, he is baptized conditionally). For those who have reached the age of reason, the Sacrament must also be received in faith. If one does not have faith in Baptism but receives it anyway, he is still validly baptized, but the fruits of his Baptism will be delayed until he does have faith. In the case of infants, it is the faith of the parents that operates until the child himself reaches the age of reason. Generally, Protestant baptisms are not to be considered valid. Those putatively "baptized" by a modernist Priest should seek conditional baptism in the Catholic Rite. The problem today (in the modern Church and with non-Catholics) is very often the sloppy manner in which baptism is (attempted) and lack of following the form of the Church.
“After the Incarnation,” Saint Thomas Aquinas says, “all men if they wish to be saved…are bound to explicit faith in the mysteries of Christ as regards those which are observed throughout the Church and publicly proclaimed, such as the articles that refer to the Incarnation.”
Saint Thomas Aquinas: “After the Incarnation…all men in order to be saved…are bound to explicit faith in the mystery of the Trinity.” (Summa Theol., Part II-II, q. 2, art. 7; and idem art. 8)
The Precepts or Laws of the Catholic Church
1) To respectfully and devoutly assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.
2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
3. To go to Confession at least once a year during the Easter Season.
4. To receive the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist at least once a year during the Easter Season.
5. To contribute financially support the Catholic Church.
6. To never violate the laws concerning the Sacrament of Matrimony.
What is meant by the commandment to contribute to the support of the Church?
“By the commandment to contribute to the support of the Church is meant that each of us is obliged to bear his fair share of the financial burden.”
A Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of
Bishop Frank Slupski.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
REQUIEM MASS FOR BISHOP SLUPSKI: We wish to thank all of those who made an effort to attend the Requiem Mass offered for Bishop Slupski yesterday, May 26, at the Chapel. The bishop was good enough to come here to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to both children and adults, visited with us more than a few times for Holy Mass and heard Confessions despite all the difficulty he had with “getting around” (walking) and with major health problems. Those who attended Mass showed their appreciation for his great efforts and offered prayers, the greatest prayer in fact (Holy Mass) for the repose of his soul. We will continue remembering him at Mass for years to come. We will continue to see, long into the future, all that he did for us and many other of the Catholic faithful, as regards his efforts to preserve the Sacraments, especially the priesthood and the episcopate. May he rest in peace!
Many thanks to our Altar & Rosary Society members who provided for a very nice lunch following the Requiem Mass, which was enjoyed by everyone. As well as to visiting Clergy who participated with us and also blessing the Catafalque. Many had an opportunity to catch up with old friends from other Chapels and share a wonderful lunch.
Anyone wishing a copy of the nice Memorial Prayer Card for Bishop Slupski can contact the Chapel:
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St. Ann Altar
Easter Sunday Mass
Holy Week 2018 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION
Holy Thursday Altar
Holy Thursday Altar of Repose
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Easter Sunday Vidi Aquam
Altar for Easter Sunday Mass
THE CHURCH TEACHES
First Vatican Council
"Therefore, if anyone says that it is not by the institution of Christ the lord himself (that is to say, by divine law) that blessed Peter should have perpetual successors in the primacy over the whole Church; or that the Roman Pontiff is not the successor of blessed Peter in this primacy: let him be anathema."
"For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or deposit of faith transmitted by the apostles."
GOD, TEACHER OF MANKIND
Here it may be asked: Are all those who are out of the Church equally guilty in the sight of God? We answer: No; some are more guilty than others. It cannot be considered the personal fault, however great and terrible the misfortune, of any individual of the children of Adam that our first parents sinned. So it is not the fault of those who were born and educated in any of the errors or negations of Protestantism, in its hundred various forms. Involuntary error is a misfortune to be pitied, a calamity to be deplored. Only when entered into, or persisted in, against light and knowledge, can it be considered a sin, or other than a sin of ignorance. There are persons who sometimes commit actions which, in themselves, are very wrong, but are not punishable in the sight of God, because they do not proceed from willful malice, as those who commit them are not aware in the least that by such actions God is offended. So there may be persons who live in infidelity or heresy without being in the least aware of it. Now such inculpable ignorance will, of course, not save them; but, if they fear God, and live up to their conscience, God, in His infinite mercy, will furnish them with the necessary means of salvation, even so as to send, if needed, an angel to instruct them in the Catholic faith, rather than let them perish through inculpable ignorance.
The above comes from God, the Teacher of Truth by Fr. Michael Müller, CSSR., a celebrated Redemptorist Missionary Priest and author
Shrine to Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Chapel
What's the difference between the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel and other parish Churches?
Why do some Catholics attend Chapels and Churches that are not under the direction of the local diocese? Is their a big difference between the "New Mass" and the Traditional Catholic Mass?
What has been the impact of "all the changes" in the Church on the laity?
Why are some Roman Catholics rejecting all the changes and clinging
to the Mass and the Faith of 2,000 years?
Where do we find the Catholic faith and Catholic Mass?
Where do we find a new religion and a new Mass being practiced?
First, we have to understand: Why the Traditional Latin Mass?
The True Mass
In 1969, Pope Paul VI issued a New Order of the Mass, the Novus Ordo Missae. Up to that time, what is commonly referred to as the "Tridentine" or "Latin" Mass, was used by the Church. On the face of things, it may seem to be a simple matter for the Pope to change the Mass. It has been done before. Is there a difference, then, between the modifications made by Paul VI and the liturgical changes of the past? There is a radical difference, and one that has had disastrous consequences for the universal Church.
Note: the Traditional Mass (above) is always "God centered" with the priest leading the faithful together in prayer facing the Altar. The Catholic faithful worshiped this way for 20 centuries.
The New Mass Contradicts Tradition and is against the Catholic Faith
The Traditional Latin "Tridentine" or Roman Rite Mass, while it has developed organically over the 2,000 year history of the Church, is essentially the Mass that was given to the Apostles and the Church by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Although various rites emerged, they all maintained the same spirit imparted to the liturgy by Our Lord and were only adapted to various cultures without any deviation in doctrine. The Roman Rite, up to Vatican II, underwent only minor changes, such that the famous English liturgist Fr. Adrian Fortescue was able to state that "no one has ventured to touch it except in unimportant details."
Note: the "New Mass" (above) is said on a table, facing the people and oriented towards being a Protestant meal, not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is more about entertainment and liturgical abuses which it is very much prone to, by the nature of it. The New Mass was created in 1969 with the assistance of Protestant liberal theologians.
Pope St. Pius V, to protect the Roman Rite from innovations and eliminate any variations, codified the Traditional Latin Mass in the Apostolic Constitution QUO PRIMUM in 1570. The Mass that he was confirming was not some new creation like the Novus Ordo Missae, but a Mass that matched in every respect the Faith of the Apostles. Nor was it the Mass of some particular area of the Church like the Eastern rites, but the universal rite of the Church, the rite of the Roman See. His bull says in part:
"We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator, and all other persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity they may be, be they even cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed of any other rank or pre-eminence, and We order them in virtue of holy obedience to chant or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herewith laid down by Us and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, however ancient, which they have customarily followed; and they must not in celebrating Mass presume to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal. "Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment, or censure, and may freely and lawfully be used. Nor are superiors, administrators, canons, chaplains, and other secular priests, or religious, of whatever title designated, obliged to celebrate the Mass otherwise than as enjoined by Us. We likewise declare and ordain . . . that this present document cannot be revoked or modified, but remain always valid and retain its full force . . . "
Vatican Council II
What, then, was done at Vatican II? Were some changes made merely in "unimportant details"? Was the proper honor and respect given to the Rite essentially bestowed by Christ on His Church and confirmed by incomparable proofs in the form of thousands of saints and countless miracles? On September 25, 1969, Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, Prefect-Emeritus of the Sacred Congregation for the Faith, sent Pope Paul VI a theological Study of the New Order of the Mass ("Short Critical Study of the New Order of Mass."). The Study contained a cover letter signed by Cardinals Ottaviani and Antonio Bacci which says, in part:
"Most Holy Father,
Having carefully examined, and presented for the scrutiny of others, the Novus Ordo Missae prepared by the experts of the Consilium ad exequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia, and after lengthy prayer and reflection, we feel it to be our bounden duty in the sight of God and towards Your Holiness, to put before you the following considerations: 1. The accompanying critical study of the Novus Ordo Missae, the work of a group of theologians, liturgists and pastors of souls, shows quite clearly in spite of its brevity that if we consider the innovations implied or taken for granted which may of course be evaluated in different ways, the Novus Ordo represents, both as a whole and in its details, a striking departure from the Catholic theology of the Mass as it was formulated in Session XXII of the Council of Trent. The "canons" of the rite definitively fixed at that time provided an insurmountable barrier to any heresy directed against the integrity of the Mystery . . ." (The Ottaviani Intervention – Short Critical Study of the New Order of Mass)
Vatican I in 1870 defined the Pope to be, not an absolute monarch, but the guarantor of obedience to the revealed word. The legitimacy of his power was bound up above all with his transmitting the Faith. This fidelity to the deposit of the Faith and to its transmission concerns in a quite special way the liturgy. No authority can ‘fabricate' a liturgy. The Pope himself is only the humble servant of its homogenous development, its integrity, and the permanence of its identity." The Pope, as the guardian of the Deposit of Faith, has a duty to preserve the liturgy intact and pass it on essentially unmodified to the next generation. The very authors of Vatican II, on the other hand, openly acknowledged their desire not to pass on Tradition, but to make it.
St. Vincent of Lerins in the 5th century gave as a standard for the orthodoxy of doctrine that which has been believed everywhere (ubique), always (semper), and by all (omnia). But, as Cardinal Ratzinger points out, the Council Fathers of Vatican II rejected this hallowed definition: "Vatican II's refusal of the proposal to adopt the text of Lerins, familiar to, and, as it were, sanctified by two Church Councils, shows once more how Trent and Vatican I were left behind, how their texts were continually reinterpreted... Vatican II had a new idea of how historical identity and continuity were to be brought about." This new idea was nothing other than to create a pseudo-tradition from the "common consciousness" of the Council Fathers. This is pure Modernism and totally contrary to the Deposit of Faith.
The Destruction of Catholic Worship is the Destruction of the Catholic Faith
(below) A "Rainbow Mass" celebrating immorality in a diocesan Church. Such institutions have now become a danger to souls! Traditional Roman Catholics "keep the faith" --away from such places that have actually abandoned the faith and embraced a new religion as evidenced by a New Mass.
The Church has always set forth the firm and clear principle that: "The way we worship is the way we believe." The doctrinal truths of the Faith are embodied in the worship we offer to God. In other words, it is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that teaches us our theology and not the reverse. The True Mass comprises the Apostolic Tradition of faith and morals in its very essence. Every doctrine essential to the Faith is taught therein. Pope Leo XIII points out in Apostolicae Curae that the Church's enemies have always understood this principle as "They knew only too well the intimate bond that unites faith with worship, the law of belief with the law of prayer, and so, under the pretext of restoring the order of the liturgy to its primitive form, they corrupted it in many respects to adapt it to the errors of the Innovators." It is no wonder, then, that Luther coined the slogan: "Take away the Mass, destroy the Church."
St. Alphonsus Liguori (Bishop, Doctor of the Church and Patron of Theologians) explains that "The devil has always attempted, by means of the heretics, to deprive the world of the Mass, making them precursors of the Anti-Christ, who, before anything else, will try to abolish and will actually abolish the Holy Sacrament of the altar, as a punishment for the sins of men, according to the prediction of Daniel: ‘And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice' (Dan. 8:12)."
The question then becomes: Does the New Mass teach the Catholic Faith? No, say both Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci: "It is clear that the Novus Ordo no longer intends to present the Faith as taught by the Council of Trent." Pope St. Leo the Great (Father and Doctor of the Church) instructs us: "Teach nothing new, but implant in the hearts of everyone those things which the fathers of venerable memory taught with a uniform preaching ... Whence, we preach nothing except what we have received from our forefathers. In all things, therefore, both in the rule of faith in the observance of discipline, let the pattern of antiquity be observed." How well founded, then, were the concerns expressed by Pope Pius XII shortly before the introduction of the New Mass: "I am worried by the Blessed Virgin's messages to Lucy at Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide that would be represented by the alteration of the Faith in Her liturgy."
When you place the prayers and ceremonies of the traditional Latin Mass side by side with those of the New Mass, you can easily see to what degree the Church's traditional doctrine has been "edited out." And the "editing" always seems to have been done on those parts of the Mass expressing some Catholic doctrine which Protestants find "offensive." Here are some examples:
- Common Penitential Rite: The traditional Mass begins with the priest reciting personal prayers of reparation to God called "The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar." The New Mass begins instead with a "Penitential Rite" which the priest and people recite together. Who were the first to introduce a common penitential rite? The 16th century Protestants, who wanted to promote their teaching that the priest is no different from the layman.
- The Offertory: The Offertory prayers of the traditional Mass clearly express a number of Catholic teachings, as that the Mass is offered to God to satisfy for sin and that the saints are to be honored. The Protestants rejected these teachings and so abolished the Offertory prayers. "That abomination called the Offertory," said Luther, "and from this point almost everything stinks of oblation!" In the New Mass as well, the Offertory is gone – it has been replaced with a ceremony called "The Preparation of the Gifts." The prayers "offensive" to Protestants have also been removed. In their place is the prayer "Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation," based on a Jewish grace before meals.
- The "Eucharistic Prayer": The traditional Mass has only one "Eucharistic Prayer," the ancient Roman Canon. The Canon was always a favorite target of Lutheran and other Protestant attacks. Instead of just one Canon, the New Mass now has a number of "Eucharistic Prayers," only one of which we will mention here. Eucharistic Prayer No. 1 is an "edited" version of the Roman Canon. The lists of Catholic saints, so despised by Protestants, are now optional, and hence rarely used. The translators did some further "editing." Among other things, the idea that Christ the Victim is offered at Mass (a notion Luther condemned) has disappeared. All the Eucharistic Prayers now incorporate some typical Protestant practice. They are recited in a loud voice instead of silently, and they have an "Institution Narrative," instead of a Consecration. (According to Protestant beliefs, their ministers do not consecrate the Eucharist like Catholic priests do; they just narrate the story of the Last Supper.) Even Christ’s own words in the Consecration were altered: ". . . Which shall be shed for you and for many, unto the remission of sins" was changed to ". . . It will be shed for you and for all men so that sins may be forgiven." (Rome acknowledged this "mistranslation" recently.) The various signs of respect toward Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament (genuflections, signs of the cross, bells, incense, etc.) have been reduced, made optional, or eliminated.
- Communion in the Hand: The 16th century Protestant Martin Bucer condemned the Church's practice of placing the Host on the tongue of the communicant as something introduced out of "a double superstition: first, the false honor they wish to show to this sacrament, and secondly, the wicked arrogance of priests claiming greater holiness than that of the people of Christ, by virtue of the oil of consecration." The practice in Protestant churches of "communion in the hand" is thus based upon their rejection of Christ's Real Presence and the priesthood. At the New Mass, just as at a Protestant service, there is Communion in the hand. But the men who created the New Mass went even further, for a layman may not only receive Communion in the hand – he is also permitted to distribute it, even on a moment's notice. Let us recall St. Thomas Aquinas' (1225-1274)* words on this subject: "The body of Christ must not be touched by anyone, other than a consecrated priest. No other person has the right to touch it, except in case of extreme necessity" (III, 82 a.3). (*St. Thomas Aquinas was given the title "Angelic Doctor". His canonization decree states, "His doctrine was none other than miraculous. He has enlightened the Church more than all other Doctors")
- Veneration of the Saints: The prayers of the traditional Mass frequently invoke the saints by name and beg their intercession. The Church's veneration of the saints in her worship was another practice which Protestants dismissed as "superstition." The New Order of the Mass dropped most invocations of the saints by name, or made them optional. In the new Missal, moreover, the weekday prayers for saints' feast days (most of which are also optional) have been rewritten for the benefit of Protestants – allusions to miracles, the defense of the Catholic Faith, or to the Catholic Church as the one, true Church have disappeared.
- False Translations: Lastly, there is the matter of the false official English translations of the New Mass. A whole book could be written on the errors and distortions they contain. Here we will mention briefly only the official translations of the prayers for the 34 "Sundays in Ordinary Time." The following are some of the ideas which the English translation suppresses: God's wrath, our unworthiness, error, sins which "burden our consciences," God's majesty, obedience to His commandments, supplication, humility, eternity, heaven – many more could be listed. Perhaps the most serious omission is the word "grace." It appears 11 times in the Latin original. It does not appear even once in the official English "translation"!
Clearly, then, the "new liturgy reflects a new ecclesiology, whereas the old reflects another ecclesiology" (Cardinal Benelli) and one quite foreign to the Catholic Church. This ultimately means as Fr. Gelineau, S.J., one of the "experts" who co-authored the New Mass, pointed out, that "The New Mass is a different liturgy. This needs to be said without ambiguity. The Roman Rite, as we knew it, no longer exists. It has been destroyed." The Catechism of the Council of Trent tells us that "a Catholic sins against the Faith by participating in non-Catholic worship." The New Mass is not Catholic worship, even if it has retained the name "Catholic," as did the Anglican liturgy until recently.
Fruits of Vatican II and the New Mass
"By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit" (Matt. 7:15-17). Given the foregoing, it should be plain that the New Mass was conceived for an evil purpose and constructed by evil means. It only follows that such a tree would have disastrous effects on the Church. Let us look at its fruits as reported in Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The Church Since Vatican II by Kenneth Jones.
Priests. While the number of priests in the United States more than doubled to 58,000, between 1930 and 1965, since then that number has fallen to 45,000. By 2020, there will be only 31,000 priests left, and more than half of these priests will be over 70.
Ordinations. In 1965, 1,575 new priests were ordained in the United States. In 2002, the number was 450. In 1965, only 1 percent of U.S. parishes were without a priest. Today, there are 3,000 priestless parishes, 15 percent of all U.S. parishes.
Seminarians. Between 1965 and 2002, the number of seminarians dropped from 49,000 to 4,700, a decline of over 90 percent. Two-thirds of the 600 seminaries that were operating in 1965 have now closed.
Sisters. In 1965, there were 180,000 Catholic nuns. By 2002, that had fallen to 75,000 and the average age of a Catholic nun is today 68. In 1965, there were 104,000 teaching nuns. Today, there are 8,200, a decline of 94 percent since the end of Vatican II.
Religious Orders. For religious orders in America, the end is in sight. In 1965, 3,559 young men were studying to become Jesuit priests. In 2000, the figure was 389. With the Christian Brothers, the situation is even more dire. Their number has shrunk by two-thirds, with the number of seminarians falling 99 percent. In 1965, there were 912 seminarians in the Christian Brothers. In 2000, there were only seven. The number of young men studying to become Franciscan and Redemptorist priests fell from 3,379 in 1965 to 84 in 2000.
Catholic schools. Almost half of all Catholic high schools in the United States have closed since 1965. The student population has fallen from 700,000 to 386,000. Parochial schools suffered an even greater decline. Some 4,000 have disappeared, and the number of pupils attending has fallen below 2 million – from 4.5 million.
Catholic Marriage. Catholic marriages have fallen in number by one-third since 1965, while the annual number of annulments has soared from 338 in 1968 to 50,000 in 2002.
Attendance at Mass. A 1958 Gallup Poll reported that three in four Catholics attended church on Sundays. A recent study by the University of Notre Dame found that only one in four now attend.
Only 10 percent of lay religious teachers now accept church teaching on contraception. Fifty-three percent believe a Catholic can have an abortion and remain a good Catholic. Sixty-five percent believe that Catholics may divorce and remarry. Seventy-seven percent believe one can be a good Catholic without going to mass on Sundays. By one New York Times poll, 70 percent of all Catholics in the age group 18 to 44 believe the Eucharist is merely a "symbolic reminder" of Jesus.
Who could possibly claim that there is not a terrible crisis of faith in the Catholic Church!? It is no wonder that Cardinal Ratzinger affirmed: "I am convinced that the ecclesial crisis in which we find ourselves today depends in great part on the collapse of the liturgy." It is clear how the New Mass could create such a disaster. Liturgy dictates belief. A protestantized liturgy yields heretical belief, loss of the Faith, and devaluation of the priesthood. Satan has been able to accomplish more effective damage to the entire body of the Church in the past 35 years through the destruction of the Mass than ever before.
Conclusion: why good Catholics reject modern diocesan parishes and their perversions of faith, morals and Liturgy
The New Mass is condemned by its own nature and by its fruits. The crisis in the Church will continue to worsen until we return to orthodoxy and discipline. What is a Catholic to do in such troublesome times? He must follow the advice of St. Vincent of Lerins: "What then shall the Catholic do if some portion of the Church detaches itself from communion of the universal Faith? If some new contagion attempts to poison, no longer a small part of the Church, but the whole Church at once, then his great concern will be to attach himself to antiquity (Tradition) which can no longer be led astray by any lying novelty."
St. Athanasius, one of the four great Doctors of the Eastern Church, earned the title of "Father of Orthodoxy" for his strong and uncompromising defense of our Catholic Faith against the Arian Heresy which affected most of the hierarchy, including the pope. Athanasius was banned from his diocese at least five times, spending a total of seventeen years in exile. He sent the following letter to his flock which is a powerful lesson for our times: "What saddens you is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important? The place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in this struggle? The one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith?"
Why you'll find no Table at the Chapel "facing the people" but an Altar:
In his Encyclical Letter Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII warned of a "wicked movement that tends to paralyze the sanctifying and salutary action by which the liturgy leads the children of adoption on the path to their heavenly Father." This wicked movement was concerned with reviving obsolete liturgical practices on the grounds that they were more primitive, and one of the suggestions Pope Pius condemned it for advocating was the restoration of the altar to the form of a table.
What I find interesting, perhaps "disturbing" would be a better word, is how something condemned by a Pope as "wicked" in 1947 suddenly becomes admirable in 1982. Similarly, Pope Pius condemned the suggestion that the tabernacle should be removed from the altar as "a lessening of esteem for the presence and action of Christ in the tabernacle." "To separate altar and tabernacle," he wrote, "is to separate two things, which, by their origin and their nature, should remain united." That's interesting, isn't it? How many churches do you know where Mass is still celebrated on an altar with a tabernacle?
What we see in the generality of Catholic Churches today is an altar replaced by a table, an altar separated from the tabernacle, and, in the place of honor, where the tabernacle once stood, a microphone. The Missal of St. Pius V and the three traditional altar cards have all been cast aside, together with the tabernacle. "In place of an altar there is a miserable table," wrote St. Richard Gwynn in the sixteenth century. If he were alive today he could add: "And in place of the tabernacle a microphone." There could be no more apt symbol of the verbose and mundane ethos of what purports to be worship in Catholic churches today.
-Michael Davies, Catholic Author
"It would be wrong, for example, to want the altar restored to its ancient form of table; to want black eliminated from the liturgical colors, and pictures and statues excluded from our
churches." -----Mediator Dei, Pope Pius XII
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On Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Christ in His Physical Body. Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the Roman Catholic Church, and we remember all of those who have been reborn into His Mystical Body. How did the first Christians prepare? They were all "in prayer" with Mary; and they were "all of one mind," under the leadership of Peter, making ready to tell "men from every nation under heaven. . .of the wonderful works of God." (Epistle) Yes, prayer and action are the marks of the true Christian. In the Offertory of the Mass for Pentecost we ask the Holy Spirit to "confirm" the graces "wrought in us" when we were baptized and confirmed. We pray also "to relish" things of the Spirit and to benefit by "His consolation" (Prayer) in the struggle of Church and soul against "the prince of the world" (Gospel).
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During these past 5 years we've experienced growth as more of the faithful are coming to realize that with all the chaos in the world and the modern/liberal move to undermine the Catholic faith from within the very institution of the Church, it is time to stand fast and hold to the faith of 2,000 years.
As Catholics who do not wish to compromise our faith or adopt it to the politically correct sway of society, we remain firmly attached to the teaching of Our Lord, to the Magesterium of Popes and Councils, and have retained exclusively the form of worship known to the Catholic world for so many centuries, that worship which nourished so many Saints: the Traditional Latin Mass. We also continue to receive the traditional Catholic Sacraments that have not been "updated" or changed. The Sacraments, instituted by Our Lord for our salvation, have brought peace and grace into the hearts of men. It is only the Catholic faith that can bring peace and good order to souls, to society.
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