Saturday, August 20, 2011

Finding a Parish Home

Spoiled by a decade of Korean solemnity and reference when celebrating the Novus Ordo Missae, I was not expecting to suppress belly laughs at last Sunday's Sacrifice of the Mass, at what in better times would have been my territorial parish. The introit had my hopes up, reminiscent as it was of the High-Church Lutheranism in which I was raised. All hopes were dashed, however, when the organist moved to the piano. Why, why, why?

So, this Sunday, you'll find me at St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, not for any inclination towards the East, but merely because it coincides with St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Festival. Next week, you'll probably find me at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church for the Traditional Latin Mass, which is more my speed.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Joe Koczera, S.J. said...

As one who does have an "inclination towards the East" in that sense, I hope that you have a good experience at St. Josaphat's. My prayers for you and your family as you get settled and (re-)adjusted to life in the States.

August 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

I hope you have a good experience at St. Josaphat and St. Stanislaus Kostka. I pray you find a good parish home, and are for you and your family also as you get settled here in the U.S.

August 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger The young fogey said...

To remain Roman Rite, go Tridentine with the Poles in western NY. Glad you have that.

August 22, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger tubbs said...

Prayers for you and yours - and welcome home!

August 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger M.Z. said...

Why don't you just go to your territorial parish?

And why are you bragging about your inability to put up with the people around you? I thought the whole point of moving to a small town was to be with people and be endeared by their ideosyncracies.

August 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

MZ, a good point. I may just end up doing that. As I said, I was spoiled by Korean Catholicism. One of the biggest hurdles for me converting from Lutheranism has been that the postconciliar Church is less liturgical than the tradition in which I was raised.

August 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Why don't you just go to your territorial parish?

It's the Diocese of Rochester, where thirty-two years of the reign of Bishop Matthew Clark have made heterodoxy and heteropraxis the rule rather than the exception. No Catholic should have to put up with liturgiam inauthenticam (see what I did there?) just because of where they've chosen to live.

August 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
OpenID kuiwon said...

"Why don't you just go to your territorial parish?"

- This is the problem of Catholicism today. Such thought encourages mediocrity.

August 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I went back. The "low" mass, ironically, was much more tolerable than the "high" mass. Still, I can't understand the use of a piano when the woman demostrated she was quite adept at using the church's huge pipe organ.

August 29, 2011 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger The young fogey said...

It's a balancing act to be sure. Not committing spiritual 'suicide by AmChurch' isn't snobbery. The no-music, no-nonsense Low Mass first thing Sunday has been a life raft for orthodox Catholics for 40 years. (To give the Novus Ordo credit I like congregational recitation of the introit and Communion verses at those.) Locally the showplace of Pope Benedict's renewal made that Tridentine after he freed up that Mass; something that if done everywhere 40 years ago (of course it wasn't; it was theological warfare) would have saved a lot of grief and perhaps made irregular traditionalist chapels and orders unnecessary. Right, Rochester, where some old boomers went into vagante schism when the bishop finally cracked down on one of their liberal parishes after 20 years. Got it.

August 30, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

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