What we did on our Friday night

What we did on our Friday night

Mariabambina1Tonight Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston came to our parish in Salem, Immaculate Conception, to celebrate Mass with us on the feast of the Birth of Mary. This was a special occasion because we were having the re-dedication of the Creche of Santa Maria Bambina, St. Mary the Infant, which used to sit in St. Mary’s Italian Church, closed a few years ago. When St. Mary’s closed our pastor, Fr. Tim Murphy brought the creche over and over the past couple of years had it lovingly restored, including new satin garments sewn by some very nice cloistered nuns in central Mass. In addition to celebrating the feast and dedicating the creche, the cardinal also dedicated a new monument of the Ten Commandments that will sit on our lawn. It is the first such monument in Massachusetts placed by Project Moses, which plans to place 7,000 of them across the US.

It was pull-out-all-the-stops Mass including all the living priests in the area who’ve served in the parish or grew up there, the Knights of Malta, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, city officials, and so on.

The Cardinal’s homily: Give God permission

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  • Diane:

    Re: Your response to Eric’s tacky comment: Ditto. I’m trying to figure out on what basis a decision was made that the Mass was “tacky.”

    I’ll try to get a closeup tomorrow at Mass. We were juggling our own little bambina and couldn’t manage to get close enough. smile

  • There was also a great literary reference in the cardinal’s homily. How often do you hear Moby Dick brought in?

  • Gee Eric, that was harsh. Yes, most Novus Ordos are tacky but these pictures look fine. Besides how many churches across the country still remember to honor Mary as Infant?

  • Shows how much you know and the danger of making assumptions: The cardinal is wearing a chasuble, everyone in the photo is standing, and there were both boys and girls and whether you like it or not, it is an approved option and I would put the reverence of even the altar girls up against any altar boys out there.

    My guess is that if you were at the Last Supper, you would have complained about the silverware. Stop focusing so much on the incidentals and recognize Christ right before you.

    “Can anything good come from Nazreth?”
    “Isn’t this just Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary?”

  • How rude to refer to girls as “broads”!

    For someone who claims to have so much taste, you certainly do not know how to refrain from making tacky statements!

  • Eric—after noticing this and your several other posts on other threads, I say this with the greatest charity possible:

    You are either a bomb-tosser or an idiot.

    I will presume the former, for the sake of charity.

  • Eric – oh dear, oh dear, what would you do with the one deacon at the Ukranian-rite parish I go to, who is often nodding back and forth? Is it because he’s being irreverent? Because he’s deep in prayer? Because he’s just so old? I bet you could tell me.

    If the pre-63 Mass was “restored”, you’d be complaining about how fast most priests plowed through it, and about altar boys standing around not knowing when to pass the missal or get the incense or kneel and rise, etc.

    Not to be unkind, there’s just nothing new under the sun.

  • Ron,
    Thank you. Well said.


    You are very lucky. Thank God for the gifts he has given you and your parish. Pray for your priest, he sounds like a wonderful pastor and father.

    What rankles me most about Eric’s comment is exactly that cruelty and thoughtlessness that ignores other people’s pain and pours salt in open wounds.

    Do I think my parish is perfect? No. But I love it. It is my home. I would love to have more Latin, better music, etc, etc. But I also realize that if I spend all my time complaining and obsessing about such things, I am hurting no one but myself.

    The fact is the mass we went to today was less than perfect. In fact the music was lackluster, the lector read too fast, I could go on and on. But it was a valid and licit liturgy, so I am so much luckier than some of my poor brothers and sisters who suffer much greater problems. And I try not to notice even those things because this is still the wedding fest of the Lamb.I received my Lord and my God today, in his blody and blood, his soul and divinity. And for that greatest miracle I give thanks. To do less would be petty and selfish.

    When I focus on all the problems, I am being selfish, turning my attention from God and focusing on my own needs and desires. What I should be doing in mass is offering all I have to the God who gave me everything.

    And then I try to do my part to make things better. Which is very little. As Diane said changes take time and people must be educated. When we had the chance to plan our wedding liturgy, Dom and I chose Latin hymns and prayers and did our best to make it a beautiful offering to God. But on most Sundays I don’t have that luxury.

    As much as I cringe at the music, I think it would be wrong for our pastor to come in tomorrow and fire the music director who has been doing this for years. It would be lacking in charity and disruptive to the community for him to become a dictator rather than a father.

    Dom has sat on the parish council for some years and has agitated for more Latin, better music etc. But the parish community isn’t ready for that yet. And so in charity, I pray for our parish and try not to nitpick and keep my complaints to a minimum.

    I wish I had mucial ability and could start a schola; but God gave me a tin ear and a voice which can’t sing on key. So who am I to complain when my brothers and sisters in the choir don’t do much better? At least they are trying to give God the best they can give him. Who am I to criticize them because their best doesn’t live up to my high standards and their tastes haven’t been educated as mine have?

  • It’s nice to see how one person’s rude comment was turned around and became an opportunity for q hopeful and respectful discussion of how best to approach the Church as she is today.