December’s Archives 2020

How Much Do We Have To Put Up With? Posted December 22, 2020

My family and I overslept this last Sunday and missed morning Mass, so we drove up to Rapid City. This is about an hour drive, but we made it to the 5:30 P.M. Mass at the Cathedral. We showed up and walked in, gowned in masks. We were greeted and pleasantly told that masks were optional. Upon inquiry, we found out that no tickets were needed for attendance, as well. We walked in and saw that every other pew was roped off for social distancing. After taking our seats, we enjoyed a truly blessed Mass, a wonderful choir, and an outstanding sermon. At the end of Mass, Fr. Mark announced that for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses no tickets would be required to attend, and that they had already set up an overflow area downstairs.

Why am I telling you this? I am telling you this as I have to question what is happening in my parish. In my parish, which is much smaller, it has been deemed, based on space, that only 64 people at a time can come per Mass. Because of this, tickets are available through a website called Eventbrite for purchase (the tickets are free, it is just a way to count the people). We do not have the choir singing at this time either, nor are we allowed to sing ourselves. However, when we went to the Cathedral, the choir sang beautiful hymns that we were allowed to participate in. Our church is big enough that the choir has adequate spacing to meet the CDC guidelines, or at least the spacing in the church would allow the parish to sing without a choir. At minimum, there is not a reason as to why we do not have a cantor. We have qualified people to do this. As far as the Christmas Masses go, we have to purchase a ticket to attend, while the Cathedral you do not. We have a basement with sound and a T.V. hooked up to be able to see it. Their reasoning is that we do Meals on Wheels and it would contaminate the basement. Easy fix I think, considering that the Mass and the availability of it outweighs Meals on Wheels. Furthermore, we clean the church and the basement afterwards.

I believe that we are, as laypeople, being herded by the church in ways that we do not want to go. I watched my church, that I love very much, for the first time in its history, shut down world-wide because of a sickness that really doesn’t even meet the qualifications of a pandemic. I watched the church run from God, instead of leading its people to God. I watched the church abandon its people. We are now feeling the consequences of these actions. There are still places that are shut down and the people that live in these places will not have a Christmas Mass. The discouragement of the people will be felt.

I believe it is time for us, as lay people, to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!” How much more do we have to go through as the USCCB and the church world-wide curtails to the whims of the governments? I think the priests during the time of the Bubonic Plague are so disappointed in our clergy today, as during there time they went forth and met the people despite their sicknesses. Did priests die? Yes! And with happy hearts as they were doing God’s work. As a Christian, as a Catholic, if we fear death, then we are wrong and we misunderstand what Christ has done for us.

May God Bless you and yours,

Jim

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DC Cardinal Makes Headlines and it is another disappointment for Catholics Posted December 23, 2020

 Cardinal Gregory of the Diocese of Washington D.C., has done two things recently that has made the news and I suppose he is proud of both; first he has been appointed to the Dicastery of Laity, Family, and Life. Considering his track record as a bishop in this area, it comes as a shock to traditional and caring Catholics. Secondly, Cardinal Gregory has stated that he will not deny President-Elect Biden communion, even though Biden’s track record is pro-choice and even leans left in this area. It was just a disappointment, another one, coming from Pope Francis in naming Cardinal Gregory to this appointment. Surely the Pope had to know the on-goings of this Cardinal and as to why he would appoint such a leftist Cardinal leaves me questioning more about Pope Francis.

Now is the time for our leaders to be strong in the Traditions and Teachings of the Catholic Church. Now is the time to appoint strong and caring leaders. Now is the time to take a stance, even if it is against the President-Elect or even the President himself if he is not abiding by Church teaching and law. How much more will go on?

For the full story read at Life Site News. Read and discern for yourself. Respond back and tell me what you think. Put the word out and take a stance, for now is the time to do so.

Please copy and paste the address or go to Life Site News and look up the story.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dc-cardinal-says-hell-give-communion-to-pro-abort-biden-pope-assigns-him-to-life-and-family-dicastery

May God Bless you and yours,

Jim

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Merry Christmas!! Posted December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas Everyone,

During this year of 2020, it has been a roller-coaster ride for most of us, and for others a downward spiral. Yet despite what our governments tell us as the CDC changes its mind a 100 times on this virus and what to do, despite the governments illegally closing churches and despite our churches not standing up, (especially my catholic church), to the government, we have hope. We have always had hope and yes it is hard to keep focused on Christ during these times, but focused on Christ and the Cross we must be. We the laypeople need to support each other during these times, support our priests, our preachers. If our churches wont lead us during this Christmas season, turn to Christ yourself. Your love for God is not driven by a priest, nor a preacher, not even the church itself. It is an inner drive given to us by God Himself, to seek Him out. Today is the day that God Himself stepped outside of time and into time to become GOD-Man. Today was the beginning that will eventually lead 33 years later to our salvation. Push aside the commercialism of this holiday and celebrate it truly as Catholics, as Christians should, with the knowledge that all will be just fine, if we accept His love and grace. Remember to look to our Savior, remain in His love and remember He has already won the war for us. May this day be a truly Blessed Christmas to you and yours.

Jim

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