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Easter V

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of:

+ Patrick Henry Omlor +

Mr. Omlor was one of the first Catholics to sound the alarm about the consequences of Vatican II, so it was fitting that he died on the Feast of St. Athanasius.

His March 1968 work Questioning the Validity of Masses Using the New, All-English Canon alerted countless Catholics throughout the English-speaking world to the dangers of the liturgical changes, even before the appearance of the Novus Ordo Missae in 1969. The book rightly became a “traditionalist classic.”

Mr. Omlor campaigned tirelessly against the counterfeit translation of “pro multis” as “for all” in the consecration formula, prompting a controversy that Bugnini himself finally had to deal with.

Forty years later, however, the modernist fraud was implicitly acknowledged when the Vatican itself decreed that “pro multis” must henceforth be translated as “for many.” And thus, even by what he rightly called “The Robber Church,” was Patrick Henry Omlor vindicated at last.

May this great defender of the Catholic faith rest in peace!
— Father Anthony Cekada

Listen to our choir sing Anima Christi during the offertory of today’s Mass.


Restoration Radio: The Scapular

Bishop Dolan talks about a widely-used sacramental: the Scapular(s). His Excellency talks about the different scapulars, their histories, and how we can make this a part of our Catholic lives. Listen here.

This school year we will be publishing daily sermons from the previous week:

Apr. 26, 2013: Our Lady of Good Counsel by Fr. Lehtoranta
Apr. 29, 2013: St. Peter Martyr by Fr. Lehtoranta
Apr. 30, 2013: St. Catherine of Siena by Fr. McKenna
May 1, 2013: Saints Philip & James by Bp. Dolan
May 3, 2013: The Finding of the Holy Cross by Bp. Dolan

✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
Last Sunday afternoon was a study in contrasts, with short dark showers giving way to sun, and back again. At Vespers we sang about Our Lord leaving us already “and sadness filled our hearts.” Still we went on bravely to chant Alleluia again and again in the near-empty church, giving Our Lord the full tribute of His day.

Sadness filled my heart Sunday afternoon to see so many people leaving the 5:45 Mass early, seven all told who couldn’t wait. It wasn’t as though we were running late, but still it was not short enough for them. Perhaps they had someplace very important to be, more important than the House of that God with whom, presumably, they hope to pass eternity. Perhaps they were simply bored, and figured enough was enough. Five to eight minutes more, until the end, were just too much. They were mostly visitors, but even they should know better. Five minutes! How many five minutes we waste. What difference would it make to give God His due, and let man wait for five minutes? Well, a difference for eternity, where we will be asked about all of those wasted, or withheld, five minutes.

Fr. Cekada has produced another excellent little film on the New Mass, this time on Teilhard de Chardin and the Novus Ordo offertory, the one with Jewish table blessings. See it, send it on, buy the book. Be an apostle. This newest installment is Video No. 11 at: www.youtube.com/user/WorkofHumanHands.

Last week Spring finally sprang in some days of irresistible beauty, leading into Mary’s month of May. Dale and Eldon are doing the many garden beds. Any helpers out there? Connie and the grandchildren helped with getting the Grotto ready on Monday. Gino is installing 0caps for the cloister; St. Michael should be up for his feast, and the down spouts should be down soon after. Jim reports progress on the altar. We were going over our collection of wood carved symbols which will be gold leafed and incorporated into the new altarpiece.

Poor Puccini, cat emeritus, was bettered by a bunny the other day, done in by his desire for play. Puccini pranced into the garden on Monday afternoon with his prey, but then set it down, and proceeded to play with his new friend. With a squeal it escaped, and finally fled through the hole in the wall. Had the crafty cat simply set himself to the business of butchering the bunny, he would have eviscerated him in no time, but cats are not that way. Half the fun is the play. They won’t be rushed. They would give the extra five minutes.

The word must be out about the bunnies, as a bobcat came by at dusk. He was sighted by Fr. McKenna, who is our official wildlife spotter and all-round animal expert. Father was on watch for a skunk. (Don’t ask.) We were concerned for the cats, but Father assured us that these beasts favored bunnies. Still, Puccini was taking no chances, and willingly retired into the convento, as a cat emeritus should. It’s curious how many wild animals manage to thrive with us as neighbors. I’ll have to ask Fr. McKenna about it.

I close with a ferverino for the week. This is one of those prayer weeks which will enable us to make up for all of the “five minutes” of our wasted and misspent time, as well as to pray, just to pray, and to pray at a price for the priceless graces given free to those who come and stay. The Lesser Litanies are sung for the Rogation Days Monday through Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Masses are offered all day for the Holy Day on Thursday, Our Lord’s Ascension. The next day we begin our annual Pentecost Novena to the Holy Ghost for the Catholic Church. And next Sunday we’ll all meet for the May Crowning procession for Mother’s Day. Keep your processing shoes out for the next day. Monday the 13th of May marks the first of our annual Fatima Rosary Processions for peace. Let us pray.

I send a blessing your way, with every prayer for a blessed month of May, and for all of the fives we mark today.

I close in the marks He bears still for us in His glorified body at the Father’s right hand,
– Bishop Dolan