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  • Commentary: Caritas Christi’s Deal with the Devil – Part II

    05/29/2009 6:42:54 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Serviam1 to Unam Sanctam

    I hate to admit this, but I’m beginning to believe this has more to do with institutional and fiscal preservation. Can I expect anything more from an Archdiocese and Catholic Healthcare System that is increasingly administered by a lay professional class that is nominally Catholic at best. It’s all about the bottom line and preserving jobs in Boston. Truth is becoming a casualty.

  • CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

    07/01/2008 10:35:09 AM PDT · 24 of 34
    Serviam1 to topher

    Pastoral solicitude for an “itty-bitty parish” is analogous to the man who leaves ninety-nine sheep to save one. Our Lord’s pastoral logic flies in the face of modern day asset management. Does it not? Unfortunately, all too many dioceses are being administered by hirelings...and the hireling flieth.

    Matthew 10:13
    13 And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.

    Matthew 18:12-13
    12 What think you? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray: doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains, and go to seek that which is gone astray? 13 And if it so be that he find it: Amen I say to you, he rejoiceth more for that, than for the ninety-nine that went not astray.

  • CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

    07/01/2008 10:10:47 AM PDT · 22 of 34
    Serviam1 to topher

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/Schedule.html

    Please read this and the previous discussion.

  • CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

    07/01/2008 9:38:05 AM PDT · 19 of 34
    Serviam1 to All

    Folks,

    Also check out Fr. Zuhlsdorf Blog. He has posted Monday’s Boston Globe article. Your thoughts and perspective can add well to the on going discussion and help dispell the usual misconceptions and administrative/pastoral apologetics.

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/07/tears-and-anger-in-boston/#comments

  • CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

    07/01/2008 5:16:48 AM PDT · 1 of 34
    Serviam1
  • Archbishop Burke Named Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (Catholic Caucus)

    06/27/2008 7:13:50 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Serviam1 to All

    With the impending suppression of Boston’s Holy Trinty Church (6/30/08) and the recent response regarding appeals of eight closed Boston area parishes from the Apostolic Signatura as “clearly lacking any basis”, many in the Boston area have questioned whether the Apostolic Signatura seriously looked at the merit of the eight individual appeals.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/06/11/vatican_tribunal_hands_loss_to_8_local_groups_on_closings/

    It was the impression of many in Boston that these appeals were simply “rubber stamped” to facilitate Cardinal O’Malley’s sad policy of “reconfiguration” that has proceeded since May 2004. With Archbishop Burke’s appointment positive change is likely to occur.

    As discussed in previous posts, Holy Trinity Church in Boston’s South End remains and important icon of both the historic and cultural patrimony of the Church in Boston and New England, yet all proposals to preserve this venerable House of God continue to be dismissed by Archdiocese of Boston. This unfortunate suppression will occur the very year the Archdiocese of Boston celebrates its Bicentennial.

    The parishioners of Holy Trinity, as in other cases will likely appeal to the Apostolic Signatura, as was the case of other closed parishes. Much of our case may focus on the importance of Holy Trinity’s historic and continued role with regard to the cultural patrimony of the Church in New England. Assistance may be requested from the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Patrimony of the Church. If such a case is properly presented, it could clearly demonstrate how Holy Trinity’s preservation transcends sole parochialism. I understand one of the Apostolic Signatura’s criticisms of the eight recently rejected appeals was that parochial interest is secondary to the universal mission of the Church.

    Perhaps, with Archbishop Burke’s keen interest in Benedict’s reform, he may be encouraged to look a little closer at Holy Trinity’s case and how it may benefit the whole. With his direction, may he fairly the merit of several proposals presented to the Archdiocese that could ensure Holy Trinity’s presence for future generations.

    We will pray for His Excellency’s effectiveness in his new assignment, despite the sad loss for the folks in St. Louis.
    St. Robert Bellermine pray for us.

    Parish Website:
    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/

    Parish History:
    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/Sauer-History-of-Holy-Trinity-Church.pdf

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

    06/26/2008 7:27:42 PM PDT · 7 of 22
    Serviam1 to All

    Check out the photos of Holy Trinity German Church by Genevieve MacLellan and Roland Horst (regular 11:00AM Mass attendees). I’m surprised no one has spoke of their posting considering the parish’s upcoming suppression on 30 June.

    http://holytrinity.hildegard.org/

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

    06/26/2008 4:26:15 PM PDT · 4 of 22
    Serviam1 to Ann Archy

    Boston, Massachusetts in the South End.

  • Holy Trinity Closing, But Welcoming Doors Not Opening – Yet

    06/26/2008 3:35:13 PM PDT · 1 of 22
    Serviam1
  • How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question

    06/24/2008 1:02:29 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    Serviam1 to All

    The bottom line:

    Abortion is a “fail safe” to continue and maintain a culture of complete and utter sexual license. Society wants absolutely no restriction to its sexual apetite. Thank the Sexual Revolution and the fall of a moral order based on the Common Good grounded in Natural Law.

    This Evil is so close few wish to confront its magnitude.

  • Archdiocese halts church's annual gay pride prayers

    06/24/2008 9:40:13 AM PDT · 38 of 59
    Serviam1 to All

    Has any of these folks ever considered the Catholic teaching regarding “Pride”? It seems the promotion of Pride, which is correctly understood as vice is inmical to the Catholic Faith.

    Pride is the root of all vice/sin and the strongest influence propelling us to sin. Gregory the Great charaterizes it as the sovereign of vices: “Pride, the sovereign of vices, when it has captured and vanquished the heart, forthwith delivers it into the hands of its lieutenants, the seven capital vices, that they may despoil it and produce vices of all kinds.” Pride is rebellion — the rejection of God’s authority and plan, and the refusal to submit to God and accept his truth. In this sense pride is the root of all sin.

    As a particular vice pride is an inordinate desire or love of one’s own excellence. Through pride a person either thinks of himself or herself better than he is, or he thinks he can do things beyond his capability. Pride springs from an exaggerated self-centeredness. In pride a person makes self absolute and central, isolating self from God and others, or using others for the achievement of selfish purposes. Pride leads a person to sin in the pursuit of his own good. Excessive pride may move a person to steal in order to keep up his appearance, or to lie or cheat to better his own reputation. Pride can lead to all sorts of vices, notably presumption, ambition, vainglory, boasting, hypocrisy, strife, and disobedience. The proud person rebels against God and resists God’s efforts to lead him back to virtue.

    Humility, which is a person’s recognition of his dependence on God and of his absolute need for submitting himself to God, is the only remedy for pride. Humility is true self-knowledge — regarding oneself as God sees him. It is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. The humble person does not trust in his own strength, but in the power and love of God. True humility is a servant-like quality which enables one to place his life at the service of God and others. The modern notion of humility as feeling inadequate, inferior, incompetent, bad about yourself, or unneeded is unscriptural. True humility involves the readiness to place oneself at the disposal of others, to be a servant for others.

    Must we continue to one wonder why Holy Mother Church can never promote “Pride” or any other vice twisted to be virtue?

  • A Month After Pope's Visit . . .Cardinal O'Malley Closes German Parish

    06/13/2008 5:00:12 AM PDT · 1 of 8
    Serviam1
    Folks,

    The closure of Holy Trinty is a sad loss of historic patrimony for not only German Catholics, but for all Bostonians and arguably New Englanders as well. It comes at a time Pope Benedict attempts recovery of Catholic cultural and spiritual identity. Holy Trinity is the latest casualty of Cardinal O'Malley's "reconfiguration", linked to the fiscal (and spiritual) crisis precipitated by the recent Sex Abuse scandals that rocked Boston and elsewhere. Such plans to such suppress iconic Catholic landmarks is a sad reflection of the utilitarianism that has replaced Faith, in many sectors of the Church today. It in itself is a scandal of immense proportions that affects not only the Church, but the entire cultural climate. Pray for Cardinal O'Malley. Pray for the Holy Father, Benedict. Once gone it will never be recovered.

    Below are some helpful background links on what we stand to lose. Please check this out:

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/may_processions_2008.htm

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/Sauer-History-of-Holy-Trinity-Church.pdf

    http://www.keelysociety.com/patrick.htm

  • A Month After Pope’s Visit . . .Cardinal O’Malley Closes German Parish

    06/12/2008 7:54:15 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    Serviam1
  • Losing a Space to Soar

    06/11/2008 6:13:22 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Serviam1
    Folks,

    There is a column by Yvonne Abraham in today's (6/11/08) Boston Globe regarding the impending the shortsighted supression of Holy Trinity Church in Boston's South End. This stands to be a major loss to not only Catholic, but the region's historical patrimony as America's "Christmas Parish", founded by German Catholics in 1844. The present church edifice, designed by famed architect, Patrick Keely was dedicated in 1877.

    Check out: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/06/11/losing_a_space_to_soar/

    -and-

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/

  • Letter of Intent to Close Holy Trinity, Boston, on 30 June 2008

    05/24/2008 2:49:21 PM PDT · 3 of 12
    Serviam1 to weeder

    No, it is at 140 Shawmut Avenue, just south of the Massachusetts Turnpike and near the Boston Herald, in the South End near Chinatown.
    See www.holytrinitygerman.org for more information.
    Also, the story in the Boston Globe,
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/05/23/diocese_to_close_two_more_parishes/

  • Letter of Intent to Close Holy Trinity, Boston, on 30 June 2008

    05/24/2008 11:47:48 AM PDT · 1 of 12
    Serviam1
  • Archdiocese Cracks Down on St Stephen's Parish in Minneapolis (insiders look at their service)

    03/05/2008 7:01:44 AM PST · 36 of 55
    Serviam1 to maryz

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/

    The weekly celebration of the Tridentine Mass will resume at Holy Trinity beginning on Sunday, February 10, (the First Sunday in Lent). The Tridentine Mass will be celebrated each Sunday at 9:00 AM.

    Effective on February 10, the English/German (Novus Ordo) Mass will be moved from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

  • Devotion to the Holy Name [of Jesus]

    01/01/2008 8:13:59 AM PST · 22 of 27
    Serviam1 to Salvation

    Hi Salvation,

    I didn’t intend to take anyone to task, but only want to add to the awareness out there. The Holy Name Society, as Sodalities were a common part of parish life before Vatican II. Their demise, may in part may be connected to the common understanding of a changing role of Laity and ecclesiologyin post-Conciliar parish life. In the last few years, we are fortunately seeing the important role of devotional confraternaties play both in formation and living out the Faith. Please pray for their renewal.

    If you want I can post the Litany of Holy Name (we recite this in Latin in our parish) and the lyrics of the Holy Name Hymn by the late William Cardinal O’Connell, Archbishop of Boston. It has a march or fight tempo. I can also Email a PDF scan of the associated music.

    Happy New Year!!

  • Devotion to the Holy Name [of Jesus]

    12/31/2007 6:55:56 PM PST · 20 of 27
    Serviam1 to All

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Confraternity of the Holy Name of Jesus (or simply known as the Holy Name Society), which was founded by Blessed John of Vercelli in 1274.

    The Holy Name Society is an indulgenced confraternity in the Catholic Church. The primary object of the society is to beget due love and reverence for the Holy Name of God and Jesus Christ. The secondary object is to suppress blasphemy, perjury, oaths of any character that are forbidden, profanity, unlawful swearing improper language, and, as far as the members can, to prevent those vices in others (Pius IV, 13 April 1564). It had its origin in the Council of Lyons, 1274, which prescribed that the faithful should have a special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, that reparation might be made for insults offered to it by Albigenses and other blasphemers. The Friars Preachers were preaching everywhere with the Zeal of St. Dominic; it was natural, then, that Gregory X selected the Dominicans to preach the devotion, which he did by a letter to Blessed John of Vercelli, master general of the order, 20 September 1274 (Constit. “Nuper in”). The master general immediately wrote to all the provincials of the order, expressing the pope’s wish, and enjoining upon all the duty of labouring for its fulfilment (Litterae Encyclicae Mag. Gen Ord. Praed., Reichert, 1900). The brethren gave their best energies in executing the command, preaching everywhere the power and glory of the Holy Name of Jesus; and to give permanency to the devotion excited in the hearts of the people, it was ordained that in every Dominican church an altar of the Holy Name should be erected, and that societies or confraternities under the title and invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus should be established. St. Peter, Martyr (d. 1252); John of Vercelli, a contemporary of St. Dominic; Blessed Ambrose of Siena (d. 1286) are said to have been great propagators of the devotion. In the fourteenth century Blessed Henry Suso (d. 1365) is the most notable apostle of devotion to the Holy Name.

    The history of the society in the fourteenth and the fifteenth centuries is somewhat obscure, but that it continued to exist is certain from papal Bulls addressed to the Order of St. Dominic. Boniface IX in his Constitution “Hodie” 31 October, 1401, granted indulgences to those visiting the altar of the confraternity in the Dominican monastery at Schusen, Diocese of Werden, Saxony. In 1432 at Lisbon the devotion preached by a retired Dominican bishop, Andrea Diaz, was a means of stopping the ravages of a plague that was then afflicting that city. In gratitude for their deliverance, the people of all classes in Lisbon held, on 1 Jan., 1433, what was probably the first procession in honour of the Holy Name of Jesus. At this period St. Bernardine of Siena, an Italian Franciscan gained great renown as a promoter of the devotion in Italy. In the sixteenth century Emperor Charles V and King Philip II, moved by the prevalence of blasphemy and sacrilege, exhorted and encouraged the Dominicans to spread the devotion and to establish the society throughout their dominions. Among the preachers engaged in this apostolate, the most celebrated was the Spanish Dominican, Didacus of Victoria (d. 1450), who may be properly called the great preacher of the devotion of the Holy Name of God. He founded a confraternity known as the Society of the Holy Name of God, of which the special object was to suppress the horrible profanation of the Divine Name by blasphemers, perjurers, and by men in their ordinary conversation, and to this end he drew up a rule and constitution for its government.

    His confraternity was approved by Pope Pius IV 13 April, 1564, who richly endowed it with indulgences, commanded all ecclesiastical authorities to favour it with all their power, and, in a special letter, recommended it to the laity (Bullarium Ord. Praed., tom. I, v). Later, this confraternity was merged into the Society of the Holy Name of Jesus. Thereafter the society was called by both titles. It also bore the title of “Confraternity against Oaths”. Following the example of Pius IV, the popes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, notably Innocent XI, made the society an object of special solicitude, encouraging its promotion, granting indulgences, and regulating its organization. St. Pius V, in the Motu Proprio “Decet Romanum”, 21 June, 1571, absolutely restricted the canonical erection of the society to the Dominican order. Letters patent from the master general of the Dominicans are required for the canonical establishment of the society (for the United States these letters are issued through the bureau of the Holy Name Society, New York). In missionary countries special provision is made for the establishment of the society.

    The acts of the general chapters of the order held since 1571 contain numerous regulations and admonitions insisting upon zeal in propagating the confraternity. Great encouragement to the development of the society was given at the close of the nineteenth century by Pope Leo XIII, who decreed through the Congregation of Indulgences, 20 May, 1896, that the bishops may dispense from the Clementine decree “Quaecumque”, requiring that there should be only one confraternity in a town or city. Before this the society had existed in many churches of various cities of the United States, by virtue of the dispensations obtained from Rome. Since then branches of the society have multiplied very rapidly and in several dioceses; following the example set in the Archdiocese of New York, 21 May, 1882, they have been formed into diocesan unions under a director general appointed by the ordinary. Being thus united, the men of the society in the United States (they number about 500,000) are able to accomplish great good by public yearly processions of many thousands professing reverence for the Name of Jesus Christ, and abhorrence of blasphemy, profanity, and immorality. They are required to receive Holy Communion in a body at least once every three months; in most places the rule prescribes Communion on the second Sunday of every month, when they may gain plenary and partial indulgences granted by Gregory XIII. A complete list of indulgences, all of which may be applied to the souls in purgatory, is contained in the “Pocket Manual of the Holy Name Society” (new edition, New York, 1909), by the Dominican, Father McKenna, who for many years has been recognized as the apostle of the Holy Name in the United States. In 1907 the monthly publication of “The Holy Name Journal” (New York) was begun by the Dominican Fathers.

    Publication information
    Written by Clement M. Thuente. Transcribed by Paul Koenen. Dedicated to Kathleen, Brigid, Deirdre, Liam, Patrick, and the Holy Name Society of St. Paul’s Parish in Hingham, Mass.
    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VII. Published 1910. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Nihil Obstat, June 1, 1910. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York

    Checkout:
    http://www.nomensanctum.org

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/holy_name.shtml

    In nomine sancto ejus,

    Robert R. Quagan
    West Roxbury, Massachusetts
    USA

    past-President
    Archdiocesan Union of Holy Name Societies of Boston

  • Latin Mass Resumes at Holy Trinity, Boston

    12/20/2007 7:12:13 AM PST · 6 of 19
    Serviam1 to jrny

    At the moment, there is talk of either a 8:30 or 9:00 AM Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Trinity, as to not conflict with Fr. Higgin’s 12 Noon at Mary Immaculate (MIL). This would be particularly good for families with kids, so they may use the balance of the day for family time (dinner, sports, hobbies, rides in the country, etc.). This time is not firmed up yet.

    A scheduled rotation of priests needs to be hammered out and is likely to happen after the first of the year. Of course, we must support Fr. Higgins. The center of gravity now for the Latin Mass community is at MIL.

    One thing we should all remember is there is no longer an Indult as we knew it for many years, with a locus at one parish. With the July’s Motu Proprio, the Holy Father’s desire is to see the Extraordinary Form (EF or simply the Traditional Latin Mass) as once again a normal part of the Church’s Sacramental life in ALL parishes, thereby having a positive influence for the Good. This will act as an antidote for the detrimental affects of post-Conciliar abuse and ecclessiological problems with typical parish life. The Holy Father wishes the sense of Faith of average Catholics. MIL will likely be a spiritual and physical resource, for many parishes to help “jump start” other EF celebrations in other parishes throughout the diocese, given its has been the center of gravity since the move in April. Everything from training to providing a model of Parish life that includes the resident(Novus Ordo) parishioners and their needs. Our outreach and missionary activity could play a big role in a renewal. Fr. Higgins needs our constant encouragement, support and prayers.

    Already, there has been a regular First Friday Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) at St. Columbkille in Brighton (where many seminarians from St. John’s Seminary have been attending regularly), several TLM’s popping up in the Diocese of Manchester (NH), including Immaculate Conception in Portsmouth and several more sprinkled in parishes throughout New England.

    In the Archdiocese of Boston, we also expect new TLM’s to commence at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Beverly, St. Joseph in Lynn, St. Peter in Dorchester, St. Anne in Neponset (Dorchester) in the coming months. There is a lot of interest among yonger clergy and seminarians. Certainly, this gives us great reason to hope.

    This of course includes good old Holy Trinity, and hopefully the latest decision will draw more people once again to this Holy and historic House of God! What a great gift that this news comes at Christmas!

    A Blessed Nativity and New Year to all!

  • Boston's "Christmas Parish" Announces Schedule of Christmas Services and Concert

    12/19/2007 5:33:03 PM PST · 1 of 2
    Serviam1
  • Latin Mass Resumes at Holy Trinity, Boston

    12/19/2007 5:13:57 PM PST · 1 of 19
    Serviam1
    In case you have not heard the news... Holy Trinity Church, in Boston's South End which has been threatened with closure for over three years may now have reason to rejoice. As the parish prepares for the Holy Nativity, Holy Trinity, known as the "Christmas Parish" for its introduction of many Christmas customs to Puritan Boston, received word Sunday, 16 December 2007 at its 10:00 AM Mass, that a regularly scheduled Traditional Latin Mass would resume in the near future.

    Holy Trinity was site of Boston's Indult for the Traditional Latin Mass (now referred to as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) from 1990 until 22 April 2007.

    Apparently, under the auspices of the Holy Father's recent Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum (14 Jul 07), a request for renewed regular celebration of the Extraordinary Form has been granted by Holy Trinity's new Administrator, Fr. John Connolly after conferring with His Eminence. What this means for the long term survival of the parish remains unclear; however, the latest news is viewed as a very positive sign.

    May you and your families have a Blessed Nativity and prosperous New Year.

  • Mass should be enlightening and elevating, not a cookie cutter ritual

    07/30/2007 4:47:08 PM PDT · 8 of 22
    Serviam1 to maryz

    He indeed does. In fact he has hosted Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan of Campos, Brazil to do a missionary appeal in several of his Portuguese (Azorean and Brazilian) parishes last week. I understand that he has resided in the Rectory of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Providence and was the guest of Fr. Joseph Santos its Administrator. For those who do not know this Holy Name has been the site of the Indult for several years. It has grown considerably under Bishop Tobin and Fr. Santos.

    I wish we could be granted similar support from Cardinal O’Malley in Boston, seems less inclined.

    Check out:
    http://members.cox.net/holynamechurch/index.html

  • Mass should be enlightening and elevating, not a cookie cutter ritual

    07/30/2007 4:28:27 PM PDT · 6 of 22
    Serviam1 to maryz

    Mary,

    I believe it is the official weekly of the Diocese of Providence, as is the Pilot for the Archdiocese of Boston. It appears to have been recently reorganized under Bishop Tobin.

    Check out:
    http://www.thericatholic.com/

    Regards,

    Rob Quagan

  • Mass should be enlightening and elevating, not a cookie cutter ritual

    07/30/2007 3:47:13 PM PDT · 1 of 22
    Serviam1
    Folks,

    I thought I would alert you to a column on page 18 of this week’s (26 July 07) Rhode Island Catholic, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Providence. It is penned by Fr. John A. Kiley is a priest of the Diocese of Providence.

    In nomine sancto ejus,

    Rob Quagan West Roxbury, MA

  • Women Anointed Catholic Deacons, Priest in Santa Barbara CA

    07/29/2007 6:51:56 AM PDT · 105 of 111
    Serviam1 to All

    “’Priesthood,’ added [Victoria] Rue, ‘is about leadership within the community.’ There are many types of ministries to which people are called, she said, concluding, ‘I feel called to the ministry of the liturgy,’ which she described as communal worship.”

    Such so-called ordinations of women are a consequence of the abandonment of the ad orientem posture, and replacing it with the versus populum posture, in the celebration of the Mass.

    “It is no surprise that a liturgy set within this Enlightenment context, which at once accentuates the people and invites the priest to become a ‘presider’ over this people’s republic, cultivates a distinctive celebrity ethos, the aura of the politician who, in modernity, is not so much a moral agent as an amoral actor. The presider or president is the center of attention and must act and react accordingly; he is, more than ever, the man in charge, the holy politico. Acording to Cardinal Ratzinger, the feminist clamor for women’s ordination could only have occurred after the lowering and lessening of the priestly office to a vehicle of community power. . . .
    “When this liturgy [the old rite, which “stresses the unworthiness of the priest himself” and “asks of the priest a self-abegnation out of obedience to the law of the liturgy”] formed the minds and hearts of the faithful, there was hardly a whimper about the ‘need’ for women priests. Could one have then coveted the priesthood as though it were a position of merely human authority, a matter of facilitating a simple ritual action, as it now appears to be on the account of the new liturgy?”

    Ms. Rue’s comments confirm the premise of the above-quoted article; she views the priesthood as leadership in communal worship, not as offering sacrifice “in persona Christi capitis (in the person of Christ the Head).”

    [Source: Postgate, Nicholas. “A Rite Histrionic and Distorted,” The Latin Mass, Winter 2007, pp 34-39.]

  • Boston's Indult: An Expensive Move

    04/04/2007 9:47:47 AM PDT · 1 of 6
    Serviam1
  • Boston Archdiocese to close Holy Trinity and move Indult

    03/26/2007 6:34:07 AM PDT · 10 of 12
    Serviam1 to All

    According to Fr. Mark O'Connell of the Archdiocesan Office of Canonical Affairs, our last Mass at HT will be Low Sunday, 15 April 2007. As you may well expect, I am extremely upset at the Cardinal and his delegation of the "dirty work" to Fr. O'Connell, who clearly does not have a grasp of the impact of several significant pastoral issues, let alone logistical issues that will fall squarely on our shoulders. This plan remains short term solution since no juridical protections have been proposed. I have great concern of the "at will" nature of the plan that relies heavily on a singular priest. There will be a significant requirement to minimally fund reversal of "wreckovations" done to MIL in the 1970's by the former pastor of MIL, not to mention a proper restoration and upkeep of much deferred maintenance to the physical structure. I cite some of these existing conditions I have observed below.

    I do not think either the spokesman for the Archdiocesan Office of Canonical Affairs nor the Cardinal have a grasp of the true task at hand nor have diocesan resources been committed. I am not convinced that their decision has had any link to a professional Architectural/Engineering review. If it has, it has not been shared or communicated to myself or the Latin Mass community. Unfortunately, this church is not directly served by public transit, the closest light rail station, Eliot Station being nearly one mile away. There are currently a good percentage of Holy Trinity parishioners dependent on public transport, including many elderly. The burden (cost and man power) for some para-transit would fall squarely on the new pastor (Fr. Charles Higgins) of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes (MIL). To date zero planning whether it be the purchase or lease of vans has occurred.

    For your information, the present church building of MIL was dedicated by Cardinal O’Connell on 24 November 1910. It was (is) an imposing edifice situated on a hillside in Newton Upper Falls. It was rendered in an Italian Romanesque brick style featuring a 135 foot campanile. Originally the roof was in a red terracotta tile and has unfortunately succumbed (long ago) to the utility of asphalt. The front elevation can be best described as a portico reminiscent of a Roman Temple with a vertical proportion expressed by columns of the Corinthian order supporting a pediment that has sculptural relief of figures that represent the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1854. The focal point of the interior remains the High Altar constructed of white Italian marble. Originally it was set behind an altar rail of red Italian marble with bronze “corkscrew” uprights and gates. The apse was lavishly painted with gilded stenciling serving as a backdrop to the reredos, above which a half dome contained three paintings of the Blessed Virgin: The Annunciation on the left, The Assumption in the center, and The Coronation on the right.

    Unfortunately under the pastorate of Fr. Michael F. Doocey (1970-1993), following the Second Vatican Council and ensuing iconoclasm, the interior of MIL was generally wreckovated. The once beautiful sanctuary and nave has been generally white washed. This includes a set of polychromed Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) rendered white. The altar rail was destroyed save about eight feet at the locations of the former Side Altars of St.Joseph and Our Lady. Even these segments were relocated about six feet into the Nave. The marble flooring of the Sanctuary has been obscured by ubiquitous (Archdiocesan) red wall to wall carpet. A new and immovable freestanding Altar was formed about six feet forward of the bottom step of the old High Altar salvaged from the two existing rectangular Side Altars oriented back to back to roughly form a square proportion. The Holy Tabernacle of the old High Altar was systematically plugged and removed to the location of the old St. Joseph Side Altar where a “new” shelf was constructed and enhanced with a marble relief of “The Last Supper” also removed from the lower section (antependium) of the old High Altar. The remaining void from the old High Altar was covered by blank slab of roughly matching marble.

    At least six rows of the original front pews, including the front “blind” pew panel are missing or destroyed. This provides space for God knows what…Liturgical dancing??? The same applies to rear five or six rows I suspect were removed for “gathering space”. Great, let’s encourage yapping in church.

    My complaint? We (the Latin Mass community) will need to reverse and absorb the cost of the destruction wrought over the last 35 years to even approximate the Liturgical archtectonics of the sanctuary and nave that remain extant at Holy Trinity (HT). At a very minimum we need a temporary altar rail in the devastated Sanctuary of MIL. I am very concerned by the existing sight lines and blind spots encumbered by the permanent (immovable) placement of the existing freestanding altar, particularly with the large Liturgical entourage typical of High and Solemn High Masses. It is Fr. Higgins intention to use the old High Altar. He has taken the first step in restoring placement of the Tabernacle in the old High Altar. Unfortunately, he is currently disinclined to move the freestanding Altar since the parish will remain bi-ritual. I suggest he either work on the design of a movable but dignified freestanding Altar or celebrate all Masses here on in ad orientum. At this point, true restoration of just the church sanctuary for a dignified celebration of the Classical Roman Rite could cost several hundred thousand dollars. This does not even begin to address the balance of deferred maintenance throughout the balance of physical plant that includes significant deterioration to roofing, stone and brick masonry, exterior woodwork and ornamental ironwork. The existing pipe organ, inoperative for years with water damage and cracked bellows could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars to restore.

    His Eminence (or Fr. Mark O’Connell) fully expects us to invest our Time, Talent and Tithe (as we did at HT) with absolutely no juridical guarantee (structure) to our permanent attachment to this parish. IMHO, if we don’t press this issue we could find ourselves in the same dilemma we find ourselves today…parishioners of convenience, which I liken to a common law marriage. As it stands, we are relying on the abilities of a dear priest. If removed from the equation, we may find ourselves roaming the diocese without a permanent home. This move will be VERY costly to our community and is fraught with risk.

    For more info on MIL:
    http://members.aol.com/maryimmoflourdes/hist/history.htm

    In nomine sancto ejus,
    Rob Quagan
    Architect

  • New church group to lease Sacred Heart

    02/06/2007 3:47:09 PM PST · 44 of 61
    Serviam1 to folks

    I have reason to suspect the 'Community of Hope' (COH), known for their Sacramental Apostolate in Massachusetts (greater Lowell area) is connected to the said 'Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ' (WSJC) of Sacred Heart/Lawrence fame. I first encountered these wonderful young adults from COH at the annual Proud 2B Catholic Concerts on Salem Common and at St. Basil's Melkite Seminary in Methuen (2001-2003). I was very impressed by their zeal in promoting Catholic sacramentals and traditional devotions to a new generation of Catholics as a part of JP II's New Evangelization. Much of their focus has typically been among other young adults throughout the diocese.

    In fact, Holy Trinity's Holy Name Society invited them to our scapular investiture around at or around the feast of St. Simon Stock during the Summer of 2004. In the years following, many members of the COH have frequented the TLM at Holy Trinity.

    I considered that Dracut/Tewksbury is a small geographic area in the Merrimac Valley in northeastern Massachusetts and was struck the close proximity of the COH and WSJC. I next looked at the content of the following 'side by side' web pages below and drew some initial conclusions. The similarity has triggered my attention and seemed too striking to be a coincidence.

    I have since been informed by an acquaintance and former friend of some of the COh members that they "went down into a black hole of wacky conspiracy theories and faulty theology (gone sede)" and may be also associated with Bishop Robert McKenna,O.P. who as previously mentioned subscribes to a sedevacantist eccesiology. He has been associated with Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, CT. (http://www.rosarychapel.net/)

    My source also stated, that it is equally distressing that that they (the COH) continue to give the appearances of being a faithful and orthodox group, doing confirmation retreats and other activities around the archdiocese. It's apparent to me that an operative (within) extreme right unchecked is as damaging to the Faithful as the usual extreme left. Where is our pastoral leadership?

    Free Sacramental Apostolate:
    http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Sacramentals/Brown%20Scapular.html
    http://www.willingshepherds.net/Free%20sacramentals.htm

    http://www.willingshepherds.net/Free%20sacramentals.htm
    http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Free%20Sacramental%20Page.htm

    http://www.willingshepherds.net/Sacramental%20Request.html
    http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Sacramentals/Sacramental%20Request%20Page.html

  • New church group to lease Sacred Heart

    02/06/2007 3:41:18 PM PST · 43 of 61
    Serviam1 to folks

    I have reason to suspect the 'Community of Hope' (COM), known for their Sacramental Apostolate in Massachusetts (greater Lowell area) is connected to the said 'Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ' (WSJC) of Sacred Heart/Lawrence fame. I first encountered these wonderful young adults from COM at the annual Proud 2B Catholic Concerts on Salem Common and at St. Basil's Melkite Seminary in Methuen (2001-2003). I was very impressed by their zeal in promoting Catholic sacramentals and traditional devotions to a new generation of Catholics as a part of JP II's New Evangelization. Much of their focus has typically been among other young adults throughout the diocese.

    In fact, Holy Trinity's Holy Name Society invited them to our scapular investiture around at or around the feast of St. Simon Stock during the Summer of 2004. In the years following, many members of the COM have frequented the TLM at Holy Trinity.

    I considered that Dracut/Tewksbury is a small geographic area in the Merrimac Valley in northeastern Massachusetts and was struck the close proximity of the COM and WSJC. Next looked at the content of the following 'side by side' web pages below and drew some initial conclusions. The similarity has triggered my attention and seemed too striking to be a coincidence.

    I have since been informed by an acquaintance and former friend of some of the COM members that they "went down into a black hole of wacky conspiracy theories and faulty theology (gone sede)" and may be also associated with Bishop Robert McKenna,O.P. who as previously mentioned subscribes to a sedevacantist eccesiology. He has been associated with Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, CT. (http://www.rosarychapel.net/)

    My source also stated, that it is equally distressing that that they (the COM) continue to give the appearances of being a faithful and orthodox group, doing confirmation retreats and other activities around the archdiocese. It's apparent to me that an operative (within) extreme right unchecked is as damaging to the Faithful as the usual extreme left. Where is our pastoral leadership?

    Free Sacramental Apostolate:
    http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Sacramentals/Brown%20Scapular.html
    http://www.willingshepherds.net/Free%20sacramentals.htm

    http://www.willingshepherds.net/Free%20sacramentals.htm
    http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Free%20Sacramental%20Page.htm

    http://www.willingshepherds.net/Sacramental%20Request.html
    http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Sacramentals/Sacramental%20Request%20Page.html

  • New church group to lease Sacred Heart

    02/05/2007 10:42:20 AM PST · 16 of 61
    Serviam1 to All

    All,

    In case you wondered, the RCAB has been warned repeatedly about this problem and has chosen to ignore the existence and potential growth of such groups by members of the Indult community. This has been particularly dismissed out of hand by the Cardinal and Bishops Lennon and Boles in particular over the last three years. Meanwhile the legitimate need for Parish life that includes formation and traditional spirituality outside of Holy Mass continues to go ignored. Sadly, many souls choose the path of least resistance rather than one of informed discernment. What formation???

    While I'll concur the ultimate responsibility lies in individual free will, I attribute much of the responsibilty for loss of Faith with the continued silence and/or inaction of our clerical culture.

    As a member of the Indult community since 1994, we were directed for many years “not to advertise” by Msgr. Fred Murphy (former Administrator and Rector of Holy Cross Cathedral) and Bishop Boles (Boston Auxilary). How does this fly in the face of the New Evangelization? Do we share the same responsibility and dignity as other Catholics? You bet! Yet this is but one example that needs to see the light of day before the RCAB can complain about Sacred Heart? Does the RCAB complain about the missionary activity of the CMRI in East Boston and the North End, among unwitting Catholics starved for the Faith of their forebears? What of the steady defections in the Indult community by those simply worn down?

    The day Cardinal O’Malley starts showing some genuine pastoral concern for a faithful portion of his flock, I may be swayed in my view point. I honestly think schismatic groups will continue to flourish until he makes a concerted outreach. Inviting the FSSP or ICK to foster parish life could go a long way forming and reforming many souls lost in sad confusion and spiritual abuse.
    The reality of the RCAB solution at HTC revolves around a dwindling rotation of aging priests in ill health and a steadfastly refusal to allow several young priests who have expressed interest in assisting, despite personal initiative to learn the Classical Roman Rite. Involvement most assuredly spells political risk and retaliation from the chancery. I'm convinced the current RCAB trajectory is that of institutionalized decline. Scary.

    This brings me to wonder and reflect…
    John 10:11-18

    Salvation of Souls: Not a Numbers Game
    Luke 15:4-10

  • New church group to lease Sacred Heart

    02/05/2007 10:31:37 AM PST · 14 of 61
    Serviam1 to All

    ...and the beat goes on in the Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB).

    We have a Cardinal who has never seriously considered pastoral needs of traditionalist Catholics who is seemingly bent on shutting down Holy Trinity Church (HTC), home of Boston's German Catholic and Indult Latin Mass communities, despite our pleadings.

    Check out:
    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/

    Lost on the RCAB is the important role historic churches like Patrick Keeley's Holy Trinity (1877) play in both our physical patrimony and call to evangelization as Catholics. All we seem to experience is a general lack of pastoral solicitude and general diminishment by clerical utilitarians in the role Houses of God play as an effective physical manifestation in the culture war (in Massachusetts). What we hear from the Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) reconfiguration facilitators are sound bytes that minimize the role churches will play in the modern Catholic identity. Labels as “worship space” and parrotted phrases as , "It only buildings" are most troubling. Previous generations of Boston Catholics regarded the Sacred Architecture of the parish as a primary encounter with the Faith that housed God's Incarnate Reality in the Blessed Sacrament...the "Gate of Heaven". It too said it all. I guess times have changed where a Catholic sense as virtually vanished by those who should be leading the charge.

    The Cardinal, despite his physical proximity (a 7 minute walk) to HTC, has never had the decency to even darken Holy Trinity's door...even in unannounced manner. In fact its my understanding that he recently visited “Bridge over Troubled Waters”, a home for troubled young people, in the former HTC Rectory. When asked if he had any interest in seeing Holy Trinity’s interior, he simply responded, “No”. So much for pastoral solicitude, at least as far as the concerns of HTC’s parishioners.

    Maybe I’m just “sour grapes”. I get the feeling the Archdiocesan weekly, 'The Pilot' and his Blog (http://www.cardinalseansblog.org/) are very careful to cultivate an impression “Cardinal Sean” is very accessible, very low key and has an interest in the downtrodden. Personally, I have found him less accessible than Cardinal Law in the mid-90’s, who only seems to communicate through his inner circle unless there is some advantage.

    Since 2003, we have continually stressed the importance of a dedicated apostolate for the Faithful who seek out the richness of Classical Roman Rite and Sacraments, to both stem an exodus and the general growth of schismatic groups, (particularly those harboring sedevantist error) and attracting newcomers. What has been the RCAB's answer?…

    One of dozens of replies:
    “Please know the Archbishop has received requests similar to your’s in the past and has consistently responded that in accord with the request of Ecclesia Dei the archdiocese of Boston provides the celebration of Mass in the Tridentine(sic)Rite and has qualified priests to celebrate this Mass. It is not the intention of the Archbishop to begin a Tridentine(sic)Rite parish, thus at this time he does not envision the necessity nor the advantage of inviting priests from either of the two groups (FSSP & ICK) that you mention to the Archdiocese as we can provide for the celebration of the Mass on a weekly basis.”

    Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon (now Bishop of Cleveland)
    15 Feb 06

    There you have it, one of dozens of boiler plate responses received from the RCAB Chancery that continues to dismiss the general aspirations of the Faithful. I never cease to be amazed that our hierarchy thinks this is solely a liturgical issue with never any consideration of a legitimate need for parish life born out of the Classical Liturgy.

    FYI, I understand that the sedevacantist CMRI chapel in Woburn (MA) has now more that 300 people attending on a Sunday. Most Sundays we see between 200-250 at HT. Now why the flap and astonishment over Sacred Heart? Maybe the RCAB will get the hint.

  • Some Thought From Boston: "Be Respectful But Stand Your Ground"

    01/17/2007 5:38:07 PM PST · 1 of 2
    Serviam1
    Many share Hans' thoughts as the suppression of the historic Holy Trinity (German) Church looms. It may well fall victim to Sean Cardinal O'Malley reconfiguration juggernaut that has already claimed 62 parishes resulting in 46 church buildings now abandoned in the Archdiocese of Boston. The Domus Dei is now regarded as "worship space" by reconfiguration propagandists...Sad indeed.

    Checkout: http://www.holytrinitygerman.org and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saveholytrinity/

  • 'Christmas Parish' Prepares for the End

    12/23/2006 7:40:58 PM PST · 3 of 10
    Serviam1 to stevem

    Today there are those who minimize the physical patrimony of our Church, including bishops who behave as corporate administrators instead as shepherds. It is sad these same "shepherds" perpetuate the utilitarian error that reduces the Faith to only the spiritual realm. They miss the point of the incarnational aspect of our Faith dismissing the role of an entire patrimony of Sacred Art and Architecture that has conveyed the sacred nature of the Domus Dei (House of God) in the life of the Church for nearly two milennia.

    If I hear one more person parrot "It is only buildings" line, I will scream. That is not the traditional understanding of the House of God the common Catholic experience. By their mere function they are part of a sacred trust passed down by our ancestors.

  • Original Christmas Parish in Peril

    12/23/2006 7:19:17 PM PST · 1 of 7
    Serviam1
  • 'Christmas Parish' Prepares for the End

    12/23/2006 7:12:07 PM PST · 1 of 10
    Serviam1
  • Cardinal O'Malley's blog makes a splash in Boston, cyberspace

    10/03/2006 11:26:57 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    Serviam1 to NYer

    Meanwhile, Cardinal Sean's Chancery apparatus continues to stonewall the Indult Latin Mass community in Boston since his announced "reconfiguration" in May 2004. To the best of my knowledge Cardinal Sean has never darkened the door of Holy Trinity Boston despite persistent invitations. Note he resides in the Cathedral Rectory only a few blocks away. It has taken him one year to respond to a Parish Council presentation advocating the preservation of the ancient Liturgy at our historic church after he announced his intention to suppress the Parish, and then only through his Head of Canonical Affairs. We are left with the impression that our suppression must be facilitated at whatever cost. It appears the RCAB is more interested in the "value" of liquidating Holy Trinity's real estate than witnessing to the role (witness) the ancient Liturgy can play in the Souls who face what I consider Ground Zero in the U.S. culture war (Read: Gay Marriage, radical Liberalism, Stem Cell research, abortion, sexual hedonism, militant homosexual activism, etc.). This is blatantly hypocritical.

    In short our community has received little or know encouragement from this Shepherd who appears more interested in pandering photo opportunities with more politically acceptable minorities. I would be very surprised that his "blog" is nothing more than a scripted public relations device encouraged by RCAB spinmeister Terrence Donilon.

    Meanwhile liturgical abuse remains well entrenched in the Archdiocese of Boston.

    http://www.holytrinitygerman.org/

  • Holy Trinity News: Boston Latin Mass Indult

    09/15/2006 10:01:36 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Serviam1
  • Calling all Trads and TLM Catholics

    09/01/2005 8:31:44 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    Serviam1 to Teófilo
    In Charity, do you understand the background of what has happened in Boston and how those hold legitimate authority have and continue to create scandal? In this case the people of Holy Trinity have been respectfully requesting an audience with His Excellency for at least 18 months to communicate our plight and its potential effect on the Archdiocese of Boston and the universal Mission of the Church. We have been continually "stonewalled" and misrepresented by those charged with authority to execute the reconfiguration (suppression or merger) of over 60 parish in the Archdiocese of Boston. There has been and remains a callous, utilitarian attitude operative in Boston that completely disregards the importance of the Domus Dei (House of God) as part of our Catholic patrimony. More often than not, forgotten is the role that our Sacred Architectural patrimony plays as a tool of evangelization to both the Church Militant and an increasingly hostile secular culture. We are told churches are "just building" and nothing more. How terrible sad. I believe if the undiscerning mindlessly parrot phrases like this often enough, they begin to believe them. Sadly, it is happening in Boston since orthodox catechetical formation has been abysmal or nonexistent for many years. Belief systems tend to be formed by the prevailing secular culture. The importance of cherishing Sacred places were the incarnate meet our Incarnate Creator in the Most Blessed Sacrament more often than not is not approached with a truly Catholic sense.

    How often have I heard in recent days these Sacred Places referred to as "Worship Space". THAT is patently offensive and foreign to Catholic ecclesiology, yet is used as part of language of reconfiguration in Boston. Archbishop O'Malley's tag-line for reconfiguration in a post sex-scandal Boston Archdiocese is "Rebuild My Church". This phrase borrows heavily from the words St. Francis (our Archbishop's own spiritual father) heard. I wonder how he would relate to what has happened in Boston over the last two years. Please pray for the Church, particular in Boston for both the Faithful and our Shepherds that we may all have the Grace to hear and accept God's will.
  • Parishioners seek to save church, keep Latin Mass

    07/26/2005 6:55:36 AM PDT · 15 of 24
    Serviam1 to Serviam1

    This letter by MaryJane Davis was posted to the Save Holy Trinity Yahoo Egroup and is directed to Terence C. Donilon, the Archdiocesan Spokesman. It is in response to the above Boston Globe article. Thought it may be pertinent to this discussion. - RQ

    Dear Boston Archdiocesan Spokesman Donilon,

    It is nice you took time from your personal life on a Sunday to comment on the situation at Holy Trinity for the Boston Glob e. Next time, can we invite you to learn more about the situation there before you make public comments?

    You reiterated the basic generic reasons for church closures -- a shortage of priests,
    parishioners, and money. DID YOU KNOW that Holy Trinity did not meet any of those criteria, is financially self-sufficient, and doesn't need a diocesan priest to keep operating?

    You said the archdiocese is trying to work with worshipers. ''We are trying to take a difficult process and turn it into a positive and spiritual process," he said. ''We'd ask them to help us
    in that and join us in that." DID YOU KNOW that Holy Trinity was specifically excluded from the lay input and the cluster recommendation effort across the archdiocese last yer? DID YOU KNOW Holy Trinity asked more than 60 times for a meeting with the Meade-Eisner Commission, and they never responded until after their commission's work was done? DID YOU KNOW Holy Trinity's Parish Council is looking to meet with the Archbishop now?

    DID YOU KNOW two social services organizations housed in the church--a homeless shelter that serves 100 people daily and a housing program for at-risk youth--are being evicted, and one is now spending 10% of their precious limited funds--$50,000--desperately trying to find a new home?

    DID YOU KNOW it could cost Bridge over Troubled Water more than $2M--money they don't have--to find a suitable new home for their ministry?

    DID YOU KNOW dumping 100-120 homeless people and at-risk teens out on the street from a Catholic shelter would look almost as bad on the 6pm news as locking out 4 and 5-year-olds from a Catholic school?

    DID YOU KNOW moving the Latin Mass to an inaccessible location translates to the death of that Mass?

    DID YOU KNOW that Archbishop O'Malley just approved a plan to keep St. Susanna's in Dedham open for at least 3 more years--with no explanation whatsoever offered, except so the pastor could stay until his term is over? DID YOU KNOW this is the same pastor who advocated for homosexual marriage, has heterodox speakers present under the guise of "Adult Formation," helped publicly lampoon our own Archbishop O'Malley at a roast earlier this year, and did something so untoward at St. Brendan's in Dorchester a few years ago that the Youth program was shut-down and he was booted from the parish--and the Archdiocese wants that church open for 3 more years so he can be pastor of the flock? DID YOU KNOW that same pastor also talked about his relationship with a male lover (another priest) from the pulpit a few years ago? DID YOU KNOW this very same pastor gave $500 to state Sen. Marian Walsh, who opposed church efforts to protect marriage, opposed the church on stem cell research, and is sponsoring a bill that retaliates against the Church for the possible closing of her preferred parish by forcing financial reporting on the Catholic church--a bill that all of the bishops oppose. DID YOU KNOW the Archdiocese is keeping that church open for 3 more years (reason: so he can be pastor) and is closing Holy Trinity for no justifiable reason?

    DID YOU KNOW several parishes whose pastors advocated for homosexual marriage in public that were slated for closing have had the closings reversed, and another pro-gay-marriage pastor's parish was never considered as a candidate for closing?

    DID YOU KNOW the decision to close Holy Trinity was simply wrong?


    Please note: I am speaking for myself in this message--not as an official representative of the Holy Trinity community, but I am sure others feel much the same way. Maybe someone will write to you officially.

    Thank you for giving Holy Trinity the chance to better inform you. I hope you learned a few things maybe you did not know before. Now that you know all this, thank you also for sharing THIS information the lnext time you are called on to comment.

    Sincerely,
    MaryJane Davis

  • Parishioners seek to save church, keep Latin Mass

    07/26/2005 6:39:16 AM PDT · 14 of 24
    Serviam1 to seamole

    I concur with Pandora. There will be no more High Masses at St. James. Fr. O'Regan has made no secret of his disdain for High Masses, particularly there length. He has not invited any of HT's choirs to St. James. His preference is a quick Low Mass period.

    I suspect Fr. O'Regan is also under pressure for quick turnover by the Tufts New England Medical Center (NEMC) Parking Administration for the TLM community to "get in and out". Sunday is the Hospital's busiest day of visitation and competition for their parking facility will be keen. Validated parking for 2 hours is $8.00. Nice! So much for choir practice, CCD, Holy Name meetings, Lectures and post Mass coffee and doughnuts. On a typical, Sunday it is not unusual for community members to arrive at 10:30AM, departing after activities around 3:00PM. That can easily be 5 hours! Do you honestly think Fr. O or NEMC is going to tolerate this if say 50 of the 200 cars that show up for Holy Mass remain for the afternoon consistantly? I have heard Fr. O'Regan complain that St. James' Chinese Community already "stays forever" for their post Mass agape and afternoon visits with family in Chinatown. This has been historically a sensitive issue with the NEMC Parking Administration. Please note, the vast majority of Chinese Catholics currently attending St. James are also commuting suburbanites.

    Despite being designated a territorial parish. St. James can claim only a handful of Parishioners that actually reside within its territorial boundaries. Now let's put our additional demands on an already limited facility and we have a recipe for disaster. It just doesn't make sense, if the Archdiocese wishes to see continued growth. One can only draw negative conclusions about "the deal" Fr. O has made with Jim Foley, NEMC Parking Administrator.

    Fr. O has remained completely evasive when probed about concerns about the parking arrangement. All we get is that, "It's been taken care of." On 12 May, I attempted to contact Mr. Foley directly to get specifics, only to be rebuffed by his office administrator and get a scolding the following Sunday from Fr. O. To date, I am aware of no definative parking plan that highlights current parking demand and future load at Holy Trinity.

    BTW, the Verizon lot is leased from the BRA and I agree is a tenative arrangement at best that has been working well with the exception of a couple of phone company strikes since 1990. If Holy Trinity remained open, we would have to eventually address a permanent arrangement, perhaps purchasing back this property originally seized by the BRA in the early 1960's.

    Parking is a logistical issue that remains very vague. One can only conclude that a workable solution remains to be worked out at this late date and is a touchy issue. Communication with both Fr. O and the Archdiocese has been absolutely abysmal.

    As far as Europe goes, what is the percentage of Mass attendance on the continent? Clearly most European urban Churches were built before the automobile as is the case in urban Boston. Have you ever driven in Chinatown? Do you have kids under the age of 5? Are you suggesting we arrive with a family of say 8 or 10 kids for 10:30 CCD at 9:00AM, for a 12 Noon Mass?

    How many other Catholics in this archdiocese are expected to make this kind of sacrifice and trek into town in many cases over 50 miles to boot? I think this lost on the decision makers in the chancery. Are you surprised people are upset and frequently conclude that there is ill intent on the part of our shepherds?

    Guess what? HT is a commuter parish and road and parking access is critical to the arrangement for the Indult's continued growth.

    Holy Trinity is being closed to the deliberate misrepresentation by individuals who have made no secret in there disdain for those who wish to continue worshiping and following a pre-VII Liturgy and ecclesiology. I think its sadly human that there are those in the hierarchy who take this as a personal affront to their priestly ministry over the last forty plus years. It's equally sad that these individuals have compartmentalized the Church into a pre and post Vatican II mentality. For many its inconceivable that Tradition and tradition are a continuum that extends to the present moment in time. We must continue to pray for them as we struggle in an era and place that dissent continues to be rewarded.

    Both the FSSP and ICK have offered to take over responsibility for Holy Trinity. We received a rejection letter signed from Bishop Lennon in March 2004, stating that His Excellency prefers to continue the Indult with Diocesan clergy, with no plan for a rotation. In August 2004, the parish council met with Bishop Lennon and readdressed this point. To their amazement, the Bishop was completely unaware of FSSP/ICK option, despite signing the rejection. We promised to answer the parish council’s questions and never responded. In March 2005, Fr. O’Regan received another letter of intent from Bishop Lennon to proceed with plans for suppression, completely ignoring any Lay concern. All I can say is clericalism remains alive and well in this diocese, despite the scandal.

  • End Nears for Latin Mass at Boston (Catholic) Church

    06/01/2005 3:47:47 PM PDT · 50 of 59
    Serviam1 to maryz

    Good question. I did not author this document, nor can I claim responsibility for its distribution on 21 June 2004. I suspect this was sent to the Boston Globe to inform them of our situation and put the Archdiocese on notice that our situation has been made public. Interestingly, this never saw the light of day at the Globe. The Archdiocese neither acknowledged receipt or addressed any points.

    I believe Archbishop O'Malley is troubled with very few of these details and only addresses strategic issues. Bishop Lennon is generally the point of contact, with which our Parish Council only met once, in August 2004, to address many of these issues. Nothing was answered...we are still waiting.

  • End Nears for Latin Mass at Boston (Catholic) Church

    06/01/2005 9:33:10 AM PDT · 46 of 59
    Serviam1 to american colleen

    Yes, Holy Trinity has been completely self supported by Parishioners and does not or ever has relied on additional financial subsidy (from the Archdiocese). BTW, I am aware of at least one restoration grant that was awarded and lost because Fr. O'Regan failed to officially accept. FYI, below is our "Petition for Reconsideration" that has never been acknowledged by either the RCAB or Archdiocese of Boston. This should answer some of your questions.

    HOLY TRINITY (GERMAN) CHURCH
    PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION

    Date: June 21, 2004

    Your Excellency:

    We, the undersigned members of Holy Trinity Church, 140 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, pursuant to canon 212, paragraphs 2 and 3, and canons 213 and canon 214 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, request reconsideration of the decision to close Holy Trinity Church on June 30, 2005. Fully cognizant of the exigencies facing the archdiocese at this time, we understand that Your Excellency has no choice but to close a substantial number of parishes. Accordingly, we are making this request not from selfish motives but because we believe the archdiocese has made a serious mistake in selecting Holy Trinity for closure over St. James the Greater—another parish within our cluster located at 125 Harrison Avenue in Boston. Our belief is based not on disagreement with the archdiocesan reconfiguration committee, but on the existence of serious irregularities at the cluster and regional levels. We submit that these irregularities violated Your Excellency’s express directives and have resulted in a decision adverse to the interests of the archdiocese. Therefore, we do not merely request a favor for our parish; we offer a solution as well. That is, we recommend that the archdiocese keep open Holy Trinity, close St. James, and relocate the faithful of St. James to our parish.

    In support of this request, we submit the following matters for your consideration:

    I. HOLY TRINITY IS NOT A FAILING PARISH; ST. JAMES THE GREATER IS.

    1. First, as to Holy Trinity:

    a. The parish is financially sound and self-sustaining. We have only one paid position—music director—and all other programs succeed on a volunteer basis.

    b. The engineering report shows that the building is structurally sound, although in need of repair.

    c. The parish is growing. In addition to the relatively small, approximately 30-member ethnic German congregation, there are some 250-280 members of the traditional Latin Mass community. The latter has consistently grown since its establishment fourteen years ago. Over the past six months alone, our numbers have risen by 20 percent from a membership of 210-215. This trend is continuing. Few other parishes have such a growth rate.

    d. Holy Trinity is a small parish, but its members contribute at a rate per capita that is exceeded by only the wealthiest parishes in the archdiocese. The noon Mass offertory collections for January 19 to December 28, 2003, totaled $56,726.38. Second collections totaled $20,872.15 (including an average special maintenance collection of $1,000 per month). In addition to these collections, the Good Will fund takes in as much as $3,000 per month.

    e. The “sacramental index” reported on the archdiocesan website is inaccurate. Holy Trinity had four first Communions in 2003 and ten in 2004. If the Latin Mass community were allowed to have confirmations, Holy Trinity would have had approximately twenty-five in 2003. Mass attendance, as noted above, continues to grow.

    f. Although smaller than the average parish, Holy Trinity has sent at least six men to the seminary since the indult was granted for the Latin Mass. Two are now ordained priests. In a press conference May 25 of this year, Your Excellency was quoted as saying, “If every parish sent one young man to the seminary every ten years, we'd have more than enough vocations." Given that the archdiocese ordains about seven men to the priesthood every year, it is clear that Holy Trinity is doing more than its share to solve the priest shortage.

    g. Holy Trinity is part of the cultural patrimony of the archdiocese and contributes to outreach in the arts. Holy Trinity’s three choirs—the German Choir, Schola Cantorum, and Preces Cantatae—are deeply connected with the arts community in Boston, and even receive grant money. The Christian Arts Committee sponsors three or four concerts a year at Holy Trinity, including the biannual Epiphany concert and Tableau. Guest choral ensembles, especially from Germany, are presented periodically. This serves to enhance the prestige of the archdiocese as a whole.

    h. Holy Trinity provides important social services through Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a mission for troubled youth, and the Cardinal Medeiros Center, a day center for homeless adults operated by Kit Clark Senior Services.

    2. By contrast, St. James:

    a. Is not financially sound. The Archdiocese of Boston forgave about $250,000 in St. James’ debt a few years ago, and the parish is already again in debt to the tune of $150,000. The extent to which Holy Trinity subsidizes St. James is unknown, since Rev. Hugh O’Regan, the pastor for both parishes, refuses to make a financial accounting. Fr. O’Regan has not allowed Holy Trinity’s finance council to operate in two years.

    b. St. James is in no better physical shape than Holy Trinity and may be worse.

    c. St. James is not growing. The ethnic Chinese community at St. James is roughly comparable to Holy Trinity’s German congregation—but without an additional Latin Mass congregation of 250-280 members.

    d. The offertory collections at St. James are miniscule.

    e. The “sacramental index” for St. James’ baptisms—60, compared to seven for Holy Trinity—is absurdly inflated. Almost all of these baptisms are attributable to the New England Medical Center, not St. James.

    II. HOLY TRINITY WAS IMPROPERLY SELECTED FOR CLOSURE.

    1. We reiterate that our objections to closure are based not on a mere disagreement with the central reconfiguration committee. This is not a case where the committee has simply interpreted data differently than we would have liked. Rather, the committee did not even make the decision; our regional bishop did. And he did so in the wake of grave irregularities at the cluster level.

    a. Conflict of interest. Fr. O’Regan is the pastor for both Holy Trinity and St. James the Greater. His rectory is at St. James. He is also the vicar forane for the cluster to which both parishes belong. Fr. O’Regan has shown little affection for the German community at Holy Trinity and even less for the Latin Mass community. As noted, he does not permit the finance council to function. He also has not permitted new elections for the parish council in two years. Mass at Holy Trinity is usually celebrated by a rotation of priests from outside the parish. Fr. O’Regan has made no secret of the fact that he would never consider recommending St. James for closure. The layperson he selected for membership on the central reconfiguration committee, Laura Chen, is a parishioner at St. James.

    b. Absence of consultation at the cluster level. Archdiocesan directives on the reconfiguration process made it clear that clergy and laity at the parish and cluster levels were expected to work together in the consideration of which parishes would be selected to shut their doors. That was not done in the cluster to which Holy Trinity belongs. Bishop Lennon’s letter, dated January 10, 2004, ordered parishes to meet in their clusters to recommend, by March 8, which parishes would be subject to closure. No such meeting took place in Holy Trinity’s cluster. Fr. O’Regan, having missed the March 8 deadline, submitted his own recommendations on March 14. He held an impromptu “cluster meeting” two days later during a snowstorm. At that meeting, Fr. O’Regan’s notion of “consultation” was to announce his recommendation—which he had already submitted—and let people comment on it after the fact. Persons present at the meeting—including Holy Trinity parishioners Peter Cooper, Kathleen Stone, Dorothy Fresolo, Theresa Cronkhite, Emmett Wells, and Robert Quagan—will attest to this.

    c. Subterfuge. Although Fr. O’Regan says he recommended only St. Ann’s and Sacred Heart for closing, he made it clear at the “cluster meeting” that Holy Trinity would have been next in line. In fact, he said that Holy Trinity might have to close at a later date—which is exactly what has happened (Holy Trinity having been designated to stay open for one year). When asked whether Holy Trinity would be named in any manner in his recommendation, Fr. O’Regan evaded the question.

    d. Bypassing the central committee. It is known that Auxiliary Bishop John Boles, the bishop for Central Region (to which Holy Trinity and St. James belong), arbitrarily placed Holy Trinity on the list of parishes recommended for closure. Like Fr. O’Regan, Bishop Boles has long expressed antipathy to the Latin Mass community at Holy Trinity. On May 7, the archdiocese issued a supplemental list of 37 additional parishes subject to closure. These were supposed to be from those clusters that had failed to make any recommendations at all. Holy Trinity was on the list, even though Fr. O’Regan had made a recommendation for our cluster.

    e. We believe that, had the proper procedures been followed in our cluster, the central reconfiguration committee would have been informed of the numerous points in Holy Trinity’s favor and would have recommended St. James for closure instead.

    2. The “Portability” Argument. Fr. O’Regan ties the viability of Holy Trinity to the size of the German community. He excludes the Latin Mass community as a factor altogether, arguing that the Latin Mass congregation is “portable” and can be moved to a different parish. We submit that this argument is spurious, since it could be applied to any congregation. To single out the Latin Mass community for “portability” is fundamentally unfair.

    a. In his 1988 motu proprio Ecclesia Dei, Pope John Paul II referred to the “rightful aspirations” of “those Catholic faithful who feel attached to some previous liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin tradition.” The Holy Father declared that “respect must everywhere be shown for the feelings of all those who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition, by a wide and generous application of the directives” issued for the use of the 1962 Roman Missal. As Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," recently stated, traditionalists “should not be seen as ‘second class faithful’, but should be protected in their right to be able to express their faith and piety in accordance with their particular spirituality, that the Holy Father recognizes as totally legitimate.” Canon 214 recognizes this right to particular spirituality. The Latin Mass congregants at Holy Trinity are not “second-class faithful” to be arbitrarily shifted from parish to parish. We are active and committed members of Holy Trinity Church. The German and the Latin Mass communities collaborate amicably in the life of our parish.

    b. In fact, due to our liturgical needs, the Latin Mass community is the least “portable” congregation in the archdiocese.

    (1) Holy Trinity is specially suited for the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass: It has an intact high altar and an altar rail. St. James the Greater has no altar rail and has a fixed altar facing the people, in front of the high altar. Thus, moving the Latin Mass community to St. James will pose significant problems.

    (2) In his letter to the bishops of the United States on behalf of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," Augustin Cardinal Mayer urged that, “in places where the faithful have made a request for the regular celebration for the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, a weekly Sunday and Holyday Mass be scheduled in a central location and at a convenient time.” Holy Trinity meets these requirements. St. James has no parking, except limited parking available at the New England Medical Center for a fee. Since Holy Trinity is a personal parish and the Latin Mass community is necessarily a commuter group, parking is essential. People come from all over the archdiocese to attend the traditional Mass. To deny parking would be to effectively kill this community.

    (3) Holy Trinity has an active and successful religious-education program. The basic texts are from the USCCB-approved Faith and Life series. The members of the Latin Mass community will not want to subject their children to a religious-education program in another parish where they might be exposed to teaching methods inconsistent with the “rightful aspirations” of “those Catholic faithful who feel attached to some previous liturgical and disciplinary forms of the Latin tradition” (Ecclesia Dei).

    (4) Holy Trinity has an excellent music program in which the German and Latin Mass communities fully collaborate. As noted above, the music director is our only paid position. Collaboration will not work in a parish where different musical sensibilities are well-established.

    c. Your Excellency’s letter of May 24, 2004, announcing the selection of Holy Trinity for closure gives as a rationale the small size of the German community. Your letter makes no mention of the Latin Mass community. We respectfully submit that this omission makes the rationale for closing Holy Trinity fatally flawed. Combined, Holy Trinity’s congregations make a substantial contribution to the life and mission of the archdiocese. We implore you to reconsider insofar as a crucial factor has been excluded to the detriment of our parish and of the archdiocese.

    III. THE CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY WILL NOT SERVE THE CAUSE OF RECONFIGURATION.

    Closing Holy Trinity will likely result in a substantial loss of archdiocesan faithful to other dioceses—such as the Worcester diocese, which maintains a traditional Latin Mass in Still River. Consequently, any attempt at moving Holy Trinity’s Latin Mass community to St. James the Greater will not succeed in making St. James a viable parish. Since there is no parking at St. James, the Latin Mass congregation will dwindle. The cost of parking at the New England Medical Center will only be a further drain on St. James’ finances. Ultimately, the parish will remain a liability for the archdiocese. It makes little sense for the archdiocese to close Holy Trinity in favor of St. James, only to see the parking issue force, in short order, the closing of St. James as well.

    IV. THE CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY RAISES CANONICAL ISSUES.

    1. Patrimony. Canon 1292, paragraph 2, requires the permission of the Holy See for the alienation of property “precious for artistic or historical reasons.” Holy Trinity Church falls within this category. The parish, established in 1844, was the first German national church in the United States and today is the only remaining one. It built the first Catholic parish school in New England. The current building, dedicated in 1877, is one of the beautiful gothic structures designed by the great church architect Patrick Keely. Holy Trinity’s pastors have included the Jesuit scholar Fr. Francis X. Weiser. The Von Trapp family sang at Holy Trinity on more than one occasion as a personal favor to Fr. Weiser, including a concert for Holy Trinity's 100th Anniversary Mass in 1944. Holy Trinity is known as the “Christmas Parish,” because it introduced the United States to many of the Christmas customs imported by German immigrants during the nineteenth century. It is a registered historical landmark. Given this pedigree, suppression of the parish and sale of its property are unthinkable, especially since alternatives are available. Canon law demands that the archdiocese seek permission from Rome.

    2. The Rights of the Faithful. Canon 214 recognizes that “The Christian faithful have the right to worship God according to the prescripts of their own rite approved by the legitimate pastors of the Church and to follow their own form of spiritual life as long as it is consonant with the doctrine of the Church.” Since closing Holy Trinity will effectively foreclose many of the faithful from attending the traditional Latin Mass in this archdiocese, this closure implicates one of the basic rights of the Christian faithful.

    V. A BETTER SOLUTION IS AVAILABLE.

    We submit that the most reasonable decision, pastorally and administratively, would be to close St. James and transfer the Chinese community to Holy Trinity. This would save the German, Chinese, and Latin Mass congregations, increase an already vibrant parish, and permit the Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Cardinal Medeiros Center to stay where they are. The Chinese community should face no difficulty in moving to Holy Trinity, a church perfectly capable of assimilating them and only blocks away from St. James.

    For the above reasons, we respectfully urge Your Excellency to reconsider the decision to close Holy Trinity Church.

    Copies furnished:

    The Congregation for Bishops
    Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei
    The Boston Globe
    The Saint Joseph Foundation
    savesacredheart.org

  • End Nears for Latin Mass at Boston (Catholic) Church

    05/31/2005 10:16:25 AM PDT · 34 of 59
    Serviam1 to american colleen

    I totally agree. Unfortunately, I think the parish reconfiguration is another scandal in itself. Frankly, I think its a pastoral disaster no matter how the Archbishop's PR firm tries to spin it. That feeds into a "Fortress Mentality" that is more parochial than Catholic.

    They expect an easy "Plug 'n'Play" Catholicism where the Domus Dei is simply a "Worship Space". What works against their effort (and lack of pastoral understanding) to suppress parishes is the fact that generations of Boston Catholic's have been required to attend Holy Mass at their local territorial Parish. Culturally, I think the hierarchy and chancery hacks minimize how deeply parochial the Catholic Faith has been experienced by Catholics in Boston. I also believe there is a failure to comprehend how Catholics attach cultural importance to the incarnational aspects of the Faith (e.g. use of Sacramentals, Sacred Art and Architecture, Vestments,..."smells and bells") which appeals to our own human (incarnational) condition. In other words our Holy Faith is both Incarnational and Spriritual. It seems Modernism has formed a generation of clerical Iconoclasts in their effort to foster post V-II renewal. To be Catholic also includes passing on both the traditions and Sacred Traditions of the Faith...faithfully to the next generation. This includes our ENTIRE patrimony, both earthly and spiritual.

    The "stonewalling" and spin (PR psyhco-babble) we continue to receive at the hands of the Archdiocese of Boston is inexcusable from our perspective. At some point we may have to relent in not drawing more scandal upon the Church. For now this may be an exercise in turning the light on in a darkened room infested with cockroaches. As laymen, our awareness of continued scandal in Boston must continue to be clearly aired with the Hierarchy until this situation is brought under control. Unfortunately, many of the folks who were at the helm during the period that led to the Sex Scandals of 2002-present, did not leave with Cardinal Law's resignation in December 2002. The "Lavender Mafia" remains alive and well in the Archdiocese of Boston. Furthermore, it remains influential in key posts. The ecclesiology of the old Mass remains a threat to this power base.

    Maybe the Irish hierarchy wants us to return to the "Mass Rocks" of the ol' Sod. They are doing Cromwell proud.

  • End Nears for Latin Mass at Boston (Catholic) Church

    05/31/2005 7:15:08 AM PDT · 31 of 59
    Serviam1 to american colleen

    FYI, this is the press release from the Save Holy Trinity Committee, which prompted articles in both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.

    For updates on Holy Trinity, I encourage all to join the Save Holy Trinity Yahoo Egroup:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saveholytrinity/?yguid=152366308

    To clear the air, it is not the intent of HT Parishioners to sue their Administrator (and Vicar Forane) Fr. Hugh O'Regan. However, there are serious issues with financial reporting and management of Parish monies and overall stewardship of Parish property since his appointment on 1 November 1996. As a result, the Parish Pastoral Council is demanding an audit of all Parish financial records before suppression proceeds on 30 June. The general feeling among Parishioners is that they have been misrepresented to the Archdiocese.

    In fact, members of the Latin Mass community were told by Bishop John Boles, following his August 2001 episcopal visitation, that they could join Holy Trinity as Parishioners . Membership until that time was understood to be reserved for those only of German ancestry. Apparently, this was only a verbal "gentleman's" agreement and the Canonical definition of Holy Trinity's status as a German Personal Parish was never officially expanded to include those of the Latin Mass community. For some reason some diocesan decision maker has deemed the Latin Mass community as a "portable" entity. The reason for suppression is solely the declining German demographic. It is tragic that the growing and significant contribution of the Latin Mass community has made to Parish life at Holy Trinity (since 1990) has been completely ignored by the diocese. This is particularly true since they have been misled into believing they were Parishioners, ultimately not considered as part of the equation that has determined the Parish's fate. In other words, "Thank you for your financial and spiritual contributions. Now MOVE."

    PRESS RELEASE 26 May 2005

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Holy Trinity Parish Council Demands Independent Audit
    Fears Irregularities Cover Financial Abuses; Notifies Archbishop,
    Attorney General

    BOSTON – May 26 – The lay members of the Holy Trinity Parish Council,
    acting on behalf of the parishioners, have unanimously requested that
    the Archdiocese of Boston engage independent accountants to conduct
    an audit of the parish's books and property. The formal request for
    the investigation was made in a letter sent to Bishop John P. Boles,
    the Auxiliary Bishop with jurisdiction over the Central Region of the
    Archdiocese, in which Holy Trinity resides. Because the amounts of
    money involved are potentially significant, copies of the letter were
    also sent to Archbishop Sean O'Malley and to Massachusetts Attorney
    General Thomas Reilly.

    The letter asserts, "Legitimate concerns or suspicions about possible
    misappropriation of assets must be resolved. The elimination of Holy
    Trinity as a legal entity might well serve to destroy evidence or
    hinder its collection and must not happen while this investigation is
    underway."

    Founded in 1844 to meet the pastoral needs of German immigrants, Holy
    Trinity Church in Boston's South End is the only German Catholic
    parish left in New England. Over the years, it has grown as a faith
    community in service to the Archdiocese by incorporating its only
    authorized traditional Latin Mass and two social service agencies:
    the Cardinal Medeiros Center day shelter for the homeless and the
    Bridge Over Troubled Waters residence for at-risk youth. The parish
    is scheduled to close on June 30 as part of the reconfiguration of
    the Archdiocese.

    The Parish Council was motivated to write the letter by two, possibly
    related, concerns about the actions of Fr. Hugh H. O'Regan,
    administrator of the parish for the last eight and one half years.
    The first is a pattern of financial irregularities that has raised
    many questions – which he has refused to address – about the
    management of parish funds and property. The second is the fear that
    Holy Trinity ended up on the list of parishes to be closed as a
    result of deliberate misrepresentation of the parish's financial and
    spiritual condition and potential.

    The Council cites nearly three pages of specific examples of
    questionable or unsatisfactory behavior by Fr. O'Regan in three broad
    areas: financial accountability, accounting practices, and
    stewardship of parish property. Chief among the concerns are his
    failure, over his entire tenure, to provide any financial reports to
    parishioners and his refusal to convene the Finance Committee that he
    established. The letter also notes Fr. O'Regan's refusal to discuss
    capital expense decisions and to establish operating and capital
    expense budgets. The letter adds that Fr. O'Regan has conducted a
    monthly "Special Maintenance Fund" collection but has done very
    little maintenance; still, he has not explained "why this does not
    amount to solicitation of donations under false pretenses."
    Parishioners are also concerned that he has "merged the parishes in
    finance, if not in fact," by regularly announcing at Holy Trinity the
    activities and collection totals at his other parish, St. James the
    Greater in Chinatown, thereby creating the impression that in some
    way these two separate parishes have become a joint enterprise.

    The letter also states that the parish has lost tens of thousands of
    dollars of rightful income because Fr. O'Regan failed to provide the
    Cardinal Medeiros program with copies of utility bills for which it
    could be reimbursed. He has also refused to cooperate with
    parishioners' efforts to obtain grants to preserve the 127 year old
    church's irreplaceable stained glass windows.

    Other examples of Fr. O'Regan's unsatisfactory stewardship of parish
    property include failures to establish a maintenance plan, to allow
    for parishioner-subsidized upgrades to the electrical system, and to
    address water leakage in the basement and roof. Also of concern are
    his lack of care for rare, highly-decorated vestments and his removal
    of "valuable artifacts . . . without consultation with or notice
    given to the Parish Council or the Sacristan," according to the
    letter. It continues, "Not only do these practices suggest that
    Father O'Regan considers parish property to be his personal property,
    they create an atmosphere of uncertainty. If anything actually is
    stolen or misappropriated, it might never be reported because Father
    O'Regan has created an environment in which the disappearance of
    church property is routine."

    Because the Parish Council believes "that this documented pattern of
    financial carelessness could serve to cover (whether intended or not)
    a host of potential financial abuses," it has demanded an audit of
    all income, expenses, and parish property distribution dating back to
    November 1, 1996, the date that Fr. O'Regan assumed responsibility
    for Holy Trinity. The Parish Council has also demanded a valuation of
    the total assets of the parish, including the building, artwork,
    sacred vessels, vestments, and musical instruments.

    While concerns about financial matters are normally the jurisdiction
    of a parish's Finance Committee, the Parish Council explained that it
    has taken the extraordinary action of writing this letter because the
    parish has no Finance Committee. "My concern as a Parish Council
    member was that we never received a financial report. `You'll get one
    when I have one,' is the answer Fr. O'Regan most often told us,"
    explained Dolores Miller, the secretary of the Parish Council. "Even
    more disturbing to me is the fact that the Finance Committee,
    established because canon law dictates it, never met, and I want to
    know why."

    "Eight and a half years with no accountability whatsoever is an
    invitation for abuse," added Patti Strom, another member of the
    Parish Council. "The fact that this successful and historic parish is
    to be shut down by the Archdiocese may be the ultimate cover-up."

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