"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hope by Restoring the Sacred

 by Catholic Chapter House.
Written By: David Gilbert

Recently, on business trip to Chicago, my father went to Mass at St. John Cantius Parish (http://www.cantius.org). The story of this parish is very interesting. In the past it was a thriving Polish community but eventually fell into decay and was about to be closed. Now it is a spiritual gem that is enriching and bringing people back to the faith. How? By restoring the Sacred – not adding anything to the liturgy, nor by taking anything out.
From this parish an order of men has been created and both Novus Ordo and Extraordinary Form Masses are held. This is such a beautiful story and definitely a church I would like to attend Mass.
If any of you are going to Chicago, I would encourage you to go to St. John Cantius Parish 825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, Illinois
Video about Saint John Cantius Church

This video investigates how a decaying old church in Chicago became a thriving religious and cultural treasure. When a Catholic priest with no previous parish experience arrived, he faced a building in severe disrepair, but he realized that there was an even deeper need: to restore the faith and sacred culture of the parish community.

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