"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)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Guide to Renewing Your Catholic Church

Regina Magazine

September 16, 2013

Imagine a Catholic parish where lines form for Confession, boys work hard to be altar servers and three different choirs vie for the right to sing at Mass! How about religious instruction which really teaches the Faith in its entirety? And homeschooling groups which foster life-long learning, and deep friendships?
Finally, imagine parishes with First Friday devotions, regular Expositions of the Blessed Sacrament and VOCATIONS!
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Not at all.
In fact, this is exactly what is happening in some parishes, all over America.
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The experience of the pioneering priests working to bring the true reforms of Vatican II to their parishes bears careful listening to. In this wide-ranging and exclusive Regina Magazine interview series, four American priests speak candidly about their successful parishes offering both the Ordinary (OF) and Extraordinary (EF) Forms of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  
8.Poster2007FeastStAnnOn the East Coast, in suburban Connecticut, at St. Mary’s, Norwalk, Pastor Greg Markey’s thriving diocesan parish draws Catholics from dozens of nationalities to their reverent Masses (in English, Spanish and Latin). 
On the West Coast, Holy Rosary in Portland for decades has been a magnet for Catholics who drive many miles to this Dominican parish with reverent Novus Ordo Masses and the Dominican Rite.  Pastor Vincent Kelber tells us the story.
In California, Father Jeffrey Keyes shares his journey as he has worked successfully to transform St Edwards parish in Newark, sadly disfigured by decades of liturgical abuse and sloppy catechism.
In St Louis, we see the astonishing good work being done by the Institute of Christ the King in restoring the faded glory of South Saint Louis Cathedral — another magnet for faithful Catholics. Plus, Canon Ueda, a Japanese convert, tells us his personal story.
PLUS, reports from New York City and Connecticut, by priests and lay people deeply involved in the restoration of Catholic culture through the parishes there. Not to mention stories from Palo Alto, California on the Choir that kept sacred chant alive there for 50 years, and a Diary of a Latin Mass Wedding from upstate Connecticut.
These are just a few of the INSPIRING, INTELLIGENT, CATHOLIC stories we cover in the Fall issue of Regina Magazine!

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