Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Where ‘reform of the reform’ isn’t just talk
Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Philadelphia, where friend John Treat goes. The Mercedarian Fathers always were sound.

Treat writes:
The 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays is an east-facing Latin celebration with Gregorian minor propers. There are still many kinks to work out, but it's moving in the right direction. 18 months ago, the parish was a standard American modern Roman shop. Over time, the pastor has introduced a higher standard of worship bit by bit.
I knew a corner had been turned when a couple of years ago I told a curate (about my age) there that the 1965 Missal would be a good default setting for the whole Roman Rite and he agreed! That wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago.

Another parishioner told me that the mainstreamish white liberals are leaving but the black locals love it.

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