|Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church|
Chapin, South Carolina
(Source and additional photos of the church.)
Saturday, 27 February 2021
Beginning 28 February 2021, the Traditional Latin Mass will be offered on Sundays at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chapin, South Carolina, northwest of Columbia.
Saturday, 13 February 2021
About the Confraternity
The Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima is a world-wide family of Catholics who are dedicated to bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as soon as possible and are dedicated to spending the rest of their lives living out the call of Our Lady of Fatima and in doing penance for poor sinners and reparation to Her Immaculate Heart.
It was started in 2020 by Christopher P. Wendt, the International Director and Dr. Michael Sirilla, Professor of Dogmatic and Systematic Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, and became approved by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider on July 26, 2020.
It is growing like wildfire all over the world and is an answer to the times that we are currently living in where Russia’s errors are spreading.
Endorsement of Bishop Schneider
Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima and become a practicing member. The Confraternity is a worldwide family united with one purpose – the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as she promised it in her apparitions in Fatima. Members work each day to bring this about by living out the call of Our Lady of Fatima, consecrated to Her as families, and then praying that the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart in the manner that She asked for. In the dark times that we live in, the goals of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima and their practical realization will be a necessary and helpful spiritual means in the warfare against the works of Satan and the powers of this world and in the supplication for the conversion of Russia, so that a time of peace and the grace-filled era of the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart may arrive. This will be the time of a true springtime of the Church, where grace will be more abundant, more souls will be saved and God more glorified in the Royal and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
How to Become A Member
- Confession once per month
- Daily Rosary (5 decades)
- One daily act of simple penance
- Wear the Brown Scapular
- Pray the Prayer for the Holy Father to Consecrate Russia each day
Prayer for the Holy Father to Consecrate Russia
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother.
Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living
because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church.
In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia.
You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope:
that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart,
so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph,
through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith,
of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life.
O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer.
+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana
Learn more about the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima at their website.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
THE Lord hath said to me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. Introit. First Mass at Midnight.
At Midnight on Christmas Eve 2020, there will be three publicly offered Traditional Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area.
Saint James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 (Website)
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish
(Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)
3250 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (Website)
Saint Titus Church
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001 (Website)
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Monday, 2 November 2020
All Saints side altar, St. James Church (SSPX), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1 November 2020, Feast of All Saints and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Saint Pius X.
Friday, 14 August 2020
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on Sunday 16th August.
While the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Faithful from attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation such as this, Masses for this great feast will be at 10.30am and 5pm on Sunday.
Come and honour the Immaculate mother of God and her glorious Assumption into Heaven, body and soul, where she intercedes for us by her Divine Son.
Posted by The Bones
Friday, 12 June 2020
The German Option: Will the English Bishops follow their German counterparts into Schism?
What is the German Option? Sandro Magister in L'Espresso has explained how a synod is developing in Germany:
Here are a few excerpts:
“The synod held its first session in Frankfurt from January 30 to February 1. And the inaugural Mass, officiated by Munich cardinal Reinhard Marx, provided the portrait of it, with bishops, priests, and lay people [who form the majority]...
Truly a very active man. However throughout his career he has been an advocate of LGBT rights and evidently believes there is no problem with their lifestyle.
Perhaps what is interesting is that since the publication of the LifeSiteNews article on 13th May 2020 there has been no reaction from anyone in the Catholic world apart from a passing twitter from Damian Thompson. Blinded by his CV? Fear of legal proceedings or just so aghast as to freeze? There is total silence.
This is surely the moment to determine the future direction of the Bishops' conference.
The story has come to a head over the closing of Churches during the Covid-19 pandemic. Apparently the Government were not minded to close Churches other than to ban religious services but McManus acting for the Bishops' conference persuaded them to close the doors of the Churches. This was utterly deplorable. I knew nothing of McManus but I saw this as the culmination of an appalling record in the Catholic Church in England going back many decades.
THE HISTORICAL RECORD
When I was in practice as a Solicitor from the 1960s onwards all that seemed to be happening was the collapse of the Church. I dealt with nuns leaving their convents in droves and the inevitable closure of convents that followed. Then we had the abuse scandals which made being a Catholic an embarrassment. Church attendance was in free-fall, many beautiful churches were uglified in a program of re-ordering and Catholic institutions either disappeared or became increasingly laicised and secularised. Clergy seemed preoccupied with worldly matters and inevitably became political. Vocations fell off a cliff and now we can anticipate our monasteries disappearing – by their fruits you will know them. Modern catechetics lost its way and much of the fault for that must be laid at the foot of the Catholic Education Service which is an arm of the Bishops' Conference.
A particular problem with which I was concerned was the secularisation of the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth. First of all there was an attempt by secular elements to purloin the Hospital. I brought this to the attention of Cardinal Hume who was very angry over this issue. Unfortunately he ended up dead at the Hospital after his cancer was diagnosed as merely depression. His plan to create a centre of Catholic Medical Excellence was buried by the apparatchiks at the Bishops' Conference.
In the first decade of the present century a number of eminent lay Catholics – philosophers, ethicists and others presented a petition to Cardinal Cormac, to ban Gender Reassignment Operations (GROs)– mainly female to male – which were taking place at the Hospital contrary to their code of ethics but earning them much money. Cormac instead of dealing with this passed the buck to Rome. Fortunately the then Cardinal Ratzinger told Cormac to set up an inquiry which duly reported and recommended a much stronger code of ethics. However despite rumours of abortions taking place and a disregard for Humanae Vitae Cardinal Cormac gave in to secular minded doctors and allowed the new code to be eviscerated. One particular point that struck me was that the newly eviscerated code, blessed by Cardinal Cormac removed the ban on FGMs – Female Genital Mutilation. One can now see such a ban might have interfered with the lucrative Gender Reassignment Operations. Cormac triumphed in the end when the Catholic Board of the Hospital who had wrested control from the secularists were unceremoniously asked to resign in favour of Cormac's more compliant appointees.
At the time I pleaded with the Bishops' conference to do something but they refused saying that there was nothing wrong with GRO's if the patient felt better afterwards. It was plain to me that Cormac rejected the Church's teaching on sexuality and the Bishops' Conference followed his lead. Cormac's disastrous handling of the case of the paedophile Father Hill has to be seen in that light. We then had the scandal of the Soho Masses which seemed to be under the control of an active gay man who ran a blog:https://queeringthechurch.wordpress.com/ proposing a 'reality-based theology'. Lay Catholics protested about this but Cormac's successor Cardinal Vincent Nichols told them “Hold your Tongues”. Cardinal Nichols emerged from a low week meeting of the Bishops' Conference to say he was in favour of Civil Unions for homosexual couples. A position taken up by a representative of Catholic Voices at one point.
Over the years the Catholic Education Service, an arm of the Bishops' Conference, has been complicit in agreeing to the Government's plans for sex education. In 2010 in correspondence they misrepresented what the Government were laying down by quoting what the Minister had said in Parliament but carefully cutting out statements that should have been unacceptable to the Catholic Church. More recently the Government is implementing an unacceptable sex education programme in the Autumn and once more the Catholic Education Service has accepted it. There is an authoritative article by Dr Tom Rogers entitled "How Catholic Church Officials have betrayed Parents and Children" in the Spring 2019 edition of 'Calx Mariae'.
THE McMANUS AFFAIR – A CRITICAL TURNING-POINT?
I see it as such but it is a matter of scandal which has not been resolved one way of another. The official line as communicated to me is that:
a. The Bishops Conference did not persuade the Government to close the Churches but that Churches have been closed in response to the requirements of the Government.
That rather dodges the issue as the question is how did those requirements come about. The Westminster Archdiocese website at: https://rcdow.org.uk/news/churches-to-close-with-immediate-effect/ reports on a clarification issued by the Bishops' Conference which reads:
"'Professor Jim McManus has spoken with a senior civil servant and it was quite clear they just had not thought through the issues of infection and security of churches and when he made these points clear, they were appalled and agreed they had made a mistake."
That surely requires further explanation.
b. McManus is not an employee of the Bishops' Conference.
If you mean by employed that someone is a paid employee of the Conference then that is probably correct. However in ordinary parlance to employ someone has a much wider meaning. For example somebody might say that they have employed a Solicitor to fight their case in court. Of course this does not mean that the Solicitor is a paid employee but merely that he is in a professional relationship where he is self-employed acting on behalf of a client. McManus appears on the Conference website advising about Coronavirus on behalf of the Conference and the above quote shows him acting as an agent for the Conference. Can the Conference really dispute that?
- The Conference and the hierarchy cannot comment as the matter is the subject of legal processes.It is claimed that the matter is 'sub judice' and therefore any public discussion would be a contempt of court. Did they bother to take legal advice on this point? The Contempt of Court Act 1981 makes it clear that in respect of civil proceedings the rule only applies when the case has been set down for trial on a fixed date. As far as has been reported no writ has been issued and the process of setting down for trial only follows weeks or months after the issue of a writ. It is therefore nonsense to say that the matter is 'sub judice' and one can only assume that this is a pathetic attempt to refuse to respond to the concerns of the laity and a desire to cover-up the truth.
Of course the nub of this matter is not really about the closure of churches but how it is that a man who promotes the LGBT cause and/or promotes abortion, if that is the case, has been allowed to penetrate the Church in England and Wales and to have such a high profile in the Bishops' Conference and more distressingly become Chairman of Governors of the Anscombe Bioethical Centre – an organisation that is supposedly in the front line of supporting Catholic condemnation of homosexual acts and abortion. Although their website has suddenly said he is 'on leave of absence' – no doubt a euphemism.
An explanation is demanded but so far it is not forthcoming.
The question then arises as to whether the Bishops' Conference is heading down a path similar to that of the German Bishops. There are of course some Bishops who are very strong in opposing abortion and some have murmured about the closure of Churches but it is only a murmur. Are they strong enough to bring the Conference back on course? There is no cause for optimism that they are.
Is the Conference so infiltrated by the homosexual lobby and a disregard for sexual morality that they will take up the German Option? If they do I doubt whether it will be done openly or as a result of consultation with laity. It will just gradually happen. Sin will be normalised.
Any Bishop reading this should note that Sandro Magister's first heading is POWER. The GERMAN OPTION involves handing over power to the laity. Perhaps this something which some Bishops would be only too happy to accept. It would save them a lot of bother if they just become figureheads.
The final question is what should be the response of the faithful laity to such a move to the GERMAN OPTION. Some have suggested that withholding money from the clergy is one answer i.e. stop putting money in the plate. I doubt if this will work. If the Church gradually becomes indistinguishable from the worldly zeitgeist the Churches will empty – why bother? - the hierarchy can then sell off redundant churches and live on the proceeds.
Will faithful Bishops, Priests or Religious stop this? Unfortunately most will do nothing out of false loyalty and false obedience. It is going to be up to the Laity to get the barque of the Church back on an even keel. So far I have not seen overmuch happening amongst the laity but let us hope matters will change.
Maybe there will be a rising up from an unexpected quarter. Some have suggested that what we are seeing is a Marxist culture war to destroy Christian civilisation by revolution and the destruction of morality and in particular the family. Originally the theory was that the proletariat would rise up and bring about the revolution. However the proletariat have been a disappointment to Marxists. They have therefore given up on the proletariat and have instead turned to certain minorities – extreme feminists, ethnic minorities, those with homosexual tendencies, those with gender dysphoria etc. to replace the proletariat and to foment a revolution. However it may be that it will be just these groups, who like the proletariat, will disappoint the Marxists. It is noticeable for instance that the ethnic minorities in the Church seem to be the most traditional and they must be asking themselves whether those who cry 'Black Lives Matter' means “Only some Black Lives Matter” when it comes to the unborn. Are there not many with homosexual tendencies who do not want to be promoting queerdom? Many feminists are at war with the transgender movement. And are there not many ordinary people with no particular religious affiliation who are protesting at the filth that is being fed to their children as 'sex education'?
We live in interesting times.
Nicolas J. Bellord 12th June 2020
UPDATE 13th June 2020
Churches are to be allowed to be re-opened for private prayers as from Monday 15th June. The Catholic Church has issued guidance to its priests dated 1st June on 3rd June:
The Church of England followed suit on 3rd June:
There is a great contrast. Whilst the Church of England writes:
Should someone be present all the time to monitor the church?
There is no public health need to do this, though the decision will need to be based on your own local situation and risk assessment.
Catholic priests are told:
At least two stewards must be present in the church throughout the time it is open for prayer; the stewards must ensure that hand sanitisation occurs at entry and exit points, social distancing is maintained by people in the church and if a pre-determined capacity is reached, they prevent others from entering the church. (Through, for example, a “one in, one out” policy.) People with cold or flu-like symptoms should be asked not to enter.
And that is just the start as to what these stewards have to do.
But why the difference? Are not Catholic priests being asked to do far more than the Government actually requires?
Physical veneration of relics or objects such as statues, crucifixes and shrines is not permitted.
So presumably genuflecting in front of a crucifix is now forbidden; although for years such quaint customs have been discouraged by our more progressive clergy.
As for confession, which could easily be made available, there is no mention.
All in all the Church of England's document is encouraging the opening of their churches with as few restrictions as possible whilst the Catholic Church seems to be imposing such detailed and burdensome requirements on Parish Priests that it is difficult to see how more than a few will be able to open their churches.
It has been suggested that the hand of McManus is all over this document. If so, just what is happening?
I would imagine that Satan would see the current deprivation of the laity of sacramental grace as truly a great victory. Has he not got some useful disciples, knowingly or unknowingly, implementing his wishes?
FURTHER UPDATE 23RD July 2020
Mr McManus has resigned as Chairman of Governors of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre with the encouragement of his fellow governors.
No news from the Bishops. Their new regulations about Masses have resulted in Mass being available. My parish has announced public masses as follows:
Tuesday 14th July 9.30.a.m.
Friday 17th July 9.30.a.m.
Tuesday 21st July 9.30.a.m.
Friday 24th July 9.30.a.m.
Tuesday 28th July 9.30.a.m.
Friday 31st July 9.30.a.m.
But NEVER on Sundays which seems to be the rule at adjoining parishes
Posted by Nicolas Bellord
Friday, 20 March 2020
|The Last Judgement|
Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464
Why did you deprive my people of the Mass?
It comes as no surprise that a faithless pope and faithless bishops would succumb to the call from atheistic governments to suspend the offering of public Masses. What is surprising, however, is that otherwise traditional priests are willing accomplices in depriving the faithful of the Mass.
The excuses being offered by both traditional order and diocesan priests for not offering Mass publicly are shocking. No more Come Rack, Come Rope. Now it is, "The bishop has forbidden Mass," and that's it. So easy, and the Mass is gone. No Irish Mass Rocks or Roman Catacombs, just live-stream and TV.
Now Church Militant reports that priests in Italy are offering clandestine Masses for the people.
Catholics deprived of Mass are berating the bishops for "cowardice" in the face of the coronavirus crisis, while clergy afraid of being disciplined are celebrating the Eucharist "clandestinely" to small groups of the faithful in Northern Italy.
Former Vatican journalist Aldo Maria Valli also confirmed his attendance at "an underground Mass, celebrated in disobedience to the bishop's dictates but in obedience to the mandate of Christ."Read the complete article at Church Militant.
The words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen to the Knights of Columbus in June of 1972, come to mind:
|Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen|
"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious."
Perhaps the laymen need to step up and make arrangements and encourage and provide cover for our priests to offer Mass for us regardless of the temporal consequences. One day our priests will have to answer the question at the top of this post. They will not have to answer to the faithful or to their bishop. Will their excuses serve them well?
Saturday, 14 March 2020
With the decision of the Society of Saint Pius X to double the number of Masses at their St. James Church in Pittsburgh in response to the Coronavirus, there will be five publicly offered Traditional Latin Masses in the Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area on the Third Sunday in Lent, 15 March 2020. This is a record number of publicly offered Traditional Latin Masses on a Sunday in Pittsburgh since the introduction of the Novus Ordo.
For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1:11 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
Saint James Church (Society of Saint Pius X)
326 South Main Street, West End Village, Pittsburgh PA 15220 (Website)
7:00 AM (Last name beginning with A-K)
9:00 AM (Last name beginning with L-P)
11:00 AM (Last name beginning with R-Z)
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)
All public Masses canceled by order of the bishop.
3250 California Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 (Website)
Saint Titus Church
All public Masses canceled by order of the bishop.
952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001 (Website)
UPDATE: Unfortunately, this blessing did not last long. Effective 16 March 2020, Bishop David Zubik has made the decision to cancel all weekday and Sunday Masses in the Diocese of Pittsburgh until further notice. View notice here.
UPDATE #2: As of 20 March 2020, the Society of Saint Pius X has tripled the number of Sunday public Masses at their St. James Church in Pittsburgh in order to continue to provide the faithful with access to the Mass. There are restrictions in place, including the number of people who may be in attendance, but the Mass is made available to the people.
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
|The Dancing Plague|
REMEMBER, O Lord, Thy bowels of compassion, and Thy mercies that are from the beginning of the world, lest at any time our enemies rule over us: deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our tribulations. (Psalm) To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust: let me not be ashamed. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Remember, O Lord …
Introit. Second Sunday in Lent.
THUS saith the Lord God: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like tamaric in the desert, and he shall not see when good shall come: but he shall dwell in dryness in the desert, in a salt land, and not inhabited. Blessed be the man that trusteth in the Lord, and the Lord shall be his confidence. And he shall be as a tree that is planted by the waters, that spreadeth out its roots towards moisture: and it shall not fear when the heat cometh. And the leaf thereof shall be green, and in time of drought it shall not be solicitous, neither shall it cease at any time to bring forth fruit. The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable: who can know it? I am the Lord Who search the heart, and prove the reins: Who give to every one according to his way, and according to the fruit of his devices: saith the Lord almighty.
Jer. 17, 5-10. Epistle. Thursday of the Second Week in Lent.
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
As of Christmas Eve, 2019, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has been invited by the rector of the Basilica of Saints Celso & Giuliano to make this beautiful Roman baroque church its new home in the Eternal City.
Not far from Castello Sant'Angelo, the Institute will begin the care of this apostolate by offering the the Traditional Latin Mass on Sundays and Feast Days at 10am and will be present during the week for confessions and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Read more here & here.
Saturday, 16 November 2019
UPDATE: This Mass has been cancelled. See Paulus Institute website for information on future events.
The Paulus Institute Invites Your Participation in a
Solemn Pontifical Mass
Saturday, 22 August 2020, 1:00 PM
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
Archbishop Thomas E. Gullickson
Papal Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
|Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception|