Sunday, May 12, 2013

On the National Day of Prayer last week, the Community Bible Study held its final session until September in the morning. We took a group photo:

Afterwards, I slipped into St. Mary's in Colts Neck to pray. I didn't know I was supposed to pray "for our nation," so I didn't. Instead, seeing pictures of the first communicants, I prayed for them:

That evening, I encountered the shocking story about a priest of the Diocese of Newark practicing ministry at St. Mary's in our diocese without our bishop's approval. He also accompanied teens on retreats in Marlboro, which, after a little digging, I discovered was actually at Kateri Environmental Center in Wickatunk. My oldest's childcare facility was located on the campus of the Kateri Environmental Center in the early 00's but the building has since been converted into dorms for retired religious sisters.

The third and final session of a workshop on the Liturgy of the Hours offered by the diocese last year fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. The session was rescheduled to Saturday and, probably due to celebrations of first eucharist, the original speaker and location were unavailable. About the speaker, it's just as well. But the original location had been terribly handy to me:

I was still a bit hot about hearing the scandal so it was a good thing that the bishop wasn't in his office. Or that I asked the Monsignor what he knew. Turns out, the pastor at St. Mary's and the youth ministers resigned in the meantime. So the congregation got what it wanted.

During a break, I asked the monsignor, who seemed very "up" on liturgy, to identify the source of the opening antiphon on the first week of Ordinary Time because the line is unattributed in my missal:
Upon a lofty throne, I saw a man seated, whom a host of angels adore, singing in unison: Behold him, the name of whose empire is eternal.
He thought it sounded like Revelation or Daniel. Sure, but it's not a direct quotation. I've found the phrase in Latin, too.
In excelso throno vidi sedere virum, quem adorat multitudo Angelorum psallentes in unutii ecce cujus imperii nomen est in aeternum.
The phrase is attributed in online texts to Revelation1 4:2 and 5:11 and Ps. 99:1. It's also attributed in online texts to Daniel 7:9, 10, 13, 14 and Isaiah 6:1-3.

A Facebook friend had posted that she's be at a used curriculum sale just down the street from Notre Dame in Lawrenceville. So, when my workshop ended, I drove over to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church which was hosting the sale to surprise her. She was surprised!

1 Offenbarung, abbreviated "Offb"


Carol@simple_catholic said...

When I left my comment under yours at my blog I hadn't seen the other article able the youth ministers and pastor resigning. I am glad that they did and that our bishop (O'Connell) was quick to ban Fr. Fugee.

The whole thing is so disturbing. That bishop in Newark really should be pulled from his position as bishop...

Rich Maffeo said...

Yes, why is the guy still wearing a collar? Indeed, why is he not in jail? We see Ezekiel 8 played out before our eyes, and until leaders LEAD, we will not be able to do as Christ called us to do.

Moonshadow said...

His conviction was overturned on a procedural detail.

Rather than be retried, the priest agreed not to work with youth. But somehow that agreement came to be understood as not working with youth without adult supervision.

As far as we know, no youth were harmed. But it's curious that our bishop didn't know of his ministerial activity in our diocese.