A plea

I am probably going about this all wrong but don't know any other way to go about it, so here goes. I am starting to read about traditional, reverent Novus Ordo Masses in Latin sprouting in many places. Where I live is not one of those places-- yet. I find that greatly depressing for many reasons. Obviously, I would like to worship God well instead of trying to be entertained for an hour, and being involved in good liturgy is like eating good food. I am a Catholic starving for spiritual nourishment and I'm not getting it in the typical Catholic parish of 2005. Besides that, as I have mentioned so many times, I am also trying to find a decent wife who could help me on the road to eternal salvation. The lady of my dreams is not likely to be found at a typical Novus Ordo liturgy. Many have suggested a Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal (commonly known as a Tridentine Mass) but I have tried those and found them wanting as well-- and this is not what the Second Vatican Council intended for the Church. Vatican II called for a renewal of the sacred liturgy-- not a retreat to the past and not a wholesale gutting and desacralization either. The ideal Mass basically follows the pattern of the daily televised Mass on EWTN-- readings and homily in English, with the propers in Latin and probably a good dose of Gregorian chant offered by a schola. That is what I need and what is sorely lacking around here.

Thus, I issue my heartfelt plea to everyone in the Long Island, New York area. It's time that the Brooklyn and Rockville Centre dioceses took part in the beginnings of the revitalization of the liturgy. We're going to need a few things, though.


The last item is probably the easiest of the four things to locate. Many people hunger for good liturgy and don't even know it because they've been deprived of it for so many years. It has been so long that they don't even remember any more. Two generations have been reared without it-- but even many young people are tired of a weekly lovefest and ache for a sacred liturgy. I think if someone builds it, people will come; perhaps not enough to fill a stadium, but certainly enough to fill one church in this area.


If you are able to assist in any of these areas, I want to hear from you. Please note that I am a lousy leader. A few good leaders, maybe some with lots more inside contacts than I have (that is to say, zero) would help here too.


-- Andrew

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