Help Loreto House procure a mobile sonogram unit December 3, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, North Deanery, Society, Tradition, Virtue.
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Loreto House is a Denton-based pro-life apostolate that is in the process of acquiring a mobile sonogram unit for use outside local area abortion mills. They have acquired a van for housing and moving the unit, and have access to grant monies to help pay for much of the remaining conversion and acquisition costs, but they need donations now to help pay for the rest. In a recent entry on their website, they provide additional details and also inform us that the Whole Women’s mill in Fort Worth is now re-opened with a doctor with admitting privileges at a local hospital, and that Planned Barrenhood in Ft. Worth will also be opening a new facility soon. So, after some great progress from the recent state law greatly cutting down on the number of abortuaries around, the number is going back up.
The enemies of life, the agents of demonic human sacrifice, never give up. So, the need for this mobile sonogram unit is very pressing. While we are blessed with three pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in the Diocese, they cannot always perform sonograms. That is where the mobile sonogram van comes in. Statistics show that 80% of women who see their baby’s heartbeat on a sonogram will NOT procure their planned abortion. See below details of the need from Loreto House:
A benefactor has made a Ford cargo van available and another benefactor is providing funds to complete most of the interior finish out.At this time, there is no other mission we know of that is providing mobile ultrasounds in the DFW area and we must act soon!The approximate cost for a portable ultrasound is about $30,000 and there will be additional needs such as wiring, monitor, exam table and work station.We are applying for a grant from the Knights of Columbus to cover 50% of the ultrasound cost but we must raise the remaining funds to be eligible for this grant. Miscellaneous costs above the grant amount will be about $20,000 or more.
We have been blessed with a benefactor who is willing to match, up to $10,000, the amount we are able to raise by December 15th.We ask for your prayerful support to meet this extraordinary need.Please send a donation now to:Loreto HousePO Box 2533Denton, Texas 76202-2533Has God been tugging at your heart to help the pro life effort? We need more volunteers to help staff Loreto House so that we can go on the road as often as possible. Also, if you are a sonogram tech with some time to donate please contact Loreto House.God bless,RandyOffice: 913 Avenue C, Denton, TX 76201940-380-819124 hour hot line….1-866-602-5951
A brief rebuttal to a common pro-abort lie December 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, North Deanery, General Catholic, Abortion, Society, scandals, sadness, sickness, disaster, horror, contraception, secularism.
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Since we moved, God be praised, to Irving, my family has gotten much more involved in pro-life efforts. I have reported that due to the passage of the recent laws in the state Legislature, most abortion mills in the DFW area have closed. Only three remain open, all in Dallas proper. Those three have been very busy, tragically. But, all these mills, providentially, are located adjacent to Catholic crisis pregnancy centers (NOT supported by the Diocese – White Rose and Birth Choice can always use your help and support). As such, my wife and kids have been going to the mills at least weekly for the past several weeks, praying, counseling, and generally serving the pro-life cause.
One of the most noxious, prevaricating attacks pro-aborts like to make against pro-lifers is that we don’t care about what happens to the baby and mother, we just want to see another baby birthed and then we leave the poor, destitute mother to her own devices, surely floundering around and suffering horribly in squalid conditions, with wailing brats and nothing to feed herself, or them. This image is very powerful. I know from personal experience that this kind of image of “baby as bringer of poverty and suffering, the ruin of one’s life,” is frequently in women’s minds when they are considering having their baby killed. I know women are counseled by staff at the mills that, if they listen to the pro-lifers, they will be stuck with a baby they cannot afford and their lifestyle will surely suffer.
But it is first and foremost totally false, especially as regards the support pro-lifers provide, through agencies like White Rose and Birth Choice, to women with crisis pregnancies. Pro-lifers in general, and Catholic pro-lifers in particular, care profoundly about helping women who choose to keep their babies, sometimes for long periods after birth. I know of one woman who received over $20,000 in assistance via White Rose for herself and her child after making the decision against abortion. In another case, a Nigerian refugee couple who arrived in this country destitute was provided with everything they needed for a year by Catholic crisis pregnancy centers. These are outstanding examples, but hundreds of other women every year receive great assistance from these centers, for things ranging from diapers and formula to cribs, entire sets of bedroom furniture, to pre-loaded gift cards at major retail outlets – everything a mother with child needs.
Of course, there are always needs unmet. But the idea that pro-lifers are “only in it for the baby,” that this is some perverse ideology that just wants to see a bunch of babies born and then leaves the mother to her own devices, is ludicrous. I think it is once again an indication of projection by the political and social left, for they are the ones that truly use women to score their ideological point, by having an abortion, and then totally abandon them once the procedure is done. Pro-abort support for post-abortive women is incredibly scant, to the extent it exists at all, and their idea of providing charity to pregnant women and children in need is demanding others pay for it through support for leftist politicians and programs.
The entire philosophical and argumentative basis for abortion is based on murderous lies. Abortion doctors are not caring professionals, by and large, they are greedy hacks who operate substandard facilities in the only portion of the “medical profession” left open to them. Pro-aborts don’t care about women, they almost universally toss them aside after they score another victory for the march of leftist progress. They certainly don’t care about the children, unless one is so monstrously morally bankrupt as to claim that someone is better off to not be born at all, unless they are born under “ideal” circumstances.
I’ll admit, I tire of the lies, and the stench of demonic death that surrounds these horror houses. But the fight must go on, and will, because every baby saved is an infinite victory for the mother, the child, and the whole wide world.
Urgent pro-life action needed November 8, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
Due to the recent abortion limitation law going into effect last Friday, November 1, which has resulted in the shut down of 30-40% of all abortion mills in Texas, the remaining abatoirs are experiencing unprecedented activity. Apparently, Routh St. mill on Central Expressway in Dallas is seeing over 60 women a day now. Pro-life volunteers and sidewalk counselors are urgently needed outside these mills in order to try to stop women from participating in the murder of their own child.
In addition, the White Rose crisis pregnancy center next door has an Adoration Chapel. They are hoping to get faithful souls there to adore our Blessed Lord and offer reparation for the horrendous sin of mass murder going literally feet away. They need volunteers to come and offer Adoration all the hours Routh Street baby slaughterhouse is open, 7:30a-3:30p. White Rose is located at 4313 N. Central Expy in Dallas, 75205. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE WHITE ROSE PARKING LOT, THEY NEED THE SPACE FOR WOMEN WHO UNDERGO COUNSELING AND PRE- AND POST-NATAL CARE. Park on Lee St., Oliver St., or McKinney Ave.
You can sign up for the Adoration here. God bless you! I may try to come myself, even though I have ten bazillion things to do around the house.
As a sort of rebuttal to not only abortion but the entire materialist/rationalist/evolutionist conception of humanity, the video below is a 14 minute representation of the miracle of the creation of human life. It’s very scientifically accurate, but maybe a bit too explicit at the beginning, so be careful. But as it goes, it’s amazing. How people have convinced themselves human life just spontaneously, magically developed from sea sludge is beyond me. The organization and plan is radically apparent, and simple statistical analysis reveals the infinitesimal likelihood of random chance leading to this glorious creation.
I’ve been a bad boy – UPDATED October 10, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, blogfoolery, Dallas Diocese, disconcerting, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, silliness.
It seems the denizens of 3725 Blackburn Street in Dallas are rather nonplussed with me, or this blog, which is in some ways the same thing. I apparently said something they did not like. It is not the first time. But I am in trouble. I am to be given a talking to. It has something to do with this post here. I originally thought I was “in trouble” for posting on something that, unknown to me, had been cancelled a day or two before. But I am told that is not the case. So, the only thing I guess it could be is that I said Bishop Farrell approves speakers that come into this Diocese.
The reason I said that, is because that’s what I have been told, on several occasoins, by more than one pastor in this Diocese. In fact, I have it in writing from the former dean of the north deanery of the Diocese that, oh yes, good gracious!, Bishop Farrell personally reviews and approves EVERY speaker that is invited to speak on Church property in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. Of course, the process works in a rather strange way, for, in the case I am most familiar with (Sr. Joyce Rupp), the speaker had been invited, publicly advertised, and tickets sold for months before that apparent approval was given. The same thing occurred with Dr. Rick Gaillardetz, but in this case, the pastor was more forthcoming, and stood by his invitation without reference to the Diocese. I have also been informed that the Diocese approves speakers through chancery staff, not the bishop.
In all honesty, though, it is quite possible that Bishop Farrell had no knowledge of this most recent speaker until a bit of a row got going over his upcoming, now cancelled, talk. I was just relating what I have been repeatedly assured of – that Bishop Farrell does review these speakers and determines whether or not they should be allowed to speak with the tacit approval of the Church. This approval typically consists in determining that the speaker/personality in question is approved of by their bishop, and involves receiving a letter from Detroit or Pittsburg or wherever attesting to this fact. Thus, the famous letters of marque that accompany high profile Catholic personalities around the country, verifying their absolute orthodoxy and total submission to the Faith, except, of course, when they don’t. This is the situation Michael Voris has addressed a number of times in his videos regarding the silence of so many of these personalities regarding the crisis in the Church - publicly speaking out about this crisis tending to cause those extremely necessary and sometimes lucrative letters to go into the shredder. For his trouble, Michael Voris is most definitely not approved of by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
But there are others who say, depending on the circumstances, that these things are really the prime responsibility of the pastor. Particularly when there is a very controversial speaker involved, it is not unusual for the pastor and chancery to play ping pong with a concerned/confused/distraught soul, passing them back and forth from pastor to chancery to priest to vicar general to bishop to pastor until the event occurs, and we can all live happily ever after. Excepting, perhaps, the souls exposed to error.
In reality, as I have maintained on this blog for well nigh to four years now, when there is a problematic speaker invited into the Diocese by the Collin County Churches Association or the Ursuline School or UD or some parish, either the pastor or the administrator or the bishop can terminate the event whenever they wish. All it takes is will, and concern for souls. In the case of this recent speaker at St. Luke’s, someone did that, and for that I am very grateful.
I should also add that, while I don’t watch such things nearly so carefully as I used to, I have observed that the quality of the speakers permitted to give conferences on church grounds in this diocese has improved since I started following these matters in 2009. Prior to the arrival of Bishop Farrell, it was really the wild west, with all manner of new agers, heretical sisters, and other unsound speakers giving talks on a regular basis. Some of these were really quite infamous. Since then, the speakers are generally of a much lower profile. They may believe the same things, but there is no paper trail to establish such. I tend to hope they actually are much better, better suited to the real growth of virtue and practice of the Faith. Certainly, there is much less scandal than there was. So, I’m grateful for that, too.
But, nevertheless, I am to be chastened. Perhaps rightfully so. The next time you see me, I may be in sackcloth and ashes. I actually think that would be very appropriate wear for a protest outside an abortion mill……..
UPDATE: I failed to be clear yet again, forgive me. Let me stress, I have no meeting with the bishop or anyone else at the chancery. But I am to receive counseling from a certain pastor. That is all. Setting this meeting up has proven very problematic for various reasons. That, coupled with other stress in my life, compelled me to vent. Have mercy on me.
“Blessing of the pets” Friday at St. Mark in Plano October 2, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, pr stunts, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism.
Alright, I guess I was just grumpy and possibly quite wrong on this one. I still don’t think pets should have anything to do with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but if you want your dog or cow or bird blessed, be my guest. I still maintain what I say about the modern reconstruction of St. Francis as a hippy:
…………. reduces the sublime mystic and founder of a great religious order, St. Francis, into a tree hugging new age hippy. Please. Yes, St. Francis loved Creation as evidence of the majesty of God and His love for us! Yes, some of his miracles involved animals! Yes, he sang paeans to “Brother Sun” and how creation reflects God’s glory. But he also did so much more. He strictly upheld every Doctrine of the Faith, and demanded his followers do so, as well. He practiced mortification, meditation, and deep prayer to an extent that most Catholics today would find not amazing, but disturbing, fanatical. He deserves much better than to have his memory betrayed by turning him into some caricature at the service of modern psychoses.
Dr. Taylor Marshall giving a conference in Carrollton Oct. 12 September 30, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Interior Life, manhood, North Deanery, sadness, secularism, Society, Spiritual Warfare, true leadership.
Taylor Marshall is hosting a men’s conference at St. Catherine of Siena parish in Carrollton on Oct. 12 at 9am. All details and registration here. Cost is $20 but this includes a box lunch. The theme of the conference is answering the call to holiness. More below:
Registration is now open for this year’s Fall 2013 Men’s Conference at St. Catherine of Siena in Carrollton, Texas. The conference will take place Saturday, October 12th; 9:00 A.M. til 3:30 P.M. We encourage you to kick off the day by joining us for morning Mass at 8:30A.M. This year’s registration includes a boxed lunch and drink. Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration will be available. This year’s theme is Answering the Call to Holiness. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Taylor Marshall who teaches at Fisher More College in Ft. Worth, TX, has authored several books and has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home. -
That’s true, Taylor has been featured on The Journey Home, and he blogs at Canterbury Tales. He’s also been taking a pretty harsh tone at times towards some of his fellow traddy-types, which might explain why he’s still able to speak on church grounds. Me, not so much.
I shouldn’t tease. Taylor is a good guy. And there are fewer topics dearer to my heart than the dire need for Catholic men to start acting like men again. Heck, not just Catholic men, but all men, but since Catholics should lead the culture in all things, it is imperative in particular that Catholic men lead the charge. I’m sure Taylor will have some good advice on how to do that, since I know he cares passionately about that topic, as well.
Scandal in the Diocese – radical pro-abort invited to speak at St. Luke – CANCELLED September 30, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
Anyone who votes in favor of laws furthering the slaughter of perfect innocents is, to my mind, by definition a radical.
A concerned reader whom I prefer not to name tipped me to a developing scandal in the Dallas Diocese. Bishop Farrell has apparently approved that state representative Rafael Anchia speak at St. Luke’s on the subject of Obamacare. I say Bishop Farrell has approved, because I have been told in the past that the bishop approves all these types of public events. Rep. Anchia is extremely pro-abort and has voted against many pro-life bills, including the most recent bill banning abortion after 20 weeks and requiring abortuaries to meet minimal health and safety requirements. Regardless of Rep. Anchia’s position on Obamacare and the ongoing persecution of the Church through that attempt at tacit socialism, it seems incredible that a man who has so routinely voted in favor of the mass murder of innocents could be invited to speak on Church property. Judging from his voting record, he’s pretty lefty across the board, which means he likely holds other views in opposition to the revealed Dogmas of the Faith.
Please consider respectfully contacting both the parish and Bishop Farrell concerning this matter. These kinds of things cause such great scandal and confusion to the faithful, and give a seal of approval to holders of public office they absolutely do not deserve. If you contact either the parish or Diocese, please be respectful. Contact information below:
St. Luke’s Office: 972-259-3222
Bishop’s email : firstname.lastname@example.org, [note, this goes to his secretary or some other
flunky person created in the image and likeness of God, deserving of eminent respect and the highest charity, but who possesses no actual ability to affect any change in this situation. It's the best you can do]
Bishop’s phone: 214-379-2816
Or tweet Bishop Farrell: @bishop_farrell
How funny, should it be God’s desire, we will almost certainly reside in this parish’s boundaries fairly soon. Oh, goody!
UPDATE: – The Diocese has responded that the pastor cancelled this event. Good for him. Perhaps I am more blessed than I thought to be moving near there. I did also learn that this parish has daily Adoration.
Sorry for the confusion, I was informed of this by a local Diocesan source, so it seemed pretty valid.
Abortion fanatic Wendy Davis running for Governor of Texas September 27, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, asshatery, catachesis, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, scandals, secularism, self-serving.
Many political analysts felt all along her little 11 hour filibuster, which did nothing more than delay a major piece of pro-life legislation for a few weeks, was nothing more than a bit of political theater to help position her to run for governor. My guess is she gets crushed by at least 20 points, but who knows – Ann Richards was inexplicably elected governor in 1990 after Clayton Williams committed political seppuko with his comment about rape.
More and more in this country, our amoral political class acts out of nothing but naked self-interest. I should add that if a few hundred rabid (and likely paid to be rabid) pro-abort Austin degenerates (plus, some had to be bussed in, there not being that many degenerates even in Austin) had not, very nearly violently, upset the political process, Davis’ 11 hour filibuster would have failed that night and the bill had passed. So, she needed a massive assist even to pull off that brief delay. For that, she is a paragon of virtue and certified national leftist hero. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz talks for 25 hours, also with no chance of ultimate success, and he is the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler and Josef Mengele’s love child.
It is becoming more and more difficult not to loathe this country.
State Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas will run for governor next year, two Democratic sources familiar with the planning confirmed to CNN.
The Democrat, who gained national fame after her 13-hour filibuster over a controversial abortion bill, was already scheduled to make an announcement about her political future on October 3.
I guarantee you, all of this, ALL of it, was gamed in advance – the pink shoes, the raucous crowd, the post-filibuster interviews, all of it, and all of it was nothing more than a sham to try to manufacture a viable demonrat candidate for governor. Who else do they have? Lloyd Dogget? Please. They have NO ONE. Deomcrats have been out of power so long, and so deeply, they had to manufacture a name that could be recognized state-wide.
Please bear in mind, this same Wendy Davis has deep ties to all manner of left-wing Katholyc organizations like CCHD and their current head, Ralph McCloud. McCloud managed Davis’ original campaign for state senator – when she unseated a pro-life Repubnik – and then went on to head CCHD. McCloud brought in huge amounts of pro-abort money, which is what made her election possible. Wendy Davis is probably the most radical pro-abort ideologue in Texas.
Which is why I think she will be crushed – her opponent should just replay images from the amoral degenerates in Austin 24/7 and Wendy’s connection with them, and they’re likely assured a 15-20 point win.
That is, if she even wins the primary. I really wish Perry would just run again. I like his brand of inconsequential bumbling incompetence. The Texas governor is a figurehead role, anyways. All power has always resided with the Lieutenant Governor, currently David Dewhurst.
One final thought on the Latin Mass at St. Mark September 24, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, persecution, sadness, secularism, Tradition, Virtue.
I will be glad to put this subject to bed, as it has, over the past 2+ years, been the focus of far too much sturm and drang than I had ever considered possible. But I have had a thought lingering in my head for a while that I think worthy of some consideration. I have said, and I still fully believe, that this NO Latin Mass at St. Mark and its failure to attract sufficient attendance (of course, we were never told what sufficient was – 100 a Mass? 200? 500? This was always a ready-made excuse to cancel the Mass no matter how many attended) is NOT an indication of the overall interest in Latin Mass in the northern part of the Diocese. I think that is pretty well proved by the many people who travel long distances for NO Latin Mass at Greenville, and of course Mater Dei’s continued, explosive growth. But I do think, as a sort of contrary sign, the failure of this Mass does indicate how far we have to go in terms of getting people to understand the great value of reverent Liturgy and its importance not only for their own sanctification but also in the life of the entire Church and even the world.
The contrary indicator is this: St. Mark has somewhere between 9 and 14 or even 15-16 thousand families listed as being members of the parish. Now, probably at least half of those, if not more, are either double listings (people registered at more than one parish), people who have left the area, and people who have little or no practice of the Faith. It may be a lot higher than that. But based on Mass attendance at St. Mark, it is probable that at least 3000 families are at least somewhat active in attending Mass and other parts of the Faith. 3000 families might be 9000 people. Now, we also know this Mass was never advertised very well, that while it was in the bulletin it was almost listed as a private Mass, and that probably the majority of St. Mark parishioners never knew of it’s existence, and of those that did, probably most of those thought the Mass went away during the period of many cancellations. And then you have to also pare down the number of people who would even attend a daily Mass in the first place. The numbers are getting pretty speculative here, but were there 200 or 300 famillies that sometimes attend daily Mass, knew of this Mass, and didn’t bother to attend? I really don’t know.
But the simple fact of the matter is that, first week aside, when I guess there was some promotion that there would be this new, “experimental” Mass beforehand, I don’t think we ever got more than 10 or 20 regular St. Mark, non-Latin Mass type people at any individual Mass. On an average night, knowing most of the people in attendance, I would say that the number of Sunday Mass St. Mark people there was generally less than 10. I guess at some of the Requiem Masses that number went up a bit, which is odd. I know a fair number of folks at St. Mark who profess an interest in a more reverent/traditional liturgy, but they rarely came. I even took to sending our reminders to different groups on Mondays, but rarely did any come.
I think we that love a traditional, reverent, Christocentric Liturgy have to face facts: we are a tiny minority. A minority that I think has been growing of late, but still a tiny minority. There just aren’t many fellow Catholics, even among daily Mass attendees (or, perhaps I should say given the geriatric nature of most daily Mass attendees, ESPECIALLY among them) who are willing to step outside their comfort zone or put out some extra effort to help support liturgical renewal. What ones there are have for the most part already moved onto the TLM, and they look on the NO Latin as “why bother?”
That is why in this country and around the world, there are many times more TLMs than there are NO Latin Masses – the interest is just not great for that form of the Mass, and most people who do wind up assisting at NO Latin Masses do so only as a sort of transition from the vernacular happy clappy liturgy they are running from to the TLM. Once they taste the exalted sweetness of the Mass of All Ages, few want to mess around with the Novus Ordo in any form. I know there are exceptions, and I’m not criticizing those who love a very good, traditional, Latin Novus Ordo at all – I’ve been there, and it helped me and my family tremendously (to say a bit more – if all parishes had Masses like this, we in all likelihood would have never gone looking and eventually found the TLM). I also know some folks have had bad personal experiences at TLM parishes, which is a great shame. But overall, most people I know who went into NO Latin Mass came out to move onto the TLM.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. You can bring a NO Latin Mass to a conservative-ish NO parish, but you can’t make the people come. And it is difficult to argue that a special Mass that only drew 30 or 40 a night is worth continuing.
So, after two years of hopes and disappointments and sometimes serious, mostly half-hearted efforts at promotion (and I speak for myself, too), I think the conclusion I’ve drawn is that the Novus Ordo Latin Mass, and the whole “mutual enrichment” meme, is a dead end. Most people, even the most “devout” daily Mass attendees, like their vernacular Novus Ordo just the way it is. They enjoy the “symbol” of the Eucharist, the guitar music, the sappy protestant hymns, and the 3 minute, completely non-threatening homily. Some like it a shade more traditional with some incense and traditional hymns, and others like it full-on evangelical with guitars, video boards, and shorts and flip-flops. It is a very small minority that will learn a bit more, look around and say “How can this be?” and try to find something better.
The past two years have really said to me, the future of the Liturgy in the Church will not be a NO-TLM hybrid, or gradual movement of the NO towards the TLM, but a stark choice: either full-on protestant hootenany “mass,” or the TLM. This may take 200 years to play out, but one or the other will emerge victorious and be re-instilled as the sole, universal Mass of the Roman Rite.
And I know which one it will be.
Final Novus Ordo Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark September 23, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery.
7pm, the final, last, Novus Ordo Latin Mass at St. Mark in Plano. There will be a Te Deum sung afterwards.
Go out with a bang? 1200 people crammed into the church? Give a demonstration of how much support for even Novus Ordo Latin Mass there really is in the northern part of the Diocese? Show some thanks to the long-toiling schola?
It’s up to you.