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Wonderful Developments, Liturgical and Otherwise, at St. Mark Parish in Plano January 31, 2020

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, North Deanery, priests, Restoration, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership.
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He lives!  Sorry for the long absence.  I even missed the 10th anniversary of the blog by a month and a half.

But something important has come up.

I have known the young pastor of St. Mark parish in Plano, Texas, since he was a newly ordained priest.  We were always gratified to see him wearing the occasional cassock and frequent Roman chasuble.  He even wore black at funeral Masses.  I figured we could expect great things from him.

This good priest, Fr. Marco Rangel, had some other assignments in the intervening 10 or so  years, but last year he was assigned as the pastor of St. Mark in Plano.  He has made a number of changes that I believe almost all devout Catholics will find most positive.

First, St. Mark, god bless it and whatever its merits, I don’t think has ever been anyone’s idea of a brilliant architectural and artistic achievement.  A sunken sanctuary with stadium seating and bare concrete and stucco walls, it at least did have one very large stained glass window, and a nice, traditional crucifix (which the former pastor, Fr. Cliff Smith, is to be thanked for fighting for.  He caught surprising flak for replacing the touchdown Jesus, Christ rising on the cross “crucifix” with a far more tasteful,a nd I would say, accurate and Catholic one).  However, Fr. Rangel has made a number of changes, which you can see below.  Most photos were taken during Christmas, which of course includes additional decorations, but most all the paintings and statuary are new.  The angels kneeling in adoration next to the tabernacle are definitely new, and so welcome, as is the Benedictine arrangement on the altar.

The before:

Some initial changes:  Small but noticeable:

The full monte:

Changes to the Eucharistic adoration chapel:

I’m amazed at the improvements these changes have made.  Some – like the addition of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe – were made under Father Smith, but most have been made under Father Rangel.

Next, there are major liturgical improvements underway.  Father Rangel offered Mass partially in Latin during Advent and on Christmas, and will do so again during Lenten Sunday Masses.  This included the propers and Gloria in Latin as appropriate, as well as organ music and Gregorian chant.  Father Rangel intends to continue adding more and more reverent aspects to the Liturgy and is open to even becoming bi-ritual, should interest warrant such a move.

And that’s one of the purposes of this post, not only to apprise of these positive developments, and prove I am still alive, but also to ask readers here in the Diocese of Dallas to send a letter of support to Bishop Burns for authentic, orthodox liturgical improvements, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Father Rangel in particular.  Whether  you attend St. Mark or not, if you desire to see liturgy more in keeping with the constant belief and practice of the Church, this is a great opportunity to show both your interest and your support for a local priest who is taking large steps in that direction.  Of course, Father Rangel has encountered a great deal of resistance, so he could use all the support he can get.  This kind of support can be vital in determining how a bishop may respond to these kinds of initiatives made on the part of pastors. I thus implore all local readers, and even interested non-local ones (you should indicate whether or not you reside in the Diocese), to contact both Bishop Burns and Father Rangel.  I provide some form letters below, which you are free to use.  It is quite a risk for a priest to make changes like this, and at this pace.  Father Rangel has not been pastor at St. Mark for even a year, yet, I do not believe.

This also ties in with changes in catechesis and sacramental preparation at St. Mark, which is my final point.  Father Rangel is working to revamp the materials used in these vital areas, to be in accord with timeless, unchanging Church teaching which goes back to the Apostolic Deposit of Faith, and not just the current theological experimentations presently in vogue.

Letters should be sent to:

Bishop Edward Burns
Catholic Diocese of Dallas
3725 Blackburn St.
Dallas, TX, 75219

A sample letter is included below, just as an idea.  Feel free to compose your own:

Dear Bishop Burns –

Greetings in Christ! I have been apprised of the very positive liturgical, architectural, and catechetical improvements made by Father Marco Rangel of St. Mark parish in Plano, Texas, and I am writing to indicate my wholehearted support for these efforts.  Father Rangel is moving the liturgy at St. Mark to be very reverent and to offer great glory and honor to God.  His artistic and liturgical changes are in keeping with the great patrimony of our Holy Mother Church, and unite our worship with that of millions of Catholics through years past.  His changes incorporating more Latin, Gregorian chant, and great reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament are all very edifying and are bringing great benefit to many souls.  We implore your eminence to support Father Rangel in this new direction for St. Mark.

I would also like to include in this letter a request for regular Traditional Latin Masses (TLM) in the north deanery of the Diocese of Dallas, most particularly in the Plano/Richardson area.  At this point, St. Mark and Father Marco Rangel would appear to be the most suited for offering this ancient and beautiful form of the Mass, but St. Joseph in Richardson may also be a strong candidate.

We thank you for your continued leadership of this diocese, and  for the many blessings and benefits this leadership has brought.  We pray your leadership, and that of good priests like Father Rangel, will continue to bring glory to God and aid in the sanctification of all the souls in  the Diocese of Dallas.

God bless and keep you,

Name

In all likelihood it will be Bishop Kelly that reads these and responds, but the message will hopefully get through to Bishop Burns.

I also implore you to send letters of support and thanks to Father Rangel at St. Mark.  He can be reached at:

(Pastor) Father Marco Rangel
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church
1105 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

Another sample:

Dear Father Rangel –

Greetings in Christ!  I have learned of late that you are in the process of making numerous liturgical, artistic, and catechetical improvements to St. Mark.  May God reward you!  This is such a happy and blessed development, and will surely bring enormous fruit to souls.   I support you in your efforts to bring more  reverence to the Mass and to bring St. Mark’s liturgical, artistic, and catechetical practice more in union with the great patrimony of our Holy Mother Church.  I am so grateful that some of the fruit of the “reform of the reform” is beginning to blossom in Plano.

I would also like to indicate my interest in having a regular Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) at St. Mark.  I reside in the Diocese of Dallas/North Dallas/Collin County area and would be overjoyed to have a TLM closer to my home and/or place of business, particularly at St. Mark.  If you are assessing the level of interest in this form of the Mass in the Plano area, please be assured of mine, and that of my family.

May God continue to bless and support your apostolate in every way,

Name

Father Rangel can also be reached at pastor@stmarkplano.org.

If at least 12 of you do not contact Father Rangel with support, I’ll never post again.   Like that’ll be any different!

Comments»

1. Lily - February 1, 2020

Such great news! Writing today! Thank you for this blog!

2. Aqua - February 1, 2020

We found a single Diocesan Parish in our area whose Priest has brought in the Traditional Latin Mass, also offers the Ordinary Form, but with the Rail and no “Extraordinary Ministers”, Ad Orientum, all boy Altar Servers, Choir Polyphony, in addition to artistic changes at the Altar.

We have SSPX or this Parish as our choice. We will support this Parish in support of the Priests bravery and fidelity as much as any other reason. It takes the heart of a martyr, these days, to stand up for Holy Tradition.

I will send a message of support now.

Tantumblogo - February 4, 2020

Thank you, and thank all of you!

Tim - February 4, 2020

There are not 2 “forms”. That is total nonsense. There are the True Mass and the Novus Ordo Liturgy. 2 different kinds of worship for different religions.

Tim - February 4, 2020

Is your parish priest brave enough to reject V2 and the Novus Ordo? True bravery involves rejecting error at all costs. Archbishop Lefebvre displayed true bravery when he resisted the errors of the modernists and paid the price from those who held power. His SSPX priests continue that today. Your priest may display bravery more that the majority of diocesan priests but does that include the public rejection of V2 and the Novus Ordo?

3. Tim - February 2, 2020

Welcome back! Good to see that you’re amongst the living!

4. Tim - February 2, 2020

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas with 1 day left!

5. Susan from the Parish Council - February 3, 2020

Oh dear, I prefer the flying Jesus. I just want to jump into his arms and take off, like superman! I will be contacting the bishop.

6. David - February 3, 2020

Bishop Burns gave updates of his Ad Limina visit through the diocesan website. Because of the time and days the Ad Limina visit was scheduled (months and months in advance by Rome) for Texas, the Arkansas bishop and the two Oklahoma bishops, Bishop Burns was unable to attend the Dallas March for Life.

7. David - February 3, 2020

Tantumblogo:

I will put this on my list as a parish to visit more often. I sometimes attend Sunday evening Mass. Have gone to St. Mark’s a few times over the years, and it’s not far for me to drive.

I will send a letter like you suggested to the diocese.

8. Mary - February 3, 2020

St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Dallas has the TLM once a month. Father Emmett Hall is trying to spread the word and grow attendance.
stelizabethdallas.org

Tantumblogo - February 4, 2020

Thanks very much! I will do a post on this! I had heard there was a parish in Dallas that offered periodic TLMs but I had not found out any details. I found it in the bulletin but I wouldn’t exactly say it is heavily promoted. I did not really see it on the website otherwise. Do you know when this TLM started? My guess would be after now- Cardinal Farrell departed.

Also, it just says “Latin Mass,” which could mean the Novus Ordo in Latin. I will try to contact that Father Hall to find out, unless you can confirm that this is indeed a TLM?

Dominus vobiscum!

9. Tantumblogo - February 4, 2020

Mary –

Thank you again for bringing this Latin Mass to my attention. However, I have confirmed this is not the Traditional Latin Mass, offered according to the 1962 Missal, but the Novus Ordo Missae of 1970. Of course, the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, indicated that Latin should always remain the prime, normative liturgical language, but the revolution which overtook the Church during and after the Council saw that dictate ignored.

Irrespective, it has always been permissible, and in fact should be encouraged, to offer the Mass of Paul VI/Novus Ordo Missae/Missal of 1970 (all names are used) in Latin. That is what is being offered at St. Elizabeth. While surely more reverent and much more in unity with the Church’s great liturgical tradition, and an obvious springboard towards the offering of the Church’s universal and timeless Rite, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Novus Ordo Latin Mass is not the same as the Traditional Latin Mass. The prayers are very much different, and the readings are utterly altered. This is probably the single largest limitation in the Novus Ordo, the readings simply no longer make sense with regard to the flow of the liturgical year, but that’s a topic for another day.

Nevertheless, this is a most positive and happy development, and I will surely post on this as soon as I get confirmation on a few details from Father Hall.

Dominus vobiscum!

Tim - February 4, 2020

Unfortunately, the Novus Ordo in Latin is simply the same errors in the Church’s language.

10. c matt - February 4, 2020

We are fortunate to have a young priest at St. Theresa’s in Sugar Land who offers a TLM on Fridays, and tries to “sneak” in a TLM for Holy Days and the occasional Sunday. Glad that he is doing this; sad that he has to be almost clandestine about it.

But, to counter Tim somewhat, Boniface at Unum Sanctum blog had a good series about how his NO parish went to TLM over a period of five years – incremental steps was the key. Seems our good priest is borrowing that game plan.

Tim - February 5, 2020

I have no problem with an incremental plan with Truth as its end goal using the modernists’ ways to defeat them. Beat them at there own game. Settling for “reverent” Novus Ordo liturgies is a lateral move that leaves souls in the dangerous rut we’ve been in for 60 years.

Susan from the Parish Council - February 5, 2020

You need to be more joyful and accommodating in our sacred spaces.

Tim - February 5, 2020

You need to crawl back under your rock.

Aqua - February 9, 2020

Tim:

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not Charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.

“And if I should have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not Charity, I am nothing.

“And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not Charity, it profits me nothing.

“ …….

“ …. And now there remain Faith, Hope, Charity, these three; but the greatest of these is Charity”.

It’s relatively easy to get the “answers” right, compared to actually loving your fellow Catholic … especially those who may not be as smart or as far advanced, theologically speaking; perhaps they are even in error as to which Mass they attend. Interesting though, these very direct, thorough and insistent directives by St. Paul: none of it matters, at all, (nothing) if we do not actively love our neighbor as our self; if we have not Charity for our brothers and sisters just as God has for us.

Tim - February 9, 2020

So you have the gift of being able who loves and who does not, despite never meeting me or talking to me?

I tell others truth because I love and care about them. Love is not chocolates and teddy bears nor is it “nice”. Sometimes true love stings.

You may fancy yourself as a soul reader, but you done struck out this time.

Have a fruitful Lent.

c matt - February 10, 2020

Tim – No need to get too worked up, I think you are missing the sarcasm/joke a bit. The “Susan from the Parish Council” moniker should be a clue.

Tim - February 10, 2020

cmatt…I’m not worked up, I just find that person annoying and, quite frankly, growing old. If that is supposed to be comedy, they should find another career.

Tim - February 10, 2020
Susan from the Parish Council - February 11, 2020

Your toxic masculinity is a bit much. You need to calm down and have a cookie.

Tim - February 11, 2020

That’s all you got?
You’re the joke, not the tripe that you type.

11. Kat - February 7, 2020

Actually, I spoke with both Fr. Russ Mower (pastor) and Fr. Emmet Hall about the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass at St. Elizabeth, and both said it was NOT the Novus Ordo in Latin, but the actual Traditional Form. If you go to St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s website (Dallas), this is confirmed. The next TLM at St. Elizabeth is next Friday, February 14. There is one TLM per month for now. What an INCREDIBLE development! And I just love what Fr. Rangel has done with St. Mark!

12. Antonia - February 7, 2020

Excellent news & wonderful article! I’ve been thrilled to see these developments towards reverence & tradition at St. Mark’s. I will send another letter of thanks & encouragement to the pastor and one to the bishop as well, thanking him and requesting a TLM at St. Mark’s. Thank you for your leadership on this, Tantumblogo!

13. Camper - February 13, 2020

Hi TB. There is some strip club that put up a picture of a completely naked woman on a billboard in the DFW area. I won’t even say the location in hopes of preserving innocence. If I see it again, I will try to tell you the name of the club.
Alternatively, you could evangelize in front of homosexual bars. You will eventually get plenty of publicity if you do that innocently. Like in front of the strip club, it will require a group of only men praying at the location, plus maybe women praying simultaneously from a safe location. This is how to win the next fight in the culture wars.

Tim - February 13, 2020

Howdy Camper!

14. Camper - February 13, 2020

Hi Tim.

15. Camper - February 14, 2020

Texas A&M, College Station, funds a beauty pageant for drag queens! Awesome! The Corps of Cadets is not allowed to protest! Is this the end of civilization or what?

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/catholic-students-protest-drag-show-on-texas-campus

16. Camper - February 16, 2020

Planet Tan has the filthy billboard, TB. If there is anybody who would like to demonstrate, it would be a good opportunity – more embarrassing and effective than confronting the mob and its prostitutes at strip clubs. “Down with the exploitation of women!” The headlines write themselves.

Camper - February 18, 2020

They have an apparently naked man on a billboard downtown, too. Maybe he is in his underwear. Sorry to mention it, but it really could use a protest.

17. Brian E. Breslin - February 17, 2020

Welcome Back!!, Tantum. So very good to hear from you.


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