I’m still here folks, but the blog will be taking a new direction in the future. As I assume my new post as parish priest at Our Lady of the Rosary parish expect more news and local parish stuff as I intend to link the parish website to my blog to provide more communication possibilities with my new parishioners. I hope established readers will also be interested to learn what the parish is like and what is going on.
Our Lady of the Rosary parish (known locally as OLR) is the smallest parish in Greenville. With about 420 families, it also has a vibrant Vietnamese community who were drawn there by the ministry of my predecessor, Fr Dac Tran OFM. There is a K-8 school, and a modest church built as a temporary church about 50 years ago. The parish has a building project, so the chance to build a new church is an exciting challenge.
I have already designed a very nice contemporary structure which is circular in form with the altar placed down among the people. The church is patterned after the native American teepee so that it reflects the ‘Circle of Life’. Around the altar will be plenty of space to allow for liturgical dance and behind the altar will be the sacred drum space. I believe in proper inculturation and we will be encouraging the young people to play bongo drums of different sizes during Mass to encourage participation by all the people of God.
Already some nuns from New Mexico have expressed interest in coming to take over the parish school in order to transform it into a place of genuine earth healing and reconciliation with the maternal powers which are being raped by the military industrial male chauvinist conspiracy. They are called Sisters of the St Hildegard of Bingen who was known to be a herbalist, healer, musician and mystic.
Episcopal Bishop Mary Cesspool has agreed to be our liturgical advisor and spiritual director.
PS: New readers should be aware that this blog is often satirical in nature and regard the last three paragraphs as complete nonsense.