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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    Teepees and Circle of Life is so 20th Century.Inuit charms and Liturgical igloos is where it's at, like, today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06962374096401238994 shadowlands

    Can we smoke our pipes in the pews too Father? I've gone right off those incense cigars they hand round in my old, more trad parish.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14058286668713203201 servingblogger

    Well, I wouldn't exactly call those last three paragraphs satirical, though perhaps they are pretty nonsensical. However, I would say the "Cesspool" bit is incredibly insulting to Bishop Glasspool. Nasty even. Your do-gooding trip to El Salvador doesn't seem to have done you much good, Father.If you have a problem with Mary Glasspool etc and her Church, then why not argue your case intelligently, coherently, and maturely. You are bright enough and the words tumble out of you readily enough. You don't need to resort to gratuitous insults, Father. Not noble. And you a Parish Priest ! Some good example you are to your parishioners when you resort to this kind of stuff – NOT !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16642995184098509461 Palmetto Papist

    Bad Jesus, who makes nasty insults, such as,"Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?" I guess those forty days in the desert didn't do him any good.P.S. Father, it's not satire any more if you admit to it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14031783215752616919 Theresa

    Fr. I have finally put 2 and 2 together, although I now reside in the teepee parish Mecca, of Los Angeles, I attended school at OLR from K through 2 until we moved. I have fond memories of the teachers there (well most) and of receiving the sacraments of confession/penance and first communion there! And I am so very pleased to see that true orthodoxy is coming to the school, and the parish. I am only sorry that I am not there to enjoy it as a child, although you will be in prayers in the hopes that many children will enjoy a good solid Catholic education there.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07215093180074844386 the Egyptian

    PS: New readers should be aware that this blog is often satirical in nature and regard the last three paragraphs as complete nonsense.—————————-Thank Goodness, there for a moment I thought the stress really HAD gotten to you in your absence.Welcome back, been lonely checking on you day after day and nothing new, I can only read Fr Z for so long :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02416179882756576300 Pebbles

    nonsense? why? sounds like a great plan. I'm sure you'll have pews bustling with young, enthusiastic, parishioners faithful to Rama, I mean God. Theresa and I know full well, our archdiocese is overflowing with joy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08154128486585894489 Catholic Tide

    Those last 3 paragraphs were brutal! With the exception of "Bishop Mary Cesspool" I think I have seen every single one of these atrocities at one parish or another over the years. Thank you for the satire… sometimes we need to laugh to keep from crying.

  • http://incaelo.wordpress.com/ incaelo

    You had me fooled for about two lines, Father… But I think OLR may be quite pleased to have you as their new parish priest.But please don mention liturgical dancing again. It gives me a rash. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09561070172039384888 Barb Bathon

    Father,Welcome back! I know your family missed you, but sounds like a wonderful trip. I tried to imagine you standing in the center of your "new vision of ORL" attempting to celebrate, and could not! As for the usual attempts at chastisement from servingblogger, it is to be expected, everytime you are the least bit sarcastic about liberal or progressive trends. It sounds like he is a little too insecure with his liberal leanings, and chooses to attack rather than read and learn. A typical response from that mindset these days.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12858120820470784593 Anneg

    Ok, Father, but where are you going to put this altar in a teepee church? http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2010/01/restored-altar-frontal-for-sistine.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04446241126728692642 Paul Stilwell

    I'm moving to Greenville with my bongo drums.Anyone want to be picked up along the way? Servingblogger?It's Greenville or bust man!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18039303783620229633 bbmoe

    True story: one of our priests (Episcopal, female) accepted a call to a church that had, in addition to a traditional sanctuary, a kiva with an altar in the center of the wide stair-step seating in the square. Once a week silent Eucharist is celebrated with gestures and meaningful looks while the congregants sit on their pillows. While she was describing this to us, I asked if the silent Eucharist was Rite I or Rite II. It's a measure of how far we've fallen that she didn't get the sarcasm.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15054021958694262996 Wendy

    Oh, Father! Heart-stopping.All I could think for three lines was "Oh no! The Stepford Priests! They got him!"(by the second paragraph, heart rate was back to normal)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02963290696331676531 Ben Vallejo

    "Cesspool" is not enough to describe the kind of theology the Episcopal Church is parading nowadays.There is nothing to apologise about.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09184259228282290040 Lee Strong

    Satire? Dang, I was getting excited and thinking of moving down there.