The Delightful Brandon Vogt writes

The Delightful Brandon Vogt writes November 10, 2012

Last Spring, a writer at Boston Magazine did a big feature story on Catholic life in Boston after the abuse-crisis. Yesterday, he posted a follow-up article where he shared his experiences at St. John’s Seminary. He recounts his most poignant memory, which involved sitting in on a liturgy class where the seminarians were shown several videos on the liturgy. One featured the infamous Fr. Michael Pfleger, who designed his own five-minute Eucharistic Prayer. Another included the terrifying Mass Puppets.

But alas, none were a match for my three-year-old son, Isaiah, whose liturgical exactitude won over the class:

Any man whose son beats Fr. Pfleger and scary puppets in a liturgy competition is one proud papa.

As well you should be, Brandon.

Brandon, by the way, also writes:

“Huge giveaway this week as Our Sunday Visitor has donated 11 of their newest books including:

– “Bible Top Tens” by Mary Elizabeth Sperry
– “Champion of the Church” by Ann Ball
– “Engaging a New Generation” by Frank Mercadante
– “Faith at Work” by Kevin Lowry
– “Gateways to God” by Fr. Robert Hater
– “Patron Saints” by Thomas J. Craughwell
– “Style, Sex, and Substance” by Hallie Lord
– “The Heart of Catholic Prayer” by Mark Shea
– “The Temperament God Gave Your Kids” by Art and Laraine Bennett
– “The Word of the Lord” by Stephen C. Smith
– “The Year of Faith: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

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  • James H, London

    I couldn’t watch very much of those Pfleger and Mass Puppets ‘masses’.

    The. Mind. Utterly. Boggles! I think I understand the traddy hysteria over liturgical correctness, now.

    • I ask again, where are the parishes where this happens? Because I’ve been to Masses all over the country and the world, and I’ve never seen anything like this.

      • Same here. I’m a fossil who recalls the first liturgical changes taking place right after the Council (I was 10 years old) and I have never in my life seen a liturgical puppet, a clown Mass, or any priest like Fr. Pfleger. I too have traveled to all parts of the country and Europe too. When I bring this fact up with traditionalists, they say I must have “suppressed the memory.”

        Uh-huh. Even if I had seen them, I wouldn’t have bee THAT traumatized.

      • Ted Seeber

        I’ve lived in two of them now- though both, post new translation, have reverted to something more dignified.

        Grew up in one in Silverton, Oregon- though there the puppets were limited greatly to just a homiliny introduced by the priest during the homily. So were the clowns.

        At St. Clare’s in Portland, OR, we got so bad that one priest tried to edit the “I am not worthy” speech to “I am worthy, for he has healed my soul and I am saved” and we had some interesting ballerina inspired liturgical dance until I confessed to one of the people on the liturgical committee that it was inspiring some rather impure thoughts on my part (in front of the dancer, who never danced in Mass again- I think I embarrassed her).

  • I am crying. If I may quote my Baptist granny, “That boy is gonna make a preacher!”

    • Follow up I meant to add: God bless the parents raising such a child!

  • Love the way Isaiah says “Behold!” He’ll make a great priest someday, God willing.

  • Marthe Lépine

    I don’t know… I found the puppets and the dancing very funny. But it certainly was not a mass! On the other hand, during the number of years when I was a member of charismatic prayer groups, I occasionally visited churches of other denominations (without considering those services as a replacement for Mass – I would never miss Sunday Mass but did not think there was anything wrong with joining with some of my non-Catholic friends once in a while) and found some of their services more like prayer group meetings than regular Sunday services, particularly the Pentecostal ones. The “mass” with the puppets was a lot like some of them. It is not a bad way to bring people together in prayer. But it is not a mass…

  • Marthe Lépine

    Oh… I think an explanation is in order. In the Ottawa area, it just happened that many Charismatic prayer groups brought together people of various faith background. I came to think that such ecumenism was not by accident, but maybe was influenced by the Holy Spirit. Don’t hesitate to correct me if I am wrong… Actually, the first one I did join was at an Anglican church just around the corner from where I lived, because the Catholic church just around the other corner did not have many activities outside of Sunday and daily masses. And that way, I learned to see what we all had in common, instead of focusing on the differences.

  • Ted Seeber

    I also want to know where Isaiah’s parents got that age-appropriate practice Mass kit. I want to get it for my nephew, who at age 6 has expressed an interest in the priesthood. Would make an AWESOME Christmas Present!

    • Marthe Lépine

      It might be an antique, since I remember my brother having one when he was about 6 or 7 (1945 or 1946) that had been passed on from our grandparents’ home, and then was “forwarded” to my younger cousin. It was a really neat set, with miniature candelabra, as well as the chalice and ciboreum (is that the right word?), and I think there were other accessories too.

  • Marthe Lépine

    Oh… And there was a small wooden altar!