Friday, September 25, 2009

Well, I'm not going back there again.

There are three churches in my diocese that I will never set foot in again hopefully.
St. Charles Boromeo in Arlington, Good Shepherd and Queen of Peace. St. Charles has a really strange vibe and after reading this I see why.

12 comments:

Robert said...

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Dymphna said...

Drat. The link didn't take. Will fix.

steve said...

A few years ago when I was thinking of converting to Catholicism, the first or second Mass I ever attended was at St. Charles Borremeo. I left as soon as I thought I could leave without being disrespectful. It was everything I feared (at the time) the Catholic Church was and it was awhile before I went back to a Catholic Church. Not long after this, St. Lawrence got the indult for the Latin Mass and my fears were calmed.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks for linking to my post, Dymphna. I'm adding your blog to my Arlington Diocese blog list. Maybe we can meet for coffee one day. I'm out in Woodstock, but would be glad to connect up with you in Manassas or Vienna. I love connecting with other orthodox Catholics in the diocese. The more of us who network, the better. I also put out a newsletter which you can see at www.lesfemmes-thetruth.org. I would be glad to add you to my mailing list if you sent an email to the webmaster.

ray said...

Jesus will tell us in the Gospel of John that there are only two things that will convince people that He was sent by the Father. Those two things are love and unity. And it is a sad state in the church that we are known more for what we are against than what we are for. There is so much polarization and bitter bickering that I think the readings for this weekend are truly appropiate. if you have ears to hear.

It is truly sad to see Catholic against Catholic, is this what Jesus had in mind, I wonder? There are no super Catholics only sinners in need of conversion.

I don't think one will go to Hell because one either received the Preicous Body of OUr Lord in the Eucharist on one's hand or on one's tongue. But we shall certianly end in Hell if we continue to judge our brothers and sisters in the faith.

patrice said...

Well, Dymphna, I'll be in DC in October--Crystal City, actually. I don't need a TLM, but just a beautiful church nearby. Recommendations?

Dymphna said...

St. Anne's is nice. Our Lady of Lourdes is okay too.

patrice said...

Thanks, Dymphna. Sadly, while St. Ann's has a nice web site, there is no photo gallery. Our Lady of Lourdes does, though. It is a modern church.

We are definitely going to the Basilica and to St. Matthew's in DC, though.

Dymphna said...

Patrice, Our Lady of Lourdes has one fine feature. The grotto is a decent replia of the one at Lourdes.
Try to take the tour of the Basilica and if you call ahead you can arrange a tour of St. Matt's. If you have time stop by the Franciscan Monastery. It's one of the lovliest places in the world and the monks like visitors.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Ray, how can orthodoxy and heresy be in unity? Certainly those who prefer the traditional Mass and those who prefer the novus ordo should be in unity. And those who take Communion on the tongue shouldn't fight with those who choose the indult form. But can Catholics who advocate abortion, same sex marriage, and assisted suicide be united with those who believe what's in the Catholic Catechism?

Many clergy today have lost the faith. Many dioceses are in near schism. Faithful laity must fight against the Judases within the Church who are attempting to destroy her.

I cannot be in unity with Fr. Richard McBrien who recently denegrated Eucharistic Adoration or with Fr. Charlie Curran who has been attacking the faith for almost 50 years.

"The smoke of Satan is in the sanctuary" as Pope Paul VI said and serious Catholics have an obligation to fight for restoration of the faith.

David L Alexander said...

I was a member of St Charles for several years, as I lived in that parish. I finally ran screaming from the place to St Agnes when I couldn't take it anymore.

Father Creedon is by no means unpleasant as a man; quite the opposite in fact. But as a priest, he is given to immature behavior, especially during the celebration of Mass. Someone stumbles on the way up the step to the lectern, and he makes a joke. Everything is occasion for a joke. He behaves like a game show host. And the congregation eats it up. Many of them are upper-middle-class liberals who contribute handsomely to the upkeep of the physical plant. And while Father whines about the inequities of the social and economic condition, all around him low- and moderate-income housing has been razed for high-priced condos, which makes one wonder how effective he has been with his own priorities, such as they are. His staff is no more grown up than he is. They and the volunteer leadership are notoriously bad, for example, at just returning a phone call. For all the handshaking and backslapping that goes on before Mass, their hospitality is found wanting.

Our Lady Queen of Peace is the worst. It is my territorial parish. I actually went to Mass there once. The pastor brought his dog to the Mass. I was astonished by this, until the Mass proceeded, and I discovered that the dog behaved better than the people. OLQP is dominated by heretics, plain and simple. This can be proven with little effort. The parish does not serve the neighborhood, but a bunch of malcontents from other parts of town, who don't want to hear anything unpleasant in a homily. The place is beyond saving, and should simply be shut down, lest their errors spread.

kimberley said...

When I went to Queen of Peace I was shocked when the pastor's dog came out and sat in the santuary during Mass. I felt that I had walked into an elaborate joke. The parish should be closed down.