Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bishop D'Arcy at St. Patrick's

I've been wanting to blog for a while now, and haven't. But, today is a good day to finally get around to it. I never finished my last string of half-written posts.

What makes today so special? Bishop John D'Arcy!

This morning at 7:45 at St Patrick's (arguably the most beautiful church in South Bend - not Notre Dame) the pastor bonus of this diocese came and offered a pontifical low Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. It was a most beautiful Mass!

In his sermon he emphasized the importance of the Mother Guerin Community to the diocese, and of the diocese and bishop to us.

After Mass, he joined us briefly in the parish hall for coffee and a potluck breakfast.

He led us in prayer before the meal.

Here he is with Fr. George Gabet, F.S.S.P., the usual celebrant of this Mass, and Fr. Leonard Chrobot, pastor of St. Patrick's.

Some of the children of the community presented him with flowers, which he later presented to a statue of the Blessed Mother before leaving us to go say Mass at St. Joseph's (a C.S.C. parish also in South Bend) for the celebration of the feast of Bl. Basil Moreau.

There was a wonderful representation of the community - mostly "townies" (as it very well should be) - but also a nice selection of Notre Dame students, both undergrad and grad, faculty and staff. I was pleased to see a respectable number of departments represented.

I image more pictures and reports will follow soon on the Mother Guerin Blog.

Remember to keep Bishop D'Arcy, and all of our bishops, in your prayers!

P.S. all photos by me, and many thanks to "Bishop Neumann" for loaning me his camera since mine has come to a very sad end and now sits broken and just about entirely useless. :-(

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