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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sexagesima Sunday

Yes, that's what today is in the Old Rite. It means that there are six Sundays to go till Passion Sunday. Since the close of the period after Epiphany, the Old Rite takes us into the season of Septuagesima (which started last Sunday) and the Sunday Mass is celebrated with purple vestments and there is no 'Gloria' until Maundy Thursday.
As I announced in the parish newsletter last week, in response to requests from a good number of people, I have undertaken the celebration of Mass in the Old Rite in the parish on the days authorised by the Archbishop, namely the second and, when there is one, the fifth Sunday of the month. Today was my first! More information here and here. As parish priest, I felt it was important that the people who attend this Mass know that they are as legitimate Catholics as anyone else and deserving of normal pastoral care. In any case, a number of them are actually parishioners. Somehow, getting priests from outside (one from as far away as Brussels) to celebrate the Mass seems unnecessary when, with a little application, it's not that difficult to learn the Rite (mistakes notwithstanding).

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