Saturday, February 19, 2011

Catholic Home Schooling Event

Attended a Catholic home schooling event at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver BC.

Julia Fogassy has been a home educator for 25 years and as a mother of nine children ranging in ages 15 to 38 she has a lot of experience.

This was a great opportunity to meet and discuss with other homeschooling parents the benefits of educating your children at home.

The administrator of Traditional Learning Academy, Alan Garneau was there as well and gave a presentation describing the differences between homeschooling and distributed learning.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Altar Consecration Photos

Lamentabili sane

One of the greatest treasures of the Church is the 19 centuries of teaching that is available to us. You don't have to dig to deep to realize why there is so much confusion these days.

Among the sixty-five errors of the modernists condemned by Pope St. Pius X (Lamentabili sane) July 3, 1907:

The organic institution of the Church is not immutable. Like human society, Christian society is subject to perpetual evolution.
“54. Dogmas, Sacraments, and hierarchy, both their notion and reality, are only interpretations and evolutions of the Christian intelligence which have increased and perfected by an external series of additions the little germ latent in the Gospel.

“58. Truth is no more immutable than man himself, since it evolved with him, in him, and through him.

“59. Christ did not teach a determined body of doctrine applicable to all times and all men, but rather inaugurated a religious movement adapted or to be adapted to different times and places.

“64. Scientific progress demands that the concepts of Christian doctrine concerning God, creation, revelation, the Person of the Incarnate Word, and Redemption be readjusted.”

By holding any of these five propositions, one is automatically excluded from the Catholic Church.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Altar Consecration

Here is an article I wrote for the BC Catholic. Pictures to follow.

Jesus Christ, the chief corner stone (Eph 2:20)

On Tuesday Dec. 28 2010, His Grace Archbishop J. Michael Miller consecrated the New Altar and Altar Stone at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver. A traditional Altar consecration had not been done in the Archdiocese in over three decades. In 2008 His Grace Archbishop Raymond Roussin established Holy Family as a personal Parish dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Since then pastor Fr. Deprey with assistant pastor Fr. Geddes as well as the parishners of Holy Family have worked tirelessly to renovate the Church for the glory of God. The newest addition to the sanctuary is the High Altar. A High Altar is venerated because it is the place of sacrifice and the dwelling place of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. The consecration of an Altar Stone is a pivotal moment in a Church’s history. It is the foundation for the sacrifice of the Mass, the High Altar is where heaven and earth meet, and time and space are crossed. It is where we receive the body, blood and divinity of our Lord.

At one time most Altars were made of stone, nowadays many are made of wood with a smaller stone interred in it. Before the consecration the priests at Holy Family were using a Greek corporal with relics sewn into it. The altar stone itself symbolizes Christ as the unmovable truth, which is the foundation of our Catholic Faith. Using a stone to symbolize the truth is used throughout the Bible.

“ Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will lay a stone in the foundations of Sion, a tried stone, a corner stone, a precious stone, founded in the foundation. He that believeth let him not hasten.” (Isaiah 28:16)

The Apostle Peter echoes this verse in his first epistle

“ Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.” (1 Peter 2:6)

The stone that is used at Holy Family is engraved with five crosses to represent the five wounds of Our Lord. There is a cavity carved into the stone for the entombment of sacred relics. Placing relics of Saints within the Altar goes back centuries when Christians had to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass in the catacombs. There, the martyrs who had died for their faith in Jesus Christ surrounded the faithful during the Mass. Holy Family Parish has been blessed with the relics of St. Stephen Protomartyr and St. Sebastian Martyr.

After the procession the Archbishop places the relics with three grains of incense into the sepulcher (cavity). The Archbishop then blesses the Gregorian water, which is composed of holy water, wine, salt and ashes. (The name Gregorian water comes from Pope Gregory I who prescribed its use for consecrations.) The relics of the Saints are mixed with a cement powder and are sealed into the sepulcher of the altar. The Stone is then anointed with Sacred Chrism on all crosses and then the Bishop incenses the Altar. Upon the five crosses on the stone the Bishop forms crosses out of grains of incense and places a small wax cross on top of each one. Following this, Acolytes light the wax crosses on the altar symbolizing the fire of the Holy Spirit that fuels us to love and worship God, as the Bishop intones:

“ Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende”

Translated to English means: “ Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love”