I cannot believe that the elders, for whom a newspaper subscription is listed under, did not physically pay to renew their subscription to The Catholic Free Press, the official newspaper of the Worcester Diocese. I don't blame them because there is a lot of sheinanigans in it, but someone "paid" for the thing and it still comes every Friday. Since three of my recent posts here on the blog have been reactions to Free Press articles, I have decided that on Fridays and Saturdays when the paper reaches my doorstep, I will try to write up a weekly segament called "Free Press Exposed."
The purpose of "Free Press Exposed" is to show the world that this newspaper is not a Catholic newspaper as advertised, and is very politically correct. The motto at the top of the front page "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32) is not as advertised. There are a bunch of lies in there, especially on the Editorial pages, so I would not take them seriously, except for one about the excommunication of the Chinese bishops who were consecrated without Pope Benedict's consent (this is a totally different scenerio than Marcel Lefebvre, so I don't want to get into that right now!).
The following exposure will actually be Volume One, Issue 4 because 1, 2, and 3 were already blogged before I saw a common pattern.
Now, we begin.
Last weekend, the parish church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Worcester held its annual Italian Festival on the parish grounds. This is a personal parish for those of Italian ancestory, and I believe at one time they had a Mass in Italian (I don't know if they still do or not). The church was built in the early 20th century to house Italian immigrants to the Worcester area. In 1967 or so, St. Ann's Church ontop Bell Hill was closed, demolished, and the parish was merged with Mt. Carmel (henceforth, the official name of the parish is "Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann").
Currently, Mt. Carmel is ready to collapse, literally. They need about $5-10 million to restore the church building, but there are several code violations in the name of the Massachusetts Building Code, not so much the Code of Rubrics. The highway was built next to church, where people cannot see the bottom of the facade where the doorway at a glance. The acoustics and noise pollution from highway traffic is understood why there are structural deficiencies. They also recently sold their rectory on the ledge, trying to build another one "closer" to the church building, while their parish priest lives in a funeral home.
To make matters worse, on the back page of today's CFP, I found the following disturbing images:
The first image right here, you can see them parading after (N.O.) Mass down the street, but the monsignor is in the crowd with the other members of the congregation! In front of the statue of Mt. Carmel, their are two female altar servers! And finally, there is a marching band! I did not think that drums and tubae were allowed in the Catholic Church.
This second photo would make an FBI agent sick toward his stomach. These old ladies are pinning their donations on Our Lady. If you look closely, these are REAL dollar bills, not Monopoly money!!! I understand the custom of offering to Our Lady, but please, use Monopoly money, not real money, and place the real money in a bucket or slot next to Our Lady!
Conslusion: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish is ready to collapse, if not already it done so. When the diocese was going through recongfiguration in the City of Worcester a few years ago, His Excellency, Bishop McManus, should have closed Mt. Carmel because it clearly is not feasible to have a parish there with people worshiping in what they would call "peace and quiet."
The Mt. Carmel people have been hosting fundraisers to help fix the church, but they have not gone anywhere. $5 million is a tall order, and with the highway nuisances, this parish, to be honest I don't like parishes to close, should have changed the locks years ago. While an Italian Festival can draw people from all over, Catholic or not, for food and fun; it only happens once a year, and is not the main focus/source of income for any Catholic parish.
On the other hand, St. Casimir's Lithuianian Parish was restored (except for the high altar), rewired, and reequipped with a new basement hall and kitchen, etc., and was shut down by the Bishop in 2008 because of low membership. At that time, that was home to the Lithuianian community in the diocese, and there is no longer a Lithuianian community, religious or secular, in Worcester County. That was the parish where my grandmother was raised in, and she was lucky to get a funeral Mass there in 2004.
As of right now, and as far as I know, St. Casimir's has not been sold by the diocese. But that should be sold to a traditionalist order such as the SSPX or FSSP as soon as possible so there can be a Latin Mass in Worcester without the hatred of Worcester clergy.