Today in the mail, the elders received today's edition of The Catholic Free Press, which has significant coverage on the 75th anniversary Mass of Christ the King Parish. Established in 1936, Christ the King grew out of Blessed Sacrament Parish, and a temporary church was built within 45 days of establishement. The parish was rural and had more cows than souls.
|Is this a church or an office building?|
However, the present church building, consecrated by Bishop Wright on the Feast of Christ the King, October 26, 1958, is a modernist hall designed by the Nault Family of architects, for most of whom I believe are now deceased. While there are magnificant stained glass windows purchased from other parishes, etc., the whole building is not like a Catholic house of worship that our ancestors would be proud of.
Unfortunately, I have been in Christ the King once, but thankfully not for a Mass, but for a meeting. While the meeting spaces are what meeting rooms should look like, the sanctuary does not look like the Church that Bishop Wright could have consecrated. There is no trace of a high altar.
This past Sunday, according to the newspaper, Christ the King celebrated their 75th Anniversary Mass on "the Feast of Christ the King." Sorry, but Sunday was not the Feast of Christ the King! Sunday was the Last Sunday after Pentecost, and Christ the King was the Last Sunday of October, as promulgated by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
But again, this is just another Novus Ordo parish. While the parish has a lot of families and children in it, this is because they are on the West Side of Worcester, a.k.a. "The People with Tons of Money." So they are going to this parish because it's close by, whereas the families, if they really wish to be serious in the practice of the Catholic Faith, could make an effort to travel elsewhere on Sundays.
While their website is full of garbage, I'm not going to give you the link, but rather explain why a parish with many children and families in a wealthy neighborhood can't adopt Summorum Pontificum?
While there is no parish school, all children are educated through CCD and CYC. They even post the syllabi for each grade level/sacrament prep on the website. But there is no Baltimore Catechism! And for adults, RCIA (Rite of Chastizing Insitutional Advancement)! So we have to pray a Pater and an Ave for the religious ed coordinator at this parish so that she get on the ball with the times! (P.S., Benedict is the Pope, not JP2.)