With one day to go until Judgement Day, I looked on the website for the Archdiocese of Boston, and researched parishes that are run by religious orders. These parishes seem to be "safe" because they are not run by the archdiocese, but they are listed on the parish directory page on the website:
- Chapel of Our Savior, Brockton, run by Franciscans (TLM)
- Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Beacon Hill, run by the heretical Paulist Fathers
- Holy Espousal of Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, Waltham, the dreaded place where engaged couples are sent to for a weekend "retreat" where they are indoctrinated with false teachings on marriage.
- Lourdes Center, 698 Beacon Street, Boston, run by the Servites of Mary (Home of Lourdes Water)
- Madonna, Queen of the Universe Shrine, East Boston, run by the FDP Fathers (The Who Fathers?)
- Fatima Shrine, Holliston, run by Xavierian Fathers
- St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine, run by Oblates of the Virgin Mary
- St. Ignatius of Loyola, Chestnut Hill, run by the Jesuits of Boston College
- St. Joseph the Worker Shrine, Lowell, run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Now, these Mass Centers are attended by many people of the Archdiocese, but are not listed on BostonCatholic.org. These are not affected by the reconfiguration:
- St. Catherine of Siena Mission, Woburn, run by the SSPX
- Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, run by Trappists
- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mission, Stoneham, run by the CMRI
- Sacred Heart Church, Lawrence, run by the Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ, a Third-Order Dominican apostolate
- Most Holy Trinity Mission, Andover, an independent chapel run by Fr. Peter Lemay
- St. Benedict Abbey, Still River, run by the "children" of Fr. Leonard Feeney, MICM (located in Worcester Diocese)
- All Eastern Rite Catholic Churches
Now, out of the Mass Centers not listed on the archdiocesan website, but listed above, 5 out of the 7 offer the Traditional Latin Mass for sure (the one I'm unsure of is Glastonbury Abbey). The Eastern Rite Catholic parishes would not be listed because they have their own dioceses with their own bishops. However, these Rites were not modernized after the V2 meltdown.
Before anyone asks ahead of time why I did not list the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the safe list, I did not because nothing that is run by the Archdiocese is for certain to stay open. But we'll just have to listen to the Cardinal when he announces the plans at 2PM ET tomorrow.
Everyone knows this is not going to work. Closing parishes is not going to promote evangelization. So much for the program being called "Disciples in Mission."
What did a disciple do in the New Testament? Well, he followed and imitated Our Lord Jesus Christ, received him in the Blessed Sacrament, and lived like him the rest of the day. He also BELIEVED EXACTLY WHAT OUR LORD TAUGHT, end of story. They were martyred because of this, but they were following the way, the truth, and the light.
What did a missionary do? He spread the Gospel to people who did not believe, and converted several people, and administered the Sacraments to them. They did not give them a grocery bag of food to live off of them for the rest of the week. For the first Christians, the Blessed Sacrament was their True Food and True Drink.
Now what is the real purpose for eliminating more than half of the current parishes? That answer real simple and straightforward: To get rid of the Catholic identity of the Archdiocese, and to turn it into a corporation!!!
The Archdiocese is being run like a for-profit business now anyway, with seventeen lay persons earning six-figure salaries who are not tested in the Catholic Faith. Why do you think that most "Catholics" abort and contracept? Well, you can blame Bryan Heir for that.
The Archdiocese is about to put it's own fate in the hands of the faithful. If this happens, let them be anathema.
Please read this Boston Catholic Insider post from January 26th, and read the comments very carefully.
I am going to prepare a second letter to Pope Benedict XVI, to Cardinal Burke at the Vatican, and to the Papal Nuncio, pending the outcome of the announcement tomorrow.