... Alright, so the opening hymn was All Are Welcome... I honestly had no idea this particular hymn was so popular, the first time I ever heard it was maybe a few years ago. Maybe it's becoming a rallying cry of the liturgical-music-of-rupture crowd, I'm not sure. Okay, well so to comment further on the liturgy, I will have to discuss this particular priest.
A few years back the diocese moved something like 80% of their priests, many of the moves seemed extremely questionable where a more liberal priest was put in a conservative parish. Notre Dame was at the time probably one of the most conservative parishes in the diocese, male only altar servers, etc. They put one of the most liturgically liberal priests in to replace him. Now let me say this, when I say liberal, I mean takes advantage of anything in the rubrics that is allowed, I do not mean the lazy liberal who just does whatever he wants. So since there are vague rubrics for vestments, this priest has one of those multicolor ones that fits every season. There's a pre-readings homily to go along with the regular homily. Movements are more theatrical rather than ritualistic. So that is to say, traditional minded Catholics would probably not feel comfortable here.
On the other hand, the homily he gave was one that traditional Catholics would like, but probably not conservative Catholics. He hit on the need to unplug and get out of the hamster wheel to focus on prayer and what is important in life, talking about our capitalistic culture. When he was in La Crosse around the time the DaVinci Code came out, he gave an excellent defense of .... well reality I guess against Dan Brown's sanity. He did a really nice job, even had a secret La Crosse Tribune reporter try to lambaste him afterwords whom this priest dispatched with ease. He also is very personable, visiting families in the hospital when the have babies(what a great way to remind parents about Baptism!).
Well so I guess I should make a point. I think this move was kind of the boom of the cannon to sent a message that the diocese isn't going to let these more conservative parishes just continue down their current path. I'm not sure if Notre Dame will see their male altar boys policy change or not. But if so, why does the diocese see a need to cause continued turbulence in parish life instead of letting the liberal parishes stay liberal and conservative stay conservative?
This has turned into a bit of rant somehow. It's late. The point is that good parish development has in a few places been turned back because of diocesan decisions. I can't answer why, other than as an outside observer that it seems intentional. On the other hand, a sensible priest has been sent to the Newman Center in Eau Claire and is trying to explain to the parishioners why they cant use leavened bread! What do I know, I'm just a peasant(gratefully).
A lovely yet simple church, love the location on the hill to be seen as you enter town, and a nice outdoor devotional area. Male altar servers and kneelers for Communion were excellent
|Yes, still used for Communion|