I received this note from the website
and thought you might be interested in it and my response
“Subject: Why is there an Anglican Use Mass at your parish?”
“I am writing because I’m wondering why y’all think that it is a good idea to have the Anglican Use Mass at your Parish. I mean I’m not a regular Catholic but the word on the street is that you are having a bunch of ultraconservative white people come trapsing (sic) into your church on Sunday morning who couldn’t care less about what is going on in your community. I mean what do people in your neighborhood think about this, or do you really care?”
Dear ____: A little controversy can be a good thing, but I do not expect that rumors and negativity will easily sway this parish from our commitment to worshiping God, serving our neighbors and working for justice. You may not realize that Anglo-Catholicism has a very long tradition of social justice involvement and has the reputation of being unafraid to go into the slums in London and poor areas around the world. For example, St. Mary’s – the Anglo-Catholic parish in
People from outside the parish should certainly ask this same question about any of our Masses, “Why do they do things that way when we don’t do things that way at our neighborhood parish?” We can ask those questions about each other, and for those with open minds there are very good answers. Each of our Masses is liturgically ultra, but ultra in different ways. We are all Catholics. We are not boring. We are different, and if we weren’t different, there would be no reason for us to be here.
St. Therese has found a mission in welcoming people into our parish community who do not fit at their local parish. Whoever is informing you about those coming to our 11:15 Mass is misinformed. The director of the Human Rights Office of the diocese is a member of this parish and attends that
I hope you will come visit sometime.