I can sense the Spirit moving on this issue. Anyone who is interested in discussing a way forward in response to next year’s parade should contact me.
2) Bible Study Sep.12, Oct.10, Nov.14, Dec.12 (6:30-8:30) – 12 guys are now registered. Someone expressed their interest on Saturday but I lost my paper. Who was it?
3) Band of Christian Brothers Manifesto – Tony L. to offer amendments to send to David G.
4) Metcalfe Fair http://www.metcalfefair.com/ – October 1-4 – Fr. Anthony does Evangelization at the Fair each year. I think this would be a good opportunity for us to get some boots on the ground here with hopes of building a presence in years to come. If anyone is interested, let me know.
5) 40 Days for Life – 40 Days for Life starts up near the end of September. The Legionnaires will be taking a full day. I hope many of you will participate. Pick an hour of our day and show up to pray for the unborn.
6) Movie Night – David C. to champion this idea with Pam S., the Parish’s Events Co-ordinator
7) Holy League Sep.1 – Martial Arts – Guys who are interested in going should let me know so we can organize a car pool to St. Catherine’s in Metcalfe.
8) Ottawa Fury Oct.14/15 – Will let you all know which date in October will be available to see the Ottawa Fury.
9) CHP Candidate – Christian Heritage Party Candidate Running in Ottawa West Nepean for the upcoming Federal Election – Rod Taylor
10) Discussion topic for next meeting The Gift of Faith (last one)11) Next meeting venue September 26
Our October meeting on Oct. 24 will be at St. Catherines of Sienna in Metcalfe 6:30-8:00-meeting // 8:00 – 8:45 – Mass
12) Upcoming events / New Business Cursillo Weekends Fall – Men’s 135th Weekend (November 26th – 29th 2015)
Spring – Men’s 136th Weekend (April 14th – 17th 2016) http://www.ottawacursillo.ca/web/mens.
13) Gift of Faith Notes
You don’t get because you don’ t ask
Maybe we don’ trust He is God
Gift of humor
– Ridicule satan
– see yourself in appropriate light
– ” I am saved because of my faith”- incredibly selfish way to look at salvation instead of being saved at Baptism by an Act of God.
– Matt- Difficulties (talents?) becoming gifts- hard to accept knowing our trials but if we can let go and submit to His will- redemptive suffering- Talent- learning how to direct the difficulty
-Radicalization- negative term in media left, but Jesus was a radical
-p. 100- You sin because you are so very important
-St. Thomas More- laugh at ourselves- the soul of a child- Humor as evangelization
p. 112- through hardships god’s silence and sbsence is a great risk to god because he might lose the soul- Us!
p. 127- Faith or blasphemy- Black or white no middle ground
p. 161- God loves our soul most when he can strip it- denudation- path towards unity with God
Lifesite’s coverage of the parade can be found here.
“I was not opposed to them praying the rosary,” Wong said. He also stated he didn’t know the group was coming, and that he had a responsibility as the rector to protect his church. “I just don’t want to create an incident where the basilica will be violated.” Pacheco says he doesn’t recall Wong stating that if the people praying turned around to face the parade, they could stay. “Maybe he said that to me and it didn’t register. … I would have been very happy to do it. … It’s just a big misunderstanding.” People had asked Pacheco what to do, and he advised that they initially start the rosary with their backs turned to the march “because we didn’t know what was coming” as far as nudity or scandalous conduct. “It was really more protection to the women who came and joined us as well. It’s a difficult place to be.” Pacheco says he understands why Wong did what he did. “He has an obligation to try and protect the parish, and it’s one of the reasons I acted the way I did. … At the end of the day, God’s going to reward obedience, I think.”
Again, I don’t ever recall Fr. Wong ever suggesting to us, just to turn around. That would have been easy enough to do, and goes against the whole discussion we were having. Besides, weren’t there going to be hundreds and thousands of people on the streets, where we would barely be noticed?
Wong told LifeSiteNews he is going to make recommendations to the city to change both the route and the time of the Capital Pride parade next year.
Well, at least that was a bonus. But the fact that we capitulated the first time around, we ceded the pavement to them. It’s gonna be all that harder to regain it…..unless….drum roll please….we fight for it. They are not just going to give it to us. If you were them, would you? Hell no you wouldn’t. This is the consequence of being the Church of non-confrontation, a church of capitulation.
Lest someone tell you that St. Joe’s presence at the Gay Pride Parade is consistent with Church teaching. I beg to differ.
Ewelina Frackowiak is head of St Joe’s LGBT ministry. A sample from her 2014 “homily/reflection” said within Masses from pulpit:
“We, LGBT Catholics, have dignity and we will keep asking – we will be persistent as the Canaanite woman was – we will keep asking for the sacrament of marriage, we will keep asking to be welcomed in all Catholic communities the way we are welcomed here at Saint Joe’s” (Source)
“If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
So today after I sent out a clarion call for brothers and sisters in the Faith to show up and pray in front of St. Pat’s Basilica in reparation for the perversity that would appear just a short distance from the Blessed Sacrament. There was a very encouraging response….maybe 50 or so people showed up on very short notice — less than 24 hours. When I arrived there around 12:55, people were already milling about and the atmosphere was upbeat and calm…even joyful. So as the minutes went by and I looked at my watch, 15 minutes had passed and it was already 1:10 pm. The parade had started several blocks to the South of the Basilica at 1PM. So I called for everyone’s attention and asked them to stand on the sidewalk, with back’s facing the parade, to begin to pray the Rosary. I had made it clear on this website and by email that this would merely be a prayerful time where we would ask for Our Lady’s intercession through the Holy Rosary. That’s it. No insults. No yelling. Not even verbal confrontation unless it was civil. We were there to pray in reparation to Our Lord, but also for the misguided and hurting souls who were seduced into the lie of the homosexual lifestyle.
As we started to pray the Rosary, we were approached by a woman named “Sheila” from St. Pat’s Pastoral Council, insisting that we stop praying in the Street. Apparently, we were encouraging a confrontation, and, we were to avoid this at all costs. I resisted her requests, reminding her that we were faithful Catholics and we had every right to be there. I even told her that we weren’t on Church property. She was not dissuaded and asserted her phony authority. She was almost distressed that there was even the slightest possibility of any kind of interaction or upset people! I reminded her that we were there not to provoke anyone, and this was not about provocation (even though the Gay parade was exactly that, as it changed its route to pass by the Basilica.). She finally had enough and asked for my name and she whipped out her notebook waiting for my answer. I told her my name and she dutifully wrote it down. “Look lady, I don’t have time to talk to you anymore. The show’s about to start and we need to start praying.” So, we started up again.
Within 5 minutes, I saw her at the top of the stairs at the entrance of the Church talking to Fr. Bosco Wong, the Basilica’s rector. I knew what was coming down the pipe. It didn’t take long, either. Fr. Wong walked down the stairs and approached me. We essentially went through the same song and dance. After pleading my case, I figured that it was no use. Fr. Wong would not budge. I finally asked him, “Father, just so we are clear, is this a command that you want us to leave the sidewalk?” He said, “Yes it is.” Well, I had to make a choice. Do I obey or do I ask him to move along kindly, because I am not on Church property. This was not a political battle or a legal one. I simply could not disobey legitimate church authority, even though it was succumbing to a diabolical disorientation. Fr. Wong was at least gracious enough to invite us to pray inside. I quickly turned around and told everyone that I disagreed with Father Wong, but I could not disregard his command, and I encouraged everyone to join me. Many followed…close to 25. Others chose not to, but their presence was not as conspicuous as mine was with the flag, and they had other reasons for remaining. To oppose the pastor of the Church, however misguided he was, was to cede ground to the Enemy. So, flag pole and flag in hand, I entered the Church to pray. As I walked up the stairs, someone called out, “Good call, John, obedience is more important than sacrifice.”
And so is, I suppose, humiliation. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church had its own banner in the parade. But no one stopped them. Too provocative and confrontational, you see. So that you are all tracking this calculus and you all understand what’s in play here: Faithful Catholics recite rosary in little more than hushed tones on public sidewalk, for love of the Church and persons marching in the parade, without provocation or rancor on city sidewalk. Get asked by the parish priest to stop for fear of provocation. On the other hand, Catholic parish in Ottawa marches in the same Pride parade, and no action taken. It sure looks like the devil protects their evangelization and thwarts ours.
But the story doesn’t end there. As about 25 of us walked into the Church to start praying the Rosary, the Pride Parade passed by. We ended up praying all four mysteries of the Rosary and added the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the end of it. The noise and battle over this hour from 1:30-2:30 was intense. It was the most intense spiritual battle that I had ever engaged in. This is what Suzanne wrote on her Facebook page:
So what happened at today’s prayer action at the Ottawa Gay Pride Parade….
There was a lot of discussion of the issue of the prayer action by Fr. Bosco and Sheila from the parish council (I think that’s her name). John Pacheco was also in negotiation with them. There was a concern that even standing with our backs to the parade and praying out rosary might be provocative and cause a disturbance. John and about 20 other people (including me) started praying the rosary with… our backs to the sidewalk. Finally Fr. Bosco asked us to move inside the Basilica. John agreed out of obedience and I followed John. We were about 20 people praying the rosary inside. Some remained outside and I don’t know about what happened to them.
It was a marathon rosary session. I’d never prayed the rosary like I prayed this afternoon. I think we prayed for at least an hour straight, maybe longer. We had time to say at least 3 rosaries. It was hot in the Church and a lot of people were sweating. When the parade started, we could hear the music from the boom boxes. Sometimes they rang police or ambulance sirens, vuvulezas, honked horns. You get the picture. Sometimes it was so loud we could barely hear ourselves pray.
We wrapped up with a Divine Mercy chaplet. We stopped probably because we were wiped. It was intense. The doors to the front steps were locked so we had to exit through the side, which is just as well. We didn’t get to see anything at the parade, and maybe it was better that way.
I think we’re going to do this again next year, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. I hope you all come.
PS: Rod Taylor of the CHP showed up in solidarity with us prayer warriors. Way to go Rod Taylor ! He remained outside after most of us went inside.
Featured to the immediate left here, Rod Taylor, leader of the Christian Heritage Party, offering his support. Rod is running in Ottawa West Nepean in this upcoming election.
A number of times during our prayer time, we encountered confusion and disorientation in reciting the mysteries…out of order sometimes, confusion on who was leading, and other conflicts. I had never experienced anything like it. It became personal for me when, about a third of the way through one of the decades that I was leading, I forgot how to say the first part of the Hail Mary – a prayer that any Catholic would have recited a million times by my age. I tried three times and I could not do it! It was not a pleasant experience, but I recovered on future decades. The noise during the hour was loud. The music, the sirens, the screams. It reached a fevered pitch at times. At one point during one of the louder moments of the Parade, I remembered when the Americans were trying to smoke out Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega back in the 80s from a foreign embassy he had fled to in Panama. The Americans blasted rock music 24-7 at the Embassy to encourage him to come out. I saw the same thing happening here, except in reverse: the devil taunting the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament…and his infernal spirit was passing by only meters away…with the consent of the parish, no less.
As we finished the Divine Mercy Chaplet, my thoughts focused on one thing: next year. Is this show is going to be different or will it be another occasion to show how good we all are at capitulation? We need more troops on the ground and this issue needs to be raised at the highest levels of the Church here in Ottawa. It is that important.
Jesus Christ did not shy away from confrontation, but in our emasculated Church today, that’s all that we do. We have worshipped at the altar of pedantic “dialogue” for so long, that we simply cannot stand or tolerate the idea that confrontation is some times a necessary thing. We don’t know how to fight anymore. This is a grave sickness that the Church is experiencing and it needs to be addressed with some urgency. If we’re not ready to fight for our Faith, we’re going to be steam-rolled. We cannot compromise everything. We cannot engage in endless capitulation. This will not do. No, sir. It will not do. Lame excuses for why we must not be provocative is not going to cut it. It’s a lie of the devil, and it is anti-Christian. Catholics are not pacifists or pansies, but that’s how we are acting. Let this be a warning to all those who have authority in the Church and allow this sacrilege to go on without confrontation. Remember what our Lord said about the lukewarm and tremble, because you will be held accountable to Almighty God.
I thank all those who came out today to pray and witness to the truth. This battle is not over. See you next year. Same time. Same place.
We live in times of great opportunity and witness to the Faith. Your forefathers could only have dreamed of this opportunity, and yet how many people let it pass by…too enthralled with the gods of entertainment and apathy. The false lords of sodomy and perversion have always had these lesser companions to get the job done.
You are Blessed indeed in a very unique way, and yet, do you even know it? Do you even know what it means to stand for the Catholic Faith in a public fashion and be among a remnant people standing for the truth.? It sounds surreal, but it is no less true. The Lord of the Rings does not just exist on a movie screen. It’s real, my fellow hobbits.
Our battle is not against flesh and blood, and in particular not with those misguided souls who are trapped in this destructive lifestyle. Our battle is against their general, the prince of the Air. And so, we’ll be there to engage in the spiritual struggle and to witness publicly that love does not always say “yes”. We’re also there to reject the false gospel of “non-confrontation and capitulation” that has smothered much of the Catholic Church for decades.
Here are the ground rules for participation:
No shouting, return insults or heated exchanges. If we engage in these behaviours, we will be distracted and lose. This is a silent and prayerful reparation.
If reporters come sniffing and you are not comfortable engaging them, direct them to me.
I will be there at St. Pat’s Basilica before 12:45. We will stand on the sidewalk in front of the Basilica. The parade will likely pass by the Basilica between 1:20 and 1:45, depending on how quickly they march.
Look for the Flag of St. George. I will be holding it high.
We will pray the rosary during this time.
If people want to participate but do not want to be out in the street, they can pray inside the Church, if it’s still open to the public.
Today after attending the Queenship of Mary Feast Day Mass, I received a rather urgent inspiration to organize opposition to the Gay Pride Parade that is going to be marching right in front of St. Pat’s Basilica on Kent Street. I see this as a direct provocation against the Church and the Faith as it makes no sense to move the parade from Bank Street to the less trafficked Kent Street. Clearly, the devil is getting more brazen. I also believe that this will not be a one-time event, but will be the permanent route. Here is the route, they will be taking:
Therefore, I apologize for the short notice, but I am looking for at least 12 men to stand with me on the sidewalk with back facing the parade and toward the Basilica, praying the rosary (all Mysteries if necessary) during the time the parade is passing by the Basilica.
St. Pat’s has a 12:15 Mass on Sunday which will end as the parade is in full swing.
One of the reasons our culture is so perverted is because we men have lost our courage. When men lose courage or heart, the results are disastrous for the culture and the Church.
We need to step up and be counted.
Let me know who is in for tomorrow at St. Pat’s. Bring your rosaries. If you know where I can get any religious banners, let me know as well.
Regards in the Lord,
“Every man dies. Not every man lives.” – Braveheart
Most calls for the Pill to be made more broadly accessible—ideally free and without a prescription—all share the same subtext. Denying access to the Pill isn’t merely denying health care, it’s denying women’s rights.
Yet this is not about the right to get the Pill but rather, the right to not get pregnant.
This stems from the modern idea that men and women are only equal in dignity when we are exactly the same. As a result, we think that if men can have sex without the responsibility of childbearing, then women should too. This is why some feel so strongly that it is wrong for women to not have access to the Pill (Source).
There’s a really easy way for women to level the playing field with respect to sex without consequences: by saying ‘no’. Nobody gets none. Easy peasy.
But feminists can’t stand that idea. So the only alternative they’re left with is to say that women need performance enhancing drugs to be equal to men. That’s what feminism inextricably leads to. I can’t imagine a worse statement of vile discrimination against women.
Feminism reaches this paradoxical conclusion because it’s focused on utilitarianism, i.e. your worth is determined by what you can do. Well guess what. By that standard, women will almost always be inferior to men. On average, women will never run as fast as men. On average, women will never be as strong as men. On average, women will never have as long a career as men. Etc, etc, etc. That’s why men and women compete separately in almost any type of competition (even chess, believe it or not).
Utilitarian feminism is obsessed with accomplishments as the ultimate yardstick for personal worth. It’s all about keeping up with the Joneses (male Joneses, that is), which is a sure recipe for lifelong personal discontentment, emotional insecurity and envy because there will always be people who are better than you (ever wonder why feminist activists never seem happy?)
The Catholic Church, on the other hand, says that a person’s dignity is independent of their capabilities or accomplishments. When feminists complain that the male-only priesthood is discriminatory, they’re thinking in their utilitarian manner again, i.e. that women are being treated as inferior because they can’t be priests. So utilitarian. So boring.
I do stridently disagree with one sentence in the above article, namely that the Pill should be made available over the counter. We shouldn’t facilitate access to evil, even if we think we’re achieving a good (e.g. less pressure on pro-life doctors to prescribe it).
St. John Paul II has criticized to the ideas of Cardinal Kasper to waive the 2,000-year moral teaching of the Lord and his Church. He wrote, “The Church reaffirms her practice, which is based on Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.”
He offered additional wisdom for such families and their children. These couples should, “undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that when, for serious reasons, such as for example the children’s upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, the take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, abstinence from acts proper to married couples.”
This teaching from one of the most important documents in the Church on the Catholic Family by St. John Paul II demonstrates that the Church seeks to serve, love, and want the best for divorced and remarried couples not yet reconciled with the Church and their children. Contrary to the recent statement of Pope Francis, the Church does not, “… keep them (the parents) far from the community life (of the church) as if they were excommunicated.”(  Full text here) It is difficult to understand why the Holy Father failed to cite in his recent statement the outstanding, merciful contribution to assist these families from St. John Paul II. (Source)
Indeed it is very difficult to understand what Pope Francis is trying to do when Pope St. John Paul II, repeating the Church’s perennial teaching on this matter, has spoken so clearly on it.
Why is this even an issue? The Church cannot admit or tolerate, in any way, adulterous unions…or in the new Churchspeak, “new unions”. Failing to call something what it is….is part of the problem here.