Nicely done. Check out the video too.
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.
Today’s Mass readings to set the context:
“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.
Some videos of the event:
Our uber-tolerant culture is at it again. Story here.
I’m proud to say that I left Facebook a couple of years ago and I don’t miss it one iota.
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.
This is an officially sanctioned event by the Legionnaires of St. Maurice.
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:
No, it is not Catholic teaching that you must blindly support immigration, despite what you might hear from high ranking Church leaders.
It’s a prudential call…and if it’s a matter of national security or worse, Muslim invasion, actually you have a duty to oppose immigration.
Invitation from Saint Joe’s LGBT and Straight Alliance—Pride parades are celebrations for everyone, whether straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or cisgender. They celebrate self-respect and dignity, and they celebrate LGBT-friendly communities that live justice, equality and compassion for all. Please help us make more people aware that St. Joseph’s is such a community, and invite more people to this nourishing and safe church where all are welcome. March with us as an ally in Capital Pride on Aug. 23. By marching, we show that LGBT people have the right to spirituality and spiritual communities that accept them as they are. Both spirituality and sexuality are wonderful gifts from God. ROUTE: The parade starts at 1 pm at the intersection of Gladstone Avenue and Bank Street. It will proceed on Gladstone toward Kent Street and then on Kent to Laurier Avenue. From Laurier, it will turn back on Bank and continue up to Somerset Street. A group of us will gather after the 9:30 am Mass and commute to Gladstone and Bank together. You are welcome to join. Look for the banner near the Welcome Table. We will go for brunch before reaching the parade. Please e-mail SJcglgroup@gmail.com by Tuesday if you plan to join us for the brunch, so that we can make reservations. (Source)
And received by email….
There is a problem with the scheduling oif a parade here in Ottawa. The timing of the event will significantly and negatively impact on my freedom to worship on Sunday August 23, 2015. Moving the start of the parade from 1PM to 2PM would eliminate the specific conflict. This year the city/parade organizers decided to have the parade route for the gay pride parade go down Kent Street, passing in front of St. Patrick’s Basilica just after 1PM. What you and your staff should have known is that St. Patrick’s is the biggest Catholic parish in Ottawa, seeing many thousands of people through its doors every week. Because it is a traditional parish in a beautiful church with wonderful liturgical music, people come from all over the national capital region to worship there. There are SIX Sunday Masses – not one or two, but SIX. They are 4:30PM Saturday, and on Sunday at 8AM, 9:30AM, 11AM, 12:15PM, and 9PM. This morning I learned that not only is the parade going to interfere with the 12:15 PM Mass, but that someone decided a Sunday afternoon parade required eliminating Kent Street parking on Saturday evening and all of Sunday morning. For a downtown parish where parking is limited, you are cancelling parking for 30+ cars for each of those Masses, except the 9PM. That is unreasonable. It will make it very, very difficult for some families to get to Mass for all but the 9PM Mass. If you are afraid people will park on Saturday and stay all day Sunday, why not mark the designated spots for church parking only, and close Kent Street to church parking at noon on Sunday? Then only the congregation for one Mass would be hurt. The timing of the start of the parade is an even bigger problem. Based on what I have seen in media reports, this is a noisy parade. In passing before the Basilica just after 1PM, its noise will intrude on the Mass as it goes by the church’s open windows during the most sacred part of the most sacred Catholic worship. Did you really intend that? It is incredibly disrespectful and discourteous, and certainly casts this city in a bad light. Today, as often happens at St. Pat’s – particularly in the summer months – after the 12:15PM Mass (which ended at 1:25PM – usual for that Mass) I met tourists who are visiting from Florida and attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Basilica. They said they have enjoyed their trip, and that the highlight for them is certainly Mass at our Basilica. Imagine what their reaction would be if they attended next Sunday!! To put that parade on this route at this time is a bad decision from every persective – unless the intent is to insult and smack down Catholics. There is still time – PLEASE CHANGE THE START TIME TO 2PM. I would be happy to discuss this if you wish. – Mary
There is a certain poetic justice here. If you will not fix the problem in your own backyard, the problem will move to your front yard…and then, perhaps through your front doors and on to the altar until you pay attention.
Ottawa police are investigating an incident in the Canadian capital after a local Mennonite man was stabbed on a street corner while on a mission trip with his church, a conservative Mennonite church from Drayton. The 26 year old man was stabbed in the back while part of a singing group at the corner of George and Dalhousie streets. The attacker is described as a 20-22 year old slim white female with blonde hair having pink streaks. Sgt. Frank Coates says the investigation is ongoing, and the victim suffered stab wounds to his lower back, and has been released from hospital. Witnesses at the scene said the woman became aggressive with some members during the event, and stabbed one, because of his beliefs regarding homosexuality. The group assured her that God still loves those who are in such a state. Eric Brubacher told the CFRA Talk Radio his organization was out there to sing and hand out Gospel literature. He described the situation as an upsetting ordeal. Anyone with information regarding the incident or the whereabouts of the suspect can call Ottawa Police’s Central District Investigators at +1 613 236 1222 ext 5166 or Crime Stoppers at +1 613 233 8477 (TIPS) or toll free +1 800 222 8477. (Source)
But, hey, it’s not really a hate crime because LGBTDJOSDFJLSDJFL lobby were not the victims. This will simply go down as one of those unlabelled and anonymous random acts of violence by a disturbed young woman. There will be no connection to the sexual politics of our age.
Now, if the situation was reversed…..well…never mind.
“Bill 59 assigns new powers to the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) to combat hate speech, as well as a variety of other provisions meant to protect against extremism, by censoring speech that promotes ‘fear of the other.’ Ominously, the bill would allow the QHRC to pursue websites that in its estimation describe and denounce Islamism….Jacques Frémont, the commission’s president, explained that he planned to use the requested powers to sue those critical of certain ideas, ‘people who would write against … the Islamic religion … on a website or on a Facebook page.’” (Source)
Just when you thought these Star Chambers were on the way out….here they come again out of the blue and with a vengeance. You’d think that Quebec would be different because they have been the most intolerant of Muslim practices of all the provinces in Canada. Should be interesting to watch as Quebecers have been the most free-speaking bunch as well.