Thursday, January 6, 2011

Msgr. Lisante's Tenure At Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Taken from an article on Rorate Caeli, a summary of all Msgr. Lisante has accomplished at this Massapequa Park parish:

"Some of the more egregious actions of the new pastor include:
  • the elimination of a popular Children's Mass attended by many families in the parish
  • the removal of a much-loved statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the sanctuary steps where it had been enshrined for twenty-five years
  • the sudden removal of the crucifixes from both altars in the parish
  • the removal of a "modesty sign" from its long accustomed place in the vestibule
  • the hiring of a gay-friendly music director who was known for directing a blasphemous pro-gay off-Broadway musical entitled, "My Big Gay Italian Wedding."
  • the elimination of half the confessions and Masses from the weekly schedule
  • the elimation of a decades-old monthly pro-life all-night prayer vigil
  • the elimination of a decades-old, immensely popular, monthly Fatima Holy Hour in honor of the saints
  • the banning of daily confessions in the chapel
  • the closing of the parish school, even though the former pastor had left a $2.8 million parish surplus and had set up a foundation specifically to aid the school to which the former pastor had donated $150,000.
All things considered, the elimination of this weekly EF Latin Mass at OLL, formerly known as a bastion of traditional orthodoxy and Marian devotion, is no surprise to anyone, though it is profoundly disappointing to the many regular attendees of this Mass. Many remember when the former pastor, Fr. Mason, instituted this Mass three years ago on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, after more than 400 signatures were gathered from parishioners requesting an EF Latin Mass in the parish.

To most traditional-minded observers here the sudden cancellation of the OLL EF Latin Mass appears to be the culmination of two-year campaign by the new pastoral administration to eradicate nearly all vestiges of traditional Catholicism from the last conservative parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre."

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