14 September 2007

Good Week for the St. Louis Review

Keeping tabs on the St. Louis Review is part and parcel of running a blog with the title Saint Louis Catholic. From time to time there are articles or editorials that are problematic and need to be analyzed. But one should always give credit where credit is due.

This week's edition of the paper has several good items. The first is the editorial, which reminds area Catholics that the main reason for one to be involved in a parish is to worship God, and that the social aspects of the parish are secondary-- indeed, such things flow organically from a spiritual life grounded in the Mass and Sacraments of the Church. This editorial is in response to the trend of parishes to become social work centers or to imitate protestant mega-"churches":

"...The parish indeed is supposed to always be a community of believers, coming together to worship God and carry out his other great commandment by loving one another. Most parishes offer numerous opportunities to do just that.

However, the primary reason for involvement in our parishes should be to worship God. The social and entertainment aspects of parish life are important and can provide needed support for that effort; but those social pursuits should always be secondary to the development of our spiritual life with God — through the Eucharist and the strengthening of our prayer life.

Too often it’s easy to get sidetracked from our spiritual goals by concentrating more on the social returns of parish life..."

Amen to that.

Also, there is an article about how the Archdiocesan seminary is experiencing healthy growth to the point where space is at a premium. What better testimony to the pastoral care of His Grace, whose leadership both inspires those who would sacrifice so much to become priests, and whose practical decision-making has placed quality persons at the seminary itself to provide the training for these men. From the full story:

"A noticeable growth spurt at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has caused administrators there to devise some creative ways of accommodating its seminarians and guests.

This year, the seminary is housing 112 seminarians who are enrolled in the Kenrick School of Theology and pre-theology program and Cardinal Glennon College, according to president-rector Msgr. Ted L. Wojcicki.

"That’s an increase of 50 percent over the the 75 seminarians enrolled last spring," he said.

Because of the tight living arrangements, several modifications have been made to areas in the seminary used for living, eating and studying, he noted.

Seminarians "have had no complaints about the situation," said Father Timothy P. Cronin, rector of Cardinal Glennon College. "There’s such a positive spirit, knowing that the number of seminarians and anticipated applicants for the future are growing."


The seminary has been making the adjustment for another good reason, too. Father Butler noted that 18 men already have received applications for next year. That’s an increase from this past year’s 12 applications.

"I need to reiterate that an application isn’t a seminarian, and a seminarian isn’t a priest," he said. "But it’s a positive thing.""

Next, the Review ran a notice about Archbishop Burke's appearance tonight at 7pm on EWTN's "The World Over Live" with Raymond Arroyo. His Grace will be interviewed concerning the Holy Father's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which became effective today. Unless you have been hit on the head with a rock you will recall that this Motu Proprio confirms that any priest may celebrate the traditional Mass and Sacraments. If you don't have cable or satellite, you may watch this program on the internet. Go to http://www.ewtn.com/ for information:

"Archbishop Burke was one of two American bishops personally invited to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI for a briefing on the papal statement before its release. He will share his thoughts on that meeting and take questions from EWTN viewers."

We should all be very grateful for His Grace's constant support and encouragement for all his flock who love the traditional Mass.

Finally, the Review also ran a nice article on the ongoing need for funds to restore and repair St. Francis de Sales Oratory, which article will be the subject of my next post.

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