VIDEO: Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry

We cannot lose hope. God is in charge. We need to continue to pray for all people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) is a great example of prayer changing the outcome of a dire situation for Christendom. Since October 7th is the day before the “Listening” Sessions (or as the laity calls it “Telling Sessions”), let’s ramp up our prayers and ask God for His protection and help! Also, it is perfectly appropriate to ask at the “Telling Sessions” questions like how many souls are okay to leave behind? Will you give us an accounting to the penny of every church you close in this process? Anyone who is willing to be a facilitator for these sessions, must believe that All Things New is a good program, and should be willing to answer hard questions about it.

VIDEO: Don’t Abandon Ship

“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on course.”
-St. Boniface

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdl-burke-faithful-catholics-must-remain-in-the-church-hold-bishops-accountable-to-apostolic-tradition/

https://www.catholicaction.org/conversation_with_cardinal_burke_2022_video

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VIDEO: Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry

We cannot lose hope. God is in charge. We need to continue to pray for all people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) is a great example of prayer changing the outcome of a dire situation for Christendom. Since October 7th is the day before the “Listening” Sessions (or as the laity calls it “Telling Sessions”), let’s ramp up our prayers and ask God for His protection and help! Also, it is perfectly appropriate to ask at the “Telling Sessions” questions like how many souls are okay to leave behind? Will you give us an accounting to the penny of every church you close in this process? Anyone who is willing to be a facilitator for these sessions, must believe that All Things New is a good program, and should be willing to answer hard questions about it.More

VIDEO: Canon Lawyer Event Almost Full

The Canon Lawyer Event on October 25th is almost full. We are so thankful for the many, many people involved in bringing Canon Lawyer Philip Gray with the St. Joseph Foundation to St. Louis. We already have 60+ parishes represented, and almost 250 people. We may add events while Mr. Gray is in town, or later in the year. After your “Listening” Session at your parish, you may want to meet Mr. Gray. Just use the link below to get on the Wait List.More

VIDEO: St. Joseph Foundation Canon Lawyer for Priests & Laity

The October 25th event with Canon Lawyer Philip Gray from St. Joseph Foundation is almost full. See link below to register. Philip Gray does everything he can to work cooperatively with the leadership of the Archdiocese. In other dioceses across the US, he has been able to get 90 parishes to come together under him to approach the Archbishop and come to better solutions. He works pro bono but accepts donations to the St. Joseph Foundation. NOTE: Please ask your priest to watch the video below where Philip Gray was a guest with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN. The priests can reach out confidentially to the St. Joseph Foundation to learn their Canon Law rights, too.More

VIDEO: Canon Lawyer Event Almost Full

The Canon Lawyer Event on October 25th is almost full. We are so thankful for the many, many people involved in bringing Canon Lawyer Philip Gray with the St. Joseph Foundation to St. Louis. We already have 60+ parishes represented, and almost 250 people. We may add events while Mr. Gray is in town, or later in the year. After your “Listening” Session at your parish, you may want to meet Mr. Gray. Just use the link below to get on the Wait List.

Register to meet the Canon Lawyer on October 25th here (and/or get on Wait List for future meeting): https://CanonLawyerComingToSTL.eventbrite.com

Watch this clip to learn more about who he is:
Philip Gray with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN at T=6:08

2 responses to “VIDEO: Canon Lawyer Event Almost Full”

  1. Agnes Bullock Avatar

    Make sure you sign up for your parish “listening session” too. The Archdiocesan website is clunky and slow and you must have an email to register to attend. You must register to attend these sessions. The Archdiocese is making it as difficult as possible to keep attendance low- having the sessions at night when the elderly won’t drive. The decisions have been made, make absolutely no mistake about that- make sure you read all of the “handbooks” for your area too.

    Another trick is sending you to another location within the “listening area” instead of your home parish- if that happens, wait a day or so and sign up again. Seating is being limited to 250 per session. Teams from other parishes will be running the sessions and no the Archbishop nor his lackey Fr Martin will be attending- but you get to watch a video of them!

    1. gracespark Avatar

      You are absolutely correct! Thank you for your comments. As anyone knows who is already registered, it is actually even worse because it is Catholic Leadership Institute (not the Archdiocese) who is controlling the registration process. And CLI won’t be at the sessions either. Just a poor volunteer facilitator who will say “I don’t know” “I will have to ask the leadership team” to any real questions posed. Or they may suggest the “open ended survey question” that lets you say anything by email!!! To limit seating to 250 at parishes that have 1000’s of families is not “listening”!

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VIDEO: Don’t Abandon Ship

“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on course.” – St. BonifaceMore

VIDEO: Canon Lawyer coming to St. Louis

Register to meet the Canon Lawyer on October 25th here: https://CanonLawyerComingToSTL.eventbrite.com

Watch this clip to learn more about who he is:
Philip Gray with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN at T=6:08

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VIDEO: Violation of Canon 212?

Did Archbishop Rozanski, Bishop Rivotuso, and Fr. Christ Martin violate Canon 212 by putting a “gag” order on the priests of the Archdiocese at the August 19th meeting? Is that “gag” order valid? The Church has authority with its head as Jesus Christ Himself. Even Archbishop Rozanski is subject to the Church’s authority. Do your research then talk to your priests about Canon 212. You can read it here: https://www.vatican.va/archive/cod-iuris-canonici/eng/documents/cic_lib2-cann208-329_en.htmlMore

VIDEO: Wake Up STL Catholics!

Archbishop Rozanski held a “clandestine” meeting with all the parish priests on Friday, August 19 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. How scandalous and wrong to discuss the future of our Archdiocese away from the Eucharist and our Church!! And then the Archbishop places a “gag order” on our priests to not talk about what was presented. Yet Fr. Chris Martin meets with the St. Louis Post Dispatch explaining to the public what was going on during the meeting. We all need to wake up and see how we are marching forward towards a Synod on Synodality with an open Eucharistic table and a host of “new” initiatives that go against our Catholic faith. Do the research and see for yourselves!More

We are a Resurrection People!

Archbishop Rozanski would like us to consider dying as a natural part of all of our Churches’ walk through All Things New. He even states,

“Well this year is, organizationally, like a long Holy Week.” Truer words could not have been spoken!

The only difference is that Jesus’ death on the Cross was His mission, given to Him by God the Father for the salvation of all mankind. This cross that is being placed on the Bride of Christ (His church comprised of both lay people and priests) is being given by Archdiocesan leadership with assistance from the highly paid consultants, Catholic Leadership Institute.More

VIDEO: Saving Souls is the only True Obedience

Power and authority for the Catholic Church comes from God alone. Canon Law supports Natural Law, and comes from Divine Positive Law, and is there to SAVE SOULS. St. Louis Catholics want answers to Show Me State questions! If we just take the Bishops at their word, as we did the past 30 years with the sexual abuse crisis, we’ll get more of the same–an abuse of power, an abuse of money, lack of financial transparency, etc. That’s why there is a credibility gap and trust gap. Don’t let anyone tell you from the pulpit that you don’t have the right to ask questions!

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What is a Holy Priest?

A holy priest is a savior and another Christ
taking the Master’s place on earth,
representing Him, clothed with His authority,
acting in His name, adorned with His qualifications,
exercising His judgment on earth
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VIDEO: Violation of Canon 212?

Did Archbishop Rozanski, Bishop Rivotuso, and Fr. Christ Martin violate Canon 212 by putting a “gag” order on the priests of the Archdiocese at the August 19th meeting? Is that “gag” order valid? The Church has authority with its head as Jesus Christ Himself. Even Archbishop Rozanski is subject to the Church’s authority. Do your research then talk to your priests about Canon 212. You can read it here: https://www.vatican.va/archive/cod-iuris-canonici/eng/documents/cic_lib2-cann208-329_en.html

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  1. Maggie Roberts-Gleich Avatar

    It’s unbelievable any holy priest or servant of God would threaten Jesus’s flock by telling NOT TO SPEAK OUT regarding wrong doings within God’s Holy church or outside the church! What are they trying to subvert through silencing the faithful and loving laity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit please intercede for all CATHOLICS and may our Blessed Mother Mary be constantly by our side and in our hearts to desire TRUTH and the sharing of it;; perseverance with courage✝️🙏🏻Maggie

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VIDEO: St. John Eudes, pray for All Things New and our priests!

St. John Eudes’ Feast Day is Friday, August 19, the same day that Archbishop Rozanski will have a day of reflection tied to “All Things New” with all the priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is rare that an Archbishop gathers ALL his priests in a large diocese. This must be a very important meeting. Please pray for all our priests and our Archdiocesan leaders that they will have the heart of St. John Eudes. St. John Eudes lived during times of the plague and went out to tend to his flock and cared for them, giving them Communion and Last Rites. He made sure to care for his brother priests, too. St. John Eudes, pray for us!More

VIDEO: Plea to our priests–Are you doing everything God is calling you to do to be saints?

Video plea to all priests of the Archdiocese first and foremost, as well of all lay Catholics:
Are you doing everything that God is calling you to do to be a saint?
Priests, we pray for you daily. We understand the spiritual attack that spiritual fatherhood, as well as fatherhood, is under. But are you listening to what God wants you to do, even if it is difficult for you?
“For the gifts and the call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29)
St. Joachim, pray for us!More

VIDEO: Wake Up STL Catholics!

Archbishop Rozanski held a “clandestine” meeting with all the parish priests on Friday, August 19 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. How scandalous and wrong to discuss the future of our Archdiocese away from the Eucharist and our Church!! And then the Archbishop places a “gag order” on our priests to not talk about what was presented. Yet Fr. Chris Martin meets with the St. Louis Post Dispatch explaining to the public what was going on during the meeting. We all need to wake up and see how we are marching forward towards a Synod on Synodality with an open Eucharistic table and a host of “new” initiatives that go against our Catholic faith. Do the research and see for yourselves!

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VIDEO: Show Me the Data, Catholic Leadership Institute

I wrote directly to both Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) and to a Bishop on the Board of CLI to ask for the measurable data that CLI speaks about on their website ( https://www.catholicleaders.org/) which supposedly shows an increase in both Mass attendance and collection plate at their “next generation parishes”. Two months later, there has been no response. Why won’t they share the data? Our Archbishop and the Bishop on CLI’s Board both believe that CLI should share this data. So Catholic Leadership Institute — SHOW US THE DATA!More

VIDEO: St. Clare of Assisi, Pray for Us!

St. Clare cared about glorifying God and saving souls, and she relied fully and completely on God with true reverence for the Eucharist. Like St. Clare, we must rely on God’s plan, as opposed to man’s plan. God is infinitely merciful AND perfectly just. If there is anything in “All Things New” that doesn’t follow Church law or Church teaching, we will all be held accountable for not speaking up and pushing back against it. The timing of the completion of “All Things New” on Pentecost 2023 is tied to the timing of the wrap up of the “Synod on Synodality” in the Catholic Church. If the results of the German Synod on Synodality is a preview of what is coming, we should all be very concerned! Even Pope Francis has said the German Synod went too far. If you love Fr. Chris Martin, please urge him to follow Church law and Church teaching when making plans for “All Things New” so we don’t end up with draconian and irreparable changes to our archdiocese. More

VIDEO: Spotlight on the Enablers

Everyone should watch the 2015 movie “Spotlight” about the investigative journalists who uncovered the 2002 Catholic Church abuse scandal in Boston. Twenty years later, these things are STILL going on in our Church. In the movie, some of the journalists/newspaper staff realize they have been part of the problem by enabling the Chancery and the Catholic hierarchy to do whatever they wanted against the law and against Church law. And who was the American Catholic Church leader who ran to be in front of the cameras and said that it was never going to happen again? Cardinal McCarrick, who has since been fully laicized because of his own sexual abuse problems. Ex-Cardinal McCarrick is who Archbishop Rozanski has brought to safe harbor in the St. Louis Archdiocese. Here’s a link to “Spotlight” through Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Spotlight-Michael-Keaton/dp/B07RT83PXDMore

We are a Resurrection People!

Archbishop Rozanski in his August 25, 2022 St. Louis Review article entitled, “SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS | Dying and rising with Jesus is the goal of our lives as Christians
The organizational dying and rising with Jesus of All Things New is a part of the rhythm of the life of faith
” would like us to consider dying as a natural part of all of our Churches’ walk through All Things New. He even states,

“Well this year is, organizationally, like a long Holy Week.”

-Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski

Truer words could not have been spoken!

The only difference is that Jesus’ death on the Cross was His mission, given to Him by God the Father for the salvation of all mankind. This cross that is being placed on the Bride of Christ (His church comprised of both lay people and priests) is being given by Archdiocesan leadership with assistance from the highly paid consultants, Catholic Leadership Institute.

This comparison to “dying” made me wonder where we all might be in the 5 stages of grief. Right now, many of the lay people in the Archdiocese are in STAGE 1: DENIAL. People don’t want to believe that our priests and Archbishop would close 100+ parishes without a very grave reason. They don’t want to know that their parish might be closed, and they hold onto the hope that because their parish is out of debt, or large in size, or is over 150 years old, they will somehow make the cut. Sadly, they do not see the bigger picture:

…so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

1 Corinthians 12:25-26

Once the “preliminary” church closing list gets outed (and yes, there is a list of which churches are going to be closed/merged), the lay people move into STAGE 2: ANGER. They decide they need to gather busloads of other people and head down to the Archbishop’s residence and protest! But this becomes a challenge in itself because when they talk to other lay people, some of them are still back in denial (stage 1), others don’t even know what’s going on, and others think you should never question church authority for any reason (and by the way their son is in the seminary and their best friend works for the Archdiocese).

This leads them straight into STAGE 3: BARGAINING. This is when the lay people want to either meet face-to-face with the Archbishop (if I can only sit down with him, he would understand…) or send a whole stack of letters (surely if a bunch of us write letters, he will have to respond….). They discover others have tried with no results. Or they never hear back from the Archbishop for an appointment and get a form letter back from their own heartfelt correspondence. They may even ask their parish priest, “What can we do to save the parish?” The priest often has no solutions and feels his hands are tied, both out of obedience and because he knows that the plans are already set, regardless of any facts.

The lay people may find themselves in STAGE 4: DEPRESSION. When they get over the shock of what is going to happen to their beloved parish and pastor, along with the emotional roller coaster of realizing how wrong all of this really is, they may find themselves depressed. What can be done? The Archdiocesan leadership holds all the cards.

But, as Catholics, we know that depression is NOT from God. And that moving into STAGE 5: ACCEPTANCE just simply cannot happen. Why? Because, Jesus may have died for our sins but He also conquered death when He rose from the dead. We are a RESURRECTION PEOPLE and we need to start acting like it. There are many, many ways we can push back against this preliminary plan:

  1. PRAY – anything is possible with prayer. Ask your priest to increase Adoration hours at your church so more people can gather and pray. Start offering a daily Rosary at your parish for the Holy Spirit to guide our leaders and our priests. Offer sacrifices, fasting, reparation for All Things New. Go to Mass and Confession regularly. Pray the Novena to the Holy Face, or the St. Michael Chaplet, or any other heartfelt prayer for help. Send up those S.O.S. prayers to the Communion of Saints and all the Angels, as well as the souls in Purgatory, who are waiting to be asked for our help.
  2. GATHER – start talking with other lay people and get together with Catholics who are planning a response and already getting ready. This is NOT about one parish. This is about the BODY OF CHRIST!!! There is power in numbers! When 1,000+ people gather at the Archbishop’s residence for a Rosary, that cannot be ignored.
  3. TAKE ACTION – talk to a Canon lawyer who is not tied to any Archdiocese and find out your rights as a lay person and your pastor’s rights. Learn what rights will be taken away from your parish pastor in the “family of parishes” model which is being proposed. Be prepared to ask solid questions at the upcoming Listening Sessions, such as: Why does this have to happen so quickly? Why haven’t we tried other methods of evangelization to keep churches open? Etc.

WE are the CHURCH! We must act! ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!

We will overcome because we are a RESURRECTION PEOPLE!!!

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VIDEO: Requiem for a Church in Springfield, MA

In Springfield, Massachusetts, under Bishop Rozanski, there were likely Canon Law violations regarding demolishing a church a few days before Christmas. The application to the city for demolition was only for the removal of the “dangerous” bell tower, yet the entire church was demolished! You can watch the entire story here:
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VIDEO: Let’s talk Canon Law

How will we know if the Archdiocese and the Archbishop are following Canon Law during the All Things New process? Let’s look at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church that was put on the real estate market in 2021 for around $1,000,000. Make sure to read the documents below. The Archdiocese didn’t issue a Canonical Decree until after notifications and questions from the laity, (basically after the fact), which was then published in the April 4-10, 2022 issue of St. Louis Review, but saying it takes effect on March 7, 2022! You must issue the Canonical Decree BEFORE you even put it on the market.More

VIDEO: The Quiet Truth about All Things New: “Celebrating Tragedy”

Watch Tom’s video “Celebrating Tragedy” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUIzUJHsbqc

Tom’s other videos are available here:
https://thequiettruthcatholic.wordpress.com/
or here:
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VIDEO: By What Authority?

On this Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron saint of our priests, the question of authority comes to mind. St. Peter is the first one to recognize Jesus as the Christ. This revelation was given to him by God the Father. Yet, St. Peter then started thinking like man, not God, by rebuking Jesus. Will All Things New follow the authority of the Church as stated in Canon Law as well as the Holy Spirit or is it just man’s plan? One of the comments we got from the last video asked for more Canon Law examples. A more thorough video on that is coming out soon.More

VIDEO: More Questions Than Answers

Will we be allowed to have a listening session or dialogue with church leaders PRIOR to the rolling out the final plan? Or are we stuck with the 5-week session at the END of the plan, that seem to be set up to make us feel like we were heard. Going forward, let’s look at Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati. What happened after they implemented these plans in their dioceses? It is up to us to ask these questions and seek the answers, to be informed, and speak up!More

VIDEO: The Lord detests different weights and measures

What will the criteria be for closing parishes due to “All Things New”? Will the Archdiocese compare the same criteria for each parish across the entire Archdiocese? Why aren’t they being transparent about this? Also, what are these Archdiocesan guidelines such as how full Mass attendance must be (50% or better), and how often a priest can celebrate Mass (once a day only) based upon? More

Open Letter to All Priests of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

St. John Eudes, Pray for Us!

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VIDEO: Following the Holy Spirit or High Dollar Consultants?

Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) has a track record of working with East Coast dioceses who are in dire financial situations due to the sexual abuse crisis and/or financial scandals. Before you cheerlead for the most sweeping changes in our Archdiocesan history, ask the leadership to show the evidence that St. Louis needs this model. We are not in bankruptcy, we do not have a priest shortage yet, and as far as we know, we don’t have a ton of sexual abuse cases. So simply put: why are we doing this??More

Lunch with the Archbishop

Sometimes we like to share information from other Catholics who like us are seeking “accompaniment” and “journeying” with our Archbishop. These are notes from a recent meeting with the Archbishop at his residence.More

VIDEO: We’re NOT Grieving the Past

We are NOT grieving the past or grieving change. We are talking about the present. We want to know what the Holy Spirit is telling you, Archbishop Rozanski, today regarding the closures of our churches and taking canonical rights away from our priests and our parishes. We want to know your “Unifying Vision” and that it comes from the Holy Spirit and it aligns with the Catholic faith. We want to hear it from you! Not from a slick consulting company or your hirelings.More