Nabi sayeth: Our Most Holy God has the most amazing of ways to mete out His Divine Justice. Even in times when there seems to be so much darkness in and surrounding our Beloved Catholic Church, we must remember and be renewed in the words of our Lord in Matthew 28: 20….
“And behold, I am with you always, even until the end of time.”
Our Lord is and always will be with us as He promised. But will we remain with Him? Perhaps we need to ponder Peter’s question to our Lord in John 6: 67-68…
67. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
68. Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Nowhere else but in the Lord will your souls find rest. But why does your relationship with the Lord cost you so much? First, you must remember the price He paid to give You His Church. Second, anything worth anything costs. What’s it cost you in terms of blood, sweat, tears and money to raise a child? What’s it cost a Mother to bring her baby into the world? What’s it cost you to earn your PhD, MA, BA, MD? And, what does it cost our US military personnel to protect your freedom to go to Mass whenever and wherever you wish?
Our ancestors sacrificed so much to bring the Catholic faith to America. They gave their time, talent and tons of their scarce treasure to build the parish Churches. So, can we simply allow the Lavender Mafia members to dispose of our Churches according to their sick and perverted whims? They are using the Church destructions known as “renovations” to satisfy their lusts for power.
In 2004, the newly assigned pastor at St. Michael Church in Wheeling began a destruction of many things very close to the hearts of the people in the pews. But one of the more egregious acts occurred within the Church proper. He hired as his music director a young man who decided that the Church organ wasn’t to his liking.
Worshipping at the parish and for many years, was the Ceo family who owned a wonderful music store in St. Clairsville, Ohio (just across the river from Wheeling). For many years, each and every time the Church needed anything that had to do with music, C.A. House Music was there, most often to donate the needed items or to sell them at their costs. Pete and Patty Ceo love the Lord and His Church. It was always their honor to assist.
The organ that was in the Church had seen its days, to be sure. But rather than consult the Ceo family for advice and support, the newly hired music director called upon another music store to install a new organ and other equipment costing well over 250,000 dollars. The Ceos were devastated. Why were they not, at the least, allowed to bid? They would have done anything to help their priest and parish Church. And even worse, the parish, parish council, finance council were never consulted or allowed to participate in the decision making. In time, the pastor and his music director managed to get themselves bumped up into significant positions in the chancery of Bishop Schmitt and then FORMER bishop Bransfield.
Currently, a renovation costing well over 1,000,000 dollars is in the works at St. Michael parish. The people were not allowed to participate in the very rushed decision made by the Lavender crew. But what about the people in the pew who will be forced to pick up the tab?
Mass attendance at the Church has drastically declined from 3200-3600 per weekend in the 90’s to 700-800 per weekend today. And, there were 6 masses for the weekend in the 90’s but only 4 masses per weekend currently. Where have all the people gone and why?
In a day and time when we need more people at Church, the Lavender crew has ushered in an era of fewer and fewer people in the Church.
But worst of all, hearts have been broken, faith has been dashed. When will the damage be stopped? Our Blessed Lord is not pleased…. Stay tuned….