Fr. Jürgen Liias is back after his knee replacement

In his Holy Week and Easter Letter Fr. Jürgen Liias of St. Gregory the Great in Stoneham, MA, writes on March 19:

It was a Blessing and a joy to return to celebrate Mass with my flock last Sunday. I am recovering, although slowly and with pain, and my first genuflection may be quite some time in the future! — but my therapist tells me I am healing well, and even ahead of schedule with regards to my mobility.

I join you in thanking Father Bradford (of St. Athanasius Pastoral Provision parish in Boston – Ed) for his great charity in making it possible for us to continue to have Mass in our own Use during my absence and we will all keep him and the congregation of Saint Athanasius in our prayers, being glad that this has brought our two communities — different expressions of the Anglican Patrimony in the Catholic Church — closer.

We are now preparing to journey into deep Lent and Holy Week. … Although I had hoped — as I know we all do — that we would be able to celebrate our own Triduum, it has proved impossible to do so owing to the logistics of arranging for two simultaneous sets of liturgies at Saint Patrick’s; a particular difficulty is Saint Patrick’s traditional use of the lower church for the Altar of Repose.

Father Mario has graciously invited us to join his people for these great liturgies and, trusting in God’s Providence in all things, I feel joining our sister parish for these solemn rites — at which I will concelebrate — will help give us a sense of the larger Catholic Church of which we are now a part, and be a gesture of fellowship to the clergy and people of Saint Patrick’s who have been so graciously hospitable to our community. Our contribution to Holy Week will be the Service of Tenebræ, a rich and continuing part of our tradition, and one which few American Catholics have ever experienced. …

A Blessed Pasch to us
Fr. Jürgen Liias

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2 Responses to Fr. Jürgen Liias is back after his knee replacement

  1. EPMS says:

    It would seem inappropriate to me for two separate services to be held by Latin Rite Catholics in the same church for Holy Thursday or the Easter Vigil. Even parishes which offer masses in more than one language have a combined bilingual (or trilingual) service on these days.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: It would seem inappropriate to me for two separate services to be held by Latin Rite Catholics in the same church for Holy Thursday or the Easter Vigil. Even parishes which offer masses in more than one language have a combined bilingual (or trilingual) service on these days.

      There’s certainly a beautiful expression of the fullness of ecclesial communion in two congregations coming together to celebrate the holiest days of the Christian year.

      That said, I’m not aware of any canonical provisions that would preclude each congregation having its own service when two (or more) congregations are sharing facilities for worship. The only issue is what the shared facilities can accommodate. If the facilities could accommodate separate services, that would be permissible — but apparently, in this instance, they cannot.

      Norm.

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