Over the weekend, we did something which usually creates heart palpitations--attended Sunday Mass out of town. We were advised that for our purposes, St. Pius X parish in Appleton would be just fine and dandy.
AND IT WAS!!!!
The Mass was celebrated exactly as written in the IG, and the priest/celebrant even tossed in a Chant-esque Kyrie Eleison. It was Chant-esque because it was apparently based on the Kyrie from the Litany of the Saints--it was not one of the usual Ordinary melodies.
Nonetheless, this was an unexpected pleasure.
After Mass, we made it a point to greet the celebrant and confirmed our suspicions: he had been in the Parish for only 6 months. It was clear that there were some dissonances between his understanding of the Liturgy and that held by others surrounding him--the 'hold-hands-Kumbaya' routine at the Our Father bespoke a past age of flower children, for example; and the outlandish hat worn by the "Yout' Minister" was a sign...
Ironically, the Gospel story was about profaning the Temple. Evidently the Yout' person had forgotten about that story.
We learned that the good Father-celebrant had attended the Old Rite Mass in Green Bay for several years prior to his Ordination. Evidently something rubbed off.
Best wishes to you, Father. And thanks!
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It's quite sad to think that a Catholic was surprised to find an "appropriate" mass. One would think it's the opposite - being dissappointed when the mass was unacceptable. It took me weeks to find a mass that I deemed acceptable here and it's still borderline.
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