This Lent the Oratory of St. Faustina (Subdeacon Dave Wood) will be offering a three part series on traditional liturgy. The Independent Catholic Christian Church is devoted to liturgical diversity and thus commonly uses several different rites on a regular basis drawn from both the Roman and Anglican traditions. In this series we will be focusing on the Tridentine use of the mass that was used in the Roman Church prior to the second Vatican Council. We will first look at the structure of this form of Mass (March 1), then some of the rich symbolism found within the mass (March 8), and finally looking at the spirituality that this form of the mass evokes and how our individual spirituality are shaped by our liturgical expressions (March 15). Each session is expected to last one hour and will be broadcast online. No special equipment is required simply a computer with internet access and a phone. What better way to prepare ourselves for the Easter mysteries than to delve more deeply into our long liturgical traditions. If you would like to attend, but have not had a chance to sign up, please send Subdeacon Dave Wood a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a community in the Boston area and one in the Philadelphia regions, Super Bowl fever has hit the ICCC along with a friendly wager! The losing side will make a donation to a charity of the winning side's choosing. If the Patriot's win, our Philadelphia community, St. Mary of Grace Parish Independent Catholic Christian Church, will be sending a donation to Beverly Bootstraps. If the Eagles, win our Boston Community, Oratory of St. Catherine of Siena, will be sending a donation to the Media Food Bank.
A special thanks to Joanne and Kristi, who are continuing with the intercessory prayer ministry begun by Br. Bob. This ministry is part of the Mt. Carmel Apostate of Prayer. We have been blessed with Br. Bob's dedication to this ministry over the years and are glad to see his legacy continue and live on in the parish and jurisdiction. If you have any intentions or people you would like held in prayer, please leave a comment below or send us a message. We will enter them into our book of intentions and will remember them in prayer.
On November 2, 2018, Dave Wood was ordained to the major order of Subdeacon, the next step on this path to priesthood. This is the first of the major orders and represents a permanent commitment that a clergyperson makes to the Independent Catholic Christian Church and that the ICCC makes to the clergyperson. We are thrilled for Dave and for the ICCC!
Congratulations to Dave Wood on his ordination to the minor order of Acolyte, the next step on the way to priesthood. It was wonderful to have him, Mtr. Sandy, and Fr. Michael at St. Mary of Grace Parish for Dave's ordination!
We are pleased to announce the ordination of seminarian Dave Wood to the order of Acolyte on September 24 at the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Mary of Grace Parish. Please keep Dave in your prayers as he prepares for this next step on this path to the priesthood.
Hello everyone - We are sad to write that Br. Robert Julian Dabrow passed away unexpectedly on August 26 the Feast of the Transverberation of the Heart of St. Teresa of Jesus. He was a beloved member of the jurisdiction and will be greatly missed.
O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our brother, Br. Robert Julian Dabrow. We thank you for giving him to us, his family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant Br. Robert Julian Dabrow, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.
Whoever has faith in me shall have life,
even though he die.
And everyone who has life,
and has committed himself to me in faith,
shall not die for ever.
As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.
After my awaking, he will raise me up;
and in my body I shall see God.
I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him
who is my friend and not a stranger.
For none of us has life in himself,
and none becomes his own master when he dies.
For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord,
and if we die, we die in the Lord.
So, then, whether we live or die,
we are the Lord's possession.
Bp. Tim, Mtr. Lyngine, and Michael D. from St. Mary of Grace Parish, our ICCC community near Philadelphia/northern Delaware, attended a rally in Media to stand against racism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism in response to the violence by Nazi and KKK supporters in Charlottesville yesterday. Bp. Tim spoke briefly, as did a number of other people, including several clergy. Thank you the organizers and all who attended.
The Independent Catholic Christian Church stands in solidarity with the trans community. We baptize trans people, we welcome trans people to the table to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, we ordain trans people, we marry trans people. Trans people baptize us, trans priests celebrate the Eucharist for us, trans bishops ordain us, trans priests absolve our sins and anoint us for the healing of our sickness. We are enriched by the gifts of those who are trans. We call on other parts of society to join us in this welcome, and call those who exclude trans people to repent of their sin of hatred and exclusion.
For those who may be having a hard time with some of the news from this week, we wanted to share the following four prayers*:
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*Prayers are from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer