I could use some good news from readers.
What’s up these days?
I have some good new from Kansas City, KS.
Father Justin Nolan [FSSP] and Archbishop Emeritus of Kansas City, Kansas, the Rev. James P. Keleher, went to great heights on a scaffold lift Saturday to perform a blessing on the bell at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Roman Catholic Church’s new location.
BRIAN BURNES |
The Kansas City Star
The old Latin Catholic Mass has a new home in Johnson County.
Almost 200 people braved brisk winds Saturday during a “bell blessing” ceremony at St. Philippine Duchesne Roman Catholic Church, 5035 Rainbow Blvd., in Mission Woods.
[L]ast July church members bought the Spanish Mission-style church built in the late 1940s by members of the Westwood Lutheran Church.
Much work remains to be done on the church’s interior, and church officials don’t anticipate moving in permanently until this summer. But Saturday’s ceremony marked the completion of exterior work, which included new flashing around the bell tower and a new wooden cross atop it.
The 45-minute ceremony on Saturday was a mixture of traditional and contemporary, with some 20 minutes of psalms in Latin, followed by the James Patrick Keleher, archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, ascending with others up to the bell tower in a scissor lift.
“I think we were right at the weight limit,” Keleher said afterward.
“It’s very easy to retrofit this church for the Catholic liturgy,” added the Rev. Justin Nolan, St. Philippine Duchesne assistant chaplain.
That includes the bell.
The bell blessed Saturday is the same 550-pound bell, manufactured in England, that Westwood Lutheran Church members installed in 1950. But through Saturday’s ceremony, Nolan said, the bell became a sacramental, or sacred object.
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In some places parishes are being closed.
Why not try something new in those parishes before closing them?