By now most of you know about the Biretta for Seminarians Project.
You – seminarians and lay people – contact John Hastreiter in church goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul – 651-209-1951 Ext-331. Seminarians: give name, address, HAT SIZE and John will put you on the list. Lay people or clergy: Contact John and pay for one or more birettas and John takes care of the shipping, etc.
In light of recent events, and in consultation with Mr. Hastreiter, here is a new project for your consideration.
SATURNOS FOR CLERICS PROJECT
The Project will work along the same lines as the Biretta Project.
Clerics (priests and deacons – bishops buy your own!), contact Mr. Hastreiter with your information – check your hat size before you call.
Here is a video about how to measure for your HAT SIZE: HERE. It is important to double-check especially if you have gained or lost a lot of weight or hair.
“Saturno” is, of course, an Italian nickname for the broad-rimmed Roman clerical hat. Romans also call the hat a “padella… frying pan”. Otherwise it is a “cappello Romano”. “Saturno” is fun and pretty much everyone knows it.
Mr. Hastreiter informs me that there are a couple options for your saturno. There are different kinds of Roman hats: woven straw for hot weather (they come in white for when you wear your white cassock), felt (like most normal hats, and pressed fur (often rabbit – warmer – rather shiny as in the photo, above).
My initial thought about this is that the Project should be mainly for deacons and priests rather than for seminarians. I don’t think that seminarians should be excluded. That said, it could be that getting a saturno and having it around at the sem is NOT going to do you a lot of good… depending on the faculty and what you do with it. Be prudent, men, and deny yourself some good things for the sake of the greater goal: ordination. That said, seminarians aren’t excluded.
¡Hagan lío! Let the New Evangelization Thrive!
PS: We also need a Spanish Biretta and a Jijin For Fr. Z Project.