I received this PRESS RELEASE:
CARDINAL WILL PREACH AT SOLEMN MASS MARKING 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRO-LIFE ENCYCLICAL
New York, March 21, 2010 – New York’s Agnus Dei Council of the Knights of Columbus announced today that Edward Cardinal Egan would attend and preach the homily at a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation but that he would not celebrate a Pontifical Mass as planned and announced. This Mass will mark the 15th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), the pro-life encyclical by Pope John Paul II issued on March 25, 1995.
In a brief statement received last week, the Cardinal asked that his celebration of the Pontifical Mass “scheduled for March 25th at Holy Innocents Parish be postponed to a later date.” The statement to the Knights explained the reason for postponing the Pontifical celebration:
“Because of so many commitments over the last several weeks, the Cardinal has not had time to prepare for the Mass properly. He looks forward to arranging another date with the Knights of Columbus . . . whose invitation he deeply appreciates.”
His Eminence will nevertheless attend and preach the homily at a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation according to the 1962 Missal celebrated by Fr. James Miara of the Archdiocese of New York. The Solemn Mass begins at 7:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, in Manhattan, home to New York City’s Shrine of the Unborn. Before Mass, there will be a Rosary for Life at 7:00 PM.
WHAT: Solemn Mass for Life, Edward Cardinal Egan, Homilist
WHERE: The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, Manhattan
WHEN: Thursday, March 25th; Rosary for Life, 7 PM; Solemn Mass, 7:30 PM
For more information, call (212) 569-1252 or visit www.traditionalknight.com.
This will NOT happen for the 24 April Pontifical High Mass to be offered by Cardinal Hoyos in the Basilica Shrine in D.C.
Fellow trads, please plan ahead. On everything.
Ah, so this is why the upcoming Mass was announced as simply a Solemn rather than a Pontifical Mass at the Mass I attended yesterday.
On a personal note, I’d like to request your prayers for the announced celebrant, Fr. Miara,and other fine young priests like him who work tirelessly for the Church.
I had a feeling this would happen…however it is better late than never. Pro Populo et pro pace Amen
Well how nice. Maybe he’ll say something about sexual ethics. He has a very athletic intellect in that area and it should be interesting to see his flexibility.
Fr. Z, why don’t these things happen here in Italy???
Wish I were there with you! ;)
Will you be there, Fr. Z?