Berlin, NJ: Mater Ecclesiae (EF) parish prepares to say farewell to Pope Benedict (as Pope)

My friend Fr. Robert Pasley of Mater Ecclesiae parish in Berlin, NJ sent this:

 We, at Mater Ecclesiae, in Berlin NJ, owe a great debt of thanks to Pope Benedict XVI. We will always have a very special place for him in our hearts. On Wednesday, February 27, the day before his abdication, we will have an evening of thanksgiving to Almighty God for all he has done and offer our loving prayers for him. The schedule is as follows:

7:00PM –Penitential Procession singing the penitential psalms – for the intention of obtaining the Lord’s mercy during Lent and these very difficult times.

7:30PM – A Solemn Mass offered for Pope Benedict XVI and in thanksgiving for his humble and profound Pontificate. The Propers of the Mass will be for Wednesday of the second week of Lent, with two commemorations –one for the Pope, and the other in thanksgiving. The complete musical repertoire has not yet been finalized, but the Tu es Petrus by Palestrina will be sung at the End of Mass in Honor of Pope Benedict XVI.

May God bless him and keep him. May our Lady, Mater Ecclesiae, always watch over him. Long live the Pope!

Viva il Papa!

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  1. Darren says:

    I was there today… (I get there about once a month).

    And, the name of the monastery where Pope Benedict XVI will be going is Mater Ecclesiae.

  2. MarieSiobhanGallagher says:

    Blessings to all of you for these beautiful spiritual acts!

  3. Gratias says:

    What a great occasion for a solemn Mass. Thank you Father Pasley and parishoners. Benedict XVI gave us eight years of Holy leadership. He leaved the Church better than he found it. Vielen Dank Heilige Vater.

  4. mpolo says:

    All across Germany there are going to be simultaneous Masses at 18:00 on Thursday evening in Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict’s ministry as Holy Father.

  5. Liz says:

    That’s really neat. Our priest added prayers for him at all the masses and I think his last week of masses are all for the Holy Father up until the 28th. I feel blessed to have had such an amazing Holy Father and also for our pastor for doing this.

  6. prolife4ever says:

    Thank you Father for publishing this. We are very blessed to have Fr. Paisley in our Diocese. He is a good priest who often holds special Masses for our Diocese.

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