REMINDER: Bl. Karl of Austria Events (23 Oct in NJ and 28 in NYC) et al.

Last week I posted a note from my good friend, Fr. Robert Pasley, pastor of Mater Ecclesiae Parish about the Pontifical Low Mass (Extraordinary Form) and Conference there on Blessed Karl of Austria. This is a reminder that the Mass and Conference are today. If you are in the area, you will definitely want to make it to these events, especially if you have never been to a Pontifical Low Mass.

The events at Mater Ecclesiae are part of a week-long series sponsored by several Knights of Columbus Councils working together to promote the cause of Blessed Karl, whose feast is on October 21st, the anniversary, I believe, of his wedding. His Excellency, Don Teodoro de Faria, Bishop Emeritus of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, will celebrate the Mass. At the Conference, the main speaker will be Ricardo Dumont dos Santos, the leader of the Emperor Karl Prayer League in Portugal.

And, if you cannot make it to Mater Ecclesiae, the last Mass and Conference in the series will be hosted next week by the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan (see the attached flyer). On Monday, 28 October at 6PM, His Excellency will celebrate Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Faldstool for the Feast of Ss. Simon and Jude. My good friend, Fr. George Rutler, the newly appointed administrator of the Church of the Holy Innocents, will preach at the Mass. The choir will sing a setting of the Ordinary by Josef Rheinberger. The Conference will follow in the Church Hall.

For those of you who do not know, Blessed Karl was the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was exiled to the island of Madeira, Portugal after World War I, where he died in 1922. As Bishop of the Diocese where Blessed Karl died, Bishop de Faria has long been active in Blessed Karl’s cause for canonization. A native of Madeira, Bishop de Faria was ordained in 1956 and consecrated Bishop in 1982. It was he who presented the formal petition to beatify Emperor Karl to His Holiness, John Paul II, at the Beatification ceremony on 3 October 2004.

Other Events in the Series.

Friday, 25 October, 8AM
Pontifical Solemn Mass
Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Elysburg, PA

Sunday, 27 October, 11AM
Pontifical Solemn Mass & Conference
St. Anthony of Padua Oratory, West Orange, NJ

Monday, 28 October, 6PM
Pontifical Solemn Mass & Conference
The Church of the Holy Innocents, Manhattan, NY

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  1. LA says:

    Fr. Z. wrote: “My good friend, Fr. George Rutler, the newly appointed administrator of the Church of the Holy Innocents, will preach at the Mass.”

    May I ask what “administrator” means in this context? Is Fr. Rutler the resident parish priest?

  2. rbbadger says:

    I see over on Rorate Caeli that the Augustinian Canons of Stift Klosterneuburg will be having a Mass in honour of Bl. Karl of Austria at their parish in Glen Cove, NY. It will be a forma extraordinaria celebration.

    Stift Klosterneuburg is a very old and venerable abbey of Augustinian Canons. It was founded by Austria’s patron saint, St. Leopold in 1114. St. Leopold was the Margrave of Austria and ruled the country long before the Habsburgs came on the scene. In recent years, the canons have added a number of Americans to their ranks, some of whom have returned to work in their new foundation in America.

  3. May I ask what “administrator” means in this context? Is Fr. Rutler the resident parish priest?

    An administrator (per Canon 539-540) is “a priest who takes the place of the pastor” when the “parish is vacant.” In this case, the parish is vacant because the previous pastor completed his term and went on sabbatical. The main difference for an administrator appointed to a vacant parish is that he does not have stability (i.e. he is not appointed for a set term or for life.)

    Fr. Rutler was assigned to be administrator of Holy Innocents this past summer at the same time that he was appointed pastor of the directly adjacent parish of St. Michael. He resides at St. Michael’s.

  4. JARay says:

    I read something of the life of Blessed Karl and also his wife, just the other day. He was truly a remarkable, holy man and also his wife was a remarkable, holy woman. If he had had his way the first world war would have ended a couple of years before it did and America would never have been drawn into that conflict.

  5. nolatkd says:

    On the subject of Pontifical Masses.
    For anyone in San Diego there will be a Pontifical Mass in November. Below is from St Anne’s bulletin, the local FSSP Parish.

    On Friday November 15th, there will be a Pontifical
    Mass with Archbishop Cordileone at 10 am. This Mass
    will be for the 25th anniversary of the founding of the
    FSSP. About 50 to 60 North American priests of the
    FSSP will be in attendance. All are welcomed to attend
    the Mass and help celebrate the FSSP’s anniversary!

  6. Mark of the Vine says:

    Now if only this intrepid bishop would celebrate the EF in his home country. :-)

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