How I would like to have been in Manhattan on Sunday at Holy Innocents parish for their Patronal Feast!
Holy Innocents, once considered for the guillotine, was given a reprieve by His Eminence Timothy Card. Dolan. Many people expressed their dismay that such a vibrant – well-situated – church should close, especially because there you find the only daily Traditional Latin Mass in Manhattan. Attendance has been steadily growing and the community has achieved international fame.
It seems that, with promptings, Card. Dolan received their petitions favorably.
In the wake of all that drama, and the decision, Holy Innocents was assigned a new pastor. Hitherto, in the interim, the famous Fr. George Rutler has been the administrator, simultaneously taking charge of St. Michael’s in Hell’s Kitchen after he was moved from Our Savior on Park Avenue.
Now the people at Holy Innocents have a strong new hand to guide them, Fr. Len Villa, an outstanding priest whom I know. He is an exceptionally good choice for Holy Innocents.
It just goes to show how anxiety and deprivation, a desert experience, can lead to amazing new fruits.
But, wait! There’s more!
While the hidden decision making process for Holy Innocents was underway, the people of the parish were praying 54 Day Rosary Novenas. As a matter of fact, they started with the first one for the intention of the preservation of their parish. Silence. Then they did another, and then a third, which they concluded on 31 October. On 2 November, it was announced that Holy Innocents would stay open. At that point they started another 54 Day Rosary Novena for whomever was to be the pastor of the parish, changes or not. That Novena began on 3 November and ended on 26 December – 54 Days. As it happened, Fr. Villa’s appointment was dated 26 December, in time for the Patronal Feast on 28 December.
I detect the hand of Our Blessed Mother.
And now you know the rest of the story.
In any event, there are photos available of the Mass for the Patronal Feast, which is also when Fr. Villa presented his vision, his “battle plan”(!) for the parish. I’m impressed. Daily Rosary, reverence and adoration to the Eucharist, prayers for Priests, devotion to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart, Confession, reparation to God.
I am told that part of the “battle plan” could be to make Holy Innocents into a center for CONFESSION.
Fr. Villa, explaining the situation.
Fr. Villa’s sermon has been posted.
At the time I post it here, it has one 1 (one) view! I bet that’ll change.
He starts on the vision of the parish at about 5:30. Outstanding. He talks about consecrating the parish to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At about 10:00 he begins to explain reverence to the Eucharist, the Real Presence, especially through Adoration for the purpose of reparation. At 12:30 he gets to confession. Crisis of the Eucharist extends to the other sacraments. He often cites Ven. Pius XII in his sermon.