UPDATE 13 AUG:
We have hit our initial goal!
I distributed a few of the birettas to the guys yesterday and they were pretty chuffed.
I should have some thank you notes pretty soon.
“But Father! But Father!”, you liberals are squeaking, “What… what next? You hate Vatican II soooo much!”
There are still quite a few seminarians who were not on the list, but the bishop himself is going to step in an get some of the remaining covers. That’s what.
But I do have another super Catholic project which I am going to roll out soon.
UPDATE 12 Aug:
Just after I posted that we were up to 15, I had an email from John at Leaflet Missal saying that Fr. Richard Heilman (I’ve written about him HERE – he’s the State Chaplain for the KofC, he is on Relevant Radio, he moved his parish to ad orientem worship, he implemented Summorum Pontificum, he put in altar rails, he has the spiffy Spiritual Combat Rosaries – a new gun-metal version is available, he built a brand new confessional in his church and has another by his office door in the rectory) bought two!
We stop at 20 until I get the rest of the hat sizes. Stay tuned!
The first box with the first batch of birettas arrived a few days ago! These are earmarked for specific men.
Today I had a chat with a priest who is going to buy a couple.
This post – this project – this urgent ACTION ITEM – comes to you from out a deep well of sorrow.
There are seminarians who don’t have birettas.
There are – worse yet – seminarians of the Diocese of Madison who don’t have birettas!
Seminarians came to a Pontifical Mass at the Throne and they participated… I can hardly bring myself to say it… nude.
They were uncovered.
These seminarians, dear friends, need our help.
Decades of abuse of priestly identity has resulted in the loss of this distinguished and important item of clerical dress, the noble biretta.
Therefore, I have a project.
Last year, many of you bought great liturgical books for the men here, which I distributed during their annual meeting with Bp. Morlino. This same event is coming up.
We must get this project underway NOW.
With the help of the Vocations Office (imagine saying that 20 years ago!), I have started collecting the hat sizes of seminarians!
I propose that my friend John at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul order lots of birettas. You can contact Leaflet directly and…
buy a biretta for a seminarian!
- I am collecting hat sizes which I am giving to John at Leaflet. He is obtaining more birettas now.
- You will call him directly and tell him how many birettas you want to buy (I think they will be about $100).
- The biretta will be sent to me and I will distribute them to the appropriate seminarian.
“But Father! But Father!”, some are saying with anxiety, “I want to participate, but I don’t have $100 to spend!”
I talked this through with John. You can buy a gift certificate for your amount which can be applied to the cost of a biretta. John will keep track.
I am opting for all the birettas to be the same: collapsible, silk, with a pom.
Are you ready? This is doable.
For the sake of ecclesial decorum and priestly identity, please help.
Contact John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal: 651-209-1951 Ext-331
John says that if he is away, leave a voicemail with your phonenumber and he will call you back ASAP.