From my email…
I just received a biretta from John! [Hastreiter of Leaflet Missal] I am very happy with the biretta, and even more grateful for the work you and Mr. Hastreiter have put into this project.
If you happen to know any of the donors, please assure them that I will pray for them — especially when using the biretta.
(and of course, please keep my name and diocese anonymous in any public posting.)
I’m glad you were able to benefit from the Biretta Project!
First off… I am informed that, through this project, YOU, dear readers, have supplied about 100 birettas to seminarians. Kudos.
Next, I have had a few thank you notes from seminarians, who are receiving their new covers. Here is one:
I want to thank you for your “Birettas for Seminarians Project.” Today I received my biretta, and I am very grateful!
I have a question though, what is the proper etiquette (birettaquette) for a seminarian? When sitting in choir is it the same as a priest? Also, when can one, seminarian or priest, wear a biretta? Is it only for liturgical use?
Carry it when walking in and out. Cover after having sat down. Uncover before standing up. When holding it, hold it with both hands in front of your chest. Use ONE hand to put it on. Do NOT sit on it after the tabernacle is closed, if you put it on your chair during Communion time.
That said, I note that you are in a … place ((arch)diocese) where the local ordinary could be quite antagonistic about seminarians and birettas. Thus, I urge you to be discreet.
And, yes, the biretta is mostly liturgical, although some priests wore it out and about.
I received a note from the Incredible John at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul, aka the Biretta Broker for our Project. To wit:
Your eyes can stop welling with tears as you write! (At least, temporarily)
Thanks so much for your recent efforts, and thank you to all who contributed over the past year.
We now have enough donors to literally “cover” all of the remaining seminarians on the list…and then some.
As you know, Italy is pretty much shut down in August. But come September…many, many, birettas will be shipped in!
I think the manufacturers are wondering what’s going on in the Americas!
Brick by Brick!
UPDATE 16 Aug:
I received the following via email from a seminarian:
I want you to know that I received a Biretta from your action item posts. Thank you and the benefactor who came forward to purchase this for me. Every time I use it I pray for the benefactor who purchased it for me.
UPDATE 7 July 2016:
In honor of the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum I’m moving this to the top of the stack.
In the past we have had here a project to get birettas for seminarians. It was a success (for example HERE) but, alas, it has fallen off the radar. Let’s get back at it.
I am still getting notes from seminarians hither and yon who need birettas.
That is where YOU come in.
John Hastrieter at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul wrote that he has about 2o seminarians on a “biretta wanted list” but… and my eyes well with tears as I write this… no donors.
Contact John in church goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul – 651-209-1951 Ext-331.
DON’T WRITE TO ME TO ASK FOR A BIRETTA… CONTACT TO JOHN AT LEAFLET!
If he is away, leave a voicemail with your phone number and he will call you back ASAP.
John is keeping track of the names of the seminarians and their hat sizes. My involvement would only get in the way of the process. Don’t write to me.
Let’s encourage these men.
Call John and buy a biretta for a seminarian. It’s as easy as that.