FSSP sets August 1 day of prayer for persecuted Middle East Christians

Readers of this blog are encouraged to follow the initiative of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in setting aside this coming Friday, August 1, as a day of prayer and penance on behalf of the suffering and persecuted Christians of Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Via the blog sidebar of (non-FSSP) Father John Zuhlsdorf, here is a prayer for the suffering Church suitable for offering on August 1 or any time:

Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from Her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee, and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of Thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.  Amen.

Mater Ecclesiae Fund makes leap of faith

Because of a decrease in the number of grant applications and a sharp increase in financial support, the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations has decided to make financial awards to all 23 applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance in 2014.  According to the Fund, “This act equates to a commitment to raise an additional $75,000 each year for more than a decade.”

Often, men and women who have discerned a religious or priestly calling are impaired from pursuing their vocation by large amounts of outstanding student loans, whose settlement normally must be arranged prior to entering the novitiate or seminary. The Mater Ecclesiae Fund seeks to remove these impairments by paying candidates’ student loan installments while candidates pursue their vocations.

At present, more than 100 men and women are being helped by the Mater Ecclesiae Fund to follow their vocations. The fund has assisted a number of newly ordained priests, including Fr. Daniel Heenan who was ordained last Saturday in Leesburg as a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Contributions to the Mater Ecclesiae Fund are tax-deductible and may be made year-round. While the 2014 grant application cycle has completed, the 2015 application cycle is expected to open on September 15, 2014.

First Masses set for FSSP ordinands

Rev. Fr. Daniel Heenan and Rev. Fr. Zachary Akers, who were ordained on Saturday at St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg by Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln as priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, will each be celebrating several First Masses as prescribed in the Rite of Ordination.

Father Heenan will celebrate his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 15, at 9:30 am at Christ the King Chapel of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.  Other First Masses to be offered by Fr. Heenan:

Father Akers will celebrate his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 15, at 12:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, Virginia.  Other First Masses to be offered by Fr. Akers:

  • Monday, June 16, 7:00 pm, Our Lady of Angels Church, Woodbridge
  • Tuesday, June 17, 10:30 am, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel), Washington
  • Thursday, June 19, 7:30 pm, St. Mary Mother of God Church, Washington
  • Sunday, June 22, 11:00 am, St. Joseph Church, Richmond, Va.

Weekend features 1st Masses, ordinations in Mid-Atlantic region

From New Liturgical Movement:

After the tragic shootings in Arizona, we are reminded to pray for and support our priests even more. Please remember to show your support for the Traditional Latin Mass, the FSSP, and their newly ordained priests this weekend. Fr Joseph Heffernan, FSSP, a parishioner of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ, will celebrate his First Solemn Mass in the Delaware Valley at 2:00PM, this Sunday, June 15, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

 If you are in the Virginia area, don’t forget that the Rev. Mr. Daniel Heenan, FSSP and the Rev. Mr. Zachary Akers, FSSP, will be ordained at St. John the Apostle Church, Leesburg, VA (101 Oakcrest Manor Drive NE) at 9:00AM, Saturday, June 14. Father Heenan will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, June 15, at 9:30AM at the Chapel of Christ the King, Christendom College, Front Royal, VA, and Father Akers will celebrate his first Mass at 12:30PM at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, also in Front Royal, VA.

Updated: 1 FSSP priest slain, 1 wounded in Phoenix burglary

Tuesday 12-Jun-2014 04:30 pm EDT: At the time of the incident, Fr. Terra was able to call 911 for help.  A representative of the Diocese of Phoenix is reported to have said that Fr. Terra was also able to grant absolution and administer last rites to Fr. Walker before the latter’s death.  Although the vehicle believed to have been used by the assailants has been found, no suspects have yet been identified.

Tuesday 12-Jun-2014 09:30 am EDT: The slain priest has been identified as Fr. Kenneth Walker FSSP, 29. Mater Misericordiae Mission pastor Fr. Joseph Terra FSSP was the other priest found injured (but not shot, as originally reported) at the crime scene.

Tuesday 12-Jun-2014 07:50 am EDT: Via local news reports, we are informed that two priests were found wounded by gunfire on the night of Wednesday, June 11, at the Mater Misericordiae Mission of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

One of the priests, age 56, is reported to have been transported to an area hospital where his condition is said to be critical.  The other priest, age 26, is reported to have died from his wounds at a local hospital.

Mater Misericordiae, ora pro eo!

Two FSSP priests to be ordained Saturday at Leesburg St. John

Transitional deacons Zachary Akers and Daniel Heenan will receive the sacrament of Holy Orders as priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter on Saturday, June 14, at St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg, Virginia.

The rite of ordination will take place during Solemn High Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln beginning at 9:00 am. Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington will be in attendance.

This Mass, which is open to the public, has been added to our seven-day calendar.