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Other Groups: Emails on an as-needed basis for those interested Adult Cathechesis, Women's Group, Men's Group, Young Adult group, etc. (Ususally about 2 per month.)
Here follows the annual fiscal report breakdown.
Current members of the Finance Committee include: Bob Friedmann, Constance Burke, Michael Williams, Gregory Colker, Renee SanGiacomo, Alex Morris. Diane Pappalardo is the Bookkeeper
|Catechetical and Devotional Materials||$19,871.61|
For the use of the St. Agnes Chapel, and office space.
|Catechetical and Devotional Materials||$24,823.12|
|Building & Grounds||$284.40|
|Diocesan Non-Parochial Collection||$250.00|
|Other Facility Expense||$64.19|
The following are the total amounts donated in the second quarter of 2021 to support our chapel today, and build our permanent home for tomorrow.
|Collection (St. Agnes & St William)||$16,485||$20,073||$36,558|
Total current balance of Building Fund as of July 15th, 2021 is: $2,603,626.77.
Our community continues to grow rapidly. Deo gratias!
586 Souls on Average in Attendance on Sundays.
(Naples 415, Fort Myers 171)
22 New household registrations for the quarter.
(Nearly 2 households every week)
Dear Corpus Christi Chapel parishioners,
Fr. Dorsa will depart for his new assignment this coming Wednesday. Whereby we will have a farewell party for him this Saturday, July 24, from 4pm-6pm at St. Agnes parish cente (located behind/north of the main church).
It will be a potluck style party, so please bring something to eat or drink to share with others. A cake will be provided.
Do you have questions about homeschooling? Sacred Heart of Jesus Private Homeschool Group would like to invite you to our parents meeting, August 7th , 10am at Olga Park in Fort Myers. Here you will learn about the support SHJ can offer your family, upcoming activities we have planned, meet other homeschool parents in the area, and learn what is required to homeschool in our state. If you have any questions, you may also call Lisa Stalnaker 239-634-3684.
One of our parihioners announces the following:
I am excited to announce the (attempted) formation of the men's Corpus Christi Hockey Club! I am looking to establish a low tier team of like-minded Catholics to join the local rec league in Estero's Hertz Arena. I'm shooting for an entry time of the winter season (starting January) at the earliest to give us realistic time to organize. NO HOCKEY EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, I plan to start us in the lowest tier, so as long as you can stand on skates, you'll be fine. Why hockey? • Best air-conditioning in all of sportsdom • burn between 500-800 calories per game • build solid Catholic brotherhood.
Even though I dont plan on getting the team signed up until January at the earliest, please contact me ASAP if you're interested so we can start organizing. For adults age 18 and up. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, gear, cost, or otherwise. Martin Krizan [email protected] 239-888-1225
Dear Corpus Christi Chapel parishioners,
As many have already asked us for our thoughts this morning of July 16th, on which a new Motu Propio has been issued by Pope Francis restricting more ample permissions for the use of the Latin Mass which were given by his predecessor Pope Benedict, in the Motu Propio Summorum Pontificum, and how it might affect our community, I make the following observations:
Obviously, those of us who were gladdened by the more ample rights for all priests of the Roman Rite to celebrate according to the 1962 missal are saddened to see that more possible restrictions may be established. Nonetheless, though more restrictive, it still remains possible for Bishops to delegate diocesan priests to offer the Latin Mass. Furthermore, it does not directly affect our FSSP communities as we have the Latin Mass by particular law as the mass that we were founded to celebrate according to our Constitutions which have been definitively approved by the Holy See.
Whether new foundations of our community in a diocese will be established with the canonical status of a parish, remains to be seen with the practical implementation of this document. Here in the diocese of Venice, Florida, Corpus Christi is already canonically established as a Chapel, and Mission of Christ the King Parish, a Latin Mass parish entrusted to the Fraternity of St. Peter in the diocese of Venice, which is to say we are already part of a permanently established Latin Mass FSSP parish in the diocese. If our future church were not canonically erected as a separate new parish, it would simply remain canonically as a mission of our already established FSSP parish in Sarasota and practically function in the same way.
Over the past 33 years we have more often begun and worked in a diocese without the canonical status of a parish, though many have been established as such over time. All of our apostolates in the US have established contracts which define their traditional nature and establish them in a stable way in the diocese, which unfortunately cannot be said about many of our apostolates in Europe, where Bishops, particularly in France, sometimes give us only a verbal permission to work in the diocese. Yet, if I am correct, in only one recent case was even such a verbal permission withdrawn. Latin Mass communities can be structured as a Chapel, Mission, etc. while practically functioning like a a parish in most respects, and we have done this with great fruit and success amidst even difficult circumstances and labors for over 30 years. So, although these new norms appear to be more restrictive and unfavorable for the spread of the Latin Mass at large, our service to the Church continues the same both in the diocese and throughout the world where we are established.
My pastoral advice for you in this moment is to simply stay focused on your spiritual life as the unwavering commitment of our ministry to you and your obligations to more faithfully love and serve the Lord by denying yourself and taking up your cross daily remain the same. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Mt. 6:34)
From our commitment to holiness comes all blessings and favors from the Lord. Love the Mass and appreciate it always, as it is, according to the Church, “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 10), and attending and praying the mass devoutly is the most powerful arm that we have so that His kingdom come and His will be done.
“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6).
Our newly appointed Provincial Superior Fr. William Lawrence FSSP (who noted in his circular to our priests that many bishops where we serve have already made overtures to assure us that our apostolates will continue the same) makes the following announcement:
Dear Faithful in Christ,
With the publication of Pope Francis’ latest motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, which has placed new restrictions on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, many of us are disheartened and anxious. At this point, it is too early to tell what all the implications will be for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and for our apostolates, but we assure you that we remain committed to serving the faithful in accordance with our Constitutions and charism as we have done since our founding.
We must strive to see this Cross as a means of our sanctification, and to remember that God will never abandon His Church. Our Lord Himself promises us the necessary graces to bear our Crosses with strength and courage. We must not, however, neglect to do our part as faithful Catholics; let us pray and offer sacrifices in our daily lives, and trust in the intercession of Our Lady, St. Joseph, and our patron, St. Peter. Please continue to pray for the Pope and for the Bishops, and especially for your priests."
The Diocese of Venice has approved the assignment of our new assistant- Fr. Martin Adams FSSP. He will replace Fr. Dorsa around the beginning of August. He arrives like Fr. Dorsa, young, at 30 yrs of age and 3 yrs ordained. He is from our apostolate in Post Falls, Idaho, where then Deacon Romanoski knew him as a youth of the parish. It is a particular joy for us to see youth from our parish now serving at our altars. Deo gratias! May we say the same about our Corpus Christi acolytes some day! He should arrive to our apostolate by August 7th.
Father Adam's previous assignment was for three years at our apostolate in Maple Hill, Kansas, where he was much loved and appreciated by their pastor and faithful. With a missionary spirit he also visited our apostolate in Nigeria as a seminarian and went back there to offer a first mass after he was ordained.
We are sure that you will appreciate his energetic talent and readiness to serve and that he will soon feel at home and grateful to be a spiritual father of our Corpus Christi family.
The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, will be blessed and imposed after the 5:15om Mass in Her honor this Friday, July 16th, for all those who have never before received the imposition (once received, the enrollment lasts for life).
We have some scapulars that have been donated and others for sale, but in limited supply, feel free to also bring your own.
For those who cannot receive it on Friday, please let the priests know on Sunday after Mass.
Learn more about this heavenly gift from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at www.CorpusChristiFSSP.com/brown-scapular
While we hope to organize a party in the Naples and possibly Fort Myers area later this month, for those who live in Ave or would like to attend, the usual third Sunday potluck after the 1230pm mass at Ave Maria Parish, which Father Dorsa will offer, will be to thank Father for his service to our community and bid him farewell and blessings upon his next assignment which begins in August.
When: approximately 2 pm, and ending around 5 pm.
What: Please bring a dish and/or a dessert to share
This year in addition to the five new priests ordained, we also reached a milestone in our growth in North America as a Priestly Fraternity, moving up administratively from the level of a District to a Province. Accordingly there are priest transfers every year to fulfill these new apostolic needs.
Fr. Anthony Dorsa, who was assigned as assitant to our Corpus Christi apostolate since last year, will be transferred to our headquarters where he amongst other tasks will help with administrative tasks including overseeing the media and missions development of our Fraternity throughout the Province.
Although the news is sad for us who have been the beneficiaries of his great priestly dedication to the sanctification of our souls, ever friendly companionship, and talented service, over the last year, and although we wish we could have him longer, we should rejoice to see the work of our Fraternity expand to a new level and our dear vicar promoted to such a level of responsibility at the service of the whole province. Such is the nature of our apostolic work, in imitation of Our Lord and the apostles who after serving a community, continued on to found yet more.
It is a time for us to remember that behind every priest is Christ the High Priest, who remains with us always, giving us what he knows we need, even if at times it is not what we prefer; and that here we have no lasting home, but sojourn as pilgrims towards our eternal, heavenly home. That which most gladdens the heart of a priest, is to see the his flock put it into practice that which he has taught them, to show that they have understood that their greatest desire was to lead and attach them to Christ and not their own particular personality. Such is the spirituality of the priest who acts in persona Christi.
We should also consider it a compliment to our community which has been so supportive of him in prayer and faithful in following his good teachings in word and example, which in spiritually good condition is ready to receive another young priest to serve in his stead as assistant.
The transfers are effective as of August 1st. Stay tuned for more details regarding any farewell parties. Our new assistant will be announced as soon as the diocese confirms it.
In the meantime please thank our good Father Dorsa for his wonderful year of dedicated service to our community, and promise him your prayers for the success of the new endeavor Our Lord asks him to undertake.