Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Several Holy Spirit parishioners went to church this evening to attend Evening Prayer. Two of the first to arrive were members of religious orders assigned to service within the Valley area. When they asked that the door be unlocked into the chapel, Mr. Larry Eberlein declared that he had been instructed not to unlock the chapel for Evening Prayer. When asked who had given those instructions, Mr. Eberlein said, “Those are the orders of our pastor, Monsignor Louis Brum.”
Parishioners have been attending Evening Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours) at Holy Spirit for over 10 years. Night Prayer was NOT a service for any particular group of parishioners, it was open to all. Until several months ago, it had been continuously announced in the parish bulletin to allow parishioners the opportunity to pray and reflect within this ancient practice of the Catholic Church.
From a previous post:
The Monsignor now seems to have declared war on Holy Spirit’s long tradition of continuing this ancient prayer practice.
Maybe I just don’t understand. How can a pastor of a Catholic Parish not allow parishioners or members of its religious orders to pray? Am I missing something here? Christ's teachings were all about INCLUSION. How can the Catholic Church EXCLUDE its very own parishioners?