That’s right, people. I’m sending respectful, but angry, emails to the Catholic Church. My last convoluted post roughly entitled “Every Knee Should Bend” lays out the story quite nicely, but I wanted to post the emails I’ve received and such since.
Here is my original email:
Dear Very Rev. C. Michael Padazinski,
I grew up in the St. Nicholas Parish of the Diocese of San Jose, and then moved to Oregon for University in the fall of 2004. I noticed upon my leave that our congregation had slowly stopped kneeling at the Consecration of the Host. When I would come back home from school for Christmas and Easter, we were told at St. William’s Church that they did not kneel during the mass at all, and kneeling was strongly discouraged. I know, as permitted by GIRM 43, that no longer kneeling after the Agnus Dei or while others are receiving Communion is fine, but I thought, under Canon Law, a congregation must kneel at the Consecration.
I didn’t know whom else to email, and it’s bothered me every time I come home. I feel as though the ‘unity’ of our diocese is taking away the mystery and prayer of the Mass. The Most Reverend McGrath wrote a statement to the diocese on January 12th, 2004 outlining his expectations for the ‘unity’ of each parish at mass. The link is: http://www.dsj.org/dsj/statements/04_01.asp
Thank you for your help.
Los Altos, CA
Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding kneeling at the consecration during the Holy Mass in the Diocese of San Jose. May I suggest that you contact the Judicial Vicar of your home diocese, San Jose, with your question. He would be better able to address your specific concern. The Judicial Vicar’s name is Reverend Andres Ligot and his e-mail address is noted above. I have copied Father with your message.
Many thanks for your sensitive and respectful question.
Wishing you all the best, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Very Reverend C. Michael Padazinski, J.C.D.
Chancellor & Vicar Judicial
Archdiocese of San Francisco
Dear Rev. Andres Ligot,
I emailed the Very Rev. C. Michael Padazinski in San Francisco regarding kneeling during the Consecration of the Host in your diocese, and he advised me to email you. I know you most likely have more important matters to discuss and think about, but the breaking of Canon law is very important to me, and kneeling during the Consecration is an important part of mass in the whole. I just feel that the Very Rev. McGrath’s decision back in 2004 to cease kneeling entirely takes away from the mystery of the mass, and disrespects the Lord as He enters the Host.
Thank you so much for helping me in this matter.
Los Altos, CA