Holy Thursday Message

We have quite a backlog of topics to cover, but are taking a break from blogging during the Easter Triduum.  Just so you know, we have noted the following topics we plan to get to shortly after Easter:

  • Latest lay pension updates, including letter to former lay employees from Carol Gustavson–finally signed with the names of the trustees–which responds, in part, to “media reports” about the lay pension plan
  • More information about the diocesan deception over the so-called “balanced budget”
  • Job search for new Vice President of Development, reporting to Kathleen Driscoll
  • New executive director for MCC, Jim Driscoll, his family relation to Kathleen Driscoll, and questions about whether this was yet another “sham search”
  • Latest “sham search” completed for Director of IT, this time hiring done by new guy, John Straub
  • New pastor named for St. Catherine of Siena in Norwood, with very different style and ecclesiology from outgoing pastor Msgr. McRae
  • Early reports of ethical corruption in the new Ethicspoint process intended to root out ethical corruption
  • Dispelling the 10 Myths about BCI
  • Correcting several recent BCI errors: we erred on which luxury box Jim McDonough occupied on Opening Day at Fenway Park, and we also erred on one of the priests attending a February conference in New Orleans.

In the meantime, for Holy Thursday we offer readers the Gospel reading from this evening’s Mass for the Lord’s Supper:

Gospel: John 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

We hope BCI readers experience many graces during Triduum and have a blessed Easter.

23 Responses to Holy Thursday Message

  1. Al says:

    I have not seen Carol’s letter. If you could post it that would be really helpful.

  2. A. J. Constantino says:

    Peace of Christ!

    Today, we celebrate Holy Thursday!

    At the Passover Meal, our loving and merciful Lord, gave us two gifts: the Gift of Himself – The Eucharist and the gift of Priesthood!

    The Eucharist, simple bread and wine transformed into the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is our Living Food!

    I was struck at last year’s Chrism Mass by a lone woman standing, in a pew, and in a clear voice saying to the Priests as they processed by “Thank you for the gift of your Priesthood”. I turned and saw several Priests with just a tear in their eye – truly humbled by this woman’s words. I am pleased to report, the same woman was standing , in the same place and with her clear voice repeated her salutation: “Thank you for the gift of your Priesthood!”

    Let us remember these words from John Paul II:
    “We were born from the Eucharist. If we can truly say that the whole Church lives from the Eucharist…we can say the same thing about the ministerial priesthood: it is born, lives, works and bears fruit “de Eucharistia.” There can be no Eucharist without the priesthood, just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist.”

  3. Former Employee says:

    What’s up with this?!


    Did Kathleen Driscoll already burn out?! Or are they looking for another one?

  4. A Priest says:

    Regarding the new pastor in Norwood…he was giving a conference to a group of faithful women in Vermont and basically began by telling them that women should be priests, these faithful women rode him out on a rail as well they should have. Not to long ago this priest took 6 months off and at the end of the “break” decided he was going to retire, that he was burnt out and was even going to take a leave of absence from the priesthood. (all this info is in the bulletin of his former parish) There is even more scandalous information about this new pastor that I will not repeat but suffice to say the Cardinal knows it and still, yes still, appointed this wildly inappropriate priest as pastor to a fine parish which is a true Orthodox Catholic parish. It is a scandal that this man is the new pastor and the Cardinal should rescind this appointment.

    • St Catherine's Parishioner says:

      We have heard mention of the new pastor, and if true, it’s indeed a scandal he would be named pastor of St. Catherine’s. Parishioners need to talk to Msgr. McRae about this urgently, and we hope the Cardinal will stop this from going forward. It’s almost the opposite of what happened at Our Lady Help of Christians a few years ago when the unorthodox pastor was asked to resign and he was replaced by an orthodox pastor–except in this case, our true Orthodox Catholic pastor who has helped cultivate a great parish is moving to a new assignment voluntarily.

      • Lazarus' Table says:

        Don’t waste your time questioning or protesting the appointment. Your new pastor, while having many fine qualities, is one of “the boys” who look out for each other, cover for each other for mutual self-protection and advancement. That’s the Boston Catholic culture. Accept it.

      • It's Greek to Me says:

        Don’t waste your time speaking with Msgr. McRae about his replacement since the appointment is beyond his reach. Time will be of the essence: contact the regional bishop now. Mr. Garrity does not belong there in Norwood but rather at the Paulist Center.

  5. Norwood Mom says:

    I just saw the announcement in The Pilot that Msgr Paul Garrity has been named pastor. He had announced previously he was retiring from the priesthood, so why is he leaving retirement and why does the Cardinal now send him here? From everything we have heard, he does sound like a better fit for the Paulist Center rather than here. Why would the Cardinal do this to St. Catherine’s?

    • Michael says:

      With all due respect … a better fit for the Paulist Center? What the heck is wrong with everyone here? There is no such thing as a bad priest for a bad parish. There are good priests and bad priests. If he is a bad priest, he needs to go. And I don’t mean go to the Paulist Center … I mean go. Go away. Leave … never come back. And if the Paulist center has “priests who need to leave … send them all away … packing at the same time.

      It really is long past due that good Catholics need to stand up for Christ and take back our Church. I don’t care who assigned him. He needs to go and the Paulist Center needs to close. Let’s stop acting like someone else’s problem isn’t our own problem. Heresy/Heterodoxy in the Church is all of our problems.

      Let’s start taking responsibility for our inaction/appeasement/surrender and acquiescence in the destruction of the Catholic Church in Boston.

  6. A Priest says:

    I can only suggest to the wonderful folks at St. Catherine’s that they flood the Cardinal with letters and articulate their concern so that at least he can’t say down the road that there was no concern. Mark my words the new Monsignor is not as good as the old one by any stretch and will try and lead this great parish into beliefs that are contrary to Catholic teaching. This is a rather large and critical error by the Cardinal who is responsible for all personnel issues. The buck stops at his desk.

    • Lazarus' Table says:

      Father, what you say is true. But don’t forget to give ample credit to the clergy personnel board and office for the role they play in engineering appointments.

  7. A Priest says:

    This was a direct appointment Lazarus, which is unfortunate. I would love to be able to spread the blame around and would if I thought they had anything to do with it. In this case I’m sure their hands are clean. On others, not so much!

  8. Rosemary says:

    I thought I read online that a Msgr. John Dewane from Green Bay, WI would succeed Msgr. McRae. I used to be a parishioner but now live in AZ.

    • A Priest says:

      The exact opposite is happening. Monsignor McRae is going to Rome to replace the Monsignor from Wisconsin.

      • Rosemary says:

        Thank you, father. I misread, and now it makes sense. It seemed like a “swap” was happening.

  9. Chris says:

    How about writing the papal nuncio and documenting everything you can find out about the objectional pastor? What about putting on YouTube any unorthodox sermons or liturgical abuses?

  10. Concerned says:

    I am concerned that creating a forum for complimenting or attacking priest assignments will be unproductive.

    Msgr. Garrity is a gifted administrator and successfully attracted the money and talent which allowed Saint Mary’s High School in Lynn to achieve a dramatic turnaround.

    Concerns about his theology and ecclesiology are apparently justified. Most people would count him among “liberal” priests.

    He would be an excellent candidate for Superintendent of Schools, having all the skills and a salary and benefits package about $300,000 less than the current occupant of that office. Serving in such a capacity would play to his strengths and place a level of bureaucracy between him and believers.

    • Mack says:

      But if his theology is questionable (and I know nothing about him other than what is posted here), would you really want him overseeing the schools? Who knows what kind of programs that he would want to put in? No thanks.

    • q says:

      Concerned – EXACTLY!!! Msgr Garrity may not be a Priest whose Liturgy or Theology I admire, but to deny his gifts or to fail to use them to their best advantage would be foolish.
      Problem is, he is going to a Parish which, to my knowledge, does not have great need of his ample administrative gifts, and to which, his liabilities (Liturgy, Theology) could do great harm.

      • A Priest says:

        Exactly q, and therein lies the problem…although I’m not sure I’d want him in charge of anything because Theology trumps administrative ability in my opinion.

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