No Laity Found To Bring Up Gifts To Altar; Consecration Delayed Two Hours

January 28, 2013 by  
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Toronto, Canada––Pastor of St. Dwenden Catholic Church in Toronto, Canada Ben Gregory was forced to postpone the consecration for nearly two hours early Sunday morning after lead usher Kevin Sarkosy was unsuccessful in locating anyone willing to bring up the bread and wine for the presentation of the gifts at Mass. “Obviously the presentation is as important to the Mass as the consecration is…everyone knows that,” Sarkosy told Eye of the Tiber as he and three others searched, frantically, for a willing family to present the gifts. “In fact, I go as far as to say that the laity’s role in presenting the gifts is as important as Father Gregory’s is in consecrating it. Without Mary’s Fiat, after all, there is no Jesus to be born; and without the laity’s Fiat in presenting, there is no bread to become Jesus…if you think about like that.” Sarkosy went on to report that everyone was acting very peculiar as he approached them to ask whether they would be interested in participating. “They all had their heads down…like they were praying or something,” Sarkosy chuckled. “I mean, me and my wife would’ve done it, of course, except that we had the money baskets to carry.

  • jedf

    St Dwenden… Lol is there really a saint with that name?

  • JohnK

    Hmmm…. I enjoy keeping up with the news through this site, but this one misses the mark.

  • http://www.eponymousflower.blogspot.com Tancred

    More of a bullseye, you mean?

  • Cindy Coleman

    @John, if it misses the mark for you, then you are blessed to have had better experiences than some of us. I cringe to think that in a previous parish, ordained priests would sit and they would invited Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (I was an EMHC) to distribute the Blessed Sacrament. This post all about over-emphasizing and distorting the role of the laity in liturgy–consecration at Mass is the “sum and summit” of our faith not because of the presentation of the gifts, but the sacrifice of the Lamb.

    • Susan Gallen

      Cindy in our parish, every Sunday I’m waiting for the raised platform to collapse under the weight of the rabid crowd that thunders down the aisles to be priests for the day. There’s got to be thirty people up there, passing out the Host, and the Chalice. It’s looks like a damn cocktail party.

  • Teresa B.

    I knew right away this wasn’t true. My husband used to be a sales rep for a Toronto Catholic store and we had each church circled on my mapbook. I know my churches in TO. LOL.

  • Teresa B.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a church in Newmarket though! (part of the Archdiocese of Toronto)

  • Will

    The GIRM (#73) says: “The offerings are then brought forward. It is praiseworthy for the bread and wine to be presented by the faithful.”
    If the missal says to do it, it’s OK by me. I do have a problem with the deacon or priest grandly blessing the money and then putting the wicker basket under the altar. The same section of the GIRM says that the money should not be placed there.

  • Martha

    Haha. Sad, but true. ;) Love this site.

    The longer I go to the Trad. Latin Mass, the more blatant the differences appear to me! I can’t even stand going to a Novus Ordo anymore- I’ll drive for hours, get up in the dark- whatever I have to to get there! The NO feels like an evangelical pow wow every time. Ew.

    • Deacon Chris

      Martha –

      While I understand your frustration, I would ask that you keep two things in mind –

      1. This site takes things to the absurd level to make a point. It is a very funny blog and we should take it in the tone it is given – a light hearted opportunity to laugh at ourselves.

      2. Please do not get so far away from the NO that you leave the Church. Many well intentioned people have gone from the NO, to FSSP, to SSPX, to CRMI and SSPV. They are all searching from something and lose site of the fact that what they are looking for can only be found in the Church, in Communion with the Pope, the Vicar of Christ.

      God Bless, enjoy the Latin Mass, and laugh with the rest of us on the site!

      Deacon Chris

    • Julie S.

      I couldn’t agree with you any more. I visited the Latin Mass 40min. down the road, and now, I’m hooked. Attending the NO during the week is sooooo hard to do. I make my own adjustments to stomach it, such as– prayer hands and eyes fixed upon the consecrated host upon the altar instead of high-fiving my neighbors at the sign of peace.
      God, save us from the liberals that have taken over Your beautiful Mass.

  • John

    Why couldn’t the ushers have taken up the gifts?

  • Martha

    I appreciate your concern, Deacon Chris. Truly! :) And I agree with the point you’re trying to make.

    Love, love, love Papa Bene. Have his pic by my front door! Everything we do at our TLM is approved by (and sometimes blessed with the presence of) our local Bishop.

    Just can’t take the abuses at our local NO, and yes they’re taken to an extreme level on this site (one hopes!), but like Chesterton would say, if things become ridiculous at their extreme, perhaps they were ridiculous to start with.

    • Susan Gallen

      Martha, absolutely agree with you. I always keep my eyes on the Chair of Peter and I will never leave but find myself getting more and more frustrated with some of the openly irreverent nonsense that goes on during holy Mass. We have a progressive leaning parish council who plaster their (anti-catholic values) politicians signs on the lawns. We have radical nuns posting “Nuns on the Bus” notices in the entryway and bulletin. Our choir wouldn’t know a Marian song if they tripped over it but they soulfully wail about being taken down to the river. Mom and daughter receive the Eucharest in short shorts. My sad lament could go on. I hate to paraphrase someone I despise but ‘Dude, where’s my Church”?

      • Granny

        Absolutely AMEN! I could just copy and paste your comment here as mine. How about EMHC wearing slip dresses… or distributing in shorts? We left the NO and are happily assisting at the EF as we should be by offering our prayers with the priest for the glorification and worship of God… not man. Assisting at Mass has nothing to do with running all over the altar doing stuff. If you don’t know why the NO is so off track in many parishes read this from Crisis Magazine
        http://tinyurl.com/9wusn7a

  • Michael Leggett

    Please, not only the Tridentine Latin Mass, but the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, does not have this innovation. But, I do take this for the Satire Piece it is.

  • steve5656546346

    Oh yeah!