UPDATE: Bishop Seitz has reached out and assured the parish of his support. He does not foresee anything changing as a consequence of this document. Masses will continue, confessions remain the same. The Latin Mass community at Immaculate Conception will continue as it has been seeking the sanctification of souls through the liturgical traditions of the Church and for the greater honor and glory of Almighty God in union with His Mystical Body here on Earth.
To the Faithful of Immaculate Conception Parish
Many among us may feel confusion, sadness, worry, or even anger at the recent publication of the Motu Proprio ‘Traditionis Custodes’. At the current time, it is unclear what the implications (if any!) will be for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter as a whole, or our parish in particular. I assure you that we remain committed to serving God, you- the faithful, and the Church in fidelity to the charism of the traditional rite given to us by our Holy Mother, the Catholic Church and in conformity with our Constitutions.
We must remember that the cross is a part of our sanctification and how meritorious it can be when lived well! This requires strength and courage, but Christ gives us the grace we need when we need it. We must also not neglect to offer prayers and sacrifices for the situation, ourselves, and others.
Let’s be mindful of the many graces we have received and be earnestly grateful for the blessing God has given to us, in the past and even presently. Prayers of thanksgiving are an excellent way to lighten a burdened spirit while maintaining humility.
Additionally, we have the patronage of the Most Holy, Most Powerful Mother of God under her favored title of the Immaculate Conception to guard and guide us. We have St. Joseph, Protector of the Church, patron of the newly erected Province in North America to watch over us.
God’s goodness and love do not fail. So let’s be strengthened by His words and those of St. Paul: “Be not afraid.” “We can do all things in Him Who strengthens us.”
In Corde Christi,
Fr. Kevin O’Neill, FSSP
Immaculate Conception, El Paso