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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
April 2003

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Dear Friends and Benefactors,

There is great anticipation in the air at the seminary as we approach the most sacred time of the year — Holy Week. This year our seminarians will travel to various churches around the country to assist in the sacred liturgy. They will be at Mount St. Michael in Spokane, Washington; Immaculate Conception in St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Joseph’s in Delta, Colorado; Immaculate Conception in Burlington, Colorado; and St. Theresa’s in O’Neill, Nebraska; besides those who will “stay home” at Mary Immaculate in Omaha to assist me.

By shipping out the seminarians to various traditional Catholic churches, they will be put in a position to thoroughly learn the sacred liturgy in practice as well as in theory. This is especially true for those seminarians who will be the masters of ceremonies for the Holy Week liturgy.

The master of ceremonies needs to know in detail the position and function of everyone in the sanctuary, from the celebrant to the least of the servers, and he needs to insure that the ceremonies will flow in an orderly and harmonious manner. There is no greater preparation for the priesthood in this area of the liturgy than by the actual participation in these sacred functions. This is particularly true of our three deacons who will receive priestly ordination next month. No longer will they merely assist at the ceremonies of the liturgy. They will, in the person of Christ, perform these themselves.

How fortunate we are to know the situation in the Catholic Church and to have retained the true Catholic Faith with its beautiful ceremonies which have been preserved for so many centuries! The ceremonies we celebrate are essentially the same as were performed in the times of St. Patrick, St. Gregory the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Pope Pius V, and St. Pope St. Pius X. Although the traditional movement is small in number when compared to those who have been misled in the Modern Curch, our Faith, our Mass, our Sacraments, and the sacred liturgy put us in union with the great multitude of popes, bishops, countless saints, and doctors of the Church throughout the vast span of twenty centuries.

And this is the wonderful advantage of our position — we have the continuity of belief and worship of the nearly two thousand years of te one true Church of Christ, the Catholic Church. This continuity does not exist in the modern Church with its Novus Ordo Mass and the erroneous teachings on ecumenism and religious liberty.

As Holy Week comes upon us, I cannot help but anticipate with great joy the celebration of the most solemn events in the history of the world — the Passion, Death and glorious Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

From the procession of Palm Sunday to the chanting of Tenebrae, from the morning Mass of the Chrism on Holy Thursday, to the mass of the Last Supper with the Washing of the Feet and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, from Good Friday to the glory of the Resurrection, may this Holy Week help us all to rise to a new life of grace, more free from sin, and more united to Christ our King and His Holy Mother, the Mother of God.

With my prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

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