meeting always opens with a Mass invoking the Holy Ghost. This year, the
Mass included the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Vincent Frattaruolo to the
Deaconate. His photograph and impressive Curriculum vitæ
as well as the Archbishop's sermon are seen below.
Born 1956 Plainfield N.J.
Pet Precious the Cat
Religious Affiliation Our Lady of Good Hope O.R.C.C.
The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina, B.A. history and commission U.S.A.F. R.1978
Saint Petersburg Vocational Technical Institute, Diploma practical nursing 1984
Pasco-Hernando Community College, A.S. nursing 1987
University of South Florida, M.A. history 1995
University of Tampa, B.S. nursing 1997
University of South Florida, M.A. library science 2003
Holy Apostles College and Seminary, M.A. theology 2006
Morton Plant Hospital
nurse's aide 1981-1984
Mease Hospital Countryside
R.N. progressive care 1987-2007
Ancolate Psychiatric Hospital
R.N. part-time 1993-1994
Florida Spine Institute
R.N.circulating nurse operating room part-time 2001-2003
Saint Petersburg College
Adjunct Librarian 2004-present
Morton Plant Hospital
R.N. discharge planner 2007-2014
Mease Hospital Countryside
R.N. progressive care 2014-present
of the Most Reverend John J. Humphreys
THE DIACONATE OF VINCENT JAMES FRATTARUOLO
“If anyone love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him; and We
will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not
keep My word.”
Right Reverend, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Clerics and Brother; Dearly
Beloved in Christ; my dear Deacon Frattaruolo:
The road here for you
today, Deacon Frattaruolo, has been a very long one, but certainly not without
good reason. For these many, many years you have been seeking Jesus Christ, and
the road to Him has not at all been easy. You were born into an era of turmoil
– even for the Church, that same Church that in my era was the bastion of
stability, dignity, respectability and unswerving faith: “One, Holy, Catholic
and Apostolic,” we called her. During the past fifty years the Church has lost
millions of its adherents, countless thousands of priests, and literally
hundreds of thousands of sisters and nuns. Where have they gone and why?
was the word engraved in the hearts and minds of a billion Catholics fifty years
ago. “Update, modernize, let some fresh air in to a stagnant and antiquated
Church,” were some of the catch words and phrases spoken on every continent. A
Council gave the world a new image of what some “fathers” wanted the church to
become. We saw the rise of feminism – not always feminine. We saw thousands of
limp-wristed and outright gay men become seminarians. Seminaries closed,
religious orders ceased to exist, and unfortunately the Church reached out to
anyone who could fill their places! We saw thousands of churches close all
over the world, along with parish convents and church schools. Some of us
absorbed a new and tasteless liturgy, Sacramental rites and church decor reduced
ad absurdam. “Change” was the word. Ad nauseam!
Now where has all of
this taken God’s Church and God’s children? Plainly the Church has become an
institution mocked and ridiculed, taunted and scorned. America has lost its
sense of morality. Ireland has openly accepted sodomy as a way of life, along
with America and so many other nations on this planet. The Pope comes to our
country and speaks the same words that Americans and many other human beings all
over the world want to hear, and they loved him: Jesus Loves you, Jesus
forgives you, Jesus pities you; He will never condemn you. And the Pope himself
defend us against those who want to oppress us economically, culturally and
ideologically. And the world applauds this with gusto. Too often we have heard
from his lips the mutterings of today’s ecologists, rather that the words of the
evangelists, Saint John Vianney or Saint John of the Cross.
We are reminded
continually that our Blessed Lord speaks constant forgiveness and mercy, yet
seemingly without His ever speaking an admonition to His children on this
earth. Our Lord Jesus Christ is too often portrayed in our time as the Divine
“wimp.” This is a rather warped impression of what the Scriptures have in fact
recorded. Jesus Christ is indeed the gentle Bridegroom of our souls, always
tender and caring. But that Divine Shepherd also speaks some pretty plain talk
throughout the Gospels.
“Why are you fearful,
O you of little faith?” Jesus asks His Apostles soon after their being chosen by
Him to become fishers of men. He is scolding them, not coddling them. They
have yet to learn that He will not abandon them, certainly not at sea in a
Saint Paul reminds
us: “Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the
Principalities and Powers, against the world-rulers of darkness, against the
spiritual forces of wickedness on high.” And nowhere in the Scriptures is there
more evidence of this than when the Saviour of this world Himself is tempted by
those forces – when Jesus comes to the day of temptation following his forty
days of fasting for our sins; His weakness is extreme. He has reached a period
of darkness without parallel in His life. His archenemy approaches Him and
dares to tempt the God of the universe. Jesus is weary after the ordeal, but no
less direct in His retort – the same retort that each and every one of us should
utter in every temptation: “Be gone, Satan! The Lord God shalt thou worship,
and Him only shalt thou serve.”
“He who is not with
Me is against Me. He who does not gather with me, scatters.” Plain spoken,
without compromise. And the woman in the crowd who would flatter Him by
praising His mother, who tells Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee and the
breasts that nursed Thee.” His response, “Rather, blessed are they who hear the
word of God and keep it.” Jesus is very direct. He does not mince words.
Practical, too: “Gather up the fragments, lest they be wasted,” He says to His
apostles after the miracle of loaves and fishes.
Very direct, indeed.
In speaking to the Jews who taunt him about His own nature and His relationship
with the Father, “The reason you do not hear is that you are not of God.” And
this is followed by His direct claim, “Before Abraham came to be, I am.” “And
if I say I do not know Him – that is God the Father – I shall be like unto you,
a liar!” Blunt! No, Jesus is not always peaches and cream.
“Blessed are they who
have not seen Me, Thomas, but yet have believed.” Not angry, necessarily, more
disappointed, but ever direct and to the point. “Woe to you Pharisees and
Saducees – hypocrites.” He called them what they were.
And our Lord’s
encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well: when Jesus asks her to draw
Him a drink of water because He has no means of bringing the water to Himself.
She is astonished that He would even speak with her. Jews and Samaritans do
not generally communicate; but there is banter between these two. He tells her
to go get her husband; she stammers in telling Him that she has no husband, and
Jesus gently and not maliciously telling her that neither were the five men her
husbands who had lived with her earlier. She is chided, not humiliated. She
goes in to town later and tells all her friends, “That Man told me everything
there was to know about myself.” One can only surmise from what is written that
that woman would never be the same, was on her way to becoming a better woman, a
reformed woman, a woman who would mend her ways.
To whom does Jesus
speak more firmly than to that woman taken in adultery, dragged into the temple
by those who would apply the law to see if Jesus is strong enough and faithful
enough to the law to help them stone her to death. It is the law! But our Lord
turns the tide. No one knows what He wrote in the sand before those wild-eyed
men who perhaps saw some of their own misdeeds appear in the sand before them.
But we can infer it from all that is written here. And we hear His final words
to her, even as we should hear those same words as each of us leaves the
confessional, “Go, and sin no more.” Clear spoken! No compromise.
And Jesus speaks
plainly to each of us, just as He did His Apostles: “You are the salt of the
earth; but, if the salt shall lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It
is good for nothing except to be cast forth and trodden under the feet of men.”
Our Redeemer is talking to you and me and every man who bears the mark of His
priesthood upon him. He is talking to you, Deacon Frattaruolo. You are one
with Jesus Christ now, bearing the indelible mark of the priesthood – even in
the limited way Holy Church has given it to you for all eternity. Whether you
are destined – by your own actions – for heaven or hell, you will bear that mark
upon you forever. And so will each one of us – whether a deacon or a pope. Each
of us will carry into eternity the choices we have made in attempting to fulfill
Saint Paul cautions
us, “Preach the word. Be instant in season and out of season. Reprove,
entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine, for the time is coming when they
shall not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will
heap to themselves teachers having itching ears, and will indeed turn away from
the truth.” That time, of which Saint Paul speaks is now, not some far off time
in a ‘never, never’ land. It is here. Here in nearly every chapel, church,
oratory and cathedral throughout the world. Too many “Other Selves” of Jesus
Christ have abandoned His word. Too many seek their own ends, and bow to the
whims of the Devil and the world.
We must keep the
Faith – in everything we do. Jesus speaks to us plainly, too – almost in the
same way as He chides us about losing the savor of our salt.” “You are the
light of the world. . . Let your light so shine before men that they may see
you good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” Jesus Christ compares
you to Himself – the eternal light shining before the entire universe.
It is indeed well for
us to be imitators of that Christ Who is gentle and kind and shepherd-like, but
we must also be able to admonish as Jesus so often did while on this earth. We
are living in a world that cries out for admonition and enforcement of God’s
laws. We – all of us – can no longer afford to be indifferent to the decadence
and abuse of what the Scriptures teach us in living good and wholesome lives in
the sight of all men. We must allow our lights to shine before us, that we may
truly place before the world the Other Self of Jesus Christ – not some abysmal
May God bless us all.
Reverend John J. Humphreys, D.D.
Our Lady of
Good Hope Old Roman Catholic Church
Our annual meetings always devote time to continuing education. This year
we concentrated on the musical theory behind Gregorian Chant, the history of the
Chant, the importance of prayer-like timing and appropriate tone of voice in the
celebration of Mass. We discussed the resources available for the musical
notation for the parts sung at High Mass and Solemn Mass.
Dinner at Italia Mia
Great Italian food in copious quantities!