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See of Cær Glow--Clergy Meeting AD 2015

 

    The 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.

Rev. Mr. Vincent Frattaruolo

 

 

Personal:
Born 1956 Plainfield N.J.
Wife Frances
Pet Precious the Cat
Religious Affiliation Our Lady of Good Hope O.R.C.C.
1982-present. 
Education:
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
Employment:
Morton Plant Hospital
nurse's aide 1981-1984
L.P.N. 1984-1987
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

Ordination Sermon 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.”

Your Excellencies; 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?

“Aggiornamento” 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 storm.

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 our mission.

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 imitation.

May God bless us all.

The Most Reverend John J. Humphreys, D.D.

Our Lady of Good Hope Old Roman Catholic Church

Pinellas Park, Florida

November 10, 2015

Continuing Education

    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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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