The following comes from a July 19 email from one of our readers:
Approximately 40 people prayed during a Holy Hour in reparation for sins against chastity on the eve of San Diego’s “gay pride” parade, Friday evening, July 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in San Diego’s Old Town neighborhood.
Led by Immaculate Conception pastor Father Richard Perozich, the Holy Hour included adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament punctuated by beautiful Latin hymn-singing by members of the San Diego-based Brothers of the Little Oratory.
During his remarks before and after the Holy Hour, Father Perozich spoke of “gay pride” supporters and participants as “our brothers and sisters, whom we love, but whose actions we condemn, and whom we lift up to Christ for healing so He can present them to His heavenly Father as chaste sons and daughters.”
For several years, Father Perozich was the San Diego diocesan director of Courage, the Catholic Church-sanctioned ministry that helps people who struggle with same-sex attraction to lead chaste lives, and Encourage, the companion ministry that helps those whose loved ones suffer from this affliction.
Members of nearby St. John the Evangelist parish, pastored by Father William Dillard and located in the heart of San Diego’s homosexual Hillcrest enclave, also offered Mass and prayers for the repentance and conversion of those attending San Diego “pride.”
Allyson Smith, who helped organize the Immaculate Conception prayer vigil, said, “We give grateful thanks to God for these faithful shepherds, Father Dillard and Father Perozich, for their willingness to host ‘gay pride’ reparation prayer vigils. We pray that other parishes — not only in the San Diego diocese but throughout California and the rest of the nation — will do the same next year.”
It is good to see pastors who understand the idea of making reparation for sins. But why just the sins of those in the parades? That is such a small part of the sins that are committed in our country and the world. Why not do it for all of them?
“But why just the sins of those in the parades?” = Ask Cardinal Dolan that question.
Parades have great influence, to promote something good or to promote and enable mortal sin. Here is some help for your question.. As the extremely weak leadership in the Church goes, each diocese, (that attempts to “banish judgmentalism”) will go. The Supreme Court also decided to follow right along in the parade.
Blessed Virgin Mary,intercede for the shephards of your son. Defend them from the enemies who crown your Son with thorns.
Thank you for your intercessory prayer that seems to call for helping shepherds to realize their complicity in persecuting Our Lord, Anonymous. No doubt Our Lady is greatly offended by these sins, but will intercede on behalf of faithless shepherds as she no doubt did for Judas.
Our Lady is offended by all sins.
Instead of praying for these “sinners”, ask the Lord to help you cultivate an open mind. You do-gooders are self-righteous and arrogant.
So… only the homosexuals will go to heaven because none of the other poor sinners had anyone to make reparation for them.
no actually, every Mass in offered in reparation for sins.
Anonymous– it is good, of course, to hold special Masses and religious devotions, for all sins of our Nation, and of the world. But it is also very good, to hold special Masses and religious devotions, for specific needs.
OK so when do they hold special Masses and religious devotions for all the sins of our Nation and of the world?
Líbera nos, quæsumus, Dómine, ab ómnibus malis, prætéritis, præséntibus, et futúris: et intercedénte beáta et gloriósa semper Vírgine Dei Genitríce María, cum beátis Apóstolis tuis Petro et Paulo, atque Andréa, et ómnibus anctis, + da propítius pacem in diébus nostris: ut ope misericórdiæ tuæ adjúti, et a peccáto simus semper líberi, et ab omni perturbatióne secúri.
Deliverance prayers are not reparation prayers.
Anonymous, there are a great many Masses and religious devotions, in reparations for sin– such as abortion, for example! And recently, we had the Novena called the “Fortnight for Freedom,” at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., in reparation for all of our Nation’s sins, too! Watch the Catholic news– you will see!
as pope francis stated children who leave old parents to fend for themselves are guilty of serious sin the church needs to move away from gay marriage it is the law of the united states we are not a nation controlled by religion the founding fathers insisted on separation of church and stated we now a pope who knows what real sin is all about all you homophophobic folks ou ther get over it there are just too many issues to be concerned about ex trafficaging etc my age is 76 and I am older than all of you I was born in the reign of pope pius the 11th
Gay “marriage” is bad but so is adultery, contraception, abortion, IVF, divorce, neglect of children, abuse of children, other forms of domestic abuse, murder and suicide. these things affect many more families than gay “marriage”.
the couples that are known to me, are now both divorced, one couple will seek to have the marriage annulled by the cgurch I am concerned that the visit to philly by the pope will not do a lot to help couples who are having pronlems there are so many pressures on couples today kids get into all kinds of trouble with the media smart phones computers, lord help us
Yes, encourage your kids to read books and get off the internet. Physical activity and doing things for others are a good antidote. The jobs kids used to do like deliver papers and mow laws are now done by adults.
God bless Father Perozich and Father Dillard for their efforts to hold Holy Hours on the eve the gay pride parade.
God is trying to bless these two priests, but they won’t let Him. They know better than God. Ha!
Father, you seem to be a holy and good man. Thank you for fighting this fight.
But, you see, Father, these “lost ones” despise your prayers. And, your words do seem, well, a bit odd; yes, love the sinner, hate the sin. But what did Christ say? Did He jump up to the woman caught in adultery and say, “I love you” and “I will pray to the Father that He lifts you up”?
No Father. Christ told the woman that He did not condemn her and that she was no longer to commit that sin. Father, these people refuse to repent and, are lost until they do. You need to have a hard edge here, Father. Tell them of the certainty of Hell and that what they are doing will likely get them there.
So true! There is no sin in the church..when only 16% of catholics attend Sunday Mass regularly…almost 100% receive communion..the Bishops and Priests are afraid that any mention of sin, will drive parishoners away…
Actually, I would see the story of Jesus and the adulteress as evidence that Father P. was on the right track and could have even softened his words more. Jesus not only said he did *not* condemn her, but did not mention condemning even her actions. He simply stated the positive, calling her to repentance because of mercy, not guilt: go [forth] and sin no more. That was a divine blessing as well as a loving command: he was telling her to go live a life of abundance, regardless of what sin she had been caught in. He wasn’t interested in dwelling on her sin, but on the abundant life he came to offer the world. He invited her to choose Life over Death, which is enough. Harsh words are not always necessary or even godly.
Further, as the…
“Noelle” please re-read and think more about this Biblical passages in John 8:1–11. Christ did not say that adultery was fine, nor did he dispute that the punishment for adultery was wrong. (For example, what would happen to the same woman tomorrow, if caught in adultery?)
Jesus forgave the woman, and sternly directed her not to sin again. What if she did it anyway? Once? Twice? Ran away with her adulterous lover?
Christ was concerned to show the Pharisee’s that legalisms were not the way, that His mercy was key. Christ, in effect, gave the woman confession, not a “get out of jail free” card if she felt like doing it again. Jesus also warned about the reality of Hell — why, if adultery and other sins did not really…
(Continued) “matter. Be aware that the true act of mercy is telling sinners (all of us) the truth. The “softness” of the pastoral approach is why people no longer believe in sin much; they need to be lead to the edge and shown Hell.
Too bad people are offended if a charitable priest tells them that their behavior may well earn them a permanent seat in Hell. So what!! Homosexuals, especially, need to learn this and be told this time and again. We are not the Catholic-Church-of-Whatever-the-Supreme-Court-Says, faith. This is a chance for homosexuals to give up what the law now says they are entitled to: sexual expression that they desire, in exchange for holiness.
So His point was “You are not good enough to punish her” or “All of you deserve the same”
Jesus always forgives us. His mercy endures forever.
The very fact that these priests can hold these services is proof positive that the Supreme Court Decision on June 26 was no threat to religious liberty in the country. They worshipped as promised by the first amendment, as they ought. Nobody stopped them, or even attempted to do so.
No one who has seen how much this nation has fallen in the last fifty years and become disease ridden (newer and worse STD’s) believes you YFC. The only reason these men can have these kinds of services is that many of us are fighting the corruption and refuse to be compromised. It is a battle most of us are tired of fighting, but fight it, by the grace of God, we will until the end.
God bless these priests! We need the same thing, in San Francisco– on a regular, on-going basis! Why not a regular, weekly Holy Hour, or at least a Rosary– for reparation for all sexual sins, and for the gift of the virtue of CHASTITY– and conversion of all, to Christ, at a San Francisco church?? Also, prayers could be offered, for the success of the Traditional Catholic Marriage, Home, and Family!
Leading a very prayerful, selfless, chaste life, with volunteering to also help others in some good way, would help many with the “LGBT” affliction, to become closer to God, and closer to Heaven, at life’s end! A tragic “curse” could become a great blessing, in this way! I wonder if there would be a particular Saint, to help the “LGBT’s?” Maybe the Blessed Mother, and her Rosary, is best!!
Anonymous raises a good point. Why aren’t other sins, such as human trafficking, pornography and greed included?
They are all connected, Bob. Most that are involved in the LGBT organizations are involved in some of the other. Greed comes in all forms, including greed for sex, greed for excessive alcohol, greed for drugs which almost always leads to an unchaste life and often to drugging or kidnapping others to perform in the porn industry. They are all connected. Those who attend the more decadent Mardi Gras Parades are pretty much the same ones who attend the LGBT Parades. People who want to live decently stay away from them all as the Catechism says to avoid the near occasion of sin.
God Bless this wonderful holy priest that the parishioners at Immaculate Conception parish.
God bless these pastors for being true shepherds.
Anonymous: why do you always see the negative in any good act??
Like I said before in an article about Immaculate Conception since Father’s arrival, please bring the Traditional Latin Mass to your parish there are THOUSANDS of tourists who visit Old Town San Diego can you imagine the exposure the TLM would be to all of those tourists from around the world????
Contact the appropriate Pastor and the appropriate Diocese Bishop.
Only posting will not get the info to the people who need to hear it.
I visited San Diego and wanted to attend Mass at St. Anne’s. The person I was traveling with refused with the statement “I’m not wearing a veil.’
In another area, I wanted to attend a Latin Mass and the person I was with (cradle Catholic who was almost 40 when the Vatican II changes occurred) refused saying “I’ve never worn a veil in my life.”
Why should women wear a veil in church? This is sexism. Would St Mary wear a veil today? NO.
This is not sexism, but rather the acknowledgement of a woman’s beauty. Something which is veiled so as to keep the focus on the sacrifice of the altar.
Our Lady would indeed wear a veil in Church.
The veil does not cover the face. And women without beauty have to wear them too. It was just a discipline of the Church. It probably was just something to separate men from women. Women were considered inferior to men. The discipline was changed because it was felt to be of no real importance.
It is an FSSP parish where they say the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.