321 South Broadway Lawrence,
MA 01843 (Dominican Fathers, Brothers,
and Sisters, O.P. Ordo Praedicatorum)
Heart Traditional Catholic Church Lawrence, MA:
the Traditional Catholic
Mass unchanged in Latin
The Traditional Holy Sacrifice
in Latin only
is offered at Sacred Heart Traditional Catholic Church daily,
weekends and Sunday (High Mass)
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We promote separation from
the World, simply because if we live
by the World we will lose our souls to the World.
I was struck by this statement.
There was no guile in it, no equivocation
It was another way of saying,
what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the
loss of his soul?
(Saint Mark 8.36)
minutes north of the junction of I-93 and I-95
(128) you will encounter at Sacred Heart what you have found
to be painfully absent virtually throughout the archdiocese of Boston
since Vatican II: SANCTITY.
The distinctive white tunic, or habit,
and black scapular of the Dominicans are the first intimation that things
at Sacred Heart are different from most parishes and distinctly different
from Novus Ordo parishes the more one enters into the Church.
Holy statuary, beautifully crafted, abounds. There is a Communion
Rail! An Altar
of marble (an Altar of
Sacrifice!) majestically ascends to the Sanctuary in place of the
dreary wooden table of
the Lord that became the pseudo-Catholic equivalent of Protestant disdain
for the Sacraments ... and most especially the Holy Eucharist as really
and truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. Only at an Altar
does a real Sacrifice occur at a table
of the Lord things are shared and eaten as becoming any meal: the bread
is simply bread ... no more. The wine is just that: wine ... nothing
more. A commemoration takes place but not a sacrifice! Christ is no
more in the bread and wine than He is in the table and the pews. The
Real Presence becomes a blasphemous Absence. The alchemy
of Ecumenism can only change so much ... Stained glass the art-work
of centuries that made them inimitable and emblematic of our holy Catholic
Faith. Real stained glass! Not the cheap imposter that became prevalent
with lines and angles of pale, incongruous colors that came to fill
newly minted Bauhaus church buildings and which made them even
more strikingly Protestant in appearance. It was Modern Art and
every bit as trite and ugly. It was essentially matter without
distinguishable form anything and nothing.
The most striking
surprise is the people. They are meticulously attired. They
have dressed to meet the King of Kings. Children to less than
adults, the young no less than the old. Mantillas (elegant lacey head
coverings) adorn little girls and matrons alike; the young women are
modest beautifully so. Men and women
must observe a very strict dress code. Remember
Men and young boys suit up. Women are encouraged to holy modesty: no
hemlines above knee, no bare shoulders, no plunging necklines, no dresses
with slits beyond the knee, head-covering required (mantillas are provided
And it is
quiet! No discussions are taking place. People are praying, and
other people are respectful of the silence that seems to waft to Heaven
itself on pale incense borne by unseen Angels to the Throne of God.
Would you really
meet the President of the United States or the Queen of England in your
gym clothes or a hoodie if you knew that you were going to meet them?
Absolutely not! But alas, for sorrow, we accord Jesus Christ Himself
less respect than we lavish upon petty political functionaries and figures
who only covet our votes and otherwise care nothing for us. We have
become accustomed to such an absence of respect for our Lord in the
Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar that we have utterly forgotten
where we are and in Whose
Presence we stand. Indeed, to Whom
You go to meet the King of Kings Christ
Sacred Heart Church has kept the Faith,
the Tradition, the infallible Teachings, and the Sacred Magisterium
that the Second Vatican Council repudiated. Sacred Heart does
not recognize Vatican II and has kept the Mass as it had been
prayed by Holy Mother Church for over 2000 years.
From the junction of I-93 and 95 (Rt.
128) it is a twenty minute drive north.
Go! You will
be welcomed and you will be humbled by the majesty of the sacred
now long forgotten and deeply disdained.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted
to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum
Meum, nec non negasti Nomen Meum
know your works ... that you have but little power, and
yet you have kept My word, and have not denied My Name.
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