January 13, 2009 at 4:42 am #1862
I’m a born again christian, but not against Catholics ‘coz i was once your member & my parents are still Catholics. I’m one of the officers in our subdivision. Since the homeowner is composed of mostly Catholics, we allow a group called SPPC (Sub-parish pastoral council) to construct a chapel in our place near clubhouse, beside the basketball court & we did ground breaking ceremony. Now we have some adjustments to make ‘coz we still have to develop the subd. We’re suggesting a place near the clubhouse, much bigger, & more comfortable than the previous. Is this acceptable to your church since they haven’t started constructing the chapel?January 13, 2009 at 4:52 am #9012
If you are talking about a permanent place of worship, or a place where the Blessed Sacrament would be reserved, the matter needs to be reviewed by and approved by the local bishop. The pastor of the local parish could walk you through all the needed information.
If you are talking about a place where people gather from time to time to pray with each other, or where an occasional visiting priest could offer Mass. Aside from the courtesy of notifying the local parish priest that a visiting priest will offer Mass for a small group, (as there are sometimes charlitans who claim to be priests and conduct rites that look like the Mass in order to bilk people out of money) or a vagante priest, (a priest who has been defrocked, or is not permitted to function in the capacity of a priest) The Pastor of the local parish is responsible to protect the souls of his flock from those who would try to sow weeds among the wheat, and usually wants to at least meet the priest and confirm that he is a priest in good standing if he does not already know him personally. In this case just lending the space to a group of Catholics to pray or have an occational service would normally not require any form of review.January 13, 2009 at 5:42 am #9014
Thanks for your reply. Actually, what we are giving is a permanent place of worship for Catholics. No problem with their parish priest, but the problem is their members who keep on insisting the old place for the sake of politics… They want the running mayor to be on top of it, instead of our God to be on top of everything. They keep on ignoring the law separating church & state. During their time they weren’t able to put up a chapel (pls don’t get me wrong), so we decided to push for that chapel for Catholics to be united & we’re not against it because worship is impt for us Christians. Another thing is their superstitious beliefs like….”the chapel shouldn’t be placed here ‘coz it’s not facing the sun. Huh! But still we have to respect their beliefs. What’s the best thing for us to do to help our Catholic friends who really wanted to have a place of worship rather than politics?January 13, 2009 at 6:05 am #9017
Politics and power trips reign supreme everywhere. I was not raised a Catholic, I’ve seen in in Jewish, Buddhist, Non-Denominational “Christian” Sects, and Denominational Protestant sects too.
Regarding your prejudicial statement about “superstitious beliefs”, the practice of facing eastward is an ancient Christian practice. The origins dating back to Apostolic times, when only the Catholic Church existed, some 1700-1800 years before the “Christian” Sects like the one you claim to belong to came into existance. The practice was to worship facing east where Jesus would appear at His Second Coming.
You may ask them if they would like to invite the local Pastor to attend the next planning meeting you have.January 13, 2009 at 6:33 am #9020
Yes, i understand…but it’s not the east…it is feng sui belief that they keep on insisting. I’m just puzzled if faith is more important in constructing a chapel or superstitious beliefs. Actually, we do have several meetings w/ the parish priest & he’s really very accommodating, understanding & we really like him preaching…it’s just he is empowered by his members ” title=”Smile” /> So I was thinking of really asking their bishop & I hope he could be of help. What we are doing is for the benefit of all religions ‘coz the clubhouse is ours & with due respect to their groups (muslims, pentecostal, jehovah, inc,buddhist,adventist, methodist, baptist, etc) who are renting a place for their worship, not asking for donations.It’s really difficult for us officers to decide to give. We really wanted to help despite the consequences. Thanks for answering my queries. Hope u have a good day ahead! God bless!
WE LIVE BY FAITH….2 Corinthians 5:5-10January 13, 2009 at 6:40 am #9021
Each posting of yours is adding something that you omitted in the previous. If you had started with telling us that the issue was Feng Sui, I’d have posed my answer differently. Is this “community” in the USA, or somewhere else? One problem Catholics have been facing over the past 30 years is that many have been so interested in not offending their Protestant, Buddhist, Jewish and everything else “brothers” that they have forgotten what Jesus did when He founded the Catholic Church, and have forgotten or ignored what the Church holds fast to.January 13, 2009 at 7:45 am #9022
I’m sorry, I’m in Asia…. I think what’s really important is communication between them & the gen. assembly, for the benefit of all. God bless!
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