|Father Mariusz Adamczyk SDS|
The Parish Bulletin recorded, courtesy of Parish Priest Father Zygmunt "Szygy" Wloczek, the fact that, in his eight years in the Parish, Father Mariusz had celebrated over 325 Baptisms, 35 Weddings and 110 Funerals and innumerable Holy Masses and Confessions.In his farewell address Father Mariusz spoke lovingly and movingly about the Parish and its people, and with warm appreciation for Father Szygy.For once one could not quibble at the parishoners prolonged applause and standing ovation for their beloved Priest. Anyone seeking a better understanding of their affection need only read our Post from the beginning of Lent 2012, repeated below:
|SACRED HEART CHURCH PYMBLE|
Secondly, as in every Catholic Church around the world on this Thursday of the First Week in Lent, one of my very favourite prayers was recited:
may everything we do
begin with your inspiration,
continue with your help,
and reach perfection under your guidance.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."
It has always seemed to me just about an ideal prayer. If it were realised in our lives , how happy our situation would be! We would be properly attuned to the Will of God - which is His intention for us.
Thirdly,after his customary VERY devout celebration of the Mass and the completion of Holy Communion, Father Mariusz took his seat on the Celebrant's chair bowed his head and made his thanksgiving. When he had finished this, still seated, he quietly invited the congregation to join him in reciting the "ANIMA CHRISTI". My heart leapt for joy at this further evidence of the holiness of this young Priest, and at the chance to publicly recite this Prayer which I have loved since I read it in my Sunday Missal as a boy of eight years of age :
SOUL of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Never let me be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee,
That I may praise Thee in the company
Of Thy Saints, for ever and ever.
In the original Latin, the language of the Church down through the ages, its full beauty is revealed:
|ANIMA Christi, sanctifica me.|
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Iesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te
in saecula saeculorum.
I hope your first Thursday in Lent started off so well! You would be very lucky!"
Father Mariusz , for once the dreadful American saying " Miss you already! " is true and deep with meaning.
All of this has prompted a few thoughts :
.The dissident clergy who say of overseas clergy : " they won't fit in, they don't understand our culture" take note: the people of Pymble are not buying your propaganda any more than the people of Brisbane, who enjoy the ministry of Nigerian Priests and Deacons .
.The thundering unity of the Mass responses in the corrected translation is a remarkable tribute to the Catholicity of the people, the hard work of the Vox Clara Committee under Cardinal George Pell , and the Bishops and Priests of the reformed ICEL. Again the dissident nay sayers are confounded by reality . The " humankind" and " for all" and " Cup" sayers have swiftly been silenced by the people - properly instructed. Division - the work of the Devil - as Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen reminded us, has been healed by the Holy Spirit , Who, having been accepted , has gone vigorously to work.
. The relatively small number of Marriages recorded in Father's statistics at Sacred Heart Pymble reflect the fact that the great majority of the Marriages he celebrated over the 8 years were in other Parish churches of more traditional design. The people vote with their feet on the modern
" fan" shape of Pymble's Church!