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A sabbatical for the Latin Mass

We thank our friend Shawn Tribe, of The New Liturgical Movement (in our sidebar), for pointing us to this remarkable story:

RIPON [San Joaquin Co., California] — After a decade of shepherding the faithful at St. Patrick’s Parish in Ripon, Father Peter Carota is moving on to the next chapter of his spiritual service to the Lord.

That next chapter is a yearlong sabbatical. His last official day as pastor of the parish is Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Parishioners are holding an official send-off, a “Farewell Gathering Potluck,” for their pastor on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Father Carota’s departure is being called a sabbatical, which is a term used when, according to church cannon law, a priest wants to make a change in his ministry such as transferring to another diocese, start a religious order, or join another religious order.

In his case, Father Carota is planning to pursue a dream that he has nurtured for a long time.

“I want to start a Catholic Church television station that has the Latin Mass every day. That’s my dream,” he said.
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For the last five years, though, the Latin Mass has been a central part of his spiritual ministry at St. Patrick’s, devoting his heart and soul to it. The church is one of just a few parishes in the diocese which regularly offers the Mass in Latin.

Pope Benedict XVI gave his blessing for churches around the world to offer the Latin Mass “if they could find a priest that knew how to do it,” Father Carota explained.

Two years ago, he wanted to start an order of priests who would “go around and tell everybody all the beauty and all the sacredness of the Tridentine Mass which I just discovered five years ago,” he said. “So that’s why I asked for a sabbatical year to do this.”

We wish all the best to Fr. Carota: God's will be done.

And remember: if you wish to watch the Traditional Mass every single day, remember to visit Live Mass (also in our sidebar), an online ministry of the FSSP apostolate in the Diocese of Venice (Sarasota), Florida. [Source: Manteca Bulletin]

9 comments:

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Oh wow. That's about 15 minutes up the road from me. Though I am not Catholic I wish him well and many years!

Flambeaux said...

Thanks, New Catholic. I was not aware of that link.

I'll add Father into our prayer intentions. May his sabbatical bear fruit. And may his flock be given a good pastor who will continue the good Father's parochial work.

fred said...

So I don't get it: he wants to start an Order that promotes the Latin Mass, but there are several already; he wants to broadcast the Latin Mass daily, but the article directs readers to such a website in existence. I wish him well, but I hope there is more to the story than this article conveyed.

Jason C. said...

Fred, you've been watching too much Highlander; on the contrary, there can be more than one. By that logic, Dominic Guzman should have just joined the Franciscans.

Steve said...

"The church is one of just a few parishes in the diocese which regularly offers the Mass in Latin."

Could anyone have imagined the day when such a thing would have happened in the Latin Church?

Matt said...

Fred said, "So I don't get it: he wants to start an Order that promotes the Latin Mass, but there are several already; he wants to broadcast the Latin Mass daily, but the article directs readers to such a website in existence. I wish him well, but I hope there is more to the story than this article conveyed."

Well, gee, someone wants to open a burger joint, but there's already a McDonald's, a Burger King... A little more diversified outlet of such product would be good, rather than just relying on EWTN or the FSSP as though they were the last words in Traditional Catholic braodcasting and media development.

I pray Father fulfills his dreams according the Will of the Lord.

Ygnacia said...

I know Fr. Carota, I used to work in a soup kitchen that he started in Santa Cruz, Ca, years ago, and he has said Mass for our Latin Mass community in the past. He has had a very interesting life and has forged through difficult things to attain his goals - if anyone can do this, Our Lord willing, it is him.

Fred said...

"Fred said..."

Thank you all for pointing out the obvious, that if one is good then two must be better.

My point was that the article failed to reveal the new charism of Father's proposed Order.

There is a world of difference between Franciscans and Dominicans, and between McDonald's and Burger King.

Hidden One said...

Fred, if the charism of the new congregation is to create and run a television station (and similar stuff) promoting the EF and similar things, I have no complaints.

And if God wants him to join the FSSP or some other already-existing Ecclesia Dei institute, I'm hardly going to complain then either.