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You report: Truly traditional parish life

Some of you may be familiar with Fr. Carl Gismondi, FSSP, now pastor of St. Anne's in San Diego.

Recently, about 60 men of Father's parish "ran with the saints" as the high point for the parish's two-day fiesta, in honor of St. Anne. According to Father: there were two biers, one for St. Michael and one for St. Anne. They weighed 400 and 350 pounds, respectively. Eight men carried the bier itself while others on the team jogged nearby ready to take their turn.

Irving Street, which the church fronts, was closed for one half of a mile to Caesar Chavez Boulevard. The men carried the biers for a round trip of one mile.

The run, which was not a race, was intended to make a public statement of devotion to the saints. The Running of the Saints is like a traditional parade-like procession, but with a greater element of public devotion and penance. And the music being played during the video is a recording of the parish choir during Mass.

Let this serve as inspiration for those of us who still have to drive over an hour or more one way to simply find a Traditional Latin Mass let alone this kind of rich, wonderful parish life that comes with the practice of true Catholic Tradition. This, too, could be our local parish one day.

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  1. It's nice to see a parish that encourages the men of the parish to do things that are, well, masculine. It seems that the "New Church" approach to parish life is mostly about feminizing everyone.

    These men, in a more contemporary church setting, would probably be expected to sing gender-inclusive hymns (like the rewrite of "Faith of Our Fathers" with verses for "Faith of our Mothers" and "Faith of our Sisters", bleh) while crying over the destruction of Mother Earth at a prayer service "presided over" by a grim, pant-suited sister.

  2. Anonymous6:43 AM


    Fr. A.

  3. M. A.4:58 PM

    I loved the scene with the image of our Lady of Guadalupe being escorted by two caballeros.

    God bless to all who participate!

  4. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Fr. Gismondi served us in Sacramento before moving to San Diego. He is a wonderful pastor and a truly good man. Wise, highly intelligent, and a gentle, nurturing confessor. We were blessed to have him for the time we did. Do not, however, challenge him to a game of foosball! Glad to see things are going well for him and his parish in San Diego.

    Miss you very much, Fr. Gismondi!


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