Priest Concelebrate a Private Mass in the Open when the rules do not permit it

My parents who were both 80 plus and my mother was practically immobile wanted to have the mass of their 60th  Wedding Anniversary on our building terrace which is a rare event. We approached Fr.Salvadore Rodrigues who told us that it is the Archdiocese Policy not to allow masses to be held in the open air though he did allow us to have the mass at home after taking a letter from the celebrating priest.

I have learnt from reliable sources that Willington Catholic Gymkhana  had a mass on the  Municipal Grounds side of the Gymkhana Premises on December 3rd ,2014 in the open air and the said mass was celebrated by 6 priests and Fr. Vernon Aguar Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church attended the said mass and sat in the first row.The Priest who celebrated the open air mass were Fr.Nereus Rodrigues, Fr.Savio Desales and Fr. Gilbert D’Lima Parish Priest of  Our Lady of Lourdes Church Orlem who gave the preaching for the said mass.

Since the mass was held in the Gymkhana Premises the right of admission was reserved only for the members of this elite Gymkhana.

I have also been informed by other Gymkhanas / Mahim Gymkhana  that mass is not allowed to be celebrated even in the Gymkhana premises.

My question is was influence used to have the said mass in the open?

Who were the persons involved  who granted permission for the said mass to be held in the open air?

Are some people more equal in the eyes of the Archdiocese of Bombay.

Is there a system of untouchability being practised in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

IF ANY INDIVIDUAL GOES TO A CHURCH FOR PERMISSION FOR A MASS HE IS SHOWN ALL THE RULES AND THE PROCEDURE IS FURTHER AGRAVATED IF THE PRIEST IS NOT KNOWN TO HIM,TO ADD TO THE INDIVIDUALS FRUSTRATION THE PRIEST WILL MAKE HIM WAIT FOR ONE HOUR BEFORE ALL THE RULES ARE TOLD TO HIM.
 THE  PRIESTS WHO CONCELEBRATED THE MASS SURELY ARE AWARE OF ALL THE RULES BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE TURN OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO RUB SHOULDERS WITH the hierarchy  RULES ARE WAIVED?

Despite having written to the Cardinal on December 9th, 2014 nothing has happened. I wonder why it is taking Cardinal Garcias so long to investigate. I can understand a land fraud like Marinagar where he had told the press that he had set up an Inquiry Commission in   February 2011. Till today,  I the Complainant have not been examined and no report has been released publicly . So also one is not aware if the investigation is still going on considering the size of the fraud which is almost Rs.1000 crores. The sad part is that the Church which is supposed to stand for the truth is refusing to lodge a complaint regarding the six already rehoused tenants.

Now coming back to the six priests who said the mass I have never interacted with  any of the disclosed names except Fr. Gilbert D’lima who gave the preaching for the said mass and is the present Parish Priest of the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Orlem.

Some years ago when the Crosses were demolished and a meeting was held at Cross Maidan at which I was among the hundreds present. I had questioned Fr. Anthony Charanghat when he was also one of the members of the audience like me, regading a statement which he had made to me and Fr. Dominic Savio Fernandes was also present when the statement was made to me outside Archbishops House where I was demonstrating outside there and asked them why no reply was given to my e mail.

Suddenly a person came there with a collar and told me that I will be informed in writing in due course.

Till today despite more than 3 years passing I have not received a reply.I later came to know that the priest was Fr.Gilbert D’Lima.

As a  Priest , I feel he is definitely a smooth talker and I am sure he gave a preaching about something he does not practise just as he told me something about what he was noteven aware about.

 Is it right for these priests to have participated  in a private mass held in the open where the right of admission was reserved only for a select few when private open air masses are not allowed in the Archdiocese of Mumbai.

I am also told that Certain Priests in Mumbai have celebrated marriage masses and solemnised the marriage during the mass despite one of the partners being non catholic. Any thing can happen if one has the right connections.

It is sad that the Cardinal is still remaining silent on this issue as well.

A.M.Sodder

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6 Responses to Priest Concelebrate a Private Mass in the Open when the rules do not permit it

  1. John Menezes says:

    Pius XII, in Mediator Dei (20/11/1947), repudiated concelebration as it denied that, in the Holy Mass, the priest acted in the Person of Christ. He also foresaw trends towards changes in the mass and repudiated may of them for good reasons. Paul VI endorsed concelebration on grounds that it affirmed the unity of the priesthood. He directed that the New Mass should simulate the Calvinist rite. Which pope do we obey?

  2. Our Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias may not have and answer to give you Mr Sodder. He will try his usual strategy never to respond to you so that you give up in frustration. I have first hand experience with the way he handles situations. Just in case he get caught in a corner, he thumps that table and says he is not used to be given deadlines, stands up makes the sign of the cross and leaves the meeting in a huff.
    That is our religious head for us the laity at The Archdiocese of Bombay.

  3. Cedric Vaz says:

    In so far as Masses being said in the open air there is NOT a single rule or guideline that is being followed by the Church – other than on accepted days like for Christmas, New Year, Good Friday and Easter – when the congregations are too large and hence accomodated outside the Church, as required. Otherwise there can be no justification ! In Goa (our very own tourist paradise) we have heard of RC priests celebrating wedding nuptial masses on the beach and on casino/cruise ships.
    Sometimes MONEY makes the mare go ………….. whether she has legs or no !

    • Cedric, These blokes have different yardsticks for different people. If you know them you can get your work done. I recall cases of Catholic couples desiring to annul their marriage for one reason or the other. It takes ages. yet nephews of Bishops are able to get their job done in six months. The excuse is that “Papa” at Rome gave permission.Its a lot of nonsense they talk.

  4. John Menezes says:

    We are disputing on trivialities and are overlooking the basics, namely, that the Vatican II New Order of Mass is not a Catholic Mass at all and that many of these church actors may not even be validly ordained priests. At the time of the Protestant Reformation, hundreds of Recusants (from the Latin word “recusare,” meaning ‘to refuse’) went to prison and many even gave up their lives against Cranmer’s reformed mass which has been an inspiration for Paul VI’s New Mass. Just Google “The Ottaviani Intervention” and you will read an authentic study of the Latin Ordinary of the New Mass by a Group of Roman theologians and presented to Paul VI by Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci which shows that it is not a Catholic Mass at all. Unlike the Anglican reformed ordinal which appeared after their reformed Communion Service, Paul VI’s revised rites of ordination anticipated, and are theologically directed towards, his reformed New Mass.

    • Cedric Vaz says:

      Dear John, You write very well – on Church history and theology – as you may have done a study or research on the same. But to put it very simply, we must understand that the in The Church – the law makers and the law breakers are the same ! And so finally everything gets justified using one word, namely :- reform.

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