Monday, April 22, 2013

R.I.P. Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR...

I had the tremendous honor today of fulfilling the final request of a dear friend, mentor, and priest. I celebrated - in the Extraordinary Form - the solemn requiem of Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR. In the presence of Archbishop Kurtz, joined by members of his community of Resurrectionists, priests of the archdiocese, and hundreds of the faithful with whom he was much beloved, we commended his soul today to the mercy of Almighty God.

There are many words that were used to describe father by those who knew him and were touched by his ministry: holy, devoted, prayerful, dedicated, wise. He was one month shy of celebrating his 71st anniversary of priestly ordination. Devoted to the Extraordinary Form of the Church's liturgy, he ministered faithfully to the Lord's flock.

Rest in peace, Fr. Charles, and may your goodness to us be rewarded.

From his ordination & first Mass:

From today's requiem Mass:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter 2013...

The Triduum and Easter Sunday are in the books. It was an exhausting, but very beautiful celebration at St. Martin's. the church was beautifully decorated, the turnout big and prayerful, the music and liturgy superb. Here's a few tidbits from Easter Sunday:

And a video from the Easter Sunday Extraordinary Form Mass. The choir did a splendid job with the Missa Brevis of Palestrina: