Fr Imbarrato and the Lord

On Saturday afternoon drivers on Main Street in Fitchburg Massachusetts saw a sight they had likely not seen before.

Fr Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life and sometimes EWTN personality was in Fitchburg from New Mexico for the 2nd of three days in Massachusetts invited by WQPH 89.3 FM. Both Friday and Sunday would involve events and dinners in the Boston area but after a breakfast in Medford the rest of Saturday belonged to Fitchburg and it was an active one

He would celebrate daily mass at St. Bernards Parish at St. Camillus Church at noon, he would be the guest of honor at a lunch at Slattery’s. He would celebrate the Divine Mercy Vigil mass at the now closed Madonna of the Holy Rosary and would hear so many confessions that evening that it would delay the Dinner at that’s church’s hall and his speech there.

But the Highlight of the day and indeed his trip was to come at 2:30 when he would lead that most Catholic and most rare of events at least around here, a Eucharistic Procession where the Holy Eucharistic the actual Body blood soul and divinity of Christ would be actually be carried in full display along the street.

It was three years ago that I had covered a Eucharistic Procession from MIT to Harvard in response to the Satanic Black Mass. Saturday’s event would not be as dramatic but the target was just as evil, the Planned Parenthood location in Fitchburg which services the Worcester location to facilitate the murder and dismemberment of pre-born babies for financial gain.

at 2:30 a small crowd gathered at the old City hall including a contingent from the Knights of Columbus council #15962 St. Anthony of Padua Chapter Fr Imbarrato in full regalia held the Monstrance containing the host and began the prayers of adoration. And led by a banner calling for Rosaries to be prayed for America and an image of Divine Mercy with two angels cradling victims of abortion Fr. and the Crowd began to process from City Hall to Planned Parenthood.

In addition to this video a second person was streaming the procession live to Fr. Imbarrato’s facebook page where 2000 people watched and prayed live with us as we marched down the street praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.

There were many curious reactions as the procession continued. A young girl at Espresso’s Pizza took pictures or videos with her camera as we passed. Drivers down main street slowed as they watched us, some visibly surprised at the sight of the blessed sacrament and the event drew curious looks from an art gallery where a small event was taking place at the same time.

It took about 11 minutes for the crowd of 70-80 accompanied unseen by the two thousand plus on the life stream to get to the planned parenthood location across from the parking lot where I had parked.

Unlike previous events there was no sign of counter protestors nor was there any sign of the press which was odd as fliers for the event had been distributed in the area for months. There was also a distinct lack of various people either passing by or driving by throwing the odd insult at the praying and protesting crowd. Whether it was due to the presence of the blessed sacrament or not I leave it for you to say, but there were at least two people who joined the crowd in prayer as they finished the Divine Mercy Chaplet and went to the Rosary.

Through it all Fr. Imbarrato stood there holding the Monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament before the Planned Parenthood site not reacting to the cars passing by, some beeping horns in support, some just staring, nor at the passers by from the young black man who took some video on his phone, to the fellow staring as he walked back to his apartment carrying this takeout from Fitchburg Jade to the Spanish Woman who looked at the sacrament and the praying and nodded in acknowledgement and approval.

Oddly there was no activity at the location itself. On previous Saturdays during protests there would be people at the location but it seemed empty and barren. Perhaps they had left early, perhaps it was a slow day but either way there was nobody entering or leaving under the visage of Christ.

At it neared 4 pm Fr. prayed the final prayers of Adoration and the host was covered and people began dispersing. Some to their homes, others to Madonna of the Holy Rosary for the next set of events which will be covered in later posts but I’ll leave you with this note.

Just under five hours later at Holy Rosary Church near the end of his talk. He informed the crowd that the number of people who had so far watched the video of the procession still available on his facebook page was in the tens of thousands. UPDATE over 200,000 It’s worth noting that the entire population of Fitchburg is only about 40,000 souls and it remains to be seen how long it will take the number of viewers online to eclipse that figure.

But even if not a single other person watches it, this was one of the most significant Catholic events ever held in Fitchburg.  Eucharistic processions are not common these days and one led by a national leader of the prolife moment in Fitchburg is rarer still.

It’s fitting that as people gather from all over the nation in Massachusetts at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in the southwest part of the state it serves as a reminder of just how much we need mercy for.

A photo gallery follows


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Today Instapundit links to a piece at Newsbusters concerning a journalist at Salon lamenting religion.

The highly secularized Democrats having thrown their full weight behind abortion & gay marriage to the point where to express religious belief becomes classified as “hate speech”.

But the real question is why?  What is it about religion in general and Christianity in particular that scares them so.  The answer was clearly given this morning at a small 10′ x 20′ chapel deep in a blue state.

My parish holds two daily masses at 7 AM & 8 AM with a rosary held in between.  It also has a small Divine Mercy Chapel attached where the blessed sacrament is exposed 24 x 7.  The Chapel seats 9 and has a rail where one can kneel & pray.

Today I was up early enough to make the 7 AM mass and decided to do my daily set of prayers at the chapel.  When I walked in I took one of the two empty seats and the last was quickly taken by another.  When a 3rd person came in an elderly gentleman stood up to give a lady a seat and when some people left for the 8 am mass others came in.

I noted the people who came in and out during the hour I spent there.  There were men and women (considerably more women).  They were White, Black and Latino.  There is a homeless woman who frequents the parish, and at least one nurse in her scrubs either coming from or going to work.  There were the retired and the working.  Three of them were old enough to be my parent and at least one was in her 30’s.

In other words it was a cross-section of people of different races, ages and sexes all coming together in the same place to worship Christ in the blessed sacrament and give glory to God.

And that more than anything else is what scares them.

You can’t divide people by race or by sex or age or class if as Paul puts it:  Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise. united in Christ (Gal 3:29b). And mistrust and division are the tools used to break the melting pot and balkanize a people.

That’s the function of the church, that’s the function of Christ and that’s why at all costs , they must be destroyed.

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The Pilot absolutely nails it on Eucharistic Adoration:

“If the Pope wanted to have a conversation with you about your life each first Friday each month at 3 pm,” I asked some of them, “would you keep that appointment?” When they would nod affirmatively, I would reply, “Well, how about an appointment with the Pope’s Boss?”

And you know who would agree with that statement? A fellow named Francis:

In an interview, he confessed that among all types prayer, “What I really prefer is adoration in the evening. … Between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration.” At times, he says, because of fatigue, “I allow myself to fall asleep while sitting there, looking at Him. I feel as if I were in someone else’s hands, as if God were taking me by the hand.”

Oddly enough I don’t think that the MSM will find that habit of the Pontiff very newsworthy.

Bottom line, either the Eucharist is the Body of Christ or it is not. If it is as we Catholics say it is, we should act accordingly.

As you might or might not know the Oklahoma City civic center will be playing host to a Black Mass today.

Bishops, Exorcists and others have done their best to warn the public and to take positive steps to oppose this dangerous act:

On Sunday, Sept. 21, we will gather for a public act of worship at St. Francis of Assisi Church. I invite all Catholics as well as other Christians and people of good will to join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour, an outdoor Eucharistic procession and Benediction beginning at 3 p.m. We will prayerfully bear witness to our faith as an expression of our solidarity and in reparation for acts of blasphemy.

but if you are not in Oklahoma City you can make a difference.

This ordeal in our community has been ongoing for nearly three months, since we first became aware of the scheduled black mass. In spite of our apparent inability to prevent this sacrilegious event from taking place, I am grateful for a number of blessings that have accrued through this trial. I am grateful for the significant legal victory that allowed us to regain possession of the consecrated Host that would have been desecrated during the black mass. I am deeply grateful for the strong response to our appeal for prayer throughout the Christian community. People across Oklahoma, throughout our great country and around the world have responded with prayer and fasting. We have been given an opportunity to express our faith in the Lord and our profound gratitude for his gift of the Eucharist through acts of devotion. Many of our Catholic people have been appealing to St. Michael the Archangel for heavenly protection against the powers of evil in our world.

Here in Fitchburg the Knights of Columbus St. Anthony of Padua council # 15962 will be holding a Rosary of Reparation at 6 PM EST at St. Anthony of Padua Church 84 Salem Street Fitchburg Mass.   All are welcome to join us in this public Rosary and prayers.

Take the time to check if there is something similar going on in your diocese, if so attend if you can.  If there is not and there is a Eucharist Adoration chapel in your area (you can find the closest here)  visit it for a holy hour.

If that is not possible visit your local parish and pray your rosary or the Chaplet of St. Michael.  If you aren’t in a position to leave your house you can go to this site for a live image of the blessed sacrament and leave it up, offer a Rosary the prayer of St. Michael or other suitable prayers.

You can make a difference, for Oklahoma City, your own community and yourself.