Guests and visitors are very welcome at Our Lady of Victory Parish.
Please visit our Parish Hall for refreshments and bookstore after Mass.
Please remember that reception of Holy Communion is reserved for baptized Catholics who are in the state of grace and fasting.
Dress code requires modest, decent and proper attire in church since the Presence of God is here. Traditionally, Catholics will wear their Sunday Best. Ladies and girls please wear a head-covering and a dress that goes well below the knees when sitting. Men and boys, please do not wear sports clothes or athletic shoes at Sunday Mass. cf; http://drbo.org/modesty.htm.
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To book any retreat, contact Fr. Robinson, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Historians speak of a pax Romana, a period of Peace and prosperity under the Roman empire. Rome was not unselfish but it fostered productivity within the empire—it took its taxes, but people were able to be fairly well fed, sheltered, and clothed. One of the most important agents of this prosperity was the availability of safe and relatively inexpensive transportation. The empire was famous for its well-constructed roads—built, by law, “to last forever,” and for its protection from piracy on the waters of the Mediterranean. Transportation enabled the trading of goods all over the empire, thus pleasing consumers, and allowing producers to benefit from economies of scale.
While transportation was essential to prosperity, it also facilitated invasion when the empire began to fall apart in the fifth or sixth centuries. Mohammad conquered most of the Arabian peninsula during his lifetime. His followers conquered the Holy Land, it's surroundings, and Roman North Africa in another twenty years or so. From Africa they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar into Spain in 711 but we're stopped from entering France by Charles Martel at the battle of Poitier. In roughly the same timeframe they conquered the area at the South of the old Soviet Union, heading east through India and Mongolia to some of the Pacific coastal islands. In 827 they made the short trip over the Mediterranean to conquer Sicily. By 846 they sacked St. Peter's and Saint Paul outside the walls of Rome. In 847 Pope Leo IV erected a forty foot wall around Rome to try to keep them out— that's the wall which Pope Francis thinks is a bridge!
SURPRISING WORDS FROM THE NEW CATECHISM OF Pope JOHN-PAUL II:
675 : Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth575 will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
676 The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism.
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.580 God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.
... By rejecting grace in this life, one already judges oneself, receives according to one's works, and can even condemn oneself for all eternity by rejecting the Spirit of love.589
The abomination of desolation (or desolating sacrilege) is a term found in the Book of Daniel which means literally "an abomination that desolates" or "an abomination that appalls".
Beware what leads to idolatry, apostasy, irreverence, sacrilege, or even a lessening of Faith, such as one finds each week in a typical Novus Ordo church.
Since at least 2011, there seems to be a never-ending stream of reports in the blogosphere and even mainstream media that Bishop Bernard Fellay is poised to sign an agreement with Rome. The most recent wave of alleged capitulation occurred this past summer. Yet here, in the autumn of 2017, Bishop Fellay and the Society of St. Pius X remain in the same canonical posture with Rome. Throughout these years of predicted compromise, a number of priests and faithful have preemptively jumped ship, deciding that a break with the SSPX was necessary before the forecasted compromise occurred. Each time a new individual or group breaks the unity of the Society, such persons claim that Bishop Fellay is walking into a Roman trap – canonical regularization – and they must flee before the trap closes. Rome, they say, wants nothing other than the destruction of the SSPX and the legacy of its founder, and that “regularization” is the bait used to lure the Society into a death trap.
Rome’s Real Trap and Bait
Let us posit this claim as true, that the Roman authorities do share a common intention to destroy the SSPX. But what if the trap and the bait are completely different from what the defectors claim? Perhaps it is not Bishop Fellay who is poised to fall into that trap but, rather, the defectors over the years who have unwittingly taken Rome’s bait themselves.
The Modernists are clearly threatened by any attempt to hold fast to Tradition and thus seek its destruction or, at the very least, its containment. However, there are many ways to achieve that end. One way might be to lure the SSPX into a canonical recognition that was designed to subject it to Roman power in order to crush it. Yet we should consider the possibility that their strategy might be a bit more subtle, namely, to force the SSPX into a continual state of division and defections so as to keep its numbers low enough to be ignored, as opposed to luring the Society into the Conciliar Church. If this were the strategy, the Modernists could be using the constant recurring possibility of canonical regularization to divide and conquer.
A review of the past forty years would suggest that a strategy of “divide the SSPX to contain its influence” seems to explain the Roman authorities’ behavior. Although using different instruments, the goal seems fairly clear: Get as many priests and religious to leave the Society as possible so its growth is artificially controlled.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was head of the World’s largest Missionary Congregation, The Holy Ghost Fathers. He found it necessary in 1969 to establish a foundation where training for the Catholic priesthood would be provided without any trace of the Modernist errors in doctrine, morals or worship. (Modernism is the term used for the faith-destroying ideas of evolutionary truth.) He obtained full approval from Rome according to canon law, and the Society rapidly spread from Econe, Switzerland, to many houses all around the world. In 1988 the elderly Archbishop, realizing that to continue this work truly faithful bishops were essential, decided to consecrate some of his priests as bishops in 1988, to continue this unique Priestly Society.
The state of grave necessity in the Church obliges extraordinary measures, because of the need for genuine Catholic bishops who are dedicated to the complete restoration of Sacred Tradition. The Archbishop acted in accord with the principles of Catholic Faith, canon law and the mind of the Church in times of extraordinary crisis. He was assisted in these controversial episcopal consecrations by the saintly retired Bishop of Campos Brazil, Antonio de Castro Mayer.
In the year 2007, Pope Benedict lifted the virtual ban on the Traditional Latin Mass, priests no longer need permission to celebrate this ancient and venerable Rite. In 2009 the same Pope lifted the unjust censures on the bishops of the SSPX, and in 2011 he initiated theological discussions with the Society about the Second Vatican Council and its destructive novelties.
The Society continues into the third millennium just as it was commissioned to do with the blessing of Rome in 1970. It uses exclusively the Traditional Latin Mass and other Liturgical books, as well as the unchanged doctrine of the Church. After the death of His Grace in 1991, Cardinal Oddi prayed at his tomb and said "Thank you, Monsignor". Cardinal Cassidy wrote from the Vatican (to counter false rumors still being spread) on May 3, 1994 that "...(it) is an internal matter within the Catholic Church. The Society is not another church ... certainly its Mass and sacraments are valid".
The Society now has around 600 priest members and many priest friends as well as Religious communities, operating in 62 countries, with around 170 nuns, 103 Brothers, 78 oblate sisters, 200 seminarians, 175 priories serving regularly over 600 Mass centres, with 2 universities, 12 other major schools, 50 primary schools and 9 retreat houses.
Pope Francis in Misericordia et Misera in November 21, 2016 wrote: "For the Jubilee Year I had also granted that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacramental absolution of their sins. For the pastoral benefit of these faithful...I have personally decided to extend this faculty beyond the Jubilee Year, until further provisions are made, lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the Church’s pardon."
SSPX: Principles Taken from the Church’s Tradition, but questioned today.
The Catholic Church firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within Her, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics, cannot become participants in eternal life but will depart “into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:41), unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock... (Council of Florence, Dz. 714).
3. The Catholic Church is visible and indefectible.
Moreover, what the Chief of pastors and the Great Pastor of sheep, the Lord Jesus, established in the blessed Apostle Peter for the perpetual salvation and perennial good of the Church, this by the same Author must endure always in the Church which was founded upon a rock and will endure firm until the end of the ages (Vatican I, Dz. 1824 [cf., Dz. 1793 above]). The one Church of Christ is visible to all and will remain, according to the Will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it (Pius XI, Mortalium Animos, §15).
4. The Church is founded upon Peter and his successors forever.
If anyone then says that it is not from the institution of Christ, the Lord Himself or by divine right that the blessed Peter has perpetual successors in the primacy over the universal Church...let him be anathema....
If anyone thus speaks, that the Roman Pontiff has only the office of inspection or direction but not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the universal Church, not only in things which pertain to faith and morals, but also in those which pertain to the discipline and government of the Church spread over the whole world...let him be anathema (Vatican I, Dz. 1825, 1831). But it is opposed to the truth and in evident contradiction with the divine constitution of the Church to hold that, while each bishop is individually bound to obey the authority of the Roman Pontiffs, taken collectively the bishops are not so bound (Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum)