Churches Worth Driving Away From as Fast as Possible!

I’ve been thinking about this for a while.  And since we have nothing to do but watch the aftermath of the 2016 election and breathe one big sigh of relief there’s no more President Clintons for the near future, let’s be a little proactive!  There’s a nice little column called “Churches Worth Driving To” over at California Catholic Daily.    http://cal-catholic.com/?s=churches+worth+driving+to  I’ve always found this column really helpful in finding refuges when I’m traveling.  That said, I would find it equally helpful to have a list of parishes to avoid like the plague.  I’ve found myself in strange locales across the United States and I’ve stumbled into some pretty un-Catholic Catholic churches.

So, in an effort to help you avoid getting an earful of heresy and dissent, I’ve decided to start this blog post.  Please don’t comment with some parish whose main crime is something along the line of not providing an Extraordinary Form or that they have too much felt.  Please also include why we should flee from it if other Masses are available to you.  Yes, this is a do-it-yourself blog post but I’ve been a bit busy and I’m trying to ease back in to the commentary thing.  Also,  wouldn’t it be helpful to not have your vacation or business trip ruined by having to debate Catholicism with a priest who just scandalized your children?

I’ll start the ball rolling!

Most Holy Redeemer, San Francisco, CA:  This has nothing to do with the fact that it “ministers” to homosexual people. It has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that it has long facilitated homosexuals to rail against the teachings of the Church and to carry on with homosexual acts despite the danger to their souls.

St. Agnes, San Francisco, CA: Inclusive, Jesuit, Ridiculous.  (Locals will get the reference to the “Inclusive. Jesuit. Divine.” banners all over the Panhandle area.) Just more of the usual Jesuit dissent and pro-homosexual relation rhetoric.

Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, CA: Long time dissenting church in the Oakland Diocese.  We’re hoping for changes under their new pastor, but the same old dissenters have lined up some ridiculous speakers as of late.

St. Monica’s, Santa Monica, CA: They put their Masses online so you can enjoy the horror from your very own home. http://stmonica.net/media-resources/watch-live  I’ve always wondered, with the nice video evidence provided, why haven’t they had a major change of “leadership?” I’ve been wanting to do a blog post on the outrageous there but there’s simply too much material from which to choose!

There are many more in my fair state, but these top my list of parishes that annoy the heck out of me.  How about you?  Add your biggest annoyances in the comment section below! Remember to include the city and state so people can search a bit easier!  

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21 thoughts on “Churches Worth Driving Away From as Fast as Possible!

  1. You are lucky you have decent bishops like Vassa and Cordilieone where you are. South California chicago and East coast are largely unlucky. I joined a Maronite Catholic parish. Our Bishop in Brooklyn NY covering East coast 57 parishes from Florida to Maine put in pro life and family literature in All of the church bulletins shortly before the election. That and homily on Catholic morality sexual and otherwise is why I joined this church to begin with.

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    1. Cordileone is NOT reliable. He has done nothing about his gay parishes, other than reducing the visible involvement of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

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  2. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, TX. Comfortable, suburban parish which backs the “Always Our Children” homosexuality normalization group. If you’re looking for the parish sure to be circulating a pro-Democrat petition, this is the place. They have one priest in particular who, for his homilies, has a file full of various anecdotes that he weaves together in a Johnny Carsonesque monologue. Applicability to the day’s readings not required. As he finishes the washing of the hands, he has been known to toss the towel at the altar server and give a sort of a Bada-Bing flick of his hands — quite the showman. All that is missing is a big snifter for tips on the piano, because the soloist standing next to it (up at the front of the church) is putting on quite the cabaret performance.
    This parish has the “last chance Mass” at 7:30 on Sunday evenings, so many non-parishioner area Catholics have found themselves at least once in the tight spot of gritting their teeth through a SEAS Mass or missing Mass altogether.

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    1. Immaculate Conception, Hoosick Falls, NY. The priest has never in the 6 years of his ‘tenure’ ever said a creed of ANY kind; 95% of the time there is no penitential rite whatsoever (the other 5% is ‘blardy wonderful us Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy Lord have mercy AMEN). The Gloria isn’t just omitted in Advent and Lent (properly); it’s never said either. The Eucharistic Prayer is a hotchpotch of the older prayers and the kind of ad lib where for every adjective that is actually there, Father has to add another, either alliterative or schmaltzy, and the consecration might have “this is my body” and “this is my Blood’ but those are the only words that are actually in the correct consecration. And he always adds after the consecration of the ‘cup’, never chalice, “shed for you and for all, because you are LOVED SO MUCH” (as if they were the actual words of Jesus, which they are not). At the ‘Sign of Peace’ not just he, but the altar servers, come bouncing down the aisles halfway through the church to hug, kiss, high 5, etc. Samples of recent homilies include referencing to the ‘Pharisee and the tax collector’ with “when I was young they called it a publican, and I never understood how God could be praising a REPUBLICAN”, the gospel with the woman who was taken in marriage by 7 brothers with “and finally she died. (laughter). This poor woman! Imagine, SEVEN DIFFERENT GUYS to put up with. (laughter). God finally gave her a break. . .”
      Add in the cringingly off key cantor, the choir with the lounge lizard pianist, the one poor decent male singer trying not to gag over the music which is invariably the same 70s and 80s Sing a New Church and Gather us In, with I kid you not tambourines, and the invariable applause about all the wonderful things we do. . .Not to mention that this parish was part of the “Holy Doors’. But we are not to fear –the POPE didn’t make them holy, WE THE PEOPLE make them holy every time we pass through them. . .
      Run far, far away. (Don’t try the next town up, Cambridge –he says Mass there too). Go over the border into Vermont or down to Troy where you can attend the EF at St. Joseph’s. . .

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  3. From a reader who would rather have me post…(Feel free to use the contact button and I will gladly do this for you!):
    St. Bonaventure, Clayton, CA: There was the reference to the Eucharist being “friendship bread.” I heard a homily about how there isn’t really a Hell. Pastor is a huge proponent of women priests. Plus, there is a family therapist priest who operates out of the parish who’s been known to tell people to use birth control. I don’t think we’ve ever had a GOOD homily when we’ve visited there. There is always something subversive that we have to point out to the kids afterward.

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  4. Gah! CS gave us some specifics but I seem to have deleted it somehow so here is a copy still in my email notifications!

    I’ve heard a homily at St. Vincent mocking Catholics that “claim” not to use birth control. I looked around the church when this happened and saw several same-sex couples having a great big laugh. They have conducted book studies by Sister Ilia Delio. St. Ignatius has hosted several interfaith LGBT prayer services during Pride Week. St. Matthew’s host a group called LEAD which is highlighted in this Church Militant article http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/catholic-pro-gay-ministry-baltimore.

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  5. St Aloysius Catholic Church Fife Lake, MI is one to drive away from. While on holiday last spring I attended Mass there. First sign of problems is the grand casual entrance of the priest . After singing a Hollywood style jazzy Happy Birthday “during” the mass led by a professional singer, piano player, and choir director…the presiding priest came down the aisle of the church espousing the hopeful change in church ordination opportunities for women whom in his mind anybody can perform consecration of the elements. He received a thunderous applause from the audience (aka congregation) while I desperately looked for a way to leave the Mass early but was trapped in the middle of the pew. Then he went back to the altar and closed the mass with final blessing.

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  6. You don’t want to go to St. Anne’s in Lodi, Ca., where the pasture let’s his dog in the church during mass. They also have plays in the church were they can have them in the auditorium. It is so wrong in so many ways. And don’t get me started on the only catholic church in Galt, Ca…. ugh!

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  7. Also avoid Bellarmine Chapel on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati. They regularly omit the Gloria, ad lib the Eucharist prayers, consecrate big loaves of heavy wheat bread, and contradict Catholic teaching in the homily are what you’ll find. Cross the Ohio and go to the Covington, Kentucky cathedral instead. You’ll be glad you did.

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  8. St. Mary of Grace Parish, Media, PA
    Doesn’t really follow the Church’s teachings. Run by a bishop who has officiated several same-sex weddings and also run by a lesbian female minister. They ordain LGBTs and women to their “priesthood.” They say they are “radically inclusive” and are huge supporters of gay and transgender “rights,” including the transgender bathroom bill. According to their website, sometimes their clergy “will use a feminine pronoun when referring to God.” They allow baptized Christians of different denominations to receive Holy Communion. They are a part of the Independent Catholic Christian Church (doesn’t follow all of the Catholic Church’s teachings). Apparently in the past the former pastor said the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility “didn’t sit well with him.” They believe that same-sex marriages are a blessing to the world and a sacrament. They “helped organize the first catholic Mass at the Philadelphia TransHealth Conference,” as listed on their website.
    We must pray for the people involved. I don’t mean to be judgmental because I don’t know these people’s backgrounds or their past experiences with Catholicism, but I do want to look out for the welfare of others’ souls in case they are in the area and need to go to Mass – don’t go to St. Mary of Grace! Please pray for those involved.

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    1. I wonder how much of this list might change when the pastor changes. I know the pastors at both NH parishes on this list, and I have only known them to be orthodox.

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  9. When I attended the Catholic parish in Moraga, CA (east bay) ten years ago, I found that people never genuflected or knelt down for any part of Mass. When I tried to kneel to say thanksgiving after Communion, I got a number of irritated looks. The priest mainby sat back as a woman led the introductions and gave the homily, then the priest took over for the offertory and canon. Very poor doctrine taught there. I heard now that the priest has moved to another parish closeby, Lafayette or somewhere near there.

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