We wish this was just a joke. It is not. It is pure sacrilege taking place in a parish in Brooklyn, New York. Not only does the Diocese of Brooklyn know about this abomination … it actually helped advertise it on facebook! The statement from the Diocese of Brooklyn says:
“On Sunday, Jan. 31, head down to St. Bernard’s Parish in Mill Basin for a very special treat: a #StarWars themes Mass! Kids come dressed as their favorite character and there will be snacks in the auditorium after the Mass. Be sure to be there at 11:30 AM and May the Force be with you!”
“May the Force be with you?” The author of that Facebook post may have been trying to be clever or cute, but there is nothing “cute” about using New Age terminology with regard to the un-bloody representation of Our Blessed Lord’s sacrifice at Calvary.
Since posting the announcement, a couple of Catholic blogs (Dumb Ox Writings and the Eponymous Flower) broke the story with articles on their websites and shortly thereafter, the diocesan ad suddenly disappeared. The Lepanto Institute called both the Diocese and St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church for clarification on the matter, but did not receive a call back. But despite the fact that the ad was removed from the diocesan facebook page, the sacrilegious “Mass” remains on the parish calendar.
It should be noted here that there are two separate events listed on the calendar. At 11:30-12:30 is a “Star Wars Mass.” From 12:30-2:00 is a Star Wars party in the parish Hall. So, the flyer wasn’t just referring to the party after Mass.
Hopefully, this atrocity will be cancelled, but even if it is, there are two deeply serious problems.
- The pastor of St. Bernard believes that this was a good idea.
- The Diocese believes that this was a good idea.
According to the advertisement, the Mass itself was to be “Star Wars” themed. Without further details, it’s difficult to say what this would entail, but perhaps it would draw inspiration from the 2013 Star Wars First Communion “Mass” that took place in Germany; complete with “Light Saber Blessing.”
What is about to take place in Brooklyn is a monstrosity, and should be stopped. If it cannot be stopped, it MUST be exposed.
If any Lepanto Institute readers live near Brooklyn, please consider going to an early or vigil Mass and then attending this sacrilegious event with a video camera.
The address for the Parish is:
2055 east 69th street
Brooklyn, NY 11234
In the mean time, please call both the parish and the diocese to respectfully request that this event not be allowed to take place. Contact information for the parish and the diocese are below:
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church – (718) 763-5533
Diocese of Brooklyn – 718-399-5900