On Sunday, I drove down to Toronto, planning to attend a funeral on Monday morning. I decided to come early and attend Mass at the Toronto Anglican Use Sodality, which now holds services every Sunday at 1:45 p.m. in Sacre-Coeur Parish, conveniently located downtown.
Getting there was far more stressful and time-consuming than I had anticipated, so I arrived just as the homily was about to begin. I had forgotten to take our GPS and instead had printed off directions via Google Maps or something like that. Well, the Don Valley Parkway exit going south was closed. I ended up going north, had to get off ASP and navigate through the stoplights and busy city streets to the church. Needless to say, going by memory, I did manage to find the right location, but only after some wrong turns.
But once I arrived in in the cool, dark interior, my stress level dropped. Though the sodality is small, among them are members of the Mahon family, a former Anglo-Catholic family of musicians and singers. Ah, to sing the Creed the Mahon way! I tried my best.
Great to talk with several of the folks there. Peregrinus Toronto and his lovely wife invited several of us over for drinks and snacks in their apartment. Among the guests, a young Jesuit scholastic, a young man studying to be a hospital chaplain and who had acted as subdeacon in the Mass, a young Mahon family member and singer, and my blogger and writing friend Denyse O'Leary. After three glasses of white wine, and all the corn chips and hummus I could eat, the young Mahon drove Denyse and me to our next rendez-vous, a blogmeet at a Thai Restaurant with two of Canada's most pre-emiment and politically-incorrect bloggers.
Pray for the Toronto group. It has a good solid core that includes several committed young people and their families. Fr. Eric Rodrigues, Cardinal Collins' secretary, has been their principal priest, but he has lined up several others to fill in for him when he can't make it. Someone else celebrated the Mass on Sunday and I did not get his name — but Fr. Eric came by to join us for coffee, a sign of his care and concern for this fledgling group.
It was good to see the bulletin they have created for the Mass, with inserts for special music. The bulletin included the music for the Creed and the Gloria. The plan is to make the bulletin a seasonal affair, so when the music changes, there will be a new bulletin. I think that's a good idea. We do not have the music for the Gloria or Creed in ours, even though we change the musical settings with the seasons.
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