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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

ANOTHER CHURCH RESCUED: Mainstream Media Take Note of National Phenomenon

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St. Mary Parish, the FSSP apostolate in Providence, Rhode Island, was recently featured in a news segment on WPRI, a local Rhode Island station.

The video features interviews with Fr. John Berg, FSSP, pastor of St. Mary’s, and parishioners of the church.

A church which, prior to the arrival of the FSSP in late summer of last year, was facing dwindling attendance and a very real danger of closure. 

One of those interviewed is a parishioner who has been attending St. Mary’s for ten years and saw it go from flourishing to just surviving, and now has witnessed its revival under the administration of the FSSP.

He was a little skeptical of the Latin Mass at first, but now seems to have embraced the liturgy that has drawn faithful from all over the region and filled the pews once again. “It will never close now,” he says with a grateful smile. 

REMNANT COMMNET: In case anyone has somehow failed to notice, the FSSP apostolates are booming all across this country. The story is always the same: Church scheduled to be shuttered, flourishes after traditional fraternity takes over.  

It's the exact same story with the Church of All Saints here in Minneapolis. The parish was all but dead a few years ago. The FSSP came in and now the place is teeming with young families, two priests, some nuns, a huge home-school co-op and hundreds of faithful refugees, in desperate search for what Holy Mother Church has been offering her children for almost two thousand years.

This is fast becoming a traditional Catholic national revival.

God is good, and this thing is far from over. 

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.