Monday, June 8, 2009

Solemn High Mass, St. Augustine's, South St. Paul, Todayk, 5:15 p.m. First Mass (E.F.) for Father William Brenna

I had the honor yesterday of attending the ordination of Father William D. Brenna, a new priest of the Diocese of Superior, in that city's Cathedral of Christ the King yesterday. Another priest and two transitional deacons were also ordained at that liturgy by Bishop Peter Christiansen.

Father Brenna (that's what he prefers), a second vocation priest from Sacred Heart seminary in Hales Corner near Milwaukee, will be celebrating his first Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 5:15 p.m. today, June 8 at the Church of St. Augustine in South St. Paul.

There are special blessings to be received upon attendance at the First Mass of a newly ordained priest.

Father J.P. Echert changed the normal Mass location for this event which would have been at Holy Trinity parish in South St. Paul.

St. Augustine's is located at 408 Third Street N in South St. Paul


William said...

Ray, as I live in the Diocese of Superior, this warms the very cockles of my heart! Thank you and praised be God, in His angels and in His saints!

Unknown said...


A clue!!! I didn't know you were a cheesehead. (Being I'm from Duluth and that I was a Packer fan long before the Vikings existed, I really don't understand the intense rivalry).


Fr. Brenna will be the assistant at a Hudson parish, probably for a couple of years.

There is another seminarian I met at the the VA who attends the Sacred Heart seminary in Hales Corners who is studying for Superior. He will become a Deacon next spring. Chris Kane.

All three of these men are around 50, so you should get some good ministry out of them.

I just got back from Father's first Mass, a Solemn High Mass at St. Augustine's in South St. Paul. I learned then that he had been assigned there for the past six months as a deacon. That's how he must have learned his Latin.

He did a very good job today. He had Fr. Bryan Pedersen as his M.C./Deacon and Fr. Pedersen's dad and another deacon as "sub-deacons."

Nice crowd of maybe 150-200. Pretty good for a Monday afternoon Mass.

A personal "First Mass Blessing" at the communion rail after the Mass for all.