This in from Holy Trinity Church...a beautiful witness of our faith..
Please remember in your prayers our beloved Father Shea who collapsed today while saying the Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Trinity in Boston. I felt prompted to take notes during his homily today so following are some excerpts from his homily.
(Father is recovering in a local hospital)
Notes from Father Shea's homily at Holy Trinity today. Father opened his homily by reminding us of our duty to be supportive to those suffering from poverty. And then he called our attention to another poverty, spiritual poverty... which exists today.
And, from the pulpit, he asked a question. "Why did Jesus give us the sacrament of reconciliation?" He asked why so few of us take advantage of the sacrament.
He said, "The priest has heard all the sins". "The priest respects the secrecy of the confessional", he said. "He cannot remember the sins you confess. The priest forgives sins. "The gospel today is all about the faith of a desperate woman seeking to be healed from physical death. And about the faith of her father begging Jesus to lay his hands on her. We witness the role of Jesus' healing by restoring life and health. "We see the power of faith, we witness healing and we see the power of Jesus going out to those who turn to Him," said Father Shea.
"I have come that you have life and have it more abundantly," the 88 year old priest quoted the words of Jesus.
"We do not reach out by faith and seek the healing of our soul by revealing our sins in the confessional (if we don't go to confession) and we don't experience through our faith being made whole again," preached Father Shea.
"Jesus is there to forgive us through His priest. But Christ is there if we are weak. Think about this if you do not seek reconciliation in the confessional."
"Realize you are being healed and restored to spiritual health in Christ, himself."
With these words, Father Shea completed his homily. He returned to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.
As he begin to say the prayers of the offertory, Father Shea collapsed right on the altar. His body tumbled to the rug covering the top step of the altar. His head came to rest near the edge of the top step.
Immediately, the sound of a united gasp echoed in the Church. A doctor went up to check for vital signs. He found them. Father O'Regan appeared right beside Father Shea. Patricia, the director of religious education ran from church and called 911.
Christine Quagan stood up in the back of the Church and started saying the rosary. The entire congregation joined in.
The priest who heard confessions spoke into time microphone and said, "Father is conscious. He is breathing. He appears to have fainted."
The two young altar boys remained patient and present and appeared to be praying the rosary with the congregation.
Father O'Regan made the decision to complete the Holy Mass as soon as Father Shea was attended to. The EMT's and fire department arrived and within a few moments Father Shea was wheeled on the stretcher from the Church. As he was wheeled to the back of the Church he lifted his head and peered to see the light in the back of the Church through squinted eyes.
Father O'Regan announced after Mass Father is resting comfortably in the hospital and he is recovering. He appears to be in reasonably good health after apparently fainting on the altar.
Father Shea had a pacemaker installed earlier this year. Our prayers surrounded him with all our love during his trials on the altar at Holy Trinity.
One parishioner observed with the closing of Holy Trinity something we all fear but we all pray might not happen, this could be a blessing from our Lord.
We all prayed for Father Shea and God spared him. We all are praying for him and are so grateful for all his service to the Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Trinity and for his friendship and his insightful homilies which are always so full of good instruction and faithful teaching.
Our prayer is God might spare Holy Trinity just as, in His divine mercy, He spared Father Shea.