Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR Has Passed On
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Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR died Wednesday I've just learned. I can't say anything this letter written by him to the New Oxford Review already says about him. He wrote in response to accusations the priests mumbled the prayers to the TLM.



I began serving the “old Mass” as an altar boy in 1927. I am now 88 years old, 62 years as a priest. As a lad, knowing the perfect recitations of all the Latin Mass responses, I dealt with priests of every age and devotion and I do not recall any who deliberately mumbled their prayers. The churches were not air-conditioned in those days and in the hot summer days it was not uncommon to omit the sermon; Low Mass might last for only 20 minutes, and Communions were much fewer in those days. Now with the Novus Ordo, I have attended Mass in 10 minutes. A possible scandal.

The only scandal I can recall in the old days was people sleeping during the sermon. Nobody complained about the Eucharistic fast from midnight; nobody complained about Communion on the tongue or about the Latin. In fact, we were proud of the Latin we knew. Non-Catholics marveled at the piety and the reverence of the congregation and the head-coverings of the women. Those were the glory days of the Church when our Catholic faith was a family thing, a treasure we prized. Our faith was so much a part of our life that it colored our moods, shaped our social activities, influenced our style of dress, and flavored our conversation. How many families can make the same claim today?

Last Sunday I experienced what perhaps was the greatest joy of my priesthood. I could scarcely contain myself. Indeed, my cup runneth over. I celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass with a congregation of two hundred people. It was like a repetition of my First Holy Mass 56 years ago. It was a Missa Cantata — those sacred Gregorian melodies so fitting for worship: the solemn Trinity Preface, the solemn Pater Noster, the Holy Gospel, and the Orations.

My daily vernacular Mass has been a joy in my life, but there was always something about this Tridentine Latin Mass that went beyond all telling. I’ve found something that I had lost some 35 years ago. All those years my heart ached for the Latin Mass that I had lost, always hoping that some day, please God, I would find it. Last Sunday I found it. And like the widow of the Gospel who found her lost coin and who called in her neighbors to rejoice with her, now I was the one who wanted to call in the whole world to share in my joy. It was like being away from home all these years and always hoping that some day the permission for me would arrive to return home and share again with my dear ones the joys of long ago. It was home sweet home again. My joy knows no bounds.

My humble and ineffable thanks to our good Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, the Good Shepherd who went out looking for all those abandoned sheep to lead us back home again — to Rome, sweet home.

Would I go back to the new Mass? No way!

Rev. Charles Schoenbaechler, C.R.
Louisville, Kentucky

http://www.newoxfordreview.org/letters.j...04-letters

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Obituary here

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=charles-schoenbaechler&pid=164316045#fbLoggedOut

If I ever met a Saint in this world it was Fr Charles. I will miss him.
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Hail, Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR , O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.
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(04-20-2013, 11:16 PM)OmniaInstaurareInChristo Wrote: Hail, Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR , O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Amen

Thank you
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Saw this on FB yesterday; very sad. Another good one  :'(

:pray:
Requiéscat in pace.
Amen.
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Hail, Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR , O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.
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Just got back from the Requiem (my first) very fitting end to a very holy man! - the church was packed!  Also i was surprised to see the Archbishop attending
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Hail, Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR , O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.
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(04-22-2013, 09:19 PM)OmniaInstaurareInChristo Wrote: Hail, Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler, CR , O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Amen
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(04-22-2013, 02:32 PM)Edward Wrote: Just got back from the Requiem (my first) very fitting end to a very holy man! - the church was packed!  Also i was surprised to see the Archbishop attending

I'm sure it was packed. Fr Charles just had that certain effect on anyone who met him.

I will certainly miss his Midnight Mass at the chapel.
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