The Infant of Prague Chapel
Dec 24, 2016
Next Saturday is Christmas Eve, and is a day of complete fast and abstinence.
Dec 25, 2016
Christmas Day fall this year on a Sunday. Masses at Infant of Prague Chapel will be at midnight, 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
For the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, its members, friends, and benefactors, and all the faithful departed whose names have been submitted to the Guild of All Souls.
For an urgent special intention.
For the health of Angie Poeppelman.
A Time for Change:
The Chapel of the Infant of Prague was formally established in November 2012 by Father Bernard G. Hall, Dean of the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul. Its original purpose was to serve those Catholic faithful in the Cincinnati-Dayton area who were not comfortable for any reason attending any of the other traditional Catholic missions in the area. While it can safely be said that this region is richer in true Latin Masses than perhaps any other in the country, it is a source of concern to many that our history here has been marred by a greater than usual amount of in-fighting and division. The average Catholic layman wants nothing more than his Mass and his Sacraments—his God-given rights that it is our duty as a church to provide. It is our hope and avowed aim therefore, to build bridges rather than burn them, mend fences rather than tear them down, and in so doing, restore some of the confidence of the faithful in their churches, gently fostering a spirit of tranquil spirituality around the traditions that unite us. These traditions are to be found principally in the truths of the Catholic faith, and in the traditional liturgical practices which express those truths. In addition, we aim to provide as many other elements of Catholic life as is possible for a small and poor chapel such as ours. If we are to succeed, it can only be with the help of our great Almighty God, without Whom nothing is possible. We rely entirely therefore on the inspiration and mercy of the Infant of Prague, and place our humble aspirations before the throne of his innocence and majesty.
Established in 2012 by the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul, the Chapel of the Infant of Prague provides a peaceful and harmonious setting for the Mass and the Divine Office, where Roman Catholics who recognize that things have not been going well with the Church since Vatican II can rediscover their traditional faith and values.
We have no interest in the polemics and never-ending divisions prevalent among so many who claim to preserve the true Faith. Our aim is rather to provide a spiritual home for those fellow Catholics who seek to lay aside divisive trivialities and unite instead around the never-changing dogmas and moral values taught by Christ’s Church.
We therefore welcome to our chapel all those of good will, who, while they may vigorously hold their own opinions on matters yet undecided by the Church’s teaching authority, still recognize that other Catholics of similar good will may favor an alternative opinion. We support all attempts by those who confess the same faith and reject Modernism to try to find answers to the often vexing questions posed by the current situation in the Church. At the same time we reject any pretense of authority by elevating our conclusions to the level of “dogmas”.
This does not imply any weakness whatsoever in our defense of the actual dogmas and teachings of the Church which have been passed down to us undefiled since the time of the Apostles, and which have been defined and otherwise imposed as divinely revealed truth by the legitimate teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. By these truths we live, and for these truths we are prepared to die.
We remain Roman
Catholic, with our allegiance to the everlasting Rome of truth and
tradition, resigned in these unhappy times in which we live to submit
entirely to the unseen Will of God. In the absence of legitimate
superiors, we count on God alone to bestow His blessings on our enterprises,
and we look to the powerful protection and guidance of Christ the King, as
manifested in the holy innocence of His infancy. For this reason we have recognized in the Holy Infant of Prague the
supreme expression of this absolute power absolutely incorrupt.
We have remembered His words and etched them on our hearts, that
“Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
heaven.” And we surrender our
own will unto His, as with humble submission we call to mind the words of
Isaiah the Prophet, who told of the day when “a little child shall lead
Father Bernard G. Hall
A native of Yorkshire, England, Fr. Hall was educated at Oakbank School and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where he received a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts in 1977. After entering the Séminaire Internationale Saint Pie X at Econe, Switzerland in 1978 he was ordained to the subdiaconate in 1982. In 1983 he joined the faculty of St. Pius V School in Wantagh, New York where he taught high school Religion, Literature, English, Church History, and French from 1983 to 1988. From 1988-1993 he worked for the British Government (first at the U.K. Mission to the United Nations, and then at the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office). After then working as an independent corporate and leisure travel agent for eight years, he joined the faculty of St. Gertrude the Great School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he taught Religion, Latin, German, English, History and Civics. Fr. Hall also directed the Gregorian Schola as well as playing the organ at the daily High Mass.
In 2009 Fr. Hall, still a subdeacon, left St. Gertrude's to join the new parish of St. Albert the Great in Cincinnati. Here he resumed his studies for the priesthood, and was ordained on May 4, 2011 by Bishop Paul S. Petko, who traces his episcopal lineage back through Dominican Bishops Robert McKenna and Guérard des Lauriers (Confessor to His Holiness Pope Pius XII). After his ordination Fr. Hall spent his first years of priesthood working in England, France and Italy. Returning to the United States at the end of 2012, and after establishing the Chapel of the Infant of Prague in Liberty Township, Ohio, he took up a temporary assignment as Assistant Pastor to Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut.