On Friday, May 9th, President William Fahey of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (Merrimack, NH) announced to the student body that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week would be days of heightened penance and prayer, in view of the blasphemous “Black Mass” being sponsored at Harvard University’s Extension School on Monday, May 12th.
In an open letter to Harvard University’s President, Dr. Fahey has asked President Faust to intervene and stop the Black Mass from happening.
“Harvard’s sad decision to go forward with this event despite pleas at all levels indicates, at best, an ignorance of the gravity of this matter,” stated Dr. Fahey. “We are astonished that the leadership of one of America’s most well-respected academic establishments appears unwilling to intervene and stop this public attack against the very source and summit of Catholic life: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
“I have encouraged the student body to remain focused on their final days of study, but to add a degree of spiritual intensity. We are approaching this as an opportunity for reparation for those involved who clearly do not understand what they are doing or the spiritual realities behind even alleged re-enactments of Satanic worship.”
“This is a very sad day for New England and a stain on the academic reputation of Harvard. No one can pretend that a Satanic sacrifice is, in any way, an exploration of history or an educational introduction to the religious heritage of mankind. Error has no rights. Bigotry is not a form of academic freedom.”
President Fahey has asked that all members of the Thomas More College community undertake some concrete act of penance and reparation on Monday.
The College Mass will take place at the scheduled time, with a special sermon by Benedictine Father Marc Crilly reflecting on the confusion in the world over spiritual realities. Faculty and students will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the afternoon, and a special Vespers to the Blessed Virgin Mary will be sung in the evening.
“Some of our students will show their solidarity with the Catholic communities at Harvard and MIT by driving down and joining the planned Eucharistic Procession from the MIT chapel to St. Paul’s in Cambridge,” remarked Fahey. “Our students have the spiritual zeal you would expect of young, ardent Catholics. I think everyone here realizes that this so-called ‘Mass’ does not have the support of many at Harvard, but still, it is a manifestation of evil we wish to counter with acts of prayer and sacrifice.”
Tuesday, the College will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and the students have been asked to reflect on the feast’s central message of penance and conversion throughout the day. As is the case each day of term, the student-lead Rosary will close the day.
On Wednesday, the College chaplain, Fr. John Healey, will offer a solemn Mass, which will include the official prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for reparation—especially for those who blaspheme the Blessed Sacrament. Mass will conclude with the Litany of the Precious Blood.
Wednesday evening will complete the three days with the Crowning of the Virgin Mary in the College’s Marian Grotto, followed by a festive meal. “In the face of such an outrage as is being committed at Harvard, it is very important that we exhibit a combination of dedication to our normal duties and acts of reparation. But it is equally important that we witness to the joy that is in direct contradiction to the world’s darkness and confusion.”