Every year on Holy Saturday, for example, the Almanac card reads “Today is Holy Saturday. There is to be no Mass until after Midnight tonight.” Then there’s an ad for “Live Easter Vigil Mass at 8PM from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception!”
Well, yesterday, Sept. 13, was the anniversary of the death of Fr. Gabriel Richard (1767-1832), who founded the University of Michigan and was a nonvoting delegate for Michigan Territory in the United States House from 1823-1825. According to EWTN, “he was the first and only Catholic priest to serve in the US Congress.”
I was laughing for an hour! Pull up an obscure historical priest no one’s heard of (though he did some cool stuff) just to slam the late, unlamented Robert Drinan!