Both of those parishes are great! I would personally go to Our Lady of The Pillar because of the priests there (Fr. Gavin Bitzer and Fr. John O'Connor). Either way, both of the chapels are sedeplenists and hold the SSPX position. Our Lady of The Pillar Roman Catholic Church
This is really just because I am curious, but what sorts of buildings are they in? Former Protestant churches or in Catholic Churches that used to belong to the diocese? I believe both where either former protestant churches or where built by the OSJ.
Which is larger?
St. John's Priory
Also, can one of you find out the rules for communion at Our Lady of the Pillar?
I can't find their list, but I'm sure it's similar to this....
Communion Rules At St. Gertrude The Great in Cincinnati
- Non-Catholics are not permitted to receive
- You must be fasting:
- Three hours from solid foods and alcohol
- One hour from other liquids
- Water may be taken at any time
- You must be in a state of sanctifying grace (confessed and been absolved from any mortal sins)
- You must be modestly dressed
- No Communion in the hand
- At the traditional Mass, the communicant does not say “Amen.”
I am currently undecided about the BOB/BOD issue and don't want there to be a "scene" at the altar rail with the priest questioning me there.
As far as reception of communion, that's a non issue as I know of a few families there that are connected to St. Pius X in Cinci and St. Gertrude The Great which is also in Cinci. One of those families are the Brueggemann's.
Besides the priests there is there any reason you all prefer OLOP over St. John's Priory or St. Benedict? (I have only been to St. Martin's "indult" and St. Benedict's with Fr. Dardis...the SSPX Church in Cincinnati is better than St. Benedict's though, IMHO).
Well, I really don't know who's taken over at St. John's now that Fr. Wathen's gone (RIP). And you ruled St. Benedict's out in your first post, so I guess that leaves OLOP. Go! Father Bitzer gives the best sermons!