LARGE CONGREGATIONS ATTEND
Father Coyle Preaches at Two Services at St. Paul’s –
Sign of the Cross
Local Birmingham Newspaper October 1905
The three masses at St. Paul’s
yesterday were largely attended. The Rev. Father Coyle said
first mass and the Rev. Father Kitrick was the celebrant at the
9:30 and 10:30 o’clock services.
The second mass is attended by the Sunday school children in a
body. While the priest at the altar is saying the mass in Latin
in low voice Father Coyle occupies the pulpit and reads prayers
and scripture in English. This service, including a short
discourse, lasts only 35 or 40 minutes. The theme of Father
Coyle at the Sunday mass yesterday was the sign of the cross. He
said that all Catholic children were taught to make the sign of
the cross properly by first placing the fingers of the right
hand on the forehead, then below the breast, then on the left
shoulder and then on the right shoulder, saying, “In the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, amen;” but many
Catholics, said the priest, become careless and make the sign
hurriedly. “Not one person in twenty who enters this church,” he
continued, “makes the sign properly.”
Father Coyle then impressed upon his hearers the holy
significance of the sign. Catholics should always cross
themselves slowly and reverently and repeat the words
accompanying the sign in devotional spirit.
Father Coyle delivered a sermon at the last mass. There will be
only one mass at St. Paul’s each morning this week and the hour
will be 8 o’clock. Father Coyle was quite indisposed yesterday
afternoon and on the advice of a physician will not leave his
bed for several days.
The Rev. Father Goevert is attending to the mission churches in
the Birmingham district.