Sunday, August 23, 2009

TLM Clip Posted August 23, 2009

Well, first off Praise Be to God that it's up. I was hoping at some point to start having TLMs viewable on the MDTV website. Here are some notes and tips to keep in mind while viewing it...

1) This is a big file. I mean BIG. I'd start and pause the video for a few minutes first just to make sure that more of it loads and it looks smoother and not quite so choppy. I would love to have this hooked up to a dedicated server I control complete with a fiber connection to the internet. Seeing that's not going to happen anytime soon, this will have to suffice.

2) Yes, I do understand that it's not the 3rd Sunday After Pentecost. This was shot in June of 2008, and was the first TLM celebrated by Fr. Christopher Roberts of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. The St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community asked me to tape this, and seeing that at the time I was on the board, it made sense to do so.

3) This was shot with one camera and no audio support. I basically flew in at the last minute, set up the camera and tripod, and that was it. No professional audio support (which has since changed) and no second camera (which has also changed). Also, Fr. Roberts wasn't followed proceeding into Mass very well because my daughter ran up the side isle when she saw me up there when Mass was starting, which leads me to...

4) Yes, those noisy children were mine. A reminder to all those who browbeat, criticize, and in one lady's case, tell people with noisy children to "JUST LEAVE!" Mass: Children screamed, cried and were noisy BEFORE Vatican II also, and there weren't crying rooms to send them to, and many didn't have nurseries, either, to send them to "go play" when they should be learning about Mass instead. Not accepting ALL children during Mass is neither traditional nor Catholic, and if you get set off this much by noisy children, perhaps a generic protestant "church" would be a better fit for you.

And to the woman (I will NOT refer to her as a "lady") who told my kids to "JUST LEAVE!" during this Mass, I hope you are plagued with screaming children in your ears during every single Mass, regardless of which liturgy you attend, for the rest of your life. Remember: One of those screamers may someday be the very priest who absolves your sins, brings you the Eucharist at the hospital, and annoints you when you're ill.

Special thanks goes to Richard Pettys for giving me the idea of "just doing it" when it comes to putting the TLM up on the website, and Mr. Pettys may also be the source for a few more TLMs on MDTV in the future, so a hats off to Richard is certainly in order!

Streaming locally from a local (Ft. Collins, Colorado?) parish is on the programming agenda for MDTV, and in the long term, perhaps touring for several weeks in the summer to various parishes to produce TLMs and other programs for air, but in the meantime, this is what we have to work with, and we'll go with it (the rallying cry for everyone in TV who has to make executive programming decisions, either planned or on the fly).