On April 8, 2017, priests of the SSPX performed a solemn high requiem Mass for Mr. John Vennari at a local church in Buffalo, NY.
John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News for over 20 years, died on the morning of Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Solemn ceremonies were organized for his funeral, Saturday, April 8.
Due to the small size of the Society of Saint Pius X's Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Buffalo, local Bishop Richard Malone kindly allowed the use of a diocesan church for the Requiem Mass. The administrator of Buffalo's Corpus Christi Parish, Fr. Michał Czyżewski, OSPPE, graciously opened his church to the Society for the occasion.
At Mr. Vennari's own request expressed before his death, Fr. Adam Purdy, former pastor of Buffalo's Society chapel, offered the Solemn High Mass. He was assisted by Canadian District Superior Fr. Daniel Couture as deacon and Fr. Nicholas Gardner, current pastor of the Buffalo mission as subdeacon. Attending in choir were Fr. Jean Violette, prior of St. Ignatius Retreat House, Ridgefield, CT; Fr. Dominique Boulet, prior of St. Michael Priory, Toronto, Canada; Fr. Justus Ndyamukama of St. Anthony Church, Buffalo, and Fr. Marijan Procyk of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, Buffalo. Several other priests, including Fr. Gerard Beck, First Assistant to the U.S. District Superior, were also to have assisted but were prevented in doing so by inclement weather.
The choir from the SSPX's St. Peter Church in New Hamburg, ON sang at the Mass. SSPX Brothers from the Canadian district and laymen from the United States and Canada comprised the schola. Catholics attending the Traditional Mass for the first time (or for the first time in decades), many non-Catholics and even non-Christians were visibly moved at the beauty of the Church's traditional obsequies.
Immediately following the Requiem Mass, the interment took place at Mount Calvary Cemetery in nearby Cheektowaga, NY.
Requiescat in pace.