New Beginnings – Building On The Faith Of Our Fathers

Saving souls…That was a constant theme on the mind of Father Carota. It permeated his thoughts and his actions.  This blog, is a fruit of that theme.  He originally wanted to start a Catholic TV station and build up a group to help priest learn the Latin Mass.  Over the time, those things didn’t come to pass but what did happen was for the best.  His blog has been an inspiration to all of us.

We got a chance to see the actions of a traditional priest on a daily basis.  The things he would post and say would make me cringe, laugh, feel intense pain as they could cut to the heart of the matter, and of course, like an old Disney movie, would leave us with hope at the end! He would post about buying auto parts,  blessing a business, telling a lady her tight pants were offending God, and then explain why our Pope was costing souls their salvation.  He didn’t pull any punches.  As a reader, it made me wonder how in the world did he get away with actually stating the TRUTH online in this day in age of Bishops clamping a stopper on anything that isn’t the “company line”.

This means, of course, he had enemies.  Satan of course, but there were many that were highly offended and put off by his frank online dialogues.  One of the things I helped Father with was going through the emails that were sent in and helping him to answer them.  It’s amazing how people get so angry about what he would write sometimes.  Some of the comments (that weren’t published) and some of the personal attacks were astounding.  Of course, when talking with Father about it, he would just chuckle and quickly forgive and excuse the people.  Some he knew, others he didn’t.  He was too busy trying to save souls to allow it to bother him much.

He asked me to make sure this blog continued.  Of course, I said yes as hosting a blog is not a big deal.  He always viewed this blog as an instrument to save souls.  I get that now from reading all of the comments over the years and the emails that have come in since I was asked to help.  It isn’t so much that Father would say something truly magnificent or new, no, he would just state the truth in Love.  That is, of course, why we loved him so.  We knew, that he loved us.  He didn’t know most of the readers, but he prayed for them.  He wanted to offer bits of hope everyday so that our souls would be comforted and we would, with renewed vigor, continue fighting the good fight no matter where we were or how far we might have strayed.

I feel such a profound loss in my soul with his passing.  I grieve, but not as one without hope.  I miss his daily reminders to be faithful and the small ways he showed how to be a faithful catholic in this sordid world we live in.  But with that grief, I am reminded that the battle is not over.  Father Carota did his part.  He was faithful to the call that God placed on him.  His part of this fight (at least on earth) is over and it is up to us to pick the slack.  In a time when we have apostate priests right and left, he stood in the gap and said “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord” and he made good that motto with his actions.

What now?

As promised, this blog will continue the mission of saving souls.  Changes will occur, new writers will help us, but the goal will always be the same: the salvation of souls.

Father’s Funeral Arrangements

There will be a service for Father Carota at the Cathedral of The Annunciation in Stockton, California.

It is located at 425 West Magnolia St. Stockton 95213.

Beginning with a reception of the body on Thursday July 14th at 5:00pm.

Rosary at 6:00pm and a vigil at 7:00pm.

Father Carota’s funeral will be on July 15th and 10:00am at the Cathedral of The Annunciation in Stockton, California.

Procession following from Stockton, Ca to Ripen, Ca.

Graveside service: 19399 w hwy 120, Ripon, Ca 95366 at St. John Cemetery.

St. Stephen, the First Martyr (Sacramento, CA) will offer a Requiem Mass for Fr. Peter on Friday, July 15th at 12:15 pm.

Father Carota Update

That is the only update I can provide at this moment.

Father has been sick since late summer last year.  He hasn’t posted anything new but 3 times since then.  Many of the articles were re-posted from things he wrote a few years ago, some were from what I wrote, and most were writings from the saints that I put up to continue the blogging.

This blog has been about Father’s journey and how he has helped many people grow in faith and how he has helped them to rediscover tradition. As such, it is hard for others to write on this blog, or to post much of anything because the main writer is not well enough to do so. The personality that we have grown to love and care for is missing, because he is not able to continue writing.

Father has sought treatment for his unidentified issues and has not found any solution for them.  He continues to grow weaker and is unable to eat much or drink water.  Many people have wanted to know what has been done and how they can help.  Father’s brother is a doctor and they have done/tried many things to figure out what is wrong and they simply do not know and he continues to not improve.

The best way you can help, is to pray for healing for Father, and to pray for him to have peace throughout this time and that God’s will may be accomplished.

 

Update on Fr. Carota

Fr. Carota is very thankful for all of the prayers he has received from his readers. His condition has deteriorated enough that he is no longer able to continue posting to the website at this time.  Fr. Carota’s mission for this blog is to help save souls which, as we all are aware, is what is truly important to Father.  In light of that, I will be helping to insure the blogs continuance by posting the truth of our Faith in the same candid manner in which Father is known for until such time Father is capable to do so himself.

As to his health, he is hardly able to eat or drink. This has now gone on for some time and this is beginning to take its toil on his body.  He continues to lose weight and at this point he has resigned himself to the will of God.

I ask all of the readers of this blog to say a Rosary for Father for the intention that God would restore his health back to Him.  Fr. Carota has a great love of our Lady and especially for the victory that was procured at the Battle of Lepanto because of Her intervention.  Since the Feast of Our Lady Of The Rosary is so near, I think it is very fitting that we call upon Our Blessed Mother’s aid and ask that Father would be restored to health.

P.S. If you would like to send Father a card please request his address via comment and I will make sure you receive his info.

Jonathan Byrd