FOLLOW UP: Fr. Z asks help from priests: Can you take a Gregorian Mass set, stipend?

UPDATE 27 June:

So far I have managed to connect about a half-dozen people with priests for Gregorian Masses.

Everyone… pray for the dead!

UPDATE 13 June (again):

Okay, this is working so far.

UPDATE 13 June:

My friend found a priest to take the Gregorian Mass intention and stipend.

Meanwhile, quite a few priests wrote to say that they could take a Gregorian Mass intention and stipend.  As a matter of fact a couple were eager because they also need the money.

If some of you need a Gregorian Mass set said for a loved one, drop me a line and I will try to set you up with one of the priests who wrote to me.  I promise nothing but to pass your email along to a priest who wrote to me when I posted the original entry.  You can then work it out yourselves.

I am not vouching for any of them.  That’s up to you.

Also, since I’m pretty busy right now, I’ll get to it when I can.

And, just to be clear, I have no part in the stipend or anything else once you have made your contact on your own.


Originally Published on: Jun 9, 2016

I had a call from a friend of many decades to ask if I could take a stipend for a set Gregorian Masses.  Alas, when I also have to take parish intentions that makes a Gregorian set hard to do.

For those of you who don’t know, I wrote about Gregorian Masses HERE.

So… I need to shake the tree a little.


Are any of you priests out there, diocesan or religious, able to take a 30-day Gregorian Mass set using – NB – the Traditional Latin Mass? 

Please drop me a line and I will get you in touch with my friend who asked.  Put GREGORIAN MASSES in the subject.


Priests are responding!  THANKS!

I am passing notes along to my friend.  He will choose someone.

HOWEVER… perhaps there are others of you who want a Gregorian set.  I can, perhaps, connect you with some of the priests who are asking for them.

Some of them really need the stipends, friends.

You will have to work out the stipend between you.  However, I noted on a page of the SSPX that they recommend $800.  Keep in mind that a Gregorian set is a big undertaking for a priest, because he has that one intention for 30 days.  He would have to find a priest to take the intention for him where he impeded for any reason.


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From a reader… which I am turning over to the readership!


Whenever someone passes away, I obviously get them a Mass card. What’s weird is lately rectories do not have them anymore. I understand having a mass said for someone is all that matters, but I wanted to send the family a card assuring them of our prayers.

Do you recommend any societies that do offer Mass cards? What’s the difference between a regular Mass card and an enrollment? Do You have a preference?


Some of you might not know what a “Mass card” is.

A Mass offering card, or memorial card, is similar to a greeting card which you send to someone after one of their loved ones dies to let them know that you will pray for and have Mass said for the deceased. You can get these at religious goods stores. Some religious orders make them. Some parishes have them.

And this doesn’t apply only to someone’s death. You can have Masses said for many reasons, including birthdays or name days, ordinations, confirmations, etc. And we don’t have to wait for people to die to pray for them. Right?

Perhaps some of you have had good experiences with sources for Mass cards. Let us know.

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know.

In the EF, in reference to the effectiveness of God’s blessings, I spoke of Holy Water.

In the OF, I also spoke of Holy Water, but I tied in the prophet Elisha, for obvious reasons.

And, wow, is 2 Kings 2 a cool chapter or what?

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MADISON 1 July: Pontifical Mass at Throne for Suffering and Persecuted Christians Around the Globe

The Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, by the grace of God Bishop of Madison, regularly celebrates Holy Mass also in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

The next Solemn Pontifical Mass will be offered by Bishop Morlino “at the Throne” (with the help of an assisting priest, deacon, subdeacon and two deacons at the Throne), on the evening of 1 July 2016, Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, at 7:00 PM, at the chapel of Holy Name Heights (aka Bishop O’Connor Center).

This Mass will be celebrated offered for the intention of Suffering and Persecuted Christians Around the Globe.

The Mass is organized by the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison.

We will be using the beautiful RED vestments we had made.

All are welcome.

Catholic clergy are cordially invited to participate in in choir dress.

The Mass will be sung in the Church’s global language, Latin, of course.  The music will be Gregorian chant and polyphony.  For more information see

Pontifical Dalmatic and Gloves

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JUST TOO COOL! “Beating of the Bounds!”

This is for your Just Too Cool file.

My friend and a commentator here, Fr. Martin Fox has on his blog a post about starting the custom of the “Beating of the Bounds”.  In times past, around Ascension or the Rogation Days parishes would have a procession around the boundary of the parish, asking God to bless them and crops, etc.  This was useful in times when maps were rare: boundaries were remembered.

Since Fr. Fox’s parish has a really long boundary, they will break up the “beating” over several years.   This is a great solution.  I had wondered how to revive the custom given really large parish territories.

Do go to visit Fr. Fox’s blog and read about it.

Here is a taste:

Yesterday afternoon, Saint Remy Parish revived a tradition from medieval England, and brought it to the fields surrounding the farm community of Russia, Ohio.

Over 100 men and boys answered my invitation to exercise spiritual leadership and guardianship over the parish with a “Men’s Prayer Walk.” So, yes, this was specifically pitched to men. (One girl did make it, however: a father brought his infant daughter along.)


I involved several men of the parish as my “wise men”: one took charge of transportation; one took responsibility for food and drink, and a third handled set up and clean up. Several others pitched in with help and ideas — such as games for the boys (what a great idea!).

My hope and plan was for 50 participants; we more than doubled that. Several men who took part didn’t walk; instead, they rode in a golf cart. A number of the boys were in strollers, and some ended up riding their dads’ back part or most of the time.

One of the ideas I came up with was to give the boys chalk, and a diagram for them to draw on the street as we went along. What I came up with looked like this:

S. R.
2 | 0
1 | 6
O. P. N.

And in case you are wondering, that is meant to show a cross, surrounded by this year’s date, and the words, Sancte Remigii, ora pro nobis, or in English, Saint Remy, pray for us.


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“Let the Supreme Court send bishops and priests to jail … the Church cannot go against the law of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Mexican Catholics know something about persecution.

From LifeSite:

Mexican bishop and his clergy: We will go to jail rather than bless gay ‘marriages’

June 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Following a declaration by the Mexican Supreme Court nullifying state laws prohibiting “marriage” to people of the same sex, Nuevo Laredo Bishop Gustavo Rodríguez Vega has issued his own declaration along with the clergy of his diocese, assuring the faithful that he will suffer imprisonment rather than cooperate with such unions.

“They can’t require an institution like this Church to go against its principles,” the archdiocesan clergy are quoted as saying in various local and national news reports. “Let the Supreme Court send the bishops and the priests to jail, whomever they want, but the Church cannot go against the law of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“We know that we can go to jail, if some couple decides to marry civilly, but we won’t give it a blessing. This law cannot obligate the Church, the Church cannot go against its principles and in fact the only ones who will come to the Church will be those who share our principles,” they add.

The clergy of the diocese affirm that their position is “based on scientific, anthropological, social, and religious reasons” which prove that marriage is between “a man and a woman (…) as the juridical tradition of thousands of years of the West affirms, a tradition of two thousand years; it is the union of one man and one woman who wish to procreate.” They call the decision of the Supreme Court to create homosexual “marriage” a “parting of the waters, and the whole world is not going to be in agreement and the Church is not in agreement with this definition.”


Read the rest there.

Fr. Z kudos to Bp. Rodríguez Vega!

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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday: Summer Field Day – UPDATED

ham radio badassIt is Field Day today.  Alas, I am not out there.  I my try to get out to my usual outdoor spot, the cemetery on the hill above the parish.   It is really high and the denizens don’t mind.  And it is lovely.  Also, last fall I left a 40 dipole strung up in the trees.  It should still be there and in good shape.

Because I had to move from the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue to the Cupboard Under the Stairs, I don’t have a place for my rig or, rather importantly, an antenna.   I haven’t figured out a work around yet.

I am doubly frustrated right now, because I had intended to take the Extra exam this month. It simply didn’t work out.  I have been in the wrong place and the right time, or the right place at the wrong time.  Therefore, no joy.

Never give up!  Never surrender!

I’ll get it done this summer.

Anyway, I wish my fellow hams, especially clerical hams, a successful Field Day!

If you are involved with Field Day, send some photos!

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.


So here’s what happened next.

I had asked my local Elmer to shake the tree a little to see if any VEs could administer an exam before the end of the month.  He made some calls and subsequently assured me that it would be pretty hard to pull off.  For that reason I was a bit bummed.

Then, lo and behold, I had a phone call – actually VM – from a local VE. I  returned the call today and reached her as she was involved in … wait for it … Field Day.  It happened that that the place where they were set up was lousy with VEs!  She asked around and we set up an appointment for my exam for Thursday.

I was so inspired that I got my radio and other stuff out of storage, went to the parish cemetery – where the aforementioned dipole is strung up – and made some contacts.  At first I seemed not to be getting through the chaos, so I swapped cables and – BAMMO – I got some contacts before I shut down.

I also had a lovely Oriole come to visit, too.  That was a bonus, since now I can’t have feeders.

Alas… with my phone alone:


But wait!  The inspiration continued.

I decided that I would find the hams who were holding their Field Day.  Using the interwebs I deciphered their location and off I went.   Eureka.

Since I had never seen any sort of Field Day set up, I was pretty impressed.

They had several antenna up, of course.  One is an end feed wire antenna that several hams were using simultaneously through a multiplexer.

Yes, friends, hams get to use bad-ass words like multiplexer.

I met the VEs who will meet at my place on Thursday to put me to the test.  Nice people.

Therefore, I feel like I am back into it again, after a forced hiatus.

Meanwhile, after the good fortune of the day, and after having earlier written what I wrote, I may just dub my radio The Omega 13.


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WDTPRS: 13th Ordinary Sunday – divine adoption and the splendor of truth

At work in the Collect for this weekend’s 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time are themes of divine adoption and the splendor of truth.

Our prayer connects being wrapped up in error with separation from God.  It joins divine adoption with coming into view in the light of Truth.

Deus, qui, per adoptionem gratiae, lucis nos esse filios voluisti, praesta, quaesumus, ut errorum non involvamur tenebris, sed in splendore veritatis semper maneamus conspicui.

Involvo involves “to wrap up, envelop” and “to cover, overwhelm, surround.”  Conspicuus (as opposed to occultus) is an adjective for something in view or that comes into view.  Thus, it is “that which attracts the attention to itself, striking, illustrious, remarkable”.  Splendor is, “sheen, brightness, brilliance, luster” and moreover, “dignity, excellence.”


O God, who wanted us to be children of the light through the adoption of grace, grant, we beg, that we not be bound up in the shadows of errors, but rather that we remain always striking in the splendor of the truth.


O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth.

During Mass keep your ears pricked up, ready to pick up Biblical references in the prayers.  A theme of this Collect is our identity as children of God through adoptio gratiae, adoption of grace.   St. Paul writes often about spiritual adoption (e.g., Gal 4:5 and Eph 1:15, et al.).  Writing to the Romans he tells us about the moral implications of spiritual sonship.  Why not spend a half hour or so reading and thinking about Romans 8:1-15 and (under the usual conditions) gain a partial indulgence?

The phrase splendor veritatis should ring a bell.  The late Pope John Paul II in his 1993 encyclical Veritatis splendor began to correct the erroneous and dangerous tendencies of some contemporary moral theologians. Progress has been made.

Splendor, in the writings of some Fathers of the Church is, like gloria and maiestas, associated with the divine presence.  Think of the pillar of fire during the Exodus, the shining cloud wherein God spoke to Moses, the light of the transfigured Lord on Mount Tabor.  The Doctor of Grace, St Augustine of Hippo (+430), twice connected “splendor of truth” (splendor veritatis) with “fervor of charity” (fervor caritatis). Centuries later the Seraphic Doctor, St Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (+1274) expanded upon this link.   For Augustine and Bonaventure, living in the light of the truth, which is the love of God, necessarily means also love of neighbor.  With what kind of love must we hold our neighbor?   With fervor, “a boiling or raging heat”.   This is no lukewarm love which Jesus will spew away.  Splendor veritatis leads to fervor caritatis, the blazing raging fire of Jesus’ Sacred Heart, His lacerated “burning furnace of love”.  Christians cannot love God and not love neighbor.  In word and deed we must reflect this two-fold love or we are not true Christians.   I often fail in this.

The splendor of Truth brings us into the light, teaches us love, and sets us free.  Error binds us, prevents us from acting as free persons.

In the light of day we walk about freely, without hurting ourselves or getting lost.  In darkness we grope, stumble, and run against unseen obstacles.  Today’s Collect presents “shadows of errors” as a smothering envelopment hiding God from our sight and us from His sight as if we were in a dark forgotten tomb, buried alive.

The wounds of Original Sin make it difficult to know what is good and right and true.  Our intellects are clouded.  When through in the tangle of our minds or the help of human or divine authority we discern the good, then we still need to choose it with our wounded will.  We can convince ourselves that actions which are in reality bad, wrong and false are actually good, right and true.  We fool ourselves into thinking we are “free” and acting rightly when we actually are doing things that are quite wicked.  If this becomes habitual, we become numb to truth and to error and to sin.  Once we are enveloped in error’s darkness, which begins in self-deception, ever after we lurch through life like horror movie zombies, grotesque mockeries of what God intended for His holy images.

God makes it possible to put off the darkness and put on the light (Rom 13:12-14).  He flashes, shines, dispels our blindness (cf Augustine, Confessions 10,27).  By the merits of Christ’s Sacrifice and through His sacraments and Holy Church’s teaching we can be the free beautiful images God wants us to be in this life and in the life to come.

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A priest’s plea: “Please, Holy Father: Enough”

My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has a piece at the National Catholic Register which echoes what I have heard and read from many priests.  He is as vexed as many priests about some off-the-cuff remarks made by His Holiness the Pope about priests.  Francis seems to have an extremely dim view of priests. He constantly talks about them in a derogatory way.

In the same occasion when he made off the cuff remarks about the “majority” of marriages being invalid – which the Press Office attempted to walk back after the fact – the Holy Father said that priests should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people.” This is, of course, inconsistent with exactly what priest ought to do, must do if they are to help people avoid hell get to heaven!

Read the whole thing there, but this is Msgr. Pope’s peroration:

Thus even the “spun” remarks are unhelpful at best and divisive at worst.  His emphasis:

Please, Holy Father: Enough of these ad hoc, off-the-cuff, impromptu sessions, whether at thirty thousand feet or at ground level. Much harm through confusion has been caused by these latest remarks on marriage, cohabitation, baptism, confession, and pastoral practice. Simply cleaning the record in the official transcript is not enough; this is an era of instant reportage and lots of recording devices, tweets, and Instagrams.

Just this priest’s perspective. But I can assure you, dear reader, that the impact hits priests hard, and I cannot deny a certain weariness and discouragement at this point. I realize that such remarks of the Pope are not doctrinal, but just try and tell that to gleeful dissenters and the morally confused or misled in this world.

Let us pray for our Holy Father and for the universal Church.

I also want to direct the readership’s attention back to a post about the initiative of another priest friend, Fr. Byers.  HERE  He asks that people pray for His Holiness in a coordinated way to protect him from diabolical attacks.

May I add a request that you pray for priests?  Especially for the priests you know?  Especially for me?

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A black hole shreds a star

[1] Unto the end, for the presses [gittith]: a psalm of David. [2] O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth! For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens. [3] Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise, because of thy enemies, that thou mayst destroy the enemy and the avenger. [4] For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers: the moon and the stars which thou hast founded. [5] What is man that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? [6] Thou hast made him a little less than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour: [7] And hast set him over the works of thy hands. [8] Thou hast subjected all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen: moreover the beasts also of the fields. [9] The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea. [10] O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in all the earth!

Scientists observe huge black hole shred a star, emit x-rays

They’re known as tidal disruption events: when a black hole consumes a nearby star.

And now, scientists have observed a dramatic tidal disruption event in a galaxy nearly 4 billion light years away, involving a black hole that’s approximately a million times as massive as our sun. The matter that this supermassive black hole swallowed created what’s called an accretion disk around the black hole.

The supermassive black hole, called Swift J1644+57, was dormant— as 90 percent of black holes are— until it sucked in the star, shredding it. That event allowed scientists to observe the black hole.

“Tidal disruption events offer us this rare view at the most common kind of supermassive black hole in the universe— these so-called dormant supermassive black holes,” Erin Kara, a Hubble postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, said in a video explaining the discovery. “Tidal disruption events, where the stellar debris causes the formation of a temporary accretion disk, offers us a way to probe this population of supermassive black holes.”

What’s more, that accretion disk amplified x-ray flares— and the location of where those x-rays are coming was surprising.

“Previously, astronomers had thought that the x-ray emission is coming from far out in a jet,” Kara said. “But what we’re finding with these observations, is that the x-ray emission is coming from flares very close to the supermassive black hole. And we can use these observations to probe properties of the black hole itself.”

“For instance, we found that the mass of the black hole is something on the order of a million times the mass of the sun,” she added.

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