Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and PRIESTS who can say them

Sometimes when I post this, people send emails about various places that take Gregorian Masses.  MassAngelPoorSoulsEng-b_correctedThat’s not what this post is for.

Also, I am on the road, so I might not react immediately.


People sometimes write to me to request Gregorian Masses (i.e., the same Mass intention for 30 straight, uninterrupted days).  Many priests have parish Masses, so they cannot do this, but some priests can!  Therefore, I have put on my yenta cap to ask if there are priests out there who can take such a request.

I then forward your requests to those priests.

I have nothing to do with the stipend, which the parties work out for themselves.


Petitioners/Gregorian Mass seekers:

Drop me a note (HERE) and I will forward your request to a priest on my list. I won’t have anything to do with setting the stipend. Period.  In the subject line of the email put: GREGORIAN MASS REQUEST.  Put just that, and only that in the subject line so that I will be able to find you in my email:  GREGORIAN MASS REQUEST  [UPDATE: It is amazing that people write and put something else in the subject line!  It’s as if you want me to miss your email. When I try to match people, I search for that title in the email Subject line. Put something else and you are out, unless you are lucky.]


Put AVAILABLE FOR GREGORIAN MASS in the subject line.  Just that.  Not anything else.  Just that. Drop me a note (HERE)

Finally, I am not obliged to do this.

Folks, think about this.  

Are you looking for a truly spiritual gift to give?  How about having Gregorian Masses said for the deceased priests who served you?

Don’t necessarily pick the priests who were holy or kind or good.  How about picking priests who were troubled or who were liberal and, therefore, probably not exactly faithful?   Have Masses said for the priests who really need your spiritual care?

I would appreciate your prayers after my own death.   I appreciate your prayers in this life too!   You can have Masses said for both the living and the dead.  Pray for your priests, dead and alive.   We need your prayers.

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Persecuted Fr. Kalchik responds to homosexualist Jesuit Martin

At Church Militant, there is a response by Fr. Paul John Kalchik – who was notoriously tossed from his Chicago parish after an infamous and blasphemous “gay” flag was burned – to homosexualist activist Jesuit Fr. Jasmine Martin, SJ. More on Kalchik, who is still in hiding I believe, HERE.

You want to read the whole thing, but here is the peroration.


So today I make a challenge to you, Fr. Martin, along the lines of Elijah on Mount Carmel. How is it that your new anthropology is better than that given to us by the Fathers of the Church? Why should we brush aside absolutely all of Sacred Scripture to make room for this “new” understanding of how a person is made?

I for one do not believe what you are saying, which boils down to rewriting Genesis to say, “God made them, male and female he made them, some heterosexual and some homosexual he made them, in the divine image he made them.”

I found your personal attack on me unsettling, but your attempt at supplanting the true faith with a funhouse mirror version of it makes me sick. And by the by, before you “demonize” me, or LifeSiteNews or Church Militant, check out your facts. Come judgment day, there will no longer be a leftist press corps to sing your praises.

Father Paul John, in hiding from the homosexuals who hate me.

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Anniversary of a turning point in Christian history

Precisely in this time of year, it is the anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta, by the invading infidel Muslim under Suliman, called by some “the Magnificent”. This was a key moment in Western history, given the strategic importance of the little islands.   Everybody in the day, understood how important this was.  Elizabeth I of England said of it: “If the Turks should prevail against the Isle of Malta, it is uncertain what further peril might follow to the rest of Christendom.”

The Siege of Malta began on 18 May 1565 and ended, propitiously, on 11 September with, of course, a Christian victory over the attacking Islamic infidels.

Do you think that Islamicists of today have forgotten?

I am listening to the book from Ernle Bradford: The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights Defend Western Civilization Against the Moslem Tide.


It came highly recommended by an Army Colonel whom I met recently at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, who also has a keen interest in chess. As it turns out he was on the hunt for the Latin funerary inscription on the tomb of perhaps the greatest of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta back in the day, Jean Parisot de la Vallette. He found an English rendering and I rooted around in sites that had photos of the restoration of the tomb. Once I picked up a clear phrase in the Latin original, I found it quickly. I had tried to reverse engineer the English, but it turns out that the knight’s epitaph was in verse, so that didn’t work. But I digress.

I have the Audible version of Bradford’s book read by the inimitable Simon Vance, probably my favorite reader out there. Which he also did the magnificent series by Patrick O’Brien.

I see that the Kindle version is only $1.99.  Get a Kindle!

The person of Jean de la Vallette is amazing. His life demonstrates something of the stakes involved, for he had spent some time as a galley slave. He understood well what awaited the vanquished and he set himself with resolve in the face of the Islamic threat.

For the curious, here is the Latin of the tomb of this great Catholic solider.


Here are a few links of the books the Colonel recommended about Malta.

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NEW FROM MITSUI! Our Lady Untier of Knots

It’s always a pleasure to showcase the sacred art of Daniel Mitsui. He works in various media and with a creative fusion of genres. His Archangel Michael as samurai warrior is amazing.

He has accomplished a new work, which is Our Lady Undoer of Knots.

The description from the site:

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Undoer of Knots or Untier of Knots is at least three centuries old; Johann Georg Melchior Schmidtner made a painting of the subject in Augsburg around 1700.

For this commissioned work, I eschewed the Baroque style of Schmidtner’s painting, while retaining is essential elements. The style is one indebted to Gothic, Northumbro-Irish, Persian and Mexican sacred art.

The Virgin Mary I presented as the Immaculate Conception, standing over a serpent on a crescent Moon. There are twelve stars about her head, inside the halo. A dove Representing the Holy Ghost is also within the halo. Her posture and clothing have some similarity to the image of Our lady of Guadalupe. [Get this!] The cords that she is untying form elaborate knots and braids that fill a mandorla surrounding her figure, and a border to the entire drawing. As in the Baroque painting, the serpent upon which she is standing is tied in a knot; here, I depicted it with a knotted tongue also.  [Since the original is in Augsburg, perhaps that depicts the German bishop?]

The Archangel Raphael, Tobias and his dog, who appear in miniature at the bottom of Schmidtner’s painting, I depicted in the background. The spaces between the mandorla and the border I filled with orthogonal letter patterns spelling Salve Regina Virgo Maria.

Daniel’s art always has a lot going on.   You need time to look at it.    For example, a contemplative priest could say Mass for a couple of hours with his altar cards, there’s so much going on in them.


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Stupid angry lib (I know, tautology) at The Atlantic against priesthood

UPDATE 22 May:

Fr. Robert Sirico responded to Mr ex-priest, angry lib Carroll, also in The Atlantic.

Sirico’s piece is as measured as Carroll’s is unhinged.  It is as succinct as Carroll’s is prolix.  As clear as Carroll’s is muddled.

____ Originally  Published on: May 21, 2019

At that bastion of liberalism The Atlantic is a piece by the angry Irish ex-priest son of a Irish Catholic mother immigrant.  The writes is James Carroll, author of such books as Constantine’s Sword, every word of which is a lie, including “and” and “the”, as the saying goes.

Understandably, the disillusionment could drive one to anger, and even rage.  It could compel one to avoid going to church for a while, depending on the parish situation.    However, anger can also make you stupid.  There is righteous anger, which looks especially to that which is owed to God, and rightly to man, and there is misplaced anger, which does not concern the good of God and man, but usually only one’s own self in a closed-circle manner of speaking.

The Irish ex-priest writer, mentioned above, was so angry about The Present Crisis, especially in the clerical abuse dimension, that he wrote…

I bring all of this up to make the point that, by the summer of 2018, as a still-practicing Catholic, I harbored no illusions about the Church’s grotesque betrayal. So it took some doing to bring me to a breaking point, and Pope Francis—whom in many ways I admire, and in whom I had placed an almost desperate hope—is the unlikely person who brought me there.

For the first time in my life, and without making a conscious decision, I simply stopped going to Mass. I embarked on an unwilled version of the Catholic tradition of “fast and abstinence”—in this case, fasting from the Eucharist and abstaining from the overt practice of my faith. I am not deluding myself that this response of mine has significance for anyone else—Who cares? It’s about time!—but for me the moment is a life marker. I have not been to Mass in months. I carry an ocean of grief in my heart.

I get this, sort of. I get being so angry and hurt that you don’t want to go near even something or someone dear.

But the ex-priest goes on.

After he adds his paean to a modernist version of the Church – a vision forged in those halcyon days of rebellion and Vatican II – he refers to the Church as “the largest nongovernmental organization on the planet”. I didn’t find any reference to how the Church views herself, and how the ex-priest should have learned to understand her. For the ex-priest, the Church is an NGO.   I don’t sense that it is anything more than that for him.

He adds:

My priesthood was caught up in the typhoon of the 1960s and ’70s. Ironically, the Church, which sponsored my civil-rights work and prompted my engagement in the antiwar movement, made me a radical. I was the Catholic chaplain at Boston University, working with draft resisters and protesters, and soon enough I found myself in conflict with the conservative Catholic hierarchy. It only gradually dawned on me that there was a tragic flaw deep inside the institution to which I’d given my life, and that it had to do with the priesthood itself.

Do you all remember my repeated descriptions of libs of a certain age? As mentioned above, caught up in the halycon days of revolt against authority, and in these USA, the anti-war movement, all in a slurry with the lies they heard about Vatican II, it’s “spirit”? That’s why these types have a nearly pavlovian response to the sight of a biretta or the sound of Latin. The switch in their brain blows and the fog and static begin.

The ex-priest then waxes about his hopes for Francis. Now, of course, he is disillusioned, because Francis hasn’t lived up to his expectations as an iconoclast.

Anyway, after a long rant about how awful every aspect of the priesthood is – which he has conflated with a shallow and stereotypical notion of the “clericalism” that everyone is rattling on about instead the real roots of the problem, the ex-priest writes, “The very priesthood is toxic…”.

One can understand being upset to the point of hiding away for a while. But being purposely obtuse.. stupid… is harder to understand. He goes on:

I want to be part of what brings about the liberation of the Catholic Church from the imperium that took it captive 1,700 years ago.


But to simply leave the Church is to leave its worst impulses unchallenged and its best ones unsupported.


The Church is the people of God.


What he wrote is just plain stupid. And it is so long and so rambling and so incoherent that it won’t have much impact.

He, in effect, wants a complete destruction of the priesthood, with all functions carried out by lay people.

In effect, he’s nothing but a low church Protestant – if that. At the core of all attacks on the Church’s unity, are attacks on the priesthood. That was the heart and soul of the Reformation: attack on the priesthood.

However, remember how libs work. This was in The Atlantic. Through creeping imcrementalism, libs work in small gains. And they put aside their differences to coordinate in their destructive intents.

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Rome Day 1-2: Views, fabrics and eats

Yesterday morning brought a smooth landing at Fiumicino – not to be underestimated – but iffy weather. As a matter of fact, it rained hard yesterday morning and again in the evening, with some sunny moments in between.

My apartment wasn’t ready, so I parked at a nearby bar for some morning chow.

My view for awhile.

And my newer view for awhile.  Campo de’ Fiori, the quondam place of executions.

Right away it was off on errands and a bite to eat.    First, I got some initial photos of colors of silk to send to Fr. Johnson, the chaplain who lost his vestments in that crash into the river at NAS JAX.   We are replacing them and the project is underway!

Say hello to Abate Luigi, one of the “Talking Statues”.  He lost his head… again.

Lunch was tonnarelli with artichoke and swordfish.

And after that, fried anchovies.

For my fellow hams, there was a great old radio nearby.

Off to the stand where I’ve bought my veg for years.  La Signora had already gone home, so I’ll catch her later in the week.

Masses will be at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini.   I said my first Mass here for my benefactors. I will have other Masses for you as well.

Supplies at the store for upcoming meals.

The jasmine – not to be confused with a certain Jesuit named Martin – is in bloom, which makes the transit in some streets more pleasant.

And the night view, in panorama.

This morning off to the fabric store again.  I sent photos to Father to consult on shades and got back good responses.

Here, an action shot: The Cutting Of The Rose.

At Gammarelli a little while later I matched up the combinations for the three sets of travel vestments.

And we consulted about fabrics for the great pontifical set in black the TMSM will have made – SEND MONEY!  Right now, I am leaning to this, which can be done in black and sliver.


The coat of arms on the back of my chasuble for the new “Morlino” set, which one of you readers donated for in particular.

Gammarelli has a new line of clerical stockings for future prelates.

Meanwhile, back to what’s important.    CHEESES.

Today I picked up some serious mozzarella for una caprese.  Yes, that’s the aged balsamic.  And prosciutto “San Daniele”.

Cooking for myself saves a lot of money. One reader opined to me, via ZedNet, that if I wasn’t eating out in Rome, I was doing it wrong. Yes, that’s an approach, but not one I can easily afford. Rome is expensive. I can have three meals – good meals – for the price of one at most decent places I know. And I get the pleasure of going to the shops and stands that I know, getting the ingredients I can’t get at home and then working on them myself! And I can do that.

Lastly, this morning while walking around on errands I realized that I was smiling. I was walking around smiling. That occurred a couple times at Gitmo, recently. Before that… not so often.

And now a short siesta before hitting it again. Mass this afternoon after 5 again, for those of you who have donated and sent things from my wish list. You are not forgotten here in the Eternal City.


Mass for Benefactors

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My View For Awhile: All Roads Edition

Off to Rome. This is the second Sunday in a row when I’ve gone from church pretty much straight to the airport with a brief delay in between.

At Mass today we had a 1st Holy Communion, which is always terrific. After talking for a bit in practical terms about James’ admonitions concerning anger, I spoke about reception and being in the state of grace.

We are getting an announcement that we will have a bumpy ride to DTW and, therefore, no cabin service. I learned that there were lots of flight stops today. DTW is not one of them.

And the text popped up showing that my bag was loaded. So far so okay.


We landed relatively softly in DTW.   But then there was no one at the gate.  So we waited and waited and waited.   Then they had to find someone to move the jet bridge.   The flight crew asked that people let others with short connections off first, which rarely works.   This time quite a few of us cooperated.

When the aisle cleared up I got up to get my gear.  I’ve done this before, so I’m pretty nimble.  Then a voice boomed out from about 5 rows aft, “GET OUT OF MY WAY!”  The voice emanated from a short woman with very short hair, not quite as wide as tall, with rather masculine glasses and cloths.   As I turned to go up the aisle she pretty much shouted, “GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY!”

I continued with a momentary backward glance, as my stride left her in her dust.   Once off the plane, I parked at a chair and rearranged my gear and – behold – she waddled not too quickly off.

Then there was the sullen teen at the register in a shop.

One really needs to take Athenodorus’s advice to the young Octavian: When you are angry, recite through the whole alphabet before you do or say anything.

In the lounge, I fired up the radio, but I didn’t try for any contacts.

The next flight is coming up!

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WDTPRS – 4th Sunday after Easter (1962MR): The smoke of Satan

The Collect for the 4th Sunday after Easter, in the traditional Roman calendar, is the same as the Collect for the 21st Ordinary Sunday in the post-Conciliar calendar. Or… the other way around! Let’s look at the structure.

Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis id amare quod praecipis, id desiderare quod promittis, ut, inter mundanas varietates, ibi nostra fixa sint corda, ubi vera sunt gaudia.

A master crafted this prayer. It is in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary.  Listen to those “eee”s produced by the Latin “i”.

Savor those parallels.

Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis
id amare quod praecipis,
id desiderare quod promittis,
ut, inter mundanas varietates,
ibi nostra fixa sint corda,
ubi vera sunt gaudia.


Deus, qui fidelium mentes unius efficis voluntatis, da populis tuis
id amare quod praecipis,
id desiderare quod promittis,
ut, inter mundanas varietates,
ibi nostra fixa sint corda,
ubi vera sunt gaudia.

When the text is simply on the page, in continuous lines (word wrap?), you don’t see it.  You have to hear it.

Varietas means “difference, diversity, variety.”  It is commonly used to indicate “changeableness, fickleness, inconstancy.”  I like “vicissitude”.  The adjective mundanus is “of or belonging to the world”.


O God, who make the minds of the faithful to be of one will, grant unto Your people to love that thing which You command, to desire that which You promise, so that, amidst the vicissitudes of this world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are.


O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found.

Let us revisit that id…quod. We can accurately say “love that which you command,” or “love what you command”, but that strikes me as vague.  Can we be more concrete and say “love the thing you command… desire the thing you promise”?

We are called to love and desire God’s will in concrete situations, in the details of life, especially when those details are little to our liking.

We must love God in this beggar, this annoying creep, this Jesuit, not in beggars, creeps, and Jesuits in general.  We must love Christ and His Cross in this act of fasting, this basket of laundry, this ICEL translation. I said it was a challenge!

We must not reduce God’s will to an abstraction or an ideal. “Thy will (voluntas) be done on earth as it is in heaven”… or so it has been said.

Lest we forget why we needed new translation….


Father, help us to seek the values that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise make us one in mind and heart.

Good riddance!  “Values”.  Very slippery.  Typical of the obsolete translation.

To my ear, “values” has a shifting, subjective starting point. In 1995 Gertude Himmelfarb wrote in The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values that “it was not until the present century that morality became so thoroughly relativized that virtues ceased to be ‘virtues’ and became ‘values.’”

In this post-Christian, post-modern world, “values” seems to indicate little more than our own self-projection.

John Paul II taught about “values”, but in contradiction to the way “values” are commonly understood today.  For example, we read in Evangelium vitae 71 (emphasis added):

“It is urgently necessary, for the future of society and the development of a sound democracy, to rediscover those essential human and moral values which flow from the very truth of the human being and express and safeguard the dignity of the person: values which no individual, no majority, and no state can ever create, modify, or destroy, but must only acknowledge, respect, and promote.”

In his 1985 letter to young people Dilecti amici 4, John Paul II taught:

“Only God is the ultimate basis of all values…. in Him and Him alone all values have their first source and final completion… Without Him – without the reference to God – the whole world of created values remains as it were suspended in an absolute vacuum.”

Benedict XVI has spoken about the threats we face from the “dictatorship of relativism”, from the reduction of the supernatural to the natural, from caving in to “the world”.

Christ warned His Apostles about “the world”, saying said: “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7).  He spoke about this world’s “prince” (John 12:31; 14:30 16:11).  St Paul wrote: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

If what “the world” offers gets priority over what God offers the world through His Holy Church, we produce the situation Paul VI described on 29 June 1972, the ninth anniversary of his coronation:

“Through some crack the smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God.”

Our Collect today asks God to grant that His will be the basis of our “values” in concrete terms, not in mere good intentions or this world’s snares.

Of course today, we are seeing what Satanic smoke in the Lord’s House has done.  John XXIII and Paul VI wanted to throw the windows open to the world.  Be careful what you wish for.  Now we have to throw the windows and doors and maybe the roof also to the renewing light and rushing wind of the Holy Spirit of Truth to clean out the slimy residue the smoke left on just about everything.

If the explanation about the Collect helped you in some way, chime in.

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WDTPRS – 5th Sunday of Easter: The prayer’s very word order reveals God’s love

As we journey from the passion and Easter toward Ascension and Pentecost, the Church in Holy Mass leads us through meditations on the fruits of the Resurrection and our baptism.  Our mysterious procession was made possible by the Cross.  Our Collect today, for the 5th Sunday of Easter in the Ordinary Form calendar, is a delightful little piece of polished oratory.

It also has the Cross at its core.

Deus, per quem nobis et redemptio venit et praestatur adoptio, filios dilectionis tuae benignus intende, ut in Christo credentibus et vera tribuatur libertas, et hereditas aeterna.

This prayer, not in pre-Conciliar editions of the Roman Missal, was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary in a section for evening prayers during Paschaltide. Its vocabulary suggests Patristic sources (e.g., Hilary of Poitiers, de trin 6, 44; Ambrose of Milan, ep 9, 65, 5).

Note the lovely chiasms (from the Greek letter chi, which looks like a “X”): redemptio venit…praestatur adoptio (subject verb – verb subject … and note that the endings of the subjects match) and vera libertas…hereditas aeterna (adjective noun – noun adjective).  These rhetorical flourishes are intended to delight the ear and help us link concepts within the text.  A chiasm is mapped out as

A       B
B        A

The Cross is embedded in the prayer’s very structure.


O God, from whom both redemption comes to us and adoption is fulfilled for us, kindly give attention to your beloved children, so that both true freedom and an everlasting inheritance may be bestowed on those believing in Christ.

We pray for the freedom that is true, not the false and deceptive freedom of those enslaved to the world, the flesh and the devil… or false mercy, which fogs over the truth deceiving people smoothly.  We want an inheritance which is lasting, eternal, not passing.


O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance.

Christ is the Father’s Son by His nature (He is consubstantial with the Father). We are sons and daughters by grace (conferred through baptism).

Our adoption through grace is “perfect” (perfecta).  It is complete (perficio, “bring to an end or conclusion, finish, complete”).  God the Holy Trinity puts the imperishable mark upon us in baptism and confirmation.  Nevertheless, our redemption and adoption, our freedom and inheritance, will only be completed and ratified as such if we persevere throughout our lives and, having died in a state of grace, having died in the supernatural love which is charity, we see God face to face.

Today’s Collect has its foundation certainly in the New Testament’s imagery of adoption (Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5), but I think it also flows out of ancient Roman legal concepts of manumission and adoption, the freeing of slaves and the adoption of heirs.

In ancient Rome even a father’s natural children required his recognition before they were legally legitimate and heirs with any rights.  Adoption could grant those same rights and privileges.  Roman adoptio removed a person from one familia and put him into another, placing him under the authority of the paterfamilias, the head of the family and whole household.

By baptism and the life of grace, we are not only freed from the slavery of sin and death, but we undergo an adoption.

We are not merely former slaves, we are free members of the Church and sons and daughters of God.

No longer subject to Satan and destined for hell, we are now under new mastership and fatherhood of God.

Our prayer today also underscores the concepts of redemption and adoption, together with freedom and inheritance.  This too is reflected within the Collect, in another pattern of words called synchesis (A-B-A-B) useful for showing how one set of concepts reveals the relationship of another set.

The subjects of the Collect are found in this order:

Freedom is the result of redemption, inheritance the result of adoption.

This week we have connections and interconnections of words.  The phrases and patterns they make weave in and out of each other.  It seems to me that this whole collect provides a good reflection on how deeply intertwined are the effects of the resurrection.   And – the Cross – makes this all possible.

redemptio ↔ adoptio (A – A)
                ⤡     ⤢
        ⇵   dilectio   ⇵
                ⤢     ⤡
libertas ↔ hereditas (B – B)

And even as the Cross over-weaves the prayer, in the very heart we find dilectio, “love”.

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: QSL Cards and some firsts

Regarding ZedNet and DMR operation, I refer to you THIS.

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.

Now for some fun stuff.

I sent my very first QSL cards today.   I had operated remotely when I was at GITMO and made some good contacts.  A couple of them sent me cards with self-addressed (wrong sized) envelopes.  I quickly put together a QSL card for GITMO and sent them off.

That’s it! My regular card is…

The ecclesiastical theme seemed appropriate, as they are searching for my location, as it were.  Also, my local elmer astutely noted the statuette of Mercury as part of the magnifying apparatus.  I was going to have the data on the back, but elmer suggested that putting it on the front was more traditional (and less work for me to make).  In fading the bottom, we lost sight of a great clerical hat.  Perhaps in a next generation, I could shift the date to the upper right… hmmm.

For those of you who are wondering what these cards are for, long before the internet these were used via snail mail to confirm contacts that had been made all over the world.  They are the size of a postcard and many hams still exchange them today.  Special cards can be made for special events.   Many hams will put the most interesting up on the walls of their “shack”.   Some of them are pretty creative.  It’s one of those fun aspects of amateur radio.

Anyway, that’s the card.  Since I’ll be in Rome fro Monday onward, I’ll have to make a few more cards for …

1 – Campo de’ Fiori – where I’ll be staying
2 – Santissima Trinità dei Pelegrini – where I’ll be saying Mass
3 – Vatican City – where I’ll remote operate at least once and then otherwise avoid.

Perhaps we can schedule some contacts.   I’ll try to update my status on the top of the right sidebar when I am on, including the band and frequency, if possible.

Also, in Rome, I plan to have my DMR for working for ZedNet.  C’mon hams!

Also, I’ll call CQ for a good graphic artist who might design an appropriate logo for ZedNet.  Maybe something with… lightning bolts against ones and zeros.

Also, Friday night I made a lot of contacts in the western part of the continent, including Canada as well as a few contacts in Hawaii.  I was booming in, I was told again and again and I was about only call they were hearing on 20 from Arizona to Vancouver to Hawaii.  Hence, I got a pile up.  It’s going to take a while to decipher those calls when they are all coming at the same time.Two other “firsts” occurred, as well.

One guy told me that I was his very first HF contact.  Yay!

And I got DX heckled for the first time by an anti-Catholic fundamentalist, a coward who did not offer his call sign.   Oh well.  Another guy asked me if I knew his parish priest… in S. California.  Which it’s sorta like a guy hearing you are from Minnesota and asking, “Hey, do you know my cousin Fred?  He’s from Minnesota, too!”   Granted the clerical world is a lot smaller than that, and I know a lot of people, but….

Most of the hams I worked were patient and kind and some offered useful tips.   The descriptions of their stations were fascinating.  It’s all about the antenna!  One guy had a wire strung over his rain gutter as a reflector near to a cliff dropping about 400 feet.  Another was running barefoot (no amplifier) into a wire he was hiding in his back yard away from the prying eyes of the home owners association stasi.  Yet another was working on his patio with a home brewed dipole, his radio powered by an electric drill battery.  Each guy had different solutions, some fancy and sophisticated, others making due with some compromise arrangement soldered up from spare parts.

Okay, that’s the report for now.


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VIDEO: Diaconate Ordination of the the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter @CSPOrd

Here is a video of an ordination to the diaconate of men for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, at their Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX.     The rite uses their English translation.  If nothing else go to about 1:08:00 for the Sanctus and then some of the Roman Canon… in their translation… which may make you envious.

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Donations, PayPal, alternatives, and you

Dear readers, your donations are gratefully received and I remember donors and benefactors in prayer and with Mass intentions. The same goes for those of you who send items from my wishlists (right side bar). And there are options for other ways of giving.

Today – 17th of the month – is one of the “lean” days of the month. There are very few subscribers on these 17ths. 

It may be that you benefit from the content here.  Please consider helping.

How can you help?   Above all, please pray for me.

1) It’s easy to subscribe to a monthly donation with PayPal. Scroll down the right side of the blog and you’ll find a PayPal drop down menu. Choose your amount and follow the link!  The same menu is at the very bottom of the blog page as well.

2) If you don’t like Paypal, an alternative is CONTINUE TO GIVE.
Try the QR. Also, to receive a link to donate via Continue To Give using your smart phone SEND MESSAGE: 4827563 TO: 715-803-4772 (USA)

3) There is now also something called Zelle, which has a really dorky website.  However, I have received donations that way.

4)  More and more of you are opting to send a check via snail mail.  Some seem to come through an automated service.  I looked at my own bank’s website and, under the “Pay Bills” section, I found a way to have a monthly check sent by snail mail.  Very cool.  Here’s my snail mail address.  It is always on the right side bar.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf
Tridentine Mass Society of Madison
733 Struck St.
PO BOX 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603

That’s a US Post Office Box, in case you are one of those loons who send threatening messages.   I have no qualms at all about getting federal law enforcement involved, if you get my drift.

On a far happier note, I’ll head to Rome on Sunday after Mass for business and pleasure.  While I’m there I’ll say Mass for my benefactors more than once, at least one at the beginning of my stay and then – provided nothing interesting intervenes – also at the end.  I’ll update.

You’ve all been a blessing for me over the years.  It is my pleasure and duty to keep you in my daily prayers and to remember you at the altar.


Many thanks to those of you who have made ad hoc donations through PayPal and Continue To Give! – JA, SH, JL, JF, MP, TB, SAS, MJC

And thanks to you who set up a new monthly subscription! – BD, CW, DC, CB, MC, OK

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Irish Ass. of Catholic Priests in toddler meltdown mode against Francis over no women deacons

There are, apparently, still some priests left in Ireland for the tens of people who still want the sacraments.   Evidence for this claim is found in a story at  It concerns that pungent group, the Ass. of Catholic Priests.   Have a look at this spittle-flecked nutty against Francis concerning the deaconette situation.

Priests hit out at Pope’s ‘women deacon’ remarks

A group which represents more than 1,000 Irish priests has said Pope Francis’ comments about the status of women deacons is a “major disappointment”.  [These dippy men are the major disappointment.]

The reaction comes after the Pope revealed that the 2016 commission he appointed to study women deacons in the early Church could not reach a consensus on whether female ordination was the same as its male counterpart. “We had come to expect reactions like this from previous Popes, but we thought Francis was different, and consequently our disappointment is greater,” the Association [Ass.] of Catholic Priests said in response to the Pope’s comments.

“The equality of women is critical for the credibility and the future of the Church. Introducing women deacons is such a minimalist step that if he cannot move on that, there is little or no prospect of any real movement towards equality.”  [Good grief.  How many things are wrong in that paragraph.]

The group added that the Pontiff’s remarks on female deacons “confirms that women are not good enough” and that in the eyes of the official Church, “men are more worthy than women”. [That’s simply unworthy manipulation.  Just plain stupid.]

“It confirms that the Church continues to be a clerical hierarchical patriarchy. It confirms that injustice is built into the heart of the Church. This is an enormous blow to reforming the Church and bringing it into the 21st Century.”  [It’s as if, once started, they don’t know how to stop.  I’m reminded of watching a toddler build up to a melt down.]

The complete statement from the Ass. of Catholic Priests is HERE.

My sincere sympathy goes out to my faithful brothers over there who, in the face of this true idiocy, are soldiering along and doing their best.


Regarding the whole topic, I am reminded of this old cartoon from Punch in the early 80’s

That’s sure to fry a few feminist gizzards.

However, on a truly serious note, misleading people into thinking that the ordination of women through the Sacrament of Holy Orders could ever be valid, such that they begin to erode their Catholic identity and seek such a thing, work for such a thing, is surely diabolical.  It smacks of the Author of Lies, who lead a people to do precisely what is depicted.   May God forgive those deceived priests, who chase and promote a lie.

May Our Lady, under the title of Guadalupe, Crusher of the Serpent’s Head, intercede for them all.

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Thursday: ZedNet, my first pile up, and remote from GITMO and… Vatican City?

Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet.

ZedNet is a worldwide talkgroup – 31429

More HERE.   But quickly…

For you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the
Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429.  This gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.

Any fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion
repeater, a repeater on the Brandmeister network, or a multi-mode hotspot
registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew.

WB0YLE gave me a Bill of Materials.  A list of what you need.  HERE

What are we doing with this?  Not much right now, but who knows.  And it’s fun to make it work.   When I was at GITMO I had my little hotspot using data from my mobile phone, and everything worked like a charm.  On Sunday I am off to Rome, and I will do the same there.  I might even take it “mobile”, since I could – feasibly – hook everything into a powerbank and then walk about.

Also, while I was at GITMO I operated remotely and – I was very clear that I was operating remotely – had a pile up when I said that I was physically at Guantanamo Bay.   My first receiving end of a pile up.  When I get to Rome next week, I suppose I could take my laptop over to St. Peter’s Square and operate from Vatican City… via the upper midwest!  I could tether my laptop to my phone.  It might be slow, but I could do it.  I’ll have to experiment before I leave.

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.



Followup… I tethered my laptop to my mobile phone used as a wifi hotspot.  I had to use the low band width setting, but I was able to make a contact in Spain on my 2nd call in a pile up.  It is not instantaneous, but it worked!    You can see down in the bottom right that the laptop is connected to “Z’s 8”.

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GERMANY: Pro-women’s ordination group: “We want to take Mary off her pedestal”

The German Church seems to be the caput malorum omnium.

In the wake of the dissolution of the misplaced aspirations of promoters of female diaconate, comes this.

From CNA:

German bishop supports ‘Church strike’ for women’s ordination

Munich, Germany, May 15, 2019 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- At least one bishop has offered his support for a week-long “Church strike” organized by German Catholic women, during which participants organize their own prayer services rather than attending Mass.

Calling itself “Mary 2.0” the initiative issued an open letter to Pope Francis, which called for the ordination of women, and claimed “men of the Church only tolerate one woman in their midst: Mary.”

[NB:]We want to take Mary off her pedestal and into our midst, as a sister facing our direction,” the letter said.  [They want to drag down the Mother of God.]

The website features paintings of Mary and other women with their mouths taped over.  [No doubt that is their way of trying to stop Mary from saying, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord…”.]

The campaign has met with considerable criticism from German Catholics, some of when even launched of a “Maria 1.0” website, which says that the Mother of God “does not require any updates and should not be instrumentalized.”

But several Church representatives have gone public in support of “Mary 2.0.”

The official news portal of the Catholic Church in Germany provided broad coverage of the call for a strike, taking place May 11-18. It also reported that Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück supports the campaign. [Of course.]

Bode, who leads the Commission on Women in the German bishops’ conference, told press agency EPD that while he regrets the strikes will not attend Mass, he believes it important to acknowledge the impatience of “many women in the Catholic Church” and their feelings of “deep hurt” for not being adequately appreciated for their contribution.  [In other words, he is pandering.]

Bode said that while he does not believe women will be ordained priests in the near future, the Church could soon ordain them as deacons.  [LOL]

Participants in the “Church strike” are refusing to step into a church from the week of May 11 to 18 and will not attend Mass. Instead, services such as a “Liturgy of the Word” are held throughout the week. According to the campaign’s Facebook page, these services have garnered between 18 and 155 registered attendees.  [18-155?   Wow!  Tens of women!]

Referencing the abuse crisis as a reason for the urgent need for change, the group’s letter to Pope Francis makes a range of demands, from the abolition of “mandatory celibacy” to an “updating” of the Church’s teaching on sexual morality and the ordination of women to “all ministries” – including the orders of deacon, priest and bishop.

In an interview published on the official website of the Archdiocese of Paderborn, vicar general Fr. Alfons Hardt praised the organizers of the campaign as women who are “concerned about the sustainability of their church.”

Hardt said “this is a motivation that I value highly,” even though the campaign might also create division.

Whether women can be ordained to the priesthood is an open question, Hardt asserted, [wrongly] saying,  [Get this… Wormtongue couldn’t do better…] “on the one hand we have a definitive decision by Pope John Paul II on the question of the ordination of women and on the other hand we still do not have a final answer.  [LOL!] At least in Germany this question is discussed very openly, especially among theologians. It is clear that there is a need for a global ecclesial consensus for this which currently is not the case.”  [It’s being discussed in Germany.  Thus, there is not a global consensus which is apparently necessary to ratify John Paul II’s document.  What a weasel this guy is.]


Germany, ladies and gentlemen.   You think you have it bad where you are?

If they are so unhappy, they should get out.  Of course there’s LG 14.


From a reader in Germany…

Dear Father Zuhlsdorf,

ah, I was wondering when you would pick up on that.

Here’s a picture from the local newspaper about a local group going on strike

Yes, note the multitudes and masses. 14 elderly ladies of generation 65+ and 2 comatose gentlemen.

However, the newspaper wrote an article. I am sure if I organised 20 people praying the rosary they wouldn’t even bother to mention us.

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