Monthly Archives: December 2009

Longford Cathedral burned

I saw on Vultus Christi that the Cathedral of Longford, Ireland, has burned. Do say a pray for the folks there.  That is a heavy loss. The faithful in Ireland have really suffered lately.

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Warm lunch on rainy windy day

It’s raining and blowing in blustery Manhattan. On such a day I am glad that the rectory is so close to one of the best Chinese restaurants on the island. Thus as I wait for the main I am enjoying … Continue reading

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In the wake of the recent physical attack on the Pope…

… I wonder if the issue of the sedia gestatoria should be revisited. In years past when the Holy Father was carried on the sedia gestatoria, there were adequate lines of men flanking the chair bearers so that no one … Continue reading

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Lunch at Katz’s Deli on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day I friends and went to Katz’s Deli on Houston.  This is a BUSY place. The owner, schmoozing.  This is one of many reasons why the business is good. Since I couldn’t decide easily what to order, one … Continue reading

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How was Christmas?

What did you wind up doing for Christmas? Let us know about the good content of sermons you heard. Get anything special?  Give anything special?

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QUAERITUR: patterns for lacemaking for church linens, etc.

From a reader in Poland: We (me & my wife) are searching the network for good, noble and beautiful patterns of filet crochet church laces for bordering altar clothes, cottas and surplices for our church. I am sure that You … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: “Litanies of the Love of God” by St. Pius V

A friend here in NYC asked an interesting question yesterday.  I want to enlist the help of other readers to come up with the answer. Here are the basics.  Apparently Pope Pius V wrote a "Litanies of the Love of … Continue reading

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Some fellow asserts the Lord was actually born into wealth. Ha!

You have probably read or heard about the 1st c. house unearthed in Nazareth.  Pretty humble place. From CNN: Passions over ‘prosperity gospel’: Was Jesus wealthy?By John Blake, CNNDecember 25, 2009 — Updated 0912 GMT (1712 HKT) (CNN) — Each … Continue reading

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What shall we do about terrorists on airplanes?

About that terrorist attack on the NW/Delta plane from Amsterdam to Detroit. I have been on that route many times.  And on that aircraft, the Airbus 330, I always sit in that area of the craft when I am not … Continue reading

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Grand Central

On Christmas Day Grand Central Terminal is not as frenetic as on a work day but people are still bustling through. Terminals are odd places. People only come in order to leave. I will leave when I have met my … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas 2009

Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas 2009: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world, and all men and women, whom the Lord loves! "Lux fulgebit hodie super nos, quia natus est nobis Dominus. A light will shine … Continue reading

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Woman Who Lunged at Pope Tried Same Thing Last Year

About that attack on the Pope last night… this comes from Hell’s Bible (aka New York Times): Woman Who Lunged at Pope Tried Same Thing Last Year By RACHEL DONADIOPublished: December 25, 2009 ROME — The woman who leapt at … Continue reading

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A little audio from midnight Mass in Manhattan

I haven’t had time to clean up the audio, but here is the Preface and Sanctus from the Mass tonight. I am told that this is the first Solemn Mass for Christmas Midnight in some 40 years.

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NYC – Manhattan – Christmas Midnight TLM with music

If you are in or near Manhattan…. There will be a Solemn TLM for Midnight Mass (yes, midnight, Christmas) at Holy Innocent’s in Manhattan. The undersigned is celebrant for the Mass.  Here is the music line up: Prelude Music (starting … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict knocked down by woman before Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

This isn’t the first time someone tried to get at the Pope, but this one actually got to him. Here is a story from AP: Pope Knocked Down by Woman at Christmas Mass Thursday, December 24, 2009 VATICAN CITY —  … Continue reading

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