Monthly Archives: December 2011

Your good news and sermon notes for Christmas!

So!  How was Christmas?  Do you have any good news for the readers? Also, was there are particularly good point from the Christmas sermon you heard? (Yes, I am in fact trying to get you to listen more carefully and … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message: family

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II actually mentioned sin in her Message for Christmas. She focused mainly on the family and its role. I saw that earlier in the day Her Majesty used a regular commuter train to travel from London … Continue reading

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Nigeria: Islamists bomb churches for Christmas

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us From Reuters: By Felix Onuah and Camillus Eboh ABUJA | Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:17am EST (Reuters) – Five bombs exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, one killing at least 27 … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas

Islamic bombs tore up a church in Nigeria for Christmas. Here is the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message for Christmas: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world! Christ is born for us! Glory to God in … Continue reading

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Of book burning and burial

The new translation of the Roman Missal has been implemented in most places.  Priests have to decide what to do with those old copies of the Sacramentary. Clearly some need to be kept in the library or archive: for let … Continue reading

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A Holy and Happy Christmas to all of you

Thank you, everyone, for the greetings you have sent by email. I will remember especially those of you who have been benefactors in a Christmas Mass. I wish a happy and holy Christmas to you and yours.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily

Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily:

Dear Brothers and Sisters! The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to Titus that we have just heard begins solemnly with the word “apparuit“, which then comes back again in the reading at the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 24 December COLLECT (2002MR): The consolations of Thy Coming

The Collect for today’s Mass in the 2002MR, the last of Advent, brings us to the very threshold of the humble place where the Lord was born. COLLECT (2002MR): Festina, quaesumus, ne tardaveris, Domine Iesu, ut adventus tui consolationibus subleventur, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: No record of First Communion in Baptism records! What to do?

From a reader: We belonged to Parish #1 for several years, and that’s where three of our children were baptized. We moved to Parish#2 in time for our oldest to receive religious education and First Holy Communion. It is now time for our … Continue reading

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NYC Manhattan: Midnight Extraordinary Form Mass at Holy Innocents

Are you anywhere within striking distance of Manhattan? There will be a Solemn Midnight Mass (Extraordinary Form) at the Church of the Holy Innocents on Christmas (Eve night) at 12:01 AM, – yes, midnight. The Church of the Holy Innocents … Continue reading

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Judge or theologian? Court determines child cannot be baptized.

This from “down under“. Mum loses biblical row in court by: Shelley Hadfield From: Herald Sun A COURT has been forced to intervene in a bitter dispute between estranged parents over whether their seven-year-old daughter should be baptised. A magistrate … Continue reading

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For your caroling edification

I know you have always want to go caroling and sing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in Ancient Greek. The Laudator has the lyrics. And then there is the obligatory Jingle Bells. I think some Jingle Bell Java would go well … Continue reading

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Rectory Lamp as metaphor

When it’s broke… Whaddya do? Parts 3.95 Time 15 minutes Cost: … light. And the pastor of the parish has one less thing to do. If you see something that needs to be fixed, fix it. You may need to … Continue reading

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Your Midnight Mass plans

Are you going to Midnight Mass? Will a Mass called Midnight Mass actually be scheduled for 9:30? What are your plans? Post them here so as not to derail other entries.

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The Feeder Feed: tortured dove edition

I am at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, before a painting by Rubens (+1640) of the Holy Family with Sts John, Elizabeth, and a dove. Rubens has returned from some time in Italy, which affected his colors and composition, and … Continue reading

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