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36 Responses to Have any good news?

  1. We’re getting a new bishop this year – keep us in your prayers that Rome may assign a man of holiness, honor, integrity, orthodoxy, and love for his sheep.

  2. Dorothy says:

    I had the pleasure of being among those who said hello to you on Saturday in London, at the wonderful one-day conference of the Latin Mass Society. What a great day it was! I hope you are now well on the mend from your cold.

  3. akp1 says:

    Had a beautiful Diocesan Public Celebration of Corpus Christi on Thursday evening and the Sunday Mass of the same Feast was so reverent and beautiful with a great homily! Deo Gratias. Hope you are much better, the talk (which I read here) was excellent as usual. God bless.

  4. kat says:

    My daughter made her 1st Confession June 2, and received 1st Communion June 3; and my other daughter was Confirmed yesterday. Great week of graces filled our household!

  5. iPadre says:

    June 13th is the 20th anniversary of my ordination. Thank you Jesus for inviting me to follow and serve You!

  6. APX says:

    My temporary contract that was supposed to be ending at the end of August is being terminated at the end of this month, as the person I’m covering for is returning to work early. Unfortunately there weren’t any positions open in my city in another office to be transferred to and have my contract extended for another 6 months. That being said, they were able to score me a position in another office in a town covering for a mat leave for another 6 months. At first I was terrified and sad because I didn’t want to move and leave my parish community, but then I checked out Google maps only to discover it’s only 130 km’s from my house, so I don’t have to move, and it won’t conflict with my current church going schedule. Further, it’s a one officer office with no micromanaging supervisor, or co-workers who are occasions of sin for me, as I like to vent…a lot. This also means I am free from the horrid caseload I’m supervising now that causes me more stress than I’ve ever experienced.

  7. My wife and children and I just attended a solemn Pontifical Mass at the faldstool to mark the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Archbishop Prendergast of Ottawa was the celebrant and preached a wonderful sermon on “mutual enrichment” between the two forms of the Roman Rite. There was a large crowd (especially for a Monday morning) and the Irish clergy as well as enthusiastic helpers from the FSSP made it an occasion to remember. The only fly in the ointment was that Fr Bizard FSSP who was to be MC had to rush home due to a sudden family bereavement.

  8. Mary Jane says:

    Our polyphonic choir sang Palestrina’s Ego Sum Panis yesterday, for the Feast Day – came off marvelously!

  9. Gregg the Obscure says:

    At long last a friend who is a self-destructive alcoholic went into rehab, without first doing serious physical harm to his children.

  10. gloriainexcelsis says:

    It was a particularly beautiful External Solemnity of Corpus Christi. We were graced at our small Latin Mass parish (about 35 families and growing), St. Joseph the Worker, in Tyler, Texas, by a visit from our Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese, now bishop of Mayguez, Puerto Rico. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Alvaro Corrada del Rio, S.J., was in attendance to confer the Brigittine habit on Sister Margarita Igriczi-Nagy, O.Sa.S (Servitores Reginae Apostolorum Institute). We had a sung Mass, Rev. Scott Allen, FSSP, the Pastor, celebrating. After the Credo was chanted, the Bishop was seated in the middle of the sanctuary at the altar rail, Father Allen seated to his right. Sister, standing at the back of the church began chanting the first part of Psalm 44, in Latin) answered by the choir. As she proceeded to the sanctuary entrance to kneel before the Bishop, Father chanted the second half with the choir responding. The Psalm is one of Sister’s favorites and requested by her. The first line of the Psalm is ( English translation) “My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King.” The second half begins, “Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear; and forget thy people and thy father’s house.” I’m in our little choir. I got all choked up and could hardly sing. The ceremony was so beautiful. Sister, kneeling on the hard floor – and she is 75 years old – begins, “Iube, Domne, benedicere! Pray, Lord Bishop, a blessing!” The Bishop blessed her and inquired, “Quid vis, filia? What do you ask, daughter?” And so from there she said that she wanted to follow the Brigittine path, and to direct the Servitores on the same path. The name of the Servitores is now changed to Brigittini Servitores Sanctissimi Salvatoris, and she wears the Brigittine form of the habit, with crown. Each part of the habit was blessed, one by one – sandals, tunic, belt, scapular, wimple, veil and crown. The crown is a white circlet of fabric, with a cross of white over the top of the head. It has red jewel like accents at each juncture. A picture of St. Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden, shows her wearing such a crown. As Sister went into the sacristy to change into her new habit, two of the choir members sang Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” in Latin, with all the proper words. It was permitted, since the vesting was not actually part of the Mass. Sister requested this particular “Ave Maria,” because it was played even during the Communist occupation of Hungary, Sister Margarita’s country of origin. It means a lot to her. There is so much more about the Brigittines, the charism, etc. Sister is dedicated to the Mass, the Divine Office, promoting the Office to the public, and Latin literacy. She is a wonder. Mass proceeded, followed by the Corpus Christi procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It was a memorable day for all present. Luncheon followed to honor Bishop Corrada and further celebrate the day. Bishop Corrada gave the homily, by the way. It was wonderful, strictly on the Eucharist, the gift of Himself that Christ left with us to be with us until the end of the world. He concentrated quite a bit on St. Paul’s Epistle of the day.

  11. Benedict says:

    The Dominican Friars of the Eastern Province (at St. Patrick’s Church in Columbus, OH) will celebrate a Mass in the Dominican Rite for the Solemnity of our Holy Father, St. Dominic on August 4, 2012.

    Also please pray for our 5 Dominican friars recently ordained to the holy priesthood of Jesus Christ.

  12. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Wow! That was pretty wordy. Sorry! My heart is still full of yesterday!

  13. Augustine Terra Mariae says:

    Three former Anglican clergymen were ordained priests for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (Anglican Use) in Baltimore in Saturday, June 9, by Archbishop William Lori in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Four archdiocese of Baltimore men were also ordained at the same Mass. Fathers Jason Catania, David Reamsnyder, and Anthony Vidal are associated with Mount Calvary Church, which was founded in 1842 as an Episcopalian parish and received into the Church–along with its parishioners and historic church building–on January 22, 2012. Father Catania is the administrator/pastor of the parish; Father Reamsnyder will serve as a US Navy chaplain. Father Scott Hurd (vicar general of the Ordinariate and award-winning author and preacher) was a principal con-celebrant. Archbishop Broglio of the military archdiocese assisted in choir.

    On Sunday, after Father Catania’s first Mass (Solemn High), the Corpus Christi procession made its way 4 blocks to the former Saint Mary’s Seminary, where Sext and Benediction were offered in the newly-restored 1809 chapel (where Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, an Anglican convert, offered her first religious vows). A parish picnic followed, thanks to the hospitality of the Sulpician fathers, who manage the historic site.

  14. I have good new and bad news! The bad news first: I watched the ecumenical service of word and water. The good news Metropolitan Hilarion did not show up for it. Why anyone has much concern about praying with Anglicans I will never know. Better to pray for them and their conversion.
    Archbishop Lefebre was right on his assesment of this issue.

  15. a catechist says:

    Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, Iowa:

    Last weekend, Vigil with Adoration, Benediction, and Solemn Vespers. Then Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Pat Behm.

    This weekend, same Vigil, then Ordination to the Diaconate of four married men: Dcns. Dan Carney, Jorge Fernandez, Paul Kestel, and John Rudd.

    Please pray for these good men, their families and formators, and Bishop Nickless. Everything was reverent and beautiful; the receptions were full of genuine happiness.

    Also, my 9 yr. old son, who stayed home with a sitter, expressed an interest in seeing the next Ordination. You could pray for him, too, please.

  16. JoyfulMom7 says:

    Lots of good news! #1. My husband, who had been ill for a few weeks due to complications from his cataract surgery, is finally all healthy again and back at work. #2. My Latin Mass Community had a lovely Mass yesterday with a Corpus Christi procession outside and around the block with Benediction following the procession. #3. A person who (along with some others) had greatly wronged my family and me has apologized, saying “she knew it was wrong but she followed the others” and “she could not continue to receive to Holy Communion until she had apologized”. This is an answer to almost three years of prayer! #4. Finally, I was part of a Rally for Religious Freedom in my state capitol on Friday. There was a good turnout and wonderful speakers! Overall, the Rallies were successful, drawing 54,751 people, with 132 cities tallied as of last count!

  17. Supertradmum says:

    An alcoholic who is a friend of mine and been in AA for years has finally stopped negative thinking through grace and the Gospel. He is breaking old habits very quickly, praise God.

  18. josephmchardy says:

    Our first child, a little girl called Lydia, was born at 0642 on May 28th.

  19. beez says:

    I was ordained a priest on Saturday!

    I celebrated my Mass of Thanksgiving on Corpus Christi.

    I offered my mother’s funeral Mass, which she didn’t get when she died in 2002.

    I still can’t believe that people call me “Father!”

  20. deliberatejoy says:

    Congratulations, Father Beez! May your calling bring you as much joy as it brings us to hear your news. :)

  21. JKnott says:

    Congratulations Fathers iPadre and beez! You are in my prayers.

  22. Jay E says:

    Amazingly beautiful Mass and procession for Corpus Christi, with our Archbishop at my parish yesterday… went all out!

  23. St. Epaphras says:

    iPadre: Thank YOU for saying “yes” to Jesus and for living that “yes” for 20 years. Congratulations!
    Beez: Now you can spend the rest of your life being that Father people are calling you.
    Congratulations and thanks to you as well.
    Prayers for you both. Love this time of the year!

  24. CMRose says:

    My daddy took me to “For Greater Glory” for my birthday present. It is a tradition of ours to go out for dinner and a show with dad on or around our birthdays. Even though I am a “too old college student” now, he took me anyways with minimal begging.

    It was an excellent movie. It makes me proud to know that I share the same precious faith that so many brave Catholics have died to protect in the past. It broke my heart to see, but made me proud at the same time. The movie brought about those feelings and the hope that if my time comes to do the same, I embrace death as the greatest honor God could bestow on his servant “of the weaker sex.” ¡Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

  25. discipulus says:

    A year ago tommorow, something special happened to me.

  26. Bea says:

    2 sons are visiting us (in tandem) First one arrives tomorrow.

  27. Curley says:

    First child born baby boy named simon

  28. downyduck says:

    Baby John Augustine “Gus” was born Monday. Good news at least for this tired mama…

  29. Hmm – Well 3 weeks ago I broke my leg, but it is healing very well. I start helping out soon with the Youth in my parish, pretty excited about that actually, definitely feel a calling to it.

  30. Cantate says:

    So much good news: A parishioner was ordained to the holy priesthood on Saturday. He offered his First Mass in our parish on Sunday–Corpus Christi– a mostly- Latin Novus Ordo, beautiful Missa in Cantu. In the evening, our new Father carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance down Main Street in our annual Corpus Christi Procession. On Monday evening, he offered a Solemn High Mass (his first in the ancient rite) at our parish. He intoned the Te Deum at the end. We had a Solemn High Mass on Thursday, Corpus Christi, and of course had the Sunday celebration in the ancient rite–Low Mass– as well. On Friday evening, we will have a Solemn High Mass in the ancient rite for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. We are blessed. And God is so good. Deo gratias!

  31. Mike says:

    I played golf last Saturday with my normal group, not expecting anything out of the ordinary. I usually shoot in the mid to high 90′s but have just gotten new clubs that were fitted and made for me (no extra cost). On the way to the course I said a Hail Mary that I’d have fun and as a reminder that even if I didn’t have a very good score the day was really about being outside and having a good time with my buddies. With that having been said, I went on to shoot the best round I’d ever had… an 85! I had two birdies – #1 and #18 and 7 pars! My score went thusly… 1-18 ranked against par – the course is a par 72:
    -1 Birdie! / +1 / +3 / +1 / Par / Par / +2 / +1 / +4 for a 47 on the front
    Par / Par / +1 / Par / +1 / +1 /Par / Par / -1 Birdie! for a 38 on the back
    Total: 85
    It was a beautiful day spent with good friends playing the great game of golf! If only every day could be as enjoyable! I’m thankful to the Lord for my friends who spend time with me and for the gift of the ability, no matter how good or bad, I have to be able to play this game I love!

  32. cl00bie says:

    My wife and I are officially Inquirers into formation for the Permanent Diaconate. I also have approched the Franciscan friars of the immaculate to acquire a spiritual director. Ave Maria! :)

  33. inara says:

    I WENT TO MY FIRST EF MASS!!!!!!! Oh, how I was transported…I didn’t know whether to cry or swoon (& almost did both at several points). It was the First Mass of our newly ordained Parochial Vicar (& happens to also be the one carolinapublican linked to above). The music was sublime. They had a beautiful missalette/program made for the occasion in both English & Latin, so it was very easy to pray along. For days, all I could say was, “wow.”
    We are so hopeful that he will begin a regular EF at our parish! Our pastor is not opposed to it, he told us he just doesn’t have time to learn it himself, since he is the head of our Vicariate, as well as Judicial Vicar for the diocese.

  34. acardnal says:

    @inara: I wish I had been there!

  35. acardnal says:

    @iPadre: thank you for saying “yes” to the Lord and for your personal sacrifices. Please be faithful, holy and pure. Pray your Office daily!