Every summer the Extraordinary Ordinary of the Diocese of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, gathers all the seminarians for about a week of fraternity and conferences. We are in full swing.
Today, I celebrated Holy Mass for them in the Extraordinary Form. Just now, lunch having been completed, they are off to paint ball. What better way for men to build camaraderie than to pray together, eat together and then pretend to kill each other.
Also, the new guys who do not have birettas are all being measured. The results will be sent to Leaflet in St. Paul as part of our ongoing BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT. Very cool.
Also, we have distributed to all the men the copies of the book I selected for this summer’s gathering. Thus this year’s BOOKS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT is completed. This year YOU readers gave to the men:
Tracey Rowland, Catholic Theology.
This book is simply terrific. Also, in her section on Liberation Theology, there is quite a bit about Pope Francis. I think she has him exactly right. The men are filling out online thank you notes through Amazon. You donors of books should soon get notes.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Today I paid Gammarelli in Rome quite a lot of money for the last of the WHITE Pontifical Vestments. They shipped the last wave of vestments for the set, including the extra copes and dalmatics and chasubles for ordinations. They are embroidered with the arms of the Diocese.
PLEEEEEEEZ donate? It’s tax deductible. We have yet to make the Rose, Black and BLUE! Also, I need more funds so we can make the folded chasubles. HERE
Moreover, I’ve been receiving SMS texts saying that the two boxes from Rome are OUT FOR DELIVERY! So, they will come today. Needless to say, I am looking forward to seeing them in their splendor. This bring the project to completion, though in the future we could add chasubles and a couple more copes.
I will post updates and photos.
This is how Mass looked last May.
Our next Pontifical Mass is on 22 August, Feast of the Immaculate Heart.
Lastly, we will have SOLEMN MASS on Sunday for the Feast of the Transfiguration. One of the new deacons will be deacon and the Vocation Director will be Subdeacon. Talk about strong support for the TLM!