Monthly Archives: December 2017

ASK FATHER: Antisemitism among “traditionalist” Catholics – UPDATED

UPDATE 31 Dec 2017: The original questioner wrote: Thank you so much for your guidance in response to my query. I had never even considered that my heartache could be used as an opportunity to grow in holiness! Rereading my … Continue reading

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FINAL DAY for 2017 tax-deductible charitable donations – help a GREAT cause!

Sometimes people want to make donations, but they are not sure about how.  Is the organization doing something good?  The end of the year is upon us.  This is it for 2017 donations. Here’s a pitch for the Tridentine Mass … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 2017 29: Family in charity, not diversity, tolerance, inclusivity, sensitivity, choice …

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 29, for Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family in the Ordinary Form calendar. Sister Lucia, the long-lived seer at Fatima, told the late-Card. Caffarra (R.I.P.): “A time will come when the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Snail-mail Christmas Cards to Fr. Z – 2017

UPDATE: Dec. 30 More cards… Austen, TX* (prayers) Summit, NJ (thanks, Sisters!) Rome (thanks, Father!) Cincinatti, OH (cool stamps) Bridgewater, MA Davenport, IA (thanks, Father, and congratulations) London (I really look forward to a visit there) Newinton, CT San Diego, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday 31 Dec – Holy Family: We must pray that God be appeased.

Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, in the Novus Ordo calendar, is the Feast of the Holy Family.  In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated on Sunday, 7 January. Our liturgical, seasonal context is … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! 31 DEC & 1 JAN – New Year’s Plenary INDULGENCES ALERT!

FATHERS!  Tell your people. Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s EVE, 31 December (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Te Deum. To gain the indulgence the usual following conditions must be met. 1. Sacramental confession … Continue reading

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Nuntii Latini: Finis transmissioni Latinae imminebat… NON!

My good friend His Hermeneuticalness posted on Twitter: Ne umquam desperaveris: YLE Latin news show saved – for now. https://t.co/f1VG9nUzff https://t.co/hklBAcipKv — Fr Timothy Finigan (@FatherTF) December 30, 2017 And so I rushed to find out what was what. HERE … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Prefaces “ad libitum” in the 1962 Roman Missal

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, what is this “Prefatio ad Libitum” in some 1962 Missals? I saw Prefaces for Advent, Sundays Throughout The Year, etc. May these be used in the Extraordinary Form? Thank you so much for answering my … Continue reading

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CHICAGO: 30 Dec. – Solemn Mass @ststanschurch and a word from the pastor on ‘ad orientem’ worship

This afternoon there is to be a Solemn Mass at the beautiful and massive St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago (NB: at the time of this writing, their website comes up with music… grrrr).   They are celebrating their 150th year. They … Continue reading

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Blessing smart phones. Wherein Fr. Z rants about blessings and demons and present day stupidity.

Yes, I have blessed smart phones, tablets and computers. Consultation with exorcists will inform you that demons are really good at infesting electronic equipment.  I’ve heard enough scary stories from exorcists about that to leave me cautious and, at times, … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 2017 28: “He does not even wait for us to love” – UPDATED

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 28, for Saturday in the Octave of Christmas. Fulton Sheen talks about being loved by God while Benedict explains our great procession towards Christ in the persons of the Magi. One bit of music today is from … Continue reading

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The “Unfinished Vespers” of St. Thomas Becket – 1170

For St. Thomas Becket. A reader – who picked this up from Jeffrey Morse – writes: More bloodshed remembered on this 5th day of Christmas- St Thomas (Becket) of Canterbury- murdered in his Cathedral during the singing of Vespers on … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penance on Friday in the Octave of Christmas

I’ve been texting with a Famous Catholic Author™ about today, a Friday in the Christmas Octave, and the obligation to do penance.  I’ve received email about it, too. The Octave of Christmas does not have the “weight” of the Octave … Continue reading

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29 Dec – St. David: Musical Poet King, Prophet, Progenitor of Christ

Holy Church considers many Old Testament figures to be saints. Today when you open your trusty copy of the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum you will find, just below the St. Thomas Becket, this interesting entry: 2. Commemoratio sancti David, regis et … Continue reading

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USCCB: Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

I was alerted to something interesting on the website of the USCCB.  The bishops posted a letter signed by religious leaders of various groups.  HERE  My emphases. Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders December 15, 2017 … Continue reading

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