Category Archives: SESSIUNCULA

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About Greek “deipnon… supper”: a meal or a sacrificial meal?

Today, Fr. John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate has a terrific post which every priest and seminarian should read before Palm Sunday (that means “today”, right now as a matter of fact). I won’t give you clippings.  Take and read. HERE

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ASK FATHER: Priest combines Gospel and Sermon.

From a reader… At mass on Sunday, after the congregation stood for the Gospel, the pastor asked us all to sit because he was going to combine his sermon with the Gospel. The best way to describe it is to … Continue reading

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The “Passionale” books for Holy Week

Here in the Diocese of the Extraordinary Ordinary, we are getting ready for a solemn Palm Sunday and Triduum. There are many details to work out ahead of time so that the rites can run smoothly and prayerfully. Happily, I … Continue reading

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Pray. Please, pray.

Pray.  Please, pray. One of the reasons why in today’s LENTCAzT I included a prayer for priests is because I have had emails and other contacts from good, traditionally oriented priests who are being persecuted by their superiors.  Even today, … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at the Mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation?  Let us know. For my part, for the TLM this morning, I spoke about how sacramental reality is not less real than sensible … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does 4th Commandment apply to in-laws?

From a reader… I simply cannot find the answer to this anywhere. My understanding is that my father in law and mother in law are my parents under the Catholic Church and therefore the 4th commandment applies to my duties … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z muses about Lady Day, 25 March

Sometimes in the history of our salvation the stars line up to portend amazing events.  These stellar alignments are sometimes literally stellar, as in the case of the Star of Bethlehem.  I, for one, buy the arguments for the Star made HERE (which also … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback, Biretta Project Update, A Note to Cops, Challenge Coins

Some reader feedback. First, I received a great note from a seminarian who benefit from the generosity of one of you readers out there. For more on the BIRETTA PROJECT go HERE Next, a snail mail card from a fellow … Continue reading

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An odd dream

Do some of you find that dreams which come just before rising have a … different quality?  This morning I had a particularly vivid dream which is still stuck in my head.  Often dreams fade.  Not this one. Here are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Away from the Church for 17 years, but I want to return

From a reader… I am a baptized Catholic who strayed far away, dabbled in Buddhism for 17 years, and now realize all that was ridiculous nonsense. I want to come back to the Church. Where do I start? First, good … Continue reading

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20 March – MADISON, WI – Pontifical Mass for St. Joseph

On Monday, 20 March 2017, at 7 PM His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne (Extraordinary Form) in the Chapel of the Holy Name Heights in Madison (Bishop O’Conner Pastoral Center – … Continue reading

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From time to time over the years I have requested that you pray for now Father Philip Johnson, who suffers from a brain tumor.  Fr. Johnson was recently ordained. However, today I received this: Begin forwarded message: From: “Msgr. David … Continue reading

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USA: Daylight Savings begins tonight – set clocks, don’t miss Mass

In these USA Daylight Savings begins with repercussions for Sunday Mass. We “spring forward”, and so we lose an hour. Reset your clocks before going to bed. Don’t miss Mass.

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests by … Continue reading

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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Deadly house fire

From a reader… Your prayers are requested for the Seago family. They suffered a horrific accidental house fire last weekend that tragically claimed the lives of the mother and 4 of the children. Only the father and one child were … Continue reading

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