Category Archives: SESSIUNCULA

Latin for: “a little group, meeting, company, assembled for amusement”

Pope Francis, the UN, and an encyclical on the environment

Be sure to spend a little time with Thom Peters’ piece at Catholic Vote about Pope Francis, the new, projected encyclical on the environment and human ecology, and the UN.
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The value of a real letter

We have become so used to email and texts.  Do we write letters anymore?
Last year I resolved to write more by hand.  I actually thought about making a bargain with someone to exchange well-crafted, well-pondered letters which, over the years, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Who should cleanse vessels during Mass?

From a reader…
My priest barely pours water into one chalice and swishes it in all four to cleanse. He consumes it and doesn’t wipe them out but passes them over to the Eucharistic Ministers to wipe out after Mass. Is … Continue reading

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1 Jan: Mass for Benefactors

Tomorrow I will celebrate my Holy Mass for the intention of all those who have been benefactors during the year, people who have sent donations and anything from my wishlists. I am very grateful to all of you.
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The “Francis Effect” and remembering to talk about God

Be sure to check out Andrea Galiarducci’s latest Monday Vatican analysis.
“A must today as ever: Talking about God in light of Pope Francis’ missionary push”
Galiarducci opines that Pope Francis has had some success in polishing the Church’s image. Francis has … Continue reading

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Belgian Archbishop advocates Catholic recognition of same-sex stuff

Certain elements in the Church are lately emboldened. They have sensed that they have a window of opportunity. The iron is heating and they are striking.
Today we read of a bishop in Belgium who has been touted as, perhaps, the … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 29: Why the three feasts after Christmas?

Here is a 5-minute, daily podcast to help you observe the Octave of Christmas.
Today is Sunday in the Octave of Christmas.
These podcasts are a token of gratitude to my benefactors who donate and send items from my wishlist.  Thank you!
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ACTION ITEM! Send Fr. Z Christmas cards from around the world

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Your Christmas Sermon Notes

Was there a good point you heard in the sermon for your Christmas Mass of obligation?
Let us know!
Today we had a Solemn Mass.   A shot from the pews.


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Merry Christmas!

I wish all of you regular readers, whether you post comments or just read – all of you, sincerely – a wonderful, grace-filled Christmas.
Blessings for you and yours!

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