Peter’s Pence and You – ACTION ITEM

I switched on early morning news today to see if there was anything really big going on that I should know about.  I usually do that on the verge of a journey.   Today I learned that the massive horde swarming northward – seemingly freely and will lots of help – through Mexico toward the US border has been “diversified”.  More and more people from other parts of the globe are found in the horde. What could possible go wrong with that?

I also read at Vatican News that Francis has given $500K taken from the annual “Peter’s Pence” collection to help the horde.  The money will be “be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations”.

Did you know there was an official Peter’s Pence page in the Vatican’s .va domain? I didn’t. HERE

In the “history” section – I love this – entitled “From its origins to the modern era” there is a mention at the very top that “Peter’s Pence, as a donation to the Successor of Peter, took on stable form in the seventh century with the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons”. Then it jumps immediately to VATICAN II and the 1960’s. In between? Zip. If that isn’t telling….

Anyway, the annual Peter’s Pence collection is taken up around 29 June, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul.

That said, as you contemplate Peter’s Pence, YOU can make a contribution on that same day, or this very day, or each and every day to the

Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison!

The page tells you how to donate to this great 501(c)(3) organization.  I run it.  You’ve seen photos of what we are up to.  I have, in addition, a couple of cunning plans for the near and long term.  More later.

And don’t forget subscribing to a monthly donation to support this blog! Options are easily found by scrolling down on the right sidebar. Sorry, mobile viewers, check the full version.

We all want to contribute to the material works of the Church, whether in works of mercy or in the fundamentally important work of the Church of sacred liturgical worship, from which every aspect of the Church’s life flows – including works of mercy – and back to which we must bring all our concrete aspirations and efforts.

The TMSM is working to raise the tide of liturgical worship. When the tide rises, all boats rise, including the Barque of Peter.

¡Hagan lío!

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ASK FATHER: Blessed wine turns to vinegar… still blessed?

From a reader…


I had an almost empty bottle of wine I had blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise. I tasted it and it started to get a mild vinegar taste/smell to it. I still drank it, but am wondering if Blessed wine loses its blessing once it turns to vinegar (or any spoiled blessed food for that matter), and if so, what’s the proper way to dispose of such items when burying and burning them aren’t feasible?

First, I can fathom why this problem arose.  Get the wine blessed and drink it!  Why wait?

I would say that it lost its blessing.  The analogy is that of the degradation of the substance for the Eucharist.  Once the accidents of the Precious Blood change and degrade, the substance is broken.  In other words, if the Precious Blood goes vinegary, the Real Presence is no longer there.

So, when you get your wine or food blessed, drink it and eat it.

Some people tend to get a special consumable, such as a fine olive oil, and for some reason they hesitate to use it and it, over time, goes bad.   When I get something, I use it up!  That’s what it’s for!

Anyway, the best way to dispose of these iffy things is to pour onto the ground, bury, burn and bury the ashes and so forth.  Don’t put them into the septic or sewer system.

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Triumphant Renovationism – the ironic hypocrisy of the ‘c’atholic left

I am not a daily reader of Rod Dreher. However, today I was directed by someone to read something he wrote about a Russian Orthodox reacting to what we Catholics are doing.

Let’s see.  My emphases and comments.


Looking around for some information on an English-language Russian Orthodox site this weekend, I found this interview with a Russian who had converted to Catholicism as a young man in Russia — not an easy thing to do — because as a restless teenager, he became entranced by the history of medieval Europe, which, of course, is suffused with Catholicism. And, he loved the worship in the Catholic cathedral in Moscow, which moved him to convert away from his Orthodox baptism. He eventually went on a pilgrimage to the West, and was shocked to discover that the Catholicism he had fallen in love with had been largely discarded by the Second Vatican Council. [Surprised?] This Russian — now an Orthodox priest — said:

We should clearly understand the difference between the Catholic tradition before the Second Vatican Council and the neo-tradition that was formed after this council, for this important historic milestone drastically changed Catholicism[Remember that Dreher abandoned the Church.]

The Russian goes on to talk about how experiencing the irreverent attitude of Western worship and piety while on pilgrimage broke his heart, and his devotion to Rome. [So… he was scandalized by what Catholics did and didn’t do.] He says:

The Catholic Church today is a church of triumphant renovationism, where many traditions have been abandoned and forgotten. [I really like this term: triumphant renovationism.  Libs, progressivists, Jesuits, etc., blather about more traditional, faithful, Catholics being “triumphalistic”.  Polish the candelabra and make them shine, use beautiful vestments and fire up the pipe organ and your are mired in the evils of triumphalism, which perpetuates the sclerotic institutional and patriarchal church and represses the spirit-filled church of the whatever, high atop the thing that only they can see.  Ironically, they are exactly triumphalistic in their brutal imposition of re– … no … innovation.] Many things that were considered valuable for twenty centuries were declared simply unnecessary in in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In particular, one of the monstrous spiritual disasters of Catholicism was the Second Vatican Council that radically reformed all Catholicism in a Protestant way[This, from a guy who also abandoned the Church.  But hearing the reasons why are sobering, or ought to be.]

Unfortunately, this, first of all, affected the piety of the believers. For example, it was quite normal for the Catholic pilgrims to leave their backpacks on the altar. I can’t imagine that happening in Orthodoxy. Our attitude toward the altar is so reverential, that even the priest wouldn’t dare to put his glasses or a prayer book on it. It is only for the things that should be there.

Naturally, I was very upset by this disregard for their own traditions and their antipathy toward the ancient things that I truly loved in Catholicism.

I always find it encouraging when Catholics — especially young Catholics — go on a recovery mission for the things that their fathers and grandfathers threw away. As Marco Sermarini, my dear Catholic friend in Italy, explains in The Benedict Option,


Does he ever lose a chance to mention The Benedict Option?

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Happy Low Sunday!

Was there a GOOD point made during the sermon you heard at your Mass of Sunday obligation?

Let us know!

Happily, the one I heard at a solemn Mass, for which I was deacon and not priest, focused on Thomas… appropriate for what has also been called “Thomas Sunday”, along with Quasimodo Sunday, Low Sunday, Dominica in albis, etc.   Yes, yes… Divine Mercy in the Novus Ordo.   However, I am not content to abandon my democratic principles.  I’ll stick with the greatest voting block there is, our deceased forebears.

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PASCHALCAzT 54 – Low Sunday, Octave of Easter: Taking off the robes

It’s Low Sunday, the Octave of Easter, also called “Dominica in albis” and Quasimodo Sunday, from the Introit.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is over!

Today we hear about a vastly neglected membership of our Holy Church, whose voice has been neglected, indeed spurned, for several decades how.  Remember, we are our rites and those rites were handed down over many years with great love.  They deserve respect and a voice.

I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

The wonderful nuns of Gower Abbey take us out… toward Pentecost.



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PRAYERCAzT / PODCAzT 172: Blessing Holy Water in Latin with the traditional Rituale Romanum

From a priest:

Could you record for your priestly audience the correct pronunciation for the Holy Water blessing in Latin?

Sure!   I can do that. I will also include this in the What Does The Prayer Really Sound Like series, or PRAYERCAzTs.

I speak briefly about different kinds of blessed waters we use in the Latin Church.  Then I read the Latin for the Blessing of Holy Water from the traditional Roman Ritual… slowly, pedantically.  After all, the priest wanted help with pronunciation.

I hope this helps.

I can tease out just the Latin part as a separate file and make it available BISHOPS, PRIESTS or SEMINARIANS.   Drop me a note at HERE.  In the subject line put: “Recording of Latin for Holy Water“.  Tell me who you and where you are, too!

BTW… at the very end, you hear a little bit of a charming “Asperges” on a disc with “Mass for the 500th anniversary of the death of St. Joan of Arc” written by Paul Paray and directed by my friend Fr. Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto in Detroit.

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@MadisonDiocese prepares for the transition to @BishopHying – UPDATED

UPDATE 27 April:

I’m very fortunate to know and have worked with a fine graphic artist, David P. Burkart.  You can see my coat-of-arms – my family’s historic arms –  on my right sidebar.  He’s terrific!

David just made a new “stemma” for the new Bishop of Madison, Most. Rev. Donald J. Hying.   He confirmed to me the other day that he would not change his personal arms or motto with his translation from Gary to Madison.

Here is the new stemma.

The diocesan arms on the “dexter” side, which as you face it appears on the left.  It’s called “dexter” because if you are holding your shield, it to your own right.  On the “sinister” side is the bishop’s personal arms.  His motto, “Caritas numquam excidit” is the Latin Vulgate of 1 Cor 13:8, in Greek –  Ἡ ἀγάπη οὐδέποτε ἐκπίπτει – meaning “Charity never fails” in the sense that it never loses its force and effectiveness.  The context of 1 Cor 13 is important.  It may be the most famous thing that Paul wrote, and involves some of his deepest thought.  Paul is dealing with a divided community in Corinth.  Let’s see the chapter:

If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. [2] And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. [3] And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. [4] Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; [5] Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;

[6] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; [7] Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. [8] Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. [9] For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. [10] But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

[11] When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. [12] We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. [13] And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

Love is patient…

I see now as if though a glass, darkly…

If I speak with the tongue of men and angels…

When I was a child…

The greatest of these…

Truly amazing.  You could spend a lot of time unpacking Caritas numquam excidit.

“But Father! … even though Mr. Dew in New Zealand says we shouldn’t say ‘Father’ to anyone!  But Father!”, some of you lefties are blurting, “how dare you talk about love!  Stop that right now!   You have no right to even think about love.  HAH!  You are sort of like Paul… what a misogynist!  And you are a homophobe because you don’t agree with Jasmine… er James Martin about gays and you are a xenophobe because you believe in borders and you are for violence because you defend the 2nd Amendment and… above all YOU HATE VATICAN II!”

Now that you have that out of your system, we can return our attention to the important project of having a chasuble made for Bp. Hying to match what we call our “Madison” set, which has the arms of the diocese embroidered on the pieces.   I needed a good graphic to send to Gammarelli.  His arms will be embroidered thereon.   They thought that they had run out of the matching braid.  That was a problem, because no more is being produced!   So, this is the last piece for the “Madison” set, I guess.


Originally Published on: Apr 26, 2019

The new bishop, Most Rev. Donald J. Hying, will take possession of the Diocese of Madison on 25 June. Transition preparations.

It is always a little challenge when such a transition takes place. I’ve been through it several times, with local bishops and with popes. It is amazing how deeply rooted the routine repetition of a name is. I recall, well into the 90’s, hearing an old priest occasionally slip and say, “Paul, our Pope”.

We won’t be using the name of the new bishop in the Canon until he takes possession. But we can get ready.

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CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Saturday: ZedNet slowly growing

Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet.

Just recently a Catholic permanent deacon who has been a reader of many years has chimed in on ZedNet, through his local repeater.  The technology is interesting.

ZedNet is Brandmeister DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429

More HERE.   But quickly…

For you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the
Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429.  This gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.

Any fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion
repeater, a repeater on the Brandmeister network, or a multi-mode hotspot
registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew.

WB0YLE gave me a Bill of Materials.  A list of what you need.  HERE

What are we doing with this?  Not much right now, but who knows.  And it’s fun to make it work.

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.


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PASCHALCAzT 53 – Easter Saturday: Fear not!

It’s Easter Saturday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is almost over!

Today John Paul II speaks to us about the “day the Lord has made”.   Fulton Sheen instructs us about conformation to the world or to heaven.

I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

The wonderful nuns of Gower Abbey bring us in.


At the end we hear the chant – Haec et dies – which the late Pope mentioned in his sermon.  It is a recording from my home parish, St. Agnes in St. Paul.  I am in the schola.  This was quite a long time ago, by now, before I entered seminary.  It was a very good schola, under excellent guidance, and I learned a great deal.

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PASCHALCAzT 52 – Easter Friday: Graces unused are not often repeated

It’s Easter Friday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  Yes, you can eat meat today!

From a super early sermon, by Melito of Sardis (+ c. 180).  Try to keep up!

And Fulton Sheen gives us an important, very important reminder.

I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

The wonderful nuns of Gower Abbey bring us in.


The mighty organ of Notre-Dame in Paris takes us out.  The Te Deum is for Easter and for the NEW BISHOP of Madison!

Les Grandes heures liturgiques à Notre-Dame de Paris.



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Latin and You. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Each year – in fact more than once each year – a serious problem for our enervated Catholic identity rises to the surface to demand our attention.

The lack of Latin in the Latin Church.

I am sure that there are those who would just as soon jettison every Latin aspect of our lives as Latin Church Catholics, thus making us into something else.  What, exactly?  Who knows.  We’d be adrift in every shifting currents and shoals of the world’s ways, conformed precisely to what Paul warned the Romans about: “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2).

If we are going to call ourselves Roman Catholics, Catholics of the Latin Church, then we need Latin.

The chorus of clerical lament rises now around my toes, moving upward, ever upward in a swirl of complaints and excuses.   “It’s toooo haaard… I have too much to dooooo… People aren’t asking fooooor it…. I’m too ooooold to change… I’d don’t liiiiike it….”

B as in B.  S as in S.

This is important.  If you are without Latin, you are someone else’s puppet when it comes to all the Church’s liturgical texts and the Church’s law and the Church’s doctrine.  For your Cult, Code and Creed, you are enslaved to translations, which do not provide the riches of the original content.

This is particularly important in the realm of our sacred liturgical worship.  Change how we pray and we change what we believe, and, hence, how we live.

Losing Latin was a terrible blow to our identity and we have not recovered from it.  We’ve just learned how to limp and shuffle with our broken limbs and now we think that shuffling is normal.

A couple things strike me around this time of year.

First, there is the matter of ordinations to the priesthood.  During the rite of ordination, someone stands up and attests before God and man that the ordinands are properly formed.  However, 1983 CIC can. 249 requires – it does not suggest – that all those to be ordained be very well skilled in Latin.   But they aren’t.  So, the person making the attestation is not telling the truth, at least on that point.  A small point?  NO!  It’s not a small point.  Language is central to who we are in every sphere of life.  So, language is important in the Church.

What would one think of a doctoral student of, say, French literature who never learned French?  What would one think of a intern of, say, medicine who never learned basic anatomical terminology?  What would one think of a, say, electrician who never mastered the basics of volts, watts, ohms, joules, amps?    Furthermore, what would one say of those schools that gave them diplomas and advanced them?

Must we settle for mediocrity?

Another thing that strikes me at this time of year is the sight and sound of the Easter Urbi et Orbi Blessing.    At Easter, the Roman Pontiff shows up on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, gives a little talk and then imparts, with an indulgence, a blessing on the city and on the world.  Nice.   This is an old custom.  It is intended for the whole world.  So, the Roman Pontiff uses the Church’s official language: Latin.

But the Roman Pontiff, in front of the whole world, blows the Latin, even though he has a book in front of him.   Fr. Hunwicke pointed this out.  He sings:

Benedictio Dei Omnipotentis, Patris, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus, descendat super vos et maneat semper.

To one who has a bit of a Latin ear, that simply screams.

This is a big deal.  There’s nothing good about this.

And, yes, I have met clerics who seem vaunt their ignorance of Latin, cavalierly brushing it aside as if it were a nit on their mauve cardigans.  Imagine, being proud of being poorly trained and being lazy.

Priests are ordained for sacrifice, which means sacred liturgical worship.  That’s our primary activity as priests.  We are, first and foremost, liturgical.   That means being the best executors of our rites that we can be, not settling for the half-assed or the easy.  There is nothing easy about sacred liturgy.  It takes effort because everything that we are trying to accomplish through it and obtain from it is hard.   We need our worship to be hard.  We need it to require something from us, real effort, lest we run the risk of being liturgical parasites.

Fathers, we need you to work on Latin.  Yes, it’s going to be hard.  What about this thing we are in is easy?  Don’t we want more?   

Yesterday, I posted an amazing line from a sermon for Easter by Gregory the Great:

[A]mánti semel aspexísse non súfficit: quia vis amóris intentiónem multíplicat inquisitiónis.

For one who loves one glance is not enough: for the force of love greatly increases love’s longing.

When you love, you want more not less.  When you love you go the extra distance, you make the hard call, you put in all your effort and even makes sacrifices.

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An interlude… from today’s Matins

In the Office of Matins this morning, we had this stunning line from Pope St. Gregory I, the Great.  I’ll give you the whole reading for context.

Lectio 3
María ergo cum fleret, inclinávit se, et prospéxit in monuméntum. Certe iam monuméntum vácuum víderat, iam sublátum Dóminum nuntiáverat: quid est, quod se íterum inclínat, íterum vidére desíderat? Sed amánti semel aspexísse non súfficit: quia vis amóris intentiónem multíplicat inquisitiónis. Quæsívit ergo prius, et mínime invénit: perseverávit ut qu?reret, unde et cóntigit, ut inveníret: actúmque est, ut desidéria diláta créscerent, et crescéntia cáperent quod inveníssent.
V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.

Reading 3
As Mary wept there, she stooped down and looked into the Sepulchre. It was but a little while and she had seen how the Sepulchre was empty, and had told that the Lord was taken away. Why then should she stoop down and look in again? But she loved Him so well, that one look was not enough; the energy of her affection constrained her to search again and again. She began by searching and not finding; but she endured in her search, and, behold, it came to pass that she found. And this was done that our own longings for Christ’s presence might be taught to expand, and know that as they expand they will meet with Him to Whom they aspire.
V. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
R. Thanks be to God.

[A]mánti semel aspexísse non súfficit: quia vis amóris intentiónem multíplicat inquisitiónis.

For one who loves one glance is not enough: for the force of love greatly increases love’s longing.


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VIDEO @EricMetaxas on what’s important

Eric Metaxas was on with Tucker Carlson.  Here is a short clip, well worth your time!

I warmly recommend Metaxas’ books about

Dietrich Bonhoeffer…


… and Wilberforce…


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ASK FATHER: Eating meat on Friday during the Octave of Easter

Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday

From a reader…


My wife and I recently returned to the traditional friday abstinence from meat year round.

Traditionally, would the friday abstinence from meat also apply during fridays of the whole easter season?

What about just the octave?

Congratulations for wanting to adhere to the traditional practices.  Kudos.

You’ve asked a good question.

Pay attention, in the Latin Church, to can. 1251:

Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The days of the Octave of Easter are celebrated as Solemnities (in the Novus Ordo calendar).    Therefore, there is no obligation for the Friday penance on this Friday.

The other Fridays of Eastertide are not Solemnities.

This is how the 1983 Code of Canon Law handles Friday in the Octave of Easter, and this applies also to those who prefer the Extraordinary Form (which did not have “Solemnities”).  BTW… this does not apply to the Octave of Christmas, for those days of the Octave are not counted as “Solemnities” as are those of the Easter Octave.

NB: As far as other Fridays are concerned, outside the Octave of Easter or some other Solemnity, you can ask your parish priest to dispense you or commute your act of penance.

Can. 1245 Without prejudice to the right of diocesan bishops mentioned in can. 87, for a just cause and according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop, a pastor[parish priest] can grant in individual cases a dispensation from the obligation of observing a feast day or a day of penance or can grant a commutation of the obligation into other pious works. A superior of a religious institute or society of apostolic life, if they are clerical and of pontifical right, can also do this in regard to his own subjects and others living in the house day and night.

Abstinence from meat has good reasoning behind it. For some, however, there abstinence from other things can be of greater spiritual effect.

Certainly you would never abstain from reading this blog… or ordering…

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Happy feedback and a note about donations

What a great day this is turning out to be.

From a reader…

Fr Z – I am grateful for your work and would like to support you monthly. I think you mentioned a particular day of the month is lighter than others. How might I go about making a monthly support on whatever that day is?

Frankly, today is one of the “lean” days of the month.  There are very few subscribers on this 25th day of the month.

I am so grateful that you asked.  The positive feedback helps.

Dear readers, your donations are gratefully received and I remember donors and benefactors in prayer and with Mass intentions.  The same goes for those of you who send items from my wishlists (right side bar).  And there are options for other ways of giving.

It’s easy to subscribe to a monthly donation.  Scroll down the right side of the blog and you’ll find a PayPal drop down menu.  Choose your amount and follow the link!


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