PROJECT “200!” Wherein Fr. Z asks for help.

UPDATE: 3 Mar 2021:  I’ve had a full post about this pasted to the top of the blog for some time.  The full version and explanation is HERE.  Basic idea: I could use your help.

Aim your phone for VENMO

You hit my original goal.  Thank you.  I wouldn’t mind if you kept going. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fatherz/  I signed up for TransferWise,  HERE

There also a project to get 200 NOVENAS going.  Can you sign up?  Read about it HERE

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PRAYER REQUEST

Kind readers… may I ask a prayer from you to St. Joseph?

I suggest the Litany, but … please… anything.

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ASK FATHER: Mass intention register … in Latin

From a seminarian:

First, many prayers for you always!

Second, many of us at the seminary are looking for a personal mass intention book to keep record of masses. Preferably we have seen a red version that is labeled in Latin and is of a higher quality than what we can find online. Any ideas where we could find them?

You are looking for is the “Missarum diarium et onera“. I got one in Rome at the bookstore Ancora near to St. Peter’s.  It’s in Latin.  Hard cover. Medium sized.  Enough entries probably for a lifetime of a priest’s personal intentions. Not expensive.

Not that useful.

The version I got isn’t all that practical for, for me at least.

It is quite Roman, in the sense that it is intended for a sacristy at a church where in the church or chapel or crypt, etc., there are multiple altars.  There is an indication about which altar the Mass was intended for or fulfilled at (doesn’t specify) – “Altare”.  There is an entry for the church – “Ecclesia”.   There is an entry for place – “Locus”, which I suppose could mean town.

In sum, it is a strange set of items that hearkens to an earlier day, when multiple priests were at a church saying Masses through the day at different altars.  That’s what we see still at, thanks be to God, Ss. Trinita dei Pellegrini in Rome, but not many other places.  And even in that place, this book wouldn’t be that helpful, since the Mass books in Roman churches basically need the priest’s name and diocese/institute/order and the date he said Mass.  Otherwise, it could be for a religious community of priests, whose community receives intentions at their HQ or mother house.  The intentions are distributed to priests in the field.  The priests report back to HQ that intention was celebrated, for example, #9867 was celebrated by Fr. Sven O’Brien, SNARL*, at the Altar of St Christine the Astonishing at Mournful Mother Weeping Church in Black Duck, which is privileged and indulgenced.  Back at HQ, old Br. Diligens gets the notification, looks up #9867, marks it as fulfilled on thus and such a date and, if there is need to send a notification to the one who requested the Mass, takes care of business.  Such a registry reflects the seriousness of intentions and also days when there were many many more priests.

Newer books are a little more practical for the priest who keeps track of his own intentions, apart from the parish, etc.   They also include an entry for “No.” and the usual things like “Date”, the intention, the amount of the stiped, the date the offering was made (because the law requires that intentions be fulfilled within a prescribed time or on the day that was agreed), a slot for the name of the one who made the offering.  Sometimes a narrow column for a indication such as living or deceased or perhaps the type of Mass (Low, Sung, Solemn, Requiem).

These books could be a lot better.

In my copy, I just write pertinent stuff, every other line being a new entry, and cross them out with red when I fulfil the obligation.

NB: I’d like to have some priests chime in on this with their experience.   I’ve seen some priests/parish simply use a yearly liturgical calendar book for their territory as their record of intentions.  Others have databases, no doubt.

Fathers… what would YOU like to see in such a book?  What would be your categories?

*Societatis Nobilis Agentium in Rebus Liturgicis (aka The Liturgy Secret Police)

 

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LENTCAzT 2021: 15 – Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent: “Each of is in a certain place and God either wills it or permits it.”

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is Santa Cecilia.

Today is Wednesday in the 2nd Week of Lent. Plan to GO TO CONFESSION!

Card. Bacci on our state of life and how we choose to accept it or fight it.

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

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Rome Shot 90

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LENTCAzT 2021: 14 – Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent: “Humility is the gateway to salvation”

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is Santa Balbina.

Today is Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent. Plan to GO TO CONFESSION!

Fr. Troadec on the disciples of Jesus and the Pharisees. Fulton Sheen on harvesting our favors.

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

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POLL: Who is Pope? – UPDATES

 

_______Published on: Mar 1, 2021

At Canon212 there is an interesting poll.  I mention it here to expand the sample size.  (Maybe others could do that when I post a poll?!? Maybe?)

The poll question:

Who is the Pope?

This is not about whom you wish were Pope.

This is about who IS Pope right now.

HERE

 

UPDATE: 1 March 2320 EST

Now…

Neither?  Those are the serious outliers.

UPDATE 2 March 10:00 EST

It looks a doubling in all choices except for Francis, which grew more.

UPDATE 2 March 22:00 EST

Some of you can do the math.  Does it look rather consistent?

UPDATE 3 March 10:00 EST

UPDATE 3 March 1400 EST

I think it would be interesting for someone who understands how to make graphs, to keep an eye on the poll and graph this out.

To my untrained eye,

F 12% Not sure 8% B 70%
F 22% B 62%
F 26% B 57%
F 24% B 60%
F 23%  Not sure 6% B 59%

A problem: it seems that you can vote more than once in the same “session”.

It would be interesting to see this poll on a “lib” site (though lib site traffic is negligible).

 

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ACTION ITEM! Support for an important relic apostolate.

From a reader comes a good suggestion.

Let me just add…

I’m Fr. Z and I endorse this message.

Hi Father Z.
Happy Lent and thanks for all you do!

I wonder if it might be possible for you to put a mention of Father Carlos Martins and the Treasures of the Church Relics? Father Carlos is out and about doing Lent Missions right now (he did one at our parish). I’m told there was a miracle healing a couple days ago, as he was giving a Mission at St. Patrick’s in Long Island area. Anyway, I ask this because the relics ministry he does is in need of donations to continue. I know your readers are very generous to worthy causes, and this certainly is a worthy cause. If you think you could manage it, I would be grateful. I’m sure Father Martins would be too!
https://www.treasuresofthechurch.com/

I know Fr. Martins personally.  I know his apostolate.  It is worth supporting.

For example, Fr. Martins was responsible for bringing the body of St. Maria Goretti to these USA a couple of years back.

Give him a boost!

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PJM: “Vatican Betrays Virgin Mary for Prophet Muhammad”

PJ Media reports something really alarming.

Vatican Betrays Virgin Mary for Prophet Muhammad by BY RAYMOND IBRAHIM (serious guy)

The same folks to bring you “Abrahamism”—the idea that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are intricately connected—have narrowed their sights on promoting Mary, the mother of Christ, as “a Jewish, Christian and Muslim woman,” in the words of Catholic priest Fr. Gian Matteo of the Pontifical International Marian Academy. In a ten-week webinar series titled “Mary, a model for faith and life for Christianity and Islam,” the academy will seek to present Mary as a bridge between the two religions.

This may be easier said than done — at least for those still interested in facts. For starters, the claim that Mary was a “Jewish, Christian and Muslim woman” is only two-thirds true: yes, she was a Jew by race and background; and yes, she was a Christian in that she literally birthed Christ(ianity); but she was most certainly not a Muslim — a term and religion that came into being 600 years after Mary died.

Worse, far from being the Eternal Virgin, as she is for 1.5 billion Christians of the Catholic and Orthodox variety, Islam presents Mary, the Mother of Christ, as “married” to and “copulating” with Muhammad in paradise — a depiction that would seem to sever rather than build “bridges.”

[…]

I don’t want to include the next part, which is a little upsetting. However, the article goes on to explain how deeply troubling this move would be.

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An emeritus here, an emeritus there. Pretty soon you’re talking about a lot of popes.

From Newsmax:

Francis gave an book length interview to an Argentinian journalist. He said, apparently, “I will be pope, either active or emeritus, and in Rome. I will not return to Argentina.”

Francis is a high-risk candidate for COVID.

Note the openness to being “emeritus”.

Meanwhile, at Corriere della sera, the Pope now considered “emeritus”, gave a short interview. English account at CNA gives a brief summary of scrambled, incoherent piece at Corriere.   At some point in the interview Benedict must have said the piece’s opening line, “Non ci sono deu Papi.  Il Papa e uno solo… (ellipsis in the original)”, that is, “There are not two Popes.  The Pope is one only….”  What was in the ellipsis?

Benedict seem to have stood by his decision to resign.  “Credo di avere fatto bene”, which is a little ambiguous.  It can mean, “I think I did well (to have done it)” or “(I think I did it (the resignation) well”, although for the latter, I would have said, “Credo di averlo fatto bene”.   But maybe he did say that.   The reporter says that Benedict’s voice was veil thin, came and went, and that Gänswein sometime repeated/interpreted.

TWO emeriti?

מרנאתא‎!

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LENTCAzT 2021: 13 – Monday 2nd Week of Lent: “Cultivate the small virtues”

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is the fascinating San Clemente.

Today is Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent. Plan to GO TO CONFESSION!

Card. Bacci talks about living normal life in the normal course of events.

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

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CQ CQ CQ: Ham Radio – #ZedNet reminder – Sunday 28 Feb ’21

UPDATE 28 Feb:

14 last time!


Published on: Feb 20, 2021

Here’s a reminder about ZedNet for Sexagesima Sunday 21 Feb ’21 – evening at 2000h EST (0100h ZULU Monday).

Thanks to WB0YLE for taking Net Control last week.

Also, we now have the site running:  http://zednet.xyz

I hope some of you hams with DMR etc. access will check in!

Zednet
exists on the Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429, which essentially gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.

Echolink is running again!  WB0YLE-R

Fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew…. 24/7/365

Anyone who uses Brandmeister ought to know this about their changes – you need a personal password now: HERE  In effect, they applied security to their “masters”.  You must set a personal password.

WB0YLE gave me a clear list, with links, of everything you need to get involved.

HERE  THIS WAS UPDATED on 6 Jan 2021

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.

Also, this was sent by WB0YLE who keeps the pieces of ZedNet working together.  Click for larger.

 

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VIDEO PILGRIMAGE to the Holy Land: Day 8

Some people have written to me to ask how they could sign onto a TLM pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Z.   I supposed you had better write to to the organizer!  HERE  Orbis Catholicus Travel.  Maybe if a bunch of you ask, they will put something together!

Continued from HERE.

Last year when we were teetering on the brink of normal and 1984, I was chaplain for a Traditional Mass pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We had wonderful participants, whom I think of with fondness to this day. We visited the important places and, when we had Mass, we used special Mass Propers composed for those places.

Along the way, I made super short videos.

Since we are one year out, I thought I would take you on a mini pilgrimage with those videos.

From 28 February 2020:

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Fr. Hunwicke asks a hard question. Fr. Z thinks he deserves an answer.

I’ve had conversations that go along sort of like this:

“The Novus Ordo can be reverent!”, many will claim, “You just have to celebrated it as traditionally as you can!”

“You mean, by sticking to the Roman style, adapting elements of the traditional Mass, gestures, and so forth?”, you respond.

“Right! Make the Novus Ordo like the Traditional Latin Mass and it’s pretty good, all in all!”

“If that is what it takes,” you muse aloud, “if the more the Novus Ordo is like the traditional Mass the more reverent is seems, then why not just use the Traditional Mass?”

“Well… you see… it’s like… ummmm… you, know, Scripture and… things….”

That serves merely as an intro.

Our friend Fr. Hunwicke has a provocative post at his ever-engaging blog.

He touches on a neuralgic point which I occasionally poke at here.

Fr. Hunwicke raises a question: Does anyone really want or like the Novus Ordo?  Really?

He is, of course, being a little pugilistic.  He uses the example of an absurd and sacrilegious LGTB rite perpetrated in England, with options.  The perpetrators just made stuff up, did things that don’t have any options in the Novus Ordo.  Clearly they don’t want the Novus Ordo or they would have stuck to the book.

However, in the Novus Ordo there are so many options that make the rite so fluid, you have to wonder sometimes just what the Novus Ordo is.   Hence, it can be bent and shaped and molded and modified into forms that barely resemble one another.  Is that really a rite?

Hunwicke:

There are indeed some churches where these condemnations of the Novus Ordo would be unfair; but they are largely churches where the clergy would prefer to be saying the Old Mass but for ‘pastoral’ reasons are unable to do so; they therefore say the new rite with greater or lesser amounts of the spirit and spirituality of the old.

If you are in the Diocese of Black Duck and attend the Novus Ordo at Mournful Mother Weeping or you are in the Diocese of Libville and attend the Novus Ordo at Sing A New Faith Community Into Being Faith Community, you are going to get versions of the Novus Ordo so different that you will barely recognize them in their details and will be amazed at the choice of options that break into the overall structure of the Mass.  On the other hand, if you are back in Black Duck and you stop in at the Sacred Heart Loaded Down With Opprobrium chapel of the SSPX and St. Joseph Terror of Demons, the local territorial parish which has the TLM, you will be entirely comfortable at either place and have no surprises other than the choice of donuts afterward (actually, Mrs. Nguyen brings spectacular Vietnamese eggrolls to St. Joseph’s).   Msgr. Zuhlsdorf has suggested to the bishop that, ad experimentum, the SSPX chapel and the territorial parish be merged into a cluster along with St. Philip Neri Oratory of Mary Cause of Our Joy where Fr. WoJo (short for Fr. Włotrzewiszczykowycki-Brzęczyszczykiewic has been for a few years). The new cluster could be called, “Through My Fault My Fault My Most Grievous Fault”.

There is one incontrovertible FACT about our Catholic identity and our rites.

We are our rites.

Change the way we pray and, over time, our beliefs will change, along with our conversatio.

If you can go from parish to parish and find Masses profoundly different though they claim to use the same book… maybe there is something wrong. A negative side effect is that the community gets more and more fragmented as specialty Masses spring up and some churches become Sunday destination parishes.

If only there were a language and a rite that could bring us together.

Fr. Hunwicke (before his transition into talking about Francis) concludes…

Any re-appraisal of the liturgical situation in the Latin Church should begin with an honest acceptance that nobody … almost absolutely nobody … whether Traddy or Trendy … actually wants the Novus Ordo … either its Order or its Calendar..

On both sides, it is disliked, or regarded as of little relevance, and, very widely, largely set aside.

Right? Wrong?

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 2nd Sunday of Lent 2021

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Also, are your churches opening up? What was attendance like?

For my part, I’m… on the road.

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LENTCAzT 2021: 12 – 2nd Sunday of Lent: “Be bold enough to believe that God is on your side”

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is Santa Maria in Domnica.

Today is the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Plan to GO TO CONFESSION!

Square halos.  Fr. Troadec speaks of how to be “perfect” as our Father in heaven is perfect. And, Fulton Sheen. Wow.

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

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VIDEO PILGRIMAGE to the Holy Land: Day 7

Continued from HERE.

Last year when we were teetering on the brink of normal and 1984, I was chaplain for a Traditional Mass pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We had wonderful participants, whom I think of with fondness to this day. We visited the important places and, when we had Mass, we used special Mass Propers composed for those places.

Along the way, I made super short videos.

Since we are one year out, I thought I would take you on a mini pilgrimage with those videos.

From 27 February 2020:

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ASK FATHER: At Mass ‘ad orientem’ why doesn’t the priest turn around for the Preface dialogue?

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

I recently attended my first ad orientem mass. It was an English Novus Ordo mass. One of the reasons given for the ad orientem orientation is that it better draws the distinction between the dialogues where the\ priest addresses the people and the prayers directed by the priest on behalf of all to God. Yet, during the preface dialogue, the priest was ad orientem. From the internet research I was able to do, this seems to the correct orientation for the priest at that moment. Is there some reason why the orientation during this part of the mass is ad orientem rather than versus populum?

Firstly, I glad to hear of an ad orientem Novus Ordo Mass.  That’s a step in the right direction.  An important step.

I think the answer lies in the fact that the whole of the Preface, including the dialogue is considered an integral part of the Roman Canon (read: anaphora, actio, Eucharistic Prayer).  Once that mighty prayer begins, the priest remains properly oriented at the altar.   In ancient manuscripts for saying Mass, there was a notation just before the beginning of the short “dialogue” “Incipit canon actionis… the Canon of the sacrificial action begins”.  So the Preface that followed was perceived as part of the anaphora.

Let me put this in terms that libs will get in a possible new English translation that will be imposed once that last remnants of the JP2/B16 crew are finally extirpated.

The priest summons the community with a strong imperative statement: HEARTS UPWARD!  Sursum corda!  The people respond: OKAY, WE DID THAT (“We have them now presented to God… habemus ad Dominum.”  The priest commands: “LET US GIVE THANKS TO… YOU KNOW… THE THING!” and the people reply, “GREAT IDEA, WE’LL DO THAT TOO! (“It is right and just… dignum et iustum est.)”   And the priest picks up that phrase and runs with it into the Preface: “YEAH, IT’S A GREAT IDEA… vere dignum et iustum est“.  At the end of the Preface comes, seamlessly, the Sanctus… sorry…  🎶 santo 🎷 santo 🥁 santo 🎶.  When the maracas and tambourines die down, in the Roman Canon the priest continues with “THEREFORE… igitur…”.  The Canon is a seamless continuation of what has preceded.

It is “right and just”, therefore, for the priest to maintain his sacerdotal position at the altar for the entirety, not turning about this time to say, “Dominus vobiscum” at the introduction to the Canon.

Just a thought.

Let’s get our Masses turned toward the Lord again!

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LENTCAzT 2021: 11 – Ember Saturday 1st Week of Lent: Why fast and abstain?

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is St. Peter’s Basilica.

Today is Ember Saturday in the 1st Week of Lent. Plan to GO TO CONFESSION!

Ratzinger explains the order of the Ember Days.   Card. Bacci drills into fasting and abstaining.

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

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