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Tell me some of your good news!

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About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. Garrett says:

    My wife is pregnant and the baby is doing well!

  2. Today, my wife and I are celebrating neither Earth Day nor Administrative Professionals’ Day; rather, we are celebrating the first birthday our of firstborn son, Augustine Thomas. Felicem diem natalem, Augustine!

  3. Michael Fudge says:

    All my paperwork has been submitted to join a religious order and I am just waiting for the final approval from the Provost.

  4. Cath says:

    It is a beautiful day outside (which is why I am getting off this computer), my 6th child will make her First Holy Communion Sunday morning and I love this website!

  5. Cosmos says:

    Bishop D’Arcy of South Bend continues to respond to the Notre Dame debacle like a true shepherd. He is teaching everyone how its done!

  6. Ohio Annie says:

    I love my job. 8-)

    I love my parish. 8-)

    It’s spring. 8-)

  7. Garrett says:

    Oh yes, this is my all time favorite website too.

  8. IngridAiram says:

    Had some good first days as intern neurology :D I just love this specialism.

    Things (organisation) for credimus bootcamp are going pretty well, and I’m really looking forward to it.

  9. Our little Youth Choir is spending this evening and ALL day Friday making rosary bracelets, wire-wrapped crosses & crucifixes, and baking brownies for chocolate-covered brownie pops to sell at ALL the Masses this weekend in our home church so we can raise money to get to Chicago this summer for Choral Evening Prayer and then to Rome for Mass with Benedict XVI in St. P’s with 6,000 other kids from all over the world in Pueri Cantores’s International Congress in 2011. We are plugging away, and hope we can make it all work with hard work, dedication, prayer, and faith. The good news? Learning Latin for the Rome Mass means singing Latin in our Parish on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

    I’m excited that my kids may get to worship God at Mass with our Holy Father, and sing a common repertoire in the language of the Church with kids from all over the world. Please pray for us…this is a big undertaking for fifteen teenagers.

    That’s our good news for today. Cantate Domino!

  10. Rose in NE says:

    EWTN will broadcast a Missa Cantata this Sunday at 7 a.m (CST). The priest will be Fr. John Brancich, FSSP.

  11. Tom A. says:

    It’s the Memorial of Sts. Soter (175) and Caius (296), traditional calendar of course.

  12. Tom says:

    Our retired ordinary, Bp. Walter Sullivan (yes, him!) will be confirming young folks in our parish of St. Josephs in Richmond, Va this weekend using the ancient form. An added bonus: kids from two other “ordinary” parishes will be getting confirmed in the old rite also

  13. Allan says:

    I have finished chemotherapy, and am now beginning to taper-off most of the various medications I have been forced to take for the last 8 months. I believe I will start to feel much better shortly.

  14. momoften says:

    1.We have a holy priest 2. I am celebrating 28 year anniversary Saturday. 3. Saturday is Confirmation for 13 year old 4. Spring is here 5. You have a GREAT website for information as well as GREAT discussion!

  15. Br. Andrew says:

    17 days to Ordination!

  16. Matthew says:

    I may have added this good news before, but I’m ecstatic aboutany little change at our parish that I’ll report it again!

    Our pastor has taken the chalice veils that have been burried in the sacristy for 18 years and will be putting them to use again.

    We also found a set of communion patens that the altar boys (and servers…) will now be using to reduce the chance of profanation of the Holy Eucharist during the distribution of Holy Communion.

    Three members of my family attended a funeral Mass that was celebrated using the Missal of Blessed John XXIII. The fact that a very good man died, of course, is not happy news. But the celebration of the extraordinary form is!

  17. Barbara says:

    One of the students in my 8th grade Confirmation class, “I noticed that our last class is at the beginning of May and we’re not getting confirmed until the end of May. Shouldn’t we be preparing all the way up to Confirmation?”

  18. Jason says:

    The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

  19. Helen Donnelly says:

    My dear friend’s oldest boy is making his first communion this Sunday, and I will be there to see it and celebrate with her family afterwards.

  20. 1.The weather is getting warmer!
    2. This blog is awesome!
    3. My little sister just found out she is co-valedictorian of her high school class
    4. I just discovered there is a huge book fair happening this weekend. Everything is priced at $5 or below!
    5. The dogwood trees in my yard are blooming.
    6. A good friend and I are going to room together for graduate school come summertime.

  21. Mark says:

    My daughter will make her 1st Holy Communion on Sunday morning.

  22. Andrew, UK and sometimes Canada says:

    Christus Resurexit!
    Kpictoc Bockpece!

  23. Flambeaux says:

    We’re getting our garden up and running.

    My oldest son will be six in June. His favorite activities right now are playing Mass, playing out the Punic Wars with his Playmobil figures, and listening to me read Latin aloud.

    Our parish is preparing to celebrate 15 years as a Catholic Parish of the Anglican Usage of the Roman Rite and our beloved ordinary will be present for that celebration to confer Confirmation.

    I can finally see signs of the long rumored Springtime that Servant of God John Paul II, of happy memory, and Our Holy Father Benedict XVI assured us is at hand.

    Some of our shepherds are acting as they ought and others are following their example.

    Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

  24. We here in St. Louis have a new archbishop on the way!

  25. Louis says:

    I heard “Save the Liturgy, Save the World” on a radio show this week

  26. mrsmontoya says:

    I have just hired a team leader for my Ohio-based group, he has been ‘between jobs’ for a long time, he is a great person and I am thrilled to have a job for him. He will go far in our company.

  27. Dr. Eric says:

    My son is having his First Holy Communion on Sunday and I just got a great lead on a new job.

    Christus Resurrexit!

  28. Josef says:

    There’s going to be a Solemn High Mass (EF) in Hollywood, CA this coming Friday. Mass will be Presided over by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey (So. California). Music conducted by a professional choir. Guest homilist will be Fr. Darrin Merlino, C.M.F (Hollywood Project).

    So this is exciting considering how ummm… I mean, it\’s Los Angeles. =)

  29. TNCath says:

    Spring has sprung, and the Catholic Church in America is finally getting around to standing up for herself. Thank God for the strong bishops who have joined the voices in objection to the scandal at Notre Shame and, brick by brick, are restoring the Faith of our fathers.

  30. Joseph says:

    tomorrows high is supposed to be +1 Celsius and the night time low
    -8 Celsius, so global warming is not happening any time soon

  31. Catherine says:

    My husband received his CT scan results yesterday for colon cancer (which he was diagnosed with over a year ago), and it showed that he is cancer-free. Thanks be to God for His great mercy!

    After partial colon removal and six months of chemotherapy, he is beginning to feel better. So Allan, there is HOPE!!! Hang in there…

  32. Christopher Milton says:

    In 172 days, my beloved fiancée and I are going to the altar of our Lord to receive His Grace in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. My heart might burst at the Joy of it all.

  33. Mattk says:

    1. No shortage on souls that need saving, there’s plenty for everybody. ;)
    2. Friars of the Immaculate
    3. When I become discouraged, I read Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton. Even today God could be stirring a crownless prince.

  34. Gabriella says:

    After years of waiting and hoping and praying with my husband, recently received a + result on a pregnancy test. The baby has implanted, weighs about the same as a poppy seed, thinks with the teensy little neural tube that will become his or her brain, and lives in a tiny amniotic sac inside me. I am very happy.

  35. EJ says:

    I became a Godmother to a convert at Easter!

  36. Michelle Marie Romani says:

    The little elderly and disabled dachshund that I took in is doing very well and is adjusting to her new home. The other little dachshund I took in is almost done with his heartworm treatment!

  37. Jeff Hendrix says:

    My ms, A Little Guide to Your Last Days, is being considered by Ascension Press’s Matthew Pinto. I wrote it just before starting my chemo treatments. Prayers appreciated, Father Z! Thanks!

  38. Jayna says:

    One more week left in the semester! And then I get to sit down and read the books I got for participating in the Usus Antiquior cover design contest.

  39. Rob in Maine says:

    If my cost analysis id dead on and I can convince he surgeons to change bone graft putties, I could save the Hospital $189,000 a year. Yay me!

  40. Cath101 says:

    I am going back to college this year!

  41. Jason Keener says:

    The temp. will be in the 70’s over the next few days. Send us good summer, O Lord. Winters have chilled us and stilled us too long. :-)

  42. Sal says:

    Allan and Jeff, you’re both in my prayers. God Bless!

  43. I’m heading off to a week long birding festival in West Virginia on Saturday.

  44. Clement says:

    I went to confession yesterday.
    And, the FSSPX will recieve faculties to hear confessions and validate marriages soon.

    Thats good news.

  45. Gary Keith Chesterton says:

    My father miraculously regained his eyesight, thanks to the intercession of Our Lady & St. Lucy!

  46. Irenaeus says:

    I’m going to Europe, including Rome, this summer, on someone else’s dime:)

  47. Nate says:

    I’m a 15 year old who is discerning a vocation to the priesthood and wondered if anyone would know of a good orthodox catholic college that offers me a bachelors in Sacred Music, and Theology (liturgy). I am going to be talking to the vocations director sometime soon, but I thought I’d ask you for your input. Anyone know of a good college (anywhere, not just in the U.S.) that I should look into for this, or for ideas?? Then, after I graduate, I think I will go into the seminary. What I’m praying/thinking over now is whether I am called into a religious order (such as the FSSP) or to go into parish work. Whatever one would best benefit from my strengths; which are sacred music and the liturgy.

    Thanks for your input!

    In Christ-

  48. Karl says:

    It’s a beautiful Spring day, perfect for Earth Day. And we finally have an administration that takes environmental issues (especially global warming) seriously. Deo gratias.

  49. puella says:

    – Spring is most definitely here, and the warmer weather cheers me up no end!
    – I have just had a very long but productive day.
    – My parents are in good health and I love them dearly.
    – My last confession was one of those that really took away the veils and showed me my failings in God’s merciful light.
    – There are great priests like Fr. Z in the world.
    – Z-chat regulars are wonderful people who hold you in their prayers, and you only have to ask!
    – I’m going to Solesmes again this Summer!!!! :D

  50. Noel says:

    There is much here to give thanks and praise to God for.

  51. I am not Spartacus says:

    Recently, I discovered Tito Perdue’s insightful, dead-on, hysterically funny, satirical novels about American modernity. And I discovered the amasing, Lee Pefley, the wildest, funniest, most atavistic, character I have come across in decades.

    Imagine a brilliant, even crazier, Ignatius Reilly, with insomnia, a real bad attitude, and a violent streak, and you have just a small hint of who the fabulous, Lee Pefley, is.

    Wildly funny and revealing, Mr. Perdue is. He has the eye of a real artist.

    The novels, in order:

    The New Austerities
    Opportunities in Alabama Agriculture
    The Sweet Scented Manuscript
    Fields of Asphodel

    (I want to live in a Diocese whose Ordinary is a chip off of Ol’ Lee Pefley. Is that so wrong?)

  52. Joe says:

    I was MC for the Triduum and I was told I did a great job ( first time for me !)

  53. Charivari Rob says:

    Our neighboring parish’s youth group is on their annual service and education trip to New Orleans and Memphis. They work throughout the year to raise the funds to spend a week working on hurricane recovery and studying history.

    They’re blogging their trip this year:

  54. On August 22, I will be entering the cloister of the Passionist Nuns at St. Joseph Monastery in Whitesville, KY! The Knights of Columbus of my parish are giving my dowry, my friends are helping me to gather my packing list, and the Lord is lavishing His grace upon us all. Deo gratias!

  55. catholicmom3 says:

    1. Christ reigns victoriously!
    2. This is the best webiste.
    3. The spring flowers are finally blooming.
    4. Praise God for our faithful Bishops.
    5. God’s mercy and grace are endless.

  56. W. Schrift says:

    I was invested in the Brown Scapular last Thursday.

  57. Owen says:

    My wife and I have just adopted a baby girl from Korea. We are naming her Laura Benedicta after our beloved Pope Benedict. We will receive her in August or September!

  58. Christine says:

    Five healthy children, praise God! The oldest, Julian Alexander is 5. He told me today at breakfast: “I try to tell the other kids in class about Jesus being alive now. They don’t know about God and Mary and Jesus but I tell them. I wish they would listen more.” Then he went back to his cheerios. It hit me that he will probably being saying something along those lines his whole life!
    Similar to a poster above, I get a vaca in London in May (19-26) on someone else’s dime (God bless them.) Yippee!

  59. Janet McKeown says:

    I received an email yesterday, stating that our Diocese now has a priest properly trained, and ready to start regular Latin Masses every other month, starting in June!

  60. Emilio III says:

    The first category in the 2009 Cannonball Catholic Blog Awards is “BEST BLOG BY A RELIGIOUS WHO’S NOT FR.Z” (capitalization is hers). [What a nice sentiment.]

  61. Brian says:

    Beautiful (though not yet fully furnished/decorated, for example, they are still using the wooden sanctuary furnishings) new church in my hometown just opened on Easter:

  62. Andraea says:

    Abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays.

  63. Servant of the Liturgy says:

    I MC’ed the Triduum, start to finish, at age 18 and everything went off without a hitch. All commented on the collaborative effort of us all involved to enhance our communal prayer during those Holy Days.

  64. Servant of the Liturgy says:

    I MC\’ed the Triduum, start to finish, at age 18 and everything went off without a hitch. All commented on the collaborative effort of us all involved to enhance our communal prayer during those Holy Days.

  65. Amy says:

    Our new pastor:
    1) is preparing to bring the tabernacle out of its hiding place and placed in its proper spot, in the center behind the altar

    2) has asked to have chalice veils and proper altar linens made

    3) the past two Sundays has exhorted the women of the parish to veil themselves

    4) is using incense at all Masses, at all proper times

    5) has removed everyone but himself from the altar during the consecration

    6) has begun adorning our altar with proper “decor” (statues, candle holders, etc.)

    7) has requested modest dress, especially at Mass

    8) is a wonderful example of orthodoxy and holiness and is making a big impact on the parish.

    And this blog rocks, Father!

  66. Greetings to all! My wife, I and three of our seven grown children attend a Traditional chapel in North New Jersy and we are led and served by three FSSP priests and by Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J. whom some of you might know. Our Bishop has come to our chapel on more than one occasion and his practice is to offer the TLM whenever he comes! He will be celebrating Confirmation for our Confirmands in the next few weeks. Not to be invidious, but our parish runs as smoothly as silk. Why? Because those people who WISH to be here are the only ones who attend.

  67. Jacque B says:

    On August 21st I will celebrate my 4th aniversary of my Profession of Faith to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church! But the best news is I’m even more in love than I was on that day in 2005! God Bless Our Pope, and all our Bishops and Priests!

  68. J.A. says:

    The best news, of course, is: “For God so loved the world…”

    As for my small corner of the globe, we have a faithful, thoughtful priest and a small but prayerful congregation.

    I am fighting the good fight of chastity and, with God’s grace and Our Lady’s intercession, I am overcoming my SSA and finally discovering true fulfillment in continent chastity. I am so very thankful.

  69. Jim says:

    Christ has risen from the dead!
    Trampling down death by death,
    and upon those in the tombs
    bestowing life!


  70. Mary Ann says:

    Received The Most Holy Eucharist on Easter! First time in FIVE years after recently making my Confession. This was at a EF Mass, kneeling, hands folded under the beautiful white linen rail cloth. Attended an OF Mass this past Sunday in a regular parish: the congregation was very respectful, priest wearing old style Roman vestments. I received the Eucharist kneeling at a restored Communion rail as did most others. Later returned for Divine Mercy services including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. I had the opportunity to confess and the lines were long, praise God! This parish is celebrating it’s 100th year, the 10th anniversary of ordination for it’s pastor is coming up and has had the great blessing of a Perpetual Adoration Chapel for 13 years. Although the economy in this area has been especially hard hit, the capital campaign for a new school continues to progress very well. Thank you, Father Z, for providing the chance to speak of good news!

  71. Tim Ferguson says:

    I’ve finished yet another semester of classes toward an STL degree, and also finished my first semester of teaching canon law to deacon candidates.

  72. Rachel says:

    My husband and I just moved into our new apartment and my brother has moved in as well. So, we are starting to adjust to our new surroundings. Also, it is getting warmer and the geese on campus are having their goslings :).

    Oh yeah, we have jobs still and my husband just got a bonus. Deo Gratias!

  73. Bill Haley says:

    Our sixth child, Thomas Liam, was born on March 15th. His name selection was inspired by the sacrificial death of Thomas VanderWoude.

    But after which St. Thomas was he named? The Apostle, Aquinas, More how to choose? That was determined by the Providential order of the spheres.

    March 15th is, as of course you know, the feast of St. Longinus. The sacred heart of Jesus pierced by Longinus was probed by Thomas the Apostle. And our son was baptized at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.

    Deo gratias!

  74. Joe Schmoe says:

    On Holy Thursday I went to confession after 18 years (and my first really good confession), and then last Sunday I did the Divine Mercy/Plenary Indulgence thing.

    Your “Just Go” post a while back helped.

  75. Joanne says:

    I took an Amtrak train down to Providence today and assisted in the 12:05 Mass in the beautiful Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul. I also walked a bit around the lovely and historic Brown University campus. Finished the day with a very yummy lunch on Federal Hill, which is sort of like Boston’s North End, ie, an Italian enclave with many restaurants. :)

  76. AlwaysCatholic says:

    Thankful to Our Lord and Our Lady for our Pastor, Father Robert Pasley at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, nj and to my fellow parishioners who are happy to welcome all to our parish. Look us up at and see why I am so grateful for something soooo great!!

  77. Melody says:

    My formerly agnostic roommate went with me to easter mass, decided she wants to convert, and is now reading the catechism and about to enroll in RCIA. And she likes mass in Latin better!

  78. Richard says:

    It’s the 31st anniversary of my baptism!

  79. Mary says:

    My friend Bridget gave birth to baby #4 and first girl aka Hester Mary Bernadette this afternoon. Bridget’s oldest son Rimmy (Ronell Timothy) will be 4 in June, the 2nd son, Seton Alexander, will be 3 in August and the youngest son, Ransom Lewis will be 2 in November, and she and her husband, Ron will be celebrating their 5th anniversary in August.

    I’m happy with my priests who are good holy men. :) I’m still getting to know our new pastor.

    My family and I are taking a trip to Ireland in July, both of my parents are from Ireland so it’s a nice chance to see the extended family.

    and of course this blog is awesome and has helped to educate me on a good few things. :)

  80. cuaguy says:

    I only have 12 days left before I go home from CUA, so that is good in one way, I will be home, and bad in another- No serving at the BNSIC until I get back. Also, it is finally nice, which is again bittersweet, because I burn easily, and have really bad pollen allergies.

  81. Paul Haley says:

    Despite all the shenanigans, despite the feeling at times that we have been run over by a modernist truck, despite all the crap, many Catholics continue to believe and strive to be better and the Traditional Mass is seeing a rebirth in Rome and elsewhere and, most important for this blog, Father Z continues to persevere. God bless you, Father.

  82. Patrick says:

    I was able to read a good deal of “The Heresy of Formlessness” on the plane home today.

    One of my friends came up to me at the meeting we were attending in Newark and told me that he had joined the Knights and took his First and Second Degree the night before last.

    Twitter and Plurk continue to provide interesting and welcome notes from WDTPRS and American Papist!

  83. Thanks for your prayers, Father. As you know I was discerning a vocation to the monastery in Norcia, Italy.

    By God’s grace and mercy, I will be going back to join this June.

    Please pray for me.


  84. a different Julie says:

    Our students played another excellent rugby match against a local school… and *won* for the first time! Abbé L’s coaching has paid off!

  85. Ken says:

    My baby cousin was just born today, albeit a bit early.

  86. We have Confirmation tonight with Archbishop George H. Pearce!

  87. Willebrord says:

    Well, I’m almost entired certain that by the will of God I will be attending Christendom College next year!

  88. Dean says:

    I have been accepted into Franciscan University’s Pre-Theology Program! Now I just need to figure out how to pay for it without going into too much debt. :)

    Oh, and the best piece of good news:

    Christ is Risen, and He and His Church will be with us till the end of time!

    Pax et bonum.

  89. rags says:

    Our Diocese (Pittsburgh) is having an inservice day tomorrow on the importance of Catholic culture and the integration of the faith in the Social Studies department. Praise God for Bishop Zubik!

    Brick by brick!

  90. mrsmontoya says:

    I am saying a rosary now for you and your fellow priests.

  91. Kelly says:

    My grandmother who is 88. and suffering from anxiety due to the onset of dementia, had a very good day today. :) Thanks be to God!

  92. I found a job that I am completely unworthy of. It has always been given to the best and brightest students in my department.

    Thanks to Our Lord and St. Therese for making this possible.

  93. Girgadis says:

    My 14-year-old autistic son went on his first “date” with a girl who has
    similar issues. My husband drove him to her house where they introduced
    themselves to her parents. He dropped them off at a pizza parlor down the
    street from where she lives and then hung around outside in case any help was needed
    paying the bill (math is a major stumbling block for this kid). My father
    would have chained me to the furniture before allowing me to go on a date at
    the age of 14 so while I was initially concerned, seeing how much self-esteem
    this has given both of them has tempered some of my worries. Her parents were
    especially impressed to learn that my son insisted on saying grace before they
    dove into their pizza.

  94. Gloria says:

    My nine children have given me twenty-seven grandchildren, who in turn have added fifteen great-grandchildren. I just found out that my sixteenth great-grandchild is on the way. My calendar joyfully runneth over. Not all, on the different levels, are Catholic, but I’m workin’ on it daily, one rosary at a time. St. Monica pray for me.

  95. Lori Ehrman says:

    I live in TEXAS!!!!! Thank God!! I am going to Lourdes to serve for my 5th straight year in the Baths and, if God allows, I will be made a permanent member of the Hospitality of Notre Dame de Lourdes. The real Notre Dame.

    Also, my daughter is attending Ave Maria University, another real Notre Dame.

  96. Supertradmom says:

    A benefactor just paid my son’s college tuition for this semester. Praise God. Also, same son may have a job interview for a summer job this week. Pray for that blessing, please.

  97. Megan says:

    I was so blessed this past Sunday to be able to sing at the dedication Mass of the FSSP’s new parish in Sarasota, FL (Christ the King Parish in the Diocese of Venice, FL, under His Excellency Frank Dewane)

    Also, this semester is almost over. Deo gratias…

  98. Danny Mary-Joseph says:

    I got confirmed this easter.

    I think I have a vocation to enter a Benedictine monastary.

    Ive came up with a plan (or have a great traditional priest installed at a spiritually impoverished parish. It currently has a priest who is nice, but no fan of catholic tradition and has to rush between two churches. the trad priest will have the church with the traditional altar and the nice priest the one where he conducts his social justice work from-which he is very good at by the way.

  99. Antiquarian says:

    Two dear friends, who had been unable to have children, have adopted a beautiful toddler. The happiness radiating from that house could light a city.

  100. Rachel says:

    I made a new friend yesterday– yet ANOTHER person who puts up with me! :)

  101. AuroraChristina says:

    1) I will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday.
    2) My spiritual director doesn’t let me get away with anything.
    3) The spiritual practices you recommended in the Fleeing to Orthodoxy post have become a habit! (No pun intended…)
    4) A Lutheran gave me my rosary.


  102. After 23 years of teaching in secular universities (University of California (Berkeley), University of Oregon, and the University of Virginia), I resigned my appointment as full professor of Religious Studies and History at Virginia, to accept an appointment at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, which is the House of Studies of the Western Dominican Province, Oakland CA.

  103. Christina says:

    I’ve made it to full-term on my pregnancy, so my baby’s safe to come whenever he/she’s up for it. AND I finished my last final of my undergrad today! Yes!

  104. Luke D. says:

    There is so much good new right now that I could write you a book Father!

    1) You continue to bless me each day with your website!
    2) Bishop Zurick of Amarillo just celebrated his first year with our diocese!
    3) I was brought into the Church at the Easter Vigil!
    4) Last, but certainly not least, the spring semester is almost over!! I think I may actually enjoy this summer instead of taking classes… :)

  105. Jim says:

    We just instituted Perpetual Adoration at our Parish, I am going to Rome next month and obtain a Plenary Indulgence by visiting St Paul’s, tax season is over and baseball season has begun.

  106. Laura says:

    My marriage was convalidated today! So I am officially official now and can finally receive the Eucharist again!

    I can’t wait!

  107. Joamy says:

    It is still Easter!!!!!!! That is the best news of all.

  108. Nick says:

    The TLM parish out here has so many children and infants that it is hard to hear the priest…

  109. My youngest daughter is making her First Holy Communion in the Traditional Roman Rite on Pentecost Sunday 100 Years and one day after her namesake (Her great-great grandmother).

    My brother and his betrothed are getting married on June 26th 2009.

    My children just got accepted to an orthodox Catholic school.

  110. Lee says:

    Mother Teresa called the other day as we were sitting down to lunch. Hearing that voice is a heart-stopping moment, but the news is all good. My daughter is making her simple profession as a Carmelite on June 20th, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    Carmelite convents are supposed to have only 21 nuns, but can accept more if they are planning a new foundation. Hers has thirty-three.

    The neat thing is that this convent in Valparaiso NE has the Mass in the extraordinary form every day, and all the offices are in Latin as well. The unlikely result is they have more vocations than they know what to do with. Actually, that is not correct. Mother is accepting all good vocations, period.

    I took the opportunity to ask Mother where the new foundation will be. It is at Elysburg, PA, about 23 miles from Shenandoah, PA.

    Apparently there was a convent of Carmelites that was failing, and
    they asked the nuns at Valparaiso to take over. They will be going there toward the end of June- after my daughter’s profession- but she will not be going with them, thanks be to God.

    Nor will Mother Theresa or Mother Agnes (the novice mistress) being going either. Why break up such a winning combination? I wonder if that was the thought.

    They arrived in Valparaiso from Las Vegas in 2001 with only nine or ten nuns and are already sending out a new foundation. Eleven nuns will be going, which suggests to me that they are planning on sending out yet another foundation, since 22 nuns will be left at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

    If I am correct, this means that eleven slots just opened up for postulants in Valparaiso, and at least ten in Elysburg.

    Is that good news or what?

  111. John says:

    i celebrated the 53rd Anniversary of my sacrament of Baptism today. Thanks Be to God and thanks to our Blessed Mother whom I was dedicated to for watchin and protecting me these years.

  112. I cannot be absolutely certain, but I have confident hope that at least one father of an unwanted child whom I “counseled” outside an abortion center in San Francisco, CA last Friday has chosen birth for his child and has led his/her mother to do so as well. In any case, your prayers are most welcome.

    Fredi D’Alessio

  113. PGJ says:

    Today, I finished radiation therapy for brain cancer. Deo Gratias!

    And I am laughing that my “Anti-spam” word is “Maniples Now.”

  114. Ricky Vines says:

    I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. (Source unknown) It’s news for those who forget.

  115. On Divine Mercy Sunday we invited parishioners to participate in Perpetual Adoration. Over 500 responded, and our list of active adorers is now over 800.

  116. laurazim says:

    My beautiful five-month-old daughter cut her first tooth last week. Unable to find suitable teething biscuits, I happily found a recipe to make my own–only to discover that all five of my children think they are delightful! An economical surprise if there ever was one…It certainly makes this Mama happy!

    Cheer up, my good man. You do so much for so many. :)

  117. Our Apostolate known as The Fellowship of Catholic Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses had two people whom we have assisted in their Christian walk enter the Church on Easter Vigil this year. Both of these individuals are former Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  118. Mike says:

    If you just think positive, everything will be OK!

  119. Ryan says:

    I have been attending Mass daily since being welcomed into the Church at the Easter Vigil.

  120. Ann says:

    My internet is back up, some of the boxes from the move are emptied, the chiropractor did her magic and my back feels very good tonight, my pregnancy is progressing happily and my hubby is home before dark tonight!!

    I have passed another quiz and my last report earned an A.

    And I found an OB who I think I will love working with on this pregnancy.

  121. Edward Martin says:

    Spring has arrived,and so have the icebergs!

  122. Brian says:

    I have 3 beautiful kids 2yo and under, the most amazing wife and an awesome God!

  123. Rancher says:

    It’s finally spring

    The snow on the ranch has melted

    New foals and calves are abundant

    Our beloved border collie safely had her first litter of healthy pups

    God has blessed us with health and abundance

    Our tiny Parish is growing rapidly with the recent assignment of two
    very orthodox priests from Nigeria(who are preparing to offer TLM in the near future)

    Wyoming Catholic College which we have adopted and contribute to is solid in its adherence to the teachings of the Church

    Fr Z hasn’t shown me the trap door to the rabbit hole

  124. Marie Siobhan says:

    Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!!

  125. Bos Mutissimus says:

    My Beloved Wife and I celebrate 14 wonderful years of Holy Matrimony today! We were married at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in KCMO, though not in the Latin. Our five beautiful children comprise our Full House (Queens over Jacks!) and are constant reminders to us of God’s Fruitful Love. Whenever I am tempted to anger or sadness at the thought of Western Civilization crumbling around us (or rather, being actively destroyed!), true peace returns when I recall my family — my Domestic Church. Truly it is a symbol of Christ’s Mystical Body.

    Thanks be to God!

  126. Bob says:

    God loves you

  127. leah says:

    I love this topic Fr. Z! Thanks to all who participate! My good news is that there is less than 2 months before I’ll be enjoying part of the Summer in Germany!

  128. Father Totton says:

    there is much to be thankful for.

    Tonight I rehearsed our second graders who will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday. This was a special class for me, since I have been their (religion) teacher all year.

    I am wrapping up a busy day sitting on the patio and it is still about 80 F outside. The dog is resting content at my feet.

    I made reservations for (frequent flyer miles) airfare to Rome today so that I can attend both a religious profession and a diaconal ordination the same week in October (two different men).

    School will soon be out, and I plan to use the more relaxed pace to catch up on some reading and resume some important study of the Latin language.

    Sadly, I learned my ordination classmate is being assigned to another part of the diocese, but he is being replaced by an equally talented and holy priest who is also a good friend. The deanery will benefit from the infusion of new blood.

    The Holy Father has shown mercy upon us in allowing us to retain our ordinary, whom many feared would be transferred to St. Louis (sorry, Saginaw!).

    Oh, and Nate, look for a good solid Catholic school (probably a college rather than a university) where you can study humanities/great books/liberal arts. Find one with a true commitment to the Sacred liturgy and Sacred Music, even if such is not offered as a specific major. You can get the requisite education there all the while developing your interests/skills in preparation for religious life and/or seminary. I will try to remember you in my prayers.

  129. Former Altar Boy says:

    There’s a neat vi0edo of the new dome being put on the bell tower of the TLM parish in San Diego on YouTube at:

  130. Nan says:

    My cousin’s baby gets baptized on Saturday.

  131. My senior English presentation was today and it went just fine. That just leaves biology, my visa, and plane ticket money before I can enter the monastery! God willing.

  132. Mary says:

    I think Hugh Owens calls it the 5:20 principle:
    (in Romans) “where evil abounds, grace abounds more abundantly.”

    Let the graces flow. Alleluia

  133. Rachel says:

    Lee, I hadn’t heard that! I was wondering when she’d have enough black veils to send ’em out. :)

  134. Marco says:


    I am 16 years old and am dicerning the preisthood as well. I sometimes serve the Tridentine Mass and I am an altar at my local parish. I have to approach the vocations director in my archdiocese pretty soon as well. I am in the same boat you’re in, concering the FSSP or a parish preist. Also, I have always thought and prayed about studying to recieve a degree in liturgy. What a blessing it would be to truly learn and become familiar with the ancient rituals of the Roman Catholic Church! I will certainly be praying for you and your priestly vocation, and I kindly ask you to pray for mine! Viva il Papa!

    Oremus pro invicem,

  135. pray 4 priests says:

    My pastor is beginning to really love his Divine Office. Can’t tell you how long I’ve prayed for this. I was on the brink of giving up, and behold he’s now immersed in it.

  136. Anthony says:

    Missa Cantata to be offered on Ascension Thursday at St. Ann’s in Charlotte, NC. I read about the details of it here:

  137. Ad Orientem says:

    Christ is risen!

    Is there any more glorious news?

    (The hamburger I just had on a day when such is normally a no no was kinda nice too.) Happy Bright Wednesday to all.


  138. Aussie Paul says:

    [I edited this out. I don’t appreciate that negative clutter.]

  139. Tod says:

    Am looking this week to get a couple pygmy/dwarf goats to raise in our garden out back.

    Sounds like something you might enjoy too, Father:

    They are not very expensive, and cost only $12 a month to feed and care for.

    Reminds me not only of St. Francis, but of Heidi and her grandfather from growing up days.

    God bless,

  140. sacerdos in germania says:

    I just offered Holy Mass for the 5249th time this morning! God is so good!

  141. Carlos Palad says:

    I just spoke to a Filipino priest who is now offering the TLM daily in private!

  142. Raphaela says:

    Here’s something nice from the diocese of Linz, Austria: On Pentecost Sunday, bishop Ludwig Schwarz will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form at the FSSP-run Minoritenkirche in Linz.

  143. Kathie Hogan says:

    My beautiful homeschooled daughter, Brigid, will be confirmed on the Feast of Pentecost next month.

  144. Petros says:

    Dear Father Z.,
    you will be happy to hear that in Saint Kevins Dublin(Ireland),we have had by far and away the greatest attendance for the Easter Sunday morning Mass: standing room only(almost).The celebrated with Great Reverence,by our very devoted priests.

    Thanks be to God.

  145. emily says:

    Yesterday was my 9th anniversary of my reception into the Catholic Church. I was baptized Episcopalian and at the age of 20 was confirmed and received my first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. God has led me on a great adventure since then and I am discerning a religious vocation.

  146. Well our local Monastery returned the alter rail. The Resident chaplain informed us of how pleasing it is to receive on the tongue. The return of Extraordinary form Mass and Catholic homeschooling families coming together each weekend at the monastery to share God’s love. If that isn’t a sign of hope then we haven’t got a chance.

    Pat Et Bonum

  147. Sorry for the misspelling

    Make that
    Pax Et Bonum

  148. PNP, OP says:

    Good news? Hmmmm…I have a book coming out from Liguori Publications in Sept 2009!

  149. My small parish is sponsoring an orphanage for deaf children in Haiti. Yesterday, we welcomed (to be with us for a week)the director of the orphanage… so that we could get to know him better and the needs of the children under his care. You can imagine the culture shock he is experiencing; but our people are warm and friendly and the atmosphere of my parish is that of a family.

  150. Rebecca says:

    We all enjoyed your visit to St. Mary’s this past Easter and look forward to seeing you again sometime. My nephew served his first Mass last Sunday (the extraordinary form) and is looking forward to serving again this Sunday – we had at least six alter boys last Sunday. And the best news of all is that we have a new bishop. God has blest us with a glorious Easter season.

  151. KMS says:

    My husband and I were asked to be Godparents! This makes Godchild number NINE! We are blessed.

  152. joe says:

    My CCD kids will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation tonight. Please keep them in your prayers.

  153. Allena says:

    I am making two splendid new surplices for the alter boys because I scorched my son’s by accident. The lace and decorations will be grand!

    I’ll send pics Father.

  154. clumsy thurifer says:

    Ive just applied to the FSSP and ask for your prayers!!!!

    Please be assured of mine.

  155. Peter says:

    My pastor started having communal Morning Prayer this week and next week will nearly double the hours available for Eucharistic Adoration. He’s had “moderate” response already; I only hope and pray it grows into “good” and eventually “outstanding”.

  156. Amy in NJ says:

    My son received Eucharist for the first time on Divine Mercy Sunday.

  157. Alison says:

    My two year old, Thomas Athanasius, just learned how to sing the Te Deum, which is the only thing that makes his baby brother Cyprian stop crying.

  158. Paul says:

    The Good News here on Long Island is the proposed founding of Our Lady of Good Success Academny, grades K through Six, with higher grade levels added each successive year up to the 12 grade. Our students will graduate with a bona fide high school diploma recognized by the State of New York.

    We have hired traditional Catholic teachers who have been educated by the Dominican Sisters and have had experience working in SSPX schools. They will be here in the summer to begin lesson plans, organizing classrooms, meeting the administrators, students, & parents. The curriculum, which stresses a classical eduction (Latin, history, American & English literature, history, perhpas logic & rehtoric, and of course, the Catholic Faith in all its purity, is available for review. We will be following New York State guidelines when implementing all elementary curriculum.

    Join us as we joyfully express our profound gratitude to Almighty God and Our Lady for this tremendous grace

  159. suaso says:

    As a student at a Benedictine College, my good news is that I got a 90 on Abbot Placid\’s lastest theology test. This is good because A) it is the Abbot, who is a tough grader, B) the old saying on campus is \”If Jesus took the Abbot\’s theology class he would get a \’B\’, and C) this is an honors course and I am not in the honors program, so I should technically do worse in that class than the honors students.

    Also…my shipment of Mystic Monk coffee came the same day, so any time I get caffiene is good news!

  160. irishgirl says:

    Wow-such nice posts!

    Today is also St. George’s Day-and I got a feastday card from my priest-friend in England yesterday!

    And Syracuse has a new Bishop-I only hope and pray that he will be a strong Bishop and show favor to the TLM!

    Lee-how cool to hear about the Carmel in Valpariso, NE!

  161. Janet says:

    It’s spring, there are flowers everywhere (at least in Alabama), and families of birds are chasing their fledglings through the bushes trying to feed them and keep them safe. The sun is shining, and the winter gloom is all gone for another year. Thanks be to God!

  162. Ohio Annie says:

    Happy Conch Republic Independence Day everybody! Do we blow on our conch shells to celebrate?

  163. LMU Student says:

    The number of undergraduates applying for and getting accepted into post graduate service programs is up at Loyola Marymount University(Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, Alliance for Catholic Education, Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education, Inner City Teaching Corps, Teach for America)

  164. Okie says:

    1) I graduate from college in just a few weeks – major in political science with minors in philosophy and history. And, my plans are set to begin work with a fabulous organization called Maggie’s Place, based in Phoenix.

    2) As a new tradition for graduating seniors, besides just holding a reception the day before, the new chaplain at the school’s Newman Center has also scheduled a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration with Benediction for seniors, family, and friends.

  165. Laurinda says:

    I am in love!

  166. Alice says:

    I have the whole day off from work to do housework and play with my baby and my nephew!

  167. Anonymous says:

    My oldest child came home from his first year at one of those real Catholic colleges and borrowed the car keys so he could go to the adoration chapel.

  168. Peony Moss says:

    My son receives his First Holy Communion in 16 days. He will receive it kneeling. And my parents are going to be able to attend (they live halfway across the country.)

  169. jennifer eva says:

    I commented on the thread about Holy Thursday about an EF about 35 minutes away and we went to the OF at that same parish last Sunday as a family. You can clearly see the pull on my husband! He even commented that it wasn’t the homily but the whole liturgy that helped him rest and drink in the Mass. (He has been here for the EF too – but finds it hard still – I wonder if there isn’t a sense of remembering that EF Mass even though it was still an OF) He couldn’t explain exactly what but it was indeed something. I can’t force him to want to go but the Good Spirit sure can help fast! DH was even thinking a bit extravagantly like moving to be near there even though his daily commute would be over 50 minutes daily to work. Indeed he became intoxicated with the idea of being close to this place! Now we will continue to pray and see what the Our Lord teaches us in this.

    Much love to you and your blog
    JennE in CA

  170. Jim of Bowie says:

    Msgr. Charles Pope today began a series on the mass on the Archdiocese of Washington blog, which he calls The Mass in Slow Motion. Judging by the first part on the procession and entrance hymn, it looks to be a very good series.

    It can be found at:
    Msgr. Pope is the priest who celebrated the solemn high mass at Mt. St. Mary’s.

  171. Memphis Aggie says:

    I just got back from a small town in the Bayou in Lousiana. We were there for the confirmation of my oldest nephew. He’s a great kid: bright, respectful, good with his younger siblings and his cousins. Crawfish boil, BBQ, catching up with family and late spring weather are all blessings.

    Here in Memphis the vinca, carnations, clematis, azaleas and irises are in bloom. The blue eyed grass is just now ready to bloom, the peonies are up, as are lilies. It’s going to be over 80 and sunny for the next few days, including the weekend.

    My wife and two boys are basically happy and healthy. I love my parish, our three priests, the parish school, and my job is great. My cup runneth over, I shall not want.

  172. Lady Kathryn says:

    As one who suffers from depression,it is so hard for me to see God’s Goodness in my life. But, I know that He is out there, your lives and your joys are a witness to that. Thank you.

  173. David Grondz says:

    I was able to absolve and anoint a dying man yesterday. I also gave him the Apostolic Pardon. He passed away early this morning. Good news: another soul saved by the blood of Christ.

  174. leutgeb says:

    I dislocated a shoulder last week and have an arm in a sling.

    As I was walking back from the station on the way home from work, feeling, not great, a Catholic neighbour with a large family, pulled over and asked me round for tea.

    I had a lovely evening.

  175. Irene says:

    Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary and today
    I received good news from my doctor regarding my blood pressure. Today is my
    mom’s 88th birthday. God is good!

  176. Hugh says:

    Two possibly supernatural moments…

    1. A story I’m chasing up for “Fidelity” magazine which I edit: In the recent deadly bushfires near my hometown of Melbourne (Australia) a family was confronted with the firestorm head on. There was nowhere to go. They knelt down in front of their house, faced the fire front and began to say the Rosary. Incredibly, the front split, went round both them and their house, and continued on its destructive journey. They and their house were spared.

    2. A friend of mine, C, from New Zealand, recently gave me a statue of the Infant of Prague. She had bought it several weeks before and had it in her bedroom on a table at the end of her bed before bringing it with her on a trip to Melbourne. C has a little dog, Bridget, which sleeps on her bed.

    One night, in the dead of night, Bridget suddenly awoke, sat up, jumped off C’s bed, ran around to the statue, popped up on her hind legs and leaned towards the Infant, staring at Him with ears up and tail wagging furiously. This went on for a couple of minutes. Eventually Bridget jumped back on to C’s bed, and lay down, looking intently at the statue until she fell sleep again.

    Readers will understand if I’m treating C’s wonderful gift with extra special reverence!

    In my next “Fidelity” in gratitude I’m planning to do a focus on the Infant of Prague & the associated devotions. (BTW, any other stories like this re. the I.P. appreciated: hugh [at] webone dot com dot au)

  177. Sara says:

    Monday I received a promotion and a nice raise at work!! Thanks be to God!! You could have knocked me over with a feather.

  178. Liz F. says:

    Father Z: I hope you keep doing this. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by the evil in our country right now, but this encourages me, reminding me to count each and every blessing. These posts are full of wonderful news and lovely to read. My husband and I are getting ready to adopt our ninth child (and or tenth if we get the twins we are praying for!) :o)

  179. Alina ofs says:

    Hi everyone!

    My good news: Christ is risen! Alleluia.

    My (protestant, whealthy neighbour) has given this poor administrive worker some undated traintickets. Now I can go to Amsterdam every month for an EF Mass! God is generous!

    I just heard that TLM will also be served at Bootcamp (see And I can actually go there! My boss has granted me an extra week of leave!

    More good news:
    I am able to participate in this. 3 days of TLM. HEAVEN on earth!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

  180. irishgirl says:

    I know I already contributed, but….

    I went to our adoration chapel this morning, and ended up meeting one of our diocesan seminarians! He was very tall, and carried his cassock and surplice. He’s in his pastoral year at a suburban parish, and will be ordained a priest in two years.

    He had attended the FSSP seminary in Nebraska, but now goes to St. Mary’s in Baltimore.

    I helped carry out a couple of votive candles for him, since his hands were full with his cassock, surplice, and a small bag. We had a nice conversation-I even gave him a ‘high five’!

    He asked me to pray for him, and I said, “I pray for all our priests!” And he’s a reader of your blog, Fr. Z! When I told him what name I use in submitting comments, he said he’d look for them!

    What a nice start to my day!

  181. MAJ Tony says:

    To Rancher: Deo Gratias for the Nigerians. We have at least two (possibly related) who are chaplains in the Army. Frs Opara (Chris and Isaac) have served in war for us (Fr. Chris, my friend, in Iraq, and Fr. Isaac, in Afghan with friends of mine). I think we are being paid back for our missionary work in Africa, and it could not have come at a more important time.
    Chaplain Isaac Opara’s profile at

    I’m more and more thinking this is where God is leading me. Please pray for me.

  182. joe says:

    I just want to chime in with a brief report on our Confirmation Mass.

    What an outpouring of the Holy Spirit! The Sacrament was administered by Abp. Lawrence Burke, SJ, Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston, Jamaica. The reason why he was in town, sadly, is because he is undergoing chemotherapy for a particularly aggressive cancer and he told all the confirmandi that he was pleased to suffer and thus unite his sufferings to those of Christ’s.

    I know the Jesuits get a lot of flak (often, not without reason) but H.E. definitely shatters that stereotype.

    So, basically, please keep him in your prayers.


  183. Stargirl says:

    Through a miracle of happenstance, at 24, having essentially failed out of college. I’ve been readmitted. Praise!

  184. After nearly two months’ trans-atlantic separation, I will rejoin my fiancee in just over a week and we are to be married two weeks today. Please pray for us (visas—blech) and give thanks with us. Also, my fiancee has recently had some good career news. And today is my name day! AMDG

  185. RBrown says:

    KU, which has Apostolic Succession in Basketball, was picked by Dick Vitale as the preseason #1 team. And that was BEFORE Xavier Henry signed.

  186. Henry Edwards says:

    How many parishes observed this feast day of St. Mark with the traditional procession chanting the litany of the saints? Ours this morning followed a sung ad orientem Novus Ordo Mass with incense and Kyrie (Gr.), Sanctus, Mysterium Fidei, Per ipsum, Agnus Dei, and Regina Caeli (at end) all in Latin.

    After our priest had changed from his red Roman vestment to a violet Roman cope, the chant began at the foot of the altar. The procession exited up the main aisle and out through the narthex, around through the parking lot to the back entrance to our perpetual adoration chapel, where the Litany of the Saints (in Latin) concluded with the traditional supplications, and was followed by a brief Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

    The copyright restrictions on Novus Ordo materials (thankfully) forced us to duplicate the traditional Latin “In Litaniis Majoribus et Minoribus” from the Liber Usualis for handouts for the people to use.

  187. ashley says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to count my blessings.
    One of my favorite SJ’s will make his final profession of vows on Sunday night.
    My brother is feeling somewhat better. As soon as he’s strong enough, we’ll be able to try for an organ transplant.
    God bless you Father.

  188. Gorgasal says:

    My beautiful wife gave birth to healthy happy twins four days ago (which is why I\’m posting this only today) – although we afterwards found out that she actually has an intestinal condition associated with infertility and miscarriages. We are delirious with joy!

  189. Emilio III says:

    Pictures of the Eucharistic Procession at Notre Dame:

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