What is your good news?

Although the week has brought some sadness, there are nevertheless reasons for good cheer in this life, aided by grace.

Foremost among the good pieces of news I had were the appointment of a friend of mine, Fr. Lee Piche, as the new Auxiliary of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  He will be a fine bishop.

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  1. DavidJ says:

    The week is almost over, Thank God.

  2. A. says:

    I am off my pain meds.

  3. Rose in NE says:

    The Archbishop came to our FSSP personal parish this week to confirm some of our young people.

  4. a catechist says:

    Kid in utero, due in the fall, is a boy! Big, healthy, and kicking with gusto! Now…which Pope to name him after?

  5. Banjo Pickin' Girl says:

    I received the anointing of the sick last Sunday and I feel much better, both physically and spiritually. My priests are great.

    And my favorite priest is leaving but the new one seems to be very good also.

  6. inillotempore says:

    My youngest daughter will receive Our Lord for the very first time at First Holy Communion (Pentecost Sunday)in the Traditional Roman Rite One Hundred years (and a day) after her name-sake (Great-great grandmother who died giving birth to my grandfather in 1922). It is great that she’ll have someone from the family smiling down on her from Heaven.

    I have a job interview June 5th (Ite ad Ioseph) !

  7. Stephen says:

    The FSSP, in the US, has its ordinations tomorrow :-)

  8. cuaguy says:

    My Pastor is celebrating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination tomorrow. I believe that it is 50 years to the day, but it may be off a few.

  9. Frank H. says:

    Our seminary-bound son is embarking on a summer internship at a parish not too far away.

    And our parish’s Associate Pastor has been assigned his first parish as a Pastor. Our prayers go with him!

  10. Sal says:

    Banjo Pickin’ Girl,

    God bless you. My prayers are with you.

  11. Kerry says:

    my team raised just under $6,200.00 for relay for life which starts tonight!

    feel free to add a last minute donation.

    thanks and God bless.


  12. Pes says:

    On 10 May, I thank God for the opportunity to attend Sunday Mass at 10:30 am in St. Peter\’s, Rome, which was jam-full, offered in the Ordinary Form mostly in Latin (readings, prayers, and sermons in vernaculars), chanted almost in its entirety (with Mass I \’Lux et origo\’ for Ordinary), and had the participation of an excellent Gregorian schola and choir. The congregation sang well. The celebrant was suffering from a cold but proceeded manfully to do his duty. It was the whole world at worship, and masterfully done. The universality of the Church and its call to holiness was brought home in a beautiful, powerful way. Whoever is in charge these days is doing fine work.

    The following Sunday, Holy Mass in the Duomo in Florence was offered in the same manner.

    Brick by brick.

  13. Jenny says:

    I just returned from the ordination Mass for Tien Tran in the diocese of Nashville. He is from Vietnam and has endured many hardships to answer his vocation at the age of 40. More of his story is at the link: http://www.dioceseofnashville.com/tientran.htm

  14. Life has challenges but I’m reminded of the Lord’s blessings every day.

    Yes, Bishop-elect Piche is VERY fine news indeed.

  15. My boyfriend and I were asked to bring up the gifts for Saturday daily Mass and for Sunday morning Mass. It was the first we had ever been asked on Saturday and were totally floored to asked again the next day! It was a blessing and his father cried when he saw us walking up on Sunday. Thank God for small signs.

    I am always thrilled to read your good news when Father Z asks us to post. You are all in my prayers, God bless!

  16. Danby says:

    My 27-year-old son was (finally) confirmed Sunday. And he brought his girlfriend back to the Church with him.

  17. Dryden says:

    I’m headed up to visit the minor seminary tomorrow morning. I’ll be staying for the weekend. I will probably decided to go next week sometime.

  18. Edward Martin says:

    It’s my birthday! (Which I share with GK Chesterton a fellow convert for the CofE)
    That and I have made the first steps to begin to follow a dream of mine…

  19. laurazim says:

    Dear friends of ours are bringing their son home from the hospital today. At three months old, he has just topped 5 pounds (by a whole hundredth of an ounce!). He was born in February at 25 weeks gestation, and by the Grace of God indeed, he has blossomed and grown. We’ve just marked his “due date”! Thanks be to God!!!

  20. Kaneohe says:

    Laurinda (Austin TX):

    I’m hoping to move to Austin in the very near future – what’s a good parish to join? (Name and address, (or locale) please! Many thanks!

    Grace and peace.

  21. Jenny Z says:

    We had our first ultrasound last week (7 weeks), and saw a beautiful little heartbeat :)

  22. Kevin says:

    My diocese will be taking on at least three, possibly five, new seminarians in the fall. Please, in your charity, keep praying for further increases in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

  23. Didymus says:

    This month Fr Vincent Serpa, OP (of Catholic Answers Radio) celebrates his 41st anniversary of ordination.

  24. Kaneohe,

    I am happy to hear of your future move to Austin! We have a wonderful bishop and the diocese in general is very large and has many things going on. If you are looking for a TLM then the cathedral, St. Mary’s, offers one on Sundays at 3:30pm which is downtown on 10th street (www.smcaustin.org).

    I attend St. Louis King of France which is 7601 Burnet Rd, 78757 (www.st-louis.org) and I am very happy with the clergy and the community of faith that I have found there. It is the largest church in three counties and there is always adult education, family ministry, childhood ministry and other programs going on. I attend the 9:30am Mass on Sunday’s which is a novus ordo and is traditional. There is also a contemporary Mass, which I am not a fan of, but it appeals to some. Anyway, I encourage you to attend many churches around the diocese to see which you like best and hopefully you’ll be very pleased with St. Louis!

    Take care,

  25. Jeff Pinyan says:

    I’ve gotten good remarks about my book on the new English translation of the Mass.

    Saturday is the 17th anniversary of my oldest brother’s ordination! Please pray for him and offer thanks to God for him!

  26. Precentrix says:

    I get to participate in the annual Paris-Chartres pilgrimage :) And Father has paid for my train ticket!

    “Chartres sonne…”

  27. John 6:54 says:

    Good News is its Friday and I’m headed home for the weekend.

  28. It seems every time you ask for good news I have something new to report from my wonderful new pastor. The latest is that I received a letter in the mail from him informing the parishioners of a new Adoration chapel being constructed we will have Adoration every day, instead of for one hour a month like we do now. Wonderful!

    Also, I received my results from the psychological exam as part of my application to the Augustinians, and they were overwhelmingly positive. I am one step closer…of course, I just turned in my written autobiography (also published at my blog), so it will be interesting to see how they react to that…

  29. ETMC says:

    1. Five men will be ordained for our Archdiocese tomorrow, and one of them is from our parish.
    2. A really, really good friend of mine is making her temporary profession and receiving the habit tomorrow.

  30. Joamy says:

    I have a job (after two months of unemployment.) Yippee!!!

  31. Dan says:

    Thanks to the Sacred Heart and Our Lady I got the Summer internship I applied for!

  32. Kristen says:

    We attended the beautiful, reverent Ordination Mass of Rev. Tien Tran in the Diocese of Nashville today. Praise God!

  33. momoften says:

    We had a son receive first Communion in the Extraordinary Form of Mass this last Sunday, it was beautiful…..We are gearing up for a children’s May Devotion for tomorrow morning, I am privileged to help plan it. Next in planning is Corpus Christi
    procession. I LOVE BEING CATHOLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Kaneohe says:

    Laurinda (Austin TX)

    Many thanks for your help and the great info, I really appreciate it!

    Grace and peace

  35. Athanasius says:

    St. Joan of Arc, an FSSP chapel in Couer D’Alene Idaho is celebrating its patronal feast tomorrow, at 10am with a Missa Cantata followed by Te Deum. For more info go to St. Joan of Arc.

  36. o.h. says:


    Let me second Laurinda’s recommendations. I attend the TLM at the Cathedral (though all the Masses at the Cathedral are lovely and reverent), and have heard only good things likewise about St. Louis. There are also beautiful liturgies in Aramaic at the Maronite parish, which nearly everyone visits once in a while.

    Father Z.,

    Your bird photos have finally persuaded me to put up a feeder, and my children have been going wild with their Guide to Birds of Central Texas. So far mostly the usual mourning doves, cardinals, and bluejays, with the occasional black-crested titmouse or carolina chickadee, but today, joy of joys! there was a whole flock of monk parakeets stuffing themselves at the feeder! The younger children were agog, and the teenager grabbed her camera, Fr. Z-style, and snapped away!

    Now if we could just figure out the right kind of feeder to attract the turkey vultures and caracaras…. Something involving squirrels? [Sure… just stake them out.]

  37. Agnes says:

    School’s out!

    And I’m just plain happy today.

  38. Walter says:

    As a PhD student in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame, I am pleased to report that, despite our administration’s recent lapses of judgment, the Department of Theology is doing quite well, especially in the Medieval and Patristic areas. In my own year, for example, we have two solidly orthodox scholars working on 12th century materials (the Cistercians and Victorines) and two solidly orthodox scholars working on Patristic authors from both the Eastern and Western traditions. Beyond my own year, we have a number of very bright and faithful students working in both these areas and in fields such as systematic and moral theology. I am confident that Notre Dame’s PhD program will in the next few years graduate a good group of orthodox, intelligent theologians who will make fine scholars and even better teachers. I would ask, however, that you pray for all of us. Being an orthodox or “conservative” student in the graduate program at Notre Dame is often challenging, but we are doing our best and could really use your support!

  39. Cygnus says:

    My Latin choir of northern Nevada, Regina Pacis Cantorum, headed by the incomparable Kathy Reitheimer, will be performing as part of the Ecumenical Choir Festival on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Reno. We’ll be performing “O Sacrum Convivium” and “Cantate Domino”, inter alia.

  40. Kevin says:

    We found a new home for our dog, Casey, who was a great cause of stress for me since my wife passed away a few months ago.

  41. Nan says:

    I got a couple of interesting new projects at work today. They should keep me busy for a few weeks.

  42. Robert says:

    We welcomed home our newest child Wednesday: Josephine Therese, 9lbs 4oz & 22 inches long.

    Then my saint of a wife let me golf in a charity golf outing on Friday morning.

  43. Robert says:

    PS – Ditto to momoften: I love being Catholic!

  44. Rose says:

    For the first time in a couple of weeks, our three and a half year old daughter had no tantrums today…

  45. Michael Val Hietter says:

    I received my Certified Fraud Examiner certification this week, which will help me advance in my career as a forensic accountant. Also, from reading some posts above (to which I extend my prayers and good wishes), I guess these days the good news is also that I still have my job!

    Michael Val Hietter

  46. Christina says:

    Kids are in a production of “MacBeth” all weekend with local theater group. Last night’s opening performance went great!

  47. Peter says:

    Last Sunday the Canberra (ACT, Australia) EF congregation made pilgrimage to Ss Peter & Paul ProCathedral, Goulburn (NSW) to mark the year of St Paul. It was also the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, Principal Patroness of Australia.
    The is an EF Mass offered once a month in Goulburn by the FSSP chaplain, Fr Ken Webb.
    There were about 100 people.
    It was a sung Mass with Palestrina’s Missa brevis.

    Some photos and history of the church (dating from the mid 1800s) can be seen here:

  48. BLC says:

    I am doing individual lessons at my FSSP parish to be received into the church instead of RCIA. My priest told me at this week’s lesson that instead of having to wait the year like is generally the case in the RCIA program, I will be received in a matter of weeks because my knowledge of the faith is really strong. (I knew there was an upside to me being such a voracious reader!)

    I am so blessed!

  49. bernadette says:

    I fell and fractured my shoulder. The good news is that it was my left shoulder so at least I can take care of myself and do a few basic chores.

  50. TNCath says:

    Our diocese will be ordaining 6 men to the priesthood this summer, the largest number ever in the history of our diocese!

  51. Jayna says:

    I found out that we are officially getting a real crucifix in the church. Finally! Life-size, realistic, and hung right smack above the altar. The liberal religious education ladies are having an absolute fit. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them threaten to quit over it. One of them said having a crucifix of that nature in the church is “inappropriate.”

    My parish is also getting a seminarian for the summer, direct from the North American College. I am looking forward to speaking with him.

    “I am pleased to report that, despite our administration’s recent lapses of judgment, the Department of Theology is doing quite well…”

    Any idea on how the Department of History is doing? I’m thinking of applying there to get my PhD. I just know that Mark Noll is there now and Jay Dolan is a professor emeritus and I know Dolan specifically is nearly Call To Action material.

  52. irishgirl says:

    Today is the Feast of St. Joan of Arc, and I finished my second novena in her honor, using a St. Joan chaplet I got in the mail last month!

    And tomorrow, my English priest-friend Fr. Kevin Foulkes marks his 27th anniversary of ordination tomorrow-the very day [Pentecost Sunday] that JP II ordained him in England!

    And I’m sure, Fr. Z, that you are happy about your friend Fr. Lee Piche’s elevation to the Episcopacy!

    Wouldn’t I give to be on the road to Chartres-I envy you, Precentrix!

  53. The Diocese of Burlington, a small diocese in one of the most secular States in the Nation, yesterday ordained four young men to the sacred priesthood – the most in 19 years.

  54. Sacristymaiden says:

    Am getting (and getting over)chickenpox for the first and last time.

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