Daily Archives: 16 August 2009

Guest Feeder Feed

I have had a truly awful day.  Thus, I was pleased to have this nice note. Hello Father– Your finch feeders encouraged me to put up a finch sock on a tree in my backyard–I live in a new townhouse … Read More

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Diocesan newspaper editor writes…well… you decide for yourselves

From a reader: This "perspective" was published by the editor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, NY official newspaper.  In all likelihood it will go unchallenged and the agony will continue, of which it seems, to be ridiculous articles … Read More

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QUAERITUR: finger cleansing for EMHCs after Communion

From a reader: I have a liturgical question for you, if you don’t mind: Why is it that the Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist do not have to undergo ablutions after distributing Holy Communion?   They don’t? Well.. yes, … Read More

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Hippocratic Oath

The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath, just in case you have never read it:     I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods, and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will … Read More

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Brick by brick… literally – how the restoration will happen

There is fantastic coverage of the 15 August ground breaking ceremony with His Excellency Robert W. Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, for the first building of the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus, the future home of the Benedictines … Read More

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TLM reaction

From a priest friend: Fr. Z,  I offered a Holy Mass in the Gregorian Rite for some pious Brazilian ladies who were in town visiting and a lady who is a friend of mine and of theirs.  The friend hadn’t … Read More

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Every have one of those days… well one of those… long periods… when things simply stop working well? Things go sailing along well and then WHAM! It is like a perfect storm of foul ups and failures of equipment, things … Read More

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Report on Merchantville, NJ – Assumption Mass

From a reader: Mass today was amazing. Two hours and 10 minutes of heaven. Shared with 3 generations of my family (my mom plus 4-year-old son, who was transfixed by the music). Simply marvelous. A tidbit from Fr. Pasley – … Read More

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