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  1. Maggie says:

    My 26 third graders are very excited for their First Eucharist tomorrow! We have been practicing and preparing all year and the day has almost arrived… please pray for them (and especially their parents, most of whom do not come to Mass with any regularity).

  2. FrCharles says:

    One of the nicest guys and gentlest souls I’ve ever met is being ordained priest this morning. He also writes a blog called An Ambassador for Christ. May his ministry flourish!

  3. wanda says:

    My good news is stumbling onto this website, finding Fr. Z. and all his amazing WDTPRSers!
    Blessings to all on this exciting day at the Basilica. Graces and blessings are sure to flow!

  4. Charliebird says:

    I very recently got engaged! We met on Holy Thursday after Mass last year, in the temporary Chapel to watch with Christ. A year later, on that same calendar day, which fell on Easter Friday this year, the year liturgical anniversary of our first date, we got engaged! Wahoo!

  5. Dr. Eric says:

    My In-Laws are moving out tomorrow and to Alaska in a few short weeks!!!!!

  6. DdC says:

    Blessings all around! Workers doing improvements on my home have built me a ramp for my wheelchair and wont charge me!! Free at last to get out when Dr says I am able.There ARE good people in the world. Believe it! My dear friend David Alexander @manwithblackhat is serving for Communion at the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in my old neighborhood.

    Im still alive to see this Mass on the High Altar of the Shrine even if it is on tv. God Is so good!
    When I lived down the street from Shrine for YEARS I used to dream about this day. It’s here!! God Love PBXVI and His love fr Sacred Liturgy!!

    glad to have you here Wanda, thats great news!

  7. ejcmartin says:

    Our parish priest is hoping to celebrate his first EF Mass on the first anniversary of his ordination.

  8. wanda says:

    DdC, Thank you so much. I truly have been blessed here and have grown in my understanding of our beautiful Catholic Faith.

    I forgot some good news..I finished my errands and am back home..I get to watch/participate spiritually in this very special Mass at the basilica!

    Charliebird! Congratulations! Woo-hoo indeed! May God bless you both with many happy years together.

    Dr. Eric, There are those exclamation points again! Happiness & blessings & peace be with you.

  9. susanna says:

    My good friend’s son is a plumber!!!

  10. PilarDLS says:

    I came into full communion with the Church on April 4, 2010.

    I’m spending my 40th birthday in Venice.

    I’m still married to my best friend after 14 years.

  11. Ellen says:

    One more week till my retreat and then the week after, I get to meet our new Bishop.

  12. Today is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine :)

  13. SGCOLC says:

    MSGR Pope in Washington, DC has a nice blog entry: “Why Celebrate Mass in Latin” with part of a video of himself saying such a Mass.

  14. viennaguy says:

    Watching TLM on EWTN with Fr Z commentating! Yeh!

  15. Sid says:

    Our MEF at Holy Angels Church in Mount Airy, NC, now takes place almost every Sunday at 12noon. Holy Angels had begun this new schedule back in March. It’s in a chapel, the old church, which has been redone especially for the MEF, with a altar facing east and altar rails. So far between 40 to 60 souls have been present. And high noon makes it easier for folks who come from a distance.

    The future schedule: no Mass in the Extraordinary Form on 16 May, 30 May, and 06 Jun. Otherwise 12noon Sundays.

  16. david andrew says:

    Plans are underway at my church for two major events in May: 1) a Solemn High Mass (TLM) for the Sunday after Ascension. A compensated choir/schola will chant the appointed introit, gradual and alleluia verses and communion verse, and will sing the Kyrie, Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnus Dei from Hassler’s “Missa Secunda”. For the offertory I’m hoping we’ll be able to pull off the Byrd motet “Ascendit Deus in jubilationem”. The people will chant the Gloria (De Angelis) and also the Creed.

    The next weekend, we’ll be celebrating a Solemn Choral Vespers with Benediction for the Feast of Pentecost, using a combination of old rite and current LOTH. The introductory chant (Deus in adjutorium) and two of the psalms (Dixit Dominus and In exitu) will be sung to Latin chant psalm tones with their proper antiphons; the verses of the In exitu will be alternated between chant and a falsobordone by Vittoria. The “Revelation Canticle” will be sung in English to an Anglican double-chant with the antiphon also in English, set to the melody of the Gregorian proper. The Magnificat will be the Stanford setting in C with the proper antiphon also in English. The hymn “Veni Creator” will be sung with the first verse in Latin and the remaining verses in English.

    This is all very exciting, and a lot of work lay ahead. But, as Cadfael once said, “Harder things are done by the saints daily!”

  17. Antioch_2013 says:

    Our new set of six altar candlesticks arrived this week and we used them for the first time at our Missa cantata for the Feast of St. George yesterday. They’re beautiful!

    I was blessed to continue my graduate studies as a seminarian of my Archdiocese. Got my letter from the Archbishop on Holy Saturday. Deo gratias!

  18. Good news?

    Yeah – I was home to hear that most profound homily by Bishop Edward Slattery at the Pontifical High Mass in honor of Pope Benedict XVI.

  19. jorgepreble says:

    I’m 3 weeks smoke free! That’s my good news.

  20. bened1ct2s says:

    Here in Edinburgh, Scotland, we had a Solemn High Mass to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the inauguration of the Pontificate of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI which included the wonderful hymn “God Bless our Pope” – sung with gusto by all who attended. One of our diocesan priests, who has just attended the LMS training week at Ushaw the week previously, acted as Sub-Deacon for the very first time. This was the first time a Solemn High Mass has been celebrated in the church (the last pre-reformation church to be built in Scotland) for 400 years.

    Love live the Pope!

  21. duhvinci says:

    My good news today was watching the Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form with FrZ as a WONDERFUL master of ceremonies.

  22. irishgirl says:

    That’s my good news too-watching the High Mass from Washington and hearing Father Z’s commentaries! My computer was acting up a bit at the library, but I got to see a great majority of it.

    There’d better be some photos for us to see, Father Z!

    bened1ct2s [what a cool screen name]-I loved reading your post on the Mass in Scotland! And I’ve been singing to myself ‘God Bless Our Pope’-I hope the Holy Father hears it when he comes to the UK this fall! I didn’t know that Cardinal Wiseman could compose!

  23. Marg says:

    I’m with you duhvinci. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Great job Fr. Z. Didn’t realize you were commentating but recognized your voice and style.

  24. smcollinsus says:

    Speaking of Edinburgh, Scotland (but not about Catholic Liturgy) I learned the other night that my oldest son will be performing there on his bagpipes this summer – at the 75th Military Tattoo. He will be with The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes. Joshua saw them Tattoo when he was there for bagpipe band competition back in 1998, with the St. Thomas Episcopla Pipe Band who won the World Juvenile Championship that summer. Now, not only will he be performing there, but St. Thomas will have the band in Scotland again this summer for competition. They will get to see one of their own performing. And I’m pretty sure Joshua is the piper from that ’98 band still performing and in competition on the bagpipes.

    Now, all I need are prayers that I can figure out a way to get there myself!

  25. haleype says:

    Blessed Mother took charge of her own Cathedral today and expelled the demons, at least for a time. The Pontifical Solemn Mass in honor of Pope Benedict’s 5th anniversary came off without a hitch with Bishop Slattery doing an impressive job as celebrant. The children’s choir was simply awesome but the adult choir was also in good voice. No communion in the hand, no funny business, just reverence and piety on the part of all concerned. An altar, a communion rail, everyone facing the same way. melodious sounds, priests properly vested, and clergy who looked the part of those dedicated to their sacred ministry. Even Fr. Z was commentating. What more could anyone ask for?

  26. gloriainexcelsis says:

    God bless Bishop Slattery. What a beautiful celebration of the Mass. I had tears in my eyes at the Consecration (but that’s actually normal for me)-to see a REAL Bishop saying the black, doing the red, with all reverence. And yes, Father Z and Father Goodwin – Hurrah!

  27. beez says:

    My diocese will be ordaining six of my friends (four in June and two in October) to the priesthood (3) and transitional diaconate (3)!

  28. newyork says:

    My wife and I are very much looking forward to leaving on Wednesday with the annual pilgrimage of the Order of Malta to Lourdes, joining thousands of members of the Order and our guest malades from around the world.

  29. momoften says:

    Son just returned from a seminary live in weekend and is discerning more towards a religious vocation….Another son agreed to learn enough organ pieces to sub at the church in a few weeks. …Both of these sons will be singing a Memorial Requiem Mass in 2 weeks…We had 2 priests over for dinner last Monday and the conversation was lovely and their presence awesome for the kids (they love having priests over for dinner)and me too. Another son is graduating as an engineer next weekend and has a job lined up already…and finally spent most of the day at church sewing with young girls for the poor in Mexico..they were fun to work with as well as with their moms. God has been good to us!!!

  30. lucy says:

    It’s a gorgeous day. My family is all well. My friend’s son had his First Holy Communion today. It’s all good. Thanks be to God!

  31. dirtycopper says:

    I am getting promoted to Captain on Monday night!! And congrats to smcollinsus son Joshua. As a “hack” bagpiper I can appreciate the level of expertise needed to be able to perform at the Tattoo. An incredible opportunity!

  32. lux_perpetua says:

    i have a job interview on tuesday. even though there are no guarantees, even an interview is enough to give me hope in these times.

    my family received a great blessing today. something i don’t feel like sharing with cyberspace, but a seven-year-old fervent prayer has finally been answered. Glory to God.

    does anyone know if ewtn plans on rebroadcasting the Mass?

  33. my kidz mom says:

    Sis-in-law just called to say she’s going to be a grandma!

  34. my kidz mom says:

    Lux: EWTN will rebroadcast tonight at 9p Pacific time, midnight Eastern time! YAY!

  35. Charliebird says:

    “Calling all good news!” ….such a great idea, Fr. Z!

  36. cuaguy says:

    Father- My good news is meeting you!!!!!

  37. introibo says:

    Wasn’t able to get to DC, but made it to a traditional Mass conference in Enfield, CT – speakers included Fr. Fragelli from the ICK and Fr. Parinnello from the FSSP.

  38. Andrew says:

    We have all taken such a beaten of late with these attacks on Pope Benedict, I am so happy my American friends have something to feel joy over with the celebration of the Pontifical Mass by Bishop Slattery, and the fact that through EWTN, this was seen by a vastly larger audience. Glad that blognic went so well too!

    Fr Donald Calloway uses this verse from Gospels on his Facebook page:

    In the world you have troubles; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

    We must always remember this counsel from Our Lord.

  39. dtb says:

    Ended a successful retreat Tuesday evening.

    Turned in my application for the seminary yesterday.

    Played the “organ” and sang at the first Mass in our parish’s newly built St. Peregrine Shrine today. The shrine has a blog The Mass was in Latin (Novus Ordo), and I estimated over 80 attendees (the chapel is only built to seat 70)! The Latin Mass will be said every Saturday at 8am from now on.

    Deo Gratias! :-)

  40. Rose in NE says:

    Spent the day with my son and our parish Youth Group at the FSSP’S Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE. The kids participated in several rousing rounds of Catholic Quiz Bowl. After the game we prayed the rosary and Vespers in the beautiful new chapel. We also stayed for dinner. I was very impressed with the seminarians. They are fine young men and really made us feel welcome.

  41. Today I was among the corps of servers for the Pontifical Mass at the National Shrine. My good news will be published at my blog tomorrow night.

  42. tioedong says:

    our second season rice harvest was good. We were worried that we’d lose it to insects, but it was okay.

    Last years, some local farmers here in Luzon lost the main season to the hurricane related flooding, so this is a blessing for local farmers.

    And pray that the up coming election doesn’t result in deaths. The local bishop had most of the politicians sign a “no violence” pledge…

  43. JGR says:

    Three great blessings for which our family is very thankful: Our youngest two children are recovering well from pneumonia. Our oldest son is getting married to a lovely, Catholic in August. And our second-oldest son is in the enviable position of deciding which university he would most like to attend because his three top choices (University of Dallas, Catholic University, and Notre Dame) all accepted him.

  44. marthawrites says:

    Our son-in-law passed his oral exam for his doctorate at CUA “with distinction.” He has the teaching job he really wanted in Philadelphia, so their first child our daughter is expecting will be fairly near to us and to some cousins. That daughter and a son were able to attend the Pontifical Mass and later the son (Boko…) met Fr. Z at the blognic, an experience we enjoyed vicariously through phone calls from The Dubliner. At the same time my husband and I were attending an excellent day-long Marian symposium with outstanding presenters, Dr. Edward Sri and Sr. Sheila Galligan.

  45. Andy Milam says:

    Your picture with Bishop Slattery has been posted on the blog, A Priest Life. It is the last picture in the set.


  46. Just marked this morning 110 pounds lost since last summer, and I am enjoying working on my blog!

  47. Ef-lover says:

    Next Sunday at St. Mary’s in Norwalk 10 children will be receiving their first communion at the 9:30 Solemn Traditional Mass

  48. bernadette says:

    I was privileged to attend the Papal Mass at the Shrine yesterday and was overwhelmed by the crowd in attendance. My daughter, who has been away from the Church for years went with me and didn’t utter a single complaint the whole day. This morning I went to Mass at Old St. Mary’s. Two EFs in two days! I am blessed!

  49. joan ellen says:

    1. Thanks for this good news, Fr. Z.

    2. I just read this ‘good news’ article via The Remnant Newspaper.com – http://thesplendorofthechurch.blogspot.com/2010/04/jewish-columnist-campaign-against-pope.html

    3. Learned recently that 30 young men in the Grand Rapids, MI area are considering the seminary. A different family each week in one of the Parishes prays specifically for vocations. TBTG.

    4. The Diocese of Kalamazoo has 13 seminarians, 3 more coming in, and 2 considering.

    5. “Bad Stuff” is easier when you get to read/write about it in a forum where others have an understanding. Much better than hearing/reading about it in isolation.

    Lastly, Thanks be to God for His Excellency, Bishop Slattery, et al.

  50. Agnes of Prague says:

    I now have a spiritual director! Praised be Jesus and Mary!

  51. MaryAgnesLamb says:

    Answered Prayer! We easily found my daughter’s missing, eansy-weensy, itsy-bity hearing aid piece. Which costs at least $200, and which medicaid was NOT going to replace. Deo Gratias!

    It could have been anywhere in the house–but it was in the first sofa cranny I searched. The very first place.

  52. Catherine says:

    My first grandchild was born yesterday! Owen William entered into this world April 25 at 8 lb., 4 oz., on the feast of St. Mark…thanks be to God. My daughter had had two miscarriages, so this was indeed a miracle. May the holy angels guard him and protect him in this new journey!

  53. jaykay says:

    Turned up at Mass yesterday to discover the Benedictine arrangement on the altar. 6 decent-sized candles on each side of a beautiful cross (the cross has been there for some months now). And this in a church where not that long ago no cross and the 2-to-one-side thing was de rigeur! And also with no change in the parish staff so the Spirit is definitely moving. Deo gratias.

  54. Sacristymaiden says:

    Went to a wonderful Latin Mass conference in Enfield, CT on Saturday. My friend and I had a vending table and we ended up doing pretty well.
    I’m accepted into 3 great Catholic colleges and now have to make a final decision.

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