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  1. TNCath says:

    Headed to Rome in a few weeks!

  2. AnAmericanMother says:

    Our music director (who is a brilliant musician and also a very kind person, those don’t always go together) is one of the five semi-finalists (and the only Catholic) in the American Guild of Organists NCOI (National Contest for Organ Improvisation) at the national convention in D.C. Semi-finals are Saturday, finals on Monday.

    I’m sure that he’ll uphold the honor of Catholic Music . . . but if anybody feels like saying a prayer for him to do his best, we’d all appreciate it!

  3. torch621 says:

    The Archdiocese of Brussels is considering taking legal action against the Belgian cops who raided them. =)

  4. We’re going up north Thursday for a long awaited four day weekend.

  5. I graduated as an MD last week and, by the grace of God, got a very attractive internship position.

  6. biberin says:

    Saturday evening I must have dropped my iTouch outside the grocery store. I called Sunday, and customer service said they didn’t have it. After doing a major cleanout of my car this morning without finding it, I called the grocery again. I told them if they had my iTouch, it should have started playing an alarm that sounded like church bells about five minutes ago. Ha! They had it after all. Some kind soul turned it in instead of swiping it, and I am so very grateful. It was a gift and I could not have afforded to replace it. Now it is a gift twice over!

  7. irishgirl says:

    I saw Father Mitch Pacwa at Auriesville Shrine Saturday! He gave three awesome talks!

    I also had the chance to talk with him twice and a picture taken with him! Woo Hoo!

    torch621-I’m glad to hear that the Archbishop of Brussels is considering legal action! Good for him! What the heck were the police doing, raiding the tombs of deceased archbishops?

  8. Henry Edwards says:

    American Guild of Organists NCOI (National Contest for Organ Improvisation) at the national convention in D.C. Semi-finals are Saturday, finals on Monday.

    Wow, 2 of the 5 semifinalists from Atlanta! Makes Atlanta sound like a cultural oasis, rather than a desert as I always viewed it from the vantage point of Georgia’s true center of culture, Athens (just joking, of course).

  9. Rose in NE says:

    I have a wonderful extended family. At the death of my father-in-law yesterday (may he rest in peace), the whole family is working together as a team to handle all the arrangements. This says a lot about the kind of man he was–faith and family were his priorities and he certainly passed that on to his children. I’m lucky to be a part of this family.

  10. doanli says:


    I’m so envious! (But in a good way! *angelic halo*)

    Good for you!

  11. K. Marie says:

    On monday morning my sister gave birth to nephew #2 Blaise Dominic.

  12. My lovely fiancee has become my lovely wife.

  13. K. Marie says:

    On Monday morning my sister gave birth to nephew #2 Blaise Dominic and he was baptized in Latin yesterday.

  14. My team won our hurling championship game on the same weekend family visited for my daughters birthday.

  15. Tominellay says:

    Retiring this week, and relocating to our new home on the Adriatic Sea, near Zadar, Croatia.

  16. DanW says:

    Wednesday will be my last day of work as I am retiring after 42 years in Radiology

  17. You’re making me tear up, folks! Especially Casual Catechist, K. Marie, and Dan W!

    Survived the fun, devotion, and education of the CMAA Colloquium, and also survived sleeping on the floor in Detroit’s airport after all the storms yesterday delaying my flights. I’m now only a few hours away from getting home. It was hilarious to see all the CMAA people coming through the Pittsburgh airport. The priest attendees were doing good business in blessings and (I think) confessions, the monks and nuns seemed to be sowing vocation seeds everywhere… habits are good. :)

  18. Flambeaux says:

    CMAA Colloquium XX just ended. It was a marvelous week. Back at work this morning and enjoying it.

  19. JosephMary says:

    We have a new young pastor…and (get this) he is orthodox, pro-life, in favor of perpetual adoration, seems unafraid to speak the truth, and also, (to boot) has a sense of humor!

    I am past 50 years of age and have never had a pastor like this. An answer to prayer.

  20. AnAmericanMother says:

    LOL Henry!

    You can always count on the Bulldogs to feel superior!

    (My gg grandfather was Class of ’43, that’s 1843, in Civil Engineering, so no hard feelings at all. Even though he was the last member of the immediate family to go to Georgia.)

  21. Stu says:

    The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year.

    Sorry, I thought I was in the Blues Brother post still

  22. Jack Hughes says:

    I had an interview for a job today (I think it went well) which will help to pay off my student loans so I can enter the Religious Life

  23. Jbuntin says:

    Spent the last week with my two oldest grandchildren!! Had a blast and never lost my temper :) They are both 11 and they don’t spend that much time together, they got along very well.

    Thanking God for the priests that serve the Latin Mass Apostolate in Ft. Worth Tx. They hear confessions before, during and after Mass, and never make you feel like you are wasting their time.

  24. Philangelus says:

    By the end of the week, I think I’ll have signed with a literary agent! :-)

  25. btdn says:

    Yesterday’s Divine Liturgy was so divine that I stopped breathing.

  26. lux_perpetua says:

    jack, will pray for you. have a number of good friends in a similar position. “All shall be well”.

    i now live 50 ft away from a perpetual Adoration chapel at a church which celebrates a traditional low Mass each Sunday. what more do you need?

  27. lux_perpetua says:

    errr, probably more than 50 ft. but you get the idea

  28. Joan M says:

    My husband and I arrived home yesterday afternoon from our wonderful vacation – traveled from Port of Spain, Trinidad on June 8th, arriving in Gatwick on June 9th. A coach to Swansea where my brother met us and took us to Cardigan, Wales.

    We spent a wonderful 8 full days there with my oldest sibling, Canon Seamus Cunnane. The visit was full of joy and laughter, but also poignant, as with all of us retirees and living so far apart, it may well be the last time we will see each other in this life.

    On June 18th Seamus drove us back to Swansea, where be got the coach to Heathrow to catch a flight to Rome.

    We had a week in Rome, staying in Borgo Pio. We were in St. Peter’s Square numerous times – my husband likes to just sit at the foot of a column and contemplate. We were there, too, on Sunday June 20th for a part of the Mass (His Holiness ordained a number of men to the priesthood inside the basilica, which was shown on large screens in the square), and for the Angelus. We also had tickets to the General Audience on Wednesday, June 23rd – it was held in the St. Paul VI Hall.

    This morning I downloaded all the photos and video clips from my camera and the other chips.

    We will be reliving these memories for months!

  29. Eric the Read says:

    I just accepted (verbally, still anxiously awaiting the formal offer letter) a job! I’ve only been out of work for a month, so overall, that’s excellent news! Even better, it’s back in Colorado where my and my wife’s parents both live, so the girls will get to see their grandparents more often growing up.

    The main downside is that we’ll take a bath on the house we have now trying to sell it, but we’re both so happy with the job and location that we’re willing to work with it.

    Even better, the company is in the business of trying to save electricity for consumers and utilities, so I’ll be helping to serve as a steward for the Earth as well as providing for my family.

  30. Philangelus says:

    I should have added, I helped a friend write a cover letter for a job, and after my husband and I gave him all sorts of guidance and changes and suggestions, he’s got a cover letter so awesome that I really think he has a shot at getting a job interview. Please pray for him as he goes through the process. :-)

  31. Obaudire says:

    My wife and I just signed the contract for our new house; we’ll close July 23rd!!

  32. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Two bits of good news. Finally, recorded live at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Sacramento, CA, is a CD of the schola, choir and choristers from St. Stephen the First Martyr parish, FSSP. The Proper of the Mass, is of course, Gregorian Chant. The Mass is Missa O Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria, as is the Offertory Hymn, Victoria’s Ave Maria. Three Communion motets are offered. The CD is a compilation of a couple of Masses at the Cathedral (at least the hymns and organ improvisation are). It brought tears to my eyes, realizing I will miss the beauty when I move to East Texas, where, praise be, a small chapel with an FSSP priest will offer the traditional Mass. If the Mass were not there, I would not have consented to move to the Lindale/Tyler area. The CD is available at

    The other news is that my 16 year old grandson, who had a horrendous accident, falling through an in-ground trampoline onto concrete below, broke both bones in his lower leg – compound fractures with massive loss of blood. He was in surgery four hours,and a rod was put into his leg. He is young, healthy, his tissue, muscles, etc., were put back with no problem and the bones should knit in about three months. He did have to have a transfusion because of the blood loss. The football coach will be unhappy, but all of our family is grateful to God. When he fell, he called up that he had broken his leg and immediately began to pray. My son, his dad, applied a tourniquet until the ambulance came and the U of CA at Irvine Med Center’s Trauma Surgery Center surgeon did a superb job. Again, thanks be to God.

  33. Penguins Fan says:

    I have my first week off from work since the week of New Year’s Day.

    Today, June 28, is the seventh anniversary for Señora Penguins Fan and myself.

    I took our 2 1/2 year old son with me to morning Mass. He behaved nearly perfectly, which is becoming more and more rare as he proceeds through the Terrible Twos.

    Later this week, I shall order my first Missal for the TLM, which will be of great use both for when I go to First Saturday Mass at St. Boniface in Pittsburgh AND for increase in understanding and appreciation for the TLM by Señora Penguins Fan.

  34. JohnMa says:

    McDonald was decided the right way and Fr. Andrew Wadsworth, executive director of the ICEL, was elevated to Monsignor.

  35. Geoffrey says:

    My mother is officially 2-years cancer free! Deo gratias!

  36. Gulielmus says:

    Gloriously beautiful Solemn Vespers yesterday at the Franciscan Monastery in DC, organized by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at the request of Archbishop Wuerl, to pray for the Pope and his intentions. Celebrated by Cardinal Keeler, with Archbishop Wuerl as homilist (excellent) and Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services in attendance. The knights and ladies processing in full regalia through the garden in near 100-degree heat was a sight to remember.

  37. susanna says:

    Had a treat on Sunday. Thank you CMAA – the Schubert Gloria gave me chills.

  38. Well, it’s only about a week and a day to go to the celebration of a TLM in Røldal stave, in Lutheran possession since the reformation, but once the second largest pilgrimage site in Norway. In fact pilgrimages around mid summer continued for centuries after the reformation. The wooden church dates from the 13th century, and the crucifix, which was the main object of the pilgrimage due to miracles of healing associated with it, still hangs in the church, even if many other old pieces have been moved to a museum. I attended an Ordinary Form Mass there a few years ago, and am delighted at the opportunity to assist at a traditional Mass in the beautiful and distinctive wee church.

  39. AnAmericanMother says:


    Your church is worth a picture.

    Røldal Stave Church.

    The stave-churches are architecturally unique (and beautiful). We have even heard of them in the Southern U.S.!

  40. Stu says:

    Some real good news.

    Saint Benedict’s first installation in the ranks of the Knights of the Altar.

  41. UbiCaritas says:

    Jbuntin, I could copy and paste your second paragraph and have it as something for which I’m grateful, too, as I also attend the Latin Mass with Frs. Longua and Wolfe. Aren’t they marvelous? I feel so very blessed to have two such wonderful priests and confessors come to Fort Worth every week.

  42. UbiCaritas says:

    My boss (I’m his secretary) is a determinedly fallen-away Catholic who, up until a month or so ago, found it amusing to make jokes about desecrating the Eucharist. (While I think he knows I’m Catholic, we don’t talk about religion.)

    Today, he rather hesitantly asked me if I knew where I could order for him “an old missal, you know, from around 1960, before it changed.” I said that I could probably find one for him, and asked what he was looking for: a Sunday missal, a daily missal, one with all the Propers of the Saints…?

    He replied “Oh, a daily missal, with everything. Could you make sure it has all the litanies?”

    I said nonchalantly (didn’t want to push the issue) that yes, I could find him such a missal, and placed an order today for a Fr. Lasance missal “with everything.” It should arrive soon.

    Pray, everyone! This man was once a seminarian.

  43. DT says:

    Father Brian Klingele (Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas) celebrates his eighth (8th) anniversary of his presbyteral ordination tomorrow (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)!

    Ad multos annos!!

  44. kelleyb says:

    God is good…and He loves us!

  45. tygirwulf says:

    My boyfriend proposed to me last week! I accepted, of course! :)

  46. dinsdale says:

    Had the privilege to attend a Solemn High Mass at Epiphany Church in Pittsburgh last Saturday, with outstanding music provided by the CMAA (thank you, Suburbanbanshee and Flambeaux!).

  47. Jack Hughes says:

    Good NEWS – a Friend of mine came with me to the TLM for the first time today and HE LOVED it!!!

  48. Andreas says:

    I just returned from Brixen in the South Tirol where, in the beautiful Cathedral (Dom), a grand celebration for the ordination of two Priests and Deacons was taking place. The massive choir of bells high in their Gothic tower rang in exultation as the Bishop and an entourage of Priests, Deacons, Altar boys and other faithful..all gorgeously bedecked for this special day…processed into this majestic ancient building. A huge crowd filled the Cathedral to overflowing and extended into the arches at the main entrance. The huge wood and metal doors were left open for those of us outside to enjoy the solemn spectacle within. Across the large square and in contrast to the transcendent beauty within the Cathedral, one could see that every Cafe had umbrella covered white tables filling the brick and stone paved way. Flat wide screen televisions were mounted outside and were showing the World Cup football (soccer) match between Germany and England. World Cup spectators…oblivious to the Mass going on across the square…ate, drank and basked in the afternoon sun…the match narrative disturbed only by the ringing of the bells before Mass, during consecration of the Host and after Mass. At the medieval entrance to the Dom, ‘midst the prayers of the High Choral Mass, one could on occasion hear from behind us the loud celebratory cries of the German and Austrian football faithful, announcing yet another goal (Torrrr!!!!!). There, in the midst of the still South Tirolean afternoon heat on that azure skied Sunday afternoon, surrounded on all sides by the transcendent sacred and the impassioned secular…all of this made for a rather fascinating and rather wonderful cultural counterpoint.

  49. JoyfulMom7 says:

    Had a wonderful week in Pittsburgh last week – “Seven Days of Musical Heaven” at the Sacred Music Colloquium. Combination of a spiritual retreat with the most glorious music AND to top it off, I was with people passionate about music and passionate about their Catholic Faith. It does not get better than that! I sang the Schubert Mass in G on Sunday, had a lovely brunch with the Colloquium folks and then was given a blessing by a dear priest friend before I left. Joy after joy last week!

  50. Jayna says:

    I was able to finagle my way into the Ordination Mass here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta on Saturday (six men were ordained). A friend of mine works for the archdiocesan newspaper and he made a media pass for me. We ended up scoring seats in the first pew because it was sort of reserved for media and we were the only two who sat in the seats the whole time (the official photographers were up and about). It certainly surprised my priest when he came walking by me as he processed in. All the bells and smells and plenty of Latin, not to mention an outstanding cathedral choir. I am so glad I used such underhanded methods to get in.

    After the Mass, I was fortunate enough to be blessed by one of the men who was ordained, and who is a friend of sorts. He humbly accepted my request to kiss his palms afterward (very excited to see a number of people doing that, including some of the other priests). While waiting in line for my blessing, I also saw three Missionaries of Charity sisters kneeling on the floor in front of one of the other newly ordained priests and they honestly looked as if there wasn’t another place in the world that they would have rather been. Their very evident joy in combination with this indescribable look on his face as he leaned on the kneeler and chatted with them nearly put me to tears.

    I also went to the roller derby that evening, which was totally rad (even if our Atlanta girls lost both bouts to Cincinnati). All in all, a fantastic day.

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