Your good news

Do you have some good news to report?

I, for one, had a great weekend with the company of good friends.  Sunday’s Mass at Manhattan’s Holy Innocents (37th near Broadway) was splendid: Missa Cantata with music by Ockegham.  Met some nice folks after Mass.  That community also started sung Vespers on Sunday afternoons.  That went very well, too.

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  1. I have just discovered that I have an undercover Papal Ninja in my parish. I’m not sure whether this is good new or bad news. [Kudos!]

  2. Allan S. says:

    Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago, and still kicking. Have a new setback to deal with, but Doctors are on top of it. Have an amazing wife who stands by me. And, oh yes – prayer? It actually works, folks. Prayer is a very effective way of managing pain.

    It isn’t what we lose. It’s what we’ve been given.

    Today, I am very happy.

  3. kelleyb says:

    our daughter and her little family moved into their new home!

  4. Jack Hughes says:

    going to a small village nearby this week (today-Friday), beatification Mass on Sunday and flying to Wisconsin next tuesday.

  5. Jack Hughes says:

    PS October 14-18th will be with the Fathers of Mercy for a vocations weekend – please pray for me

  6. ejcmartin says:

    Four weeks ago I underwent open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve I was born with. I am only 47 otherwise in good shape but my health had got to the point that I would be out of breath simply standing and speaking. This past weekend I went for a walk uphill that earlier this year had almost wiped me out. As I walked in the sunshine the birds were singing and the little river trickled along and I could breath in deeply the beginning scent of autumn. Never was creation so glorious to me. I have been very blessed and I am thankful for all the prayers that were said for by my parish and people within the diocese.

  7. Bornacatholic says:

    Yesterday I learned that, unbeknownst to me, my Son had spent his own money (nearly $1,000.00) to pay for dental surgery for one of his employees and for plane tickets from Guatemala to America so the Mother of another of his employees can get life-saving intestinal surgery.

    I do not think I have ever been any happier or prouder than I have in my life.

  8. Bornacatholic says:

    I do not think I have ever been any happier or prouder than I have in my life

    It was such good news I now write like Duyba used to talk.

  9. pattif says:


  10. In a single week, Wyoming Catholic College has been
    1) pre-Accredited
    2) featured on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock”
    3) visited by a Cardinal.

    Things are really happening out here in the West, Father. And we remember your visit here very fondly.

  11. beez says:

    Tomorrow I attend the Episcopal Ordination of the seventh rector of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, the Most Rev. Peter J. Uglietto. He’s a good, humble and loving priest and he will be an excellent auxiliary bishop. (He was my rector for three years.)

  12. Constance says:

    Tomorrow I get my braces off!!! :D

  13. rollim says:

    Starting on September 19th (next Sunday), Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) will have a weekly Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

  14. Lisa Graas says:

    The kids started CCD this week and I found out my youngest son will be confirmed this year! It turns out that they don’t go by age but grade level and they do two grades every two years. My oldest son was confirmed at age 15 and my youngest son will be confirmed just after his 14th birthday. I’m very excited about what is in store for him in his religious education this year and all of the discernment that is going to be taking place.

  15. Charivari Rob says:

    Glad you asked – plenty of good news in the last few days!

    Guardian angels continue to arrange proximity to good people when my parents need a helping hand and I’m not nearby.

    We had a day retreat to kick off our choir year – excellent talks by the leader on the theme of miracles.

    Dinner with friends.

    Good homily for Sunday Mass.

    Good turnout with our fellow Knights and Ladies.

    We attended an Afternoon Tea at the Daughters of St. Paul – they recognized Mary Ann Glendon with the first Cordero Award (named for their first sister in the USA – the award will be presented annually to a Catholic person or organization who has “striven to uplift the human spirit and to recognize the dignity of the human person in or through the media.”) The event served to launch a fund drive for the continuing education of their sisters. We also had an opportunity to tour some of their publishing offices and production facilities, as well as a history room and their chapel (some wonderful relics, including one of the Cross).

    We’re going to be at the Episcopal Ordination, as well, Beez – hope you enjoy the day!

  16. Rev. says:

    I was Ordained a Priest this past weekend, and celebrated my First mass surrounded by family, Priests, fellow seminarians and friends.

  17. lux_perpetua says:

    my father went to Mass yesterday. by himself. Praise God.

  18. Christopher Milton says:

    JackHughes: Huzzah for the Fathers of Mercy! I will be praying for you.

  19. Christopher Milton says:

    Bishop Choby is recovering nicely from bypass surgery! I love my shepherd!

  20. Christopher Milton says:

    Oh! Oh! and our priest asked for silence to allow people time to prepare themselves before Mass.

  21. alipius says:

    I was ordained a Deacon on September 8th! Praise be to God!

  22. SimonDodd says:

    Sunday morning, I was accepted into the catechumenate proper in the rite of welcome. :)

    Christopher, thanks for the update on Bp. Choby. :)

  23. SimonDodd says:

    alipius, congratulations, and thankyou for your service. :)

  24. irishgirl says:

    Congratulations, Rev., on your priestly ordination ‘down under’! : )

    I have some ‘ongoing’ good news: I’m working on an article for a man in Connecticut who has a blog on Catholic mystics ( It’s about the life of a French-Canadian nun, Dina Belanger (1897-1929), who was beatified in 1993 by Venerable John Paul II. It’s kind of ‘slow going’, but it’s a labor of love.

    Congrats also to rev96 and Jack Hughes on their vocational ‘news’, too!

    Father Finigan has a ‘Papal Ninja’ in his parish? Ooooo-I’ll have to have a look-see!

  25. Mark Pavlak says:

    Yesterday we had 50 high school students excited for their faith show up to our first Youth Group event of the year. We’ve never had that many…

    Tomorrow, my dear friend, Most Rev. Arthur Kennedy, will be ordained a bishop for the Archdiocese of Boston.

    And, I’ve got great students to teach in my Church History class. Not too shabby.

  26. benyanke says:

    Our homeschool group has a First Friday mass every month, and this year, it will be celebrated ad-orientem, with a schola doing all the propers and ordinary, comprised of the school kids, led a almost-professional.

    Praise the Lord!

  27. rsalie says:

    My new daughter’s baptism will be this Sunday morning.

    My oldest son asked if he could take Latin as an additional language course this year in school and has requested that we drive the 3 hours to the nearest TLM one Sunday (it is really hard for us to go as we have 2 children under the age of 2 and we do not have a car large enough for our whole family to go together). This may not seem all that wonderful,but he is only 9 and is still a catechumen.

  28. Ellen says:

    Jack – Fathers of Mercy? I might see you then. We had a wonderful, cool weekend for a change and I was able to take a nice long hike.

    The World is Filled with the Grandeur of God.

  29. fenetre says:

    The sanctuary of my parish is under renovation. The tired old carpeting is gone already, replaced by big white ceramic tiles. Upon completion, the old wood-carved altar will be replaced by a new altar (hopefully marble), the pastor will move the tabernacle from the left back to the centre, and adoration (communion) rails will be installed. Thanks be to God.

  30. Rich says:

    We baptized our second son in the traditional rite on Saturday. Check it out!


  31. susanna says:

    Beautiful weather. Rare sibling get-together was peaceful and I have amazing, wonderful nephews who fixed my computer!! Only one person went to the TLM with me though. Disappointing.

  32. Fuquay Steve says:

    Giants won!

  33. Rachel says:

    Since I’m leaving next month to be a nun, this last Wednesday a priest took me to meet Bishop Cordileone of Oakland and receive his blessing. WOOHOOOOOO! What a privilege! I felt so spoiled.

    Thanks for the good news and congrats to all of you. :)

  34. Detroit’s archbishop, Allen H. Vigneron led a pro-life prayer vigil outside of a Westland, Michigan abortion clinic with 500 following him. See my photostory here.

  35. VivaLaMezzo says:

    Our parish will be celebrating its first TLM in 40 years on Saturday, October 2!

  36. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Our hyssop plant near the front door of the house is in bloom and it not only smells terrific, but its scent gives rise to certain prayerful thoughts.

  37. Please tell me there is more!

  38. Rose in NE says:

    Of course there is more!

    We had a beautiful Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Afterward we were able to venerate and were individually blessed with a relic of the True Cross. Father said in his homily that the greatest gift God can give us is a cross. That gives me much to think about.

    Thank you, Lord for our wonderful priests.

  39. Girgadis says:

    What Rose in NE said! Our sermon was on Summorum Pontificum and how it was no coincidence that Pope Benedict XVI chose this feast day to release it three years ago.

  40. bookworm says:

    Combination good news/bad news/good news:

    I needed to attend a meeting in Chicago and took the opportunity to visit family in the area. Yesterday, after my meeting was over, I worked in a visit to the Art Institute and Millennium Park, both of which I had never been to before. I concentrated on the pre-1900 European art galleries, which are wonderful.

    While I was away, however, my husband accidentally started a grease fire in our kitchen! It ruined the range hood, melted a burner knob, scorched the nearby cabinets, and left a fine layer of soot everywhere! He called to tell me about it and all the way home I was wondering what kind of mess I would come back to, but it turned out to be less bad than I had expected, plus, no one got hurt and our apartment is still liveable. (Our daughter was at school when it happened). File this one in the “good news because it could have been a lot worse” category.

  41. Charivari Rob says:

    More good news? Sure!

    The episcopal ordination was indeed beautiful today! Although I am kicking myself for not having my camera phone handy as I stood in back of the cathedral, waiting for procession to pass – missed the opportunity for a beautiful photo of the bearers of the proclamations, rings, croziers, and mitres for the new bishops. Oh, well – c’est la vie.

    One person in the congregation was taken ill during Mass, but was quickly helped by ushers and others.

    A men’s group within the choir sang the Franz Biebl Ave Maria. Sigh It had been years since I had sung it or heard it myself, I had forgotten how beautiful it was.

  42. Gaz says:

    I’ve got two. My youngest daughter, who was Confirmed and received First Holy Communion recently, also received Holy Communion at an EF Mass the following week. (That’s the EF good news).

    The OF Good news was that all of our chickens escaped on Saturday night. We found and repatriated 7 out of 8 of them that night. One remained lost. The following morning at Holy Mass, Father graciously chose to proclaim the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodical son within an hour of the last chicken being found on Sunday morning.

    Rejoice with me, she would say, “I have found the lost “chicken: we lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner!”

  43. GirlCanChant says:

    We had a beautiful Solemn Mass at my parish last night to celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (and the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, of course!). We even had a seminarian sitting in choir who is joining the Wyomming Carmelites! (And yes, Fr. Z, you will be glad to know that those of us who were talking to him all knew about the coffee.)

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