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  1. A nearby parish just started a monthly TLM! Please pray that it becomes more frequent.

  2. DavidJ says:

    I attended the Georgia Catholic Men’s Conference this past weekend and heard some fantastic speakers as well as hit Confession!

  3. kalless says:

    My wife is due a month from today. I’ve also resumed praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

  4. More Incense Please says:

    I am teaching a class for our local RCIA group. My wife went through the program last year and came into the church at Easter. I am so grateful, that I offered to help with this year’s class. The director sent us a syllabus and asked our team of 6, which topics we would like to teach. I simply offered to teach whatever was left over. Sure enough, I got Justification, Merit, and Salavtion! Remember I am right in the middle of the Bible Belt, where our protestant friends make up about 90% of the population, and I get argueably the most controversial issue of the entire RCIA program and the reason for the entire Protestant Reformation!!!!!!!……. I am very happy to be able to help, but have never taught anything to anyone in my life. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit doesn’t ask for a resume…….. Please pray for all of those in RCIA this year, as they journey toward the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.

  5. ejcmartin says:

    My family just moved into a larger home with an ocean view. My wife had been praying for guidance if we should move into this house and she was pretty much knocked off her horse in reply. I give thanks for a very blessed year.

  6. Cristero says:

    His Excellency, Bishop Richard Garcia, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Traditional Rite, and then assisted our regular Traditional Latin Mass at Mission San Juan Bautista for the Feast of Christ the King last week, October 31st. Deo gratias! Many blessings to our new confirmants, and Bishop Garcia.


    Adobe brick by adobe brick.

  7. We are planning to have our whole family together this Thanksgiving. My seven kids have not been all together in one place since 1998. And this year also-a grandson. AND all the significant others. (grand total=16) ( south philadelphia row home) It should be a sardine-y wonderful day!
    I should add that I am a convert–three of my kids are also, AND…..for *some* reason, it just so happens that the husband and boyfriends are Catholic. :)

  8. SonofMonica says:

    My wife and I found out yesterday afternoon that we are expecting our first child! She is beginning her fifth week of pregnancy today. Deo gratias (et ora pro nobis)!

  9. Oh, and ps–congratulations and God Bless you –all who said they are expecting!

    Also-I am praying my way through (time x2) the Total Consecration to Mary :)

    Kelly @ http://amomforlife-theunconventionalfamily.blogspot.com/

  10. tzard says:

    We had a good rainstorm yesterday.

  11. Charivari Rob says:

    Good news?

    A friend had cornea transplant surgery a couple of weeks, back – seems to be healing well.

    A friend suffered a bad fall working on a project on his house – but the injuries are no way near as dire as they might have been.

    A fleeing housebreaker carjacked a wedding limo parked in front of one of our local parish churches – fortunately the occupants (the driver and the bridesmaids) escaped without injury, the Mass went on as planned and the car was recovered soon after.

  12. Geoffrey says:

    A long-awaited miracle just might be on the horizon. Oremus!

  13. Mark Pavlak says:

    My niece in Georgia was baptized yesterday – the most important day of her earthly life.
    And I was able to spend some time with my nephew and sister from North Dakota before they left for the Baptism.
    And my students in class continue to strive to seek the Truth.

  14. MattnSue says:

    Due to construction in our church, our pastor had to celebrate mass recently at one of the side altars, ad orientum. Part of the construction involved moving the altar back to the center of it’s platform. I mentioned to him that it would now be possible to just continue to say the mass oriented that way, and he grinned, almost ear to ear, and said to me, like I was in on a big secret with him “There is a plan.” He then explained to me that it would have been easy to continue, since he was used to saying mass there for a week, but he was simply waiting on ordering carpet to place in front of the altar.

  15. Martial Artist says:

    I have a job interview tomorrow which offers the possibility of leaving my present frustrating job. Prayers for a successful interview (successful being defined as in accordance with His will), would be greatly appreciated.

    Pax et bonum,

  16. brianjbyrne says:

    All of my 7th graders availed of Confession yesterday – even after learning they didn’t have to :)

    Pax et bonum

  17. Sword40 says:

    Getting ready to go to our monthly Dominican low Mass. We are Blessed to have this Mass available. Tried to find a priest to celebrate the Tridentine but could not find one. So Fr. Patalano, OP graciously agreed to do it for our little group. We’ll draw some where between 30 and 50 people every month. Can’t seem to get our choir interested in coming to sing. They are so hung up in simple little “toe tappers” that I think they have forgot what real Catholic music is.

  18. Ignatius21 says:

    Had a Requiem Mass on All Soul’s Day, with a Latin ordinary and propers and catafalque with unbleached candles, incense, and beautiful black vestments. Sacred music is becoming a regular thing in the parish along with good liturgy. AMDG

  19. templariidvm says:

    One of my best friend’s and his daughter have begun classes to get confirmed!

  20. Miriam says:

    Confirmation was moved to October this year which meant that my bookstore was able to pay taxes.
    Thank you, God.

  21. At Mass yesterday, there was a children’s choir – I cringe – BUT they sang a Kyrie, and not one of the super-easy ones, either.

    Grade school kids singing chant! Ho-ray!

  22. Gregorius says:

    I went to my first TLM… on all Souls day!
    Just found a convenient monthly TLM nearby too. Praised be Jesus!

  23. Rachel Pineda says:

    My beautiful cousin Monica will be baptised this coming Christmas here in our home town. She is flying from Switzerland for this joyous event! Praise be to God!

  24. Went to our archdiocese’s cathedral for the first time on Sunday and heard Mass. The choir and organ were as good as advertised, and I saw Knights of Malta! I also let a friend know that she could cook and eat the quinces that her family had traditionally thrown away every fall. :)

    Re: choir — Don’t make too many assumptions. A lot of choristers have very busy schedules at home and work, or they already sing in more than one choir, possibly at more than one church. Alternately, they may be afraid that they can’t do the sort of music that the Mass should have, or they may be quite sure that they don’t have any time to learn and practice more new music than they’ve already been doing for the regular choir. With Christ the King, Advent, and Christmas coming up, their brains are probably already crammed and they’re spending a lot of time praying to St. Blaise. :) Let the idea percolate with them, and meanwhile, see what can be done with interested persons. Your area may have a schola hiding out somewhere, totally unaware of the monthly Mass’ existence.

  25. Dr. Eric says:

    My mother in law left today. She had been staying for the past week.

  26. Margo says:

    I felt at peace today, and it was for no apparent reason. The sun was shining, so of course that helped!

  27. cicada380 says:

    I will be presenting at a national scientific conference this Wednesday. This is the first time I’ve ever done this. Praising God for the opportunity as I don’t have a Ph.D. and don’t work as an academic or researcher. Hoping this leads to further opportunities because need to move to another part of the country.

  28. RJLennon says:

    I’ve started writing some random prose again, and people like it.

  29. benedictgal says:

    My little blog is growing. I have had close to 1,600 visits. I just wish people would leave comments.

  30. wchoag says:

    I passed my comprehensive exams for the M.A. in Church History at Catholic University of American! Hurray!

    Additionally, I will be starting a D.Min. programme at St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland come January and teaching a course on the English Reformation there as well.

  31. Liz says:

    Miriam, your post made me smile. I love the way God does the unexpected to help us out. Thanks for sharing.

  32. I will be singing the communion antiphon at Mass this weekend. Though it is not a “regularly scheduled Mass”, it is likely that this will be the first time any of the propers will have been sung at this church in forty years (the verse will be in English, but brick by brick).

  33. frsquires says:

    While waiting for the Ordinariate to be established here in the USA, I have decided to leave the Anglican Church and be received as a Catholic now (no more fence sitting) while my petition for ordination is considered. Thanks be to God!

  34. Ame E. says:

    Many things:
    It’s my birthday today, I’m 54. Hubby just celebrated his 60th.
    I may have an opportunity to go to EF Mass later on in the day.
    My dental abscess is disappearing and I am no longer in pain.
    My mother lived through and is doing very well after open heart surgery.
    My kids are alive and well, and both my husband and I have jobs…
    God is good.

  35. Liz says:

    frsquires, congratulations and welcome to the church!

  36. dorcatholic says:

    On All Souls Day a Rosary for Priestly Vocations and Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was held in the Diocese of Rochester at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. The service included the beautiful hymn “O God Beyond All Praising,” O Salutaris Hostia, Salve Regina (Gregorian), Tantum Ergo (Gregorian), Adoremus in Aeternum (Gregorian), and the majestic chanted Te Deum. The event was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council out of St. Anne Church, and was probably the last major liturgical function at St. Thomas, which will celebrate its last Sunday Mass (at least for the foreseeable future) on November 14.

    Photos of the event are posted here, and a video of Fr. Dennis Bonsignore’s homily is available here.

  37. MargaretC says:

    I found out that our cathedral offers a TLM on the first Saturday of every month. Thanks to my Baronius Press missal, I was able to follow the liturgy without any difficulty.

    What makes this especially interesting is that, in this cathedral, the Novus Ordo is celebrated reverently and well, without any of the usual AmChurch atrocities. (Versus Populum, though, alas.)

  38. irishgirl says:

    The TLM chapel I go to will now have Mass every Sunday! It used to be that the second Sunday of the month was the only Sunday that there was no Mass. So, starting this coming weekend, Mass will be on the second Sunday as well-HOORAY! There is also Mass on Holy Days at 12 noon.
    frsquires-welcome Home! Congratulations on your decision to ‘swim the Tiber’! I hope that the Ordinariate will be implemented soon!

  39. Supertradmum says:

    My son is finally pursuing his vocation to be a priest in England. As the poor widow, I have given my “two mites”. Pray for him and pray for me.

  40. fizzingwhizbee says:

    I am entering St. Joseph’s Passionist Monastery (Kentucky) as an aspirant in a few months. :)

  41. vivaldi says:

    I am meeting the Archdiocesan Vocations Director on Friday to apply to enter the Seminary…should’ve done it years ago!

  42. tioedong says:

    Our watch dog had four and our little white dog had two, both on the same day.
    And the rice harvest in our area is good this year.

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