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Let the other readers here know about your good news!

For my part, the worst of my cold is over, a got a few LENTCAzTs ready (I hope a few more people listen), the sun is shining, chickadees and cardinals are doing their vernal chants, I have a doable list of things to do and leftovers in the fridge so I don’t think about what to eat.

Sometimes, its the small things.

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  1. traditionalorganist says:

    We just gave birth to twin boys! And they have extremely Catholic Names!

  2. Banjo pickin girl says:

    Feeling better! Made it to Mass two weeks in a row! Went to confession! Father was very helpful and compassionate! I am so happy!

    traditionalorganist: Yay!

  3. Ben Yanke says:

    This lent, our music lineup has been wonderful at the Madison, WI Cathedral Parish.
    Here was our lineup:

    Directly before the hymn: the chanted introit of the day
    Hymn (might be based on the introit or the readings. Didn’t check.)
    Sung/chanted Psalm
    Chanted Prayers of the faithful
    Chant and Choral music during the offertory (the offertory takes a while at the cathedral)
    Chanted Sanctus (Jubilate Deo)
    Chanted Memorial Acc. and Amen (Sacramentary)
    a WONDERFUL polyphonic Agnus Dei (next week, it’s going to be byrd)
    Another responsorial psalm sung during communion
    Recessional Hymn
    Also, Bishop Chanted 80-90% of the celebrant’s prayers, besides the canon (maybe at easter…)

    It was heavenly!!!

  4. Maggie says:

    This past weekend I attended a state-wide Young Adult retreat, and 150 fellow young adults had a great time growing in faith and fellowship. Bishop Callahan presided at our closing Mass and gave a wonderful homily. The keynote speaker, former model Leah Darrow, talked about not falling prey to a culture of materialism and cautioned us not the cling to just being “a good person” when we are made for greatness instead. It was a great weekend!

  5. Philangelus says:

    Traditionalorganist: Congratulations!!! That’s awesome!

    Mine, small by comparison: I got a short story accepted to a literary magazine. I’m so excited. :-)

  6. mvhcpa says:

    As Luke the Drifter once said, “We’re still a-breathing, so everything’s OK!”

    Michael Val
    (who has a friend who recorded an album named “Every Day Above Ground is a GOOD One”)

  7. The Savings Bank of Saarbruecken (Sparkasse Saarbrücken) will show 100 selected pieces of my collection for 4 weeks.
    We will held little opening ceremony on Thursday, 17th of March 2011 at 6 PM.

  8. xgenerationcatholic says:

    My good news is that I’m a member of the Chapel Veil Club two weeks now! I was so happy when I got it in the mail. I wear to Sunday Mass, daily mass and the chapel. I feel so great in it! Thanks, Fr. Z. It was something you said that finally got me to decide to order one. I can’t remember what it was.

  9. americangirl says:

    I had a priest tell me once in confession that I was the daughter of a King so I never needed to worry just trust. When ever this comes to mind I become absolutely ecstatic.To think that I am the daughter of a King.Doesn’t get much better then that! It makes my day!

  10. liz says:

    My daughter made her first confession this weekend! I sobbed :) Silly convert… I can’t help myself… I only made my first a few years ago. I’m so happy for her that she’ll grow up with the sacraments.

  11. NobisQuoQue says:

    After about 40 years of being away, my father has returned to the Catholic Church!! I am still in awe at this answer to countless prayers. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints!!

  12. beez says:

    I just completed my pre-diaconate retreat.

  13. Robert_H says:

    We’re making homemade maple syrup. The two maples in our yard have yielded about one quart and I tapped my wife’s grandparent’s maple trees last night. They were full-sized, mature trees when Grandpa was a little boy in 1926, so by my calculations they have been supplying our family with syrup for at least 125 years now.

  14. MJ says:

    Father has given permission for our men’s and women’s schola to tackle Tenebrae!

  15. APX says:

    The one month countdown to the end of school just started, which means I just that much closer to having a career.

  16. David Homoney says:

    I am seeing growing interest and sign up for the Lenten Eucharistic retreat I am putting on. We have gotten the location, the Bishop’s blessing, and everything else lined up. If you are in the Tulsa, OK area and would like to attend and free Eucharistic retreat check out Our lead speaker is Michael Voris from The name for the retreat, an homage to Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s great book, Dominus Est! – Discover the Eucharist. For more details see the site above.

  17. wanda says:

    I’m so glad to hear you are feeling better, Fr. Z. My good news (great news) is that at least for one more year traditional marriage is safe in Maryland! The Dems couldn’t quite get their act or votes together to pass it! Laus Deo.

    Annnnd, my husband and I and freinds and church members are going to our annual March for Life in Annapolis tonight! The numbers grow each year. May God grant victory over the culture of death and bring about the swift end of abortion and tax-funding of same. Amen.

  18. jray says:

    Baby Joseph (the baby in Canada on a ventilator, which the hospital wanted to remove against the wishes of his parents) has been transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Thanks to Priest for Life, and many people praying and working to get him released from the Canadian hospital. Praised be Jesus Christ!

  19. Marine Mom says:

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary on March 19. St Teresa’s Plea “Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint [St. Joseph], for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good…..I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself-then he will find out by experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and being devoted to him…”

  20. Fr Matthew says:

    Our parish events and fundraisers for our 175th anniversary year have, to date, been well attended and productive, and lots of fun. And Archbishop Dolan has agreed to come for our principal anniversary Mass in October!

  21. God is overwhelmingly merciful, and He keeps reminding me of that. I had a wonderful weekend with fantastic friends, work is going well, and my choir is preparing to sing Bach’s Mass in B Minor this week…epic. :)

  22. Flambeaux says:

    My oldest will soon make his first Confession and, soon, his First Communion. Deo gratias!

  23. irishgirl says:

    traditionalorganist-congratulations on your twins! I’m a twin too!
    Small good news-spring is on its way, and our ‘tiny choir’ at the TLM chapel I go to started rehearsals for Palm Sunday yesterday! The organist will be away for two weeks in Florida with her husband, so we’ll resume when she returns the first Sunday in April.
    Glad you’re feeling better, Father Z-and I very much enjoy your LentCazts!
    wanda-great news about traditional marriage in Maryland!

  24. Stephen says:

    I just walked into my office to find three coupons to two of my favorite restaurants. Also, I got to confession early this morning, not a bad way to start the day indeed.

  25. Jenny bag of donuts says:

    Congratulation everyone!

    My good news: I continue to have little to live for besides fulfilling my duty and state in life. Thanks be to God!

  26. Bornacatholic says:

    As a fairly new member of Confraternitas Sancti Petri, I can write that for the first time in my adult life I think I finally have a home.

    Deo Gratis.

  27. emily13 says:

    God-willing, I will be making a 3 week aspirancy with the Dominicans in Summit, NJ (the ‘soap sisters’) in early June! :-)

  28. Precentrix says:

    Finally have long-awaited visa.

  29. Allan S. says:

    First, congrats on the twin boys! Awesome news.

    As for me, I have been waiting for a spot to open up at the hospital, and it just did: I go in tomorrow for a biopsy of my small bowel. I’m not sure if I like the imagery of the Ides of March + Biopsy = ? , but what the heck – I needed a spot to open up and it did. So…good news.

  30. kelleyb says:

    We have new good and Holy Pastor. He said the tabernacle will be moved to the sanctuary. It has been in a side room since St. “gym” was built.

  31. david andrew says:

    In no particular order:

    A couple I know just announced their engagement. The wedding will be in October of this year. (Quick, I know, but we’re a Polish parish, and they’re well-known to all. A few phone calls and the church, priest (pastor of the parish and cousin of the groom), organist (me), hall, caterer, and photographer were booked!). Here’s the best part: My instructions as organist were to “do whatever you want to present the perfect paradigm” of an Ordinary Form Nuptial Mass that conforms with orthopraxis! Chanted Propers by a schola, polyphonic Ordinary, the whole nine yards. OORAH!

    In other good news, I’ve been invited to return to the seminary next fall to teach another class. Right now I’m teaching the men how to chant the priest’s parts of the Mass according to the corrected translation. Next fall I’ll be teaching a Western liturgical music appreciation class (open to seminarians and lay folk alike), introducing people to the vast repository of beautiful liturgical music.

    Put a few more bricks in the wall!

  32. PostCatholic says:

    A dear friend and his wife have survived the earthquake/tsunami in Japan and are putting up several fellow survivors in their home in Hitachi.

  33. Lirioroja says:

    Last week I started a new job after having been out of work for 5 months. It’s good to be working again. And my job is only 2 blocks away from the only church in the city that has a TLM every day. God is good.

  34. tioedong says:

    My best friend’s son is okay in Tokyo.

    And no one here in the Philippines was killed by the tsunami.

  35. EXCHIEF says:

    Yes! Our wonderful Pastor refused to “stop” saying the TLM in spite of Chancery Office pressure and basically said the only way you can make me stop is to remove my faculties at which time I will see you in court. There is much more to this story that I cannot share but I know what I have just related to be true. I am SO THANKFUL that he had the “guts” to take a stand and am so thankful that he was “allowed” to continue the TLM.

  36. acroat says:

    Yes, baby Joseph is in St Louis….a modern day flight from Egypt!

  37. Sandra_in_Severn says:

    Son is HOME!!! And has brought along his fiancee for us to meet. It is a joyful time in this house, although we are very mindful of the tragedy all around us.

  38. krisvog says:

    Our 3 week old baby boy will (God Willing) be baptized in the Extraordinary form on St. Patrick’s Day at the only consecrated church in Tennessee! Praise be Jesus! Our priest is traveling about 2 hours to do the baptism and say a low Mass afterwards.

  39. GirlCanChant says:

    I went to an awesome retreat on Saturday, and made a good confession to start off Lent right. Then, on Sunday, our Vespers group had a great lunch at the rectory. Really gave me strength to start the week off right! (Stupid Daylight Savings Time….)

  40. Unfinished says:

    I was just accepted to Ave Maria University for an MA in Theology!

    First Things rated it the “Most Catholic” university in the States! I’m pumped!

  41. These entries are great. There are lives behind those log-in names!

  42. bbmoe says:

    This morning five of us did the first Tuesday prayer vigil for 40 Days for Life. It was wonderful to have the dawn at our backs as we prayed for an end to abortion, for the mothers, fathers, and babies whose live will be changed forever today, and for the courage of our sidewalk counselor as she called out to those entering the facility.

    I was moved to pray for the intercession of Moses, whose own life was saved by Jewish midwives and his sister, who was adopted, and who was promised by God that God would be in his mouth, giving him the words to convince his people and lead them out of slavery. [Moses! Good choice. I believe his feast day in the Roman Martyrology is 4 September.]

  43. AlexE says:

    Sunday I was able to attend a Sung Mass in Choro, with my new biretta (thanks Fr Z for the instructions) today I am going to visit my grandmother and then on Saturday will attend a “High OF Mass” in honor of St Joseph. Oh and I was recommended for Thelogoy!

  44. benedetta says:

    The Holy Father’s newest book was delivered to my door yesterday.

  45. benedetta says:

    Also want to add another item — the Vatican facebook page for JPII’s beatification is up and it is astounding. I don’t know of another facebook page with a truly universal, international participation! The video clips year by year are also fascinating.

  46. laurazim says:

    We had our sixth child Baptized last Sunday! Thanks be to God for our sweet little Virginia Therese!! +JMJ+

  47. Philangelus says:

    Today is the 23rd anniversary of the first time I started speaking to my guardian angel. :-) My family will have a special dinner tonight to celebrate the occasion.

  48. AnAmericanMother says:

    Parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past weekend with an oyster roast, barbeque, and music provided by a local bluegrass/gospel band. A noisy and pepper-sauce-covered good time was had by all.
    Surprise guest: my youngest, safely home from Afghanistan, drove all the way down from Camp Lejeune to be there.
    Not so surprise guest: my oldest’s soon-to-be fiance. Good Catholic boy with a good job and a good attitude.
    God is very good.

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