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Let us know about some good news you can pass along!

For my part, I am enjoying beautiful and unexpected nice weather.

Also, I am very close to hitting my monthly donation goal/budget for the first time in a loooong time!  Last day of the month.  Fingers are crossed.

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  1. Precentrix says:

    Holy Mass was celebrated in the Extraordinary Form on Saturday and Sunday this week in our own little island of Jersey (Augia/Caesarea) by the wonderful efforts of a local lad who organised it – and the kind permission of our local clergy who have hitherto been rather anti. Deo gratias!

  2. ejcmartin says:

    Our friend Ed, who has spent his life living in boarding homes and rat infested apartments, is now living in a clean care home. For the first time probably in a long time he is eating three square meals a day. The effort of my wife to get him in to the home also reminded me why I married her.

  3. Disc-Thrower says:

    I’m finally starting to learn how to serve the usus antiquor! I also passed my first test in college :)

  4. andreat says:

    Only two weeks to go until we meet our little boy!

  5. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Went to see the new film The Way. It certainly has flaws, but it is one of the best films I’ve seen. The theater was nearly completely full too.

  6. Supertradmum says:

    Father Z has been accepted by Liberals! His photo playing the guitar in England with Father Tim is on the “liturgical dance” Google image index–just scroll down.

    Is it the end of the world?

  7. acroat says:

    I had an 1 1/2 visit with my favorite bishop Sunday. I am still levitating from the joy!

  8. High Mass of Christ the King followed yesterday by Benediction. Polyphonic versions of O salutaris Hostia and Tantum ergo were impressive and new to most (although the usually sung harmonies of these great Eucharistic hymns are perhaps the most hauntingly evocative in the whole Catholic treasury of sacred music). Christus vincit chanted during Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Click here for how it looked at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville.

  9. Supertradmum says:


    Looked at the photos-fantastic. Thanks.

  10. Andreas says:

    We will be celebrating a special Mass on 20 November in celebration of St. Cecilia. I have been asked to conduct the women of our combined Church and village choirs (the men….members of the Pinswanger Musikkapelle…will be playing their respective instruments during Mass ) in a piece from a wonderful old Liederbuch that was used decades ago in a girl’s Lyceum and an arrangement of my own for women’s voices and organ of the ‘Sanctus’ from Schubert’s Deutschemesse.

  11. Daria says:

    Heard an excellent sermon while visiting my daughter in Ontario. (Hamilton diocese, generally pretty liberal) The priest preached on the gospel (31st Sunday in ordinary time), which was the one about the pharisees loving to be honored and praised. He said that if the Church was like the pharisees, it would make statements in favor of abortion and homosexulaity, thus receiving honor and acclaim from the world. Instead, the magisterium–he used that word repeatedly, which is a wonder in Canada–teaches what is true about these topics, willing to incur the wrath of the world for the sake of what is right. It was such a relief to not have to hear this text used as an apology for the hypocrisy and misdeeds of various churchmen through history as I have often hear it used. I will add that this priest was from India, so I don’t think he was trained over hear. I love missionaries from the third world who are laboring to resurrect the dry bones of the the west.

  12. mrose says:

    I assisted at a Pontifical High Mass for Christ the King yesterday, went to Confession today, and will be starting to meet with a Spiritual Director on Saturday – something I have been intending to set up for awhile, but finally was able to.

  13. JMGDD says:

    I went back to my college stomping grounds this past weekend, and I can report that the Catholic Student Center there is once again full of faithful, joyful students. I attended 11 AM Mass in the Ordinary Form, and was very pleased to find servers in proper cassock and cotta rather than the cassock albs we had in my day. Three-fold bells at the Consecration and even a server censing the Blessed Sacrament at each elevation, which I rarely see even in the EF. Visit them at sfacatholic.net

  14. St. Epaphras says:

    A hearty “amen” to what Henry Edwards said (about Mass at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville). That Schola/choir should be recording. I was thinking of a friend who often refers to “real” milk, “real” eggs, etc. (meaning straight from the cow and from one’s backyard hens – genuine, unadulterated) and applying this to what we experienced yesterday. There was such a sense of continuity with saints of all ages. God is very, very good to let any of us – anywhere – assist at traditional Latin Masses, let alone to hear such heavenly music. Thanks be to God for the priests who offer the TLM, for those who sing and chant and for all who give of their time and support so we can have such Masses. God doesn’t owe it to us!

  15. JonPatrick says:

    Survived the Nor’easter here in New England, did lose power for most of Sunday but it came back at 3 PM, consider ourselves lucky as there are still about 200,000 without power in our county and it may be a week before all the lines are repaired. We were not able to get to our usual EF Mass Sunday, went Saturday night to a nearby parish.

  16. Jack Hughes says:

    I went to an interview today and have one scheduled for tommorow

  17. JoAnna says:

    Baby W. continues to gestate nicely… every time I have a check-up, my OB says, “That sounds like a happy baby!” S/he will arrive sometime in December.

  18. BV says:

    I have been told that 8 or 9 lives have so far been saved by this years 40 Days for Life efforts at the abortion mill in my town. The only greater news will be that the place shuts down!

  19. Mary Jane says:

    Beautiful High Mass yesterday for the Feast of Christ the King! Christus Regnat! There was a procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and Benediction. Afterwards our polyphony choir rehearsed for the Feast of All Souls; we’re singing Victoria’s Requiem for 6-voices, Taedet Animam Meam and Versa Est In Luctum.

  20. alexandra88 says:

    Went to confession. Nuff said.

  21. APX says:

    I went to Confession on Saturday. There were a lot more people there than usual. Normally it’s about an hour long, but Father was in there for at least two hours.

    I’m at a 66% success rate for people showing up to their appointments today, which is pretty good (it saves tax payers money). However, one was exceptionally late, but I was able to keep my patience in check with a more gentle reprimand. That’s always good.

    I did exceptionally well on my mid term (considering I wrote it quickly prior to leaving for Mass) for my most loathed class that I just want to get done and over with.

    Oooh! And it was also snowing today when I left the house this morning! Finally the tradition of snow on Halloween resumes!

  22. TomGMS says:

    On Sunday, the feast of Christ the King, there was celebrated a Solemn High Mass at which myself and my brother had the honor of serving as acolytes. The Mass was followed by a reception and dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the Monsignor who serves at my family’s TLM parish where I serve a Low Mass usually every week, and my family was honored to be invited to the Mass and reception.

    Therefore I say congratulations to Monsignor James Byrnes on 25 years in the priesthood, and enjoy the WDTPRS mug!

  23. We’re doing the Faure Requiem at Assumption Grotto in Detroit for All Souls (EF Mass at 7; complete with catafalque, I’m told).

  24. JimmyA says:

    Took the decisive step in responding to my vocation. Lay, not clerical – but Deo volente should bear much apostolic fruit. Pray for me!

  25. albinus1 says:

    As of yesterday, the Feast of Christ the King in the traditional calendar, the weekly EF Mass returned to our parish, courtesy of our young assistant pastor, who has been practicing for the past couple of months. (We have had the EF Mass only occasionally since the previous pastor was transferred, in June of 2010.) We also had a Litany of the Sacred Heart and Consecration to the Sacred Heart.

    Our celebrant is starting with a weekly Low Mass until he feels more comfortable, then we will start having a weekly High Mass. He has also indicated that he would be interested in having Vespers and Benediction once a month.

  26. pm125 says:

    The devasting Sat. snowstorm ended business as usual for once on a Sunday.
    The sun shone, but – but people (w/or w/out families) were stranded in quiet. A chance for people to get off the Basil wheel, to stop and think.
    Not a tv, computer, or phone in many cases for escape. Impassable roads, branches & wires down, no weekday demands. Today began much the same way, by tonight cable and some electricity is restored. (Many elderly apts. are all electric and they were unable to cook or warm up for two long days.) And the trick or treaters … none around that I saw. Maybe it’s good news that some peaceful moments resulted for people that needed them. I hope so.

  27. inara says:

    Went to the 1st Communion meeting for our 2 children that will be receiving that sacrament this spring & was exceptionally pleased to hear they will be instructing them to receive on the tongue only! :o)

  28. ladykathryn says:

    On the Feast of the Presentation, 21 November, our daughter will be making her first (temporary) vows as a cloistered Carmelite nun!

  29. jenne says:

    Being new to the parish,ourselves and the pastor, we invited him for dinner. Come to find out, 16 years ago while a new priest in portugal he met our friend when he worked there for a year! Our friend is our kids Godparent. Both were amazed that the other was stateside. What joy!

  30. momoften says:

    My son leaves with the Bishop (yes, and others from our diocese) to Rome, Assisi, etc…for 10 days.) tomorrow. He is excited! (I know I would be too) He paid for it all himself, and will be fairly broke, but a chance of a lifetime…..

  31. Woodlawn says:

    Our Knights of Columbus Council hosted a Traditional Latin High Mass on 7 Oct for the Feast of the Holy Rosary followed by the Fourth Annual Battle of Lepanto Dinner. Dr. David Allen White was the speaker and he gave an excellent talk about Cervantes, who fought in the Battle of Lepanto, and Don Quixote. We were able to raise $1,500 and provide three $500 scholarship grants to seminarians of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

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