Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dear Santa….

Remember when I was supposed to be given a Bugatti Veyron for … for… I can’t remember why. A reader sent me a note that Shelby made an even faster car. Piffle, quoth Bugatti. They turned around and topped Shelby. … Read More

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CL: The Obama Administration v. The Catholic Church

From The Catholic League: CATHOLIC CHURCH VS. OBAMA SHOWDOWN November 28, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the upcoming showdown between the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Catholic Church: On December 1, … Read More

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Brick by Brick: Altar boy scores WDTPRS kudos

For your “Brick by Brick” file, from a reader: I thought you might be interested to know about something that one of the altar boys did after Mass today – I know I was impressed! We had a visiting priest … Read More

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SERIOUS Occupy Wall Street commentary. No, really.

You all know by know how much I admire the Occupy Wall Street movement.  A comedian I never watch seems to esteem them about as much as I do. This is brought to WDTPRSers at the urging of the great … Read More

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Fortune Cookie Alert!


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The new translation and “twice a year catholics”

From a reader about “C & E catholics”… those who darken the church’s door at Christmas and Easter. Four Sundays from now, on Christmas, the “Twicers” will attend without the benefit of the explanations. The following are for your consideration, … Read More

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One thing NOT to do with the obsolete “Sacramentary”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

At CNA there is an article picking up on earlier commentary on the USCCB about what to do with the now happily obsolete – that feels so good to write –  copies of the book called the Sacramentary, which has … Read More

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“The Belt of the Mother of God”

Here is a fascinating post from the Director of SPUC, Mr. John Smeaton.  Check out the very first part: Vladamir Putin turns to Mary to halt Russia’s population decline Under the headline “Mother of God’s Belt comes to Russia to … Read More

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Refusing to “learn the damn prayers”.

Ultra-liberal Huffington Post has an article on the implementation of the new, corrected translation. Here is one of the dumbest things I have read to date about this new, translation, even from some the professional whiners. […] Maribeth Lynch, 51, … Read More

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Your Good News and Sunday Sermon Notes

Do you have any good news for us? Was there some particularly good point in the Sunday sermon you heard?


O Magnum Mysterium

For your Advent, pre-Christmas reflection… the text from Matins of Christmas. Think about this for the next month, in the version by Lauridsen, sung about as well as you might hear it sung. O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut … Read More

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“Imagine our Lord himself as holding back, keeping you waiting for a little.”

Pat Archbold uses the opportunity of the implementation of the new translation to reflect on the three-fold “Domine non sum dignus” before Communion. […] I have for years attended the Traditional Latin Mass when my schedule would permit and will … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! POLL ALERT at Huffington Post on new, corrected translation… imagine

At the ultra-liberal Huffington Post there is a poll about preferences concerning the new, corrected translation or the obsolete, bad translation. I ask readers to vote and I ask bloggers to pick this up as well. Remember: This is about … Read More

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Typo on the first day in the Catholic Book Publishing Company edition

From a priest reader: The Roman Missal for the Catholic Book Publishing Company (large edition) has a typo on the First Sunday of Advent. The Introit adds a word that should not be there: “Nor let “not” my enemies exult … Read More

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Advent – SUPER OBLATA (2002MR): thresholds

Today’s Ordinary Form Super Oblata prayer, the prayer over the offerings during the Offertory, is found in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary amidst prayers for the month of July. SUPER OBLATA – (2002MR): Suscipe, quaesumus, Domine, munera quae de tuis offerimus … Read More

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Praise for the new, corrected translation coming in.

I am getting some good feedback on the new translation.  Here’s one item: It was such an improvement that I might (just might) go to Novus Ordo Mass in English there once in a while! High praise indeed! UPDATE: From … Read More

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WDTPRS POLL: The Advent Wreath and You

Do you have an Advent Wreath? How about sharing a photo? The combox is open.

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Wherein is found Fr. Z’s annual singing rant on Advent vestments. WDTPRS POLL!

Some veteran readers here know about my annual rant about BLUE vestments during Advent.  Lest all other Advent considerations be overshadowed by the implementation of the new, corrected translations, herebelow I rant. I think this liturgical abuse is fading, but … Read More

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Readers: PARISH MERGER consultation!

In the past – quite a long time ago now, actually – I wrote some short stories about a fictional place with the parishes, in this deanery at least, of St. Ipsidipsy (in Tall Tree Circle), St. Fidelia (in Benedictburg), … Read More

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Many thanks go out to all who have been so helpful and generous with donations and items from the wish lists.  Each time something arrives it is a shot in the arm. On Monday, 28 November, I will say another … Read More