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  1. Andreas says:

    Here in the Tirol, this past Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Herz Jesu) with Mass at 0830 followed by a splendid procession through Pinswang to a simple yet beautiful altar built under the giant Linden tree in the village center. The Musikkapelle (village band) played the music for Mass and the procession as we made our way from the 18th century St. Ulrich’s Church, slowly down the hill to the altar. There, in the stillness of this tiny ancient village (even the many cows remained unusually quiet that beautiful morning), Pfarrer Simon read the Gospel, and I lead the St. Cecilia Women’s Choir in the 17th century melody to “Lobe den Herrn”. After processing back to St. Ulrichs, the Monstrance was replaced at the High Altar, we sang Tantum Ergo , “Auf zum Schwur, Tiroler Land” *the Tirolean Bundeshymn), and then “Grosser Gott, wir loben Dich”. There were not many villagers at Mass and as part of procession, but those there on this hot Summery Sunday morning were part of the living sacred tradition that happily still defines this beautiful land.

  2. Bea says:

    Our local Parish has a “Guadalupanas” group. A group devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe. They are very active.
    They have a Pilgrim image that goes for a week to various homes.
    We received her at 9 AM Mass this morning and now has a prominent place in our living room.
    She will be in our home for a week until we pass her on to the next family next Sunday.
    Anybody need any special prayers?
    We will mainly be praying for the Pope and The Church.

  3. acroat says:

    We had a fabulous homily about the attack on
    the family structure & how in CA fathers have
    been reduced to a “check box”.

  4. dnicoll says:

    Went to confession and in a much better place as a result :-)

  5. The Sicilian Woman says:

    Our wonderful pastor is taking a brief vacation this week. It might not seem like a big deal, but until our associate pastor, a wonderful Dominican, arrived last month (and who I think will be covering our pastor on his overdue sabbatical shortly), our pastor had a very difficult time finding someone to cover him, given the priest shortage in our diocese and our remote location (2 hours from the nearest major city, and a few very tiny towns between us). I’ve been afraid of Father burning out, so I am thrilled for him to be able to take some time off with much more ease than previously. Plus I’m thrilled we have another good priest, at least for now. If only we could get a bunch of vocations for good, holy priests in our diocese…

  6. heway says:

    Our parish, Sacred Heart had a wonderful weekend. Before our fiesta on Saturday, a deacon came at 10am for a communion service – gave the work crew an opportunity for communion and to pray for a successful day. Following the fiesta (deep pit barbecue and NM red and green), a visiting priest (retired but makes yearly trip to Nicaragua) came for the Sunday vigil. We were all there again, this time in thanksgiving. Our pastor is back in Africa for a month. We more than covered our expenses and in a little town with high unemployment and low wages, this was a blessing. Our blessing is to live in such a Christian community dominated by ‘caritas’.

  7. jlduskey says:

    Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, said the regularly scheduled First Saturday Mass in the Extraordinary form at St. Andrew’s Church in Calumet City, IL. The Mass was said on June 2, Ember Saturday in the octave of Pentecost. The Ecclesia Choir, conducted by Mr. Timothy Woods, sang ‘Missa Super Laudate Dominum’ by Orlando de Lassus, while the regular schola of six years chanted the propers of the Mass. This marked the sixth anniversary of the Latin Mass in this location, which was started in June 2006. St. Andrew’s is located at 768 Lincoln Avenue in Calumet City, Illinois. The regular celebrant of this mass is Fr. Bernard Danber, O.S.A., but occasionally there is an alternate celebrant.


  8. Benedict says:

    The Dominicans of the Eastern Province have just posted about the men who will be accepted for the 2012 novitiate class.  Thanks be to God!

    There will be a Missa Cantata in the Dominican Rite for the Feast of St. Dominic at the Dominican parish in Columbus, OH on August 4, 2012.

  9. heway says:

    This is not a second comment but continued from the first. The deacon who came in the morning had prepared a reflection on St. Margaret Mary Aloque. he was so excited when it came time for him to share these toughts – because as he was vesting he noticed an envelope on the cupboard. An envelope that contains a relic of St. Margaret Mary – he felt that this was an omen of good things to come.

  10. Supertradmum says:

    Benedict, please pray for a friend of mine who wants to be a Dominican, but has a large college debt. He lives in Georgia.

  11. revs96 says:

    Served High Mass yesterday for Fr. Jay Finelli’s 20th anniversary of ordination.

    Also, some pro-sodomy lunatics on twitter recently called me out as a hate-monger and started attacking me. It’s good to be told I’m a good Catholic like that, because if they had accepted me, then that would mean that I was dead wrong on marriage. The fact that sodomites are attacking me means I am right about marriage and the Catholic Faith.

  12. adeoamata says:

    Our first child, a son, was born early Saturday morning! Deo gratias.

  13. revs96 says:

    Supertradmum, The Laboure Society can help your friend. They help aspiring priests and monastics resolve their debt so they can enter the monastery/seminary. You can refer your friend to their web site: labouresociety[dot]org

  14. Darren says:

    I had some time off last week where I got to visit some holy places:
    Low Mass (EF) at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ to start the day… then on to Philadelphia where I visited:
    Shrine of the Miraculous Medal
    National Shrine of St. John Neumann
    Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul
    The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, located by the shrine, has a museum of much artwork and other items (much come sfrom closed churches, seminaries etc… unfortunate that thos places closed, but fortunate that this place has a museum to keep these items on display). There they have this lifesize Pope Pius XII – http://www.flickr.com/photos/dajamist/7178514949/in/set-72157630108072600/ – dressed in the actual vestments he wore for the canonization of St. Catherine Laboure. All I could think is “I want one of these in my house!!!” To greet visitors when they enter through the front door

    Foubnd my way to the very large and beautiful St. Aedan’s Church in Jersey City – just in time for 12:05 PM mass

    St. John the Baptist Church, NYC (mass and confession) right near Madison Square Garden/Penn Station. There is a Padre Pio shrine and small garden there.
    I ended up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (after a brief visit to the Empire State Bldg)
    Ended up in Little Italy to pick up some pasticiotti, cannoli and cream puffs at La Bella Ferrara! (mmmmmmm)

    Mass at my parish for the Feast of the Sacred Heart in the morning. Then, my friends invited me to their home in the evening for the ceremony of having their home Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus… by a wonderful old priest, must be about 90 years old. He fondly remembers the days of old.

  15. APX says:

    My friend’s being ordained to the priesthood this week. I’m so excited and happy about a much needed trip back home on Thursday to celebrate this blessed event.

  16. Elizium23 says:

    As of this month, our parish has gone from one priest and a deacon on vacation to two priests, a transitional deacon, and a seminarian. The latter two are on a summertime pastoral assignment, and the deacon’s stipend is paid by the Knights of Columbus council. The parochial vicar comes to us from an institute of consecrated life; I do not know the length of his assignment, but hopefully for a couple years. Also, although it was announced that our two sisters are being recalled to their motherhouse, we have received word that we shall be welcoming some new sisters from Mexico to replace them.

  17. wmeyer says:

    Yesterday’s homily, from the same priest I heard last Sunday, was excellent. Last week he spoke hard words on the subject of abortion; this week, on the subject of what we believe. In both, he summarized by symmetric statements:
    You cannot be pro-choice and Catholic. You cannot be Catholic and pro-choice.
    You cannot reject Church teachings and be Catholic. You cannot be Catholic and reject Church teachings.
    My comment on this in Facebook was that the Catechism is not a menu.

  18. Supertradmum says:

    revs96, thanks, sent him link and that would be good news

  19. L. says:

    At daily Mass today, our Priest talked at length about envy. I have told him that when he was finished with the topic, all I could think was, “I wish I’d said that.”

  20. The Epistle, Gospel, and Preface chanted yesterday as beautifully as I’ve ever heard them, by a young graduate of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he evidently had wonderful Gregorian chant instruction.

  21. MarkJ says:

    Our new FSSP priest started yesterday at St. Anne’s in San Diego… just ordained last month, hs name is Fr. Gregory Eichman. I got to watch part of his ordination, which is available for viewing on the FSSP website. We are so blessed to have a total of three resident priests at our parish! Deo gratias!

  22. JonPatrick says:

    This is actually news from a week ago, as we were away. Went up to Lewiston Maine and on Sunday I attended the 8 AM Extraordinary Form Mass at the Basilica, then with the family the 10 AM Ordinary Form for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which was a reverent Mass with wonderful singing and clouds of incense, followed by a procession around the neighborhood ending in a benediction in the Basilica chapel. The sermon was about how God made a covenant with us and that in return we have obligations such as attending Mass every Sunday not just occasionally, and insuring that we have confessed any grave sins before receiving communion.

  23. discerningguy says:

    Our priest is having both of our full-skeletal relics (Bonosa and Magnus, martyrs) preserved, after which they will go back into their side altars.

  24. Jack Hughes says:

    I was able to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help last week during my stay in Wisconsin………. sigh want to go back.

  25. pinoytraddie says:

    My Mom and I Argued about The Merits of the Liturgical Reform(It started with The Communion in the Hand) while Watching the Statio Orbis Mass and Until the Pope Spoke did She See My Point .

    P.S We are Filipinos who are Happy with the Pope’s Choice of Cebu as the Next Site for IEC! DEO GRATIAS!!!

  26. AvantiBev says:

    I just found out that Father Sirico had moved from St. Mary’s Parish in Kalamazoo, MI to Sacred Heart Parish in Grand Rapids, MI which is the parish I drive 45 minutes to in order to attend Latin Mass when up at our cottage. This way I avoid the parish which is a much cheaper 5 minute drive from our cottage but which is stuck in the 70’s/80’s with Marty Haugen tunes pounded out on guitar and piano while altar girls and an improvised, informal chit-chat canon defile the altar.

  27. Dies Irae says:

    Ooohh, lucky you, MarkJ! Fr Eichmann is one great priest. It’s so strange to call him Fr. Eichmann, though, having known him as just Greg! (It took us a long time to find out his last name. Those seminarians do drive me crazy sometimes!)

  28. Quanah says:

    I have accepted a job offer at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis: freshmen theology.

  29. Mary Jane says:

    Had a great Father’s Day party with family! Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there! To you as well, Fr. Z.

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