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  1. Well, I’m going through the process of converting to Catholicism, and as messy as that has been for me, today was a big leap forward. I went to my first Mass, of the Ordinary Form “say the black and do the red” type, well celebrated by a conscientious Priest who preached a fairly good homily with references to Roman Catholic Saints and approved Mystics as well as a challenge to allow Jesus into every area of our lives as opposed to relegating Him and His Words to a certain little tiny piece of it. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it; it was an opportunity for me to move from the theoretical and academic acceptance of Catholicism to the actual living out of it. I fell like today was truly the beginning of my life as a Catholic, and I’d say that’s pretty good news coming from this former Evangelical Lutheran.

  2. Banjo pickin girl says:

    Jonathan, Hooray!
    I am taking Fr. Columba Kelly’s courses in Gregorian chant and have learned how to read those strange markings in the Graduale Triplex. This is great. There are lots of very kind people here and lots of good food. My health is not of the best and the guest house people go out of their way to make sure everything is okay. My room even has a handicapped adapted bathroom. I am so happy.
    Now when I get home I will be able to understand better how chant is done at my parish. It was very mysterious before. Now I know that the notes on the page are only a tiny bit of it.

  3. Supertradmum says:

    Praise God, JonathanCatholic. That is good news for me as well as you.

  4. Batfink says:

    3 Dominicans ordained on Saturday (2 deacons and 1 priest).

    4 Lay Dominicans admitted as novices yesterday.

    I was there to witness and celebrate with both parties. Hurrah!

  5. kab63 says:

    The kids, pets and I have been camping out in our home for the past two weeks. My husband has been living and working in our new home, getting everything ready. Today we fly out and are reunited. Please, in your kindness, remember me in you prayers at about 1pm PST. I am responsible for 3 large dogs, 2 cats and 4 teenagers. My guardian angel will be busy today.

  6. MargaretC says:

    I recently returned from the Church Music Association of America’s Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City. (See for details.)

    In addition to first rate instruction by an outstanding faculty, we celebrated sung mass every day in the Cathedral of the Madeleine, using the OF and EF on alternating days. It was a unique opportunity to experience both forms of the liturgy performed at high levels of execution.

    In addition to Gregorian chant and appropriate polyphonic pieces, all masses were celebrated ad orientem. Communion was received kneeling and on the tongue.

  7. Tessa says:

    The FSSP General Chapter is currently meeting at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska. Yesterday, we were honored to have Fraternity Priests from all over the world, including some of the founders of the order, serve and attend a Solemn High Mass in our parish. Mass was followed by a parish reception, and last evening all of the delegates to the Chapter held Solemn Vespers in our church. It was a truly remarkable and blessed day for our parish.

  8. Ryan M. says:

    My wife and I recently found out that we are expecting our second child! The little one should be here in early February. As recent Catholic converts (just this past Easter Vigil), we’re excited that this one will be baptized in the Church and that we will be raising our family in the faith.

  9. Rose in NE says:

    Tessa, we must go to the same parish! My son was thrilled to be one of the four torchbearers for the Mass–all the other serving positions were filled by the FSSP priests. We also attended Solemn Vespers. Even though these priests all speak different languages, they were able to pray together in Latin. Just beautiful!

  10. pinoytraddie says:

    Attended Mass Again in the Mall after Missing Three Sundays,I Already Posted the Priest’s Comment in a Previous Post. LAVS DEO!!!

  11. irishgirl says:

    My ‘good news’ might sound a little trivial, but….my new apartment is finally ‘taking shape’!
    I finally got my dresser moved to the spot where I wanted it last week, courtesy of the husband of the TLM chapel organist, and a young man who is one of my new neighbors (he lives two floors down from me). The husband also brought some new slats for my bed, so now I can sleep ‘normal’ on it (sleeping straight at the head instead of at an angle at the foot). He also took away a useless metal shelving that got damaged in the process of moving.
    So after the two guys left, I was able to put up my three wall calendars (two traditional Catholic ones and one of ‘puppies and friends’) and some of my crucifixes and holy pictures. I also unpacked and put on a smaller dresser in my walk-in closet several of my statues.
    I still have to get a new bookshelf and one for the kitchen, and eventually I’m going to get rid of the bed (too big for a studio apartment) and get either a daybed or a futon.
    Oh, and I also got from the organist’s husband a TV set with a stand and storage area for tapes and DVDs. And I think he and his wife are offering to pay for three months of basic cable service; so I can watch the London Olympics later this month! But for now at least, I can watch videos instead of overstraining my eyes with reading!

  12. BelovedDaughter says:

    I was able to spend Sunday with one of my very dear sisters in Christ and my Spiritual Father of whom I dont get to see more than every couple of months, what a gift! Started the day by receiving Jesus from the very hands of my Spiritual Father and then spent the rest of the day praying, talking, and eating ice cream – doesnt get much better than that! Praise God!

  13. JoAnna says:

    After weeks and weeks of enduring an unstable employment situation (3 of my paychecks bounced), I have a fantastic new job. Thank you God, and thank you St. Joseph for the prayers!

  14. mamajen says:

    We might possibly, if all of the various ducks line up in a row, sell our house this week. I never want to move again.

  15. john_6_fan says:

    My wife and I found out last week that the baby we were expecting in February is actually twins! The doctor suspects they are going to be identical twins. Prayers for a healthy pregnancy, delivery and babies are appreciated.

  16. AvantiBev says:

    After 7 weeks of rehearsal and intense drills in the British dialect, the play opened this weekend to a very good reception by the audience. British serio-comedy can be tricky performed before American audiences who are used to a more situation comedy format for garnering laughs. All and all I am grateful to God to be able to use and grow my talents; to stretch as an actress and work with a great bunch of people.

    To celebrate, the day after opening I treated myself to a copy of Father Sirico’s new book, DEFENDING FREE MARKETS. Hard to put it down. I have heard him speak on EWTN and been present 3 times for his speeches here in Chicago. I was happy to find that his book has the same engaging style.

  17. capebretoner says:

    Brand new grandaughter born this past weekend! She is a beauty!

  18. AnnAsher says:

    Joanna- congratulations! My son is dealing with non payment of wages earned so I have personal experience with your suffering. Happy for you!

  19. lmo1968 says:

    After my request for prayers last week regarding employment, I had 2 job interviews today! Plus I found out about an opportunity to work for a Catholic company! Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for me that these opportunities work out.

  20. JoyfulMom7 says:

    My (3rd) son graduated from Officer Candidates School in Quantico on Saturday!

  21. Margaret says:

    A family member recently went in for what was expected to be a routine angiogram, but which turned into an angioplasty of a 90% blocked artery. The doctor said it would have almost certainly brought about a fatal heart attack within two or three months if it hadn’t been caught and repaired. Thanks be to God.

  22. bernadette says:

    I have been in my new home on the west coast for one week and one day. I am blessed to be nine miles away from a wonderful parish that has a weekly EF. Sunday it was foggy early in the morning and I didn’t want to drive to church in the fog in unfamiliar territory. I went to a later Novus Ordo Mass at the same parish and it was exceptional in every way. God has been so good to me, all my anxiety and stress were for nothing. Hopefully I have learned to trust Him more. I am here and I am happy in my new home.

  23. robtbrown says:

    Margaret says:

    A family member recently went in for what was expected to be a routine angiogram, but which turned into an angioplasty of a 90% blocked artery.

    If they did an angiogram, didn’t they already know there was blockage?

  24. Margaret says:

    @Robtbrown– the tests leading up to the angio were ambiguous. Family member was convinced it was really just a stomach issue flaring up again. Also, if I understand correctly, you do encounter a certain number of traditional angiograms that are just “we’re not quite sure what’s going on so we have to go look” procedures that don’t reveal any blockages and therefore don’t require angioplasty…

  25. Bea says:

    My son doesn’t have lyme’s disease. The tick had it but he doesn’t. He still has to be checked for a year to make sure it doesn’t come on.

  26. Bea says:

    I think I know you. We may have met in Denton and then at your parish church in 2008.
    I hear they have recently renovated the altar and stations of the cross there. I hear it’s beautiful.
    I haven’t been back since 2008, so I haven’t seen it.

  27. robtbrown says:


    I understand that they hadn’t been sure before the angiogram, but I would think they weren’t surprised by finding blockage.

    With my mother it was the opposite: A stress echo indicated she had blockage in two or three arteries. The angiogram, however, showed almost none, which was, in the words of the cardiologist, amazing for a woman her age (82 or 83 at the time).

  28. JoAnna says:

    Thank you Ann! I am fortunate in that my former employer did make good on the bounced checks and also reimbursed my NSF and wire transfer fees. Prayers for your son; it’s an awful situation to endure.

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