Monthly Archives: December 2015

Brick by Brick – Houseling cloths installed!

Do you recall that I asked for help to determine a good way to attach houseling cloths on a Communion rail?  HERE  Many of you came through. By the way “housel” is a Middle and Old English word for “Eucharist”. … Read More

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17 May: National Catholic Prayer Breakfast – Card. Sarah!

Did you all see the great news? His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah is the keynote speaker at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this yet.  HERE I know where I will be on 17 May 2016.    

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Card. Sarah, Bps. Slattery, Conley, Morlino on “ad orientem” worship

I hold with Klaus Gamber and others that the turning around of Mass, to celebrate versus populum was the single most damaging thing to our Catholic identity.  I hold with Joseph Ratzinger and others that we need to return to ad orientem worship. … Read More

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The story of the Civil War – VIDEO

A couple months ago I rewatched Ken Burns’ series on The Civil War. I see that there is a new Civil War series.

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Church security and ‘active shooters’

In light of current events and probable future threats, I put a few reading items on my wishlist relating to security for churches.  Most of it seems to be oriented to and written by evangelicals.  However, some of these people have a … Read More

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Your Good News

Do you have good news that you can share with the readership? I’m sure that there are many good things and graces to report on out there.


Your Sunday Sermon Notes

This is a little late, but … was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation?  Let us know. Can you remember the sermon after more than 24 hours?


Of the deaths of stars and souls

This is just too cool not to share.  From APOD: My emphases and comments: Explanation: It’s back. Never before has an observed supernova been predicted. The unique astronomical event occurred in the field of galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223. Most bright … Read More

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SUPER COOL: Baseball player who was a spy in WWII

Do you have a friend or loved one who is a baseball fan?  A student of WWII? This book would make a great gift. A reader alerted me to this via email… one of the coolest things I have seen for a long … Read More

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HEART WATCH! DAY 5: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 5 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” I had a note from Father, liberated from THE MINDRAY, saying that he is now dealing with something else… … Read More

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A liturgical low point

Some Lutherans in Germany did this to get people into Church. HERE What pops into my mind is… “but for Wales?” Yes, friends. In the Illustrated Dictionary of Stupid, these photos will be by the entry for “crass”.     … Read More

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Altar girls and liturgy dominated by women: bad ideas

I’m Fr. Z.. and I endorse this essay by Rachel Lu at Crisis! My emphases and comments: In 1994, the Congregation for Divine Worship issued a letter officially specifying that it is licit for females to serve the altar in … Read More

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Holy See Press Office gets an upgrade!

Here is some good news from Rome for a change…  from the Bolletino: Nomina di Vice Direttore della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede Il Santo Padre Francesco ha nominato Vice Direttore della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, con decorrenza dal … Read More

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Rorate Mass

Recently we had a Rorate Mass at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff. We started Mass so as to end more or less at sunrise. Here are few shots:

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HEART WATCH! DAY 3: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 3 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” “Minor”?  Pffft.  What’s that?  Minor, perhaps in that it could have been worse, but there’s no “minor: when it … Read More

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Prayers for His Hermeneuticalness, Fr. Finigan

My good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, the PP in Margate, is presently in the hospital. HERE In your kindness will you remember him in your prayers? Say a Rosary for him.

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NYC Last Day and My View For Awhile – Home again, home again…

First, a shout out to my friend Fr. Finigan who, in the hospital, has honored us with a bloggy homage in quoting “my view for awhile”. I hope he exchanges his view soon for a better view of Margate. Also, … Read More

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WDTPRS 4th Sunday of Advent (2002MR): Seeing is believing.

The 4th Sunday’s Collect is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR). The Annunciation was the moment of the Incarnation of our Lord. Therefore, on that feast … Read More

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New Christmas music CDs from St. John Cantius

Now that we are getting toward the end of Advent you are surely starting to think about your Christmas music situation.  I imagine that most of you have let Advent be Advent so that Christmas can Christmasier. My friends at … Read More

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Pope Francis’ 80th year of life. Will he resign? Fr. Z speculates.

Left-leaning Crux has a piece from left-leaning AP’s left-leaning Nicole Winfield about Pope Francis’ entering his 80th year of life (his 79th birthday is today, 17 December – Happy Birthday, Holy Father… maybe take a few weeks off?  Maybe?). The … Read More

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