Your Good News

Do you have some great news to pass along to the readership?

As I note in the comments (especially some in the queue under other entries), there is a lot of negative out there.

We are facing serious problems in confusing times.  That doesn’t mean we have to be constantly focused only on bad news.  Right?

For my part, I am concluding a great trip after my 25th in Rome.  

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  1. Sword40 says:

    Our FSSP parish is getting a second priest sometime in October of this year. The really cool part of all this is he’ll be here for the summer as an assistant to Fr. Stinson (St. Joseph, Tacoma, WA). He is currently a transitional deacon. Our parish is growing.

  2. gloriamary says:

    My great news is that my new friend Blessed Bartolo Longo has been so kind as to help me find help for my son, who suffers from depression.

  3. Vy says:

    The Latin teacher at my school and I are inviting a priest next year, to come to our high school (that’s quite liberal) to speak about the Tridentine Mass or topics related to it! Surprisingly the school will be allowing it, even though they were quite against religious sisters in habits coming to the school for a day. Also, I hear that next year will possibly be the year with the largest number of seminarians ever in the Diocese of Winona or at least in recent years

  4. HealingRose says:

    Praise God! I started a new job today! It won’t meet all my financial needs, but is a great stepping stone with a company that has unlimited possibilities in the future. All my employment during the last year or so has been temporary or limited, but each job has been a door that closed to allow me to move to another. It’s been amazing how each new door seems to open with impeccable timing with just the right characteristics I need at the time.

    I’ll be working at an assisted living and memory care facility. God has been calling me recently to remember those who are forgotten. Beyond praying for those who are forgotten, this new position gives me an opportunity to allow Him to use me to directly reach those who may often be forgotten. I will be in a position to help enrich their daily lives. I pray that the light of God, the wisdom of the Spirit, the love of Jesus, and the grace of Mary flow through me and use me as an instrument of God’s will to bring peace, hope, and joy to those who are often disregarded by society.

    Please remember the forgotten in your prayers.

  5. Elizabeth D says:

    Good news, a ton of people, 15 or 16? came to the first session of my “Story of a Soul” book study at the parish and it went very well. I am actually an unlikely person to lead study groups successfully but after doing it for quite a few years and especially when the topic is what matters most deeply to me and which I am somewhat well prepared to speak about, with the help of Grace it goes perfectly fine.

    Good news, I went to confession today. Also after confession my confessor offered to set up a spiritual direction appointment, I hate to ask him because I dread imposing but I greatly appreciated that.

    Good news, apartment maintenance man replace toilet seal upstairs that should stop the leak that has been raining water down on my bed daily for several days. Bad news, another substantial shower of rain just fell on my bed…. so, that didn’t actually fix it. There’s no place to sleep in this apartment too tiny for a sofa except on the bed, with my head at the foot and curled around the large plastic storage container that has to stay there in case the “rain” starts up suddenly.

    Good news, I haven’t been losing my temper about it. I have a seminarian specially praying for me about it.

  6. Andreas says:

    We recently celebrated ‘Herz Jesu Sonntag’ here in the Tirol. It is customary here on this weekend each year for some intrepid souls to climb far up onto the alpine mountains and in open areas set alight torch fires in patterns depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus, crosses and other Catholic themes. So it was this past Saturday night when the mountainsides and peaks surrounding our village were aglow with such beautiful reminders of this special celebration. Sadly, the rains and cold that have been sweeping across most of this continent prevented our being able to have our Herz Jesu procession through our village. The good news is that here and throughout much of this country, there remain many Austrians who, despite the same madnesses that currently afflict most of Western Europe, still hold dearly onto the treasures of our beloved Catholic faith and its cherished traditions.

  7. S.Armaticus says:

    Excuse the self serving nature of this link, but I just did a post titled Summorum Pontificum’s ABUNDANT “Good Fruit”.

    I was quite surprised how much of “it” is actually out there after I started going through my favorite blogs list.

    I think it is safe to say that SP is THE MOST IMPORTANT document of the post-conciliar period. PERIOD!

  8. Persistant says:

    My parish is expected to have new (electric) organ delivered by the end of the month, hopefully right in time for celebration of our parish patrons sts. Peter and Paul. And I’m the one who chose which organ we’re gonna buy, and I’m the one who’s gonna play it most! :) Looking forward to it, and if all goes well bishop may come to our parish in autumn to bless the church after renovation and to bless the new organ.

  9. My older son graduates high school on Friday, after 13 years of homeschool. He is set for a faithful Catholic college for fall as a theology major. My younger son was given additional responsibilities at his martial arts dojo, and will be assisting the sensei during parts of the classes. They are both good boys, not perfect, but good.

  10. Tricia says:

    Ultrasound last week showed a beautiful heartbeat.

  11. iPadre says:

    Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s visit to my parish is only three weeks away – June 28 & 29.

  12. gaudete says:

    Our office will do the annual countryside trip tomorrow, including Holy Mass at a local Marian place of pilgrimage!

  13. Knight from 13904 says:

    Brick by brick in New Hampshire

    “The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today that the Diocese of Manchester will soon be blessed with the opening of a new parish dedicated to the celebration of the Tridentine Rite Mass, when the former Saint Stanislaus church in Nashua will reopen. The new parish will be entrusted to the members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). While a pastor for the new parish has not yet been named, current plans call for the celebration of the first Mass in early August.

    Recent announcement not only that a parish is reopening but it is reopening as a dedicated TLM parish. Praise the LORD and thank you to our loving Shepard, Bishop Libasci

  14. EeJay says:

    Yeh, I found an article on Rorate Caeli entitled ‘”Thank God We Did Not Obey Those Forcing the New Mass Upon Us”, very interesting.

  15. ncstevem says:

    My sister-in-law (my wife’s twin sister) accepted a pediatric residency position last week which is only 50 miles from her home. My wife & SIL both practiced as pediatricians in Brazil for many years.

    In order to practice medicine in the U.S., they had to pass a series of exams (3 yrs. study time !!) and apply to numerous residency programs. My SIL wasn’t accepted to the one program which interviewed her last Feb. so she was preparing to apply for the 2017 Match. A spot opened up at this program near her home 2 weeks ago. They interviewed her last Tuesday and offered her the position last Wednesday.

    This is a bit of a miracle because residency positions in the U.S. for foreign doctors have become very difficult to get and even more so for MDs who are more than 5 years from med. school graduation.

    The other great news is my wife finishes her residency in Oct. We’ve been living apart since July 2012 when she started the residency. She gave birth (at 47 !!) to our daughter 2 years ago so it’ll be great to finally be able to live together when she finishes.

  16. un-ionized says:

    I learned how to do new things at work and am teaching others to do them too. It is very fun. I am so grateful for a job that I love and that I do well enough that management likes me and where my co-workers are friendly and helpful and competent. I look forward to Mondays!

  17. un-ionized says:

    Healing Rose, you are doing God’s work. God works through human hands.

  18. comedyeye says:

    The Diocese of Lansing will have 5 new priests this Friday night!
    Congratulations to Bishop Earl Boyea, Fr John Linden, Director of Vocations, and
    the entire vocations department.

  19. Tiber Swimmer 2012 says:

    My wife and I are anticipating the birth of our first child this September.

    Also, my friends and I have found tremendous success in our men’s choir over the past year. The parish is very receptive to the beauty of Gregorian Chant, and we are now permitted (nay, encouraged) to sing the propers in Latin. This makes the first time two generations of Catholics have heard the beauty emanating from the Mass of the Ages. Thank you Fr. Z for the encouragement as we “ride the damn bike”.

  20. Iconophilios says:

    This happened last month, but since I didn’t mention it: I will be going to a good traditional seminary this Fall. And a kind permanent deacon at my parish gave me his pristine extra set of LOTH. Keep seminarians in your prayers, please!

  21. Elizabeth D says:

    When I first scanned the post that says: “Yeh, I found an article on Rorate Caeli entitled ‘”Thank God We Did Not Obey Those Forcing the New Mass Upon Us”, very interesting.” Somehow I read it as being about a hymn titled ”Thank God We Did Not Obey Those Forcing the New Mass Upon Us”.

    What kind of meter would fit that kind of lyric?

  22. un-ionized says:

    Elizabeth, Definitely irregular. Highly irregular.

  23. Mike says:

    What kind of meter would fit that kind of lyric?
    Dactylic 88.88. Were it liturgical, it could make a dandy recessional.

    My good news: After a most restorative retreat with the Institute of Christ the King’s lay Society of the Sacred Heart at Mundelein, Illinois, I am inquiring into membership in the Society. And in twelve days I leave, Deo volente, for the Church Music Association of America’s annual Colloquium at St. Louis.

  24. KAS says:

    I’ve pretty much gotten my resume down to a single page that targets just the information my target dream job is going to want. Now to print on good paper and walk it in.

    Our group of moms has been working with our parish to charter an American Heritage Girls troop. Being Chartered by a Catholic parish means our religious portion is–ta-da– Catholic! Unless God decides we need more practice in patience, we should be ready to sign up our girls by July. We will be TX1860 once fully chartered. The date we chose for our troop is the year that the first Mass was said in our County. We sat down with a history of the Church in our area, and there was the date of the first Mass, and the date of the first church (burned down) then the date of the second church, etc. We decided that the date of the first Mass was best as it is a date in common with all the other parishes in our deanery. We are going to be the first AHG troop in our Deanery. Hopefully we will grow so well we will get to help plant AHG troops at the other parishes here.

    All my kids are well. The youngest grandchild is getting baptized in July. My projects are moving forward. And the last two Sunday Masses we have NOT been asked to stand up after the processional and introduce ourselves to each other.

  25. MrsMacD says:

    Jesus died for me.

  26. Bob Glassmeyer says:

    Glory to Jesus Christ!

    MrsMacD, I truly love what you said today. God love you, friend.

    Two bits of good news for you online friends: First, I am married these 17 and a half years to my dear Melissa, who is my best friend, my soul mate, and the best thing that ever happened to me. God has seen us through everything in our marriage, and has brought us deeper and deeper into love with Himself and each other.

    Second, my Alma Mater, the Pontifical College Josephinum, is in the process of, thanks be to our good God, beautifying her main chapel, St. Turibius, to be more glorious than ever! The beautiful murals of Gerhard Lamers are being uncovered, a new and better floor is being installed, and the best of what was once removed is now being returned.

    May God be praised and loved for His goodness and faithfulness to us!

  27. Knight from 13904 says:

    MrsMacD – you familiar with The Institute of Catholic Culture?
    Talk about good news. I would add this apostolate to my list.

  28. Supertradmum says:

    My first novel is out. If it sells well, my publisher may accept the other seven I have finished. This one is called The Jeweler’s Polish. Some of the novels take place in Malta, some in the US, and other places.

  29. Quanah says:

    My wife and I are celebrating our 9th next week; we are seeing family in California later in the month; and my newest nephew will be getting baptized soon.

  30. Charivari Rob says:

    After some initial bumps and detours, my Mom has been making progress the last week or so in rehabbing from her broken leg.

    It also gives me an opportunity to pass along a nice story about Bishop O’Connell of Trenton.

    My mother’s roommate got sprung for a half-day for her granddaughter’s Confirmation (Grandma was the sponsor). Apparently, for the actual rite the candidates and their sponsors go at least part of the way up the steps of the sanctuary. I haven’t been inside that church (Saint Rose in Belmar) so I don’t know if it was an issue of layout/available space or an issue of enabling the Bishop to not need to descend the steps and shuffle back & forth in a tight space (he has serious foot injuries).

    When it came time for the young lady, she was able to stay at the main floor level, Grandma behind her in the wheelchair, hand on her shoulder – and the Bishop came down the steps to them. (Once he was done, one of the other family members got Grandma out of the aisle so others could get past.)

  31. Nan says:

    Confession and Mass yesterday with a lovely priest, one of a set of nine, ordained a week and a half ago. He’s an older vocation, with a career under his belt, who first became Catholic, then discerned his vocation. He made a point about confession being about mercy rather than punishment and suggested going to confession before falling into sin.

    Iconopholios, seminarians are covered. I’ll add you to my list of individual seminarians although you’re also covered under vocations and seminarians.

  32. MikeS says:

    My wife had her 25 week check up this morning, and everything looks good for kid #6. We don’t take it for granted any more after we lost #5 at 20 weeks last year.
    Meanwhile her sister is on schedule for a planned C-section later this month. She has had three straight losses in the second trimester, so we are very excited for them.

  33. rtrainque says:

    Fr. has arranged for the VT Choral Union to sing Claudio Monteverdi’s “Missa in Illo Tempore” for a votive of the BVM tomorrow evening. The hope is that we can expose even more people to the traditional Mass by drawing in those who may primarily be interested in hearing the work in its proper context (although I pray that all attendees have the sense to realize that this is Holy Mass with special music rather than a concert embellished with religious ceremony…) This will also be the first time since the move a year ago that we will have Mass in the main church at the c0-cathedral rather than downstairs!

  34. Seppe says:

    “Half Brick” in Diocese of Toledo, Ohio –
    On the occasion of our Pastor’s Thirtieth Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood, he celebrated a Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman-Latin Rite. This Mass, offered in place of the Saturday Evening Vigil Mass and attended by several hundred people, was probably the first time in fifty years that the Mass was offered in the Extraordinary Form. Five or six men from the Toledo Opera Chorus expertly chanted the Missa Salve Regina by Carroll Thomas Andrews, Ave Verum by A. Guilmant, and several other hymns. Four well-trained Altar Servers and an Assisting Priest made sure that everything went smoothly. Gratias agimus tibi, Pater. Ad multos annos!

  35. baileymxd says:

    Went to Confession. Also, our diocese ordained 4 mentioned the transitional diaconate last week. Two of them were participating in the EF tonight.

    Got music for one of our seminarian’s first Masses in a few weeks. So. Much. Latin.

  36. DD says:

    My garden!

  37. ALDU says:

    My wife and I, in England, attended a Mass on the feast of Corpus Christie on Thursday 26 May. In England, feast days are generally translated to the next Sunday but we were lucky to attend an FSSP Mass in the Extraordinary form. The Mass was beautiful, the choir singing Mozart’s Coronation Mass and there we 6 altar boys assisting the priest. After the Mass I overheard the priest saying to another member of the congregation that for the first time there were 5 brothers of the same family serving together on the Altar. A true sign of a worthy family.

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