Monthly Archives: December 2016

Help from readers: Find the banding!

Okay folks… who can find this banding (the red embroidered part) for us?

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Concerning the movie ‘Silence’ movie by Scorsese, book by Shusaku Endo

I just read at The Catholic Thing a review by Brad Miner of the movie from Martin Scorsese Silence, from Shusaku Endo’s book. Here is the bottom line from the review: Scorsese’s Silence is not a Christian film by a Catholic … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Octave!

We are in the Octave of Christmas.  Merry Christmas everyone! Here is a shot from our Midnight Mass. The word “immemorial” came to mind when I saw it.  We have a beautiful continuity with our many forebears who sacrificed so … Continue reading

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The Angry Man

A friend sent me this.  It’s good. It explains a lot. The Angry Man For all the interest group pandering that shapes modern American politics, the group that may well have decided the election has come down to the demographic … Continue reading

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26 Dec: The Protomartyr, The Octave, and You

In addition to Boxing Day, and the day good King Wenceslaus went out, it is the feast of St Stephen. St. Stephen’s feast has been celebrated this day since the earliest centuries of the Church’s life. We are also in the … Continue reading

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The 1914 Christmas Truce

From History.com: Just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the … Continue reading

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OLDIE: Fanon Alert! Benedict XVI and Christmas Mass

From 24 December 2012, of happy memory…. His Holiness has his fanon again for the First Mass of Christmas. Nice to see. More on the fanon, hated by liberals and the ungodly, HERE.

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WDTPRS – 24 December – Novus Ordo: The consolations of Thy Coming

The Collect for today’s Mass in the Novus Ordo, the last of Advent, stares at the very threshold of the humble place where the Lord was born. COLLECT (2002MR): Festina, quaesumus, ne tardaveris, Domine Iesu, ut adventus tui consolationibus subleventur, qui … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can Catholics observe Hannukah / Chanukah?

From a reader: Is it okay for us to observe Hanukkah in anyway? It think it depends on what you mean by “observe”. We can sure watch with respect what Jews do at this time of year. After all, the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can we have Masses said for non-Catholics?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it appropriate to have Masses said for deceased non-Catholics? What about Gregorian Masses? You are in our prayers! Thank you for your time and your ministry. It is praiseworthy and a work of mercy to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Seminarian gives homily at Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It has happened at least two times now where our pastor has preached 30 second homily and then says, ” and now our resident seminarian will offer some words on today’s gospel. ” The seminarian then … Continue reading

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Book which Pope Francis mentioned in address to Roman Curia

Yesterday His Holiness Pope Francis addressed himself to the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greeting. He mentioned Industriae ad curandos animae morbos, that is, “Initiatives (for superiors) to cure illnesses of the soul”, a work of Jesuit formation by … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

His Holiness Pope Francis today gave his annual Christmas “greetings” address to members of the Roman Curia.  HERE  With his extemporaneous words at the end, it amounts to some 43oo words and covered 8 single-spaced pages of Times 12 point … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I don’t feel appreciated as a parish volunteer

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I volunteer a substantial amount of my time and talent to help our priests with sacramental prep, providing music for Mass (which alone takes up several hours), as well as helping to clean the rectory on a regular … Continue reading

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Brick By Brick in Duluth: TLM instituted in a parish

For your Brick By Brick file, from the Duluth Tribune: Kenwood neighborhood Catholic parish brings back the Latin Mass The people at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church are worshipping like it’s 1962. [A little Minnesota Prince reference.] Not all of the … Continue reading

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