Your Good News

Do you have some good news to share with the readership?

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  1. zrhaskell says:

    Well… Melania Trump opened her rally speech with the Lord’s Prayer and NBC is flailing about like a kid who lost his water wings.

  2. Jean-Luc says:

    A persistent and so far not denied rumour indicates that the SSPX has bought an important religious house in Rome (Santa Maria Immacolata all’Esquilino), with the help of Archbishop Pozzo, to turn it into the future head office of the Prelature of St Pius X.

  3. Ivan says:

    The good news is that a number of faithful ones was stil able to go to TLM last few weeks here in Belgium. This was possible with thanks to a few priest who were coming to help, some of them from Germany, some even from Scotland.
    Even better news is that our priest is next friday coming back from his visitation to Brazil, and from then we will again have each day a holy Mass per the traditional way of RM 1962.
    Gloria in excelsis Deo!

  4. Tricia says:

    Our youngest little one was baptized on Saturday. Deo gratias!

  5. zag4christ says:

    February has been a very blessed month! It began by me having the wonderful opportunity to participate in the 5th annual Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane WA. The annual Novena was begun by our rector, Fr. Darren Connall, not only for the Cathedral parish, but for the entire diocese. I have attended all of them, and the growth in participation by people has literally been exponential. Each evening of the novena involved homilies by either our Bishop, Thomas Daly (who has a personal devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes of long standing), or Fr. Connall, or several other holy priests, each devoted to one of the many titles under which Our Lady is known. The evening dedicated to Our Lady of the Eucharist included a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction. Two priests were available for confession throughout each evening.

    This past weekend I was able to attend a retreat focused on the “Holy Spirit in the Scriptures and in our lives” directed by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. He, in his very erudite way, led us from Genesis to Revelation, pointing to the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Scriptures, and then shared with us the many ways the Holy Spirit is present in our lives.


    1. Through Mary to Jesus!
    2. Come Holy Spirit!
    3. Thank you God, for your Holy Church, your holy priests and consecrated religious, the Mother that You gave us, the Son who died for us and all the sacred mysteries surrounding them.
    4. It is great to be Catholic!

    Peace and God bless,

  6. Mary Jane says:

    For over two months we’ve been trying to get our insurance company to take care of a bill and it looks like it’s finally about to get resolved! Deo Gratias!

  7. Peter Stuart says:

    Enslavement to a chronic, lifelong habit of impurity is being conquered by grace, a day at a time. The prayers of my fellow readers are having something to do with that, I’m sure, and I thank you one and all.

  8. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Although a tree fell on the house of a family friend as a result of the recent storms, the family sustained no personal injury.

    Second, I received the gift of a Breviary just after Christmas, and have begun using it to pray my way through the day. I have begun praying parts of the Office with my family — Matins on Septuagesima and Lauds yesterday…. so we are working our way through a little bit at a time.

    Third, I was able to attend a silent retreat by the good Canons of the Institute of Christ the King, and return home for a High Mass for the Feast of St. Francis de Sales.

  9. John Grammaticus says:

    I’m making good progress in painting my Blood Angels Space Marines.

  10. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    All of my grades are doing well this quarter.
    I will be blessed to be spending this week in Disney with my schoolmates.
    I have avoided all mortal necessity for confession for over a month. I do need to go soon, however.
    I have been accepted to all my top colleges.
    I have been praying more and remaining open to a priestly vocation. I will be shadowing my confessor for about two months on a weekly basis as a part of a school-mandated internship program. If this feels right, I will apply for acceptance to the Seminary.

  11. AveMariaGratiaPlena says:

    I finally realized (I must have a really thick skull!) that a major source of sadness, dissatisfaction and general angst in my life was the inordinate amount of time I’ve been spending keeping up with political news and engaging in debates, etc. on social media. I’ve always been a political junkie and have even made a career of it (although my current job is more policy than politics, thank goodness), but this particular presidential campaign cycle had really ensnared me. It was distracting me from my children, my husband, my work. I haven’t gone cold turkey, but I’ve decided to only read enough to keep up on the big news and to stop most political posts and comments on social media. And I’m already so much happier! Less angry, less self-righteous. I humbly ask for everyone’s prayers because I need them.

  12. majuscule says:

    St. Patrick’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has a new Rector. The seminary will now be run by the archdiocese itself instead of the order that has been running it for years. The new rector is a local man who has been at the seminary in another position for a while.

    Yes, he’s a Jesuit.

    I’m sure Fr. Z’s readers know better than to judge a priest by his order. Fr. Schultze is a fantastic priest!

    Please pray for Archbishop Cordileone, that his plans for the seminary will bring many new vocations!

  13. deaconjohn1987 says:
    Good news for Latin Mass lovers: Priests don’t need bishop’s permission to offer Extraordinary Mass

  14. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    A close Catholic family member who previously exhibited a hard heart on religious issues and was firmly in the liberal pro-choice, pro-gay marriage left wing political field hockey team has apparently softene…is praying the rosary at a retirement home each week with aging Catholics, and has openly stated that she has come to the conclusion that abortion is one of the greatest evils in modern society and that the liberals don’t have the correct answers.

    And I’d just about given up hope on this family member and had been feeling really down about it the last few months.

    Deus Caritas Est.

  15. Nan says:

    5 weeks until my pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

    The Military Archdiocese has a new Byzantine Ruthenian priest chaplain in training. The parish got a Byzantine Ruthenian Dominican which I had no idea was a possibility.

    Our Lady of Lourdes is fundraising for an interior renovation which will include new icons, return of the crucifix to the center and elimination of that 70s chandelier.

  16. benedetta says:

    Rather on the later side in life I have read St. Augustine’s Confessions, and have begun now what I think will be my Lenten reading as well, The City of God. I feel a bit ashamed to admit that it has taken me so long to get to these — especially given my fondness for the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. And given the longstanding interest in St. Augustine of our noble blogger here too, and his prompting readers over the years to look towards this saint, and his mother too, also numbered among the saints in glory, I think it is a little bit of good news that I am finally in a place where I have a chance to read and consider meaningfully. And from what little I’ve already seen I readily comprehend how pleased one could be to devote a life’s work to his works and thought.

  17. Andreas says:

    My Chamber Choir, The Society for Ancient Ayres (yes, although an Austrian-German choir our name is English) has been invited to sing at the St. Nikolauskirche (the so-called Krippkirche) in Füssen, Germany this coming May. We will be performing a short concert of music by Palestrina (Missa Brevis) and William Byrd (Adoramus Te). It will be our first performance outside of Austria. We will be singing these same works during the celebration of the Pfingstsonntag-Messe (Pentecost Sunday Mass) on 4. June.

  18. beelady says:

    Praise God! You may find the Three Hail Marys Devotion helpful. I will keep you in my prayers.

  19. Cafea Fruor says:

    The good news, I guess, is that while I’ve always had bad balance due to inner ear issues and never learned to bike as a kid, I’ve somehow managed to learn as a 30-something, and thus I’ve found exercise I like and that actually saves me money (since I can bike to work and not pay for the bus).

    And though I technically loathe the fact that we’ve pretty much had a non-winter in my area (I’m one of those crazy people who hate heat and summer), I did enjoy having the day off today and biking all over the place in 70-degree weather to have lunch with a good friend and then run some errands, which one ordinarily can’t do so easily in February here.

  20. CanukFrank says:

    Probably a minor accomplishment but personally illuminating all the same-I am 8 days into the Nineveh 90 challenge! Maintained my Morning prayers, rosary devotion, Angelus (3 x day), evening prayers including examination of conscience, and the “intense physical excercise” part. This is a big deal for someone who’s a RRC (‘Returning Roman Catholic’ but who used to sarcastically call themselves a Recovering Roman Catholic). lol, as my ‘addiction’ was social media (Facebook!) I’ve not been able to join a Nineveh Support group so am going solo and ‘off’ Facebook for 3 months. The illuminating part? Noticing God’s presence in so many, many quiet and seemingly minor ways. I feel like I truly have for the first time found a wonderful treasure!

  21. monnica says:

    We had a baptism in the family a few weeks ago. And I learned the other day that a friend from my student days entered a convent as a postulant on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

  22. Bea says:

    Our married son is expecting #8
    Our daughter has 6, so this will make 14 grandchildren, with the grace of God.
    3 or 4 of them have already shown leanings for the priesthood/religious life.
    God willing they will answer the call if God so wills it.

  23. Mr. Graves says:

    We are very grateful for a friend — a small business owner — who has been giving us some temporary work until this unfortunate period of unemployment is over (soon, we hope!). I was reflecting last night how very wonderful it is to have such a fallback. The money is enough for us to keep our heads above water while looking for FT work. Deo gratias!

    Ivan, did you know that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest staffs l’Eglise du Couvent Sainte Anne in Brussels, as well as Notre Dame de Bon Vouloir in Havre (near Mons)? Their TLMs are exquisite.

  24. Nan says:

    majuscule, thus the question, “are you a good Jesuit, or a bad Jesuit?” with apologies to the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”

    benedetta, wasn’t it Augustine who wanted to be holy but not now? So normal to wait to read his books. I read his Confessions shortly after my confirmation 8 yrs ago. Haven’t read City of God.

    Discerning Altar Boy, I love that among the schoolwork, acceptance to colleges and discernment you have Disney! God will let you know what He wants of you, since you’re listening. My prayers are with you.

  25. Argument Clinician says:

    I spent a few days with the Benedictines of Norcia. They are in great spirits, very high morale. They had laid the foundation for their new monastery just before I arrived, with construction to begin presently.

  26. First, prayers for you health Father.

    I sure do have good news! Thanks for asking.
    I relocated to Florida (in the Keys) from California where I was the coordinator for The Gabriel Project of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for five years. I am in the process of introducing this extraordinary ministry to the five parishes in in Keys which are spread across 105 miles. We will be implementing the ministry in my parish (center of the Keys) and I have the support of the head of the Keys’ deanery to promote the ministry to all of the pastors. In fact, a meeting with one of them is being scheduled at this time.

    The Gabriel Project is a parish-based ministry initiated in 1990 to assist pregnant mothers and is approved and recommended by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    The Gabriel Project Information Center –

    The Gabriel Project of the Archdiocese of San Francisco –

    God bless,

    Fredi D’Alessio

  27. Fr. Hugo says:

    It’s raining converts here. Rain I’m used to (living in the Netherlands). Converts not so much (living in the Netherlands). I like this weather.

  28. jameeka says:

    Thank you very much for my recent urgent prayer request. My dear family member’s surgery went well, and no cancer in the lymph nodes! Deo gratias, and I do so appreciate the prayers.

  29. VexillaRegis says:

    It’s snowing here! This winter has been rather green this far here in Scandinavia, but now the children can go skiing and skating anywhere. We’ve got about 10 cms so far and the sky is all grey which bodes well – more snow will be coming today.

    Quite a lot of birds are visiting us (well, the bird feeder to be exact…) at the moment. Bull finches (Purrhula pyrrhula), Blue tits (Cyanistes ceruleus) and Wood hatches (Sitta europaea) among others. We had to chase off a couple of squirrels who were eating from the feeder. No Christological goldfinches in sight, though ;-)!

  30. pannw says:

    Cinnamon Coffee Cake flavored Mystic Monk Coffee is back in stock!! My daughter and I have been missing it for months. I just clicked over and bought a few bags, and some more of their yummy Jasmine Tea. It’s the little things…

    [Indeed it is…]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

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