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  1. youngcatholicgirl says:

    Five priests were ordained for the Diocese of Memphis this past Saturday. Deo Gratias!

  2. Br. Augustine of Nubia says:

    Father Zuhlsdorf,

    Our diocese is having a Sung Latin mass on July 10th to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. The Sung Mass will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg NY at 6pm. I think this is the first time that a Latin Mass has been sung at St. Mary’s in a very long time.

    Here is the address
    St Mary’s Cathedral
    415 Hamilton St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669

    Can you please advertise this? I will say an entire rosary for your intentions if you post something about this.

    God Bless You,
    Brother A of Nubia

  3. JABV says:

    Old St. Patrick Church (Diocese of Lansing, Michigan) is hosting a High Mass every day during the Octave of Pentecost, continuing a tradition of several years at this parish.
    My godson will be born tomorrow, along with his two brothers! (Please pray for HN as she undergoes surgery to deliver the triplets.)

  4. APX says:

    Our Latin Mass community just had it’s first FSSP seminarian ordained to the priesthood and still has three more men discerning in OLGS.

  5. bibi1003 says:

    My friend Kathy found out that the tumor on her brain is a benign menangioma–no surgery needed! Please pray for her that it won’t grow. Thanks be to God!

  6. zag4christ says:

    Our diocese (Spokane, WA) is having a public rosary and Eucharistic Adoration at our local minor league team’s stadium on July 23,2017 and it is being led by our bishop Thomas Anthony Daly. Fr. Thompson survived his heart surgery, and Fr. Connall is doing great post colon cancer treatment. And, it is a truly beautiful early summer day here in eastern Washington state.

  7. Dan says:

    In the last month or so at our NO parish
    A First Communion at the Traditional Latin Mass
    3 Baptisms in the Traditional Rite.
    First Saturday Masses offered Ad Orientem
    Over a thousand rosaries offered for our Lady of Fatima’s intentions since May 13th.

    Boat Rocked and we will keep swinging.

  8. Dan says:

    Let nothing trouble you,
    let nothing frighten you.
    All things are passing;
    God never changes.
    Patience obtains all things.
    He who possesses God lacks nothing:
    God alone suffices.
    ~St. Teresa of Avila

  9. John Grammaticus says:

    Thanks to the Grace of God I managed to walk the full length (I forget how far it was) of the Chartres Pilgrimage for the 2nd time last weekend. Lots of young serious Catholics singing hymns to the Immaculate, playing mild pranks on other chapters and walking for God, Our Lady and the patrons of their respective country. Also LOTS of Seminarians and Religious joined us, so many in fact that the procession of the seminarians / clergy alone into the Cathedral took about 5 minutes !! Yesterday morning before the Chapter Priest said the Mass prior to returning home, I was able to assist at the private Mass with the FI Priest and Brothers who were with us.

  10. Domnall says:

    Myself and seven others will be received as Carmelite novices this Sunday.

    Oh, and all our habits fit!

    Please pray for us.

  11. YellowRoses says:

    My good friend was accepted into Seminary!! (One of a hopeful 10 incoming Seminarians for the diocese.)

    I myself am entering a (super traditional) Carmelite Monastery in the fall…I hear there are three others besides myself also entering.

    Hope that cheers you up, Father.

  12. Cicero_NOLA says:

    Our 3rd daughter (4th overall) was born safely yesterday. Grace Catherine is her name.

  13. monnica says:

    My husband and I are expecting a new baby, our third, this winter. Confirmed by a home test on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

  14. Father Flores says:

    I recently introduced Extraordinary Form on First Fridays here at the parish. After the Last Gospel and Leonine Prayers, almost every parishioner in attendance remained kneeling and giving thanks to God (about 45 of them). No rush for the door, and people held their conversations until they got outside.

  15. a catechist says:

    My teenaged son volunteered to teach vacation bible school, I got to attend the ordination of 2 priests and receive first blessings from both of them, and I have a retreat coming up in a couple of weeks.

  16. andy1_p says:

    We have sung TLM here in Plymouth, Devon, every Sunday morning, since February 2017. A good congregation with several young families and young boys learning to serve too.

  17. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    I’ve lost a lot of weight since Ash Wednesday, (205 lbs down to 185 lbs.) but the weight for my lifts in the gym have stayed consistent, meaning I’m losing fat and keeping my muscles!!

  18. majuscule says:

    The archdiocese of San Francisco will gain two new priests after ordination this Saturday. Both are good men.

    On July 2 one of them will be offering his first Traditional Latin Mass at the parish where he grew up.

  19. juergensen says:

    I will be in Boston later this month with my wife and three teenage kids and will attend the Sunday 10:00 AM EF Latin Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. This will be the first time for my wife and kids. Is there a guide you can recommend for them to read before our trip? Thanks.

  20. juergensen says:

    ^ Guide to the EF Latin Mass, not to Boston!

  21. Nan says:

    My Lutheran friend and I are planning a trip to Our Lady of Good Help in Aug. She keeps asking questions about Church teaching. I keep answering them although it’s outside my comfort zone. She tells me I know things her Catholic husband doesn’t know. So far we have covered the Eucharist and why we believe it’s the Body and Blood of Christ, Catholics don’t pray to dead people because we believe saints live in heaven and that asking for their intercession is the same as her kids asking her to ask dad if…and why divorced protestants need to seek annulment prior to marrying a Catholic. The other sticking point is Mary. I’m researching thst, although I know Hail Mary and the Magnificat prayer are biblical, which is a huge help.

    My Catholic friend, whose catechesis wasn’t as good as mine, is thinking about applying for the Catechetical institute next year.

  22. Michael says:

    In agreement with @majuscule, yes, San Francisco is blessed with two holy and ORTHODOX men who will be ordained this coming Saturday. Deo Gratias!!!

    In terms of their classmates as a whole, at least four (4) out of about about eight (8)….50%… have [publicly] said that they will learn the Extraordinary Form. I believe more of them will learn it in secret…and when the time is right….will unleash the sights, smells and bells for all in their parishes to see.

  23. Bethany says:

    Starting in July, our TLM priest has a new assignment, meaning that he will no longer have any NO Masses/churches to cover and will probably be able to offer the TLM 6 days a week, and it looks like we will be able to establish an official Latin Mass Chaplaincy for our TLM community!
    And a few of us young trads are taking this opportunity to start a Juventutem chapter here. We mailed in the paperwork this week.

  24. JCHanson says:

    Just found out last week that my wife is pregnant with our sixth child.

  25. Nan says:

    @juergensen, Mass is Mass. I was at a TLM on Sunday and didn’t bother with the liturgy guide. Last time a helpful person gave me the parish provided guide, but it was distracting to try to figure it out. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know the Latin, I know what’s going on.

  26. Adaquano says:

    I’m going through a rough stretch, but reading these comments have made me smile and given thanks to the Lord for his great mercy.

  27. gracie says:

    Most of you probably know about this, but I just discovered a free app called “Sky View” via the Apple store which explains what you’re looking at when you hold your cell phone up to the stars at night. (Actually, it does it all the time, but it only really makes sense to do it when you’re looking at a starry night sky.) How many times have I looked at a group of stars or planets and wandered what the heck they are? Now I know!

    Btw – the other night I noticed a planet just below the moon. I figured it must be Venus or Mars. Thanks to the app I found out it’s Jupiter. Who knew? (I know, everyone but me.)

  28. Lori says:

    Three young girls made their first Confeasion today. And two young girls made their second Confession. Praise God!

  29. Charivari Rob says:


    Any particular guide book, no. My wife mentions the Lonely Planet – I think that’s a website? Oh – National Park Service has Rangers for some of the sites. She also says Car Free in Boston used to be a great book.

    The main part of the Cathedral is being renovated right now (don’t know – maybe it’s finished), but the downstairs got a sorely-needed and well-done renovation a few years ago. Modernized facilities (yes, Saint Patrick’s NYC, it’s nice to have indoor plumbing), function space, and a nice dignified & spacious chapel were put in (that chapel is the regular home of the TLM and one of the other rites as well). Being the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, it is nice to have a relic of the Cross. I don’t know if they keep it out regularly in one of the chapels – they’re careful after it was stolen a few years ago, you may have to ask somebody.

    Boston… Freedom Trail (just skip the overpriced tourist food in Quincy Market), USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument, Sail Boston (tall ships) is happening later this month, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts & the Gardner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Red Sox are the major active sports presence at the moment, stadium/venue tours…, JFK Presidential library, New England Aquarium, Duck Boat tours, see if there’s an event at Symphony Hall or New England Conservatory of Music that you’d like…, there’s also one or two theaters that get touring companies of Broadway shows.

    The North End is at risk of becoming a mass-market shell of itself, but still has good authentic Italian places if you dig a bit. Harvard Square and Newbury Street and some other areas are getting eaten alive by high rents and the same national chains you can find everywhere, so local quirky gritty individual stuff like independent book shops are getting squeezed out – but you can still find some local character.

    Don’t go all the way out to Plymouth just for Plymouth Rock unless you’re going to the Cape or something else in that direction – generally described as anticlimactic.

    If you are going to be on the Cape and into vocal music at all – catch a performance from Hyannis Sound.

    Lots of historic sites in the vicinity. Battlefield at Concord & Lexington. Birthplaces of four US Presidents – a cousin of mine visited recently, he has an interest in history – he did the two Adams’ historic site just outside of town (that’s accessible from the T).

    Go a little bit west – do Old Sturbridge Village. Also – the wonderful Worcester Art Museum (they now have the collection of the Higgins Armory Museum, too). If you do go there, eat down the street at The Sole Proprieter (60 miles inland and better seafood than most of the restaurants here within spitting distance of the coast). Antiquing out in the middle part of the state, too. There’s some small museum or gallery out there in Worcester County that has an impressive collection of Russian iconography.

  30. Charivari Rob says:

    jeurgensen – sorry, missed your clarifying comment, or I wouldn’t have prattled on with the tourist guide info.

  31. JonPatrick says:

    jeurgensen, for guidance on the TLM, check out this page, from the canons Regular of St. John Cantius:

    This gives a good introduction:

    Speaking of the Canons, one of my sons is going there later this month for a trial period which if it works out, would lead to a postulancy with the Canons. Please pray for him that he will succeed in this vocation if it be God’s will.

  32. S.Armaticus says:

    Society of St. Pius X consecrated a new chuch, this time in Iloilo, Panay Island, the Philippines.

    Brick by brick:

  33. Mary Jane says:

    We had a lot of illness in our homefor the first few months of this year, but we have been mostly well these last couple months (except for a mild cold). The kiddos and hubby and I are well now. We had a successful first year of homeschooling, so now we are all looking forward to a relaxing and healthy summer!

  34. Dr Austin says:

    Our son married the girl of his dreams (and our prayers) this past Saturday in Minnesota. The celebrant was her brother, a newly ordained priest for the archdiocese. There were four priests and a transitional deacon at the altar, a very reverential OF Mass celebrated ad orientum with many parts sung in Latin. He preached a moving homily, brother addressing sister and then all of us, on the true meaning of marriage. The musicians performed flawlessly. Everything went well, in no small part due to tremendous work by the bride’s family; in fact, a lifetime of preparation for which we are grateful. The newlyweds teach at a Catholic high school in Alaska faithful to the Magisterium. Many friends and relatives traveled from around the world and enjoyed a blessed and glorious day.
    The getaway car read “Honk If You Love Sacramental Marriage!”

  35. majuscule says:

    Charivari Rob

    I’m sure those of us who are armchair tourists enjoyed your tour guide. It’s nice to read something written by someone “on the ground” (even if I’m not going to be able to visit for a long while).

  36. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    Last night I graduated cum laude from high school. I also earned an A on my doctrine exam. This course used Benedict’s Intro to Christianity as a text book, so an A is no small feat. This marks 13 years of rock-solid Catholic education in my life.

  37. un-ionized says:

    Charivari Rob, but the Lobster Hut is in Plymouth! sit and watch the whale watching boats come and go and people fish on the breakwater. Order the rice pilaf to make room for more fish. I disagree about the rock! Plimouth Plantation is amusing. Try to explain your camera to one of the actors. Or the fact that you “drove” there.

  38. Thorfinn says:

    Yet another friend is expecting yet another baby. :)

    A friend diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer is now cancer free.

  39. juergensen says:

    Thanks to all for the recommendations for my family’s first Latin Mass at the Cathedral in Boston!

  40. andia says:

    We had 4 priests ordained in Buffalo this past weekend,

    The Baby that many of the people I know are praying for( Ben has Trisomy 18) just turned 5 months. Drs predicted he’d only live one hour. Today he is active and happy.

  41. benedetta says:

    My good news for this week is that my very own homeschooler performed as a high schooler a piano piece of the highest level for his age this week in recital. The dynamics and notation of the photocopy of music he worked from were in Russian. He actually prepared two pieces of this level, Gershwin and Bach, and opted to perform one for recital and adding a daring tempo change after listening to the way G. Gershwin himself played it via youtube. Our story proves that everything can be taken from someone, health, resources, people’s attentions and time, finances, stability and security, and woes upon woes added daily in trauma, and yet through that some constants encountered through the breath of life do carry through. Though it’s not necessarily the American way to rely upon them, or wish to, the simplicity of beautiful music, constant prayer of others, and the joy of life with very little to go on from day to day are more than sufficient to keep the wind in our sails. To you who have much and achieve roughly the same results — I dare you, with your resources, to aim higher. To you who have finances, freedoms, your loved ones around you — I challenge you to the kind of character, virtue, and fortitude that my young man ably demonstrates.

    While I’m here bragging, I don’t really know of any other young high school guys who can serve both the Extraordinary Form (Solemn, for Bishop, Holy Week), was confirmed in the Extraordinary Form, and now also has learned to serve the Byzantine Divine Liturgy. I expect they do exist, but I’d guess that their number is probably counted on one hand for all of North America?

    I couldn’t be prouder, and as a mother, I thank God for remaining with us throughout some real darkness, and for the solidarity shown towards us in the hospitality of Christians and people of good will from a great many walks of life. If you worry that you don’t have enough of whatever our culture dictates it takes to raise a child in these times, know that with God’s help it is remarkable what can be accomplished with less than that, sometimes, a lot less.

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