Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during the Holy Mass in fulfillment your of Sunday Obligation? Let us know.

Here’s what I said (below).  This Sunday took me by surprise.  I had assumed that I didn’t have this Sunday’s TLM since I was supposed to be out of town.  Probably at the prompting of my guardian angel, I doubled checked the schedule!  “Well!”, quoth I, “let’s see what happens!”.  I read the orations. I read the readings.  I penned three notes and I promptly went to bed in preparation for a 6 am rising. This was on pretty much on the fly.  I don’t recommend this method for younger priests, by the way.


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  1. thickmick says:

    The basilica of the sacred heart of Jesus in Paris located on the summit of Montmartre. Built by the bishops of France to make repreration for the infidelities of the French during the revolution. Built on the site where the socialists killed the Archbishop of Paris and where the socialists HQ used to be. Perpetual adoration for the Sacred Heart of Jesus is offered here. Man, I love being Catholic.

  2. ZCGP says:

    OF Mass at a pretty V2 parish where we attend in the summer since we’re away. Father spoke about the importance of boldly proclaiming Christ on our lives. I was pleasantly surprised that he challenged us to go out into the world and live for Christ, and even said that we would be persecuted for it and that’s okay. I was very happy to hear solid and orthodox preaching at this parish.

  3. JMGcork says:

    Father began with an anecdote. Back in 2008, around his 25th Aniversary of Priesthood, two seminarians from the Pontifical North American College contacted him to ask if they could stay with him in the Presbytery while they were studying Latin in University College Cork. So Father accommodated them and while they were there they asked him if he would be interested in learning the Traditional Latin Mass. So the seminarians trained him and to this day he still offers it. Now one of the seminarians is a monk in Europe and the other is a pastor in Oklahoma.

    Father made a point in how important Confession is in our lives and that it’s not just a type of counselling. He also stressed how important it is to pray for priests and bishops that they will be good and holy confessors, especially newly ordained priests. He could not stress enough how the world needs Confession as it is the ordinary means of the forgiveness of sins.

  4. My homily was entitled, “How to be faithful, not fearful.” I talked about the timidity that keeps us from saying things that need to be said. I talked about Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, and their relevance to today — and I prophesied that everyone present would face the same lonely stand they did, in defense of the truth about human nature and marriage. I also quoted and explained Pope Francis’ description of current theories about marriage and sexual identity as “demonic.”

  5. Nan says:

    Father talked about John the Baptist, last Prophet, how he said he must decrease so Christ may increase and that statement is true in nature as he was born near the longest day, then sunlight decreases, increasing when Christ is born.

  6. Imrahil says:

    EF Mass for what they used to call the Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart.

    On what the Sacred Heart Devotion is; how it was influenced by saints and mystics from our own nation; that Pope Leo XIII consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart, that this views the whole salvation history from its center, the love of God towards mankind (or some similar thought), which specifically is evident in the way he goes after sinners to bring them back, as reported in the Sunday Gospel (parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Drachme).

  7. Julia_Augusta says:

    I attended the Gregorian Mass at St. Francois Xavier church in Paris (9am every Sunday). It was very beautiful. Father told us not to be afraid to live according to the teachings of our Lord, not to be afraid to proclaim his teachings, especially in a world that demands that we live according to society’s norms. Although Father did not mention yesterday’s LGBT parade here in Paris, I felt that he was telling us that we should have courage to disagree with the ethos of our age and to live our lives as witnesses to the Truth. “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

  8. Manducat in the hat says:

    External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    Fr. preached on Jansenism (though I still don’t fully understand what it is), which led to Catholics ceasing to receive the sacraments, and made the point that while we are sinners and should perform acts of piety and penance, we are also given the gift of God’s mercy through Jesus on the Cross.

  9. jameeka says:

    Novus Ordo, Fr C talked about how often we might use “dis” words, such as discouraged, disappointed, disabled….

    The first reading was Jeremiah: ”All those who used to be my friends watched for my downfall”—Father C called that Schadenfreude by so-called friends.

    In the Gospel, Jesus says multiple times “Do not be afraid” . He continues to assure us He sees every anxiety we have, every injustice we have suffered. He is aware of it all and reminds us that He is always with us. We do not need to be afraid if we stay close to Him.

    Thanks for the sermon, Fr Z–so y’all put the prayer for Vocations after the Gospel?

  10. Anneliese says:

    I attend the Cathedral Basilica in St Louis. The associate pastor spoke about both red and white martyrdom and how we are called to be witnesses if we are to follow Christ. I think the best part of his homily was his emphasis on the difficulty of living Christian life when it’s not popular in secular society and that it is more important to be a part of the in-heaven crowd rather than the in-crowd on earth. And I went to confession this morning.

  11. zag4christ says:

    I attended Mass at Our Lady of Peace in Pinedale Wyoming. It is my wife’s hometown. I was married in this church 39 years ago, witnessed by Fr. Charles Bartek, a missionary priest from Pennsylvannia, who happened to baptize me at St. Ann’s Church in Big Piney Wyoming, 35 miles south of Our Lady of Peace, 27 years prior. The current priest is Fr. Peter James, who is from Africa. This part of the Wyoming has been missionary territory since the first Mass ever said in what is now Wyoming was said by Fr. Pierre Jean DeSmet in July of 1841. The site is about 8 miles west of Our Lady of Peace.

    Fr. Peter James preached on the subject of never being afraid. If we are Catholics, we should always place our faith in God and never be afraid. We should proclaim Christ always, and never, ever be afraid.
    Peace and God bless,

  12. JonPatrick says:

    Before Mass our Bishop came and we had confirmations in the traditional form, so Father’s homily was about the sacrament of Confirmation and why we need it. It is a commissioning to worship, mission, and warfare. Baptism is for our salvation but in confirmation we are commissioned to exercise the priesthood of the laity, being willing to offer ourselves in God’s service by defending the faith by word and deed. As the Church is a missionary Church, we come fully into it through confirmation. It prepares us for spiritual warfare and a battle with the Devil (the Epistle in the EF is the passage about the Devil going about like a lion seeking someone to devour).

  13. Prayerful says:

    The highlight of the homily for the Low Mass of the Third Sunday after Pentecost given by Fr G at the FSSPX chapel in Mounttown, Dun Laoghaire was an anecdote about St Padre Pio. He sent a picture of himself with a severe expression to a correspondent, but he added a note: ‘don’t worry, it’s only me.’ It was a homily on how it is not the Catholic way to be ferocious, excessively harsh to sinner. That was the way of heretics like Calvinists, or rigourists like the Jansenists. Maybe he is not their most ferocious confessor. This might rank as an example of praxis. Perhaps.

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