Monthly Archives: December 2017

The official Parodohymnodist strikes again! “Baby it’s Springtime now!”

Newly received from the official Parodohymnodist, Fr. Tim Ferguson: Listening to one of my least favorite Christmastime songs, this popped in my head. I call it: “A dialogue between a traditionalist and a modernist” Baby it’s Springtime now! I really can’t pray … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why do servers lift the chasuble during the elevation of the Host?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why do servers elevate the chasuble during the elevation of the host? I was looking for a good answer after my mom asked me. Thanks! The practical answer is the best answer. It is a custom … Read More

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Your Sunday and Christmas sermon notes

Were there any good points in the sermons that you heard for your Sunday and for your Christmas Masses of obligation? Let us know. Yesterday, at Midnight Mass I spoke about what “good will” means in the angels proclamation of … Read More


Christmas greetings, dear readers!

There is time for the complicated, and there is time for the simple. Today we celebrate the moment in history when our God, entirely transcendent, lowered Himself to take our human nature into a bond with his divine nature that … Read More


The “Kalenda”, the solemn Christmas Proclamation – AUDIO

One of the many gifts we receive for Christmas is the singing of the Martyrology which has the special Proclamation of the Birth of Christ, the “Kalenda“. I am getting ready to sing it tonight.  It has been a while. … Read More

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A parish’s immersion in Gregorian chant – YES, it can be done.

It can be done. All we have to do is try. 1600 views when posted Sacrosanctum Concilium says: 116. Ecclesia cantum gregorianum agnoscit ut liturgiae romanae proprium: qui ideo in actionibus liturgicis, ceteris paribus, principem locum obtineat. The Church recognizes … Read More

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Too ashamed to go to confession?

I saw an article at CNA which had a great point in it. [Fr. Fortea] also noted the importance of ensuring truly anonymous confessions. In each city, he said, “there ought to be at least one confessional where instead of … Read More

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests by … Read More


HURRAY! Great news! “The Life of Little Saint Placid” is back in print.

I have a precious little book, published in the 1950’s called The Life of Little Saint Placid, originally in French, by Mother Geneviève Gallois. I had long hoped that it would be republished. IT HAS BEEN! St. Augustine Academy Press, who made … Read More

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PHOTOS – New vestments underway for the TMSM!

As we get close to the end of the year, you may be thinking about tax-deductible donations. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison!  501(c)(3) I just received some photos from Gammarelli in Rome … Read More

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A small pebble can start a rock slide. I received yet another language version of the well-know, widespread Internet Prayer.  Not Klingon, but almost as different. TURKISH LISTEN İnternet Duası Bizi kendi benzerliğinde yaratan; özellikle de tek Oğlun, Rabbimiz İsa … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Please support Our Lady of Hope Clinic – MATCHING GRANT

Sometimes people have a hard time finding causes to support.  I have a few organizations which I trust 100% for my own charitable giving. This is one of them that I admire. Our Lady of Hope Clinic.  This is a … Read More

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Huge news about Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, vast amounts of money

Today, Pope Francis addressed members of the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas bash.  It is a custom of Popes to exchange greetings with the Curia at this time of year and there is usually a speech.  In 2005 Pope … Read More

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A seminary in Cincinnati with positive numbers. ACTION ITEM! @CatholicCincy

Concerning the number of vocations to the priesthood. From comes this.  There is a lot in this article.  Here are a few snips. More men want to be Catholic priests. Millennials are leading the way. The Rev. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh … Read More

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My View For Awhile: “Romani ite domum!” Edition

Time to take my pack and hat and head home. I haven’t yet offered samplings from this trip. First, which drink is mine? And one of these was mine, too. Ivan Ramen. Russ & Daughters. Christmas market. At the Morgan … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Egg nog – A holiday treat for all, or only for deaconettes?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What are your thoughts on egg nog? A delicious holiday treat, or a custom befitting female deacons? Is non-alcoholic egg nog truly egg nog (or the other way around)? These are the important questions, Father. I … Read More

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The “Golden Mass” tradition for Ember Wednesday of Advent

Do you remember the little mnemonic poem:  “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”? Or else “Fasting days and Emberings be Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.” The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the Feast of St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days. In … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t put particle of Host into the chalice

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attend daily Mass in my local parish and one local priests (who is not newly ordained) always omits commingling a particle of the Host into the precious blood after consecration. He fractures the Host into four pieces for … Read More

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Card. Burke pontificates in Fr. Z’s native place

For various reasons I had to demur, but at one point I was to be deacon for this. This is how they do it in Minneapolis, friends. Not too bad, all in all.  A worthy observance of Gaudete Sunday. I … Read More

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Latin. @RobertSRoyal opines while Fr. Z rants.

You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship. Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church.  The Latin Church. Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects … Read More

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