Peter’s Pence and You – ACTION ITEM

I switched on early morning news today to see if there was anything really big going on that I should know about.  I usually do that on the verge of a journey.   Today I learned that the massive horde swarming northward – seemingly freely and will lots of help – through Mexico toward the US border has been “diversified”.  More and more people from other parts of the globe are found in the horde. What could possible go wrong with that?

I also read at Vatican News that Francis has given $500K taken from the annual “Peter’s Pence” collection to help the horde.  The money will be “be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations”.

Did you know there was an official Peter’s Pence page in the Vatican’s .va domain? I didn’t. HERE

In the “history” section – I love this – entitled “From its origins to the modern era” there is a mention at the very top that “Peter’s Pence, as a donation to the Successor of Peter, took on stable form in the seventh century with the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons”. Then it jumps immediately to VATICAN II and the 1960’s. In between? Zip. If that isn’t telling….

Anyway, the annual Peter’s Pence collection is taken up around 29 June, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul.

That said, as you contemplate Peter’s Pence, YOU can make a contribution on that same day, or this very day, or each and every day to the

Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison!

The page tells you how to donate to this great 501(c)(3) organization.  I run it.  You’ve seen photos of what we are up to.  I have, in addition, a couple of cunning plans for the near and long term.  More later.

And don’t forget subscribing to a monthly donation to support this blog! Options are easily found by scrolling down on the right sidebar. Sorry, mobile viewers, check the full version.

We all want to contribute to the material works of the Church, whether in works of mercy or in the fundamentally important work of the Church of sacred liturgical worship, from which every aspect of the Church’s life flows – including works of mercy – and back to which we must bring all our concrete aspirations and efforts.

The TMSM is working to raise the tide of liturgical worship. When the tide rises, all boats rise, including the Barque of Peter.

¡Hagan lío!

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  1. Josephus Corvus says:

    Thanks for the update on Peter’s Pence. I used to be a fan when I thought the donations went to the running of the Church (maintenance of the shrines and basilicas in Rome, Swiss Guards, Magisterium expenses….), but lately it seems like it’s being sent to the various SJW organizations instead. This being another example. I’ve recently got similar thoughts about the Good Friday collection, which they used to say was for the “shrines in the Holy Land”. Again, I was assuming, as an example, donations would be going for the work recently in progress on the Holy Sepulcher. More recently, it sounds like that is no longer the case either and they are supporting the local social programs – and I don’t think that necessary means local Catholics either. It’s good to be reminded of some other options.

  2. DeGaulle says:

    As you have mentioned Vatican II, it might be well to note that one of its documents, “Gaudium et Spes” states that, with respect to prudential political situations, “no one is allowed…to appropriate the Church’s authority for his opinion”. As this issue is manifestly a matter of personal political opinion, and not one of absolute faith or morals, our pope seems to be in direct contravention of VII. Additionally, he is appropriating the Church’s money for his personal political advocacy. Is this a matter for the police?

  3. As we say in big T, “I ain’t donatin” to peter’s Pence.

  4. Gaetano says:

    While visiting relatives in the Archdiocese of Newark, I was handed a flyer for the Cardinal’s Appeal. I returned it this week with a nickel enclosed and a note saying “Not One Dime” until there are basic reforms at the chancery & seminary.

    Sadly, it is clear that I will be doing the same with Peter’s Pence this year.

  5. Elly says:

    Can somebody recommend a trustworthy overseas charity? Every time I think we find one we end up learning later that it gives money to questionable activities. Usually contraception or promoting illegal immigration.

    [I very much like Heartbeat International. Amazing work, good people, trustworthy.]

  6. JustaSinner says:

    Noted. Will make donation accordingly.

  7. Gaetano says:

    My favorite is the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. You can even select which projects to support.

  8. Missouri Knight says:

    I like Cross Int’l and Food for the Poor.

  9. Akita says:

    The SSPX, in the tradition of Archbishop Lefebvre, continues to do old style missionary work (material and spiritual succor) all around the world. Not a condom or felt banner in their arsenal!

  10. JesusFreak84 says:

    Given that the Vatican is donating money to help people circumvent US law, I kind of think some legal remedy from the US government is in order…

    In the meantime, I will give to Peter’s Pence what I have for years now: Zilch. I will not have my good will and charity politicized in such a crass manner.

  11. Josephus Corvus says:

    Should I be concerned that nobody has mentioned Aid to the Church in Need?

  12. Kathleen10 says:

    It is stunning really, to consider that our pope is contributing American dollars from the offertory to fund an invasion on our southern border, subverting American law and sovereignty and putting countless American lives at risk. He is certainly causing further erosion in goodwill among many of our American brothers and sisters, who will rightly see this pope and our church as enemies of our nation. We hardly need this! It is hard enough to defend the church and the faith, and he has set us against our neighbors and cast us in a negative light by supporting what many rightly see as an invasion. I would ask if he understands how many indigenous have suffered at the hands of invaders but clearly that aspect of reality is ignored.
    Kate Steinle, a beautiful young woman, was standing on a pier in San Francisco with her dad when an illegal alien from Mexico shot her and she died in her father’s arms. Recently a 59 year old woman in CA was stabbed to death in her own home, again, by an invader. There have been countless attacks, rapes, murders, but if he doesn’t notice it in Europe or Italy, I guess he certainly won’t care about it in the USA. This is entirely appalling.
    In thinking about this, I come to the sad conclusion he has put people like myself at complete odds with my beloved church. As an American we cannot and we will not support this.

  13. Institute of Christ the King. Maybe not a charity per se, but they do have a mission in Gabon you can donate to directly.

  14. St. Epaphras says:

    We will give to our local Latin Mass Community. A note concerning our decision may (or may not) be placed inside the envelope for Peter’s Pence, which will otherwise be empty.

  15. hwriggles4 says:

    The last few years when the Diocesan Appeal comes around, I just write on the form:

    “Gave mine to the Archdiocese for the Military Services. ”

    This year I added in case the person reviewing the pledge card wanted more detail. (The Archdiocese for the Military Services does not receive government funding). Oh, I did have my name on the pledge card and contact information.

  16. Kevin says:

    Aid to the church in need. (ACIN). My favourite charity. I send stipends fairly frequently to poor and heroic priests as mass offerings. For people I’ve hurt in my life, as a token of reparation. For those who have hurt me, as a token of forgiveness. For my children and spiritual children. For birthdays, deaths, Christmas etc…. There are stories of poor Priests giving away their stipends for medicine for the suffering locals in Syria during the war.

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