Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 9th Sunday after Pentecost (17th Ordinary – N.O.)

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

What was attendance like?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I’m getting reports that it was waaaay up.

Was the Motu Proprio mentioned?  What was said?

Was St. James mentioned?

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  1. pcg says:

    Last week at the Shrine in Raritan, NJ, (served by the Oratorians), the rector started his homily regarding the MP by saying “I am going to speak to you as a father”- Thank God, we needed some fatherly advice. Forty-five minutes later, his words did not disappoint, but counseled and admonished all in attendance. Attendance was over 100 for our small shrine, despite the weekend of flash floods and closed roads around the Shrine. Today, the Provost, who celebrated Mass, made note of that and reiterated the Oratorians’ support and continued guidance of those celebrating the TLM, reminding us of our need to be thankful to our bishop for his support and words to the effect that the TLM at the Shrine was in “good shape”. Yes, the vestments were red and the padre mentioned the feast of St. James- very grateful to the Oratorians and you, as well, Fr. Z, for guarding the sheep-

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    St. James was mentioned at the diocesan TLM. Father talked about the Martyrs of Compiegne, and how we should remember their powerful witness, the way they went serenely to their deaths, and that those present cried, and the French Revolution ended days later after their martyrdom. He mentioned the Motu, and said we all have crosses to bear in this life.
    Our attendance was up, many babies and children and young couples. Moms and girls are veiled.

  3. jameeka says:

    17th Sunday Ordinary Time:

    Father C spoke of the Roman Catacombs, where the early Christians buried their dead, many miles of tunnels and tiers underneath Rome. One recurring theme in artwork of the Catacombs is the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, described in all four Gospels. The Gospel for the next four Sundays will continue to be from John chapter 6, (‘displaced’ one Sunday by the Feast of the Assumption on 8/15 this year) . This great miracle in John’s Gospel is the springboard for the Bread of Life discourse. For the early Christians (and for us too) the Eucharist means Eternal Life, as the early Christian Martyrs believed when burying their own.

  4. Arele says:

    Good attendance. Motu Proprio was mentioned. The overall gist of the homily was to point out that the central focus of the Catholic Church is, always has been and always will be the Eucharist. And that Jesus is fully present in it no matter what language or form.

  5. I had to attend the NO this weekend due to my job. Meh. The homilist reiterated what Pope Francis said during the Angelus today about the Loaves and the Fishes. {{sigh}}

  6. Cicero_NOLA says:

    Diocesan TLM. Father read Bishop Olmsted’s letter and decree concerning TC, wherein he invokes Canon 87 to maintain all current TLM locations/priests and gives blanket permission to current priests to learn and start celebrating the TLM. His designated point man is a great young priest who celebrates the TLM at the cathedral. Bishop Olmsted has shown himself to be a true custos traditionis, Deo gratias!

    The parish secretary will collect and collate thank you notes to be forwarded to the Bishop.

  7. hwriggles4 says:

    Novus Ordo tonight. While our parochial vicar did not mention St. James, he did cover the Loaves and Fishes Gospel reading well. Citing abundance, our good priest covered belief in Jesus and the witness that His presence makes a difference. Abundance should not mean material things, as material things do not buy happiness.

    As far as attendance, the 5 PM Sunday Evening Mass has increased. I have also noticed the past year people seem to be taking the Mass more seriously. A few months ago this same parochial vicar mentioned in his homily that watching Mass on television is not the same as being there physically.

    By the way our bishop has returned the Sunday obligation for Catholics to begin on the Feast of the Assumption.

  8. visigrad22 says:

    Missa Cantata……filled Church !!! Great homily on the indispensable value of Tradition which cannot be destroyed…..

  9. kurtmasur says:

    Today’s TLM was from the feast of Saint James, with the addition of the collect and post-communion of the 9th Sunday after Pentecost.

    It was a solemn (assisted) Missa cantata, with red vestments. The celebrant was actually a newly ordained young priest. TC was barely mentioned in the homily, more as a matter of fact, and to the effect that it will never stop the TLM.

    The readings were again exclusively in Latin with no translation in the vernacular at all.

  10. bartlep says:

    I mistakenly thought the early Latin Mass was canceled and attended the NO (I feel like I haven’t attended Mass…).
    Fr. talked a bit about the loaves and fish and then segued into tithing. He mentioned all the things that were accomplished with money received. He didn’t mention, though, the millions of dollars that went toward paying off sexual lawsuits.

    I’m wondering whether the diocese (San Diego) is receiving less donations.

  11. monstrance says:

    Our Parish is called St James the Greater, so today is a big deal.
    NO, but still lots of Latin, organ and strings.
    Violin, not guitar.

  12. Philliesgirl says:

    I attend a church dedicated to St Martha and the 29th July (new) feast of Sts Martha, Mary and Lazarus was transferred to Sunday. It was a NO – we don’t have a TLM in our parish. Fr’s sermon was about serving and being present (as you usually get with Sts Martha and Mary) but he also talked about death, pointing out that most of us will not go straight to Heaven as people seem to think these days. We will most probably require some time in Purgatory, he added that some might need quite a long time! And then he pointed out that those who die in unrepented mortal sin will go to Hell. Not sure how that went down generally with our congregation-probably not too well but I appreciated it.
    I mentioned above that we don’t have a TLM in our parish. Our parish priest is sympathetic but cannot say the TLM himself, however we have a former parishioner who was ordained 6 years ago (a late vocation) and joined the Rosminians, who used to run our parish until 2000, who comes down from his parish in Loughborough periodically and always says a couple of TLMs for those interested. He will be down this week and will say a TLM on Wednesday and Thursday. Our bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton was one of the first English bishops to say there would be no change to the situation of the TLM in the diocese, at least for the moment. Deo gratias.

  13. The Cobbler says:

    N.O. this week, purely personal circumstance. We need divine food (the Eucharist) just as much as material food. If Jesus can give us a miracle to provide material food (multiplication of the loaves and fishes), He can give us a miracle to provide divine food.

  14. IaninEngland says:

    @ Philliesgirl
    I know who you mean.
    We were blessed to have him say Mass for us in Nottingham before the scam. and now periodically at his home parish. He is truly a blessing.
    Praise God for Bp Moth’s response and that of others in this country. You seem to blessed to have a PP with some spine and who actually preaches the Faith. God protect him from the Evil One and his henchmen.
    Deo, indeed, gratias. God is good.

  15. IaninEngland says:

    *to be blessed

  16. Charivari Rob says:

    Ordinary Form.
    Usual solid preaching from our priests. Primarily on the miracle of the loaves & fishes, but also some commentary on recurring themes in scripture and context of how we’re having a few weeks of John’s Gospel.
    Also, Father spent a few minutes before Mass working with the congregation on chant tones – small ongoing project of his.

  17. ErinC says:

    FSSP. Red vestments, and the Mass for the Feast of St. James celebrated in lieu of the regular Sunday Mass. St. James is the principal patron of our Archdiocese.

    As another commenter also reported, Father spoke about the Carmelite martyrs of Compiegne. Like the Carmelite sisters, we also must pray and offer sacrifices if we are serious about helping the Church, our country, and the world. We will have the ear of God when we do, whereas when we stage a protest or write letters or social media posts, there is no guarantee our pleas are heard by anyone with any power or interest in intervening in our favor.

    The motu proprio was mentioned but not expounded upon. It was mentioned as one of a list of things which is there in all of our minds, and liable to cause anxiety.

    I don’t know that attendance was way up relative to where it was prior to World Snake Day, although it has increased throughout Covidtide. I became a TLM regular during Covidtide, though I had assisted at the Latin Mass from time to time prior to that.

    I enjoyed coffee and donuts afterwards (Sunday socials just recently begun again), and I had some good conversations with like-minded folks. That was most heartening!

  18. TheLanguageMan says:

    Diocesan TLM, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Commemoration of Saint James, Apostle.

    Our pastor spoke of not despairing during temptation, because God gives us the grace to get through it. As always, he stressed the importance of weekly Confession and Communion as the channels of His grace.

    Church attendance was double to triple the usual, with several newcomers to the TLM. No mention of TC this week or last week; please pray for our wonderful Bishop Michael Burbidge here in the Arlington Diocese, the TLM is thriving!

  19. Thorfinn says:

    Attendance was up the prior week at our diocesan TLM, and up more this week. The increase was in ~ three categories:

    * A few orthodox Catholics who I think came more or less as a show of support
    * People seemingly familiar with the TLM but who don’t often attend (due to distance or any other reason)
    * New faces generally unfamiliar with the TLM, tending toward the younger side, some in shorts

    All greeted kindly, of course.

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