What is your good news?

We’ve had so much bad news lately.  How about some good news?

It has been some time since I’ve inquired.

What is your good news?

For my part, sadly, I am not in Rome.  However, I have a wood working project well under way, my Hungarian progresses, I’ve met some exceptional lay people recently, and I at last defeated the gremlins that interfered with a side-view webcam in the chapel.  Brick by brick.

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  1. Greg Hlatky says:

    Our Borzoi girl Miss Delilah was recently Best of Breed at the Morris and Essex Kennel Club show. Held every five years, it is the largest, most elegant and, next to Westminster, most prestigious show in the country.

    Lila is currently the #1 Borzoi in the country, a tribute to my wife’s 50 years in the breed.


  2. amulack says:


    The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith again asserts the SSPX is NOT in schism.

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    the new rector at the Cathedral (started in July) is doing some great things already: even more opportunities for confession and adoration; public Sunday vespers starting soon; only men and boys serving at the altar; a weeknight lecture series; exceptional ars celebrendi; incense; Benedictine altar arrangement; awesome preaching. I’m hopeful that ad orientem may be in the not-too-distant future.

    yesterday was the first week to have altar boys back since lockdown rather than just staff and seminarians serving. a friend’s three older sons (about 8-12 y/o) were at the altar. it was first time serving for two of them and they did well. one the two younger brothers clearly wants to join them when he meets the prerequisites.

  4. happymom says:

    Our daughter and her husband are expecting #3 in 3 years. Two sons in seminary for our diocese with a third also discerning seriously. Our parish school looks to benefit from the cultural demise of an excellent classical charter school, with many wonderful, faithful Catholic families poised to make a move, greatly changing the culture of the school for the better. Blessed be God! Prayers for these intentions appreciated.

  5. happymom says:

    Our daughter and her husband are expecting #3 in 3 years. Two sons in seminary for our diocese with a third also discerning seriously. Our parish school looks to benefit from the cultural demise of an excellent classical charter school, with many wonderful, faithful Catholic families poised to make a move, greatly changing the culture of the school for the better. Blessed be God! Prayers for these intentions appreciated.

  6. Dave P. says:

    My two older sons will be confirmed at St. Stanislaus on 10/24. They have chosen Thomas More and Thomas Aquinas for their confirmation names. My eldest son chose the former because he is the patron saint of politicians; my second son chose the latter because of the saint’s great learning, and also for a decidedly un-ecumenical stained glass window portraying him in our church, showing St. Thomas stomping on Martin Luther…

  7. BobM says:

    Good News – Yesterday Pope Francis said Mass on the High Altar at St. Peter’s!!! DOUBLE Good News – there was no pachamama bowl there either!!
    (the Bad News is that although he self-communicated as part of the Mass, of course – the telecast showed no distribution of communion to anyone at all of the hundreds in attendance! Italian laws for the virus? Bergoglio decrees for the virus? Edited out for some reason? (I watched the noon EST telecast on EWTN))

  8. Danteewoo says:

    Greg the Obscure, I know your church and your pastor. He was at times seen at the FSSP parish in this town when he was in the seminary. It is a good sign that the bishop placed him at the cathedral.

  9. Charivari Rob says:

    Visited Mom at home this past weekend. She’s had 3+ weeks in her own house now after the bulk of spring & summer in facility/medical care of one degree or another – happy and doing pretty well with it.
    Making travel plans for a family wedding in a couple of weeks – first such gathering in a while.

  10. Clare says:

    My son and his wife are expecting their first child (and our first grandchild). We’ve moved, and there is so much going on with our new parish, such as lots of opportunities for Mass and Confession, Rosary processions, etc. My mother’s cancer is in remission, and with the state of California generously allowing her out of the house, she can get visits from family.

  11. VForr says:

    I made it through the third and final round of interviews for a job which I hope to receive an offer. Now it is time to pray and wait.

    After years of difficulty in reading and comprehension, I suddenly and inexplicably have no difficulty at all. Since reading is my favorite hobby and the best way I relax from stress, it has been a challenging experience so this development is good news.

  12. bek1946 says:

    We have a wonderful priest who brings to his homily each day a question: how do you know you are doing God’s will? Answer: you suffer persecution. I believe he gives credit to St. Ignatius of Loyola. He also encourages all to read the Word of God daily and to “listen”.

  13. majuscule says:

    A young man who has mostly been observing served his first TLM Mass on Sunday along with a more experienced server. I felt he did really well and told his father so after Mass. the young man was reverent and carried himself well. I would bet that if one didn’t know he was just beginning they would not have noticed. (I believe the family has only been attending the TLM a short time.)

    Two other young men who have been serving at our Mass for a little longer were recently asked to be candle bearers at NO Mass at the Cathedral. I just happened to be watching a reply of the livestream and recognized them!

    And finally, I passed my Amateur Radio Technician test on Saturday. I’m waiting for my call sign to be posted.

  14. pcg says:

    Started reading Michael O’Brien’s “The Sabbatical” after your post Father Z- have enjoyed reading “Fr. Elijah”and “Elijah in Jerusalem”- 3 day trip to Charleston SC coming up (since I can’t be in Rome or London or Paris…)

  15. antonb says:

    I will be undertaking a personal pilgrimage at the end of the month in honour of Christ the King: #CRX2021. During the 72km, three-day pilgrimage I will visit five of the six churches in my country parish in western Victoria, Australia. Please keep me in your prayers. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=4443179475736906&id=789107944477429

  16. Fuerza says:

    I’ve recently begun attending the Sunday evening NO Mass at my diocesan cathedral again since I can only occasionally get off a Sunday morning to attend the TLM. They appear to have grown more traditional in the past few months, as all Masses that I’ve been to recently have included the following:

    Latin- a chanted Latin Communion antiphon at every Mass, frequently a Sanctus and Agnus Dei, and sometimes even a Latin entrance antiphon. The last few weeks have even featured a Greek Kyrie.

    Music- traditional chants and hymns in place of banal modern music.

    Communion distributed only by the priest and deacon, with many receiving on the tongue, and some kneeling.

    Limited sign of peace with no one going up and down the aisles.

    Solidly orthodox homilies, and the St. Michael prayer at the end of Mass.

    I don’t know if this is a sign of what is to come for the diocese or simply an isolated example, but it’s encouraging.

  17. Vir Qui Timet Dominum says:

    Today is the feast of the Maternity of Our Lady!

  18. JonPatrick says:

    Both of my sons now have good secure jobs after losing their previous jobs due to the Fauci Virus.

    The weekly Saturday TLM at our parish seems to be continuing to grow in attendance.

  19. Johann says:

    ,After concerns our law firm would have to close for financial reasons, we managed to pull through, move to a new office and I even got promoted from Personal Assistant to Director. My brother got engaged. I.

  20. L. says:

    Our new pastor has started saying the St. Michael’s Prayer after Mass, i.e. after the dismissal and before he leaves. Our previous pastor refused to do this because “You can’t add anything to the Mass.” I really wanted to ask him, “What part of after Mass do you not understand?

  21. Iconophilios says:

    It’s small, but I was cheered up by an article on Liturgicalartsjournal.com about keeping Hallowe’en holy and Catholic.

  22. Peetem says:

    My good news?

    That Fr. started a thread reading about other’s good news and becoming hopeful!

    This thread is awesome!

  23. Lusp says:

    I’m an officer in a healthcare company. The vaccine mandate was going to decimate our workforce, with nurses refusing to administer the vaccine to anyone who was being forced to take it. Meanwhile, other healthcare entities are not enforcing it, so we would lose our best employees to competition. The good news is the board voted not to implement the mandate but to risk the consequences.

  24. Skeinster says:

    With the encouragement of the seminarian interns we had this summer, Fr. has
    added a Friday Holy Hour, with Benediction, and a second weekday Mass.

    Although I no longer have regular access to the TLM, I am enjoying and being edified by the new Benedictus monthly missal.

    The teen grandchildren are doing well in their first year of private Christian school.

  25. Suburbanbanshee says:

    My parents are finally on the mend, after many health problems in the last year or so. This is a real blessing, because it’s just been one thing after another. St. Raphael, pray for us!

    1. It is possible to have too much B6, if you have been prescribed multivitamins, and it can cause nerve damage over the long term. But nerves get better again if you get back to reasonable amounts.

    2. Dehydration is bad, mmkay? Especially for guys who don’t worry about it. And suddenly other problems can show up, that have been building up for years.

    3. Okay, two for one wrist surgery and carpal tunnel surgery is a good deal, but you don’t really want to break your arm to get it.

    4. We live in a world where people can survive small cancers multiple times, even with Coof disruption. If that’s not a blessing, I don’t know what is.

  26. Liz says:

    I love all of this good news! Thank you, Fr. Z!

    One of my sons’ just was in a wedding of a nice, Catholic couple. It was the TLM. He said the priest didn’t know it too well yet but that it was nice. Also, his school had the first old mass on campus in many years (it’s been decades and decades, of course) and it was packed. Ah, young people! (And young religious priests!) God bless these courageous people!

  27. Liz says:

    Oops. Why is that I see that I shouldn’t have put that apostrophe after sons until I clicked post? (I *did* preview it too! I guess I should not post things when I’m not fully awake!) Also, “just was,” sounds awkward too. Should “just was,” be capitalized in the previous sentence? This correction is turning into a mess, and an opportunity to make more mistakes. Is it fair for me to blame my 70’s Catholic education for not learning good punctuation, grammar etc.? Sigh. Does it give you all comfort to know that I homeschool my kids? p.s. My other good news is that I get to go to a retreat led by Bp. Schneider next week! See, this is not quite a rabbit hole!

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