Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 20th Sunday after Pentecost (28th Ordinary – N.O.)

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

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

What was attendance like?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I was getting reports that it is way up.

Any local changes or news?

For those of you who regularly viewed my live-streamed daily Masses – with their fervorini – for over a year, you might drop me a line.  There are developments.

I have some remarks about the TLM – HERE

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  1. Jim Dorchak says:

    We watched the SSPX in Colorado Springs. The sermon was about having meaning in your life a purpose. Why did God put us here? It was a good sermon that pointed out how we can lose our lives to vain things and wasted time. Jim in Chile.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Awesome homily from an awesome young priest. How to prepare for a happy death. Wisdom and prudence are essential. The Lord will provide these to us to the extent we ask Him and cooperate with Him. He gave a very touching story about his day yesterday. early afternoon he celebrated a wedding – and he noted that the wedding party was present this morning – then he went to give last rites to a lady, then he joined the wedding reception. He said he expected that the dying lady remembered the happy moments like the wedding in her final hours. He mentioned the importance of loving the people in our lives who are not easy to love and gave a very touching example.

    attendance was poor. there are two possible explanations (a) the local football team had an absurd early morning start on the east coast (b) the Cathedral was hit with vandalism for the third week in a row. the previous two weeks it was oil on the steps to the front doors. this week it was several hundred feet of obscene and incoherent graffiti along multiple walls, stairs, doors, and sidewalks. Eg. “KKK”, misshapen swastikas, and “White Supremacist” for a Church that holds the tomb of a black woman candidate for sainthood. The celebrant added to the general intentions prayers for the vandals, as is fitting and proper.

    given the actions above i think the new rector has caught the attention of the evil one. i think he did that because the Cathedral is implementing several good things in the weeks ahead: 1. Sunday confessions will go from 60 to 90 minutes and should always have more than one priest available (plus there’s an hour each other day of the week); 2. Adoration every Sunday added to the existing Mon-Thu schedule; 3. Benediction every Sunday; 4. Vespers every Sunday; 5. a lecture series on topics pertinent to living the faith in the contemporary world. Also the choir did a lovely Palestrina piece at the offertory.

  3. Prayerful says:

    Fr, an older diocesan priest with traditional orders, spoke obviously on faith, how we ourselves have to navigate life with few to no signs and wonders (except a Oratorian brother was able to give me a hat I left behind). Faith is therefore paramount. Attendance was high, if unchanged. Currently there are three Low Masses with every second pew roped off, and either next week or the week after, once stricter COVID measures expire, there will be a Low Mass at nine and a High Mass at 10:30.

  4. Gregg the Obscure says:

    i am pleasantly surprised to see that there is (so far uncensored) coverage that shows some of the worst of the vandalism – though not nearly a tenth of it

    another nearby parish had an even worse event a few weeks ago where, among other things, the tabernacle containing consecrated hosts was stolen. i suspect the events are related and that the slogan at the base of the statue of JPII is the motivation.

  5. TRW says:

    Maronite Mass. Smaller church but good attendance. Gospel was Matthew 24 :45-51, the faithful servant/evil servant. Fr. spoke about how many in the world are going around as if drunk, intoxicated by the world and oblivious. As Catholics we must never assume that others can be saved through their own religions. We should never think “You do your thing, I’ll do mine “. That’s a pagan mindset. Basically, he was speaking against indifferentism. Because of Our Lord’s command to go forth and baptize all nations, it is the responsibility of each one of us to bring others into the One True Church. He unequivocally stated that God desires that all mankind enter the Catholic Church. Nothing watered-down at all.
    In other news, the diocesan TLM will continue in its current location. No guarantee it will stay at that location, but it will be allowed to continue. Deo gratias.

  6. Catholic School Kid says:

    Attendance was pretty strong at my parish. Probably the most people I have seen since before COVID.

    Father Abuka said that faith is the best gift parents can give their children to get through life. He suggested a couple concrete actions parents can and should take to nurture their children’s faith.
    He has only been out of the seminary for a couple years and seems pretty orthodox. Seems like he has memorized many of the kids names at the school and visits many families’ homes.

  7. nemo says:

    Father spoke on the necessity of daily meditation in the spiritual life. He provided quotes from St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on meditation and Venerable Fulton Sheen on Adoration. Church was full with a lot of overflow in the hall. FSSP

  8. summorumpontificum777 says:

    Diocesan TLM. I’d say that attendance is probably slightly higher than before Tradition went into Custody. We had a big “show of support” spike in the immediate weeks following the promulgation of T.C., but that seems to have dropped off. We’re extremely fortunate that the local ordinary has our backs, but the downside is that complacency as a way of creeping back in. In other words, in addition to the regular weekly TLM attendees, there is a cohort of occasional attendees. That latter group was initially spooked by T.C., and disturbed by the idea of the TLM going away and thus rallied to its defense. That initial fervor seems to have waned as the status quo remains intact locally.
    I haven’t been to a Sunday Novus Ordo in the Covid19 era, but I hear reports from family members that it’s like a ghost town, with attendance maybe 1/3 of pre-pandemic levels. Our TLM attendance may have dropped off a bit from post-bombshell levels of July/August, but I’m pretty sure we’re still above where we were pre-pandemic.

  9. JonPatrick says:

    Attended the Melkite Divine Liturgy. Attendance has always been small at this liturgy but noticed a few new faces from my previous visit. Father’s homily was based on the gospel which was the raising to life of the widow’s son at Nain. This miracle was not to show off Jesus’s power but as an act of compassion. Sometimes compassion is looked at as weakness, but actually it often requires strength, especially when we consider the ultimate act of compassion, Jesus on the cross.

  10. Our TLM diocesan low Mass got off to a slow start due to a last-minute change in celebrant. Father graciously rushed over from another parish to say our Mass, but did not have a homily prepared ahead. He did share his reflections on the readings off the cuff and briefly.

    The Pastor (who does not celebrate TLM) took time in the delay to speak to us about TC. He said he has spoken to our bishop, and that the bishop wants all the TLMs in our diocese to continue as they are. It’s not “official,” rules are being drafted. But it is encouraging.

  11. iPadre says:

    The ruler in Sunday’s Gospel asked Jesus to “come down to heal my son.” I related how Our Lord always comes down to us. He came dow in the incarnation, comes down upon the altar, comes down in Confession and the other Sacraments. He comes down but doesn’t leave us there, Jesus comes down to raise us up in holiness. After He comes down, we have the obligation to “walk” in His footprints (Epistle), to go in the direction that leads to Him. And to live in joy, singing “psalms, hymns and inspired songs.”

  12. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Columbus Day is a state holiday, and the chapel I attend is at a state university. Also, it was a retreat weekend. So most of the students were either at the retreat up north (along with the priest), or had gone home for the weekend — but attendance was still good, because a lot of non-student families attend.

    Visiting priest’s homily was short but good. It was about giving up whatever was keeping us from following Jesus. And he said that didn’t just mean material possessions, but also things like attitudes of “I’m always right” or “I have to get my own way and never suffer.”

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