Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Christ the King (31st 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. Charivari Rob says:

    Among other good points from Father – “We (Catholics) are different and the world needs us to be so.”

  2. Archlaic says:

    At the 1100 TLM at Holy Name of Jesus in PVD, Father began by discussing kingship (and queenship), noting how a true Christian monarchy was the most perfect form of government and citing good examples of humility and saintliness by monarchs and their families as simply being faithful to their God-given position… thence to the Kingship of Christ and a reminder that “Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus” remains the teaching of the Church and is consistent with St. Peter’s words about “no other name under Heaven” by which we are saved…

  3. TRW says:

    Maronite Divine Liturgy. The gospel reading was from Matthew 25, the Lord’s return, the separation of the sheep from the goats, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”.
    Father reminded us that we will ultimately end up in one of two places for all eternity. He reminded us that is a reality. He then related a tale about a clown at a circus. There was a fire at the circus that threatened not only the circus but the whole town. The clown ran to warn the townspeople. Because of his appearance, they assumed he was merely performing in order to attract business for the circus. The more distraught, agitated and animated the clown became, the more the townspeople laughed and applauded. They were impressed by what they thought was his amazing performance. Not only the circus but also the town was destroyed by the fire. Father spoke about how sometimes people see the priest as if he’s in a costume performing a role and subsequently they don’t take the message seriously. He spoke about how we shouldn’t just be going through the motions as if wearing a costume when living out our faith. He then went on to speak about how the saints lived out the 10 Commandments. He went through each Commandment, briefly describing how by obeying the commandments the saints made of their whole lives a living sacrifice to God. Very sobering homily!

  4. Ellen says:

    Father reminded us that by virtue of our baptism we are priest, prophet and king and, while not priests in the sense he is, we do need to pray and participate in the Mass and ended by urging us not to waste our time at Mass. Attendance was back to pre-covid time and there were several babies at Mass who would cry ever so often. It was lovely to hear.

  5. Gregg the Obscure says:

    attendance wasn’t great. the homily was.

    our rector was back after two weeks of vacation. probably the best homily i’ve ever heard, weaving together many threads i can’t hope to sufficiently summarize.

    started with the question “have you ever thanked God for gravity?” a discourse on the goods of gravity. but physical gravity is not as important as spiritual gravity. what is our spiritual center of gravity? if it is the Lord Himself, then everything else will fall into place. if not, nothing will.

    Father mentioned how he loves the way that Catholic Europe physically demonstrates this principle: each village, town, and city has at it’s heart a church. the roads fix toward it. on the larger scale, all roads lead to Rome and to the tomb of Peter. here in america, cities tend to be laid out on a Cartesian grid. to the extent there is a focal point of the city, it’s likely to be the main building of the government. but putting government, or leisure, or culture in the center of our life is not suitable for a Christian

    if we meet our death in the state of grace with the Lord as the center of our life, we will know eternal bliss. if not, we will experience the consequences of the choices we have made. that was @ 1030

    from 1700-1820 we had adoration, confession, solemn vespers (first week for that), and benediction (ditto iirc). many stayed for the 1830 Mass. having been to Mass earlier, i went home for supper and rest. about 100 people were present by the time benediction occurred.

    While you likely won’t see this, Fr. R – you continue to help me in the confessional more than i can express!

  6. ProfessorCover says:

    The priest at St Mary’s in Warrington England mentioned that Pius XI stated among his reasons for instituting the Feast was that the Church’s liturgy and feasts have a greater effect on people than explanations of Church doctrine. The latter affects only the mind, whereas the former affects heart as well. This is why we are careful with the liturgy and the way it is celebrated. (I listen to them via

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