Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Novus Ordo: 4th Ordinary)

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 Masses for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Novus Ordo: 4th Ordinary Sunday).

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

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

I have some written remarks about the TLM Mass for this Sunday – HERE

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  2. Kathleen10 says:

    Due to the blizzard in our area, it was not possible to go to Mass today. God is good, and we ended up at Bishop Rene Gracida’s Golden Jubilee Mass on You Tube (starting out at his website Abyssus Abyssum Invocat)

    If anyone wants to hear a faithful, 97 year-old bishop reflecting back on his priesthood in a way that is truly riveting and inspiring, here it is. It is his golden jubilee, 50 years as a priest. I really hope others will listen to his amazing homily and maybe leave him a word of congratulations. Some things go past the power of words to describe. To hear him in this, is one.
    Congratulations to His Excellency, Bishop Rene Gracida!

  3. Cornelius says:

    I assisted at an SSPX Mass in my new state of residence (we just moved) and the priest spoke in his sermon about how the Gospel passage is relevant to today’s situation in the Church, except that instead of being under attack by external enemies of the Church (which has always been the norm) we’re now under attack by enemies internal to the Church (at least ostensibly internal – I would argue that they’re actually external, even though they wear the insignia of high clerical office).

    FINALLY, I’m getting truth in the homilies, not the diocesan pabulum that simply covers up the apostasy in the Church. This is what outrages me: I SEE apostasy in the Church at the highest levels, and all I get from the supposedly “orthodox” Bishop is that . . . [cough/cough] . . . doctrine has developed.

  4. summorumpontificum777 says:

    Diocesan TLM. Well-attended. Father made some very good points about the decline in Catholic education in this country, e.g., how attempts to water down Catholic teaching to placate non-Catholic and non-practicing Catholic parents have accelerated the decline.

  5. Jacques-Antoine Fierz says:

    Our church is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul and is the base of the Arciconfraternita del Gonfalone Maggiore di Santa Marta, a catholic confraternity. Every last Sunday of January is celebrated the Conversion of St. Paul (vetus ordo). We had a beautiful sermon about the conversion.
    Two particularities: the blessing of the bread after Mass and the distribution of a glass of “grappa” at the Gloria. This second tradition is due to an indult of Pope Martin V. You can see pictures of the Mass on Instagram on the account collegium_caronensis
    Other pictures of the church and our activities are to be found on

  6. kfoge says:

    Hello Fr. Z, I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been. My family has been searching for a TLM Mass for a couple of years. The closest one is 2 & 1/2 hours away. We were actually looking to move to another state to find a TLM parish. We discovered an Ad Orientem Novus Ordo parish that offers a TLM low mass every Sunday. It is only an hour away and we have gone the past 2 weeks (4 children including a 2 yr old and 6 month old). In the 2 weeks we have heard a homily on Abortion, and a homily on contraception as a sin, and also about modest dress and modest thought. I am a 49 year old cradle Catholic and this may be the first time I have heard any of those 3 discussed in a homily (we have been living as a Traditional Catholic family the past 3 years). Also, the TLM Low Mass is packed…lots of families and kids and pregnant women and veils, etc. The only thing that would be better would be a High Mass. We are so grateful. We met the priest yesterday and he blessed our combat rosaries and rugged rosaries. Thanks to your persistence* we go to confession as a family every 2 weeks (unfortunately its a local NO parish and the priest doesn’t seem to interested and gets you in and out in 2 mins). Is confession via the TLM format different? God Bless you Fr Z and please pray for my family.

  7. kfoge says: Is confession via the TLM format different?

    First, thank you for that uplifting comment. This report is evidence for why the powers that be are not going to be able to crush the people who desire the TLM. Remember: they hate the TLM because they hate the people who want the TLM.

    In answer to your question: yes and no.

    Yes, it is different in what the priest says in giving you absolution.

    No, it is not different in the format that you follow over all in making your confession.

  8. Kate says:

    Private TLM. The sermon stressed that there was not only chaos outside of the ship but inside the ship as well. Encouraged us to practice charity in all areas of our lives, especially with each other, and to call on Christ to squelched the storm.

  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Celebration of our “parish” patron saint’s feast. Father brought up a different vision of St. John Bosco’s — when he was a kid, and he had a dream where he saw a vast field full of boys, some of whom were playing nicely and others which were doing mean things like stealing. Little John got mad and started beating up the bad kids, who in turn ganged up on him. And then even the good kids started beating him up too. Then an authoritative man showed up and broke up the fight by his presence alone, and warned John that he could never get people to come to Christ by beating them up. He would have to show them love instead. And we have to do the same, even when we get frustrated with people doing evil, and not spend all our time admonishing people in a way that puts them down rather than advising them.

    It was very interesting, and it also _riveted_ the attention of the little boy sitting in front of me. The same kid who got riveted by dragons, lions, and other things of boy interest!

  10. Littlemore says:

    Thank you Suburbanbanshee at 1.08 AM.
    Your story of St John Bosco being told that being “nice” gains more results than being “nasty”, is the same message as St Francis de Sales’ message of catching flies with a spoonful of honey is more effective than a barrel of vinegar as I understand.

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