Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Septuagesima (Novus Ordo: 6th 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 Septuagesima Sunday (Novus Ordo: 6th 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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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Homily about the Woes, and specifically “Woe if people speak well of you.” Father talked about how sometimes as a priest, it’s very hard for him to tell people moral truths that will make them feel unhappy. But if he doesn’t tell people the truth, he will be a bad priest and will go to Hell.

    And as Catholics and Christians, we also have to speak up, and not go along to get along, because we have to worry more about what Jesus will think of us.

    A very good homily.

  2. hwriggles4 says:

    Novus Ordo Mass at a reverent parish. The priest (an older retired priest who regularly does this particular Mass) hit another home run with a good homily. The Gospel covered “blessed are those who hate and insult you.” The priest reminded the congregation that today the Church is under attack and we must stand up for what we believe, so be prepared. The Gospel also covered “blessed are those who are poor “. The priest suggested to the congregation principles of detachment – do we really need possessions and luxuries? The priest also related his experience of doing without certain toys as a young child when World War II was in progress (he mentioned he was born in 1935, one year before my dad.)

    Personally I would like to hear more sermons like this and I have thanked this priest my share of times (he was an Episcopal priest before entering the Catholic Church through the Pastoral Provision) for not being afraid to cover certain topics from the pulpit.

  3. bekah687 says:

    TLM-the last one that will be offered in the Helena until God knows when. Attendance was the most I have EVER seen since attending this mass. Easily more than the 8:00 a.m. NO mass I attend when the TLM is not available. The priest first addressed the recent decision to hault the TLM. He did a good job and I could tell he was mourning with the rest of the congregation. He even took the time after mass concluded to answer people’s questions the best he could and listen to people’s concerns. I left after an hour and a half and they were will still going.

    The priest is a formal collegiate football player and as such yesterday’s first reading from Corinthian’s chapter nine was right down his alley. Essentially he made analogies between training, preparing, and disciplining ourselves in sports is no different then our lives as faithful Catholics. If you fail to prepare yourself for the race, game, etc. and lose, you have no one to blame but yourself–not your teammates, not the refs., no one. The same is true in our lives as Catholics, if we fail to do what is needed in preparation for the end of the race, game, etc. and we lose it’s our own fault. In that respect he stated that winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Winning and making it to heaven is all that matters. By that token, if we fail to prepare and we lose, we go to hell–those are the two options. (he did make a reference to purgatory, but it was besides the point of the homily). It was a good reminder for me that we can’t stop running the race or stop preparing, even in such times. If winning is the only thing, we must find a way to win at all costs.

  4. ajf1984 says:

    N.O. Mass at our usual parish, standing room only! The church was as full I as I’ve ever seen it for a ‘regular’ Sunday (we moved to the parish mere weeks before The First Shutdown). Father preached on the Gospel of the blesseds and the woes, introducing his homily by stating, flat out, that he is not a Socialist, nor does he believe Our Lord was (contrary to some…contemporary, “popular,” theologians), and rejecting the facile interpretation of “woe to you who are rich.” He expressed the importance of clinging tightly to the Cross, asking God to touch our hearts so that we truly desire to hunger, to weep, to be poor, and to be hated and insulted for the sake of Christ. Father explained that this is a difficult Gospel to preach on, and it is even more so because he cannot be our guide in this–only Christ can make us love Him so much as actually to want all of those deprivations for His sake.

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