Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Pentecost Sunday

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 your Mass of obligation for the 4th Sunday of Easter?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.   Where I was, in Rome, the church was jammed.  Strong presence of young families.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

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

Among other things I bring up the differences between the rites of Confirmation in the Vetus Ordo and the Novus Ordo.

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9 Comments

  1. Not says:

    Our Priest spoke about a certain Bishop who wants to change Catholic Doctrine and Dogma. To quote Father, “If you want to change these things, then go the way of Luther and leave the Catholic church !”

  2. SperaInDeo says:

    First mass of a newly ordained priest-friend.
    One point from the sermon was that the Holy Ghost works like Earth, Wind, and Fire — not the band. Specifically the Wind bit got me thinking.
    We don’t see the wind, but we see things moved by the wind. So we don’t see the Holy Ghost but we do see His effects in the world.

    I appreciated that point, as someone who doesn’t have a very developed relationship with the 3rd person of the Trinity.

    I could see the windswept new Priest yesterday and know whom to thank for his formation into an Alter Christus.

    P.S. ~ While not celebrating a TLM for his first, this priest was one of 8 ordinati in his diocese, at least 2 of which know and love the Traditional Latin Mass.
    The favorable wind continues.

  3. APX says:

    “Being a Christian in today’s world is not for sissies”.

  4. waalaw says:

    At the very early morning Mass at St. Vitus Catholic Church in San Fernando, CA (well-attended as usual), our temporarily posted FSSP deacon spoke clearly of our relationship with the Holy Ghost — that the love of God is necessarily a reciprocal (two-way) relationship — that the Holy Ghost is the active mediator of that relationship and should not be neglected (as He often is).

    Which brought to my mind the following: We have all heard that God is Love. But love cannot operate without an object — which is why He created man in His own image.

  5. Gregg the Obscure says:

    we had confirmations for the Cathedral and another parish, though the faculties were delegated to the rector. about 20 people received the sacrament, from children of about 9 years old on up through a few adults.

    the rector absolutely knocked it out of the park. as befit the occasion, he directed his homily primarily to those about to be confirmed. he started by saying that when the Lord said “receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you forgive are forgiven and whose sins you retain are retained”, that he was starting the unbroken chain from the apostles through their successors to the current day – pointing at the kathedra and describing why that particular seat can be used only by Archbishop. he emphasized that the Catholic church is the only one founded by Lord Himself., and, as such, is the only authority on matters of faith and morals. he gave concise and clear descriptions of all seven sacraments. he talked at some length about worthy reception of Holy Communion including the proper disposition regarding one’s marriage. he exhorted frequent confession, even when not in a state of mortal sin.

  6. Kate says:

    The joys of this world are passing away, but the sorrows of this world are passing away, as well.

  7. adriennep says:

    It was all about the world changing miracle of Pentecost within us, the Mighty Wind, the fire, and the understanding tongues: not like Tower of Babel anymore. Our diocesan Latin Mass priest is a convert from 7 generations of Pentecostals, so he knows how to breathe fire. Also we always have videos of his homilies. Sunday was the occasion to address us since the archdiocese announced the hotly anticipated new priest assignments. We will unfortunately lose him in this area but, in fact, gain three priests in this area who can do the Latin Mass. So that is like some triple crown of the Holy Spirit. We continue to simply pray for our Archbishop now.

  8. Sue in soCal says:

    We had a recently retired priest say Mass at our mission chapel (because, for some reason, our bishop decided, even though we are about 3 priests short to staff only one priest in every parish throughout the diocese, to not incardinate a faithful priest and have him leave the diocese).
    Oh, my! What a sermon! He spoke of Catherine of Sienna and how she not only chastised (he said “wagged a finger at”) a pope but effectively changed society by her impact on the Church. He pointed out that she was on fire with the same fire the Holy Spirit brought the apostles, the same fire we should have. He definitely made you feel that you not only are called to change the world but to have that same impact on the Church.
    He’s inspired me to go wag a finger at some prelates!

  9. Imrahil says:

    “Mes amis, je vous abhors, je vous déteste, je vous hais.” After a chuckle from the congregation, the preacher said that this was not what he himself would say (because we’re still not good enough, etc.), but something “the demon” (a somewhat peculiarly French expression, I should expect “the Devil”) would say to pilgrims.

    (No intention to brag, though I guess you know what Mass that was. Just this: that was what I peculiarly recall from my Pentecost Sunday Mass sermon, and I think it rather fine.)

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