Your Sunday Sermon Notes: Christ the King (31st Ordinary – N.O.) and for All Saints

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 the Vetus Ordo Feast of Christ the King (31st Ordinary in the Novus)?  

And also the Feast of All Saints?

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

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

I had some thoughts about the Feast of Christ the King HERE.

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  1. KateD says:

    We had some hiccups in the morning that forced us to attend Mass in another parish.

    I don’t know about today, but on Sunday I wanted to scream “Turn off the CNN, Father!”. It literally took my full effort to refrain from yelling that in the middle of his homily, or walking out….but my kids and husband were with me.

    I’m tellin’ ya….when my kids are out of the house, I’m going full tilt Charlton Heston’s John the Baptist on these people….

    Father spoke about the wickedness of using political invective to incite people to attack others like what happened to Pelosi’s husband.

    Instead I pursed my lips, shook my head and raised my eyebrows.

    After Mass I thanked Father for the Mass and said, “Regarding Pelosi’s husband, Father, his attacker was apparently “a friend”, named David, and had been invited”. He replied “That’s not what the media has reported, but either way, violence is not okay.” I told Father I agreed, but didn’t want to say more, because it felt like at that point I was going to become upset and edge on insolence and I didn’t want to cross that line.

    Yes, violence is not okay, but neither is bearing false witness against 175 million Americans by blaming one lunatic liberal’s violence on half the nation and one’s political opponents.


    Is there any greater motivator to get your family to your own parish in a timely fashion on any given Sunday?

  2. BW says:

    Novus Ordo Vigil Mass for All Saints – Canon Z (yes, Z seems to be a popular start for the last name of priests) [THERE MAY BE ONLY ONE!] opined on the offering of said Mass for a Saint who has been unrecognised for her good deeds of always cleaning the church toilets in marigolds on a Monday morning for ages. She was called to her heavenly reward just last week.

    “Many are called, but they are not recognised by the church, and remain in the graves less visited”. Fr asked us to pray for those of the Church in heaven for whom time has forgotten.

    The link between the feast of All Saints and the rememberence that our mortal life is indeed temporary was there. Fr extolled us to emulate those who toil for the good of the faith, the Church and guard their souls, and not emulate those (he didn’t quite say “cretins” or “politicians” but…) on TV who strive after brief temporal fame. That, he laboured, is not the reward to seek.

    As tired as I was, it was wonderful to see two (male) servers on the altar – one in his eighties, white haired and slightly unsteady, and one aged 9, tired after a day of school and slightly jittery – an interesting juxtaposition. Mass was done with reverence, with a particularly fine choir with a bit of Latin.

  3. Lurker 59 says:

    From a N.O. parish, my friend sent me their new priest’s very excellent sermon for the 31st Sunday. It is on the need for Confession.

  4. JMody says:

    (NO) Our deacon ran out to the middle of and jumped around on the thin ice separating him from orthodoxy and heresy – I suppose he didn’t quite fall through, but it was a near thing. [GOOD points!] From riffing about the life of a tax collector and a “chief tax collector” to Jesus upsetting expectations and norms, to people’s standards of behavior are usually wrong, and Christ was against standards of behavior, and society, and religion, and we should rebel and welcome folks (insert borderline-plug-for-alternative-lifestyle here), it was pretty dodgy for the most part.

    One bright spot was that the CCD folks had the kids dress up for All Saints’ Day — and one kid had on a simple white shirt with artwork for three bullet holes and “VIVA CHRISTO REY” as if lettered by a bloody finger. THAT stuck with me.

  5. Kathy T says:

    You asked about change. Our TLM was canceled as of last Monday so attending the local NO. Went to the Sunday late Mass and it was very full. Went to early Mass today at 7 and in a sudden snowstorm. Attendance was sparse but there are two more Masses today plus the vigil last night, so plenty of opportunities to fulfill the obligation.

  6. James C says:

    Great homily from a priest in Ireland. Pray for him (and his bishop):

  7. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Father raised the bar today. He called out a few dozen images of saints in the Cathedral and the authenticated relic of St. Andrew on the altar (though he neglected to identify the many others on display). he then said that each of us there present should aspire to be so conspicuously holy as to eventually be included in the litany. he gave examples of the sins that great saints had endured before the grace of God transformed them (St. Mary Magdalene and St. Augustine are the two that immediately come to mind) and said that each of us can, with the help of the Most High, cast aside our past sins and live as reflections of the glory of our Lord. he quoted Ven. Fulton Sheen in saying that the entire Church was present at the Crucifixion: Our Lady as representing the innocent; St. John representing the consecrated; and the Madeleine representing the penitent.

  8. JayDeee says:

    (N.O. Mass). Father had votive candles put out in the church by every saint depicted, atop the reredos, on the side altars, and in the windowsills where there is stained glass. His main point in the homily was that the veil between earth and heaven is very thin. This was the evening Mass so it was dark out, and Father pointed out that we couldn’t see the saints depicted in the stained glass windows because it was dark out, but they are still there. Thus the saints are surrounding us, loving us, and praying for us though we don’t see them. Jesus is closer than we think, and heaven is closer than we think, especially when we are at Mass. (He also took a side trip to explain that one of several reasons he uses the Roman Canon so often in Sunday Masses is because of all the saints in it). He concluded with, Praise and thank Jesus for all of the saints.

  9. PostCatholic says:

    My classmates in Maynooth were of that morally certain sort of people who inspired converts and vocations, but not to Catholicism nor priesthood. “As ye shall sow,” once said a wise itinerant country preacher…

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