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Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it?

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VIDEO – Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Here is the video of the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which I attended last Saturday. There was a new composition for the Mass. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was the celebrant.  Check out in … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Domum

My time in the District has been great. I pretty much unplugged from the mass of email and did some recreational reading. I met friends, and enjoyed the Mass today. If you are near DC go to the Verrocchio exhibit … Continue reading

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They pretend it’s about language, but in reality it’s about content.

My good friend of many years, Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, has an excellent piece today at Crisis.   He puts his finger directly on the problems flowing from Germany and on the whole environment that spawned the Amazon Synod (“walking together”). Many … Continue reading

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MY VIEW FOR AWHILE: DC Mass Edition

There will be a Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday. Archbp Cordileone is the celebrant. There is a newly composed musical setting. However, it’s more important that a Pontifical Mass at the Throne be celebrated … Continue reading

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Some reading for the road

As I prepare to make a trip, I find good reading is available. First, from The Catholic Thing: Drawing Bright Lines by David Carlin I’m an old man, and though I hope, and on certain days even go so far … Continue reading

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The demonic Pachamama idol mess isn’t going to go away

The constant veneration and display of the demon Pachamama during the Amazon Synod must not be simply waved aside. Two things for the record. Card. Cupich of Chicago has defended the veneration of this demon idol, though that is not … Continue reading

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When life gives you lemons, you can help seminarians

Did you know that in the Roman Rite we use liturgical lemons? Whenever the celebrant has to clean something off his hands, such as chrism or ash, he uses pieces of bread and slices of lemons.  Water isn’t enough cut … Continue reading

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Some interesting reading for this morning

Today you will want to read about Card. Sarah at Crisis. Cardinal Sarah Marshals the Church Militant And read his book. The Day Is Now Far Spent is now available in English. HERE Some time ago, there was an unhinged … Continue reading

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@FatherTF good explanation of “Perfect Contrition”

Sometimes we Catholics use technical terms which, over time, have become a little confusing.  For example, recently I wrote a clarification about what praying for the “Pope’s intentions” really means. My good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, has a good post … Continue reading

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BEER OPPORTUNITY from the traditional Benedictine Monks of Norcia! Think: Thanksgiving and gifts

Here’s a refresher about a good opportunity news!   The wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks in Norcia (Benedict’s place of birth) have a great deal on their beer just in time for the holiday season.  How about beer with your savory Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Veterans Day & Remembrance Day

This is the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in a long time.  Biretta tip to a commentator here. o{]:¬) While it is true that today is not US Memorial Day, it is Veterans Day and, in the commonwealth nations, Remembrance … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass that fulfilled your Sunday Obligation? What was it? For my part, I got to be the deacon for a Solemn Mass today and did not have … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: Feedback Project

During the last few weeks, we had to move the blog from one provider to another. It was a little harrowing. However, the necessity provided the opportunity to assess how well the blog was functioning. If that pertains to the … Continue reading

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Rome: Mass at St. John Lateran for Dedication – wierd

I saw some of the video of the Mass at the Lateran, Rome’s Cathedral Church, for the feast of its dedication, 9 November. Strange.  Two things. Where are the altar candles? What’s with shapeless bag albs and no cinctures?   There … Continue reading

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