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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
- ROME 06/3 Day… My View For Awhile: Brooklyn to SOCOM
- “I’ll see your ‘Wakanda!’ and raise you a ‘KATONDA!'” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr – A saint we can all take pride in!
- Pentecost Saturday: We Are Our Rites.
- How to view the SSPX.
- Pentecost Friday: You are our stretcher bearers.
- ROME 06/1 Day… My View For Awhile
- Pentecost Thursday: When there is no joy in “dustville”.
- Pentecost Wednesday: another ranting reflection
- ROME 23/05 – Day 31: Last full day and an “If only…”.
- Pentecost Tuesday: Wherein Fr. Z rants
- WDTPRS – Pentecost Monday: from bondage, freedom – from anxiety, peace
- ROME 23/05 – Day 29: Monday in the OCTAVE OF PENTECOST
- ROME 23/05 – Day 28: Pentecost Sunday
- WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: Holy Church’s fabric, the warp and the weft
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Pentecost Sunday 2023
- ROME 23/05 – Day 27: I can’t help it.
- 25 May 2023: Litany of St. Philip Neri and Prayer of Card. Baronio – VIDEO
- “Oh people will come, Reverend Mother. People will most definitely come….”
- ROME 23/05 – Day 26: Truly precious
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- Laus Deo! Great news from Gower Abbey in Missouri
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Tag Archives: parish closures
Canada: A bishop is determined that a church be closed. Parishioners fight back.
Reality is sometimes harsh. For example, if a parish is not able to pay its bills, it’ll probably have to close or be “merged”. Either way, a few hearts will be broken. I don’t say “lots of hearts” because if … Read More
“It is just a building.” – UPDATE: Like Planned Parenthood selling off baby parts.
UPDATE 5 Nov 2018: Here’s the deal. I’ve been thinking about this demolition thing. It’s not just a matter of demolishing a church and then selling the property. What happens is that scavenger experts come in and inventory all the … Read More
MANHATTAN, NYC: Holy Innocents to remain open!
Today’s Hell’s Bible has a story about the decisions Card. Dolan made about parishes that were under consideration for closure or merger. It seems that Holy Innocents, the only parish in Manhattan to have the Extraordinary Form every day of … Read More
MANHATTAN: Holy Innocents Church – Reprieve until Spring 2015?
UPDATE 2013 GMT: I have been informed that “Breitbart was wrong”. In a letter from the “Office of Strategic Pastoral Planning” of the Archd. of NY, one reads (inter alia): […] the Cardinal feels it is essential that he has … Read More
There’s wreckovation, and then there is this.
In Iraq, ISIS is bulldozing churches and turned the Cathedral of Mosul into a mosque. Meanwhile, many thousands of miles away… … in the National Post: What’s happening to Montreal’s churches? Quebec finding new ways to preserve its heritage … Read More
Card. Burke with do’s and don’t’s of parish, church closures
Hearts can break when churches close. But if the church cannot be repaired, or if people are not paying the bills… what to do? Sometimes they must close. However, I think there are many case in which a church does … Read More
Brick by Brick: New Swiss Bishop gives basilica church to FSSP
A reader sent me some good news: The new bishop of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg, Switzerland, has given the Basilica of Notre Dame in Fribourg, a beautiful and historic church, to the FSSP! [Fraternity of St. Peter] A FSSP priest … Read More
Is your parish struggling? Here is an idea that may help.
Far and wide in the USA we hear about dioceses that are – allegedly – “forced” to close parishes. Perhaps another approach to those moribund parishes could be tried before closing them. Here is an interesting “brick by brick” story … Read More