Sunday, October 31, 2004

Pastoral plan for Archdiocese of Sydney

We are all stakeholders now. Another archdiocese sets out on the same and unnecessary path. All this pseudo-consultation is only to cover the guilt of closing churches.

Today is the Feast of Christ the King

An excellent quote from Pope Pius XI

"The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God."

And just how is the Kingdom of Christ being extended by the closure of Churches?

Don't get resigned!

Get active!

Shocking state of the Catholic Church

in Ireland.

First comes the clustering, then comes the closings.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Ex-diocese voice talks leadership

Former spokesperson for Archdiocese of Boston speaks out.

"More than a year after leaving the Archdiocese of Boston as its public face during the clergy sexual abuse crisis, former church spokeswoman Donna M. Morrissey is still following church events and thinking that church leaders could be doing a better job at getting out their message. "

You can say that again. But what do you expect when the message is so confused and wrong in any case?

Long live Christ the King

Its not the faithful that are disagreeable

-its the Archdiocese.

The vicious circle of decline in the modern Church

As the Diocese of Brooklyn considers the closure of twenty five schools.

Lithuanian Church persecuted under Communists

and now the Archdiocese of Boston contunues where the Communists left off.

"Parishioners at St. Peter Lithuanian Catholic Church hope a replica of the impressive "Hill of Crosses'' Shrine in Siauliai, Lithuania, will impress the Archdiocese of Boston enough to keep their South Boston parish open. "

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Code of Canon Law

A useful resource!

Cruelty to the end

as when Archdiocese of Boston "communications office" does not return call and PR company has not been informed. Chairman of consolidation "review" panel is uncontactable and the pastor of St James does not return calls. At best it is incompetence and at worst part of a deliberate plan to keep everyone guessing. And first sign of Heck for a month and she has had her name changed to Hack.

How can the flock of Christ's faithful be treated with such contempt?

Archdiocese of Boston

The resistance grows II at Church dedicated to the Patroness of Mission, St Therese of Lisieux

Archdiocese of Boston

The resistance grows I.

A round the clock vigil at Church dedicated to St Frances Cabrini, who was the first US citizen to be raised to the altars.

During her life she founded 67 Catholic institutions. The Church is now undoing the work of saints.

Boston Churches scold archdiocese with billboard campaign

''Thou Shalt Not Close Vibrant Parishes.''

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Reign of Christ the King

The traditional date for the Feast of Christ the King is the last sunday in October (changed in recent years to the last sunday of the Church year before advent).

How has it come to this? That a Church dedicated to Christ the King can be closed on the feast day. Read this magnificent book by Michael Davies; not long and well worth reading.

" Viva Cristo Rey!—Long Live Christ the King!".

Closing the parish of Christ the King

They have dethroned Him!

Donation in support of gay marriage

only gives opponents ammunition

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Parishioners needed $25,000 to stop demolition

of Tranfiguration Church in Pittsburgh.

And now they are having to start all over again, but why demolish the Church in the first place.

Where Is Boston's Archbishop O'Malley?

The Archbishop goes missing (again!)

'This is not about politics; this is about defending the body of Christ from sacrilege and the Catholic Church herself from heresy. We pray that Archbishop O'Malley and every bishop will have the courage to stand up and rebuke those who perpetrate such fraudulent notions.'

Italian parishioners want their priest back

Angry protest in Italy

Priest shortage and the closure of Irish Churches

Something has gone terribly wrong when Catholics no longer want to become priests.:

"Not one new clerical student has begun studies for the priesthood this year in this large archdiocese, spread across Galway and Mayo. Indeed not one new student from the archdiocese has begun priesthood studies in the past five years. "

Archdiocese of Boston

Priests are mediators between God and the people but now we have a public relations firm mediating between priests and people.

"A public relations firm now handling press inquiries for the Archdiocese, the Rasky/Baerlein Group, did not comment as to whether the review committee would consider reversing St. Bernard's closure decision before the TAB's deadline. "

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Closure of Notre Dame, Springfield

Only sadness here

" A planned procession from Notre Dame to its 'mother church' nearby was canceled because of bad weather."

This is the website of the coalition of Boston Churches fighting closing.

R a s k y / B a e r l e i n

Their website is now working.

Apart from his company serving as a consultant to the Archdiocese of Boston, Mr Rasky was a Director of Communications for Senator Biden and is a member of the Board of Family Health Productions, which promotes the use of condoms for young people.

I think they need to give the Archdiocese a written statement that there are no conflict of interests between working for the Archdiocese and the interests of their other clients.

Catholic dioceses used to believe in Mission, then it became public relations, now they employ outside consultants, who work on several agendas simultaneously.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Archdiocese takes a gamble

on PR company (Rasky-Baerlein Group) that works for the gambling industry.

And! Flashback 2002.
Rasky-Baerlein Group was handling PR for the team of bankruptcy lawyers preparing the Boston Archdiocese for a possible Chapter 11 filing.

And a curious story here.

This should be the website

of the PR company hired by the Archdiocese of Boston but it is not working. PR people are not meant to promote themselves but their clients, but this is ridiculous.

This should be the website

of the PR company hired by the Archdiocese of Boston but it is not working. PR people are not meant to promote themselves but their clients, but this is ridiculous.

Archdiocese attempt to use Mass

as a bargaining chip completely fails.

Weekly Dig- the best Little Newspaper in Boston

A sympathetic article on the miracle of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Sacred Heart, Darlinghurst, Australia

Keating lashes Sydney Archdiocese over heritage threat

See also a series of news links at the bottom of the article relating to the same issue.

Testament of sadness

woven in the form of a quilt

Archdiocese of St Louis

Two Churches and a school closing.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

News of closing upsets parish

Shock closing of Immaculate Conception, Springfield

An independent audit is necessary of the claimed repair figures.

The power of the Hail Mary

Excellent article for the month of the Rosary

Sacred Heart, San Francisco

Closure draws crowd to Mass and some parishioners hope for miracle to preserve church. See also the pictures of the Church which the Archdiocese claims needs $8 million for a seismic refit. The Archdiocese has also closed in the last decade.

St. Benedict, Bush and Lyon streets
St. Brigid, Van Ness Avenue and Broadway
St. Edward, California Street near Laurel Street
St. Joseph, 10th and Howard streets
Holy Cross, Eddy Street near Divisadero Street

Monday, October 18, 2004

Archbishop spares two parishes

Was the decision taken by the Archbishop or his public relations company?

Fr Christopher Coyne II

More soon on the PR firm- an expensive substitute.

[He is] "working to get a successor...and supporting the (public relations) firm,' that has temporarily taken over his work since his departure. "

Fr Christopher Coyne

It is much better to preach the Gospel, which will fill Churches than to defend the indefensible Church closures, which mean the Faithful have no homes.

"I still believe (the archdiocese) needs to be reconfigured."

But for how much longer. It is the Faith that endures.

Hopefully back to normal


Resignations possible of Bishop of Fatima and Rector of the Shrine

Vatican Calls for Resignation of Fatima Bishop
and Shrine Rector

Correio da manha, the leading daily newspaper in Portugal, caused an uproar in the Catholic world when it reported in a front page article in its September 29 issue that "Rome is shocked with Fatima."

According to the newspaper, the Vatican "is critical of the prayers offered by the Dalai Lama and those of a Hindu priest in the Shrine" and has announced to the Portuguese Episcopal Conference (PEC) that they must replace the Bishop of Fatima and the Shrine Rector. If not, the paper reported, the Vatican will assume direct control of the Fatima shrine.

The newspaper went on to report that, according to informed sources, members of the Vatican curia believe that Shrine officials went too far when they recently allowed a Hindu ceremony to take place at the altar.

Fatima officials were quick to respond and held a press conference the same day that Correio da manha's story hit the newsstands. The main Portuguese wire service, Lusa, reported that "the Rector of the Shrine, Luciano Guerra, today declared his willingness to continue as leader" of the Shrine until the completion of the new basilica at Fatima, projected for 2007. Guerra denied any knowledge of pressures for his resignation from Rome, but admitted that the recent inter-religious events at the shrine had "caused some discomfort in conservative Catholic sectors."

The current controversy first erupted last October when the Bishop of Fatima, D. Serafim Ferreira e Silva and Monsignor Guerra hosted an ecumenical conference at the Shrine of Our Lady. The conference, which featured participants from diverse religious bodies, including Buddhists, Muslims and African animists, was followed by press reports of a proposed plan to transform the Fatima Shrine into an "interfaith facility."

In response to these reports, conservative and traditional Catholic groups, led by the Fatima Center, a not-for-profit organization based in the U.S. and Canada and headed by a Catholic priest, Father Nicholas Gruner, immediately organized a series of mass protests, culminating in an Open Letter of protest to Pope John Paul II and the bishops of Portugal, published in a number of major Portuguese newspapers. In addition, Father Gruner's group gathered tens of thousands of signatures from outraged Catholics on petitions against the proposed plan, on both the internet and through the mail.

"We've put out more than one and a half million pieces of literature protesting these outrages at Fatima," said Father Gruner, "including three issues of our magazine and letter packages to every bishop in the world and 60,000 priests as well as an almost constant stream of calls, letters and

Emails to the Vatican and other Church leaders."

The controversy was further inflamed this May when, in apparent defiance of the protests, Msgr. Guerra permitted a group of Hindu worshipers from Lisbon to perform a pagan ceremony on the altar of the chapel of Our Lady on the very spot where the Virgin Mary appeared between May and October 1917.

At his press conference on September 29, Rector Guerra attempted to distance himself from the May 5 Hindu ceremony which he claimed "was a little beyond his control." He announced that he would never again permit a visit of the Hindu group "in the same manner."

John Vennari, editor of the Catholic Family News, who broke the initial story last year, noted in response to Guerra's comments that "this new defensive language on the part of the Rector is very interesting in light of his published remarks last June, when he denied that any Hindu ritual ever took place at Fatima. It would appear the Rector can't quite figure out what to say."

Christopher A. Ferrara, a Catholic commentator and civil rights attorney who has written extensively on Fatima stated that "Guerra's credibility is now totally shot. First he said there would be no non-Catholic worship at the Shrine. Then, when he let it happen, he declared there was nothing wrong with it. Now he says it'll never happen again. Please!"

The day after the press conference by Shrine officials, Correio da manha published what it termed a "confirmation" of its initial story. Journalist Hernani Carvalho reported that "uneasiness [exists] in the Roman Curia because of ecumenism in Fatima, and quoted Portugal's leading Vaticanist, Aura Miguel, as saying that "Hindus are not supposed to perform celebrations in the Capelinha das Aparicãoes, just as one is not supposed to celebrate Mass in a Buddhist temple." Ms. Miguel went on to note that "certain Church circles" are concerned by the "ambiguous explanations" offered by Msgr. Guerra in defense of the ecumenical initiatives at the Shrine.

Correio da manha reported further that it learned of correspondence between the Portuguese Nuncio and the Fatima [diocese] discussing possible new candidates for replacing the bishop of Fatima. The newspaper also reported that the Bishop of Fatima refused comment when asked about his eventual replacement, and the paper noted that "the need to hold a press conference to deny the news revealed just how nervous people are in the Sanctuary."

In a separate report in the online edition of Portugal Diario, Msgr. Januario Torgal Ferreira, Bishop of the Portuguese armed forces, was quoted as confirming that what was being attacked was the work of the Rector of the Shrine and the Bishop of Fatima, and that the attack came directly from the highest levels of the Roman curia.

To date, the Vatican has neither confirmed nor denied the reports that it is asking for the removal of Fatima's bishop and Shrine Rector Guerra.

Better not to sing for joy

When eighty other parishes are being closed.

National Catholic Reporter

Flashback 1998 Archdiocese of Philadelphia proposal to close inner city churches and schools

"I continue to believe that cluster planning is a thinly disguised plan of the archdiocese to place the burden of inevitable parish closings squarely on the shoulders of their own parishioners."

I would question the word "inevitable".

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Saving grace?

but the Faithful are not convinced.

And what is this?- "a public relations firm hired by the church". Who are they, when were they hired, for how long, by who, on what basis, with what terms of reference and for how much money? The Faithful should be told.

Boston Herald

A great quote.

"Don't tell me it's only a building,'' said Ann DiFeo, a lifelong parishioner who has been sleeping on an Aero Bed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. "It's blood. It's feelings. It's community. . . . I think if we keep doing this, it'll have a snowball effect, and the archdiocese will have no choice but to listen.''

Mary Queen of All Hearts


This picture was originally published by the Montfort Fathers' House in Liverpool. It is possible to belong to the Confraternity of Mary Queen of All Hearts. Please ask her intercession for the people and Church in Liverpool.

Liverpool Area Catholic Churches

Some wonderful photographs.

Here is the list of the parishes closed by the "pastoral" reorganisation and before of the Diocese. If anyone knows of any other Churches closed in Liverpool, let me know.

Holy Cross, Great Crosshall Street, L3 (Parish closed 2001, church now demolished)

St Alban's, Athol Street, L5 (Parish closed 1991)

St Alphonsus, Great Mersey Street, L5 (Parish closed 2001, church now demolished)

St Augustine's, Great Howard Street, L3 (Parish closed 1976, church now demolished)

St Joseph's, Grosvenor Street, Liverpool, L3 (Parish closed 2001, church now demolished)

St Mary of Angels (The Friary), Fox St, L5 (Parish closed 2001)

St Mary's, Highfield St, L3 (Parish closed 2000, church now demolished)

St Peter's, Seel Street, L1 (Parish closed 1978)

St Philip Neri, Catherine Street, L8 (Parish closed 2001- now University Chapel)

Today is


the Feast of St Margaret Mary Alacoque. She is pictured with Blessed Claude de la Colombiere.

She was a chief exponent of the devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Boston annoucement

But it's not because their listening....much more to do with politics.

You can explain it away in Rome if you have two churches occupied but not if you have dozens of churches occupied.

Notre Dame, Springfield

The group envisions using it as a community arts center that offers studios, workshops and exhibition space.

Only sadness here, no art.

Parishes wary of intentions

No comfort whatsoever from the Archdiocese

"I think they are understanding that there's a freight train of vigils beginning....they would desperately like to stop the freight train. The train has left the station.''

PS. What has happened to Kathleen Heck? Is she still on the payroll of the Archdiocese?

Archbishop announces two parish closings postponed

but the death sentences for the parishes remain.

The move is a public relations effort aimed at staving off more sit-ins at closing parishes.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Archdiocese of Boston

The Boston bounce- Archdiocese trying to bounce the Faithful into accepting the closures by appointing new priests to "merged" Parishes. How can they be so sure that St Bernard's Church will close. And what is the point of the review process if there will be no delay in the official closing date of St Bernards.

A traditional Catholic site

Church Closings in Boston and Solution for Priest Shortage by A.S. Guimaraes @ Tradition In and an accurate situation analysis.

St. Louis Review Online

Archdiocese's real estate director wants his office to aid parishes.

"Once a decision is reached on closing a parish, our office gets involved in disposing of the property, as well as maintaining that property until its sold,' Richter said. 'Our office is a resource to newly consolidated parishes for the sale of their old buildings.' "

He helps to close parishes and then trys to claim this is aiding the faithful. A guilty conscience perhaps?

St. Louis Review Online

They call it planning but whose plans are they?

Parish the thought: Group fights to keep church open

Yes, we are open! Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Catholic Parish Closings

Diocese of Toledo- video interview with the Bishop

Agreement with closing parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel collapses

and St Bernard's Church and Our Lady of Mount Carmel join the coalition

Unity is strength

Group to fight church closings formed in Boston.

Hopefully, the parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit will learn the lessons from the Boston experience and unite rather than let themselves be picked off one by one, at the whim of the diocesan officials.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Maida raises money for seminary

Cardinal Maida plans to close parishes; which reduces the number of vocations to his new improved seminary, which reduces the number of priests ordained which then provides an excuse to close more Churches.

Not a question of having a seminary only, but what is being taught in the seminary. Most probably, the usual neo-modernism, out of touch with the devotions of the faithful.

Cardinal Maida to survey parish health

The bad idea of church closing moves on and into the Archdiocese of Detroit.

At Sacred Heart, Thomas said he plans to boycott the survey forms. "And I hope that others will refuse to fill it out, too. What they've done is set out these boxes that we're all supposed to fit into. We've been trying to tell the archdiocese that we've got other creative ideas about how to work in the city. But they don't want to hear it."

the Former Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Paul Keating


Statement to sacredheartrescue

“I regard the precinct as an extremely exceptional institutional one. These important buildings of the neo-grecian former High Court, the Hospice and the Church itself along with St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, have a civility of a kind that would be dramatically altered by a campus and any retail and commercial development. Let alone the added traffic and parking.

A development of this kind pays scant regard to the body of the Church community of the Sacred Heart and is typical of the kind of railroading, over which some Diocesen administrators have earned a bad name.

Mr. Keating also added

And may that same God send his blessings to Mr Keating.

After Iconoclasm

and church closures the desecration of sacred objects.

I have even seen a tabernacle being used as a drinks cabinet in a restaurant in Austrian.

One European priest, who shall be nameless and without country, offered liturgical consultancy services to parish churches in exchange for sacred objects (whose removal he had anyway recommended claiming to implement Vatican II). He then sold these on the antiques market for his personal account.

Oh renewal, what crimes have been committed in your name.

The Church does not need a renewal (we have already had forty years of that!- and we are still waiting for the fruit) it needs a great restoration.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Another sit-in

What does the Arcdiocese expect? Hundreds of happy and ever so grateful parishioners after they promised them the convent and then it was discovered to be structurally unsound.

Corpus Christi procession in Liverpool

What a great photo!

Catholic schools in Liverpool, UK

Having closed Churches, Catholic schools are always the next to be attacked.

See link also below to St Mary of the Angels, Liverpool.


Calling all Australian Catholics.

The Parish Priest read the news in the daily newspaper.

Symposium calls for new focus on missions

Something wrong here

The title of the symposium is 'God's Missionary People: A New Way of Being Church'. In fact it is a very old way of Being Church and the Mass is more than a meal, it is a Sacrifice. The Church gave up the mission when it got distracted by every trendy cause under the son.

Photo Gallery

for great pictures of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the anniversary of the 1917 Miracle of the Sun.

The Archbishop's generosity

"In addition, O'Malley told the Boston Globe on Sunday that he is reconsidering 'a couple' of his closure decisions. "

How about reconsidering eighty decisions plus a couple more. So this hot-shot panel has been appointed to worry about a couple of church closing. Seems then it has more to do with window-dressing.

The Rosary a School of Contemplation

The Rosary: A School of Contemplation
by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

An excellent article for this month of the Rosary, taken from the August, 1998 issue, of Catholic Family News

From among the many customary devotions to Our Lady, such as the Angelus, the Office of the Blessed Virgin, The Rosary, we shall speak especially of the last in so far as it prepares us for and leads us up to contemplation of the great mysteries of salvation. After Holy Mass, it is one of the most beautiful and efficacious forms of prayer, on condition of understanding it and living it.
It sometimes happens that its recitation--reduced to that of five mysteries--becomes a matter of routine. The mind, not being really gripped by the things of God, finds itself prey to distractions. Sometimes the prayer is said hurriedly and soullessly. Sometimes it is said for the purpose of obtaining temporal favors, desired out of all relation to spiritual gain. When a person says the Rosary in such a way, he may well ask himself in what way his prayer is like that of which Pope Leo XIII spoke in his encyclicals on the Rosary, and about which Pope Pius XI wrote one of his last apostolic letters.
It is true that to pray well it is sufficient to think in a general way of God and of the graces for which one asks. But to make the most out of our five mysteries, we should remember that they constitute but a third of the whole Rosary, and that they should be accompanied by meditation-which can be very simple-on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, which recall the whole life of Jesus and Mary and their glory in Heaven.

The fifteen mysteries of the Rosary thus divided into three groups are but different aspects of the three great mysteries of our salvation: The Incarnation, The Redemption, Eternal Life.

The Mystery of the Incarnation is recalled by the joys of the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of the Savior, the Presentation in the Temple, and His finding among the doctors. The mystery of the Redemption is recalled by the different stages of the Passion: the Agony in the garden, the Scourging, the Crowning with thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion. The mystery of eternal life is recalled by the Resurrection, the Ascension, Pentecost, the Assumption of Our Lady and her crowning as Queen of Heaven.

Thus, the Rosary is a Credo: not an abstract one, but one concretized in the life of Jesus Who came down to us from the Father and Who ascended to bring us back with Himself to the Father. It is the whole of Christian dogma in all its splendor and elevation, brought to us that we may fillour minds with it, that we may relish it and nourish our souls with it.

This makes the Rosary a true school of contemplation. It raises us gradually above vocal prayer and even above reasoned out or discursive meditation. Early theologians have compared the movement of the soul in contemplation to the spiral in which certain birds - the swallow, for example - move when they wish to attain a great height. 1 The Joyful Mysteries lead to the Passion, and the Passion to the door of Heaven. The Rosary well understood is, therefore, a very elevated form of prayer which makes the whole of dogma accessible to all.

The Rosary is also a very practical form of prayer for it recalls all Christian morality and spirituality by presenting them from the sublime point of view of their realization in Jesus and Mary. The mysteries of the Rosary should be reproduced in our lives. Each of them is a lesson in some virtue-particularly in the virtues of humility, trust, patience and charity.

There are three stages in our progress towards God. The first is to have knowledge of the final end, whence comes the desire of salvation and the joy to which that desire gives rise. This stage is symbolized in the Joyful Mysteries which contain the good news of the Incarnation of the Son of God Who opens to us the way of salvation. The next stage is to adopt the means-often painful to nature-to be delivered from sin and to merit Heaven. This is the stage of the Sorrowful Mysteries. The final stage is that of rest in the possession of eternal life. It is the stage of Heaven, of which the Glorious Mysteries allow us some anticipated glimpse.

The Rosary is therefore most practical. It takes us from the midst of our too human interests and joys and makes us think of those which center on the the coming of the Savior. It takes us from our meaningless fears, from the sufferings we bear so badly, and reminds us of how much Jesus has suffered for love of us and teaches us to follow Him by bearing the cross which Divine Providence has sent us to purify us. It takes us finally from our earthly hopes and ambitions and makes us think of the true object of Christian hope-eternal life and the graces necessary to arrive there.

The Rosary is more than a prayer of petition. It is a prayer of adoration inspired by the thought of the Incarnate God, a prayer of reparation in memory of the Passion of our Savior, a prayer of thanksgiving that the Glorious Mysteries continue to reproduce themselves in the uninterrupted entry of the elect into glory.

The Rosary and Contemplative Prayer

A more simple and still more elevated way of reciting the Rosary is, while saying it, to keep the eyes of Faith fixed on the living Jesus Who is always making intercession for us and Who is acting upon us in accordance with the mysteries of His childhood, or His Passion, or His glory. He comes to us to make us like Himself. Let us fix our gaze on Jesus Who is looking at us. His look is more than kind and understanding: it is the look of God, a look which purifies, which sanctifies, which gives peace. It is the look of our Judge and still more the look of our Savior, our Friend, the Spouse of our souls. A Rosary said in this way, in solitude and silence, is a most fruitful exchange with Jesus. It is a conversation with Mary too, which leads to intimacy with Her Son.

We sometimes read in the lives of the saints that Our Blessed Lord reproduced in them first His childhood, then His hidden life, then His apostolic life, and finally His Passion, before allowing them to share in His glory. He comes to us in a similar way in the Rosary and, well said, it is a prayer which gradually takes the form of an intimate conversation with Jesus and Mary. It is easy to see how saintly souls have found in it a school of contemplation.

It has sometimes been objected that one cannot reflect on the words and the mysteries at the same time. An answer that is often given is that it is not necessary to reflect on the words if one is meditating on or looking spiritually at one of the mysteries. The words are a kind of melody which soothes the ear and isolates us from the noise of the world around us, the fingers being occupied meanwhile in allowing one bead after another to slip through. Thus, the imagination is kept tranquil and the mind and the will are set free to be united to God.

It has also been objected that the monotony of the many repetitions in the Rosary leads necessarily to routine. This objection is valid only if the Rosary is said badly. If well said, it familiarizes us with the different mysteries of salvation and recalls what these mysteries should produce in our joys, our sorrows, and our hopes. Any prayer can become a matter of routine-even the Ordinary of the Mass. The reason is not that the prayers are imperfect, but that we do not say them as we should-with faith, confidence and love.

The Spirit of the Rosary as St. Dominic Conceived It

To understand the Rosary better it is well to recall how St. Dominic conceived it under the inspiration of Our Lady at a time when southern France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy-a heresy which denied the infinite goodness and omnipotence of God by admitting a principle of evil which was often victorious. Not only did Albigensianism attack Christian morality, but it was opposed to dogma as well-to the great mysteries of creation, the redemptive incarnation, the descent of the Holy Ghost, the eternal life to which we are called.

It was at that moment that Our Blessed Lady made known to St. Dominic a kind of preaching till then unknown, which She said would be one of the most powerful weapons against future errors and in future difficulties. Under Her inspiration, St. Dominic went into the village of the heretics, gathered the people, and preached to them the mysteries of salvation-the Incarnation, the Redemption, Eternal Life. As Mary had taught him to do, he distinguished the different kinds of mysteries, and after each short instruction he had ten Hail Mary's recited - somewhat as might happen even today at a Holy Hour. And what the word of the preacher was unable to do, the sweet prayer of the Hail Mary did for hearts. As Mary had promised, it proved to be a most fruitful form of preaching. 2

If we live by the prayer of which St. Dominic's preaching is the example, our joys, our sorrows, and our hopes will be purified, elevated, and spiritualized. We shall see that Jesus, Our Savior and Our Model, wishes to make us like Himself, first communicating to us something of His infant and hidden life, then something of His sorrows, and finally making us partakers of His glorious life for all eternity.

Taken from The Mother of the Savior and Our Interior Life, Tan Books;

Church in Quatar

Stone laid for Our Lady of the Rosary,Doha.

Backers determined to save Little Flower School

in Mobile, Alabama

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Statement from Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Its not the Franciscan who is now barefoot; it is members of his flock.




















Catholic chapel reopens Nov. 1

But looses school and Franciscan order and gains diocesan bureaucrats.

Closed Church Parishioners Say Statue A Sign

And the deal with the Diocese under question!

"Mount Carmel parishioners thought they had a struck a compromise with the archdiocese to hold Mass at an unused convent, but now those plans are on hold because the convent has been deemed structurally unsound."

Appealing to the Vatican.

Parishioners at St. Anselm in Sudbury, Boston are appealing to the Vatican to try to keep their parish alive:

'Archbishop O'Malley and the bishops of the Archdiocese have failed to listen to and collaborate with their flock; have made decisions dramatically affecting their flock with no consultation with the flock; and have made decisions based on misinformation resulting from lack of structures of participation, consultation, and shared responsibility with the lay faithful.'

Parishioners Protest on Steps of St. Patrick's

Where has our money gone?

There must be an independent audit until every single cent is accounted for.

A miracle at final Mass

Our Lady of Mount Carmel pray for us!

And the priest has an idea.

"''And so my idea is you've got to carry the faith on, because their work is not in vain,' he said. ''But it's hard to explain that to people who built the building. But it can't last, like all buildings.'"

Except its not the buildings that are falling apart, its the diocese that are closing them.

Monday, October 11, 2004

St Brigid


Her Feast was celebrated on October 8.

Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands
Christ defend us from every evil. Amen.

The Feast of St Francis Borja was on October 10. A picture of the saint celebrating Mass.

This month is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. Here is a splendid picture from Barletta in the south of Italy.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Archbishop O'Malley: Closings `imperative'

So why appoint the Committee? As window dressing?

`We don't expect to give up,' said Daiva Izbickas, a parishioner at St. Peter Lithuanian Church in South Boston. `Lithuania faced religious persecution for centuries, so we're used to fighting. We just never thought we'd have to do it in America.'

Saturday, October 09, 2004

European Catholic Bishops meet

to discuss priorities

"Migration was another concern of the bishops, with many of them concerned about the need to provide adequate pastoral care. Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool stressed that, particularly for migrants, the Church is their true home. "

So why is he closing so many Churches in Liverpool? He talks like this while making his own flocks, including many migrants, homeless.

For the last forty years

the Catholic Church has been obsessed with justice and peace. But they have neither in the Church in Boston. How could they have with the way that the Archdiocese behaves?

"As a result, some here who have supported, however reluctantly, the archdiocese's decision to merge their four parishes St. Ann, St. Peter and Sacred Heart in Gloucester and St. Joachim in Rockport into the new Holy Family Parish on Jan. 8 are now questioning their decision to follow the archdiocese's plan."

Our Lady of Presentation School

The best way of keeping a Catholic school going is to enrol your children there, and the best way of keeping a Catholic Church open is to ensure that you fulfil your Sunday obligation- every week.

As we see from this article also, protest works! The parishes that took the closures by lying down are now regretting it.

Poor Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

They announce this review and then the Church is being closed tomorrow.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Sisters of Notre Dame

This is what Sister Eisner's congregation used to stand for.

Sister Eisner


A Catholic nun

presides over a college which claims in its "Mission and Vision" statement to shaped by strong ethical values and a Catholic academic tradition. Leaving aside that the "strong ethical values" do not, at least in this statement to derive from Catholic moral teaching, lets examine the claims to Catholicism.

Looking at the undergraduate courses offered; there are eighteen secular courses that could be offered by any university. There is a religious studies course but of the seventeen units, only three are specifically Catholic. Of the nine philosophy units, only one has overt Catholic content.

She will be one of the Chairman of the Boston Committee for External Review (excuse me if I called it a Panel earlier).

You would not know from her dress that Sister Eisner is a Catholic nun. I leave it to readers to decide whether she has a sufficiently Catholic point of view to be deciding the fate of Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Boston. Does she for instance affirm, together with her university, Ex Corde Ecclesia.

The rise and fall of Kathleen Heck

She's still around but left tending the grass

How much is she paid for this? While she has been rising and falling, Churches have been closing.

St. James Catholic Church

Some hope in a sad tale of the demise of a Catholic Church in 2000, at the hands of the Diocese of Omaha.

"Catholic Church was closed, auctioned off, and burned to the ground a few years ago"

Monsignor Dennis Sheehan

No stranger to controversy. Please note this blog emphatically does not endorse the views of the website where this link leads.


This is the company of Donna Gittens, who is a member of the panel appointed by Archbishop O'Malley. Their principal clients, the Democratic National Convention and more importantly Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is therefore not financially independent of the Chairman of the panel and should either resign the client or the panel. Her vote maybe independent but it cannot be seen to be independent.

Institute of Christ the King

Four Churches that have not been sold but restored.

Archdiocese of St Louis

Historic, national parishes puts them on the top of any diocesan hit list.

Totally unjust

..not to review the parish closings that have already taken place.

"If this doesn't include a review of those parishes that have already been closed then the process has no value whatsoever,"

The panel should not even start its work until the remit is extended, as it will only be greeted with suspicion. In these circumstances, helping the work of the panel only facilitates more Church closures. Extend the remit and then the talking can begin!

St Bernadette's School in Jakarta

Java Muslim militants force closure of Catholic school

"....accuse Catholics of proselytising because they have been using the school's sport hall as a makeshift church for the past ten years. Catholics argue they had no choice because they have been consistently denied permission to build a new church."

My house shall be a house of prayer

....but they want to turn it into a "potential senior center, teen center, or recreational department":

Archdiocese of Chicago

Causes jitters at St Columba's Church

St Columba, pray for us!

The Boston Panel

More background news on its members

Thursday, October 07, 2004

HOT NEWS- Archdiocese of Boston

Committee Will Review Boston-Area Church Closures

A pre-condition for the success of this review is to put on public record all correspondence and conversations between the Archdiocese, the Archbishop and the members of the Committee, specifically the two chairs of the Committee.

The twenty four parishes which the Archbishop claims have been closed peacably must demand their rights to be heard in this review. This is a matter of simple justice.

This is the press release from the Archdiocese

The Archbishop hopes that this panel will be a "group of leaders to function as a resource to the Archbishop". They have to be a resource for Catholic Boston, not the personal emissaries of the Archbishop.

The Archbishop admits that child abuse and the church closures are interrelated... but says that it is a matter of trust not of economics.

The Archbishop talks about fulfilling his responsibilities as a spiritual leader; so, how about abandoning the closures and start evangelising. He talks about the bond that all Catholics share in Christ, what has he done to strenthen this bond.

Historic church closing its doors for 2-year facelift

Baltimore Cathedral gets a 32 million dollar spend

Report Recommends Archdiocese Close Up To 50 Schools

The downward spiral.

You close the Churches and the parents lapse, then they don't want to send their children to Catholic schools, then there are fewer Catholics, then you have to close a few more Churches, and so the cycle of decline continues.

And how did this cycle of decline start? Talking about renewal for the last forty years has masked the reality of decline.

Boston - the biggest lot in the Catholic Sale of the Century

This article tries to make humour out of the desecration of Churches and fails.

Boston - the biggest lot in the Catholic Sale of the Century

This article tries to make humour out of the desecration of Churches and fails.

Catholic church closes after 132 years

And I would be prepared to bet the Bishop hadn't visited for years until the day of closure.

St Ubaldus, pray for us!

More from the Sale of the Century

This time its the Diocese of Green Bay. And all it raises is the salaries of two or three diocesan consultants for one year.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Archbishop O'Malley

Uses the Mass as a bargaining chip in his attempt to halt the sit-in at St Albert's Church in Boston. This is stooping really low. One can only guess what St Francis would have made of such an offer.

As the Archbishop is choosing to deny a Mass to a Catholic Parish, here are three Acts of Spiritual Communion.

Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787)

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.

Act of Spiritual Communion
O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God and Mediatrix of every grace: I believe that Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart. Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul.

O my Jesus, I embrace Thee as One who has already come, and I unite myself entirely to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.

Act of Spiritual Communion

As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior.

Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen.


...coming from neighbouring parishes in Boston.

The closure of a Catholic college

Where then can a truly Catholic education be found?

Bringing Children to Christ in Eucharistic Adoration

For this you need Churches kept open!

St. Thomas the Apostle New York

Members Fight to Keep Church: 'I ain't got no family.' apart from the Church that the Archdiocese is trying to close around me.

Is this the best deal that could be obtained?

Deal heads off church occupation in Boston

What are the Archdiocese going to offer the other parishes?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Archdiocese of Boston

Church closings reflect lack of compassion

"In consideration of the parish appeals, the archdiocese now has an opportunity to act judiciously and with compassion for its people. There is time for the reconsideration of decisions made in haste and without complete information. Alternative strategies have been suggested to allow for preservation of parishes. Mediation cannot possibly succeed if the outcome is unilateral. Now is an opportunity for the archbishop to hear the cries of the people and restore faith in the leadership of the church."

My house shall be called a house of prayer

...but you have turned it into a fashion show for the parading of nudity. Made all the worse- the Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, the Immaculate Mother.

Poor Clare Sisters of Montana

seeking permission to build new monastery.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Ste Jeanne d'Arc

The Oblate Fathers may not want to run the parish but they are not the only religious order in the world.

Papal visit to Boston

If this is all it meant, he was wasting his time
"'In a way, (the papal visit) was sort of a last glance, a last look, at the traditions of the older church, before the traditions of the newer church came in to replace them,' he said. "

Irish Echo Online

Reservoir of goodwill disappearing in Boston.

More occupations of Churches expected.

Sunday, October 03, 2004


October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Picture from the Lourdes Grotto of the Passionist Monastery in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Time to take a stand

Kerry is just a symptom of the "two truths" version of Catholicism all too prevalent in the modern Church. It simply is not good enough to hold one truth when you are praying in Church and another truth to the outside world. This used to be a protestant problem now its a Catholic one as well.

Now let's have an academic discussion

Mr Smith's advice is to focus on faith and not buildings. But, as he is well aware, the centre of the Catholic Faith is the abiding presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle of each and every Church. Taking advice from ex-Catholics is not to be recommended!

Meanwhile in Nebraska

5.2 million dollars being spent on a new Church of St Isidore. One of the reasons given, fewer priests!

Closure of St Jerome's Church Boston

Reactions - Arlington Advocate - Local News

So much for the pastoral care of the Archdiocese.

"After Fratic stepped down from his position, no one from the Archdiocese of Boston contacted the parish to find a new priest to serve the congregation, according to Akins. There was no contact at all for more than four months, he said. "We didn't even get a phone call from the archdiocese," said Akins. "

St Jerome, pray for us!

His Feast Day 30 September could not be celebrated this year at St Jerome's Church because the Church had been closed the previous Sunday.

Fr Kelly says "The mission Jesus Christ has given to the parish of Saint Jerome has reached completion," rather, "has been denied to it by the Archdiocese of Boston".

The shepherds are selling off the sheep-pens and certainly not worrying about lost sheep.