Thursday, June 30, 2005

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

for daily recitation in private during the month of July

The Precious Blood

is honoured in the month of July

To loud applause, beatification inquiry opens for John Paul II

"Cardinal Ruini said that he hoped the beatification process would proceed 'very quickly.":

And yes it is the same Terry Donilan

who said 'Our first responsibility is to protect children'. And is it the same Terry Donilan who used to work on a Democratic senator's campaign in 2000?

Church-closing process

continues to haunt Archbishop of Boston. And meet Terry Donilan who once said when working for Shaws.

"We watch the marketplace. We understand consumers are price conscious. We clearly need to remain competitive."

So not much different then in his new job given that the Archdiocese is watching the property market like an eagle.

Diocese of Scranton

implementing restructuring plan. A Diocese can either be driven by prayer and steered by the Bishop, or Diocesan officials can drive and consultants steer. Will Scranton prove different from all the other Dioceses?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Devoted to the past

in order to survive the future:

"The people who come here have decided to make their faith the center of their lives,' says the Rev. John Berg, chaplain of the church. Celebrating Mass here is like going back more than 40 years, before the changes of Vatican II. Parishioners use missals (liturgical books) first published in 1962. Women and girls cover their heads with lace veils. The priest faces the altar (away from parishioners) for part of the service and speaks a language that few understand.

St. Stephen is part of small but growing movement of churches filling the spiritual needs of traditional young Catholics. Rejecting the 'new' Mass, they're embracing rituals that are more than 1,000 years old. They say the Latin Mass is more reverent and more family-oriented, and does a better job of promoting traditional church teachings, particularly abortion issues.

Lanibeth Gonzales wears a lace veil during Mass. At St. Stephen, the 1960s-era reforms of Vatican II are less in evidence than at most Catholic churches. After Mass, many of the families will visit in the social hall.
'I like the richness of the tradition ... and I find that it's much more supportive of the family,' says Barbara Dana of South Land Park, who home-schools her seven children and attends St. Stephen regularly. 'Everything about my life says pro-life, and I think it's important that my church does, too.'

The majority of the parishioners at St. Stephen are middleclass families in their 30s and 40s, dispelling the myth that only the elderly nostalgic for their past would be interested in attending such a Mass. The typical family has five or six children, according to Berg. Most of those kids are home-schooled by their mothers.

Supporters say the growth of the Latin Mass reflects a need among many Catholics for the traditional teachings of the Church"
Today is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul. Here St Paul visits St Peter in prison. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

At the ending of the Month of the Sacred Heart

Lord Jesus cover Pope Pius IX with the protection of your Divine Heart. As Jesus is glorified, he glorifies His Church. By suffering and love, he reigns always. Daily Union of Prayers for the Pope. Posted by Hello

O God, thrice holy. I adore you, I love you, I bless you. The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. Posted by Hello

I adore you, I love you, I bless you, through the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.... and I offer you through the blessed hands of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, all the Blessed Hosts which are on our altars, and in our tabernacles, in sacrifice of expiation, of reperation and of amendation for all the sacriliges, profanations, impieties, blasphemies and crimes which are committed against you throughout the universe. Indulgence 300 days each time. Lord Jesus, place Our Most Holy Father, the Pope under the protection of Your Sacred Heart. Immaculate Heart of Mary Pray for us. One Our Father, One Hail Mary, One Glory Be. (1) Plenary once a month with Communion with the intentions of the prayer. Posted by Hello

Questionable artist promoted by Diocese of Lille in their Cathedral Church

In addition to the Ecce Homo exhibition in the crypt of Lille Cathedral, France, there was an exhibition of photographs by a Laurent Dejente. Here is an example. He is a little known artist, but one has to question the wisdom of the cathedral authorities in promoting the artist, given the indecency of some of his other works (which were not on display in the Cathedral). Posted by Hello

The League of David: Who's this?

-great suggestions.

Lille Cathedral

an abstract stations of the Cross. In all my travels across Europe, I have never ever seen one of these modern stations actually being used for devotions. In any case, they help neither the soul nor the understanding of the Passion of Our Lord.

The Choir

of Lille Cathedral. Not one distinctively Christian symbol in sight.

Polish archbishop hopes for August sainthood for Pope John Paul II

Why the unseemly haste? And why does he think this?

"The world has already canonised John Paul II, now we are only waiting for final confirmation of this fact"

Canonisation does not depend on the world, never has and never will.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Masses in Latin are here to stay

Before any Church is finally closed, the Bishop should offer the parish to any of the orders that say the Latin Mass. They will be surprised and hopefully delighted about for positive spiritual results.

Church officials deem test a success

Michael Clancy and Judy Nichols
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 27, 2005 12:00 AM

Jim Warras clutched a well-worn Maryknoll Missal, a gift from a cousin who was a nun, as he entered St. Thomas the Apostle in central Phoenix on Sunday afternoon.
A faded ribbon marked the day, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, in the leather-bound book that contains the Latin and English version of prayers for each day's Mass.
Warras, 69, remembers the Latin Mass from his youth in Milwaukee.
"It is a seamless prayer," Warras said. "It's a service where I pray more than perform."
Enough Valley Catholics love Latin that Masses in the church's ancient language will become permanent and more frequent.
Church officials have deemed a yearlong test-run a success and given the service's worshipers status as a mission called Mater Misericordiae, or Mother of Mercy.
The move makes it possible for a future parish based on the Latin Mass.
"There is a stable community now, and we will see what happens," said Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.
Tony Martinez, 79, and his wife, Dolores, 76, drove to St. Thomas from Scottsdale, especially for Sunday's Latin Mass.
"We grew up in the Latin Mass," Tony said. "We sure miss it."
Along with mission status, the Tridentine RiteMass will be expanded to daily services at one church and Sunday services at three, including:
• At St. Thomas the Apostle at 1 p.m. Sundays.
• At St. Augustine in west Phoenix at 7 a.m. Sundays, 6:30 a.m. weekdays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
• At St. Cecilia in Clarkdale, a former mission that has not been used for years, at 5 p.m. Sundays.
Olmsted brought the Latin Mass to the diocese for the first time officially a year ago. The new schedule and mission status will begin Friday.
The Latin Mass, formalized about 400 years ago, was the standard for the Roman Catholic Church until the Second Vatican Council, when the Mass was altered to include vernacular languages and other changes. To this day, even after 40 years of relatively rare usage, the Tridentine Rite remains a touchstone for conservative Catholics.
But according to some who have attended the Latin Mass, it's not about the personal politics of being liberal or conservative.
"This has everything to do with a deeper sense of reverence befitting God," said Steve Skojec, 27, of Surprise, who drives 40 miles each Sunday to and from the service. "It has nothing to do with nostalgia, but instead, an immediate recognition of its appeal."
Mike Malone, 49, of Phoenix, who with his wife, Ann, has helped train altar boys for the service, said the language is not the main draw, either.
"It is not about the Latin," he said. "It is about the ritual, the sense of the sacred, the mystery of the sacrifice."
Bill Haley, 28, said for him, the Latin provides a link to the church's heritage, to a rite that is centuries old.
"Today's culture is so rootless and adrift," Haley said. "This is something to anchor us to a sense of timeless worship of God rather than of man."
David Pursley, 18, who just graduated from Brophy College Preparatory, and his brother Steven, 16, who will be a junior there next year, trained as alter boys for the Latin Mass.
"It's easier to stay focused," said David, who knew no Latin before his training.
Steven said he likes having the priest face away from the congregation.
"It puts the focus on God, rather than on the people," he said.
Another young member of the congregation, Rachel MacGillivray, 15, said she was drawn by the language, which she is taking at Veritas Preparatory Academy.
At first she found the service confusing and hard to follow, but now has persuaded her parents to attend also.
The Catholic Mass, in both its English and Latin forms, includes the same elements. However, when the English Mass was translated, changes were made to simplify much of the language, the priest was turned to face the congregation and the communion practices were altered. (People receiving communion were allowed to stand vs. kneel.)
It also changed other services and the prayers used for sacraments. Olmsted now is permitting those to return to the pre-council format for those who desire them.
Church officials say they don't know how many people returned to church because of the Mass - one stated purpose for bringing it back a year ago - vs. how many simply prefer the more formal service.
Malone said it is not easy even to keep a count of those regularly attending the Mass, a number believed to be 300 to 500 people. Being a mission will begin to resolve that question because congregants would be asked for formalize membership.
The estimated total is a bit smaller than the congregation of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the diocese's Polish parish with a membership of 380 families, and a congregation of Vietnamese Catholics now in the process of forming its own parish.
The mission will be led by the Rev. Alonso Saenz, 39, pastor of St. Augustine, and the Rev. Stephane Dupre, a priest with the religious order the Fraternity of St. Peter, who will move from Sacramento.
To reach parish status, Olmsted said, the congregation must demonstrate continued stability in numbers and begin to take on responsibilities of a parish, including religious education and ongoing financial support.

Closings also a moment of hope

claims Bishop Blair-as he presides at the closing of Toledo's oldest Catholic Church. More like an opportunity to use more Orwellian language. Only in their phantasy world closure = hope. In the real world, closure = disaster.

Catholic Chapels on the Auction Block

thanks to the immorality of some priests

As the excellent Rectaratio blogspot points out

"Quomodo sedet sola civitas
Plena populo!
Facta est quasi
Vidua domina gentium:
Princeps provinciarum
Facta est sub tributo!"

The Book of Lamentations helps us understand the tragedy of modern times and the desolation of the Church of God.

How doth the city sit solitary
that was full of people!
how is the mistress of the Gentiles
become as a widow
the princes of provinces
made tributary!

or also appropriately Lam 1:10
The enemy hath put out his hand
to all her desirable things:
for she hath seen the Gentiles
enter into her sanctuary
of whom thou gavest commandment
that they should not enter into thy Church.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

-many devotions. May St Alphonsus Ligouri and All Saints of the Redemptorist Order, pray for us!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

under this title, Our Lady is patroness of this blog.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, come to our aid and pray for us!
When Mass becomes one long picnic, not too long before the Church building becomes redundant. Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Blessed is real estate

for it is cash.

Plan suggests Indianapolis Archdiocese

close city parish of St Bernadette.
A lone Station of the Cross for sale in an antiques shop in Lille.  Posted by Hello

Churchgoers explore 'the force'

and then wonder why the Pope said that they weren't a church in the proper sense!

Transphotographiques 2001

exhibition hosted in the Church of St Marie-Madelaine, Lille. The Church is now closed for restoration. Not sure whether it will be used as a Church ever again.

And this was a "spectacular" staged in the Church in 2004. Inspired by Star Trek and not by Catholicism.  Posted by Hello

See other photos

And on the other side of Lille, Church of St Maurice, in the same year. A modern art installation meant to represent the opening of the Song of Songs, but in reality owing its inspiration more to the psychedelic sixties. Posted by Hello

I saw once in this Church a priest inviting the congregation to join him on his side of the altar for the consecration. About half of a large congregation complied, leaving the two halves of the congregation staring at eachother.

France, the eldest son of the Church.

But in Lille, blasphemy runs wild.  Posted by Hello

Behold the Man- Ecce Homo.

An exhibition in the crypt of Lille Cathedral, France. Posted by Hello

An exhibit! Posted by Hello

This piece of metal garbage is entitled "Resurrection". I fear for the Faith, not just of the artist, but also the Bishop who permits this exhibit in his Cathedral.  Posted by Hello

While the Church follows modern fashions.

a Chapel in Aalst, Belgium has been converted into a fashion outlet.  Posted by Hello

A close-up. Where once the Faithful entered, now the people window shop. Posted by Hello

Belgium, a land laid spiritually waste. Posted by Hello

Protestants participate in concelebrated Mass

Protestants attempting to concelebrate during Catholic Mass in the Cathedral of Metz, France. See particularly man on left. This quite possibly /almost certainly invalidates the whole Mass.  Posted by Hello

Husband's epitaph for Terri Schiavo reignites feud

The cruelty continues even after Terri's death. A cheap shot from a man who has cheapened life.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Brigid Church:

E-mail received by Cathcon

Many events are happening in the coming week. We need your particpation and your support: 11th Anniversary Vigil, Sacramento Hearing, Church cleanup, Signature drive.

Sun. June 26
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We are reaching out for the help of our fellow San Franciscans to sign petitions to Governor Schwarzenegger. Our information booth (#U18) will be on Larkin, between Golden Gate & McAllister. Please come and sign the petition or help us gathering signatures.

Tue. June 28
7 p.m.
Our annual church cleanup event will be on Tuesday, June 28, beginning at 7PM. In past years, the church, front steps and sidewalk were made to sparkle by this cleaning effort. There will be some limited cleaning supplies on hand. Please wear causal clothing, and if possible, bring brooms, rags and buckets to the front of the church. St. Brigid thanks you for your help.

Wed. June 29
11 a.m.
The State Assembly Committee on Local Government will vote on Sen Migden’s bill to help protect St. Brigid on Wed., June 29. The bill cleared the Senate last month, and now the Assembly needs to know that San Francisco cares about St. Brigid. The Assembly members realize that getting to Sacramento on a weekday is difficult, so every person who turns up means a lot. Please be there and be counted.
We will leave the church at 11 a.m. Transportation will be provided. PLEASE call the hotline (415-364-1511) or e-mail us ( so we will have enough seats for the ride.

Thur. June 30
6 p.m.
After 130 years as a parish, the bells of St. Brigid rang for the last time on June 30, 1994. At midnight the doors shut and have been locked for 11 years.
Things are looking much better for St. Brigid, as good as they have in all that time, and we hope this will be the last time we commemorate this event in front of the church, instead of in it.
The vigil will be a great opportunity to hear about what’s happening for the church, catch up with friends, plan ahead and say a prayer for future successes.

6:00 p.m. Rosary (church steps)
6:30 Mass (parking lot)
7:30 Dinner and discussion

Flower donations are welcome, and may be placed on the church steps from 3pm until evening. Parking is available.

For more information, please visit
See you next week!


Committee To Save St. Brigid Church
P.O. Box 641318
San Francisco, CA 94164-1318

Friday, June 24, 2005

St. Francis Xavier School , Diocese of Gary

to close. The usual lack of transparency and communication which readers of this blog will now be very familiar.
When there are no Churches left. Mass on a beach. Posted by Hello
Today is the Nativity of St John the Baptist Posted by Hello

Rome of the West- a must see blog!

Web log about Catholicism in Saint Louis, Missouri, which was called the "Rome of the West". Topics of interest are the historical Catholic patrimony of our City, the restoration of Catholic culture, manners, and morals, increasing public and private piety, and fostering interest in the fine liturgical arts. Many excellent pictures of Churches earmarked for closure by the Archdiocese.

The cruelty continues

six Churches closing in Manitowoc. New parish to be called St Francis. Unfortunate comments from a priest.

“We need to plan to be intentional about having events that are just fun,” he said. “We need to remember to laugh."

"That will reflect the heart and attitude of St. Francis." The new Parish or the Saint??!

Diocese of London, US

More Church closing and the usual going-through-the -motions consultation. "I think a lot of people are going to be very upset about this"

Los Angeles Cathedral

open all hours to every kind of error under the sun.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

From the Canon of the Mass

Most humbly we implore You, Almighty God, bid these offerings to be brought by the hands of Your Holy Angel to Your altar above, before the face of Your Divine Majesty. And may those of us who by sharing in the Sacrifice of this altar shall receive the Most Sacred + Body and + Blood of Your Son, be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing, Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 Posted by Hello

Supplices te rogamus, omnipotens Deus, jube haec perferri per manus sancti Angeli tui in sublime altare tuum, in conspectu dininae majertatis tuae: ut quoquot ex hac altaris participatione, sacrocanctum Filii tui Corpus +, et Sanguinem + sumpserimus, omni benedictione coelesti et gratia repleamur. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
In contrast, an ordination.  Posted by Hello

Priest or people-pleaser

A priest in Germany who forgets he acts in persona Christi.
 Posted by Hello

More good news!

from the Diocese of Phoenix. But Bishop treated the Mass of Ages as a product in the market place.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Message for any anglicans who visit this blog

Don't delay convert to Catholicism today. And for Catholics: please circulate to your anglican friends and relations, with the same message attached.

St Paul 1 Corinthians 10:20-21
But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.

You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord and of the table of devils.

An Official Spokesman

of the anglican "church" gives his support to paganism. Anyone in the Catholic Church who considers that such people and such "churches" are suitable ecumenical partners have only themselves to blame for the resulting spiritual devastation.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Parish's hope may lie in signatures, prayers

Parishes getting more support from methodists than local Bishop.

Church-closing plan stuns local Catholics

in Windsor, Canada

And this incredible Orwellian statement from a priest who announced the closures!
"We can perhaps move on to joy and celebration,' he said following Sunday's mass. 'It's going to be very exciting."

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The True Story

of a Passionist Hero, Fr Victor Koch CP. May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts.
Salve Regina. Posted by Hello

Another photo from the Pope's home town

See second post.

And now for some good news!

According to a UPI Report, at least some measure of liturgical restoration will be taking place in St Peter's Basilica.

VATICAN CITY, June 18 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI wants to restore the traditional ceremonial Mass in St. Peter`s Basilica, with Latin instead of the vernacular and Gregorian chants.

Vatican expert Sandro Magister reported in his weekly newsletter Saturday that the pope is expected to replace Archbishop Pietro Marini, his predecessor Pope John Paul II`s master of liturgical ceremonies.

Whoever follows Marini will have orders to restore the traditional style and choreography of papal ceremonies in St. Peter`s.

Out will go the "international" Masses so dear to Pope John Paul II`s heart, with such innovations as Latin American and African rhythms and even dancing, multi-lingual readings and children in national costumes bringing gifts to the altar.

Pope Benedict wants to return to the Sistine Chapel choirs singing Gregorian chant and the church music of such composers as Claudio Monteverdi from the 17th century. He also wants to revive the Latin Mass.

Archbishop Marini always planned the ceremonies with television in mind, Magister said, and that emphasis will remain. A decade ago the Vatican set up a system for transmitting papal ceremonies world wide via multiple satellites.


"St Anselm's Church is our property" and appeal to the Vatican.

3 Terre Haute Catholic parishes face closing

in Archdiocese of Indianapolis and more likely to follow.

Archdiocese of Boston

being less than straightforward.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Tournai Cathedral. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is also used to exhibit a model of the Cathedral. Not a good way to increase reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. Posted by Hello

What's the Turkish for genocide?

I was told by a Syriac Catholic that the act of stating the Armenian holocaust took place can get you a ten-fifteen year jail term in Turkey. So much for their EU membership.
A tabernacle in another antiques shop. Posted by Hello