Saturday, January 24, 2015

Katrina Fernandez of Crescat and quiet Diane of Te Deum Blog Condemn Irresponsible Eucharistic Ministers at Papal Mass

Katrina really cuts right to the heart in this post......


And Diane of Te Deum, who normally refrains from harsh criticisms, jumps into the fray!

Diane gives a treatise and of course pays homage to the number one (living) hero of all who want to restore WORSHIP of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist,

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan, a prophet, whose career path -- in today's church of smiling crowd-pleasers and careerists and  and modernists -- points towards Golgotha.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Holy Father walks back big-families-have-rabbits-for-parents remark. Leaves Jesus out of it

(I copied the His Holiness' quote from Rorate Caeli)

It disturbs me that if I search this explanation for mention of Jesus or Christ, I come up empty.
'Santo Ninyo' finally gets mentioned, but only as prop for St. Joseph. OTOH I can find Francis' constant theme of putting the 'person' in the center of our considerations.   I can understand him soft-pedaling Jesus Christ in front of the United Nations (did not our first Peter do the same at a campfire?), but this address was made at the Vatican!!

His economic harangue against capitalism here rings much louder that any appeal to Christian faith or even just plain logic.  One gets the feeling that humanity's problems could be solved if we would simply make 'the person' the center and measure of everything (and join hands with the other 'isms' which claim to do just that)

he meetings with families and young people, in Manila, were significant moments of the visit to the Philippines. Healthy families are essential to the life of society. It gives comfort and hope to see many families that welcome children as a true gift of God. They know that every child is a blessing. I've heard - some people say - that families with many children and the birth of so many children are among the causes of poverty. I think this is a rather simplistic opinion. I can say, all we can say, that the main cause of poverty is an economic system that has removed the person from its center, replacing him with the god of money, an economic system that excludes, always excludes: That excludes children, the elderly, the young, the jobless ... - and that creates the throw-away culture in which we live. We have grown used to seeing people being discarded. This is the main cause of poverty, not families. Evoking the figure of St Joseph, who protected the life of the "Santo Niño", so revered in that country, I mentioned that we need to protect families, which face various threats, so that they can witness the beauty of the family in God's plan. Families need to be defended from new ideological colonization, that seek to threaten their identity and mission.
General Audience - Rome
January 21, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

People pass Holy Eucharist hand to hand at Papal Mass in Manilla

why is this  allowed!?  (at 1h:37m:30sec)

Is there a fear that the parishioners will stampede or riot unless the Holy Eucharist is distributed in the most laissez faire, haphazard manner possible?  

If that is sort of crowd we think are dealing with, why would we be subjecting our Lord to such a crowd?   If communicants think it is too high a requirement or too much trouble to receive reverently then one does them favor by removing the opportunity for them to commit sacrilege.  No? (Frankism) Truly!

Where is the  basic care taken to prevent souvenir hunters? (

If this is the only case of Our Lord being treated with supreme indifference by His minister-distributors, (and the camera just happened to catch it), then I apologize for nitpicking.  If this was widespread, the blame for such abuses, abscondments and further desecrations lies directly on the event's cowardly organizers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

National Champ Coach Urban Meyer's Boyhood Parish Closed

"Oftentimes, I would sneak into the church on a Saturday, or after school, with my cheap camera and snap away at the windows, arches, statues, etc. For me, the building was creative inspiration. For me, looking at and studying the building was as much of a prayer to god as would be if I had knelt in a pew to pray. It was a connection without words."  (Chip Valeriano )

I found the poignant article posted below about Urban Meyer's native parish, Mother of Sorrows in Ashtabula, Ohio.  It's written by blogger Chip Valeriano.  His article says it all  :-( ,  :-(, :-( ...

More Than a Building

It took this line in today's newspaper (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH) to get me to start my own blog. I've read it a million of times before when a church closes ... it goes like this ... "This building is a beautiful building. A magnificent building. But the bottom line is, it isn't the church. We are." The article quotes the well-intentioned Rev. John Weigand pastor at the eventually closing century-old St. James Church on Cleveland's west side suburb of Lakewood, OH. 

I have to admit, I am a more devout church architecture student(catholic churches to be exact) than I am a church goer.

As a kid growing up in Ashtabula, OH (think small town Ohio), I attended both a Catholic grade school (Mother of Sorrows) and high school. So, needless to say, I was in Church --- a lot. Add to that, I was an altar boy -- a very devout one. In fact, the pastor of my parish told me he would be the altar boy at my first mass. I didn't become a priest, but my experience as a altar boy was amazing. Why, because I got to spend a lot of time in this stunning structure -- a building -- a church. (See vintage postcard of the interior of Mother of Sorrows from the early 1900s above.)

Oftentimes, I would sneak into the church on a Saturday, or after school, with my cheap camera and snap away at the windows, arches, statues, etc. For me, the building was creative inspiration. For me, looking at and studying the building was as much of a prayer to god as would be if I had knelt in a pew to pray. It was a connection without words.

So, I will end my first post with that. Sure, buildings are buildings. But churches -- especially OLD churches -- are more than that ... just ask any 8 year old.

Mother of Sorrows Church | 1464 W. 6th Street | Ashtabula, OH 44004

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hooray!!! (from Father McDonald of Southern Orders Blog)


On Sunday's Extraordinary Form High Mass for the Feast of the Holy Name of JESUS, we blessed our newly restored altar railing for Saint Joseph Church in Macon, Georgia.

The Mass, as usual, was exquisite. I have come to appreciate this Mass more and more for it touches the heart in ways that even a child perceives. We are not bombarded with words, idiosyncrasies, or contrived horizontal, banal signs and symbols. That doesn't mean that the horizontal is not at work in this Mass. Oh yes it is!

The most powerful sign of the horizontal at the EF Mass is the traditional way in which Holy Communion is distributed when the communicant kneels at the communion rail. As a child and teenager I received Holy Communion at an altar railing from the time I was 7 until I was about 18 as my home parish in Augusta was late in changing this time honored and most reverent means of receiving Holy Communion kneeling to the now more banal standing method.