Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A special Mass

Lately we've seen a trend of religious Orders saying Mass according to their particular rite, most specifically the Carmelites and the Dominicans. If you live in the USA, unlike me, and have the blessing to attend the upcoming Dominican Rite Mass, you are truly blessed and please remember the Holy Father's intentions and take the Blessed Eucharist for him.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Pray for Us

St Anthony Zaccaria, Ora Pro Nobis!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

How to win souls...

The solemn Masonic procession - photo from Rorate Caeli
How can we bring precious souls to God when these catastrophe's are taking place?

This Mass was held place for the "National Masonic Day" in Brazil. This is ridiculous, and gravely sinful to condone the teachings of masonry AND the act of these men, presumably Catholic (although latae sentantiae excommunicated). The men were also given the Holy Eucharist.

Here's the full article.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Sacred Heart Church now purchased by the ICRSS

Sacred Heart Church purchased by the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick, Ireland

With the help of numerous friends from Ireland, the United States and Continental Europe, the Church of the Sacred Heart at the Crescent in Limerick, also known as the Jesuit Church after its first builders and long-term occupants, was recently purchased by a young priestly community called the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The church and adjacent building, sold to a developer some years ago, had stood vacant for six years and was in danger of falling into ruin. Therefore many people from Limerick and other parts of Ireland were happy to help this Institute bring the Church of the Sacred Heart and its residence back to life.

A young community of members of the Institute of Christ the King will very soon move into the attached residence in spite of its rather poor condition, and the church will serve for the time being as its chapel. With the permission of the Bishop of Limerick, the Institute of Christ the King has had a residence in the diocese since 2009 and offers Mass every Sunday in the Extraordinary Form at St. Patrick's Church, whilst also working in a few neighbouring dioceses.

Founded in 1990, the Institute is a Roman-Catholic Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right in canonical form. The 64 priests of the Institute work all over the world to promote the spiritual Kingship of Christ. A special emphasis is laid on the harmony between faith and culture, and thus the young community has acquired a reputation for promoting the arts, especially sacred music and architecture. This experience will serve to restore the Church of the Sacred Heart to its classical beauty and make it available once more as a point of reference for the cultural life of Limerick.
This is wonderful news! I hope I'll have the privilege to attend Mass there soon. 
Full story at the blog of St Conleth's

Happy Birthday, Cardinal!

Please say a prayer
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster
On this is 80th Birthday

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Society of St Leo XII seeks reconciliation

Bishop David Bell, 41, is head of the Society of Pope Leo XIII, which upholds the pre-Vatican II teachings of the Church, particularly the older form of the Tridentine Mass. The society claims to have 73 bishops and 500 priests, and to be responsible for congregations totalling 8.5 million people.
In the eyes of the Church Bishop Bell’s ordination as a bishop is valid but illicit; he was ordained by bishops with the Apostolic Succession and has passed this on to other bishops he has ordained, but all of this is without the sanction of the Catholic Church.
A report in the Italian newspaper La Stampa last week said that Bishop Bell, who calls himself Archbishop of London, had prepared a “curse” against Bishop Mario Meini of the Diocese of Fiesole, Italy, but he said that this was incorrect.
“I issued a decree of anathema because he said I wasn’t a bishop. Only the Holy See can make such a declaration,” he said.
Bishop Bell met Pope Benedict XVI at a Wednesday audience in June 2011 and kissed his hand. “How did I meet the Holy Father? I asked,” he said, stressing that he applied to meet him as head of the Society of Pope Leo XIII.
He said that he accepts the infallibility of the Pope. “We don’t speak out against the Holy See,” he said, emphasising that doctrinally they are close to the Church. “As far as we are concerned there’s very little difference at all,” he said. The one important point is the Tridentine Mass, which Pope Benedict has brought to greater prominence in the Church.
Read more at the Catholic Herald
I've heard of this society before, and I'm happy they're considering coming home. The Bishop seems enthusiastic and committed to reconciliation, but we'll see.
What I want to know is how they managed to get so many bishops so fast?

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Kelowna to fly pro-life flag

Kelowna could become the first major city in B.C. to wear its opinions on its flag. Their city hall is considering flying a pro-life flag during the last week of September, which the city calls “Protect Human Life Week.”
Kelowna has been honouring this event for the past five years.
The flag design is red white and blue with red stripes and red writing that reads “pro-life,” along with silhouettes of a toddler, an adult, and elderly person. City hall rejected the original design of the flag which read: “From conception to natural death.”
Right now, another flag is flying over city hall in Kelowna: A rainbow one. It’s only the second year ever that the city has raised it to acknowledge gay pride festivities.
Similar pro-life flags have been raised in places like Guelph and Whitby, Ontario.
This is just wonderful!

It's unfortunate about the pride flag though, and in a sense, it's kind of contradictory to fly one and then the other, but at least they're going it!

More at

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

This glorious feast!

The day when Our Blessed Mother was assumed into heaven to be with Her Son and Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We resound "Hail Holy Queen!" and we salute the holy Theotokos: the Mother of God! Her prayer is so powerful, we constantly rely on her intercession!

Remember 'tis a day of obligation, though unfortunately people don't want to be burdoned with going to Mass TWICE in a week, Heaven forbid.
As a result, it's been moved to the following Sunday in most places.

Please, attend Mass today.

How can you not listen to that beautiful, beautiful motet without dropping to tears is beyond me.

Transalpine Redemptorists receive anonical recognition

Well, dearest readers. Today on this glorious feast of the Assumption, something so exciting has happened by the Grace of God!

The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Transalpine Redemptorists, have finally received canonical recognition!

"I, Hugh Gilbert, O.S.B, by the grace of God Bishop of Aberdeen, decree that the community known as the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, be erected as a Religious Institute of Diocesan right in accordance with c 579 of the Code of Canon Law 1983.  The Institute will be subject to all other applicable norms of the said code and governed by the statutes of the said community previously approved by the Holy See.

Given this day 15th August in the year of Our Lord 2012"

Pray for them and the institute!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Leibster Blog Awards

The great Pearl of Tyburn over at "Longbows and Rosary Beads", that great blog, has nominated me for the Leibster Blog Awards.

As a result of her gracious charity in doing so, and I remain unable express my gratefulness in words, it is my obligation to answer a short list of questions.

1. What was your favorite childhood toy?
My favourite childhood toy was a toy dog my grandmother gave me that I named "Benny". That dog went everywhere with me for a solid five years, and I'd cry when I lost the poor thing, and no doubt he cried too.

2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?
Beagles are my favourite, though I suppose you could say dogs as a whole but in particular I like beagles. They're affectionate, immensely loyal, and good hunters. The next in line would be a German Shepherds and Irish Setters.

3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?
Conaran from the fairy tale "The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran" but noone knows that, so Oliver Twist...because he's sly and the story is just heart breaking.

4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?
Definitely it would have to be Katherine, the one and only TRUE wife of Henry VII. I like her because of her steadfast faith through the difficult times she was put through, along with her loyalty to her husband....but not before her loyalty to God.

5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?
I can't choose a favourite saint, I have too many. The Blessed Virgin of course, but then there's St Patrick, St John, etc...but my favourite Biblical character is Jonah. Jonah, because that's the first story I remember being read as a child and I always thought that a whale swallowing a man was so "awesome", that if I ever got in trouble, I'd want that to be my punishment.

6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?
Everyone knows that, it's Libera and the Westminster Cathedral Choir, along with the King's College Choir and the New College Choir, as well the Palestrina Choir. Along with those, the Dubliners, Ryan's Fancy, and the Corries' depending on the song.

7. What is your favorite quote?
My favourite quote is "Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason" by St Thomas Aquinas

 8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?
Breakfast: Porridge, with just water and brown sugar
Dinner: Usually biscuits, or some cake, or an apple or some fruit ALWAYS with tea. Nothing heavy.
Supper: I love, love, love, love, love fish and chips.
Dessert: Chocolate and peanut butter, or peanut butter and chocolate. In any shape or form.

9. What is your favorite flower/plant?
My favourite flower is the Forget me Not.

10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?
YES! When I saw people were gibing out prayer cards when I was younger, I tried to make my own. But I'm not a talented artist so I gave up and was contented to settle with the beautiful artwork of others.

11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?
The fight against death, to fight for life. Our fight against the Devil, so that truth will prevail in the world and that all will be led to Our Lord.
Banning ballpoint pens EVERYWHERE, and making the SIGHT of those things illegal. Everyone will use fountain pens or crayons. One or the other, that's it, just short of world domination. Except for artists, they can use what they please.
I read it over and I noticed that I'm....very fickle. I can never choose just ONE answer. Isn't that strange? Is that a sign of something? Should I see a doctor? Maybe I should see a doctor.

Pray for Us!

St Maximilian Kolbe, Ora Pro Nobis

Please pray for my cousin, he is coming along, but he needs prayers. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Glory of St John Marie Vianney

 O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favour me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say:

"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, Oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.

I don't think that anyone can comprehend the cross that any Priest has to bear: except for a Priest himself. Does it not take a true man to be a priest? It's a physical and spiritual battle. The Devil tries to conquer in the days we live in, and our Priests, our good priests, are at the forefront of the battle. They must glorify God, and they are the children of Our Lady, and the saints are their help.

Today is the feast of St John Marie, if anyone knew what it was to be a priest, 'tis he.
Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
Keep them, for they are Thine
The priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart.
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure --
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and  remember, Lord,
they have no one but Thee.
Yet, they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
 Deign, dearest Lord, to bless

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Everybody sing ALLELU!

For your listening pleasure because we just love this stuff.

Some real music

I can't believe how beautiful the music for the KofC's 130th Supreme Convention's Mass was. The choir was so well coordinated, and the polyphony and hymns they picked were sublime and reverent, and fitting for the Mass....and here is the only decent picture I could capture from my screenshot which I have from EWTN's live stream....

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Transfiguration

Christ have mercy upon us, Lord hear us. We love thee, o Christ!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Have a good day at Chick-fil-A

I can't tell you in words how impressed I am with Chick-fil-A and the appreciation day that was held for them. I only wish there was a Chick-fil-A here so I could have helped. (maybe they'll consider an international franchise, just so I can go)

If this doesn't show how conservatives and really fight back, I don't know what does.

Sancte Pater has more.