Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Black Biretta: PRAY

I echo the sentiments of Fr. John Trigilio. These poor people have suffered tremendously. I am asking God for a "major miracle" - that the hurricane essentially "falls apart."

The Lord hears small AND mighty prayers! His Will be done...

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Catholic Review Online: Cathedral announces concert series

The Catholic Review Online has announced the Concert Series for the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Here is the lineup posted:

Sept. 21 - 5:30 p.m. – Ronn McFarlane, lutenist, will perform and give a lecture about the lute.

Oct. 12 – 5:30 p.m. – Solemn Choral Vespers; Cathedral Choir performs works including Magnificat (Collegium Regale) and the Te Deum (Collegium Regale) by Herbert Howells.

October 26- 5:30 p.m. – Mr. Sansone will perform an organ recital featuring works by Edward Elgar, Bach and Flor Peeters.

Nov. 23 - 5:30 p.m. – Jonathan Moyer will present the final organ recital in a series of four performances featuring the entire organ works of Olivier Messiaen.

Nov. 30 - 5:30 p.m. - A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent featuring the St. Stephen’s Choir of Men and Boys will be offered.

Dec. 2 - 7:30 p.m. - The International Women’s Brass Conference, Maryland Chapter, presents its 5th annual holiday brass concert. The Emmanuel Lutheran Church Choir and the Towson Methodist Choir will be joined by Bagpiper Jean Gould, as well as the Steel Drum Band from Catonsville High School. For tickets, call 410-337-7539.

Dec. 7 - 5:30 p.m. - Canticle Singers will perform a varied program of choral music from throughout the ages. For tickets call 410-592-6059.

Dec. 11 - 7:30 p.m. – The Christmas Festival at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore will be offered. This festive concert will benefit the Jenkins Senior Living Community. Concert Artists of Baltimore will be joined by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Ed Polochick. For tickets, call 410-252-4005 x115.

Dec. 21 – 5:30 p.m.- A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas, sung in a candlelight setting by the combined Cathedral Choirs.

Jan. 25 – 5:30 p.m. - U.S. Naval Academy Band performs a program of festive music.

March 1 - 6:30 p.m. - The choir of St. John’s Church Huntingdon under the direction of Mr. Thomas Hetrick will perform works celebrating the Season of Lent.

March 22 – 5:30 p.m. - The Cathedral Choir will perform the requiem by English composer Herbert Howells and other Lenten works.

April 26 - 5:30 p.m. - The Cathedral Choir will sing Solemn Choral vespers. Featured works will include the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis from The Short Service by Thomas Weekles.

May 4 - 5:30 p.m. - Suspicious Cheese Lords, a male a cappella ensemble, will perform music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The Cathedral website is located here.

Friday, August 29, 2008

EWTN Coverage of the Solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14th

One of my email colleagues sent me this:


Solemn High Mass of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in the Extraordinary Form. The Tradional Latin Mass from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.

Sun 9/14/08 8:00 AM ET & 5 AM LIVE

Evening Roundup - Friday, August 29th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Friday, August 29th, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Evening Roundup - Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Catholic Review Online: Delaware bishops have been low-key with Biden’s church involvement

The Catholic Review carries an article by Patricia Zapor of the Catholic News Service concerning the "low key" role Bishops have played regarding Senator Joseph Biden.

Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Baltimore is to take over the Diocese of Wilmington on September 8th. Please pray for the Bishop! He needs all the prayers and support that he can receive!

Catholic Review Online: Work Ardently and Incessantly…

Last week, H.E. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien posted a column in "Thoughts on Our Church" entitled "Shall We Dance." One poignant segment stated:

Most in our culture, including Catholics, see laws as threatening their freedom, limiting rightful options, interfering with their privacy. No dancing in the street here!

Our theology, on the other hand, sees man wounded by sin and in need of salvation. Divine help comes to us in Christ through the law that guides us and the grace that sustains us.
This week, Archbishop O'Brien, after citing the previous column on the role that law plays in our lives, discusses Humanae Vitae and its implications for today in a column entitled, "Work Ardently and Incessantly." He writes,

And there is more. The dissent which followed Humanae Vitae has itself spawned a generation of Catholic thinkers and theologians who have claimed that not only was the Church wrong about the Pill, it is wrong about sterilization, wrong about masturbation, and wrong about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. And who can deny that the widespread acceptance and promotion of contraception is not largely responsible for cohabitation before marriage and so called “casual sex.” Perhaps the greatest tragedy is the hard heartedness which goes so far as to promote abortion if contraception “fails.”

Ample research increasingly offers objective evidence that “the Pill’s” contraceptive-rights movement that has fueled our sexual revolution has spurred a dramatic increase in divorce, single parenthood and a “fatherless America,” sexually transmitted diseases and, simply, carefree promiscuity. (See, for example, First Things, August/September 2008, “The Vindication of Humanae Vitae,” by Mary Eberstadt.)
This is a "must read!"

For those who are not aware of this, the Archbishop wrote a letter to every Pastor last weekend and asked each Parish to form a Respect Life Committee and made some excellent suggestions on what issues to tackle or steps to take. My Parish received the letter in the weekly bulletin. Bravo, your Excellency!

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yahoo News (AP): Wanjiru first Kenyan to win Olympic men's marathon

I must confess that I have watched almost none of the Olympics. It is not a political statement in any way; it is totally a matter of time management with Fall teaching now in full swing.

Mr. Samuel Wanjiru just won the first marathon for the Kenyans ever in Olympic history. It was incredibly moving to see Mr. Wanjiru drop to his knees at the finish, bow in prayer and then to make the Sign of the Cross. That is a moment indelibly etched in my memory.

Hearty congratulations to Kenya and to Mr. Wanjiru and his Christ-like witness!

Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Richmond, VA

In response to a comment by Gil, I have added Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Richmond, VA to the right menu. Saint Joseph's has Low Mass each Sunday at 8:30 AM and High Mass at 11:00. I tip my hat to Gil for the tip!

WDTPRS >> Two Classics from Fr. Zuhlsdorf

Visitors ask...Latin-English Missal in PDF Format

I have just had a search for a "Latin-English" Missal in PDF format. A search of the SanctaMissa website reveals that the entire 1962 Missale Romanum can be downloaded at this link.

You can't get any better than that.

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

First Things: On the Square >> Vote for Real Hope and Change by Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver

This was posted this week, but it bears to be seen again. H.E. Archbishop Charles Chaput has written a book entitled "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life" which can be pre-ordered from He submitted this essay to First Things this past week. Here is a portion of it:

Obviously, we have other important issues facing us this fall: the economy, the war in Iraq, immigration justice. But we can’t build a healthy society while ignoring the routine and very profitable legalized homicide that goes on every day against America’s unborn children. The right to life is foundational. Every other right depends on it. Efforts to reduce abortions, or to create alternatives to abortion, or to foster an environment where more women will choose to keep their unborn child, can have great merit—but not if they serve to cover over or distract from the brutality and fundamental injustice of abortion itself. We should remember that one of the crucial things that set early Christians apart from the pagan culture around them was their rejection of abortion and infanticide. Yet for thirty-five years I’ve watched prominent “pro-choice” Catholics justify themselves with the kind of moral and verbal gymnastics that should qualify as an Olympic event. All they’ve really done is capitulate to Roe v. Wade.
Straight talk from a Shepherd...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Regional Mass News - August 22nd, 2008

Update August 29th: The proper URL for Saint Alphonsus is now working again. I have changed it back to the original URL.

  • I just discovered this evening that Saint Alphonsus Church in Baltimore must have failed to renew its domain name or is in the process of moving to a new server. The link that was present for so long now takes one to a site that advertises homes. As a result, I have gone into the FAQs, Visitors Ask About the TLM, etc. and the link in the right margin and changed the URL with this link. This link is from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and has all the information necessary.
  • Many are checking regularly about St. Bartholomew's in Manchester, MD. The TLM was a great success, but it appears that it will be an occasional event. I have heard nothing further on this and know that the Pastor is a member of the Faculty at Mt. St. Mary's. To say he is busy is an understatement.
  • Many are also checking on the TLM that was being held on a fairly regular basis at Saint James the Greater in WV. From what I have heard, the Pastor learned to say the TLM but I believe his Associate was transferred. I know that there is a stable group at that Parish that really wants the TLM. If I hear anything more, I'll pass it on.
  • Finally, the TLM group on the Eastern Shore of MD is still hoping to get a regular TLM in Maryland in Salisbury or Easton or Cambridge. The Eastern Shore is encompassed by the Diocese of Wilmington. Since H.E. Bishop Malooly will be the Ordinary when he is installed soon, I don't know whether the situation regarding the TLM will change. If I hear, I will pass it along.

Late Afternoon Roundup: Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Ignatius Insight Scoop: Oregon bishop warns against ignoring the activity of Satan

Carl Olson posts a link to an article by Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Baker, OR which H.E. posted in The Catholic Sentinel. Here is a part of Bishop Vasa's article:

...It is certainly important that we not become excessively consumed or obsessed by the presence and activity of the evil one but it is also most important that we not be oblivious to his presence or activity, for it is real. All one needs to do is look at the state of moral confusion which reigns in our present society. The killing of the sick or elderly because they want it is being promoted as some kind of right or good but this can be so only in the topsy-turvy world of Screwtape and Wormwood. When taking the life of an innocent pre-born child is seen as right and a right and when the preservation of precisely that right becomes the object of a political campaign, I suspect the letter from Screwtape to the demon master of that campaign would be filled with praise. When a whole society begins to question whether marriage really requires one man and one woman, faithfully committed to each other in an exclusive and child-centered relationship, Satan must be very pleased indeed...


Here is the post by Olson with a link to this article.

Afternoon Roundup - Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Evening Roundup - Thursday, August 21st, 2008

The Catholic Thing: Reading Paradise Lost by William Saunders

William Saunders makes a plea for us all to read (or to re-read) Paradise Lost.

If my words don’t conjure it up for you, try Milton’s instead. You don’t have to rely on finding the time and energy and resolve dutifully to read a “forbidding” text. No; listen to it instead. Hear the words ring, hear the clang of battle, the cries of the vanquished. Enter, almost as a participant, a grand saga that lifts you out of the humdrum, the daily.

Do yourself a favor before this summer comes to an end. If you don’t want to try Paradise Lost, then try the Aeneid. If not that, then how about the Iliad, or the Divine Comedy? Great intellectual and spiritual stimulation and wonderful adventures await you. It’s not too late for those of us who have graduated from high school into the work-a-day world. Try one of these great books on tape.
Excellent advice!

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Visitors ask...The Catholic Mass in Arabic...

This has been a recurrent "search" and I have not been able to get a handle on what people wish to learn. It finally occurred to me that some souls might be asking if the Catholic Mass is translated into Arabic.

I am indebted to this website edited by
Abouna Firas Boutros Khoury Diab. There is a great deal of information here including the Mass in Arabic, the Gospel of the day in Arabic (sent by email or appearing in Arabic text), a link to Vatican Radio broadcast in Arabic, and sundry other links collected here.

Please browse through this website. There are many other items to check into including Children's Bibles in Arabic.

Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 - Feast of Saint Bernard

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Nine Star Edition - Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The Black Biretta: Catholics who support abortion should not receive Communion, says Archbishop Burke

Fr. John Trigilio, President of the Convocation of Catholic Clergy, posts this article from CNA on his blog, The Black Biretta. Archbishop Burke is now Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Please read this important article. Here is a sample:

To illustrate his point, he referred to “public officials who, with knowledge and consent, uphold actions that are against the Divine and Eternal moral law. For example, if they support abortion, which entails the taking of innocent and defenseless human lives. A person who commits sin in this way should be publicly admonished in such a way as to not receive Communion until he or she has reformed his life,” the archbishop said.

“If a person who has been admonished persists in public mortal sin and attempts to receive Communion, the minister of the Eucharist has the obligation to deny it to him. Why? Above all, for the salvation of that person, preventing him from committing a sacrilege,” he added.

Noon Roundup - Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

WDTPRS >> D. of Tuscon: ICK’s 13th apostolate

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf reports that the Diocese of Tucson, AZ has invited the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to shepherd a Parish in their community. This marks the 13th apostolate for the ICK. The F.S.S.P. is also continuing to expand into new territory as the list of its Apostolates demonstrates.

Quo vadis?

Evening Roundup: Monday, August 18th, 2008

Headline News: WDTPRS - TLM training in Archd. of Washington DC

Big news! Fr. Zuhlsdorf posted this a while ago:

Extraordinary Form workshop for priests to be held in the Archdiocese of Washington
September 9, 10 and 11 (Tues-Thurs)
Church of Saint Mary
Bryantown MD

Those interested should contact Fr Mark Knestout, Office of Worship, 301.833.4594, email or Fr. Thomas LaHood, 301.475.8403, email

Workshop is to be given by Fr Victor Szczurek, O. Praem., of Saint Michael’s Abbey in Orange, California.
Please make arrangements ASAP!

The Catholic Thing: Persecution, Evangelization, Dialogue by James Schall, S.J.

The Catholic website "The Catholic Thing" continues to provide a daily venue for thought and reflection by superb writers. Today, Fr. James Schall begins his article in this fashion:

In the Catholic press, we find three recurring notions, though seldom considered together and distinguished. They are persecution, evangelization, and dialogue. The Church is of its nature “missionary.” That is, the “Go forth and teach all nations” is not just a pious exhortation. Looking at the world with eyes of cold realism, however, we can recognize that by far the greater part of the world, after two millennia, remains to be evangelized and converted by missionary activity. Evidently, tremendous obstacles stand in the way of peacefully and calmly presenting the case for Catholicism.

However, we are supposed to “evangelize,” not “proselytize.” This latter word does not have a bad name in the dictionary. But it has become currently a big political sin. It implies using dubious methods to achieve conversion, like brain washing. It assumes that no one can possibly change religions on any other grounds but because of such overt or covert coercion. We Catholics insist we do not proselytize, but we do evangelize. The purpose of evangelization is to convert people to the faith, but through means that are open, sensible, and free. “Proselytism” had gone the way of “propaganda,” both originally good words.

I leave the rest for you to discover...

Afternoon Roundup - Monday, August 18th, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Visitors ask...Traditional Latin Mass Propers...?

Update: August 17th, 2008: As you can see in the Comments, the blog, Venite, Missa Est! posts the Propers for the TLM in the right margin of the blog as a PDF file. I am adding this link to the Blogroll in the right margin. In due course, these files will be separated as to pages. That will be a great service.

Tomorrow is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost in the Traditional Calendar. I know that because this link is present in the right margin and leads to the F.S.S.P.'s 2008 Liturgical Calendar.

Some are looking for a full online version of the Latin Propers. One does not exist except in a written Missal such as the Baronius, Angelus, or one of those available from Aquinas and More. However, this site, the Traditional Latin Rite Missal Project (also found in the right margin) is the ongoing apostolate of one person who intends to put the entire Missal online.

There is another site which is quite beautiful and maintained daily by a Catholic Deacon. It is the Traditional Latin Mass Propers in English site (and also found in the right margin). This site has the advantage of offering a "widget" which allows you to obtain updates each day for the Traditional Mass.

I hope that helps some who are seeking!

The New Liturgical Movement: Three great posts...

Early Roundup - Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Since You Asked: Father John Corapi, S.O.L.T., August, 2008

Father John Corapi has an email service to announce new offerings about his various talks and series. This announces a series called, "Since You Asked...Your Questions Answered by Fr. John Corapi". Here is a snippet from the email announcement:

The highly anticipated series is finally available! Consisting of nineteen hours and almost 250 questions answered by Father John Corapi, this new series was video taped at events all over the United States.

“Educational, Inspirational, Entertaining, Refreshing, Courageous, So easy to understand, and It’s about time!”—These are just a few of the comments we have received from previews of this exciting new series, almost two years in the making.

Hundreds and hundreds of man-hours were spent traveling to events throughout the United States, on videography, editing, arranging, and producing in order to bring you this best ever collection of your questions answered by Fr. John Corapi.

Almost 19 full hours of DVD video or CD audio indexed for ease of study, this is the greatest collection of general questions asked of Fr. John Corapi at several conferences and parishes throughout the United States. This is not a compilation of past question and answer formats. This is all new footage shot during Father’s travels in the year 2007.

We have no doubt that you will learn a great deal from Fr. Corapi’s responses to these candid, honest, and intelligent questions. You will find that you are learning while enjoying Father’s clear, simple, humorous, and direct way of conveying the Church’s teaching. He even gives his personal opinion in a few cases, answering personal questions from a few folks that might not have been the most supportive or friendly folks. “That doesn’t matter,” Father says. “I’ve always believed a question is a sign of intelligence, a sign you want to know something.” Even in the rare cases where a question or two might have been a sign of something less than intelligence, Fr. John gives them all they asked for and more.

Some of these questions are hard-nosed and definitely controversial. Fr. Corapi has never been accused of being subtle. When he began this project, Father told his team of co-workers, “This will make us a lot of friends, and a lot of enemies. It’ll prove we’re doing something right!”

Check out this outstanding series... Here is a link to the "Since You Asked Guide" in PDF format.

Four Star Edition - Friday, August 15th, 2008

Noon Roundup - Friday, August 15th, 2008 - The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Evening Roundup - Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, August 14th, 2008

The Catholic Thing: Alma mater by Ralph McInerny

This is a story recounted by Professor McInerny on Notre Dame du Lac and Project Sycamore. This is a most interesting example of what dedicated alums can do... Here is a link to Project Sycamore.

Notre Dame, Our Mother and Queen of Heaven, pray for us!

Early Roundup - Thursday, August 14th, 2008 - Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - Pastoral Associate/Assistant Director of Campus Ministry - Mount Saint Mary's University

I use the homepage. One of the features of this nice, customizable home page is a link to

This caught my eye a moment ago: Pastoral Associate/Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. The position is at Mount Saint Mary's University. Hope this is of use to some soul looking for a nice position in beautiful Emmitsburg, MD.

Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Catholic Review Online: Archbishop to continue dialogue with Legionaries

Paul McMullen posted an article in the Catholic Review Online yesterday concerning a continuing dialogue between H.E. Archbishop O'Brien and the Legionaries of Christ. The full article can be found here.

Noon Roundup - Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary - Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, International Seminary, North America

It has dawned on me that with all the interest in the F.S.S.P., I have never done a post on the Seminary in Denton, NE itself!

Here is the link to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. Some of the links found on the site include:

This is a well designed website. Please, take the tour and then DONATE!

Early Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

The Catholic Thing: The End of the Secularist Age - Michael Novak

This is a fascinating interview of Michael Novak by Robert Royal. Here is just one snippet:

MN: Years ago, Irving Kristol wrote in Commentary that secularism as a philosophy is dead, even though its after-effects still advance through our major institutions. It is too shallow to deal with human tragedy, for it has essentially posited that we humans are meaningless creatures, without purpose, a result of chance. Most people cannot put up with the hardships of life if their struggle is meaningless and without nobility. Secularism, therefore, cannot sustain a civilization. More recently, the German philosopher and public atheist Jurgen Habermas wrote that after September 11, 2001, he felt for the first time that secularists are a small island in a turbulent sea of religion.
Marvelous interview!

Early Roundup - Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Four from The New Liturgical Movement, Monday, August 11th, 2008

Early Afternoon Roundup - Monday, August 11th, 2008

Late Morning - Monday, August 11th, 2008

Early Roundup - Monday, August 11th, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

NLM: Blessed Sacrament Dominican Solemn Mass (First Photos) - Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. posts both photos and a video from the Solemn Mass in the traditional Dominican Rite in the parish of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Seattle, WA celebrated August 8th. See the beautiful montage here. More photos are to come.

Seven Star Roundup: Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Noon Roundup - Sunday, August 10th, 2008 - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost