Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Look Inside the New St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Wisconsin Dells

Colter has posted his visit, go check out the new digs!

continue at Roamin' Catholic Churches

The one quirk is the musicians up next to the sanctuary, perhaps a loft for choir was out of the price range.  Still, a modern church done well, who'd a thunk it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

St. Stanislaus Anniversary

Traditional Blessing of the Altar

As many of you know, St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee celebrated their 150th anniversary as a parish this past weekend.  Archbishop Listecki prayed the Te Deum and presided at Benediction on Saturday evening, and Bishop Joseph Perry from Chicago presided at the Pontifical High Mass and blessing of the restored Altar on Sunday the 24th.

While I was not able to attend the Mass itself (though we did see the procession lining up on our way to St. Anthony's), we were there a few weeks ago and the restorations are incredible.  Below is a link from the venerable Cream City Catholic Blog to their excellent video and wrap up for the celebration.  I was especially struck at the strong emphasis on the Polish roots of the parish.  Being from Chicago, and married into a Polish family, the fact that "St. Stan's" was the first Polish parish in North America and the starting point for the creation of the great Polish parishes in Milwaukee and Chicago like the Basilica of St. Josaphat, St. John Cantius, St. Mary of the Angels and so many others was truly inspiring.

If you have not had the chance yet to ever attend Mass at St. Stan's, or if you haven't been there since they began the restoration work, take the opportunity to attend.  You will be truly blessed by the parish's commitment to Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fanatic Friday: Election Theme Song edition

Ugh. My mountain of work (some for Germans, some Frenchmen, some for other overlords) has ominously been reflected in the rising flood waters of the area.  I've got a roundup started somewhere.

Speaking election, AOTM Smoker Alert!  Even if I don't post for two more weeks I think I'll have to see Alan Keyes.

This modern take on a Gen X classic cheered me up.  This could be SMOD's theme song.

FSCC & Poor Clares silent discernment retreat in Sauk Rapids MN Oct 8th

Email from the sisters(thank you for the kind words!):
Matt, thanks for highlighting us on Badger Catholic! We are thrilled by your support. Retreat went well.

Now we are looking at a collaborative event with the Poor Clares in Sauk Rapids, MN.

Know of our prayers for all that you do for the new evangelization!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bishop of St. Cloud responds to mall terrorist attack

Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news. My prayers this week have been for the victims of this violence and their families. I’m very thankful for the brave work of the first responders who risked their own lives to save others.

At the same time, I have been praying for peace and healing in our community in the aftermath of this attack. I am especially concerned that our Somali-Muslim brothers and sisters face harassment because of the actions committed by an individual from their community — actions that Somali leaders have publicly condemned as against their faith. We need to stand with them at this time. This is why I have been reflecting on the Golden Rule and Jesus’ teachings about mercy, loving our neighbor and everyone’s sacred human dignity as children of God.

As a priest and bishop, an important part of my ministry is to bring unity between people and God as well as strive to unite people in the community. Since arriving in the diocese three years ago, I have worked to foster peace and unity among our faith communities. A year and a half ago, a number of religious leaders in the St. Cloud area — Christian, Muslim and others — began meeting regularly to explore ways we could learn from one another and support each other. In addition to regular meetings, our Greater St. Cloud Area Faith Leaders group has organized an annual picnic where we continue to build relationships through conversation and sharing a meal. I have visited at other times as well with our local Somali-Muslim leaders.
continue at St Cloud Visitor

Friday, September 16, 2016

Doors Open Milwaukee Shares 10+ Catholic Sites to the Public, September 17 & 18

It's that time of the year again...time for Doors Open Milwaukee! I'm cramming on other projects right now, along with making my plans to attend both days of Doors Open. To be brief, below is a list of the eleven Catholic sites that I am aware will be open beyond regular Mass times this weekend. The links will take you to an information page on each site, including the hours that each of them will be open this weekend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Light posting

For all five of us still following along at home, I'll try to pick up posting again next week.  The BC has many pots in the fire.  We need a bigger fire!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fanatic Friday: Buy A Priest A Beer Day Edition

Song for this post here:

More: Catholic Gent

Note: I have lots of half written blog posts(I'm lookin at you St Cecilias!). I never finish on time, but I always finish strong ....[with a drink!]

There is no greater force against evil in the world

From a LifeSite interview:
LSN: An Italian exorcist, Father Sante Babolin, said recently that during an exorcism, the evil spirit that was tormenting the wife of one of his friends said to him: “I cannot bear that they love each other.” Is this not a message that married couples should meditate?
CB: Absolutely. There is no greater force against evil in the world than the love of a man and woman in marriage. After the Holy Eucharist, it has a power beyond anything that we can imagine....Surely it is true that whenever a couple has entered into marriage with all their mind and heart, the devil's going to be at work to try to spoil that home, because that home is a cradle of grace, where grace is received not only for the couple but for the children and for everyone who knows the family." -  Cardinal Burke

HT CatholicVote

Thursday, September 8, 2016

FSCC offers discernment retreat in Manitowoc Sept 16-18

Sister Anne Marie Lom leads this September 16-18, 2016 retreat that includes contemplating what was important to St. Francis, especially his relationship with God and others. Includes time for prayer and reflection, as well as joining us in a Beach Sweep for ‘Sister Water’ at Lake Michigan. Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632.

Retired GB flasher priest found guilty, faces up to 7 years in jail

GREEN BAY - A retired Catholic priest faces up to seven years in prison for exposing himself to a teenager under a plea agreement he accepted Friday.

Brown County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hinkfuss found Rev. Richard Thomas, 78, guilty on two felony counts of exposing his genitals to a 16-year-old boy over four days in mid-March.

Two additional counts of exposing himself to a child were dismissed as part of the plea agreement

Each felony charge carries a maximum sentence of three-and-a-half years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
continue at GBPG

Also, The Compass: Retired priest found guilty of 2 counts of sexual misconduct


New State Farm commercial with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Mathews is fantastic

I know we are getting a bit footbally here(and I've got several of your emails to follow up on), but, well just watch.