Thursday, December 8, 2016

Documentary on Good Help Shrine to air today on EWTN today

St. Anselm: Virgin Mary, all nature is blessed by you

via iBreviary: From a sermon by Saint Anselm, bishop
(Oratio 52: PL 158, 955-956)

Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night—everything that is subject to the power or use of man—rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for men or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of men who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendor by men who believe in God. The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb.

Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.

To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed.

Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

Papal precision

The Immaculate Conception
We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful.
— Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, December 8, 1854

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Yes, light blogging

The Germans have been coming down hard lately, with 60 hour work weeks.  Are The Germans in cahoots with The Germans - Hierarchy Führers, I have my suspicions.  I'm sitting at work and a friend texts me a Belloc quote on page one of a Pat Buchanan book found at a thrift store.  It's blury so I'll reproduce.

We are not... approaching Socialism at all, but a very different state of society ... in which the Capitalist class shall be even more powerful and fare more secure ... a society in which the proletarian man ... shall change their status, lose their present legal freedom, and be subject to compulsory labor - Hilaire Belloc, 1913

Did I mention our local Argument of the Month club is reading Fahrenheit 451 for the next debate?  Maybe psychosis is setting in but somehow these things are all related.  I've been talking to myself a bit more than usual lately.

I had a great trip to Holy Resurrection which I owe you all a post for.   They have a new vocation from Milwaukee:

Totally missed this but 10 parishes in the Diocese of La Crosse going ad orientem for Advent?  via FatherZ
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Big River, WI began ad orientem worship on Sunday. Our pastor, Fr. Kevin Louis, has been with us for a littler over a year now…. In talking to our deacon after Mass this morning, it appears that there are about 10 parishes in the La Crosse Diocese that have turned things around. Ours is a small but very vibrant and faithful parish and we are so blessed to have Fr. Louis. Please prayer for him as we pray for you and all priests. Praise God for faithful priests!
There only maybe a couple others I've heard of, but if any of you want to post it in the comments feel free.  I think Necedah and maybe Wisconsin Rapids?  I've been a bit hesitant about posting good news for fear of reprisal considering the current climate in the Church, LOL.

Always so much news, news, news, don't forget some prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Advent.  Don't lose your soul to save the Church.  - From the Badger Catholic's new book, Things I Start Saying to Myself During Periodic Fits of Wage Slavery And Self Doubt.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Emergency stay granted, New York Archdiocese keeps Abp. Sheen's remains in NYC

PEORIA, Ill. — Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a Nov. 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s family to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese of New York, which planned to appeal the ruling.

In a 10-page decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth had granted the request of Archbishop Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, to have the remains of the famed orator and media pioneer removed from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and transferred to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, where a crypt is being prepared for his re-interment.

However, five days later, lawyers representing the Archdiocese of New York and the trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral — who oppose the relocation of the remains — announced their intention to appeal Bluth’s ruling. They also sought and were granted the stay.
continue at The Compass 

St. Nicholas, ora pro nobis!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jabari Parker assists Milwaukee Capuchins in feeding the hungry

Thank you Milwaukee Bucks’ player, Jabari Parker, for feeding 150 families at the Capuchin Community Services’ House of Peace site for Thanksgiving. Thank you, Mr. Parker, for donating food boxes and turkeys! A special thank you to Gruber Law Office for donating knit caps...and thank you students from Messmer and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School for assisting our guests.
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Photo: Bp. Ricken at Green Bay Youth Conference

Friday, December 2, 2016

St. Michael's Church in West St. Paul prepares for last Mass - during the year of its 150th anniversary

Valerie Gerlich was helping plan the church’s sesquicentennial dinner in September when she got the news: St. Michael — a church nearly as old as the state of Minnesota — would be closing its doors. Its last mass will be celebrated Sunday.

The dinner became a modest luncheon — ham sandwiches in the gym — devoted to saying goodbye to a 150-year-old West St. Paul parish.

“It was devastating,” said Gerlich, a 20-year member of the parish. “The timing couldn’t have been worse.”

Church leaders say a depleted parish and dwindling contributions led them to the painful decision to close. Parishioners, some crestfallen or angry, are now scrambling for new places to worship.

It’s a familiar scene. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis called for a dramatic round of church closings and consolidations about five years ago. Things have stabilized since, and St. Michael is the only metro-area church to close this year.
continue at STrib

Hudson Catholic parish considers taking in 21 Syrian refugees

Church leaders and members of St. Patrick Parish in Hudson have been praying overtime in the past couple of weeks as they decide whether to welcome five Syrian refugee families into their community next summer.

The Rev. John Gerritts promised to learn more about the refugee crisis and reach out to parish leadership after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called earlier this fall to ask if his congregation would host the refugees, who are living in a camp in Turkey.

“This is something we’ve never done before,” said Gerritts, who is the church’s pastor. “It’s nothing we were looking to do. It’s not a part of our immediate mission.”
Parish trustee Claire Zajac said some churchgoers perceive the refugees as possibly dangerous to the community.
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This is a commendable undertaking to take in these displaced Christian families.... oh wait:
Church members are overwhelmingly supportive of the refugee work the Council of Churches does, Walen said. He receives a few letters a year from individuals who say they’re worried about new Muslim settlers in their communities, but most welcome the newcomers.
Ok... well if anyone is interested in also helping Syrian Christians as well, there are organizations out there to enable your charity.  I'm not necessarily against humanitarian efforts, but I hope Wisconsin Catholics can also support Christians in the process as well.
Stream readers know that Christians in the Middle East are the victims of the worst religious persecution on earth. As Jonathan Witt documented here, the UN’s failure to make refugee camps safe is allowing intolerant Sunni Muslims — who share a creed with ISIS — to violently “cleanse” such camps of Christians. These helpless, unarmed survivors of ISIS’s murder squads cannot even reach the “first safe” countries that could welcome them, and instead live in windblown tents and unheated metal storage containers in places like Mt. Sinjar, just miles away from ISIS-controlled territory. More than a million Christians were driven at gunpoint from Iraq during the U.S. occupation of that country, and now the Obama administration is banning Iraqi Christians from even visiting America, and explicitly excluding Christians as victims of ISIS’s genocide.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Traditional Confirmations in Madison Diocese

Last night here in the Diocese of Madison we had Solemn Mass for the Feast of St Andrew and the Sacrament of Confirmation administered in the Traditional Roman Rite by His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, aka the Extraordinary Ordinary.
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