Monday, July 28, 2014

'The State of Vocations in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee' on August 1

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is August 1, 2014.

This month’s speaker is Fr. Luke Strand, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Fr. Luke will provide an update on The State of Vocations in the Archdiocese.

Fr. Luke was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2009. He was born and raised in Dousman, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh before entering St. Francis de Sales Seminary. For the past three years Fr. Luke has been serving as an in solidum team member at Holy Family Catholic Community in Fond du Lac. One of his brothers, Fr. Jacob Strand, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese in May and is continuing his studies in Rome. Another brother, Vincent Strand, S.J., is a regent in the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. (See Family enjoys triple dose of divinity, by Karen Mahoney, Milwaukee Catholic Herald, April 12 2012)

Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)
via St. Thomas More Lawyer Society of Wisconsin

Bp. Morlino with Sen. Santorum

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weakland pro and con

Earlier this month, this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Archbishop Emeritus Weakland's latest attempt to move to a monastery out east drew some letters to the editor.

One was from Father Ed Eschweiler, raising two points, the first that Weakland did good things.

"His weekly homilies at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday mornings and his weekly Herald of Hope column in the Catholic Herald were outstanding examples of teaching."
You can judge how outstanding for yourself. Some of his homilies which were available at his namesake website can be downloaded (in Real Audio format) at the Internet Archive. A few of his Milwaukee Catholic Herald columns are also at the Internet Archive, and many were collected in All God's People (1985), available at Amazon.

The book, by the way, could have been outstanding as blogging material if that technology had been available decades earlier. Like on the liturgical reform.

"One of the prime considerations affecting the renewal of the liturgy was the felt need to weed out all those excessive accretions which had overlaid the basic form of the Mass until it became almost unrecognizable. Now we seem to be adding new things so that we might soon be back where we started from." (page 157)
Or looking ahead.
"The other set of questions which will be a constant part of the agenda till 2000 and beyond involves human sexuality. I am not one for 'changing the rules' at this moment." (pages 204-05)
Fr. Eschweiler continues,
"He was a champion of women's rights to whatever is possible in the Catholic Church at this time."
It almost sounds like Archbishop Weakland was and Fr. Eschweiler is trying to talk about something without actually saying it.

His final examples have something of a the bottom of the barrel quality.

"He gave a voice to the laity in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and to the priests in the Priests' Senate, now called the Council of Priests and in a three-day annual spring assembly of all priests. The high point in this for many of us was the final morning session, where he answered questions previously submitted."
Before an audience of our own diocesan priests, he didn't take questions from the floor?

Father has another point.

"The second addition I would make has to do with what should be our response to his failures."
Which he says should be forgiveness. Wait, there's more.
"I realize that the terrible injuries afflicted by the sexual abuse of children are deep and long-lasting and surely beyond my appreciation. Even so, I pray that these victim survivors someday can say what God said to the Prophet Isaiah: Your sins I remember no more (Is. 43:24)."
Some victim survivors have indicated that it would help if our Cathedral wasn't plastered with reminders, specifically Archbishop Weakland's name and image.

That point is raised by Thomas Lindemann, who wrote to say Weakland deserves no honors.

"I was appalled and horrified that a farewell luncheon was being planned for retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland."
I've heard Fr. Eschweiler was organizing that event; if so, he didn't mention it in his own letter. But I digress from Mr. Lindemann's letter.
"I call upon the archdiocese to remove the Weakland plaque from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist."
You can see the plaque he refers to in this Catholic New Agency report on the controversy surrounding it. In addition, one of the Cathedral buildings in named the Weakland Center. Last I saw, the Cathedral now also houses a life-size bronze bust of Archbishop Weakland by the same artist, commissioned by our Archdiocese in the 1990s. Here is its clay stage at the Internet Archive.

Not at the Cathedral, but on the topic, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Sustaining Fund, a private charity, used $2 million to endow chairs in Archbishop Weakland's honor at two universities in Rome, see the Milwaukee Journal's report of November 22, 1997 archived at Google newspapers.

In the Catholic News Agency report about the plaque controversy, our Archdiocese's Communications Director, Julie Wolf, said,

"Our priority remains to work toward healing and resolution. Identifying ongoing sources of pain is important to that process."
The plaque was identified as one such source. Then nothing was done about it. Notice Wolf doesn't say sources of pain are identified so they can be removed. Instead, based on the other things Wolf said, when sources of pain are identified, our Archdiocese will then tell those in pain why they shouldn't feel it. Which seems to be Fr. Eschweiler's position, too.

Friday, July 25, 2014

All five Wisconsin dioceses to hold Adoration in defense of marriage this weekend

Earlier this week, Matt posted about a La Crosse parish holding Eucharistic Adoration for the defense of marriage in Wisconsin. There are more!
THIS WEEKEND!  Adoration in Defense of Marriage
Defending and promoting God’s Goodness, Beauty and Truth is crucial if we are to be serious Christians.  Recently, we have seen a degradation of the truth of marriage between one man and one woman.  This truth is etched in the essence of our being.  The family is the foundation stone of society.   We find this biblical truth revealed in the beginning of the Old Testament and throughout Sacred Scripture and Tradition and Teachings of the Church.
This weekend is critically important for prayer because the States of Indiana and Wisconsin have recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to overturn a recent ruling that their laws recognizing marriage as between one man-one woman is unconstitutional. There are a series of key deadlines approaching  that will determine the outcome of the case; thus, the time for prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in support of Christian marriage is now!  
Various groups in Indiana are mobilizing immediately, and they have asked us to unite in prayer and solidarity with them in support of the USCCB's call to prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. We  have one parish in each diocese in Wisconsin designated for the Eucharistic Adoration all night prayer vigil for marriage beginning after the last vigil mass on Saturday, July 26, the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, and ending before the first morning mass on Sunday, July 27.  Some of the parishes participating currently have a Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

Here is the contact information for this effort in each of Wisconsin's five dioceses:
Milwaukee Diocese:
St Jerome - Fr John Yockey
995 S Silver Lake St
Oconomowoc, WI
(262) 569-3020

Madison Diocese:
St Mary's Pine Bluff - Fr Richard Heilman
3673 County Highway P
Cross Plains, WI 53528
(608) 798-2111

Superior Diocese:
Our Lady of Sorrows - Fr Christopher Kemp, Assoc.
1st and Corbett Avenue
Mail to: 611 First Street South
Ladysmith, WI 54848

LaCrosse Diocese:
St James the Less - Fr Robert A Schaller
1032 Caledonia Street
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603-2510
(608) 782-7557

Diocese of Green Bay:
St Pius X - Fr Thomas Farrell
500 W Marquette St,
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 733-0575

Once a date is finalized for the appeal hearing to be heard in Chicago, a similar, more widespread effort will be organized.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Saint John Paul II - Calendar Change

News and Views at the latest Adoremus Bulletin includes this.
The BCDW Newsletter announced a change in the liturgical calendar for 2014 and 2015 due to the canonization of Saint John Paul II. The dates to be celebrated and readings are as follows:
October 22, 2014
Wed. Weekday [Saint John Paul II, Pope] Eph 3:2-12/Lk 12:39-48 (475) green/white
October 22, 2015
Thu. Weekday [Saint John Paul II, Pope] Rom 6:19-23/Lk 12:49-53 (476) green/white
I've added links to readings at the USCCB.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gone fishin'

To varying degrees I am out of the "office" for the next 5 weeks.  Yes, thanks for asking, I get paid paternity leave now, my German overlords knew precisely how to sell me on the prospect of being a "lifer." Deutschland, Deutschland über alles!

My stouthearted brothers in conspiracy can fill in where they have time, but it summertiiiiiiiime(great, now I have Kenny Chesney stuck in my head), so yeah, Polka Mass to your hearts content and I won't even complain about them.  I have a few things I'm hoping to get done, and hopefully some pictures of the churches of our motherland here.

My heart goes out to the Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere who suffer persecutions and genocide and the hands of Islamic militants, you may notice my profile on Twitter and Facebook reflect this.

If you do see anything of interest for us out here, feel free to email it to me.  I'll post it when I have a chance.

La Crosse parish hosts Adoration for WI Marriage Amendment Appeal July 26

The State of Wisconsin recently petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to overturn a ruling that the Wisconsin law recognizing marriage as between one man-one woman is unconstitutional. A similar situation occurred in Indiana recently, so the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago will be hearing both appeals at the same time. A series of judicial rulings in late July and early August will determine the outcome. Catholics in both Wisconsin and Indiana have been in communication and are organizing spiritual opportunities for the Faithful. The time for prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in support of marriage is now!

The USCCB has asked for Eucharistic Holy Hours on the last Sundays of the month for protection of life, marriage and religious freedom. Please join us at St. James the Less Catholic Church, (1032 Caledonia St., La Crosse, WI) on Saturday, July 26, the Feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, with Eucharistic Adoration beginning after the Saturday evening Mass at 5:30 pm and continuing all night until Sunday, July 27 with Benediction and Reposition before the 7:30 am Mass. To sign up for a time please call or email me (608) 790-8998 or Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
St James - La Crosse 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fanatic Friday: Tacky edition

Warning: ... it's weird.

In case you were unaware, Weird Al released a new album this week.

"Weird: The Al Yankovic Story"

PioneerPress: Priests who don't make headlines, but do make a difference

Joseph Grodahl of Richfield prays at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. "This is where I found a real home,." Grodahl says of the Catholic Church, which he joined in 2009. (Pioneer Press: Ginger Pinson)
Priests bear witness to the best and worst of times: baptisms and weddings, illnesses, troubled marriages, deaths. Some have become the subject of news because of their crimes. Many others log exhaustive hours for subsistence pay, not perfect but nonetheless committed to walking the talk of Christian ministry.

This is the story of six of them, as described by those whose lives they have touched.
continue at Pioneer Press

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CMR: Welcome to Tim's Place

via Creative Minority Report


... It seems to me years ago we were always discussing the Polka Mass.

.... The Polka Mass has ZERO connection with European Culture, as we've discussed before, its a byproduct of tacky liturgical innovation in 1970.  St. John Paul II did not celebrate a Polka Mass, this is an American phenomenon:
The first polka mass was created by Father George Balasko in 1972 and the idea was spread by Father Frank Perkovich throughout the '70s and '80s.[16] Both were polka musicians. In composing a polka mass, a musician either alters the lyrics of polka pieces to become more appropriate for a spiritual setting or creates an entirely new piece of polka-style music to sing with the usual sacred text.[16] Robert Walser argues that the exuberant polka music motivates participants to "worship more vigorously." He also asserts that the polka mass "brings the community into the church" because it involves music and lyrics that the congregations are more familiar with.[16]
We know they happen all over the place.   The frustrating part is that as far as music goes, Vatican II gives absolutely clear instruction on the matter. In all honesty, I'd love to know how one comes to the conclusion that a Polka Mass is a faithful representation of authentic Catholic worship.  Instead of a yearly Solemn High Mass or orchestrated Mass, or some other Catholic cultural devotion, these parishes innovate, but not in the true and organic way innovation happens(and should happen) but in an artificial manner where the baby is thrown out with the bath water.

I still get people trying to comment on a four year old post on the matter.  We are "cranky" for desiring what the Church teaches on liturgy, and we should "get over it."  Polka Mass Catholics are out there, and they are "evangelizing" us all in 2/4 time.

Man, I could rant for a while.  Folks desiring to connect with Catholic European culture...  and this is what they pick..... I have to get some work done today.  I'm sure his excellency supports anything he feels energizes his flock.

Gregorian and also vernacular chant music was created for the communal worship God.  Polka music was invented for dance.

Love of baseball, chance to evangelize lead Iowa priest to do play-by-play

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — From the back, all the men in the press box at the Sioux City Explorers baseball game looked the same.

That is, until one swiveled in his seat to take a swig of his Pepsi and the white of a Roman collar appeared.

For the past decade, Fr. Craig Collison has been the play-by-play announcer for the Xs, whose home ballpark is Lewis and Clark Stadium in Sioux City.

“I got involved with the Xs, as I do with much of my public address activity, through a telephone call from them,” he explained. “It seems their regular public address announcer at the time got called up to active duty in the military and needed to leave. The general manager called me and asked if I would be interested in the position for the second half of their season that year and I consented.”

Fr. Collison commits to the home games of the Explorers for the season, with a particular caveat.

“The understanding is that anything with my priestly ministry comes first,” he told The Catholic Globe, newspaper of the Sioux City Diocese. “In other words, if someone would die and I would have a vigil service to lead and there happened to be a game scheduled, the Explorers would find a substitute for me at the game. The same holds true for weddings and wedding rehearsals that were scheduled.”
continue at Superior CH

Good article, worth the read.