Thursday, October 8, 2015

GoFundMe: Shrine of Christ the King Chicago: "fully committed to carry on the work of restoration, in spite of the devastating fire"

Before: Regina Mag
After: Chicago Trib
The Infant King statue was still standing atop the High Altar when the firefighters found it. “Even with all the jet streams, he was not knocked down,” said the Rev. Michael Stein, a canon at the shrine. “He is three centuries old and he did not go up in flames.” The statue did lose an arm, and its vestments were covered in ash, but Stein pointed out that the statue’s remaining hand was still held up in a sign of blessing: “That he was saved shows our story isn’t over here, he’s still with us, his hand is still raised in blessing,” Stein said.

On October 7th, a fire broke out in the Shrine of Christ the King church, adjacent to the headquarters office of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago. Evidence indicate that the fire began late at night in the wooden choir loft, and quickly spread through the church. The 3-alarm fire took 150 firefighters several hours to bring the flames under control. No one was hurt, thankfully, but substantial damage was done.

This church has an aura of hope. The Canons and staff at the Shrine are fully committed to carry on the work of restoration, in spite of the devastating fire.

Please donate and help restore this Chicago church, help it rise again, for the sake of the children, the families, and the neighborhood.

Protest Planned Parenthood in Waukesha | Saturday 10 October

Protest Planned Parenthood in Waukesha | Saturday 10 October Pro-life Americans will gather at Planned Parenthood locations nationwide to protest the abortion giant’s barbaric practice of aborting babies and selling body parts. In the wake of the horrific videos exposing this practice, now is the time for Christians to stand up and demand an end to the nation’s largest abortion provider that receives 86% of its revenue from abortions. So much for women's healthcare… Be a part of this nationwide event and take a stand against the evil of abortion. Our new website is open for registration.

Time: 9:00-11:00 A.M..
Location: Planned Parenthood, 426 W. Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Contact: Michael Guenther at
via Men of Christ

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BTW, today's CGI is no match for Jim Henson's ingenuity.

KCs funded documentary on Our Lady of Guadalupe airing Sunday Oct 11 locally in La Crosse

Knights of Columbus Funded Documentary on Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Will be airing locally Sunday, October 11th, at 1:00 PM, on WXOW-Ch. 19

HT Steve

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oily Rags Spontaneously Combusted, Starting Fire That Burned Down Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, church to be rebuilt

CHICAGO — Oily rags used to apply floor stain are being blamed for the extra alarm fire that ravaged the landmark Shrine of Christ the King church in Woodlawn.

The Chicago Fire Department said spontaneous combustion started the early morning fire.

The smoke detectors went off about 5:45 a.m. in the adjoining rectory and the priests and canons discovered the main structure of the church was on fire.

About 150 firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

The roof caved in around 8:50 a.m., according to a tweet from the Chicago Fire Department. Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas explained that the church's open, sweeping architecture made it especially susceptible to structural damage as the fire raged inside the building at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.

There were no reported injuries, and the eight people in the rectory and approximately 40 people from a nearby shelter for women were evacuated.

The church's congregation and staff prayed across the street as firefighters drenched the roof from two ladder trucks.
continue at DNAinfo

Regina Mag recently profiled the church:  Chicago’s Infant King Statue Inspires Bright Future

From the Institute:

Video of Chicago Fire Department saving Infant Jesus statue from Chicago ICKSP church fire

HT acardnal

More videos here

acardnal asked Chicago Fire Dept if that was the tabernacle on the stretcher:

Very cool.

On the statue:


Don John in a historical reenactment 

Don John statue amongst the rubble in Sicily 

The Tomb of the Hero

Cervantes on his galley sets the sword back in the sheath
(Don John of Austria rides homeward with a wreath.)
And he sees across a weary land a straggling road in Spain,
Up which a lean and foolish knight forever rides in vain,
And he smiles, but not as Sultans smile, and settles back the blade...
(But Don John of Austria rides home from the Crusade.)


Newman Society profiles Louis Joliet Society Advocating Catholic Renewal at Marquette University

A group of concerned alumni, parents and associates are pushing for Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., to renew its commitment to Catholic identity after numerous scandals in recent years. The Louis Joliet Society exposes events at Marquette that endanger its Catholic identity, and the group hopes its efforts will spur change and renewal at the Jesuit institution.

The Louis Joliet Society aims to “reignite a genuine reverence for the Catholic intellectual tradition the University was founded to advance, bring clarity to the concept of true Catholic identity and communicate why it is so critical that Marquette sustain this identity in our increasingly secular world,” said Mary Jarvis, a founding member of the group, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

The Newman Society has reported multiple issues and scandals at Marquette University over the years. A pro-abortion politician has been invited to speak, a radical theologian has been awarded honors by the University’s ethics society, and University-sponsored workshops and events have exposed students to questionable and immoral sexual content.

Last year, the University generated significant controversy with its suspension of political science professor John McAdams, who was censured by the administration for a post on his personal blog, Marquette Warrior. McAdams covered a situation wherein a Marquette student was purportedly prohibited from discussing same-sex marriage in an ethics class, because the class instructor claimed that such a topic would be “offensive” to homosexual students.
continue at Cardinal Newman Society

JS: Volunteers pray round-the-clock for 30 years straight

While you're snug in bed, there's someone praying at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove.

When the weather is cold and snowy, there's someone at the chapel. When terrifying world events paralyze us with shock, there's someone praying harder still.

Even during Packers games, a volunteer sits quietly in the presence of the consecrated host, the Blessed Sacrament, the very presence of Jesus, as Catholics believe.

As of Wednesday, the adoration has been going on for 30 years, 24 hours every day, a marvel of round-the-clock commitment and coordination. The church is celebrating with three special Masses this week.

"Over 260,000 hours for the past 30 years, there's been someone there praying, for their own needs and parish needs and the world," St. Mary's pastor, Rev. Peter Berger, told me when I visited the parish this week. "Some people pray rosaries. Some bring a spiritual book they want to read. Some people just sit and think and pray."

Bottom line: "There always needs to be at least one person in there. Always," Berger said.
continue at JS


Devastating! Fire rips through ICKSP church in Chicago, 150 firefighters called to scene

An extra-alarm fire broke out in a 92-year-old church that was undergoing renovation work in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side on Wednesday morning.

There were no reports of injuries at the Shrine of Christ the King Church at 64th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, according to fire officials. But a shelter for women and children was evacuated next door, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The fire broke out around 6 a.m. and was raised to a 3-11 alarm, sending 150 firefighters to the scene along with extra equipment to fight the fire on the roof, Langford said
In 2004 the church launched a fundraising drive to collect nearly $6 million for the work. The church was reopened as the Shrine of Christ the King as the work continued. It is about a mile from the University of Chicago.
Chicago Tribune: Extra-alarm fire at nearly century-old church in Woodlawn

HT Vox, AC


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WBAY: Good Help Shrine reaches out to pilgrims with series of new ads

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is hoping the popularity of Pope Francis after his visit to the East Coast will spur more visitors to Northeast Wisconsin.

The diocese used the pope’s visit last week as an opportunity to promote the country’s only church-approved Marian shrine.

Nearly five years after being declared a Marian apparition site, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion attracts around 100,000 visitors a year.

The Diocese of Green Bay is hoping a series of ads, reaching hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country, will make those numbers grow.

“We did have some ads to reach out to people who would be there on the East Coast in the various newspapers, we carried an ad promoting the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help,” says Father Pete Stryker, rector at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.
continue at WBAY

Reflections on death of Bp. Fliss, longtime leader of Superior Diocese

 From last week
As longtime secretary to Bishop Raphael Fliss, Pat Wildenberg came to revere him — no matter how complicated his legacy grew.

"He dealt with difficult situations and I never saw him get outwardly upset with people," she said. "He was very patient about dealing with every situation that he came across."

Bishop Fliss, the longest-serving bishop of the Diocese of Superior, died Sept. 21 in a Duluth hospital at age 84.

Fliss guided the diocese for 28 years, the first six as coadjutor bishop alongside Bishop George Albert Hammes. During Fliss' tenure the diocese went through parish closings and consolidations, and had to adapt to changing needs of the communities it served. He also helped organize the diocese's 75th and 100th anniversary celebrations.

"He truly loved his brother priests," Wildenberg said. "Like a father treats his sons."

The later years of his tenure were marked by controversies over the handling of abuse cases involving priests in the diocese. Fliss led the Superior Diocese until 2007, retiring upon reaching the mandatory age limit of 75.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki told the Catholic News Service that he remembered Fliss as "a kind and gentle man whose love for the church and the priests, religious, deacons and faithful of his diocese reflected the love and care that Christ calls from each and every one of us."
continue at Duluth News Trib