Friday, June 30, 2006

Feast of the Sacred Heart: Procession Out

This is the final post in a series of photo-related posts on the Sacred Heart 2006. It was approximatey 8:20pm when these were taken. First, Benediction, followed by the Procession out of the Grotto Cemetary.

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London Church de-60-ized!

I think we can look forward to more of this in the future.

Pugin church restored to former glory

(Independent Catholic News - London) The Catholic Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham, Victorian architect A W N Pugin's only complete parish church in central London, re-opened last Sunday following extensive restoration work.

The Church now benefits from new vivid interior decoration reflecting the architectural principles of the Gothic Revivalist architect A W N Pugin. A new altar, modelled on the Church's 19th Century interior carvings has also been Consecrated, replacing a plain stone altar dating from the 1960's.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor presided at a special Mass, attended by over 900 people, for the Consecration of the new altar which marked the Re-dedication of the Church. In his homily, the Cardinal quoted the psalm response: 'How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord God of Hosts' and. reminded the congregation that "we are living stones building the Body of Christ".

continue reading Church de-60-ized

Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 21

This post concludes our series: Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests. But, it will not end our prayers for those called by God to serve Christ's Church.

21. A Prayer for Priests

Keep them I pray thee, dearest Lord,Keep them for they are thine; Thy priests whose lives burn out before thy consecrated shrine.Keep them for they are in the world though from the world apart; When earthly pleasures tempt, allure - shelter them in thy Heart.Keep them and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain,When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.Keep them and remember, O Lord,they have no one but thee.Yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty.Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress.Their every thought and word and deed, deign dearest Lord, to bless. Amen.


About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Chalice of Strength - the booklet, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Update on Rep Ted Harvey and Gianna Jessen

You may recall this post from last week about abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and her courageous stand for life in Colorado, along with Minority Leader Rep Ted Harvey.

I had asked if the vote actually took place and wondered about the outcome. I am watching EWTN's Life on the Rock, and they just had Rep Ted Harvey on the phone.

Unfortunately, all Democrats voted to recognize 90 years of Planned Parenthood, and one Republican voted with them. The remaining Republicans (minority), voted against recognizing Planned Parenthood.

Hence, the resolution recognizing 90 years of baby-butchery passed - sadly. I didn't even realize Planned Parenthood was around that long!

Feast of the Sacred Heart: Brief Adoration

A few more photos from the Feast of the Sacred Heart - these are leading up to Benediction, which I will bring to you in the next post.

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Catholic Bible Study Online: Dr. Scott Hahn

If you are from a previous generation, you might recall not being able to have a bible in your home. One man at work recently told me how it was not permitted for him to have a bible, and then one day, it changed. He still remembers the first bible brought into his home. Now, I don't know if this was an isolated Catholic experience or pretty par for the course in the 50's and prior.

Today, there is no doubt the Catholic Church promotes the reading of Scripture. References can be seen in much literature, including the Catechism of the Catholic Church and it's new Compendium. Scripture is one of the three pillars of our faith, along with Tradition, and the Magisterium. However, what Holy Mother Church wants is that we do not read Scripture in isolation.

There are several reasons for this, chief among them being that if we put 10 people in a room with a scripture passage, it could potentially lead to 10 understandings, depending on education and other factors. How can ten people, who will all claim their version is the one inspired by the Holy Spirit, all be correct? The Holy Spirit cannot contradict Himself, so perhaps one or two would be right, and they may all be wrong! A New Testament passage not read in light of the Old Testament, can really throw someone. The New sheds light on the Old, and the Old fulfills the New. Not having read Scripture in light of the original Greek or Aramaic could have a bearing on understanding, or not knowing about the culture, which is why I enjoy hearing Fr. Mitch Pacwa speak on biblical issues. For this reason, we can lean on interpretations that have been given to us over the 2000 year history of the Church. It is, after all, the Church of St. Augustine and the other doctors!

I've been inspired to read scripture and study it more closely after hearing Dr. Scott Hahn talk on the radio about the subject. He is a former Calvinist who was studying for his PhD when he converted after discovering the Apocolypse, or Book of Revelations, was connected deeply to holy Mass. He had spent 10 years studying the Book of Revelations, and like many was focused on the end game, or the mark of the beast, and other things which have captivated people. Then he went to Mass on the campus of Marquette University and was blown away by all the connections he suddenly saw between the Catholic Mass and the Book of Revelations. He has talked extensively on it and has written a book - one I highly recommend getting. It's called, The Lamb's Supper (see link below).

What's even more amazing, is that I was watching EWTN last night when Dr. Scott Hahn was on talking about this very book and subject. He gave out his website and I visited it before the program was over. I was very excited to see all that was available there.

When you get there, look at the Courses of Study in the Online Instruction section which are free! It includes The Lamb's Supper: The Bible and the Mass. They ask one thing at the site: Register, even though the classes are free. This is a simple request and it should be honored. Start with the first class they have Convenant Love: Introducing the Biblical Worldview. Be sure to get the books that they recommend.

We are so fortunate to have people like Dr. Scott Hahn in the Catholic Church because he uses his lifelong love of scripture to help everyone to see this is the Church instituted by Christ. Whether you simply want to deepen your knowledge of Scripture, or to learn it in order to help a loved one discover, or rediscover, the Catholic faith, this website can really help you in that quest. Your success in bringing others to the Catholic Church really hinges on your understanding of Scripture.

You will need a book for each course, and these are truly short reads, but to the point.

I will be bringing you other Catholic bible references - blogs and websites of fine people helping us to better understand Scripture. I intend to build a sidebar section just for this purpose. These Catholics have made me enthusiastic to learn Scripture. After sitting in the pew for 40 years, I have finally come to the conclusion that, like many Catholics, I don't have a clue and it's time to get one!

Now that I'm done plugging it, here is the website.

Just look at the list of Staff and Associates

Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 20

20. For the Leaders of Your Flock

Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today. Help your bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the teaching and example of Christ.

Fortify and encourage those among them who are fearful and confused; be truly a Father to those who have fallen away.

Bless those who are involved in new responses to contemporary needs; guide those who direct and foster dialogue with other Christians, with non-Christians and with the secular city.

Assist those who are trying to promote Christian values, that with zeal tempered by prudence, and in the framework of lawful authority, they may help to build up a truly Christian world for man.

Send your Holy Spirit in a new outpouring, so that under these leaders chosen by you, the entire People of God may progress in a harmonious cooperation towards their final consummation in unity, truth and love by, with and in your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Chalice of Strength - the booklet, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Excommunication for those involved with embryonic stem cell research...

VATICAN CITY, June 28, 2006 ( - In an interview published in the June 27 issue of Famiglia Christiana magazine, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said that those involved in embryonic stem cell research which kills human embryos are excommunicated.

Continue reading embryonic stem cell...

Fr. Zulsdorf on summer attire....

Commenting on a story about a baptism where the mother was told to go home and get something more decent on (paraphrased), we are reminded by Fr. Z about attire. I'll start you here, and you can follow it to Fr. Z's blog:

Of summer baptisms and spray can clothing

Everywhere in the northern hemisphere diligent and charitable priests have, I hope, reminded their flocks how they ought to dress when they come to church. Rather, they will have at least reminded them how not to dress. Right now there is a heat wave here in Italy and you can take off only so much. Or can you?

I picked up this story from the wire. What do you think? Continue reading summer baptisms...

Feast of the Sacred Heart: Procession

Here are a few pics of the procession into the Grotto following holy Mass. It was around 8:00pm. Pictures in the Grotto are best at dusk.

I'll throw in one picture from the grotto itself and will bring more photos of Benediction in another post.

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Sandro Magister: A Change in Tune at the Vatican...

Vatican insider, Sandro Magister, gives us insight into the significance of the June 24th concert at the Sistine Chapel, conducted by Maestro Bartolucci.

A Change of Tune in the Vatican – And Not Only in the Secretariat of State

Bertone takes Sodano’s place. But an important shift is also taking place in liturgical music. The way was pointed out by a concert with the pope in the Sistine Chapel, conducted by maestro Bartolucci

ROMA, June 27, 2006 – Step by step, Benedict XVI is impressing a new form and a new style on the governance of the universal Church.

Recent days were marked by the announcement of a change in the secretary of state: from Angelo Sodano to Tarcisio Bertone.

But another event orchestrated by pope Joseph Ratzinger is of no less importance: the concert conducted in the Sistine Chapel, on Saturday, June 24, by maestro monsignor Domenico Bartolucci.

With this concert, Benedict XVI has symbolically restored the Sistine Chapel to its true maestro. Because the famous chapel is not only the sacred place decorated with the frescoes of Michelangelo, it also gives the name to the choir that for centuries has accompanied the pontifical liturgies.

Maestro Bartolucci was named the “perpetual” director, the director for life, of the Sistine Chapel by Pius XII in 1959. Under this and later popes, he was an outstanding interpreter of the liturgical music founded upon Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony. But after a long period of opposition, in 1997 he was dismissed and replaced by a choirmaster thought to be more fitting for the “popular” music dear to John Paul II.

Bartolucci’s replacement was the finishing stroke of the almost complete elimination of Gregorian chant and polyphony as desired by the authors of the postconciliar liturgical reform.

The person responsible for Bartolucci’s removal in 1997 was the master of pontifical ceremonies, Piero Marini, still in service with Benedict XVI although close to his own dismissal. Marini brought in monsignor Giuseppe Liberto as head of the Sistine Chapel, having noticed and appreciated his work as music director during John Paul II’s visits to Sicily. It was easy to get pope Karol Wojtyla’s permission for the maneuver.

Continue reading Bartolucci...

Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 19

19. Thanksgiving and Intercession for Priests

Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and act in your name.

For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving, we ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts, never despair; in temptation, never be destroyed; in persecution, never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness, send your Spirit, and help them to praise your Heavenly Father and pray for the poor sinners.

By the same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. And may the gift of Mary, your Mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your Divine Image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Chalice of Strength - the booklet, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Feast of the Sacred Heart: Tantum Ergo Sacramentum

"....veneremur cernui"

What followed 7:00pm holy Mass, was Benediction, then a procession to the large outdoor Grotto, as we do on all good-weather, summer Sundays following our 9:30am.

I'm going to stop here for the photo of the day, and bring more pictures from the Feast of the Sacred Heart in later posts. I want to focus on this for a moment. Note the priest bowing as he kneels. We had just begun the Tantum Ergo and I would like to highlight this "Sacred Moment".

From New Advent, the online Catholic Encyclopedia:


The opening words of the penultimate stanza of the Vesper hymn (see PANGE LINGUA GLORIOSI, II) of Corpus Christi. This stanza and the closing one, or doxology ("Genitori" etc.), form a separate hymn which is prescribed for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (q.v.).

In private exposition, where permission has been obtained to give benediction with the pyx, the two stanzas are recited by the priest (or sung by a choir, if this is feasible: "si fieri potest, optandum est", says Van der Stappen). In other expositions they must always be sung. Customs vary in respect of the method of singing. In some places the choir sings the two stanzas; in others, the celebrant sings the opening words of each stanza, the choir continuing. The Ritual (Tit. IX, c.5) speaks of all the clergy present singing the stanzas, and Scholber (Caeremoniae missarum solemnium et pontificalium), commenting on this, suggests that either the celebrant and assisting clergy should intone the first line of the stanza, or the choir alone should sing both stanzas.
A profound inclination of the head is made at the words "veneremur cernui" (Wapelhorst). The "American Ecclesiastical Review" (XXI, 1889, 644) points out that the rubrics do not prescribe an inclination of the head at the words "veneremur cernui", although the practice is frequent. Gardelllini, in his "Commentary on the Clementine Instruction" (XXIV, 9-10), cites the custom of the churches of Rome; and the Rituals before his day make mention of the profound inclination at the Tantum ergo down to the word "cernui": "nam in verbo cernui completur dictionis sensus, qui inclinationem postulat".

Continue reading Tantum Ergo...

So, what we have is a pious custom and a good one I believe. When I noticed the priests doing this, it led me to ponder the words I had put to memory. What did they mean? I had seen the English on the facing page many times, but never bothered much, until now.

Here is the first stanza in Latin:

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
veneremur cernui:
et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui:
praestet fides supplementum
sensuum defectui

Here it is in English.

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
newer rites of grace prevail;
faith for all defects supplying,
where the feeble sense fail.

Looking at the first two lines, I can understand why we would want to bow.

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Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 18

18. Prayer for Missionaries

Look kindly Lord, on our missionaries, priests, religious and laymen who left all to witness to your word and your love. Be to each one of them a "powerful protector and their strong support, their shade from the midday sun, their shelter from the desert wind, a guard against stumbling, an assurance against a fall..." (Ecc 34:19).

Sustain them in difficult moments, direct their strength, console their hearts and crown their works with spiritual victories. Let them not seek for earthly success or the goods of this world, but only your triumph and the good of souls.

Your Cross, which accompanies them through their lives, speaks to them of heroism, renunciation and of peace. Be their comfort, their guide, their light and their strength, so that your name may be announced everywhere and that, surrounded by a larger and larger number of your children, they may sing a hymn of thanksgiving, of glory and redemption. Amen.

-Pope John XXIII

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Chalice of Strength - the booklet which contains all of these prayers, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart: Elevation


"Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ,...."

" atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."

More photos of Sacred Heart 2006 to come: The Procession outdoors, and the Benediction.

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Photo problems again...

Still trying to upload photos in blogger and still running into problems. I would like to bring more from the Mass on Sacred Heart. I was attempting to upload the photos of the elevation of the Body and Blood of Christ to no avail. So, do check back.

I've explored other services, and so far, I haven't found any free services like this, that are as respectable as Blogger. Therefore, I will stay and suffer with the issues for now.

Too many other services permit all kinds of things and I would prefer not to associate this blog with that kind of trash.

CDW Secretary: Reform of Post-Conciliar Liturgy Needed

It's just plain refreshing to hear officials acknowledge the issues. This is by no means a condemnation of Vatican II. It goes more to the way the changes were made and to what I would call a perversion of interpretation of the Council. People spun it the way they wanted and replaced a God-centered liturgy with one that is a horizontal, community-focused liturgy. People confuse the Mass and Worship with "gathering" and "what makes me feel good".

In just days I discovered the beauty of the New Mass (aka Novus Ordo, Missa Normativa, Mass of Paul VI, etc.) within days of coming to Assumption Grotto. I can attest with certainty, that it is very possible to have a highly solemn, reverent, and God-centered, Novus Ordo Liturgy.


Vatican, Jun. 23 ( - The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship has conceded some "negative results" of liturgical changes since Vatican II, and voiced his support for reform of the post-conciliar liturgy, in an interview with the I Media news agency.

Archbishop Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don told I Media that the Council fathers had hoped to reinvigorate the sense of an active encounter with God through the liturgy. "But unfortunately," he said, "after the Council, certain changes were made rapidly, without reflection, in a burst of enthusiasm, in a rejection of some exaggerations of the past." The result, the archbishop said, was quite different from the Council's intent.

Asked to provide some examples of the negative results, the Sri Lankan prelate listed "the abandonment of the sacred and the mystical," the confusion between the common priesthood of all the faithful and the ordained ministry, and the concept of the Eucharist as a common banquet rather than a representation of Christ's Sacrifice.

These changes, Archbishop Patabendige Don said, have produced negative consequences for the Church even beyond the liturgy. In the face of a growing secular trend in society, he said, the Church urgently needs to cultivate a deeper sense of the sacred and a more active interior life. Fortunately, the archbishop said, there is a growing sense among Catholics of the need to recover the sense of the sacred. He said that the work of the Congregation for Divine Worship entails helping bishops and episcopal conferences to refine the liturgy by incorporating the strengths of the past.

Asked whether he was hinting at approval of the use of the old Missal of St. Pius V, the Sri Lankan archbishop said that the requests for the use of the pre-conciliar liturgy have become more common. But the question is in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI, he said. "The Pope knows all this," he said; "he knows the questions, he is very conscious of the situation, he is reflecting, and we are waiting for his indications."

Archbishop Patabendige Don addes that the use of the Tridentine rite "has never been abolished or banned." However, he said, because of the split in the Church caused by the traditionalist followers of the late Archbishop Lefebvre, the old Mass "has taken a certain identity that is not right."

Whether Pope Benedict will now encourage the use of the Missal of St. Pius V, or call for a reform of the 1962 Missal-- "what some people call 'the reform of the reform'"-- is not yet known, the archbishop said. What is established, he said, is the need for a liturgy that is "more beautiful, more transcendent." The secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship cautioned that it is imprudent to press for quick decisions, running the risk of falling into new errors because of haste. "We have to reflect a great deal," he said; "and above all, we have topray for the Holy Father and the Church, and listen to what the Lord wants of us."

(Copied from EWTN News)

Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 17

17. Prayer for the Missions

Most loving Jesus and our Lord, who have redeemed the world at the price of your Most Precious Blood, look mercifully on poor mankind, which in a greater part, lies in the darkness of error and in the shadow of death. Shine on it the fullness of the light of truth. Multiply, Lord, the apostles of your Gospel. Make them fervent and fruitful. Bless with your grace their zeal and their pains so that through them all unbelievers may come to know you and turn to you, their Creator and Redeemer.

Call back again into your sheepfold those who have strayed, and back into the womb of your only and true Church, the rebellious. O Most lovable Savior, hasten the long-awaited advent of your kingdom on earth. Attract all men to your sweetest Heart so that all may participate in the incomparable benefits of Redemption. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the Missions, give us many and holy missionaries.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be... -Pope Pius XII

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Chalice of Strength - the booklet, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Taking the Associate Plunge...

I've been considering it for some time. That is, finding a way to bring in a little money to help with the development of There are many fees involved.

After investigating an advertising "plug-in", I realized that while I could use the keyword Catholic for the ads that would be seen in my blogs, I could not control whether they were Catholic or "Catholic". In other words, against my desires, I could inadvertently promote something by a disoriented theologian trying to pass something off as authentic.

I then discovered Associates, which allows me to advertise specific content. If you click on one of these links, then make a subsequent purchase of any kind at, I would get a small percentage from them for having referred you to their site.

I'll periodically explain my choices.


Today, I start with a periodical called, Homiletic and Pastoral Review - the magazine where my article, Unconditional Worship in the God-centered Mass appeared (May 2006 Issue). You can find a small selection of articles from this magazine at HPR Online.

This magazine is one of the most dignified Catholic periodicals you'll ever read and it is solid. It is written primarily for priests, but has a large number of lay subscribers. The writers are very solid. There are also written homilies for each Sunday of the month, and they are not watered down.

Subscribe to HPR today by clicking on the link below, and you'll assist this blog, and with your purchase!

Previous posts stemming from articles in HPR:

Rev. Michael Orsi: Obedient priests take another hit

Mark Pilon: Pastors and stability of office

Helpers for God's Precious Infants of Michigan - Now Online

I do have more photos of Sacred Heart, but will bring them to you later, or tomorrow.

Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan now has a website in the form of a blog. It is currently in development so please bookmark it and visit it for continuing information.

There are a few photos on the blog of the prayer vigil which took place this weekend outside of two abortion clinics.

Any members of Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan interested in assisting with this new site should contact me at In particular, it would be helpful to have a few members willing to receive and handle email inquiries which could come from anyone visiting the site, including women considering abortions, or potential volunteers. This would need to be done daily and is a responsibility that could be shared by several people. All those volunteering should send full name, phone number, and email address. Your name will be passed along to the President, Dan Goodnow for consideration of this particular task.

God bless and follow the link in the opening line to see the site.

Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 16

We now move into a section of prayers, in the Chalice of Strength, aimed at missions and missionaries.

16. Prayer for the Missions

Eternal God, Creator of all things, remember the souls of unbelievers who are the work of your hands and created in your image and likeness.

Remember that Jesus Christ your Son has suffered for their salvation a most cruel death. Do not allow that your divine Son be despised by unbelievers any longer, but that he will be appeased by the prayers of your chosen ones and of the Church, the Spouse of your Most Blessed Son, who is our health, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and set free and to whom be given glory forever. Amen.

- St. Francis Xavier

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Chalice of Strength - the booklet, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fr. Perrone's Latin Class - Part 2 will cover Gregorian Chant

Scroll down for two sets of photos from the Feast of the Sacred Heart. More are coming so check back over the next week. I'll probably post them once daily.

I apologize for not posting this sooner and some will find it too late. But, Fr. Perrone, who held a "Latin Lite" class in the school lounge about 6 months ago, is having another one. This time it will focus on Gregorian Chant.

I believe it is following the 9:30am Mass, which means around 11:00. The lounge is in the school (follow the crowd), and you will find it shortly after you walk through the doors on the left, across from the Gift Shop.

Originally, they had asked for people to call ahead so they would know how many materials to print up. Please call the parish today if you plan on attending, otherwise just ask if it is ok for you to join in late when you get there, and make sure those who called ahead get materials first. You can probably always get the materials at a later date, by calling the rectory at 313-372-0762. It's possible there will be CD's available in the giftshop when it is done, as well. We had them for the original Latin Lite class, and if you ask, perhaps they would order more if there are none left. The first class dealt mainly with pronunciation.

Consider that "Americanized" Latin sounds pretty tacky. Using Domine Jesu Christu as an example, you can hear it this way:

Domeeenay Yeyzoo Chwreestoo.

If you could hear Jerry Lewis reciting Latin, you would understand. Here, the latin "e's" are proncounced like the "a" in "bay", and there is a non-rolling "r", which causes the mouth to contort. Sometimes people will pronounce the "o" like the first one in Dominic.

But it sounds so much sweeter when done in a more European tone:

Dohmeeneh Yehzoo Chdddeesto.

Here, the "e's" are pronounced like the "e" in "bet" and the "r" is rolled (just picture a bunch of "d's" instead of the r). And, the "o" is pronounced almost like in "doh!" But, it is actually more like a cross between that "o" and the "a" in "hall". Perhaps phonetically, we could look at it as dawmeeneh.

Now, the choir will have to sometimes sing the "o" in the manner closer to the first example, but nothing gets Fr. Perrone's dander up faster than when someone in the choir sings that "e" like the "a" in bay. It truly sounds cheesy, once you can hear the difference.

Which sounds more graceful and dignified for Jesu? Yayzoo (phonetically "a" in bay), or Yehzoo ("e" in bet)? Accent was covered in the first class too.

As with all such classes, which happen frequently at Grotto, it is free. However, sometimes, a basket is passed for donations.

If you truly want to learn Latin at your own pace, you have to check "Simplissimus" out at the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. It uses Ecclesiastical Latin - the kind we use in Church, to teach us authentic Latin, and its not lite by any means, but easy to follow. I keep it in my sidebar, but I suggest bookmarking it.

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart: Incense

We've talked about incensing before. If you spend any time at Grotto, you will soon learn, that incense is used regularly.

After the altar is incensed, the altar boys take the thurible, or censer, and incense the priest.

There is then, a bow, and the altar boys proceed to work their way around the sanctuary, incensing other priests, then any other altar boys, before finally coming before the faithful gathered.

I could not get any other photos uploaded, but if you go to my first post on this topic called, "Got Incense?", you will find several more pictures involving incensing, along with information from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM).

I'll add this tidbit from New Advent (online Catholic Encyclopedia)


Incense, with its sweet-smelling perfume and high-ascending smoke, is typical of the good Christian's prayer, which, enkindled in the heart by the fire of God's love and exhaling the odour of Christ, rises up a pleasing offering in His sight (cf. Amalarius, "De eccles. officiis" in P.L., CV). Incensing is the act of imparting the odour of incense. The censer (q.v.) is held in the right hand at the height of the breast, and grasped by the chain near the cover; the left hand, holding the top of the chain, is placed on the breast. The censer is then raised upwards to the height of the eyes, given an outward motion and slightly ascending towards the object to be incensed, and at once brought back to the starting point. This constitutes a single swing. For a double swing the outward motion should be repeated, the second movement being more pronounced than the first. The dignity of the person or thing will determine whether the swing is to be single or double, and also whether one swing or more are to be given. The incense-boat is the vessel containing the incense for immediate use. It is so called from its shape. It is generally carried by the thurifer in the disengaged hand.

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Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 15

15. Prayer to Jesus the Eternal High Priest

O Jesus, you are the Eternal High Priest. Because you are true God and true man, you are the only Mediator between God and man. Through you, the merciful Father gives man salvation and through you, man is led back to him.

You have established priests as your collaborators to perpetuate in the Holy Mass, the Sacrifice of your death on the Cross and to sanctify souls through their ministry.

O Jesus, choose from all the people of the world worthy and numerous ministers so that all souls may find salvation.

O Jesus, Savior of the world, sanctify your priests and seminarians.

O God, who have established your only-begotten Son as the Eternal High Priest, grant, we beseech you, that those who are chosen by Christ as ministers of your mysteries may be kept always faithful in the fulfillment of their service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

-Pope Paul VI

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Pope Benedict: Society Faces "Tyranny of Instability"

The pope's words apply here in the US, as well....

Society Faces "Tyranny of Instability," Says Pope
Receives Bishops of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania

( Benedict XVI exhorted the bishops of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to defend life and the family, saying that a society without authentic values faces a "tyranny of instability."

The Pope received the bishops today, at the close of their five-yearly visit to the Vatican, and spoke on a topic of "great present importance ... the family."

"Alongside exemplary family nuclei," the Holy Father said, "there are frequently others that are characterized by, unfortunately, the frailty of conjugal bonds, the plague of abortion and the demographic crisis."

Other sources of concern for the Bishop of Rome include the "lack of care in the transmission of authentic values to children; … the precariousness of work; … social mobility that weakens the bonds between generations; … [and] young people's growing sense of inner emptiness."

"A modernity that is not rooted in authentic human values is destined to be dominated by the tyranny of instability and the loss of points of reference," Benedict XVI said. "For this reason, every ecclesial community, with its own faith and supported by the grace of God, is called to be a point of reference and to dialogue with the society in which it is integrated.

"The Church, teacher of life, draws from the natural law and from the word of God those principles that present the irreplaceable basis to build the family, according to the design of the creator."

The Pontiff encouraged the bishops to always be "courageous defenders of the family and life," and to continue with the efforts undertaken "in favor of the human and religious formation of engaged couples and young families."

Benedict XVI added: "It is an extremely meritorious work, which I hope will also be appreciated and supported by the institutions of the civil society."

Pope explains selection of Cardinal Bertone

Benedict XVI Tells Why He Chose Cardinal Bertone
For Pastoral and Doctrinal Skills, He Says in Letter

( Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the newly appointed Vatican secretary of state, is able "to combine pastoral care and doctrinal preparation," Benedict XVI said in a letter explaining his decision.

The letter, sent to the Archdiocese of Genoa, of which the cardinal has been pastor for three years, was published today by the Vatican press office.

On Sept. 15, Cardinal Bertone, 71, will replace Cardinal Angelo Sodano, 78, who presented his resignation for reasons of age.

In his letter, Benedict XVI wrote: "In these three years, in which he has led the Church that is in Genoa, you have learned to appreciate the qualities that make him a faithful pastor, particularly able to combine pastoral care with doctrinal preparation.

"These characteristics, united to reciprocal knowledge and trust, matured in the years of joint service in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have led me to choose him for the high and delicate task at the service of the universal Church, in the Holy See."

Cardinal Bertone, in a message sent to his diocese, said that this appointment is "a Copernican revolution" for him.

"As a Salesian and a man of the Church," the cardinal added, "I am accustomed to obedience."

Cardinal Bertone added: "I have loved this Church and I have dedicated my heart and exhaustion to it for three years -- the weekly agenda of the archbishop demonstrates it. Now I am called to Rome: As always, I obey and thank Benedict XVI for the trust that he again offers his former collaborator.

"I pray to the Lord to be faithful and support the Pope in this promising stage of new evangelization."

Friday, June 23, 2006

Holy Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart

I am able to bring you some photos of the Mass which took place at 7:00pm at Assumption Grotto. Considering that it was not a holy day of obligation, attendance was good at about 75-100 (including about 25 in the choir loft). People had two other Masses to choose from - the 7:30am and 8:30am, as with any weekday. Quite a few choir members were out or away, but we did ok considering a last minute switch in the music to accomodate the lower numbers.

There is something about this scene when you are in the church. The lights are out, and the only light you see is within the sanctuary, or daylight peaking through the stained glass. This is the finest setting for mental prayer, or any kind of prayer. The picture was taken at around 6:15pm as I was setting up before choir practice.

Mass begins. The celebrant is wearing the Sacred Heart on his vestment.

"Et incarnatus est..." Bowing is explained in a previous post.

Altar boys assisting the priest as we head into the Eucharistic Prayer.

More pictures tomorrow or Sunday, including the ever-beautiful, "Elevation". We were blessed to have Benediction outdoors, just as we do on Sundays, but it was geared towards the Sacred Heart. I'll be bringing pictures of that, as well, in the coming days.

I should probably have mentioned that if you ever come to an evening feast day Mass, it is likely going to be celebrated mostly, or partially, in Latin. If you are not aquainted with Grotto, there are little gray Mass booklets which guide you through the Mass, and solid translations are on the opposite page. If you see a little, white, rectangular basket on the altar rail near the center on either side, they are in there, and sometimes on the stand where the gifts are placed in the center aisle. Follow along as it can be an eye-opening experience if you glance back and forth at the good translations on the facing page as you read the Latin.

I must admit, that the words of the Eucharistic prayers used (there are 4), but I have never paid attention to them, until I started attending the Latin Mass and reading along, while glancing at the opposite page. Soon you start to connect certain words with meanings, as well. But, I began to dive deeper into the Mass, aided by the need to read what was going on.

I can understand how some would prefer not to have to work so hard to know what is going on and have everything in the vernacular. However, can you imagine being in an international setting, with dozens of ethnicities and nationalities present, all capable of singing the Pater Noster in Latin?

Wall Street Journal Article on New Mass Translations

H/T to The Phoenix


The Language of Prayer
New changes to the Mass will make it closer to the original.

Friday, June 23, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT

Last week the U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved changes to the wording of the Mass that will significantly affect how Roman Catholics pray. Instead of an expected split vote, the bishops deliberated for only 20 minutes before deciding 173-23 in favor of a new English translation of the Latin Order of the Mass.

The bishops' decision follows decades of displeasure with the current English translation. Drafted in 1970 by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy and in use ever since, the translation has been criticized as banal, uninspiring and inaccurate (one fastidious Latinist counted over 400 errors in the ordinary parts of the Mass alone). A rather straightforward response such as "and with your spirit" (et cum spiritu tuo) was rendered, "and also with you," while entire phrases were omitted or even inserted. In the Roman canon, for example, "a pure Victim . . . a spotless Victim" was ignored and "We come to you Father with praise and thanksgiving" added, the effect being that even the holiest part of the Mass seems more focused on us than on the Sacrifice.

It is difficult to believe that these errors were not intentional (no other translation--Spanish, German, Italian--has had such extensive problems), and indeed, according to some insiders, the committee's decisions were ideologically driven. The Rev. Stephen Somerville, one of the original members of ICEL's Advisory Board, apologized in 2002 for "the bold mistranslations" that "weaken[ed] the Latin Catholic liturgy."

Other former ICEL members have been less contrite. After the Vatican began to address the problem in 2001 with Liturgiam authenticam, its document on the principles of sound translation, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk direly prognosticated a "liturgical winter." John Page, a former executive secretary of ICEL, criticized the new procedures for not bringing "the wider Church into the conversation," a curious remark given ICEL's own notoriety for ignoring decades of complaints from pleb and prelate alike.

Today opponents of the new translation cite concern over the effects the changes will have on congregations, which have grown accustomed to ICEL's old renderings. While change can certainly be destabilizing, there is a difference between changing in order to move away from tradition and changing in order to return to it. And it is odd for those who pushed for a radical shift in 1970 to be now making the same arguments about continuity their detractors once did.
The current controversy is also interesting because it reveals a fundamental misunderstanding over the nature of liturgical language. The Rev. Lawrence J. Madden, director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, dislikes the new and more accurate translation because "It isn't the English we speak. It's becoming more sacred English, rather than vernacular English."

Yet that is precisely the point. When Vatican II permitted translations of the Mass in 1963, it spoke of translating into the "mother tongue," not into everyday speech. Contrary to widespread belief, there has never been a tradition of the vernacular in Christian liturgy, if by "vernacular" you mean the language we speak on the street. Many of the earliest Masses were offered in a language the congregation could understand, but not in the language that could be heard in the marketplace. Before a native language was used in divine worship, it was first "sacralized"--its syntax and diction were gingerly modified, archaisms were deliberately re-introduced and even new rhythmic meters and cadences were invented. All of this was done in order to produce a distinctive mode of communication, one that was separate from garden-variety vernacular speech and capable of relaying the unique mysteries of the Gospel.

Thus, if English is to convey sacred mysteries, there should be a "sacred English." The very word we use for everyday speech, "profane," comes from pro-fano, "outside the temple." If Catholics wish to make the world Christ's temple, as Pope Benedict recently put it, they must first be careful not to make Christ's temple the world.

While the bishops made important progress last week, their improvements fell short of the ideal. Approximately 60 of the proposed changes were rejected, we are told, including the recommendation to replace the nebulous line in the Nicene Creed "one in being with the Father" with the more precise "consubstantial with the Father." According to one report the bishops kept the former version because "'consubstantial' is a theological expression requiring explanation." Quite so, but isn't explaining theological expressions one of the reasons we have priests and bishops?

Since the process is far from over (it could take years before final implementation), Rome may yet prevail in convincing the American liturgical establishment to leave more of its street talk at the temple door. In the meantime, Catholics jaded with all this tinkering to the Mass can be grateful that at least some changes are for the better.

Mr. Foley is a professor of patristics at Baylor University and the author of "Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Source-Wall Street Journal

Prayer Vigil at two Abortion Clinics Tomorrow

Just a reminder....

Prayer Vigil for Life-Helpers of God
Precious Infants, Saturday, June 24th,
7:30 am Mass at St. Raymonds, celebrated
by Bishop Schoenherr, Rosary in front of
two abortion clinics on 8 Mile,
Benediction and refreshments at
Assumption Grotto after.

I have been unable to find a website for the local chapter of Helpers of God's Precious Infants, but can lead you to these other resources:

1998 Newsletter

Chicago Chapter

Brooklyn NY - (careful on dialup as there is a video playing right out of the shoot)

HGPI Blog - St. Francis of Assisi chapter

Folks, this is non-confrontational. There is no protesting, no jail, no judging of those entering the clinic - just prayer for the baby, as well as the mother, the father, the abortionist, and workers.

Follow through with Benediction at the Grotto, which is right down the road.!!! Just ask anyone there how to get there, if you've not been. Organizers will probably explain at the end.

This is your chance to do something positive for the unborn. Bring your family and pray all four sets of mysteries of the Rosary as we process to the two clinics, singing Marian Hymns in between decades.

Last time I went there were about 250 people out there.

And, the good Lord is providing us with great weather!

Corpus Christi 2006 - Photos from Grotto - Post 6

This is the final post in a series of six, bringing you photos of Corpus Christi procession at Assumption Grotto in Detroit. I may occassionally bring in a bonus photo. Along with the Easter Season 2006 Photo Disk, I will make one available of Corpus Christi and Memorial Day through the Assumption Grotto Giftshop and Cafe. As predicted, there are just over 100 photos of this event alone in the final collection.

You can really see in some of these later pictures how the wind was kicking up. There was an 80% chance of thundershowers, and some places got hit very hard, but we were free to process without any such disturbance.

Jesus heading towards the Church

If you wonder how there can be prayers said and songs sung in unison with hundreds of people outdoors - here you go: Two guys and two remote speakers, strategically positioned as we moved from altar to altar. Thanks guys!

Jesus enters the Church!

These next two are really dark, but I did not have a remote cable to take without flash. I use no flash during Mass, but I snuck a few off with it since it was not a Mass, and since it would have been totally impossible without a fixed tripod and cable snapper.

Psalm 62: 2-3

O God, my God, to thee do I watch at break of day. For thee my soul hath thirsted; for thee my flesh, O how many ways! 3 In a desert land, and where there is no way, and no water: so in the sanctuary have I come before thee, to see thy power and thy glory.

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Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 14

Today we get a series of short prayers for priests.

14. Short Prayers for Priests

O Jesus, Savior of the world, sanctify your priests and seminarians.

Lord Our God, in order to govern your people you willed to unite yourself to the ministry of priests. Grant them the grace of accepting your holy will so that, in their ministry and in their life, they may seek only your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

O God, give us holy priests to celebrate the Sacrifice of Salvation, to give sinners the consolation of pardon and thirsting souls the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lord, grant us many and holy priests.

Grant us holy priests to console those who suffer, to remind all that we are brothers, to bless our homes, our work, our fields so that your kingdom may extend to all souls.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant your Church many and holy priests. Queen of the Apostles, pray for us.

And today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so we especially pray that last one today!

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Good news out of Saginaw....

Well, the news is good for those reading this blog, at least.

The ground was heard shaking over there in the neighboring diocese of Saginaw. That was Bishop Carlson just churning the soil one more time to prepare for the new crop.

Rocco Palma covers the story in his blog as follows:

Thursday, June 22, 2006

From Carlson Country
I'm told to "prepare for the gnashing and wailing of teeth beginning tomorrow in Saginaw...."

A friend briefs that, in the Michigan diocese, Bishop Robert Carlson is "publishing a pastoral letter (being sent to all homes in the diocese) about his directives for implementation" of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal.

Word is that some highlights are:- A clarified, standard recipe for Eucharistic bread- Firm directives on who can and cannot preach [as many of you know, this has been an issue in the diocese]- All parishes must have kneelers by 2009.

Nothing too odd, no? At least, not to these ears.

New Secretary of State at the Vatican: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

We knew it was coming...

Incoming Secretary of State at the Vatican: Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. On September 15, 2006, he will be replacing the outgoing, Cardinal Angelo Sodano who is retiring at age 78.

Gerald Augustinus brings us an article out of the UK which labels Cardinal Bertone as a "hardliner". They are probably the same ones who said this about Pope Benedict who has been as gentle as a lamb in most of what he has done. I'll be honest, the very things the Times of London is complaining about, are things that make me happy!

The Fr. Zulhsdorf School of Translation

Fr. Z - he's at it again. When we say this, you gotta know someone is getting "schooled".

He publicly addresses a Catholic who wrote into a local newspaper about her feelings on the translations sumitted by the USCCB to the Holy See.

The sad part is that too many people within the Church itself have brought on the apparent misunderstandings of the Mass and words used in it. Catechesis is sorely needed. Way too many Catholics, including yours truly until last year, confused the Sacrifice of the Mass with something that was meant to make ME feel good.

It's going to be difficult in some circles to get authentic catechesis to the masses, who simply haven't yet received the desire, through grace, to read the catechism, scripture, or resources on the liturgy, but come to Mass each Sunday, or are C & E Catholics. God may be sending the graces to them, but they may not be receiving it, or acting on them, for whatever reason. In some cases, its because the shepherd charged with their care is disoriented, perhaps through no fault of his own, but wayward seminary training. Thus, an endless cycle of confused and disoriented Catholics.

I have more hope for the future because this new generation of priests has access to things the last did not. TV gives them access to people like Fr. John Corapi, Fr. Benedict Groeschel and Fr. Mitch Pacwa among others. The internet gives them unlimited access to unlimited resources of authentic Catholicism. They simply aren't buying much of the baloney passed off as "teaching", but are proving to be nothing more than "strange teachings".

I'll get you started....

“What does it even mean?”

CATEGORY: SESSIUNCULUM — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 6:17 pm

Thanks to Amy Welborn for the following at least I think, thanks. Not sure, really. I was more than a little irritated when I first read this, but I am over it now. In the The Floridian there is a gushy piece by a pious member of the faithful, AMY HOLLYFIELD, victimized by the decision of the meanie bishops who have submitted their new English translation to Rome. You can almost imagine Thomas Reese, SJ, and His Excellency Donald W. Trautman as ghost writers. Let’s get to the piece. This is entitled "Lost In Translation", thought I suspect the authoress would be lost in pretty much any translation if you come right down to it. Here goes… I will annotate.

I haven’t been saying the words all my life.
Just 16 of my 35 years.

Sound familiar? This is the Chair’s argument! "We’ve been doing this for SIXTEEN WHOLE YEARS! We CAN’T change now!"

But I am as confused, disappointed and, well, angry, as any devout Roman
Catholic I know.

Hmmm… "Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience…." etc. Just savor that word "devout" here. That provides justification for all the emotion that follows.

Mass is the starting point for my week. A renewal that I participate in. The
words, the music, the people - they ground me.

Aaaaaaaaand…. the Blessed Sacrament? Jesus? And is there also a Sacrifice to participate in?

continue reading, "the schooling...."

Corpus Christi 2006 - Photos from Grotto - Post 5

This is the fourth outdoor altar and the last before we returned to the Church where we began. It was getting mighty gray outside. Keep in mind, Fr. Perrone thumbed his nose at the "80% chance of thundershowers" predicted for early afternoon, moving forward with having all the altars set up very early in the morning. It brings back recollections to the many mornings he went forward with his 7:30am outdoor daily Mass at the Grotto, in spite of rainy predictions. It always seemed to hold off until Mass was done. At the worst, a few drops fell one time, but waited until we were done and all was put away. Sometimes, I think he has connections with the Weather Controller Himself! I know it rained elsewhere locally that Sunday, but I didn't see much of it.

Benediction at the fourth outdoor altar!

The Knights carrying the canopy did not want to step on the elaborate decoration made by the sisters, but pastor, Fr. Perrone, waved them to go ahead and do what they had to get Jesus back "under the tent".

Jesus is heading back to Church from the fourth outdoor altar.

Jesus "waits" as all the faithful gathered at the fourth outdoor altar, move on ahead, processing before Him into the Church.

Note one altar boy facing the Blessed Sacrament as he incenses, while the other is facing forward - a continuous process through the route.

More pictures tomorrow, if Blogger cooperates!

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Twenty-One Days of Prayers for Priests: Day 13

Resuming our Prayers for Priests series, we finally come upon day 13. The prayer is for Thursdays and is brought to us by Pope Pius the XII. All prayers featured are coming from the booklet, Chalice of Strength which is a compilation of prayers we can use to pray for priests.

13. Prayer for Thursday

O Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, Good Shepherd and Fountain of life, who by the special goodness of your Most Sweet Heart, have given us priests to fulfill in us the designs of sanctification which your grace inspires in our hearts, we ask you: come to their aid with the assistance of your mercy.

O Jesus, may they have in their labors a lively faith; in trials an unwavering trust; in their decisions a burning charity.

Grant that your Word, the irradiation of the Eternal Wisdom, may become through continuous meditation the never failing nourishment of their interior life. Let the example of your life and passion animate their actions and sustain them in their suffering, so that they may teach, enlighten and comfort us in our sorrows. Lord, grant our priests the grace of detachment from purely worldly concerns. Let them be first and foremost solicitous for your glory and keep them faithful to their duties.

Keep them pure in conscience till their last breath, so that when death comes to the body, they may place into your hands their mission faithfully accomplished so that they may find in you, Lord Jesus Christ, who on earth were their Master, the prize of the Crown of Justice, in the glory of the saints. Amen. -Pope Pius XII

About the Prayer for Priests Series

Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum

More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.

Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.


The Sisters who handle the spiritual adoption process assign new priests to those within the prayer network each year on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Contact them now to begin praying for a priest using the link for spiritual adoption above.

But, even if you don't read this until after Sacred Heart, don't hesitate to write to them anyway and ask for priest to pray for. You can also submit the name of one yourself, or a seminarian, person discerning, bishop, etc.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart - Part 3

On the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, I bring you to the last section of Fr. Wagner's article on Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In this part, he leads us into meditating on the 8 Flames....

The Flames of Love issuing from the Heart of Jesus

The better we come to know the love of the Sacred Heart, the better our love will leap up like a flame in response to His love. Rather than try to acquire spiritual growth through asceticism, which is slow and painful, we should enkindle the fire of our love in the Heart of Jesus. This is not to deny the need for asceticism; asceticism is necessary, only it should be inspired by love. To this end, we want to consider how the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus reaches out to us in love from the tabernacle, in order to inflame our hearts with a reciprocal response of love. St. John Eudes discerns eight different flames of love which issue from our Lord's Heart in the tabernacle which are freely adapted here to our present needs.

The First Flame Impels Christ to Remain with us

"The first flame is the inconceivable love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which impelled Him to abide there continuously night and day, for nearly 2000 years, to be always with us, so as to fulfill [His] promise." "Behold, He assures us, "I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world" (Mt 28,20). St. John Eudes, accordingly, understands this as a Eucharistic Promise. As he points out, this is an imprisonment of love. What loneliness, coldness and abandonment; never was there a lover so spurned and so neglected. "Could you not watch one hour with me?!" On the one hand -- when He finds Himself in the midst of friends -- it is a sheer delight: "It was my delight to be with the sons of men."

The Second Flame Repairs All Our Debts

The second flame of this fiery furnace is the love of our Lord's Heart which issues forth and rises up to heaven in order to pay our greatest debt.
[continue reading the 8 flames and conclusion.......]

Post 1 and 2 originate from the same text. Tomorrow is Sacred Heart!!! Print this out and read it tonite and if possible, try to attend holy Mass.

For those who are local, the 7:00pm daily Mass on Friday at Assumption Grotto will feature the choir. I previously stated this would be our last Mass until August 15, but Fr. Perrone decided we would sing on Sunday at 9:30 as well before releasing us into the summer!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fr. Perrone on Corpus Christi...

From the Pastor's Descant this weekend in the Grotto News. The link will only work for so long so here is the full article:

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, or simply Corpus Christi, is observed today. Much like Ascension Day, this ‘Thursday’ feast has been transferred to Sunday. Thursday was the traditional day for this because Corpus Christi is a liturgical echo of Holy Thursday, the day on which our Lord instituted the most Holy Eucharist. In Catholic countries this Thursday would be a holiday and so all would be able to participate in the midweek ceremonies. In our non-Catholic country, it is good that those not exempt from work can still become involved in the festivities of the day by celebrating Corpus Christi on a Sunday. So, here we are.

I found a book in my liturgical library that offered some good thoughts for us to ponder today. I would like to summarize them, giving them my own twist.

Sometimes a useful distinction–one we may not always realize–is made between joy and happiness. Too often we think of these words as synonyms, but they are not. Joy is something essentially interior. It comes from giving, most especially from giving ourselves to God. And we can give Him our all. But happiness comes from getting something, and we cannot have all–at least in this life. God will give all to us in heaven, where we will be both full of joy and full of happiness in His Presence.

So, we can be fully joyful in this life, but not completely happy. Yet there is a way we can have a foretaste of heaven now. And this comes from being in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. This is because before the Holy Eucharist we experience in some measure what we will have in heaven. Sometimes–maybe often–we may not have a feeling of this happiness before the Blessed Sacrament. Why?

The reason is that our sensory powers, our desires, our tastes, the things in our imaginations and memories often are not centered on the right things. As a result, we often come before the Lord in an unpurified state. We have to yield all our powers to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and let Him transform them. We ought to abandon and humble ourselves before Him in adoration and in love. If, instead, we are impatient with our lack of purity of soul, and go about looking for other things of the world to fulfill our already disordered desires, then we will never have any happiness in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Or if we present ourselves filled with distracting thoughts, thinking about ourselves, our doubts, our disturbances rather than giving our hearts entirely to Christ, we will not do much good aside from a few prayers recited from memory or out of a prayer book.

Corpus Christi is the day when we reaffirm our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist: His Body and Blood, His soul and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine. This is the objective truth: He is there. It is also a day of adoration of Christ in the Holy Sacrament. This is the truth that depends upon our participation. Will we give Him what is His due?

We have the Blessed Sacrament exposed for adoration everyday but Sunday in our convent chapel. There are now some hours of adoration that need to be covered. Maybe this is the moment you are being given the inspiration to consent to make this one hour, once a week commitment. If you come, you will find the Lord. Whether you find the happiness you seek, depends on how you approach Him. Again, perfect happiness you will only have in heaven, but the foretaste of it is offered to you now in adoration. Please consider making that extra something in your life that can bring about the most significant change for the better. There are sign-up sheets at the side entrances of the church for you to indicate that you will be there. So many of your fellow parishioners are already benefiting from this. Why should you be left out?

Fr Perrone

Blogger not cooperating on picture uploading

We have to wait yet another day for more Corpus Christi 2006 photos. My first attempt to upload a photo today, resulted in.....nothing. That is the usual problem. Experience tells me that I may as well forget it for today.

I've actually got enough content for about 3 or 4 more days worth, in the manner I have been posting. Close to 300 were shot, but many are redundant. I used a feature that enables action shots to eliminate blur and just held the button down on many of the photos involving motion. Just holding down the button, the shutter was opening and closing several times per second, as long as I held it. I took the cream of each crop and the rest just get saved for potential later use.

All in all, I hope to have around 100 keepers that will go on to a disk, made available through the Assumption Grotto Giftshop and Cafe.

I was reminded by one of our priests, that I am on the hook to supply disks for Easter and Divine Mercy - a promise I made. If he finds me blogging, with no disks of Easter available yet again, I may need to avoid him - especially in confession where I may find my blogger-wings clipped for a time as a lesson in temperance is taught.

.....Hmmmm - perhaps tomorrow evening! It's my only chance.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pro-Choice Democrats Trumped by Abortion Survivor as Colorado House Prepared to Recognize Planned Parenthood

I won't waste any commentary on this because res ipsa loquitur - the thing speaks for itself! In this case, it is the testimony of assistant minority leader of the Colorado House, Ted Harvey.

June 16, 2006

Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor
by Ted Harvey, assistant minority leader, Colorado House

She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence.

I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration.

I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He went on to state that there were still numerous resolutions on the calendar which we would need to be addressed prior to the summer adjournment. Interestingly, he specifically mentioned that one of the resolutions we would be hearing was being carried by the House Majority Leader Alice Madden, honoring the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

As a strong pro-life legislator I was disgusted by the idea that we would pass a resolution honoring this 90-year legacy of genocide. I drove home that night wondering what I could say that might pierce the darkness during the debate on this heinous resolution.

On Saturday morning, I took my 8-year-old son up to the mountains to go white-water rafting. The trip lasted all day. As we were driving home, exhausted and hungry, I remembered that I had accepted an invitation to attend a fundraising dinner that night for a local pro-life organization. One of my most respected mentors had personally called me several weeks earlier and asked me to attend, so I knew I'd have to clean up and head over.

After our meal, the executive director of the organization introduced the keynote speaker. I looked up and saw walking to the stage a handicapped young lady being assisted to the microphone by a young man holding a guitar.

Her name was Gianna Jessen.

Gianna said "Hello," welcomed everyone, and then sang three of the most beautiful Christian songs I have ever heard.

She then began to give her testimony. When her biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have an abortion. As God would have it, the abortion failed and a beautiful 2-pound baby girl was brought into the world. Unfortunately, she was born with cerebral palsy and the doctors thought that she would never survive. The doctors were wrong.

Imagine the timing! A survivor of a Planned Parenthood abortion arrived in town just days before the Colorado House of Representatives was to celebrate Planned Parenthood's "wonderful" work.

As I listened to Gianna's amazing testimony, the Lord inspired me to ask her if she could stay in Denver until Monday morning so that I could introduce her on the floor of the House and tell her story. Perhaps she could even begin the final day's session by singing our country's national anthem!

To my surprise she said she would seriously consider it. If she were to agree, she wanted her accompanying guitarist to stay as well. A lady standing in line behind me waiting to meet Gianna overheard our conversation and said that she would be willing to pay for the guitarist's room. Gianna then said that she would think about it.

As I was driving home from the banquet, my cell phone rang. It was Gianna, and she immediately said, "I'm in, let's ruin this celebration." Praise God!

When Monday morning came, I awoke at 6 a.m. to write my speech before heading to the Capitol. As I wrote down the words, I could sense God's help and I knew that this was going to be a powerful moment for the pro-life movement.

Following a committee hearing, I rushed into the House chambers just as the opening morning prayer was about to be given. Between the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, I wrote a quick note to the speaker of the House explaining that Gianna is an advocate for cerebral palsy. I took the note to the speaker and asked if I could have my friend open the last day of session by singing the national anthem. Without any hesitation the speaker took the microphone and said, "Before we begin, Representative Harvey has made available for us Gianna Jessen to sing the national anthem."

Gianna sang the most amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that you could possibly imagine. Every person in the entire chamber was completely still, quiet and in awe of this frail young lady's voice.

Due to her cerebral palsy, Gianna often loses her balance, and shortly after starting to sing she grabbed my arm to stabilize herself, and I could tell that she was shaking. Suddenly, midway through the song, she forgot the words and began to hum and then said, "Please forgive me; I am so nervous." She then immediately began singing again and every House member and every guest throughout the chambers began to sing along with her to give her encouragement and to lift her up.

As I looked around the huge hall I listened to the unbelievable melody of Gianna's voice being accompanied by a choir of over 100 voices. I had chills running all over my body, and I knew that I had just witnessed an act of God.

As the song concluded the speaker of the House explained that Gianna has cerebral palsy and is an activist to bring awareness to the disease. "Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today, but also for her advocacy work," he said. The chamber immediately exploded into applause -- she had them all in the palm of her hand.

The speaker then called the House to order, and we proceeded as usual to allow members to make any announcements or introductions of guests. For dramatic effect, I waited until I was the last person remaining before I introduced Gianna.

As I waited for my turn, I nervously paced back and forth praying to God that he would give me the peace, confidence and the courage necessary to pull off what I knew would be one of the most dramatic and controversial moments of my political career.

While I waited, a prominent reporter from one of the major Denver newspapers walked over to Gianna and told her that her rendition captured the spirit of the national anthem more powerfully than any she had ever heard before.

Finally, I was the last person remaining. So, I proceeded to the microphone and began my speech.

Members, I would like to introduce you to a new friend and hero of mine -- her
name is Gianna Jessen. She is visiting us today from Nashville, Tennessee, where
she is an accomplished recording artist.

She has cerebral palsy and was
raised in foster homes before being adopted at the age of four.

She was
born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds at birth. She remained in the
hospital for almost three months. A doctor once said she had a great will to
live and that she fought for her life. Eventually she was able to leave the
hospital and be placed in foster care.

Because of her cerebral palsy,
her foster mother was told that it was doubtful that she would ever crawl or
walk. She could not sit up independently. Through the prayers and dedication of
her foster mother, she eventually learned to sit up, crawl, then stand. Shortly
before her fourth birthday, she began to walk with leg braces and a walker.

She continued in physical therapy and after a total of four surgeries,
she was able to walk without assistance.

She still falls sometimes, but
she says she has learned how to fall gracefully after falling for 29 years.

Two years ago, she walked into a local health club and said she wanted a
private trainer. At the time her legs could not lift 30 pounds. Today she can
leg press 200 pounds.

She became so physically fit that she began
running marathons to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy. She just
returned last week from England where she ran in the London Marathon. It took
her more than eight-and-a-half hours to complete. They were taking down the
course by the time she made it to the finish line. But she made it, nonetheless.
With bloody feet and aching joints, she finished the race.

Members would you help me recognize a modern-day hero -- Gianna Jessen?

At this point the chamber exploded into applause which lasted for 15-to-20 seconds. Gianna had touched their souls.

Ironically, Alice Madden, the majority leader and sponsor of the Planned Parenthood resolution, walked over to Gianna and congratulated her.

As the applause began to die down, I raised my hand to be recognized one more time.

Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time.

My name is Ted Harvey, not Paul Harvey, but, please, let me tell you the rest of the story.

The cause of Gianna's cerebral palsy is not because of some biological freak of nature, but rather the choice of her mother.

You see when her biological mother was 17-years-old and 7-and-a-half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late-term abortion. The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl. This procedure requires the injection of a high concentration of saline into the mother's womb, which the fetus is then bathed in and swallows, which results in the fetus being burned to death, inside and out. Within 24 hours the results are normally an induced, still-born abortion.

As Gianna can testify, the procedure is not always 100 percent effective. Gianna is an aborted late-term fetus who was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hours resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.

Members, today, we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…"

BANG! The gavel came down.

Just as I was finishing the last sentence of my speech -- the climax of the morning -- the speaker of the House gaveled me down and said, "Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction, but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House."

At which point I said, "Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today."


Deafening silence.

I then walked back to my chair shaking like a leaf. The Democrats wouldn't look at me. They were fuming. It was beautiful. I have been in the Legislature for five tough years, and this made it all worthwhile.

The House majority leader wouldn't talk to me the rest of the day.

Was it because I introduced an abortion survivor, or was it because we touched her soul? She could congratulate an inspirational cerebral palsy victim and advocate, but was outraged when she discovered that the person she congratulated was also an abortion survivor.

The headline in The Denver Post the next day read "Abortion Jab Earns Rebuke." The majority leader is quoted as saying, "I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics."

Yes, Representative Madden, Gianna Jessen is a human being. She was when she was in her mother's womb, and she was when she sang the national anthem on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

The paper went on to quote Gianna, stating she was glad I told her story.

"We need to discuss the humanity of it. I'm glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb," she said. "If abortion is about women's rights, where were my rights?"

All I can say is, "Glory to God!" He orchestrated it all, every minute of it, and I was so honored to have been chosen to play a part. May we all continue to be filled with and to fight for the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ!

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QUESTION: Does anyone know if the vote took place, and if so, what was the outcome?

More on Gianna Jessen

Folks, this is truly one special woman in our midst. It's not just the miracle of having survived the brutal process of saline abortion, but the fact that she has shown mercy and forgiveness to the mother who attempted to terminate her life.

(Note: There are several sites with Gianna's last name spelled incorrectly and this prevented me from finding her website. The correct spelling is "Jessen" not "Jensen").

Gianna's website (not yet fully operational, but forthcoming and soon to be in my sidebar!)

Article at Abortion Facts website

Testimony of Gianna Jessen: Hearing on H.R. 4292, the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000"

Article when Gianna was only 14 (now 29).

April 2005 article in the Telegraph (UK)