Friday, August 31, 2007

More EWTN News...

Looks as if EWTN is gearing up for its first Extraordinary mass by aring some very special programming...

I recieved this over the Wires this morning


This is a recording of a High Easter Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Chicago in 1940. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen narrates. Special Programming

09/13/07 1:00 AM Gate of Heaven: The Solemn Consecration of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Oratory of the Immaculate Conception 1:00

This solemn consecration is performed by the Most Reverend Bishop of La Crosse, Raymond L. Burke, in three parts: (1) the purification and dedication of the Church; (2) the translocation of the relics; (3) the Consecration of the Church; and, (4) the Celeb ration of the first pontifical high mass in the newly consecrated Church. The traditional Latin rite is used for the Liturgy.


This look at the renewal of Catholic Tradition, examines pilgrimages made in honor of the 10th anniversary of both the Motu Proprio, Ecclesia Dei, and the founding of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Two Steps Forward... One Step Backward

Today I would like to give my readers an Update on my Spiritual Life, Its amazing what transformation has happened in this short time, Since the catalyst of the passing of my grandmother. I have reverted to my faith, From clinging to the Extraordinary form of the Mass, the law of lex orandi lex credendi has really made an impact, aside from the Liturgical abuses in the previous post when I attend the Ordinary form, the Extraordinary form is truly changing my life.

I would venture to say that I have attended the Sacrament of Penance more in the Last 6 months then in my entire life as a Catholic before I fell away, This is a good thing through this sacrament I am changing habits that needed to be changed.

I have heard our Lord call me to visit him in Eucharistic Adoration, I have been praying the rosary with frequency, things have dramatically changed in the way we live and the company we keep.

With all of this it becomes more apparent the every day spiritual warfare that is being waged has increased as well- I can barley imagine what attacks the Holy Priest's are under on a daily basis as Msgr. Schmitz addressed at the First Mass of Fr. Avis- Sometimes the "Accuser" gets me down and it feels with every two steps forward I take to reform my life........ I take One step backward. This is something I'm afraid that will not end, but I pray when I come to the end of my Journey I have made the forward progress that Jesus wants for me.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend

God Bless

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Liturgical Abuse

This past weekend I have Prayed at three Holy Mass' 2 of the three were "Ordinary" and One was "Extraordinary".

I regret to inform you that The two "Ordinary" were Full of abuses that I feel are way to common place in this day and age.

Some things I noticed this weekend at Ordinary Mass-

  • Guitar (Electric and Acoustic) Played for all "Hymns"
  • "Hymns" were composed by the Ex-Jesuit Dan Schutte whom has left the Priesthood for the Gay Lifestyle were sung throughout both Ordinary Mass
  • While The Dress of the parishioners attending the Mass was very immodest while the dress is not an Liturgical Abuse per Se.. I would say that it reflects the law of lex orandi, lex credendi
  • "Extraordinary Ministers" Entering the Sanctuary, Opening the Tabernacle and waiting behind the priest before the priest receives communion
  • "Extraordinary Ministers" Grabbing and Gathering the Consecrated host's after communion, scraping the crumbs of the Blessed Sacrament as the priest Drinks the ablutions after communion without gathering the spare particles.. the Priest then stood aside to watch the ministers finish Grabbing at the hosts and place them in the Tabernacle
  • The Priest asked for Applause for the Guitar "Choir" and for the lector, Servers, and Extraordinary Ministers.
  • Random Applause after the priest processed out, for the end of the last "Hymn"
  • No Homily was given at one ordinary mass.. instead a Video was played on the pornography initiative that the diocese Started MONTHS ago.. there was no follow up discussion or talk after the Priest.
  • an "Children's Liturgy of the word" took place during this anti-pornography video when the children returned they had in hand the coloring pages that they were doing during this time

All of this was seen of the course of this past Saturday and Sunday at two Catholic "Community's" in the Johnson County Area one of which brings in over $40,000 in monies per the 10+ page Bulletin with 3 Full pages of Advertisements. (This Community needs Teachers for their "School of Religion" Classes I have seriously given thought to Helping them out)

So why Do I bring this up... its simple .... I feel compelled to do something about it...but I'm not sure what... So dear readers I ask you how can I help change the tide in these parish's that are so geographically close to my home. I look for your suggestions in the comment box

Please Help Me.

Friday, August 24, 2007

6 More things....

From my Darling wife.. I guess I must give you 6 more things about me...

  1. Just about EVERYTHING is a Joke to me or I try to find the comedy in all things.. I hate feeling down about anything so I just usually make light of all situations.
  2. I think I'm Handy... but its mostly just in my head....
  3. Babys / Children Screaming and Crying have almost ZERO effect on me.. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing
  4. I could Sleep for a Month Straight If I had no responsibilities I love SLEEP!
  5. I was a Boys State Delegate
  6. I have Volunteered as a Camp Counselor for Camp "ANYTOWN"

There ya go... Now you know me .. That much better

Saturday, August 18, 2007

EWTN to Broadcast Extraordinary Mass

This Just in... EWTN in Cooperation with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will broadcast a Missa solemnis For the first time in EWTN's 26 Year History


Full Article From above Source:

DENTON, Nebraska - AUGUST 17, 2007 - For the first time in its 26 year history, Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will be broadcasting a live Solemn High Mass at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama on September 14, 2007 at 8:00AM EST. EWTN has asked for the assistance of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, an international Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, to help celebrate this "extraordinary" form.

This past July 7th, Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the beauty and importance of the Tridentine Mass by issuing Summorum Pontificum, a papal document encouraging and confirming the right of all Latin Rite priests to use this more ancient use of the Mass starting September 14th. The Tridentine Mass was the normative liturgy experienced by Latin Rite Catholics prior to the Second Vatican Council.

Te Deum laudámus:
te Dóminum confitémur.
Te ætérnum Patrem,
omnis terra venerátur.
Tibi omnes ángeli,
tibi cæli
et univérsæ potestátes:
tibi chérubim et séraphim
incessábili voce proclámant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra
maiestátis glóriæ tuæ.
Te gloriósus
apostolòrum chorus,
te prophetárum
laudábilis númerus,
te mártyrum candidátus
laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum
sancta confitétur Ecclésia,
Patrem imménsæ maiestátis;
venerándum tuum verum
et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque
Paráclitum Spíritum.
Tu rex glóriæ, Christe.
Tu Patris sempitérnus es Filius.
Tu, ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem,
non horrúisti Virginis úterum.
Tu, devícto mortis acúleo,
aperuísti credéntibus regna cælórum.
Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes,
in glória Patris.
Iudex créderis esse ventúrus.
Te ergo quǽsumus,
tuis fámulis súbveni,
quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.
Ætérna fac cum sanctis tuis
in glória numerári.
Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine,
et bénedic hereditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos, et extólle illos
usque in ætérnum.
Per síngulos dies benedícimus te;
et laudámus nomen tuum
in sǽculum, et in sǽculum sǽculi.
Dignáre, Dómine,
die isto sine peccáto nos custodíre.
Miserére nostri, Dómine, miserére nostri.
Fiat misericórdia tua,
Dómine, super nos,
quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
In te, Dómine, sperávi:
non confúndar in ætérnum.

Friday, August 17, 2007

New Purchase

I know I said I don't Like to go shopping but in my discussions with the "Non-Denom's" I had to purchase a new bible with a better translation than the one I had been using since my first communion.

This was Purchased at :
Trinity House
7287 W 97th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 652-0080

I highly recommend this Catholic shoppe in the Kansas City Area

30 Things From Me to You

Rae Over at Quo Vadis Has Tagged me for the 30 Things you may not know about me-
So here gos Nothing-

1- The Boy Pictured on the upper right hand is ME! on my First Communion with Father Eugene Grabner

2-I constantly Carry with Me a Copy of the Baltimore Catechism and the 1983 Code of Cannon law in PDF format on my Cell phone/PDA -1st Peter 3:15

3-I hate to go shopping for anything

4-I sometimes forget to control the volume of my voice- I get mighty loud pretty quick sometimes

5- Green is my favorite Color

6- I enjoy Swing Music from both old and new Bands

7- I have a Heavy Foot when I drive sometimes, as Ive gotten older I have learned to control it somewhat

8-Dark Beer is my Preference

9- I been to both Jordan and Syria but neither Trip had anything to do with the Military

10- I have been in the audience of JPII 3 Times- WYD 1993, 2000 STL-1999

11-I feel called to be a Catholic Deacon- but cannot go further with this calling until age 35

12- My Wife Is my Support system -I truly feel God made us for Each other

13- Anger for the most part is something very foreign to Me

14-I have 2 Sisters.. One Age 21 the other Age 7

15-I as well...Met my wife Online

16- We Usually Drive at least 20min to Attend Mass on any given Sunday.

17- Ghostbusters- My Favorite Movie of all Time!

18-I'm a Computer Geek- Ive tried professionally but prefer to keep it a hobby

19-Yard work is not my Forte

20- When I cry my Brown Eyes turn Green

(Wow this is harder than I thought)

21-During JPII's 1999 visit to St. Louis, I was privileged and honored to sit with the congregation of Bishops during his Pepsi Center Speech

22- I have been with my wife since we were 16 (feels like 10 min....underwater)

23-I am a HUGE Chiefs Fan...

24-I take NO prescription Medication

25-Tearjerker movies can really take a toll on me...

26- I came very close to getting my Black Belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do

27- I am starting to learn how to Serve the extraordinary mass

28- I cant Get enough of Fr. Corapi or Archbishop Fulton Sheen

29- My two boys teach me more about myself each day

30- I am not going to ask to be tagged for one of these things again as it was way harder than I thought.....but will pass it on to anyone who asks

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Conversations and Conversions

I have stated before I have been preaching the gospel at work mostly though my actions as St. Francis recommends and that has led to many conversations with mostly "non-denominational" protestants, I have mostly gained a higher respect from them for our faith and some have a sincere interest in the Catholic faith. They have realized what major misconceptions they have held and I have help them search for truth.

One of my co-workers has even ventured to attend the Extraordinary Mass with me, while she was rather lost during the mass she enjoyed it and is open to attending again.

What I would like to know in the comments is what are the big issues you face when you live your faith?

What are the Most common Questions you are asked and the most common practices you must defend?

God Love You

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Assumption Of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1:46-49
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:
In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.

Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Are you Listening? I am!

I listen to lots of Catholic Audio MP3's and Radio , If its not KEXS Streamed to my Palm Treo that I'm listening to at work its some other Catholic MP3 podcast / Lecture Series... From here I have found the next great Catholic Audio Site-Sonitus Sanctus - To listen to this week is Thomas à Kempis - The Imitation of Christ
There are a ton of Catholic MP3's for your soul to absorb. Below are a few links that I hit up on a regular basis, Please list your Favorites in the comments: - FSSP Sermons - Catholic Answers Live Radio Program (Archives go back to 1998) - Large Resource Including a 50 Mp3 Talk by Archbishop Fulton Sheen titled Ye Shall know the truth.. - Has some great podcasts as well as streaming TV and Radio - Also New to me this week - Looks pretty good

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Today's Homily - From EWTN:

Today's Homily from EWTN, was given by Archbishop Felix Alaba Adeosin Job of Ibadan, Nigera

I encourage you Listen to the Readings and Archbishop's Homily It was very good:

First Reading:Numbers 20:1-13
Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-23

Listen Here (Link good for one week):
EWTN: Today's Homily - Thursday - 8/9/2007

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Saint Antonius Wichita Kansas

These Pictures were Taken last Sunday while we were in the Wichita Area.
An Extraordinary Mass is every Sunday At 8:00 a.m. I have been told that if you are lucky you may catch Bishop Emeritus Eugene Gerber praying the Extraordinary mass on an occasional Sunday.

Saint Anthony's is Wichita's Oldest Catholic Church and it has just been renovated, and it looks beautiful, Besides serving the faithful whom connect with the Traditional liturgy the parish is served to the Vietnamese Catholic community in Wichita.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Midwest Catholic Family Conference

The Midwest Catholic Family Conference was this past weekend in Wichita Kansas, It was very hot but there was a very nice turn out. Overall it went very well and we met some very nice people, We volunteered on Saturday for the Child's Conference and we were helping with about 80 3-6 year old kids with Sister Maria Gemma of the Sisters of the Holy Cross Leading us in the room.

Lots of prayer, Confessions, relic's, Adoration, Talks by keynote speakers , Vendors...

Here are a few pictures from the event, we were so busy most of the times pictures were an secondary thought.

God Bless you all

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Saint Joseph Topeka Kansas

Here are some Pictures of a Recent Trip to St. Joseph Church in Topeka Kansas, The FSSP has an extraordinary Mass Every Sunday at 11 A.M.

Click on MOST of the pictures for an Larger View!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

When God Said "We"

Today Fulton Sheen In his book "Through the year with Fulton Sheen" provides us with a great view of exactly how close Jesus was to St. Peter

...Another instance of how our Lord Associated peter with himself was in the payment of the temple tax. It is the only time in scripture where God ever associates a human being with himself under the personal pronoun "We" just think how proud you were when, as a child perhaps, your father put his arms around you and said, "We will do this.." Now at the time of the payment of the temple tax our Blessed Lord told Peter to pay it, and he said to pay it "for me and for thee" then he adds, "That we may not scandalize" Here he makes himself one with Peter. Peter is associated with the Master in a way that no one else can ever be associated. We- Christ and Peter. That is why papal encyclicals begin with the word "We"