Presence and Thanksgiving in the Time of COVID-19

My diocese, along with every other diocese in the United States, has halted the public celebration of Holy Mass for the foreseeable future. That is, priests, either accompanied by a deacon or alone, are still celebrating Holy Mass in the privacy of their parish or chapel, but without any parishioners in attendance (following the CDC’s […]

Descended to the Dead

So I’m cleaning out files from my work computer and I found one that would make a good, long-overdue post – enjoy! 🙂 The Apostle’s creed was written sometime in the 1st or 2nd century (compare it to the Nicene-Constantinople Creed [the one we say in church] which was composed around the 4th century). It […]

Catholic Gentleman’s Club

So my son and I are driving back from the Dollar Movies (The Green Hornet was enjoyable for $1.50!), and we drive by a local Gentlemen’s Club called the Tex-Mex Lounge. Proudly displayed on their outdoor billboard was a seafood buffet on Fridays. I’m glad to see that good Catholics can keep their Lenten discipline […]

Saint/Virtue of the Month: November

Each month at Our Lady of Sorrows is dedicated to a particular saint (generally chosen from the month) and virtue (generally taken from the fruits of the Spirit—Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 6:6, Ephesians 5:9, and 2 Peter 1:5-7). The saint and virtue are incorporated into our morning prayer, religion bulletin boards, and religion classes. This […]

Saint/Virtue of the Month: September

In a similar vein to my last post, our school chooses one saint and one virtue each month. This is a digital reprint of the article that appears in our newsletter. Enjoy 🙂 Each month at Our Lady of Sorrows is dedicated to a particular saint (generally chosen from the month) and virtue (generally taken […]

Happy All Hallow’s Eve

“Hallow” is an old word for “holy” (it’s used that way in the Our Father); “e’en” is a contraction for “evening.” Our word “Halloween” is thus a shortened form of “All Hallow’s Eve.” If you’ve ever wondered if we should “celebrate” Halloween . . . read on! 🙂 In the mid-4th century a feast for […]

My Post-Christian World Thought Experiment

I’m reading a two-volume book set that has all of the recent (from the 1960’s to today) Catholic church documents regarding the liturgy (the Mass). Yes – I know . . . exciting 🙂 I’m reading it because I coordinate the weekly Friday Mass celebrations at my school (along with other special Masses throughout the […]

A Series of Posts – Bringing it Home – Mary as Mediatrix (for my Facebook fans!) 🙂 The titles of “Mediatrix” and “Co-Redemptrix” are not officially defined dogmas of the Catholic Church regarding Mary (I defined the dogmas at the beginning of this document). They may be used of her in an unofficial capacity, but again, like the actual Marian dogmas of the Church, they are […]

A Series of Posts – Worship of Mary & the Saints

I post on my blog using Windows Live Writer, and then that blog post gets pulled into my Facebook page using Simplaris Blogcast. But it doesn’t seem to provide a link (only the first paragraph), so I’ll see if the links I posted above go through. 🙂 And now, on to your regularly scheduled blog […]

A Series of Posts – A Scripture Passage

I’ve already written about the passages where it talks about Jesus’ siblings, but one Scripture passage also deals with family – where he talks directly to Mary, his mother. The relevant text is: And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said […]