There is no point in snipping out any of this article because it’s long and worthy of serious consideration. For anyone who already has or desires to think through the current issue in the global Church, you would do well to read this thoroughly.
If you haven’t done so yet, I’d encourage you to sign the “Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching”
“Let marriage be honored among all” (Heb. 13: 4)
Join thousands of concerned bishops, priests and Catholic faithful declaring their fidelity to the unchangeable teachings of the Church on marriage and Her uninterrupted discipline.
Errors about true marriage and family are widespread today in Catholic circles, particularly after the Extraordinary and Ordinary Synods on the family and the publication of Amoris Laetitia.
In the face of this reality, this Declaration expresses the resolve of its signatories to remain faithful to the Church’s unchangeable teachings on morals and on the Sacraments of Marriage, Reconciliation and the Eucharist, and to Her timeless and enduring discipline regarding those sacraments.
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for December:
Universal: End to Child-Soldiers
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.
I finally got around to writing up my thoughts on the upcoming election… better late than never, I suppose. I decided to post them on a neutral site so that I could more freely share it rather than linking to this site. Here it is:
OPINION: The Moral Obligation to Vote for Donald J. Trump
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for November:
Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees
That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.
Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity
That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.
Finally, if you haven’t yet printed out the novena for the upcoming election, you can print that out here (pdf link is underneath the image):
If you’re too late to make it a novena, your prayers will still help. Would that make it a heptena?
If you pay property taxes, you contribute to your local public school which spends on average $20k per child per year in Monroe County.
If you give to your parish, you support the Diocesan school system whether or not your parish has a school.
This is what makes it especially hard financially for independent schools like St. John Bosco and Chesterton Academy. If you can help support them with a monthly donation you will be doing untold good for the next generation.
Please click here to help “Ensure the future of classical Catholic* education in Rochester (NY).”
SIDE NOTE: If you didn’t already have enough reasons to vote for Trump over Hillary… school choice and parental rights is something Trump stands behind… Clinton not so much.
Sandro Magister mentions Cardinal Sarah’s new book and includes an excerpt in this post (skip the juicy drama and scroll down to the title “The reform of the reform will happen, the future of the Church is at stake”).
Here are a few excerpts from that excerpt:
I refuse to waste time in opposing one liturgy to another, or the rite of Saint Pius V to that of Blessed Paul VI. What is needed is to enter into the great silence of the liturgy; one must allow oneself to be enriched by all the Latin or Eastern liturgical forms that favor silence. Without this contemplative silence, the liturgy will remain an occasion of hateful divisions and ideological confrontations instead of being the place of our unity and our communion in the Lord. It is high time to enter into this liturgical silence, facing the Lord, that the Council wanted to restore.
AMEN!!! If we are reduced to praying silently in our cars before or after Mass because our churches are too noisy, then something is seriously wrong.
In many western countries, we see the poor leaving the Catholic Church because it is under siege by ill-intentioned persons who style themselves intellectuals and despise the lowly and the poor. This is what the Holy Father must denounce loud and clear. Because a Church without the poor is no longer the Church, but a mere “club.” Today, in the West, how many temples are empty, closed, destroyed, or turned into profane structures in disdain of their sacredness and their original purpose. So I know how many priests and faithful there are who live their faith with extraordinary zeal and fight every day to preserve and enrich the dwellings of God.
What does this mean to you? To me it means we must do whatever it takes to keep the big, amazingly beautiful city Churches from being sold off.
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for October:
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
Evangelization: World Mission Day
That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.
Apologies for posting this 4 days in…
It’s time to print out your September 2016 calendar. Thanks to the good folks at mprp-roc.org for providing these calendars freely available to all on the Internet.
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for September:
Universal: Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for August:
That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel
That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for July:
Universal: Indigenous Peoples
That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.
Evangelization: Latin America and the Caribbean
That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
From Channel 10 News – NYS Exposed Education: More options for sending kids to private schools
Some might think the governor’s “parental choice in education act” is just to help rich people send their kids to exclusive schools. However, the education investment tax credits are targeted at low-income and middle-income families and to donors who specifically want their money to help disadvantaged kids get the education every child deserves.
Mary and Ben Anderson are raising five children. They picked a house in Fairport so they could send them to the public schools there, but things changed when St. John Bosco School opened in East Rochester.
Hats off to Rebecca Leclair for covering this story and for dealing with unruly interviewees. For more on the bill see investined.org.
St. Louis Church, 64 S Main St., Pittsford NY
Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (the “Latin Mass”) for the Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul! A schola will sing Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. If you’ve never been to a Sung Latin Mass, you can expect three things: Music that beautifully praises God for his great glory, Ritual that gives outward expression the truths of our faith as well as the interior movements of our hearts, and Silence in which one can have an intimate encounter with Christ who offers himself up for us as the perfect sacrifice pleasing to God the Father. All are welcome!
Every once in a while you come across a work that someone has done and the only thing you can do is think, “wow – that’s just amazing!” I had this experience when I came across dorchurches.com. This is definitely a site you’ll want to bookmark and reference. Kudos to the maintainer! As great as it already is, you can count on continual improvement as the maintainer noted in our correspondence:
The site still isn’t complete, with so many parish histories yet to be written, but the basic information and photo galleries are nearly finished.
If you haven’t read the Bishop’s latest column yet, do yourself a favor and go read it:
The Eucharist sustains us – The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester
…The horizontal dimension appears to have overshadowed the vertical dimension in our relationship with God. Simple acts of reverence such as genuflecting and kneeling as prescribed in the liturgical rubrics of the church — absent, of course, physical ailments that do not make this possible — are not as evident as they once were. And yet, the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that “Before so great a sacrament, the faithful can only echo humbly and with ardent faith the words of the Centurion: ‘Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul will be healed’” (Number 1386).…
To get the full experience make sure you use a Providential? accent when reading aloud in your mind.
From our friends “in and around All Saints Parish in Corning and Painted Post”:
While perusing an old Roman Missal from our Parish, one of our members came across an addendum page for the feast day of St John Fisher, St John Fisher, bishop and martyr, is the Patron Saint of the Rochester Diocese and his feast day in the Traditional Catholic Calendar is 22 June. It carries and Imprimatur of 30 October 1962, so it is usable with the Extraordinary form. If this is of interest, please [go to their site to download it].
Also, here are the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for June:
Universal: Human Solidarity
That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices
That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.
From the “DOR – Office for Cultural Diversity” facebook page:
The deacon ordination Mass May 28 at 10 a.m. will be live-streamed from Sacred Heart Cathedral via the Diocese of Rochester’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseOfRochester
I believe this link takes you right to the live stream.
Courier to conduct readership survey By Annette Jiménez/Catholic Courier
The Catholic Courier is conducting a survey this month in an effort to better serve the needs of its readers. And in appreciation for their time, survey participants also will be offered an opportunity to enter a drawing for one of four iPad Mini tablets.
The survey is being mailed the first week of May to 5,000 subscriber households that were randomly selected to represent different age groups and geographic regions in the 12-county Diocese of Rochester.
the survey also is being made available online in an effort to more broadly gather perspectives on the Courier’s work. Anyone who wants to participate may complete the survey and enter the drawing at www.catholiccourier.com/2016Survey/.