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You are invited to join the Latin Mass Community for Divine Mercy Sunday

April 12th, 2012, Promulgated by Choir

This coming Sunday, April 15th, is Divine Mercy Sunday. It the traditional rite of the Mass is referred to as Low Sunday. After the Tridentine High Mass there will be a sung chaplet of Divine Mercy. Following the chaplet, there will be Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The Latin Mass choir will sing the Renaissance Mass “Missa Secunda” by Hans Leo Hassler. Our Schola Roffensis (Rochester) will sing the proper in either full chant or psalm tones. In attendance will be at least one of our seminarians from Rochester.

Mass starts at 1:30 at St. Stanislaus Church, at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street. There is plenty of parking, along with security and restroom facilities. Ample room to take your children should they need to leave. Please bring any friends or relatives who might like to worship in the ancient ritual of the Church.

Alive right now for the New Evangelization!

April 11th, 2012, Promulgated by Choir

Michael Voris offers a free link to the premium channel. He is hoping for 2 things: to understand the faith better and to sign up for the premium channel.

Voris: Catholic Wedding Bells

June 27th, 2011, Promulgated by Choir

If you want a Pagan Easter!

April 13th, 2011, Promulgated by Choir

The Vortex – Bishop Sheen Edition

October 22nd, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Save St. Thomas – Holy Hour

August 13th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

I’ve been asked to promote a holy hour which takes place tomorrow TODAY at 6PM at St. Thomas the Apostle’s adoration chapel and Msgr. Burns’ grave. I have always been partial to the recitation of the Divine Office, especially the Marian office which is an option therein. The impromptu adoration group will be reciting Vespers at 6, with a Gregorian Magnificat, then Compline following at 6:45, with a Gregorian Salve Regina, both at the tomb of Msgr. Burns. Please avail yourselves of this prayerful experience!

Here is the setting of the Magnificat which will be used.

Need Prayers and a PacknPlay and a Bassinet

August 13th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

If any readers have baby items (all sorts of them) or money to donate to the Focus Pregnancy Center they sure could use it. Below is an email I received from Mary Jost from Focus.

Hi Prayer Warrior & Friend,

One of our clients gave birth to a precious baby boy Lou. 7lb. 4oz.. on August 9, 2010. Yeah!! This is a such a blessing. If anyone has a pack-n-play or a bassinet please call me @ 200-9477. Thank you.

This, like all weeks on the front lines, in front of Planned Parenthood, was gruesome, many babies did lose their lives, leaving their parents now Post Abortive.

Please continue to pray for their conversion, repentance and restitution, for the sin of abortion. Also, please continue to pray for us wounded warriors, on the front lines. Our hearts are heavy and in pain for all the destruction and evil that we come against at Planned Parenthood.

God is in control and He will send in more troops during the ’40 Days for Life’ in September to pray andwitness against the evil of abortion at Planned Parenthood. Even more babies lives will be saved!!

Thank you for your love, prayers and support. We can’t do this ministry without your prayers, love & encouragement 🙂

Please pray for Carole, one of our prayer people on the front lines, for her granddaughter Payton Faith was born 2 weeks ago at 1 lb. 8ozs. and she’s having many health problems. Please pray for Pat, our grandmother & great grandmother & her family. And also praying for all our clients at Focus. Thank you so very much…. You’re terrific!!

God bless,
Mary @ Focus

A break from religious stuff.

August 12th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Here is a list of puns. No pun in 10 did.

Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine
A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.
Shotgun wedding – A case of wife or death.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red
When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.
A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two tired.
What’s the definition of a will? (It’s a dead give away.)
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
Local Area Network in Australia – the LAN down under.
Every calendar’s days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted – Taint yours and taint mine.
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.
Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.
Acupuncture is a jab well done.

Hope for the End

August 10th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Chartres Pilgrimage

June 14th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

A young pilgrim kisses the ring of a French bishop

While French Catholicism may not be what it was in past centuries, there are still occaisional glimmers of greatness. One such glimmer can be found here.  The pilgrimage to Chartres is one which shines as a brilliant example, with scores of young priests, nuns, seminarians, and lay people. The face of orthodoxy is significantly more youthful than the face of wrinkled and aged liberalism.

Find the DoR Seminarian

June 11th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Let’s see if you can spot the DoR Seminarian in this video.

Hint: God ever loves a sloucher.

St. Patrick’s in Troy

June 8th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Bishop Clark’s bestest bishop buddy, Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY is closing churches in his diocese. I wonder if Clark learns from Hubbard or Hubbard from Clark how to scam their parishoners. It just doesn’t stop does it. Would it ever possibly, remotely even dawn on them that they should have been getting vocations for all these past years, instead of fleecing people. True orthodox priests would pack the churches. Preach the truth and they will come.

This situation parallels St. Thomas the Apostle in Irondequoit.

More on the demise of St. Francis Xavier Church

June 8th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Terribilis est locus iste

I first reported on this on June 2 when a friend went into St. Francis Xavier and reported what he saw.

Yesterday, June 7th, a different friend stopped into the same church and reported to me what he saw.

First off, my friend said the Moslems were very gracious to him. Couldn’t have been nicer. My friend, and myself, have a HUGE problem with the diocese of Rochester and Bishop Clark and NOT with the Moslems.

First off, two marble statues (one of the Blessed Mother and the other of St. Joseph), were knocked off their pedestals and had their faces jack hammered off. The pews were disassembled (it’s hard to reassemble them once taken apart. Special vises are required) and were being sold for $100 a piece. The copper crosses on the top of the steeple still have to come down. The organ has been rendered inoperable by the sanding dust from the sanders that are being used inside the church.

All the angels on the cornices had their faces jack hammered off too. Most of it is in the dumpster. My friend did salvage a small angel who had survived. What’s up for sale is the Gothic part of the old reredoes from Rochester’s original cathedral, Saint Patricks. This is all Carrerra marble with finials (see picture above for example).

All the canvas paintings that for years had been adhered to the walls of this sacred house of God, have been ripped off the walls and are all torn up.

If you want a church bell, put in a bid. That’s up for sale too. My friend put in a bid for the outside stone statue of St. Francis Xavier. The “Hic Domus Dei, Porta Coeli” is still in intact, but that, my friend was reassured, will be totally defaced. The four stained glass windows in the sanctuary are to be sold as a set of four. They are quite stunning. All the windows in the nave have to go too. Also, up for sale is the “rose window” above the organ in the rear of the church. And, last, but not least, some very nice oak cabinetry, including a plain, but adequate vestment case.

The diocese of Rochester is negligent in maintaining a stewardship that has been entrusted to them. While the church itself hasn’t been consecrated, it has been blessed and consecrated to the worship of the Triune God. If this sale absolutely had to happen (I don’t believe it did , if we had more priests, this probably would not have needed to happen), why couldn’t the diocese sell or give the remain artifacts to other Catholic churches in the 12-county diocese.

Oh yeah, the old Holy Family Church on Ames Street on the westside has been sold to a Spanish Pentecostal Church. The church still houses a magnificent (albeit old organ) and probably one of the best collection of Austrian/German stained glass windows in the diocese.

Terribilis est locus iste: hic domus Dei est et porta coeli: et vocabitur aula Dei.

Name that Priest

June 6th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Can anyone tell me the name of the priest on the left side of this video. You only see him for the first few seconds during the sortie.

High Mass for Feast of Corpus Christi

June 2nd, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, more commonly known by its Latin name the Feast of Corpus Christi, is celebrated in honor of Christ?s institution of the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday. The feast is observed in the United States on the Sunday following Holy Trinity Sunday.

In honor of this feast, there will be a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, June 6th at St. Stanislaus, at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street. The celebrant will be the Reverend Dennis Bonsignore. After Mass and following Catholic tradition, there will be a procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the church, followed by Benediction.

The Latin Mass choir will sing Missa Phrygia. The Mass was written by Pompeo Cannicciari, an Italian Baroque composer. The choir director and organist is Eastman School of Music student, John Morabito. Also, our “Schola Roffensis” will sing the Gregorian propers and the Sequence, Lauda Sion Salvatorem. The schola is directed by the very capable, Joel Morehouse.

Saint Stanislaus is one of the few churches in the Diocese of Rochester that has not been “renovated”. Restored, yes; but not renovated.

Often I am asked who are the saints in the niches on the high altar. From left to right, they are St. Methodius, St. Adalbert, in the center is St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Jadwiga (Hedwig) and finally St. Cyril. All of these saints are of the Eastern European tradition.

There is plenty of parking in the lot across the street from the Church, or behind the Church, or on Hudson Avenue. We have two security guards, a handicapped elevator and facilities for men and women at the back of church. There is also a very well stocked Catholic book table in the narthex at very reasonable prices. In addition, there is a “discount” table full of traditional Catholic readings.

If you or your family has never attended “The Mass of the Ages”, please bring them with you to this timeless ritual of Roman Catholicism. Holy Communion is received on the tongue only and kneeling (if you can) at the Communion rail. You must be a practicing Catholic and spiritually prepare to receive Communion.

There will be no liturgical “aberrations”. No parade of Eucharistic ministers, no wonkiness from the pulpit and no “I’m-a-woman-and-want-to-be-a-priest types.” Everything will be, as they say, “according to Hoyle”. Everything is solidly and unabashedly Catholic.

If you have a desire for the sacred, then this is the Mass you need to be at.

This is the last High Mass of the year. As typical, even the choir needs a summer break. See you at the Communion rail!

Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica

June 1st, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

A Memorial Day Prayer?

May 31st, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, whenflowers were placed at the graves of Union andConfederate soldiers. On this day we honor all whohave died in service of our nation. Dear God our Father, Your word tells us, ?Unless the LORD build the house,they labor in vain who build. Unless the LORD guardthe city, in vain does the guard keep watch? (Psalm 127:1). Thank You for those who have guarded not only ourcities, but our country, allies, and many other communitiesfrom unjust and unprincipled aggressors. On this MemorialDay, with a solemn and sacred spirit, we pause to rememberand honor the brave men and women in our Armed Forceswho gave up their lives for their fellow Americans athome and abroad.Many were young and many were married, with their lovedones praying for them back home; but they were each fightingto protect the freedom we enjoy when they were called to makethe ultimate sacrifice. Dear God, please bless our heroes and heroines with Yourmercy, grace, and peace. Bless also their families andfriends. May Your perpetual light shine upon them; and maytheir souls and the souls of all our faithful departed restin peace. In Jesus? name. Amen.

Biblical Cartoons.

May 26th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Sacred or Secular Music at Mass?

May 25th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

Can you tell the difference?? from Corpus Christi Watershed on Vimeo.

Needed: Baby Swing, Highchair/Stroller

May 25th, 2010, Promulgated by Choir

If any of you would like to help Mary Jost at the Focus Pregnancy Help Center, she sure could use many things.

She most especially needs baby swings, highchairs and stroller. With the nice weather, the mothers want to take their babies out in a stroller. The Center always needs diapers from newborn and up.

So if any readers would like to make a very significant contribution to a most worthy cause, please call Mary at 200-9477. She would be very grateful for any contribution that you could make.