St. Therese of Liseux

Ascension Thursday

just curious how many folks' parishes are moving Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday? 

i'm relatively sure ours is, since there was no annoucement of the holy day of obligation in our bulletin, but i'll check with Fr. Chris tonight to be sure.

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southern catholicism

another aomaly in the Catholic Tradition here in Louisiana.....i'm curious as to whether anyone else has experienced this.

on Good Friday, during the Veneration of the Cross, instead of a crucifix, a plain wooden cross was used. the Rite itself was done according to tradition and was very beautiful, but i missed kissing the feet of my Beloved and had to "make do" with kissing His cross instead.

everywhere else i've ever worshipped (and that's been a fair amount of parishes across the US and in Ireland) we always venerated the crucifix even though the words to the right proclaim "This is the wood of the Cross..."


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in preparation for Lent

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart

Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our Altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit Thou livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Just joined!

Hi everyone.  I just joined this group.  I'm really interested in the Traditional Latin Mass.  My parish offers a TLM weekly, Sunday evenings at 6:00pm.  It's only been going on for about two or three months, and I've only had the opportunity to attend a couple of times because Sunday evening isn't always the most convenient time for me.  Still, it is an amazing experience and I'm hoping to attend much more often.
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Advent: Longing for God

"As winter approaches and the dark season settles over us, we yearn for lght and warmth. As the year completes itself and a new one rises silently over the road ahead, we look to the horizon, wondering about the meaning of our lives, looking for deeper fulfillment. As the cold and dark force inward, we notice our wounds, our hunger, our deprivation. And we also begin to suspect great gifts within us that have yet to be revealed. When we cease rushing about, and resist satisfying every appetite, when we become still, we become aware of great longings within us.

And God meets us in the silent dark, meets us with promise, with healing and with hope. God meets us not with words alone but with God's own quiet presence, even in the midst of our struggles, our vulnerability, our incompleteness. God  comes to dwell with us as one of us -- vulnerable, incomplete and full of longings -- to bless our gifts and our longings, and to draw us on toward that horizon with hope and courage. This is the miracle of the Incarnation, which we celebrate at Christmas: that God comes to us, no just once upon a time, but in all time; not just passing through this world, but irreversibly transforming it. In the birth of Christ our lives open out onto a new horizon. 

And so in Advent we prepare. We cease rushing and enter into the silence and simplicity, for there we meet God. We embrace our longing, for there God moves within us. We wait, knowing that God also harbors a deep, sacred longing, a longing for us and our wholeness, a longing to be with us.

Let the longings of your soul lead you into the quiet this Advent. Let your longing for God be the candle in your window, by whose light in the darkness God may find a way to you. Be still; the lord is coming."

copyright 2007
Steve Garnaas-Holmes 

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Advent Confession

YAY finally more times for the Sacrament of Penance at our parish, but they also list something called "communal Sacrament of Reconciliation"

does anyone know what this is? 

i'm picturing a creepy kind of AA meeting group of folks discussing their sins. i surely hope i'm wrong, because that doesn't seem like the Sacrament of Penance to me. kind of like, even if we recite the confiteor at mass, in a group, we are not absolved as with sacramental confession.

the bulletin does list times for confession for other churches in the parish, soooo maybe they mean that other churches in the community have confession at that time........oooooooo i hope so.

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understanding the Mystical Body of Christ

now most quote Paul, when speaking of the Mystical Body of Christ, particularly in 1 Cor 12:12-31; Col 1:18; 2:18-20; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13, as does the Catechism of the Catholic Church

but to me, i find the words of our Savior in Matthew 25:34-40 to explain it more simply and offer us guidance in how we must be aware of one anothers' struggles and seek to comfort their infirmities.

The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew
Chapter 25 (D-R)

34 Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: 36 Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. 37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry and fed thee: thirsty and gave thee drink? 38 Or when did we see thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and covered thee? 39 Or when did we see thee sick or in prison and came to thee?  40 And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. 

we gather lost sheep every time we see Jesus in others and let Him act through us with infinite love and mercy. we advance along the narrow spiritual path everytime we put anothers' needs above our own. our prayers for others, living or dead, strengthen the Mystical Body of Christ and in so doing, become an unspoken prayer for ourselves. everytime we serve others, we become more Christ-like. each time we rejoice or suffer with another in Christ, we honor the fact that we are indeed, brothers and sisters in Christ.

St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi by Kay Berger
i am reminded of the words of St. Francis of Assisi:
"We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart,
and to bring back home those who have lost their way." 

as well as his beautiful prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


so let us continue to share in one anothers' joys and fears and hopes and needs, for we are surely advancing in Christ as we do!

my dear friends, we may not have known one another long, but in Christ, we have known one another since the foundation of the world.

further reading: this Papal Encyclical by Pope Pius XII is too long to paste here but is such a beautiful explanation of the Mystical Body of the Church, i urge you to take the time to read it! Papal Encyclical Mystici Corporus Christi by Pope Pius XII, 29 June 1943 

some of this is x-posted to my journal
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prayer request and update

my mother has a dear friend named Linna Sue who helped my mom walk through perhaps the darkest period of her life. they don't live near one another anymore but needless to say they stay in touch often.

it is for Linna that i beg you all to pray. 

apparently she went on vacation to mexico and got what she thought was a piece of sand beneath her contact lens. she removed the lens and washed out her eye, but something was still painful and grating, so she went to the resort's doctor, who could tell her only that he could not fix it. so she and her husbnd went home early to see her own doctor. by the time they arrived back home she had lost sight in the eye. by the time they reached the doctor, he said "i'm not even sure we can save the eye." they don't know what caused it, but apparently she contracted a serious infection that is destroying her eye.....whether it was a piece of sand that injured the eye and let in harmful infection, they're just not sure. for now her husband has been putting medication in the eye every 30 minutes,  24 hours per day in a massive attempt to save it, and her sight if at all possible.

i've been praying to st. lucy, who's eyes were torn out during the torture before her martyrdom and who woke up the next morning with a new pair of eyes God had given her to drink in the beauty of creation.

so please, my friends, if you have a moment, pray for Linna Sue's healing. 


i know that a while ago i asked for prayers for Jake, my mother's husband's son in prison. i have been writing to Jake and he is very excited to have a new penpal. his depression is also starting to be alieviated at least somewhat. he turned 25 on Oct. 25th, but at least this will be the last birthday he spends in prison. he told me he is in the "geek" crowd of the prison and that they mostly play roll playing games to pass the time. i told him i was very glad he had a "geek crowd" so that he did not get involved in dangerous things like gangs.

i sent him a couple of holy cards in the first letter -- one with the precious child of God quotation and another that i can't remember off the top of my head, but he was very moved and asked me all kinds of questions about being catholic....which i thought could only be a good thing (he was raised by his mother who was a lapsed mormon).

anyway, i just wanted to let you all know that your prayers are strengthening this young, misguided brother i've never met, and i thank you very much for them!!!

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All Souls Day

All Souls Day
All Souls Day by William Bougereau

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

Requiem Æternam

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

what is All Souls Day?
The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. "If we had no care for the dead," Augustine noted, "we would not be in the habit of praying for them." Yet pre-Christian rites for the deceased kept such a strong hold on the superstitious imagination that a liturgical commemoration was not observed until the early Middle Ages, when monastic communities began to mark an annual day of prayer for the departed members.

In the middle of the 11th century, St. Odilo, abbot of Cluny (France), decreed that all Cluniac monasteries offer special prayers and sing the Office for the Dead on November 2, the day after the feast of All Saints. The custom spread from Cluny and was finally adopted throughout the Roman Church.

The theological underpinning of the feast is the acknowledgment of human frailty. Since few people achieve perfection in this life but, rather, go to the grave still scarred with traces of sinfulness, some period of purification seems necessary before a soul comes face-to-face with God. The Council of Trent affirmed this purgatory state and insisted that the prayers of the living can speed the process of purification.
Superstition still clung to the observance. Medieval popular belief held that the souls in purgatory could appear on this day in the form of witches, toads or will-o’-the-wisps. Graveside food offerings supposedly eased the rest of the dead.
Observances of a more religious nature have survived. These include public processions or private visits to cemeteries and decorating graves with flowers and lights. This feast is observed with great fervor in Mexico. from

“We must not make purgatory into a flaming concentration camp on the brink of hell—or even a ‘hell for a short time.’ It is blasphemous to think of it as a place where a petty God exacts the last pound—or ounce—of flesh.... St. Catherine of Genoa, a mystic of the 15th century, wrote that the ‘fire’ of purgatory is God’s love ‘burning’ the soul so that, at last, the soul is wholly aflame. It is the pain of wanting to be made totally worthy of One who is seen as infinitely lovable, the pain of desire for union that is now absolutely assured, but not yet fully tasted”
~ Leonard Foley, O.F.M., Believing in Jesus

"Sweet is the consolation of the dying man, who, conscious of imperfection, believes that there are others to make intercession for him, when his own time for merit has expired; soothing to the afflicted survivors the thought that they possess powerful means of relieving their friend. In the first moments of grief, this sentiment will often overpower religious prejudice, cast down the unbeliever on his knees beside the remains of his friend and snatch from him an unconscious prayer for rest; it is an impulse of nature which for the moment, aided by the analogies of revealed truth, seizes at once upon this consoling belief. But it is only a flitting and melancholy light, while the Catholic feeling, cheering though with solemn dimness, resembles the unfailing lamp, which the piety of the ancients is said to have hung before the sepulchres of their dead. "
~ Cardinal Wiseman

" It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins" (2 Mac 12:46)

 + pray a Rosary nightly for the dead throughout the Octave of All Saints, replacing the Fatima prayer with the Eternal Rest prayer
 + check out 
 + don't forget to pray for the poor souls who have no one here on earth to pray for them!

WOW to experience this!
On Friday, November 2 - All Soul's Day, a Sung Requiem Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (with Gregorian propers) will be offered at St. James Parish in St. Joseph, MO. This Mass begins at 6:00pm. St. James is located at 5814 King Hill Ave (on the south side of St. Joseph. ) Afterward, in the parish hall, a presentation will be given on our Lord's message of Divine Mercy. 

x-posted to my journal 

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