Friday, December 19, 2014

Latin Mass in Hollywood on Christmas Eve?

Sharing this because it is so amazing! A Latin Mass in Hollywood on Christmas Eve! Who would have ever thought...I never ever wanted to be anywhere near Hollywood, but looks like Our Lord found a way to make Christmas Eve meaningful for even the Hollywood crowd.  Where I live (Utah), there is never any Latin Masses. So if you know any Catholics in California, let them know this Christmas Eve will be least in Hollywood!

546 Hollywood Latin Mass

Solemn High Christmas Midnight Mass • Hollywood

HELP SPREAD exciting news! On the night of Christmas Eve—that is, early Christmas morning—a Solemn Mass with Deacon & Subdeacon will take place at midnight in Hollywood.
The Celebrant will be Fr. James Fryar, FSSP, who is in the process of establishing a Los Angeles Apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.
CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS • 2014 Solemn Mass with Deacon & Subdeacon
Saint Victor Church
8634 Holloway Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Please come and support this effort ( at its inception!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Am Coming Soon, by Mark Mallett

 "I I often think of St. Paul’s words calling us to pray…
…for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. (1 Tim 2:2)"
 I Am Coming Soon
By Mark Mallett

The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men as Men

 Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale from The Book of Old English Songs & Ballads 2

 "Once upon a time in the Western world, exposure to “the beautiful” was an important element in the development and formation of men. The ideal man was also an educated man,..."

The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men as Men - Crisis Magazine

Traditional Latin Mass Missal & Hymnal


St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal Website

 "The Campion Missal & Hymnal (992 pages long) is the first of its kind. It is a pew book providing the faithful with everything they require to properly assist at the Traditional Latin Mass." 

Wow, what a meaningful Christmas gift this would be!

Feast for the Catholic Spirit!

Putting this on my birthday list!

Fulton Sheen on Bethlehem and Christmas


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

The little town of Bethlehem is taken from two Hebrew words which mean "House of Bread." He Who called Himself "the Living Bread descended from Heaven" was born in the "House of Bread" and was laid in the place of food, the manger. The first temptation Christ had in the beginning of His public life was to become a bread King, and to win men by supplying them with food. On one occasion when they attempted to make Him King after multiplying the bread, He fled into the mountains. Rome once rang with the cry: "Bread and circuses." But the Bread that was brought at Bethlehem was an entirely different kind: "Not by bread alone does man live."
The body has its bread. Shall not the soul have its food too? Those who have nourished themselves solely on the bread of the stomach and ignored the Bread of the soul have cried out with some of the bitter disappointment of the Lord Chesterfield: "I have seen the silly rounds of business and pleasure, and have done with them all. I have enjoyed all the pleasures of the world and consequently know their futility, and do not regret their loss. Their real value is very low; but those who have not experienced them always over-rate them. For myself, I by no means desire to repeat the nauseous dose."

We say a person has a "sense of humor" if he can "see through things"... God made the world with a "sense of humor," in the sense that we were to see Him through His creation: to see His Power in the mountains, His Beauty in the sunset, His Wisdom in a snowflake, His Love in the human heart. Poets have inherited this sense of humor for, like Thompson, they can look at the sun and see in it the Host that is raised in Benediction over the world, and at night set in the Flaming Monstrance of the west. Saints must have a sense of humor, so as to be able to see a resurrection through the trials and sorrows of life.
Man loses his sense of humor through sin. He begins to take money seriously, flesh seriously, business seriously, food seriously. These have no other purpose than just to satisfy him. Now Christmas Day was the restoration of humor, and those who displayed it most were the shepherds and the wise men. They came to this little Babe and "saw through Him" - God Himself. His Flesh was the Sacrament of His Divinity. When the Babe grew, He taught parables in or with a sense of Divine Humor. Salt and camels, sheep and goats, patches on old clothing, wine in old bottles, businessmen, traders, were not to be taken seriously. All were telltale of something else.

Christmas then is a romance and a joy only to those who have a sense of humor, whose vision is not opaque when they look at a Babe, but can see through Him all the problems of life answered in the vision of God Who appeared as a Man. They who pass through this life with that sense of humor, which is faith, will one day be rewarded by the one thing that will make heaven Heaven - His Smile.
- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Jesus Chose to Come to the World as Part of a Family


 "Pope Francis at yesterday's audience explained that “The family is the great gift that the Lord has given to the world.”

The proximity to Christmas illuminates the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God, which opens a new chapter in the universal history of man and woman... “And this new beginning occurs within a family, in Nazareth”, explained the Pope. “He could have come spectacularly, or as a warrior, an emperor… No, he came as the son of a family, in a family.” “It is not by chance that Nazareth means 'she who preserves', like Mary who, as the Gospel tells us, 'treasured all these things in her heart'. From then on, whenever there is a family that preserves this mystery, even if it should be at the outer reaches of the world, the mystery of the Son of God is at work. And He comes to save the world.”

General Audience: Jesus chose to come to the world as part of a family

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The O Antiphons

The O Antiphons

Pray the O Antiphons for the last seven days of Advent (beginning December 17) leading to the birth of Christ. Find these and other free resources at

Let the Church Be a House of Wonder

 St. Ann's Church

 Let the Church Be a House of Wonder - Crisis Magazine

 by Anthony Esolen

A Call to Better Liturgy

The Reign of the Lion, by Mark Mallett

The Reign of the Lion

by Mark Mallett

Bishop Peter Christensen, New Bishop of Boise, Idaho

Most Rev. Peter Christensen has been installed today as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Boise (all of Idaho). He was previously the Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin.

Diocese of Boise

Bishop Peter Christensen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

No Kneeling for Communion in Detroit Archdiocese?


"We encourage all Catholics to call the Detroit archdiocese and tell them you will not contribute to their fundraising campaign as long as they refuse to address the situation with Fr. Jozwiak (see today's Vortex--Fr. Ron Jozwiak violated Church law by refusing Communion to a Catholic who knelt to receive)." 

Archbishop Allen Vigneron's secretary: (313) 237-5816

The secretary will encourage you to put it in writing in order to have documentation (and according to her, postal letters take priority over e-mails):

The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron
1234 Washington Blvd
Detroit 48226

 Wow, if true, this is crazy.

This is my home Archdiocese, where I was baptized and confirmed.  I was always taught to kneel when receiving Communion....has it changed so much there?  The Church where this happened is in West Bloomfield, Michigan on Walnut Lake Rd.  My old teenage 'stomping grounds'! Unbelievable.
(glad I left there when I did!)

Today, I watch the EWTN  Mass everyday on tv and there's usually at least 3 or 4 who kneel to receive Communion, even though there's no Communion Rail.  There is never a problem with this. And the Priests understand it to be very 'normal' and very Catholic.  Why is kneeling accepted in Alabama and not in Michigan, at least in West Bloomfield, Michigan?

Kneeling for Communion seems so reverent, humble, and natural.  Hope Archbishop Vigneron takes this head on and educates Fr. Jozwiak and then has him apologize to his parishioners.

 Thank you ChurchMilitant.TV for sharing this.

Knights of Divine Mercy sing Magnificat

Solemn Vespers with Fr. Z

SO me goosebumps!

Final Report on Women Religious

Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America

The Spiritual Tsunami, by Mark Mallett

 Decide today whose side you are on...time is growing short.

 "The Moral Tsunami is essentially a description of the sexual revolution that has swept through modern civilization. The three waves of contraception, cultural immorality, and pornography have virtually destroyed the moral foundations of society—particularly in the West (which has merely exported debauchery to the rest of the world.) [1] What we are seeing today is the debris left behind these destructive waves.".....

Beginning to see..

The Spiritual Tsunami

by Mark Mallett

Monday, December 15, 2014

Personalized Snowflakes


 Found this silly site online. 

Just for fun....

Make your own personalized snowflakes.  Make them for friends, children, family members, co-workers.  Uses the letters of  a name to create a unique personal snowflake.  

 Try using Saint names or names from history.

Family fun....  or slow work-day activity.  :)

Make yours here, just put in any name:

My Snowflake


Pope Francis Snowflake

Angels for Advent


".. I am intrigued and enchanted by the angels of Advent, but I am also encouraged by their presence for another reason. I think we need the angels more than ever because they remind us that our religion is not simply a matter of being nice people and making the world a better place."....

~  Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Angels for Advent