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The Lord Will Never Abandon Us

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. It is always a joyful experience for us to read and reflect on the Beatitudes!… In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and to travel with him along the path of love, the path that alone leads to eternal life. It is not an easy journey, yet the Lord promises us his grace and he never abandons us. If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet...

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The Lord Will Never Abandon Us

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from Franciscan Media’s new book The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, edited by Alicia von Stamwitz. It is always a joyful experience for us to read and reflect on the Beatitudes!… In proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus asks us to follow him and to travel with him along the path of love, the path that alone leads to eternal life. It is not an easy journey, yet the Lord promises us his grace and he never abandons us. If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet...

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Family Trees with Many Branches  

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I remember having two friends who were being raised by a single mom and one friend from a blended family. The rest came from traditional two-parent families like my own. Times have certainly changed. Although there are still plenty of traditional families around there are definitely more families now that defy that standard definition. Family trees are more complicated than they used to be.  And I think the job of raising kids in this new environment is more challenging than ever. Parents need all...

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You Are What You Eat

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Mark Hart, Executive Vice-President of LIFE TEEN International and author of The Bible Geek: Answers to Questions from Catholic Teens (Servant). Is Jesus truly present in the Eucharist? Jesus is coming to your Church this Sunday, in the flesh (just like every Sunday). He’s not only asking you to believe, but inviting you to experience heaven on earth. Yes, it defies all logic—God coming to us in simple bread and wine. But then, Jesus defied all logic: Jesus came to us not as a royal baby on a throne, but as a simple...

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Music from Fr Jean-Marie’s Ordination

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In the previous two posts you have seen photos from Fr Jean-Marie’s Ordination and First Mass.  Some of the music has now been uploaded for your enjoyment. The choir of the Latin Mass Chaplaincy here in Christchurch sang Missa O Quam Gloriosum by Tomás Luis de Victoria, which was composed in 1572.  They also sung Palestrins’s Sicut Cervus during Holy Communion. Kyrie Gloria Sanctus Benedictus Agnus Dei Sicut...

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Cinderella: More Than Just a Night At The Movies!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Jennessa Terraccino, national speaker and author of The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty (Servant). It’s time for a girl’s night out! Don’t forget your glass slippers. Your “Once upon a night” begins with tickets to the new “Cinderella” movie. Grab some popcorn. Settle into your seat, and allow yourself to be swept away into this colorful, vibrant, and enchanting tale. After all, you’ve probably been playing the part of Cinderella all week with housework, that is,...

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Stop the Bullying

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently, I have heard story after story—in the news, from friends and families, and even at my own dinner table—about kids being bullied. It’s rampant. It’s everywhere. As we’ve unfortunately witnessed time and time again, it can be deadly. And it needs to stop. I know, I know. Bullying has gone on for years. I’m sure most of us can recount a story of it from our youth. There are even debates as to whether the media are jumping on the recent rash of suicides brought on by bullying and overblowing the concept of kids being “bullied to death.”...

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God so Loved the World

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“Wednesday of the second week of Easter.” That’s the rather bland description the Roman Catholic Church uses to designate weekdays during the run-up to Pentecost. Yet, these 50 post-Easter days are intended to be spiritual enrichment that produces a deeper sense of God’s mercy. During this Easter season, the liturgy presents daily Scripture readings that can lead us to a deeper appreciation of Jesus’ Resurrection and its meaning for us believers. The Gospels give multiple accounts of Jesus’ apparitions to the disciples, and most of the...

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The Wanderer’s Open Letter to Pope Francis

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Click HERE Over at my old stomping grounds, The Wanderer, there is an open letter to Pope Francis. Remember… we should all being asking our duly appointed pastors and Pope Francis himself to name St. Pope John Paul II Doctor of the Church! Moreover, he should be called Doctor Misericordiae, or perhaps Doctor Misericors. Back to The Wanderer. Your Holiness, From the very first moment that you stepped forth onto the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica to greet us following your election as the Successor to Saint Peter, you have made clear...

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The Need for Ritual

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. As a Catholic, rituals have always played an important role in my life. I’ve always enjoyed searching for and finding significance in every aspect of the Mass, the sacraments, and the prayers that we say. Several times, though, I’ve been struck by the way that rituals pop up in settings outside of...

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Fr Jean-Marie’s First Solemn Mass

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Fr Jean Marie, F.SS.R. celebrated his Fist Solemn Mass on Quasimodo Sunday, also called Low Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday.  He celebrated Holy Mass at Our Mother of Perpetual Succour Oratory which is attached to our Monastery here is Christchurch, New Zealand, so it was the main Sunday Mass for the faithful of the Latin Mass chaplaincy here in Christchurch. It was with great joy that we welcomed Dom Andrews, O.S.B. who came from Clear Creek Monastery in America to be with us for Fr Jean’s ordination.  He was Subdeacon...

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Fr Jean-Marie’s First Solemn Mass

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Fr Jean Marie, F.SS.R. celebrated his Fist Solemn Mass on Quasimodo Sunday, also called Low Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday.  He celebrated Holy Mass at Our Mother of Perpetual Succour Oratory which is attached to our Monastery here is Christchurch, New Zealand, so it was the main Sunday Mass for the faithful of the Latin Mass chaplaincy here in Christchurch. It was with great joy that we welcomed Dom Andrews, O.S.B. who came from Clear Creek Monastery in America to be with us for Fr Jeans ordination.  He was Subdeacon for...

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Interesting SSPX development in Buenos Aires

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I received some interesting email from one of you alert readers about something going on with the SSPX in, of all places, Buenos Aires. This looks legit. From the website of the Argentinian Boletino, you can see the resolution. Using the search tool, select “resolutions” and then type 25 and 2015.  And for analysis HERE. In a nutshell, seems that the Archbishop of Buenos Aires granted to an entity of the SSPX, the “Brotherhood of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary (Society of St. Pius X)” the status of a juridic person as...

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Ordination of Rev Fr Jean Marie, F.SS.R.

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This Saturday past, we were overjoyed to witness our Br Jean-Marie, F.SS.R. raised to the dignity of the Sacred Priesthood!  His Lordship bishop Basil Meeking, D.D. conferred the sacrament of Holy Orders in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Christchurch New Zealand. The ceremony and preparation involved the invaluable help of so many people and we would like to thank each one of them for all their efforts to make it a success. The first Extraordinary Form priestly ordination in the South Island of New Zealand for decades begins.   His...

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PETITION TO POPE FRANCIS: Declare St. John Paul II “Doctor of the Church”!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, do hereby petition our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to declare St. John Paul II Doctor of the Church. I ask that St. John Paul II, who instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy, be declared Doctor of the Church on the Feast of Divine Mercy 2016, one liturgical year from today, and that he be endowed with the title Doctor Misericordiae. St. John Paul II should be a Doctor of the Church, because of the outstanding quality and the comprehensiveness of his opus, which includes philosophy, theology, poetry, and even drama. St. John...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."