Open to me the portals of repentence, O Christ our God.

Friday, July 17, 2009

4 Years of Lent.......

I saw this at Acts of the Apostacy

What a HOOT!

Say A Prayer For The Holy Father

Papa fell and fractured his wrist Thursday night. Say a prayer for him.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

View the Majesty and the Glory of Traditional Catholic Worship

Glory Days, and They will Return!

Catholicism Returns to England

Enthonement of Catholic Archbishop

Corpus Christi


Pat Buchanan, Making a Monkey Out Of Darwin

“You have no notion of the intrigue that goes on in this blessed world of science,” wrote Thomas Huxley. “Science is, I fear, no purer than any other region of human activity; though it should be.”
As “Darwin’s bulldog,” Huxley would himself engage in intrigue, deceit and intellectual property theft to make his master’s theory gospel truth in Great Britain.
He is quoted above for two reasons. Read More.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summorum Pontificum: Two Years, Laus Tibi, Christe!

God Bless our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, now gloriously reigning.

A celebration video of Summorum Pontificum, by J. Sonnen over at Orbis Catholicus.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ancient Roman Mass, Fitchburg, MA

The first weekly Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) at Immaculate Conception Church in Fitchburg was held on Sunday, June 28th. The Missa Cantata was very well attended by people of all ages. The superb acoustics in the large Romanesque Church accentuated the Latin prayers intoned by the celebrant, Reverend Father David Phillipson, as well as the traditional Gregorian chants and motets sung by the choir directed by Sam Schmitt, an organist, singer, conductor and composer who holds a Doctorate in musicology and other graduate degrees in liturgical music and music history.

The seven altar boys in attendance added much to the reverent and transcendent atmosphere of the Solemn Liturgy: the incense from the thurible, the candlelight from the torches carried by the boys, and the sound of the bells rung at key points.

The following impressions from one of the attendees are typical of the responses expressed:

“I think it's fair to call this the beginning of the restoration of the immemorial Holy Mass codified by St. Pius V to the church of the Immaculate Conception. I'm glad to say that our (my family's) hopes were high, but we were entirely unprepared for the palpably sacred ambience that persisted in the church throughout the sacred liturgy and which accompanied us right out the door and into the church hall (where I spent most of my time talking about the Mass, I think). It brought back a flood of memories of the best days I'd seen when I was a boy and the blessed years we had the privilege of going to Mass at Holy Trinity in Boston (where our two girls were baptized). I had the distinct impression that Father, the altar servers, and the choir were actually praying (not acting out roles) as they solemnly carried out their offices with unaffected reverence. I trust that everyone could plainly see how beautiful the church is with its French blue and gold, especially in the magnificent statue of Our Lady, and the organ filling every corner, at times with sounds of reflection, at others with those of majesty; but even now when I recall the ensemble of those impressions, I'm overwhelmed. I think one cannot really overestimate the beguiling power of the truly sacred. My family thanks you and all those who worked so long, so hard, and withsuch loving devotion to bring the truly extraordinary Holy Mass back toImmaculate Conception Church. May Our Lord and His holy Mother and ours bless you abundantly with their most excellent graces here on Earth and forever in Heaven.
With gratitude in Jesus and Mary, John and Connie Mick and family.”

All are invited to experience worship in this Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite which will be offered every Sunday at 8AM as a Sung High Mass when possible (or else as a Low Mass). The Sacrament of Confession takes place before the Mass from 7:15 to 7:50AM, and the Rosary is recited at 7:30AM. For more information, visit the website which is under construction at

Father David Phillipson was trained to offer the Ancient Roman Rite by the Fraternity of St. Peter and has worked in traditional parishes for several years. Father will also hold spiritual conferences and traditional devotions, and administer the Sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form. “Together with the Latin Mass Community, I wish to thank Bishop McManus and Father Thien for making available the celebration of Mass in the Ancient Rite in this beautiful Church.

I look forward to serving the community and invite all to attend and experience Mass in the Ancient Usage. I am happy to help anyone to learn to follow the missal or to answer any questions they may have. Any priests who would like assistance in learning this rite are welcome to contact me:

Contributions to help with the start up costs for this endeavor are very welcome and may be sent to the Church at 59 Walnut Street in Fitchburg 01420. Please make your tax deductible donation to Immaculate Conception Church EF (EF designating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite).


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Let Us Join In Prayer

I lifted this from over at Fr. Z's Blog.
I write at the request of Father Prior of Clear Creek Monastery in the Diocese of Tulsa.

Father Francois de Feydeau, the subprior of Clear Creek, bravely continues his fight for his life on earth, while being as ready as one can to make the "long walk" (as he calls it, referring to a book recently read in the refectory at Clear Creek) to the other side of things, if that be God’s will. The monks are going to pray a novena to Dom Gueranger, founder of the Benedictine congregation to which Clear Creek belongs, beginning TODAY, the 30th (I apologise for this tardy notice – for 24 hours I could not get access to my email account). This novena leads up to the feast of Our Lady of Providence, on July 9th, linked to the history of the restoration of Solesmes by Dom Gueranger in 1837.

Father Prior wrote to me, "You may do what you like as far as sharing it. Maybe we have already tired our friends with the last one.Whatever you think appropriate.

"To borrow a phrase from an old friend, what I think appropriate is that we all of us should pray our guts our for Father Subprior.
Please circulate this novena among your parishioners & friends.

June 30-July 8, 2009

Almighty and eternal God,Humbly and with confidence, we implore from Thy goodness the cure of our brother, who is gravely ill. Deign to bestow this miracle upon him, through the intercession of Thy servant, Dom Prosper Gueranger, for Thine own glory, for the advancement of his cause of beatification, for the sanctification of our monasteries, and for the good of the entire Church.

Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Saint John Marie Vianney, pray for us.
Our Blessed Father, Saint Benedict, pray for us.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.


An old Favorite. Great job Gentlemen!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009