Showing posts from May, 2008

Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and University Announce a Marian Symposium, October 9th to 11th, 2008

Mount Saint Mary's University and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland is holding a Marian Symposium on October 9th through 11th as part of the commemoration of their 200th Anniversary.

The Symposium includes an international list of speakers with Mass to be celebrated by H.E. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore. The website contains PDF files of the full program.

The scheduled list of speakers includes:
Reverend Monsignor Michael Magee, S.T.D., S.S.L.
The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life and Ministry of the PriestMonsignor Michael Magee, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, holds a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is Professor of Scripture and Systematic Theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pennsylvania.+++++
Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, R.S.M., S.S.D.
Mary - Pure Response to the Word of God Sister Mary Timothe…

Visitors ask...Traditional Latin or Tridentine Mass Online (YouTube)

I am still getting searches for a TLM online (especially from international venues). As you know, the FSSP is offering a free DVD of the TLM to all priests and seminarians in North America and is discounted for all others. The link is on the FSSP website.

This is a nice collection from the Vivat Jesus blog. YouTube has links to shorts snips from a Mass celebrated by the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest in the St. Louis Cathedral. Note that the links are divided into: Part I, Procession - Introit, Kyrie, Gloria - Collect - Commemoration, Epistle, Tract, Gospel.

Third Sunday after Pentecost: Missa 'Respice In Me'

INTROIT ¤ Ps. 24. 16, 18

Respice in me, et miserere mei, Domine: quoniam unicus, et pauper sum ego: vide humilitatem meam, et laborem meum: et dimitte omnia peccata mea Deus meus. -- Ad te, Domine, lavavi animam meam: Deus meus, in te confido, non erubescam. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Respice in me, et miserere mei . . .

Look Thou upon me, O Lord, and have mercy on me: for I am alone and poor. See my abjection and my labor; and forgive me all my sins, O my God. -- (Ps. 24. 1, 2). To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, my God, I put my trust: let me not be ashamed. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Look Thou upon me . . .
Tridentine Latin Rite Missal Project.

Evening Roundup - Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Early Roundup - Saturday, May 31st, 2008

WDTPRS: Card. Castrillon Hoyos ordains priests for the FSSP in Lincoln, NE - Extraordinary Rite

Father John Zuhlsdorf has the entire Ordination in a photo montage from the EWTN Live liturgy. He also has extensive commentary on the entire Ordination and the Mass. It was beautiful to see. Please visit! There are now 62 comments on this thread and many more are sure to come. The most heartfelt congratulations go out to the four new Reverend Fathers who were ordained this day!

Hat tip and photo credit: WDTPRS!

The Answer to Most of Your Questions on the Tridentine or Latin Mass in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Other Stuff

TLM (Extraordinary Form; Gregorian Rite) Masses in Maryland and Surrounding States, F.S.S.P Locations, N.O. Masses, N.O. Latin Masses, Shrines, Monasteries, Abbeys, Training in the TLM, Latin PropersSacred Music, Chant, Chant Libraries (MP3s and text), Hymnals for ParishesVestments and Other Items Needed for the TLM MassReligious Orders: Benedictines, Carmelites, Dominicans, Search Forms

The Traditional Latin Mass (Gregorian Rite, Tridentine; Extraordinary Form; Usus Antiquior; Missal of 1962) or Finding Regional Novus Ordo Sunday Masses

This blog is called "Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland." What are you trying to accomplish?[Answer: I am trying to assist people searching for the Traditional Latin Mass in the greater Maryland area to find a Sunday Mass which celebrates the Usus Antiquior or Extraordinary Form].Which States are covered? [Presently, I cover Maryland, the D.C. suburbs, Washington, D.C. itself, Northern Virginia, some of West Virginia and Southern Pennsylva…

Catholic Review Online: What is God Whispering?

How does the Holy Spirit move in one's life? Well, let's take a scenario. Suppose someone, say a blogger, was watching a beautiful ordination of four priests on EWTN on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for several hours and then decided to check out the Catholic Review Online site for the latest column by H.E. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien. There, he finds a post in "Thoughts on Our Church" about...vocations! I'd say that would qualify as a signal!

I close with a challenge from the warm and reassuring words of Pope Benedict XVI to the youth at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York: “Friends, again I ask you, what about today? What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you? The hope that never disappoints is Jesus Christ.”

The challenge to each of you, especially to parents, is the same one I made to the students and staffs of the schools. I ask you to reflect on what we can do to encourage vocations, to help our young people to hear what God is whisp…

Early Afternoon Roundup - Friday, May 30th, 2008

Morning Roundup - Friday, May 30th, 2008 - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

EWTN Program Alert: Ordination of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, 11:00 AM EDT

4 hrs.

From the Cathedral of the Risen Christ - Lincoln, Nebraska
Fri 5/30/08 11:00 AM ET & 8 AM PT
Sat 5/31/08 12:00 AM ET & 9 PM PT (Fri )

Eleven Star Edition: Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Visitors ask...What is S.O.L.T.? Does it have the Latin Mass?

One great thing about having a blog "metered" is that you can tell what people are searching for. One perennial is the term, "S.O.L.T." which you may have seen after the name of Fr. John Corapi, the famous and moving speaker.

S.O.L.T. stands for "Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity." The S.O.L.T. website defines its apostolate and includes both Lay and Consecrated Members. The mission of its apostolates is defined here. Priests of S.O.L.T. are "Shepherds after my own heart."

The Formation program is described here, and the General Priest Council is shown here. The Society is not defined by the TLM Mass, although it is quite possible that some priests celebrate the Extraordinary Form. If you are interested, please contact them!

Visitors do you pronounce "Padua"?

The visitors log contained an inquiry on how to pronounce the geographical name, Padua? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives two variants. I have always used the first, anglicized variation. The second is the Italian pronunciation. You can hear both pronounced and compare.

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, May 29th, 2008 The Peaceful Revolution of Vietnam's Catholics

Sandro Magister has an interesting article on the Church in Vietnam in the latest edition of Here is a look at his observations:

On each of these occasions, the prompting was the request for the return of land and buildings confiscated from the Church by the regime.

In the north of the country, the confiscations go back to the 1950's, when the communists took power, and in the south to after 1975.

And the first and most important demand concerns the building that at one time hosted the pontifical delegation in Hanoi, next to the archbishop's residence and the cathedral of St. Joseph. The building was requisitioned in 1959, and is now used as a restaurant.

Last December 15, the archbishop of Hanoi, Joseph Ngô Quan Kiêt, asked for the building to be given back, and called upon the faithful to pray that justice be done.

The faithful took him at his word. Since December 18, every evening, they have gathered in front of the fence outside the former nunciature, praying a…

Early Roundup - Thursday, May 29th, 2008

10 Star Edition: Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Homeschool Alert >> Institute for Advanced Physics

I just watched a fascinating show on EWTN with a dialogue between Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Dr. Anthony Rizzi. Dr. Rizzi is from the Institute for Advanced Physics and his mission is to make science intelligible to Catholics and Christians. The Institute publishes books based on Newtonian Physics and has several books that add the "link" back to Christianity and away from the areligious theology of "scientism." Dr. Rizzi made much of the upcoming voyage to Mars and how the calendar to be used on this mission will be based on the calendar of the French Revolution --scientific-- as opposed to the Julian calendar of Columbus or the Gregorian calendar we know.

His Institute's effort is to begin to reacquaint Christianity with the observational scientific method before the Revolution. His books bespeaks of "what we know from observation" and advances from there. He said his 6-year-old son loves to play the software games that one can obtain by purchasi…

Decent Films Guide by Steven D. Greydanus: "Bella" (2006)

This is one of those instances where I wanted to read Steven's review "after" seeing the film. I recently bought it on DVD as soon as it was available. It came highly recommended by several close relatives and I had missed it in the theaters.

Steven's review of "Bella" is here. I find that I agree substantially with him but would have given it a "bit more" for a score. As usual, Mr. Greydanus gives not only an "artistic score" but grades it for merit, spiritual value, moral value and so on.

Bella is "bella!"

Charlotte Was Both: Catholic Summer Reading

This blog's favorite "search string" is for the Catholic Lifetime Reading list published by Fr. McCloskey. I am very happy that Amy Wellborn of Charlotte was Both has posted a link to the Catholic Summer Reading list. The list is excellent!

I am a bibliophile. I have stacks of books yet unread and still find that I cannot pass up more orders to Amazon. Walking past a bookstore without a purchase seems almost inconceivable to me.

The ten best bets on Amy's list are great "summer reads." The entire list of 64 has some incredible books to consider. Amy has done a great service for all of us by calling attention to this program. Please check out this list of great reading and sign up for future editions.

Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The New Liturgical Movement >> Chant for ChildrenWhispers in the Loggia >> "The Sense of Liberation" (this is a deeply moving story from Rocco Palmo; don't miss it)

Catholic World News: English Church forced to drop adoption services posted this story today from England. It reads in part:

The dioceses of Southwark, Portsmouth, and Arundel and Brighton have agreed to end their affiliation with the Catholic Children's Society. The group will be renamed Cabrini Children’s Society.

The Mail predicted that other dioceses would soon follow suit, while some Catholic agencies vowed a court battle to protect their right to continue offering adoption services without compromising their Catholic identity.Read more here.

Early Roundup - Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The New Liturgical Movement >> Corpus Christi in Saint-Eugene - Paris - France (Philippe Guy; Beautiful photos!)The New Liturgical Movement >> Ward's Rossini-Like Propers (Jeffrey Tucker; Justine Ward's simplified Propers for Children! - 1932) Customized Home Pages, Daily Mass Reading Widget and more!

I have given a hat tip to this link before but it bears repeating. has a free "home page" that can be customized to suit your Catholic needs. Yes, it has Catholic, CNA, CNS and a large variety of Catholic blogs, but it also has financial news, Yahoo top sports, headline news, etc. The entire package is very attractive and I wouldn't know what to do without it.

The folks also offer links to Catholic job listings nationwide. They also have free widgets that will give you a link to Catholic Search Engines or to the Daily Mass Readings of the USCCB. The Daily Mass Readings widget is the one I have linked in the right menu bar near the bottom of the page. I also used it recently as a demo on a post a few days ago. You can install this onto a web page and then check the Readings each day along with the provided Meditation.

Give it a look. It is a great feature and is provided by a solid Catholic company.

Early Roundup - Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

10 Star Edition: Monday, May 26th, 2008 - Memorial Day After Dark

Tribute - Memorial Day, May 26th, 2008

It is hard to imagine a more fitting musical tribute than that of the beautiful theme written by Michael Kamen for the TV series, "Band of Brothers." On this Memorial Day, perhaps a silent meditation on this cemetery scene with Kamen's theme playing as a backdrop will help us to focus on what so many have given as the price for our liberty and our religious freedom...

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may the Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. And may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace!


Grateful Hat Tip to "Wretchard" of "The Belmont Club"

The Cabarfeidh Pages (Highland Warriors): A Soldier's Prayer for the Fallen

The Cabarfeidh Pages (Highland Warriors) posts the words to the beautiful hymn, "Mansions of the Lord," written for the movie, "We Were Soldiers." Here are the words sung by the West Point Glee Club:

To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
Through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord
The website has a link to the recording used in the movie in .wav format. Click here and open in another tab to hear the hymn played. It is indeed a beautiful hymn... You will also here a portion of the Scottish ballad, Sgt. MacKenzie. Click here to hear the complete ballad in Scottish. The words are on the website.

Garry Owen!

Visitors ask...Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th is designated "Memorial Day" in the United States (the last Monday in May). It is both a federal and state holiday and many in the U.S. mark it as the "unofficial" first day of summer. The day is set aside to commemorate those members of our military who have died. Many will visit civilian or Veteran's cemeteries to pay their respects, attend scheduled memorial services or go to special Masses to mark this day.

I will be posting lightly over the next day or so, but new posts are scheduled.

Early Roundup - Sunday, May 25th, 2008 - Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

WDTPRS >> WDTPRS: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (1962 Missale Romanum) - from The WandererTraditional Latin Mass Propers in English >> Second Sunday After Pentecost (this kind Deacon religiously updates the Propers each day as a work of love; please visit his site as often as possible!)The New Liturgical Movement >> Solemnity and A Restored Altar Frontal in Spain (Shawn Tribe)The New Liturgical Movement >> Prostration on the Forms in the Dominican Rite (Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P.; visit Dominican Liturgy! It is listed in my Blogroll in the right menu!)

Mass Readings for - Sunday, May 25th, 2008 in the US - Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

In the United States, most Dioceses will follow the custom of celebrating the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on the 25th. Here are the Mass readings for Sunday for the Novus Ordo Mass.

This "widget" is free, by the way, from as are others which you can place on any desktop or in a browser. The content changes daily, of course, and is free.

The TLM Mass for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 'Missa Factus Est Dominus,' is found here.

Ars Catholica >> Notre Dame, Our Mother

Ars Catholica posts an image and story on the beautiful image of Our Lady of Sheshan.

When I saw this image both on Fr. Z’s blog and Amy Welborn’s, I thought it was one of the more stunning, modern images of Our Lady. I was particularly struck by the Chinese characters, and how, at least to this western eye, and non-Mandarin speaker, they hearken to the tradition of gold stars on a blue background.Read the full story posted here.

Visitors ask...Tridentine Mass, Latin Mass, Archdiocese of Baltimore (or the TLM or Usus Antiquior) in Baltimore or in Maryland

I thought I had covered this adequately, but it still appears in "search strings" in various forms and orders of words! Search engines are "tempermental!"

Visitors often ask for the "Tridentine Mass" (or the "Latin Mass," or the "TLM," or "Usus Antiquior," or "Extraordinary Form") in the Archdiocese of Baltimore (or even more generally, "in Baltimore" or "in Maryland"). Here is the scoop...

The ONLY "TLM" or "Tridentine Mass" celebrated in the Archdiocese of Baltimore every Sunday and Holy Day is at Saint Alphonsus Church on Saratoga Street in the heart of Baltimore city. The Sunday TLM Mass there is at 11:30 AM.

There is a weekly "Latin Novus Ordo Mass" celebrated at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Assumption nearby at 9:00 AM each Sunday. Please note that both of these Masses are to be found in the RIGHT MENU and are also contained in the FAQs listi…

Early Roundup - Saturday, May 24th, 2008 - World Day of Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

Vatican: Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan (for the People of China)

The Holy Father has asked the faithful to say this prayer on the 24th of May for the people of China. The prayer was taken from the Vatican website. The prayer is available at the same location in a number of other languages.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians",
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your so…

Evening Roundup - Friday, May 23rd, 2008

The Black Biretta >> non sum dignus Domine (yes, many are talking about those who received Communion yesterday from His Holiness kneeling and on the tongue...)WDTPRS >> CNS on the Communion kneeling at the Pope’s Corpus Christi Mass (Fr. Zuhlsdorf comments on those who make light of the above epiphenomenon)Charlotte Was Both >> A radical remedy (Amy Wellborn)The New Liturgical Movement >> Archbishop Ranjith's Visit to Austria (with beautiful photos)The New Liturgical Movement >> New Look for The Society of St. Catherine of Siena (a source of Liturgical study and research)

CNA: Christianity is the most profound revolution in history, Pope declares

The Catholic News Agency, CNA, posted a story last night summarizing the liturgy of Corpus Christi from Rome. The Holy Father's comments are summarized well in the article.

“The Eucharist can never be a private matter,” explained Pope Benedict. “The Eucharist is public worship, which has nothing esoteric or exclusive about it. ... We remain united, over and above our differences, ... we open to one another in order to become a single thing in Him.""Walking with the Lord" was the second aspect of the celebrations that the Pope discussed. The chance to accompany Jesus in the Eucharist allows us to reflect on how He in fact, “raises us up again ... and puts us on the journey with the power of this Bread of life. ... The procession of Corpus Christi teaches us that the Eucharist wants to free us from all distress and discomfort ... so that we can resume the journey with the strength God gives us in Jesus Christ," the Holy Father said. Moreover, "Without the G…

Early Afternoon Roundup - Friday, May 24th, 2008

Early Roundup - Friday, May 23rd, 2008

RORATE CAELI >> Neocatechumenal Way statutes definitively approved by the Pope? (There seems to be some confusion as to whether the changes requested in 2005 regarding Liturgy have been incorporated...stay tuned)The New Liturgical Movement >> More on Corpus Christi from Rome (Gregor Kollmorgen with lots of photos)What Does the Prayer Really Say >> Oriole sightings and others (sorry, but Oriole sightings are big news in this location!)Whispers in the Loggia >> Patriarch in the Oval (Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir with President Bush)FIRST THINGS: On the Square >> Please, We're Not That Kind of Evangelical (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus)

Late Evening Roundup - Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Maryland Catholic Conference: Bills that undermine marriage signed into law

I received this email moments ago from the Maryland Catholic Conference. It is self-explanatory.

Senate Bill 566 and Senate Bill 597 to take effect July 1

Dear Advocates,

In the last few weeks, you've heard from us requesting your assistance in contacting Gov. Martin O'Malley and asking him to veto two bills that undermine the legal status of marriage in Maryland. Despite having heard from about 2,000 concerned Catholic citizens about the troubling impact of Senate Bill 566 and Senate Bill 597, the governor signed those measures into law this morning, May 22. Senate Bills 566 and 597, which create a definition of "domestic partnership" in law and treat those relationships as marriages in parts of the state's health and tax statutes, will take effect on July 1.

Below you will find a statement the Conference issued this morning in response to the governor's signing of these bills. Please take a few moments to read about the Church's deep concern over t…

Visitors do you pronounce "Pietrelcina"?

This has been dealt with previously, but I failed to put Pietrelcina in the title!

Visitors are wondering how to pronounce the word, "Pietrelcina" (as in St. Pio of Pietrelcina who is mentioned in this blog's header).

I wanted to be accurate and so I consulted someone who speaks Italian fluently who confirmed my thoughts. The pronunciation is: PEE-ATE-TRAL-CHEE'-NA.

Sorry, but I can't do linguistic symbols on this blog. That is close enough I pray!

Late Afternoon Roundup: May 22nd, 2008 - Feast of Corpus Christi

Decent Films Guide by Steven D. Greydanus: "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008)

This blockbuster is about to come out so I thought you'd like to have Steven Greydanus' take on the movie. His review seems to be more favorable than some I have seen. As always, his rating system is very helpful to parents.

WDTPRS: The Pope to put limits on concelebrations

Fr. Zuhlsdorf of "What Does the Prayer Really Say" comments on the news as reported in "Panorama":

No more big "show" Masses: The Popes want to put the brakes on huge concelebrations with hundreds of priests, often far from the altar, as we are now used to in the World Youth Days and papal journeys. Benedict XVI has entrusted to the Congregation for Divine Worship the task of preparing, if necessary, an "instruction".

Full story is here!

Thursday, May 22nd: Rocco and Amy

Early Roundup - Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

First Things >> Blog Archive >> One College That’s Getting It Right

Michael Linton posted this story on May 16th on the First Things Blog. As he relates in his piece:

Like many of us reading these pages, I was in the middle of that spring migration known as “bringing the kid home from college for the summer break” (and, we hope, the summer job). My daughter and I were having breakfast at the local diner with seven of her friends (who had helped us schlep her gear to the car–always a good idea to reward cheap labor), and I was asking them about their first year in college. What did they like about it? What didn’t they? What were the big surprises, how were the roommates? All those kinds of questions I’ve learned are fairly innocuous ways to get to know 19-year-olds and to pick up a little local flavor and some entertaining gossip. After a couple of sentences complaining about the food, they were ignoring me and talking between themselves. Talking about Aristotle. And Plato. About the nature of virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics and how Verdi captured lo…