Showing posts from November, 2008

Seven Star Roundup: Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Sunday, November 30th, 2008 - First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent, November 30th, 2008 - Missa 'Ad Te Levavi'

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INTROIT ¤ Ps. 24. 1-3

Ad te levavi animam meam: Deus meus, in te confido, non erubescam: neque irrideant me inimici mei: etenim universi, qui te exspectant non confundentur. -- Vias tuas, Domine, demonstra mihi: et semitas tuas edoce me. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Ad te levavi . . .

To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded. -- (Ps. 24. 4). Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me: and teach me Thy paths. V.: Glory to the Father . . . -- He shall cry to me . . .Traditional Latin Rite Missal Project, Advent

Evening Roundup - Saturday, November 29th, 2008

EWTN TV Schedule: Week of November 30th to December 6th, 2008

Early Roundup - Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Eleven Star Edition - Friday, November 28th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Friday, November 28th, 2008

Baltimore and Washington: Christmas Schedules for Major Basilicas and Cathedrals (Early On)

I wanted to post this early and it is subject to change, of course. These are the major Basilicas and Cathedrals in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington, DC. Here is where you will find the Christmas schedule of Masses:

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Baltimore, Maryland has posted its Christmas Mass and Concert schedule hereThe Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore has posted its Christmas schedule hereBasilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC has a full schedule for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day linked at the bottom of this page hereThe Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC has its Advent and Christmas schedule posted herePlease note that these schedules are for the major Cathedrals and Basilicas of the two Archdioceses. To check for the TLM schedule, consult the Parish weblinks in the right menu. For Novus Ordo Masses, please use

Early Roundup - Friday, November 28th, 2008

Seven Star Roundup: Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Early Roundup - Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - Thanksgiving Day in the United States

Thursday, November 27th, 2008 - Thanksgiving Day

Heavenly Father, we give You thanks and praise!

Catholic Review Online: Ellicott City parish encourages adoration at a young age

The Catholic Review Online carries a revolutionary story by Mr. George Matysek, Jr. The report concerns Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and the introduction of Eucharistic Adoration to young children. The Pastor, Fr. Erik Arnold, has introduced this program into the life of the Parish.

The monthly half-hour gathering for children’s eucharistic adoration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help began last spring at the request of a home-schooling parent. This year, children from Our Lady of Perpetual Help School are also participating in the prayer session.

The parish modeled its children’s adoration service on one developed by Father Antoine Thomas, a Brother of St. John and a native of France who promotes children’s adoration around the world.

The service is becoming increasingly popular, attracting about 20 people last year and now averaging more than 60 homeschoolers, parents and parish school children.

Father Arnold believes the service is a way to help children better understand the…

CNA: Russian city observes ‘week without abortion’ as country battles population crisis

To call this story heartbreaking is not nearly enough.

Russia’s abortion rate is among the highest in the world, with nearly 70 percent of pregnancies ending in an abortion. The Western Europe abortion rate is about 12 per 1,000 women per year, while in Russia that figure is 54 per 1,000, according to U.N. records on abortion rates.In 2004 there were 100,000 more abortions than births.Further, about 10 to 15 percent of abortions in Russia have complications, leaving about 8 percent of women sterile.And people, the Legislative and Executive branches, are even considering the F.O.C.A. which will bring more of THIS here?

May God help and forgive us all! Saint Michael the Archangel, protect us!

Early Roundup - Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Seven Star Roundup: Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Early Roundup - Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Eleven Star Edition - Monday, November 24th, 2008

Musica Sacra: Sung Extraordinary Form: A Workshop for Priests and Seminarians

I have had visitors searching for Retreats or Workshops for priests on Gregorian Chant and other such topics. I would advise anyone seeking help in Sacred Music to first visit Musica Sacra. Here is one example--a Workshop on the Sung Mass in April, 2009. Here is a list of upcoming events. Here is the ad for the Sacred Music Colloquium.

Please bookmark MusicSacra. It is THE place to search first.

Evening Roundup - Monday, November 24th, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 - Feast of Christ the King

Te Deum (Oh God, We Praise Thee)

Christus Rex, Te Deum

English version:
Latin version:O God, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur. Thee, the Father, all the earth doth worship.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates; To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry out without ceasing:
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Full are the Heavens and the earth of the majesty of Thy glory.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae. The glorious choir of the Apostles praises Thee,
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, The admirable company of Prophets praises Thee,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, the white-robed army of Martyrs, prai…

Evening Roundup - Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Early Roundup - Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - Saint Cecilia

Evening Roundup - Friday, November 21st, 2008

EWTN TV Schedule: Week of November 23rd to 29th, 2008

Early Roundup - Friday, November 21st, 2008 - Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The New Liturgical Movement >> Rumour Watch: Arrival of the New CDW Prefect in Rome? (the selection appears to be Card. Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Archbishop of Toledo)WDTPRS >> Alignment of dates: New Prefect of CDWDS? (see above!)The New Liturgical Movement >> Winter Issue of Sacred MusicWDTPRS >> A very sad Fr. Z and the promise of a Mass (Fr. Dan Schuh...requiescat in pace!)
WDTPRS >> I was sad before… I am irritated now (Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights alert on behalf of Fr. Daniel Coughlin)The Way of the Fathers >> In Memoriam (Fr. Joseph Linck...requiescat in pace!)

Opus Dei - Growing in Faith: Year of Saint Paul

The Opus Dei Newsletter arrived today and linked to a marvelous article on the Year of Saint Paul. As always, it is well written and well researched. I urge anyone interested in this personal prelature to sign up for their e-newsletter which is free. The Opus Dei site links to the latest News, and has a nice feature called the Press Room which has many features of interest to journalists. The home page for the United States is located here. This is still one of the most popular "search strings" on this blog.

Early Roundup - Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Evening Roundup - Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

WDTPRS >> Statement for WDTPRS from the Spokesperson for H.E. Card. Schönborn (this is in response to the WDTPRS post from yesterday entitled, "Mass in Vienna: What the...?" which I linked here)

Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Early Roundup - Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

GIA, Revised Grail Psalter, and Open Access: The New Liturgical Movement by Jeffrey Tucker

I have received a great number of inquiries of interest regarding my posts on the Revised Grail Psalter. As you know if you looked at follow-up stories, I posted the concerns of Jeffrey Tucker of the New Liturgical Movement who is a major force in Musica Sacra.

Today, Mr. Tucker received a response from GIA which will act as the agent for the copyright and the correspondence is posted here. This is of great concern for all of us (or it should be). Open access is mandatory for Liturgical texts that will be used in writing Sacred Music and cannot be the singular property of one agent. Artistic freedom is required so that we obtain the very best music possible to honor God.

Please see this message so you understand what is happening here.

Afternoon Roundup - Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Early Roundup - Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

WDTPRS >> Four in the Afternoon

Early Roundup - Monday, November 17th, 2008 - Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

NLM: A Serious Issue on the Revised Grail Psalter | Jeffrey Tucker

I have awaited the reaction of Jeffrey Tucker of the NLM on the adoption of the Revised Grail Psalter. He has posted a long article here voicing some serious misgivings. Please read this post. I suppose his entire set of concerns can be summarized in this paragraph:

This of it: A private company using a legal monopoly to sell the Psalms we are mandated to sing at a profit and using the state to crack down on all who attempt to compete or give them away for free? The GIA and the USCCB are playing with fire here. The Reformation was prompted by injustices less egregious. All Catholics must stand up and insist that this must not be allowed to happen. If the Church is going to authorize the Revised Grail, access must be efficient and impartial in the only way it can be: the rights to the texts must be completely open access.Please read the entire article here.

Ten Star Edition: Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The Catholic Review Online: Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh finds winning combination

In Maryland, you are either a Ravens fan, a Redskins fan or an Eagles fan (well, a lot of other NFL teams are also represented; this IS a migratory state encompassing D.C.).

This story will not only appeal to those who are Ravens fans, but to all Catholics. I had heard the new head coach was Catholic. I didn't expect the nice story by Mr. George P. Matysek, Jr.

Harbaugh has fond memories of the nuns who kept him in line. After he clapped erasers on the walls, one punished him by making him write a sentence hundreds of times on the chalkboard. Another made him work as a janitor for two weeks after he scaled a church tower so he could clang the bell.

“Accountability was a big part of it,” said Harbaugh, whose favorite duty as an altar boy was ringing the bells at Mass. We have a lot in common it seems...

EWTN TV Schedule: Week of November 16th to 23rd, 2008

A constant search item has been the TV schedule for EWTN. I have decided to try to carry it as often as I can.

EWTN TV Grid for the week of November 16th through 23rd (EST)EWTN Specials for the Week of November 16th and thereafter

NCR Postmortem of the bishops' meeting; U.S. relations with the Holy See

I was not able to watch much of the USCCB Conference but do respect the opinion of John L. Allen, Jr. Here is his "postmortem" on the Plenary Meeting. It will be interesting to watch to what degree Archbishop Burke (soon to be Cardinal Burke, I pray) has on this situation with his increasing influence in Rome. To say that he knows the situation in the U.S. in detail is an understatement.

Early Roundup - Friday, November 14th, 2008

Ten Star Edition: Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Evening Roundup - Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Faith & Family Live! >> Do You Know Roe?The New Liturgical Movement >> One Question Only on the Revised Grail Psalter (as promised, the NLM is THE place for liturgical music...the concern is over copyrights; check the comments)The New Liturgical Movement >> Magnificat: The Monthly and An Interview (my FAVORITE devotional! The perfect gift for a family!)The New Litugical Movement >> Liber Brevior Online

Visitors ask...Conception Abbey Revised Grail Psalter (CARG)

Since the announcement that the USCCB has chosen the Revised Grail Psalter of Conception Abbey, I have been swamped with searches for more information. Here is what I know:

The Revised Psalter comes from hereThe Rector makes reference to the work as the first item in this news reportAbbot Gregory Polan seems to be the motive force (see above)Adoremus in its November edition makes comments on this Psalter hereThe rights to the Psalter belong to Conception Abbey. The USCCB had been in contact and negotiations with Conception Abbey and apparently had worked out arrangements regarding copywritten material.In short, it is unlikely that "open versions" of this are available at present. Bishop Serratelli did say that the Psalms captured the original Hebrew exquisitely and that the sung versions were beautiful. I will update this if I hear more, but the New Liturgical Movement is likely to break this news.

Afternoon Roundup - Thursday, November 13th, 2008

FSSP TRAINING DVD - Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite - Fraternity of St. Peter and EWTN presents

Here is the link to this beautiful website. If you want to give a Christmas gift to your Pastor and your priests, I can think of nothing better. Note that plans are in the works for instructional videos in a number of other languages. This is covered in the story by the New Liturgical Movement.

Check the site! It is marvelous:

NLM: The Long Awaited Release of FSSP Training DVD and a Review

This is a MAJOR story so I am linking to two blog posts. The first is from Shawn Tribe of the NLM and the second is from Fr. John Zuhsldorf of WDTPRS. The new DVD made by the FSSP in conjunction with EWTN instructing priests in saying the Usus Antiquior is now available. Read the two reactions is amazing!

The New Liturgical Movement >>The Long Awaited Release of FSSP Training DVD and a ReviewWDTPRS >> REVIEW: The TLM instructional DVD by the FSSP. Stunning!In other news:

WDTPRS >> Brick by brick in Chicago and BirminghamIn the Light of the Law >> Fr. Bourgeois might be facing more than excommunicationFIRST THINGS: On the Square >> The December Issue is Here! (Joseph Bottum)

Ten Star Edition: Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

USCCB - Bishops Approve Icel Gray Book Translation of the Proper of Seasons and Revised Grail Psalter

Following up on a post from yesterday, I found the official announcement, made today, by the USCCB Office of Media Relations:

Bishops Approve Icel Gray Book Translation of the Proper of Seasons and Revised Grail Psalter

BALTIMORE—The U.S. bishops approved the ICEL Gray Book Translation of the Proper of Seasons November 11, at their General Assembly in Baltimore, in a 189-30 vote. The bishops also approved the Revised Grail Psalter by the Monks of Conception Abbey for liturgical use in the United States in a 203-5 vote.

The Committee on Divine Worship placed the Gray Book edition of the Proper of Seasons, the Mass prayers for special parts of the liturgical year like Advent and Lent, before the bishops at their June 2008 meeting in Orlando, but the vote taken was inconclusive. After a subsequent mail ballot was sent to the Latin rite members of the conference who had not voted, the translation did not receive the necessary two-thirds approval. The bishops proposed modifications, which…

Whispers in the Loggia: "The Fundamental Good is Life Itself"

Rocco has posted the statement written by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the USCCB, with the consultation of all the US Bishops. After congratulating the new President-Elect, Barack Obama, the document goes on to say, in part:

The fundamental good is life itself, a gift from God and our parents. A good state protects the lives of all. Legal protection for those members of the human family waiting to be born in this country was removed when the Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade in 1973. This was bad law. The danger the Bishops see at this moment is that a bad court decision will be enshrined in bad legislation that is more radical than the 1973 Supreme Court decision itself. In the last Congress, a Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) was introduced that would, if brought forward in the same form today, outlaw any “interference” in providing abortion at will. It would deprive the American people in all fifty states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints an…

Late Morning Roundup - Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

New TLM Mass Added to Mass List in Right Menu - Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Gainesville, VA

A kind friend informed me that there is a weekly TLM being celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA at 12:30 PM. I have added this Mass to the TLM Mass menu to the right and corrected other locations where TLM's are listed on this blog.

Thanks for the kind note! My prayers go with you for your request.

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

UPDATE: At the Bishop's Meeting, two significant votes passed. The vote to approve the "Gray Book" (as amended) passed by 187 - 30. The vote to ask Rome for recognitio of the revised "Grail" (CARG) Psalter to be used in place of the NAB 1970 Psalter also passed. The Grail Psalter is updated and familiar to those who read the Liturgy of the Hours; it is used in many other English-speaking countries.

American Papist >> It begins: ESCR Bans & The Mexico City policy first to go in Obama administrationWDTPRS >> Bp. Trautman is fighting the “ineffable” fight (and lost!)Whispers in the Loggia >> Martino SpeaksWhispers in the Loggia >> Here Come the Chairs

AmericanPapist: Report: Wow, is this a useful link

Thomas Peters has found the "mother lode" and posted it on American Papist. The map is by an enterprising Youth and Young Adult group and shows every Diocese in the U.S. with the hyperlink to the (Arch)Diocesan home page.

It is truly a remarkable feat! I give a "shout out" to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Diocese of Columbus. Note that some areas are enlarged especially in the Northeast where there are more Dioceses.


Whispers in the Loggia: O'Brien on FOCA

Rocco Palmo has another exclusive on a story which will appear in the Catholic Review, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The author of the article is His Excellency, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, and the article deals with the Freedom of Choice Act. Read this important article here. Here is just a snippet:

A threat to all life, this legislation would also have a terrible impact on Catholic and other pro-life healthcare providers. Of particular note:
FOCA trumps state laws that protect rights of providers (e.g. Catholic hospitals, pharmacists, etc.) to conscientiously object to performing abortions if such state laws are seen to in any way “interfere” with a woman’s decision to have an abortion.FOCA undermines the freedom of religion upon which our country was founded.I pledge that we will join with other all law-abiding religious and public interest groups in taking every action necessary to resist this blatant attempt to stifle the consciences of those who con…

Noon Roundup - Tuesday, November 11th, 2008, Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Thanks and may God bless you all!

To those who returned...

And to those who didn't...

We owe our lives and our country to YOUR sacrifice!

Whispers in the Loggia: Day One, Evening Wrap

I watched part of the morning session on EWTN. As a reminder, day 2 is being shown tomorrow beginning at 9 AM EST and again at 2 PM.

Rocco Palmo, as always, does a masterful job summarizing the feel of the Conference and the topic that everyone feels in a palpable fashion: will the Bishops handle the "subtleties" of "Faithful Citizenship" more directly if at all? This is a great read as always.

Afternoon Roundup - Monday, November 10th, 2008

Early Roundup - Monday, November 10th, 2008 - Feast of Saint Leo the Great