Quasquicentennial News Roundup

Holy Rosary parish celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 19, 1941, with a processional led by altar boys exhibiting varying degrees of piety and including the Bishop of Seattle, Gerald Shaughnessy. The young cross-bearer is Daniel Jacques, and the acolytes on either side are Robert Beaudean and George Bader.

This morning, our local newspaper the Tacoma News Tribune, ran this photo in their “Looking Back” section. I have reproduced the caption exactly as it appeared in today’s paper. Note the snarky tone when referring to the Altar Boys. Not Continue reading Quasquicentennial News Roundup

Initial Reflections on the Quasquicentennial


This past Sunday, my parish of Holy Rosary celebrated its 125th anniversary – our Quasquicentennial. The project for this celebration was started several years ago by Mr Michael Barkley, a gentleman from the parish who deserves all credit for getting Continue reading Initial Reflections on the Quasquicentennial

On the Feast of Saint Luke


Saint Luke is my kind of writer. Luke the historian and Luke the lyrical poet are both in evidence in his New Testament writings, his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He freely admits that he never met Christ Continue reading On the Feast of Saint Luke


The Bayeux Tapestry: King Harold's death. Legend above: Harold rex interfectus est, "King Harold is killed"

Nine hundred fifty years ago today, the English lost the Battle of Hastings to the Norman invaders. King Harold II died in the battle, and the claim of William the Bastard of Normandy to the throne of England was sealed. Continue reading 1066

And the Sun Trembled…


Today is the feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England of the old line. But I’m not going to talk about him. On this day in 1307 – on the 63rd birthday of their Grand Continue reading And the Sun Trembled…



If you are anywhere near Tacoma this weekend, please join us on Sunday for the 125th anniversary of the founding of our parish. The Mass is at Noon, and it will be followed by a reception in the School hall. Continue reading Quasquicentennial!


The Original Don Juan

by G.K. Chesterton White founts falling in the Courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run; There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared, It stirs the forest darkness, Continue reading Lepanto

The Most Holy Rosary

Marian Altar, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Tacoma; Solemnity of the Assumption 2015

Today is the feast of the Most Holy Rosary. For most of the Catholic world, this is a memorial of various sorts. Since, however, my parish is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, for me it is a Continue reading The Most Holy Rosary

No, It’s Just Thursday


What a day – and it’s not quite over yet! If it wasn’t for to-do lists, I don’t know how I would function. Called the paper for non-delivery (again) – check. Breakfast and Lauds – check. Worked on Incident Report Continue reading No, It’s Just Thursday

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Asissi

Just about everybody knows Saint Francis. He’s the plaster birdbath guy, right? The saint who hung around with fuzzy pastel animals. Well, sort of. “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” (Saint Francis of Assisi) I very nearly took “Francis” Continue reading Saint Francis of Assisi

Happy Michaelmas!


Today is the “Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels” or, in the old calendar, the “Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel”. Whatever you call it, the most common name is Michaelmas. It is one of Continue reading Happy Michaelmas!

Quality of Life

Blessed Hermann of Reichenau

What kind of life could the child possibly look forward to? He was born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida. In these progressive days, the child very well might have been aborted after the doctor showed the Continue reading Quality of Life

Rev. Carmine Sacco: Requiem Æternam

Rev. Carmine Sacco, S.J.

In your mercy, please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Carmine Sacco, S.J. Fr. Sacco was the pastor of St. Rita parish in Tacoma from 1979 to 2011. He was a solid rock in Tacoma’s Catholic community Continue reading Rev. Carmine Sacco: Requiem Æternam