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Saint Luke

18 October 2014
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 in the flesh, that he was not a witness to the events he describes in his Gospel. Like any good historian, he talked to the eyewitnesses, sometimes eliciting from them personal insights that are glossed over in the other...

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The Four Ends of Mass

17 October 2014
The Four Ends of Mass

I’ve long been an admirer of the Catholic Gentleman blog, so much so that I recently added a like in the “Blogs of Note” section on the left. Today they’ve got a great article up on The Four Ends of Mass. Let’s begin with what the mass is not. The mass is not a community meal designed to strengthen our unity and “gather us in.” Feelings of unity and community can be strengthened at any number of events, including...

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The Sun Trembled…

13 October 2014
The Sun Trembled…

Today is the feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. But I’m not going to talk about him. On this day in 1307 – on the 63rd birthday of their Grand Master Jacques de Molay – hundreds of Knights Templar in France were simultaneously arrested by agents of King Phillip IV. I’m not going to talk about that either. Today I’d like to touch on the remarkable event that occurred on this day in...

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He Just Never Stopped Preaching

9 October 2014
He Just Never Stopped Preaching

Everybody knows a guy who just won’t shut up. Sometimes it’s not even that he has something to say, or that he likes the sound of his own voice. Sometimes these are the folks who are genuinely frightened by silence. Sometimes, they just don’t know how not to talk. If those folks had a patron saint, it would no doubt be Saint Denis of Paris. An Italian missionary bishop, he was sent by Pope Fabian (236-250) to Gaul, where...

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Altar Servers on the Feast

7 October 2014

This past Sunday, our parish celebrated its feast day with Masses (Ordinary Form, English with Latin responses) and a potluck. The feast of the Holy Rosary is actually today, but since it is our patronal solemnity, the Archbishop has given permission to move the celebration to the nearest Sunday. One of my volunteer gigs there is to coordinate the Altar Servers and MC at the more complicated Masses. These were definitely complicated. We had every Altar Server in the...

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Our Lady of Victory

7 October 2014
Our Lady of Victory

Back in high school, a group of us did an extensive report on the events of this day for my freshman history class. We had flip chart maps, reenactments, and gave three separate papers. For on this day in 1571, the naval forces of a Holy League, consisting of several maritime Catholic countries, met the main Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto.

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Holy Rosary Celebrates 800 Years!

3 October 2014
Holy Rosary Celebrates 800 Years!

My parish of Holy Rosary will celebrate our parish feast day on Sunday October 5 with a special Mass at noon. Holy Rosary is located just north of I-5 overlooking downtown Tacoma, at 424 South 30th Street. Seriously, you can’t miss it. This year we’re celebrating 800 years. No, the parish church might be old, but it’s not quite that old. The parish was founded by German immigrants in 1891. The Feast of the Holy Rosary is celebrated every...

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Blessing of the Animals at Holy Rosary in Tacoma

2 October 2014
Blessing of the Animals at Holy Rosary in Tacoma

My parish of Holy Rosary will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 4 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Holy Rosary is located just north of I-5 overlooking downtown Tacoma, at 424 South 30th Street. You can’t miss it. Everyone is invited to bring their animals, as Holy Rosary Catholic Church Pastor Rev. Jacob Maurer will offer a special blessing for each animal and the family who...

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Angelic Vespers

2 October 2014
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Angelic Vespers

Both of my readers will no doubt recall that these days I’m praying the Hours with the Monastic Diurnal. I’ve mentioned before that the rankings of the various feasts in the old Monastic calendar are relatively straightforward. But on both Monday’s Vespers for Michaelmas and today’s for the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, there’s something odd. Follow me, here. In the book, today is given as a III-Class Feast with proper antiphons, which means that instead of praying...

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Happy Michaelmas!

29 September 2014
Happy Michaelmas!

This dreary, foggy Monday 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 several harvest festivals celebrated throughout Christian Europe. In England this is one of the “quarter days”, which was marked by hiring servants, electing magistrates, and beginning of legal and university terms. This day also marks the...

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Pope Francis



Servus Servorum Dei

I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

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