A Liturgical Lent: a Review and a Look Forward

At my parish of Holy Rosary in Tacoma, we had a lot going on for this first weekend of Lent. Think of this as a look into the life of a parish pursuing the vision of the New Liturgical Movement Continue reading A Liturgical Lent: a Review and a Look Forward


Today was once one of the most solemn feasts of the year. It’s gone by several names over the millennia: the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas. Coming Continue reading Candlemas

My 12 Favourite Posts of 2017

Yesterday, I posted a list of the most popular posts of the past year on this blog. However, the things I like are not always the most popular. I know this comes as a shock. I’ve been charitably described as Continue reading My 12 Favourite Posts of 2017

Rorate Cæli

This past Saturday, our parish of Holy Rosary celebrated a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This particular tradition is known as the Rorate Mass, for the first word of its entrance antiphon (Introit): Roráte cæli désuper, et núbes Continue reading Rorate Cæli

Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

Today is the great feast of Christ the King. In years past, we’ve held our “Franksgiving” feast on this day. This year, due to logistics, we held it last week. As it is every year at this time, Pistachio House Continue reading Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

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 us it is a Continue reading Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

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

Ad Orientem Training

At our parish of Holy Rosary, we sometimes celebrate Mass on the High Altar. This method, where for much of the Eucharistic prayer the Priest and the people are facing the same direction, is known as ad Orientem. For many Continue reading Ad Orientem Training

A Bit of a Personal Update

Tuesday was wacky. It included me being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords. So if you know anybody in need of an award-winning writer with a quarter-century worth of writing and editing credits, let me know. Yesterday, Continue reading A Bit of a Personal Update

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? (Benedictus antiphon, Monastic Office of Lauds for the Assumption) Today’s great Solemnity of the Assumption Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fátima in Tacoma

This past Saturday (July 22), our parish of Holy Rosary was host to the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fátima. This statue has been on the road worldwide since 1947. The statue is in the middle of Continue reading Fátima in Tacoma

Changes 2017: Welcome Father Wagner!

This weekend, Father Michael Wagner celebrated his first Masses at our parish of Holy Rosary as its Priest Administrator. In his homily, he gave us a thumbnail sketch of his life and vocation story. Welcome Father Wagner! Within ten minutes Continue reading Changes 2017: Welcome Father Wagner!

Changes 2017: Farewell to Father Wichert

This morning, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Father Nicholas Wichert celebrated his last Mass at Holy Rosary as its thirteenth pastor. The Mass was celebrated for the fathers of our parish on the Saint Joseph altar. I served Continue reading Changes 2017: Farewell to Father Wichert

Saints Peter and Paul

Today the Church celebrates one of her oldest feasts, commemorating the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. I prayed at the tombs of these apostles during our pilgrimage to Rome in 2005. Peter With the body of Saint John Paul Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul

Tenebræ Debrief

Last night’s Tenebræ service was incredibly powerful. There were probably a hundred people in attendance, and we had half a dozen servers and the full choir. Fr. Wichert led. And the choir! Oh, they were fantastic! The last anthem, sung Continue reading Tenebræ Debrief

Holy Week, Busy Week

Every year I take vacation during Holy Week. There are a couple of reasons for this, both spiritual and practical. On the spiritual level, I find that I need time to prepare myself. There may have been some work in Continue reading Holy Week, Busy Week

A Cup of Joe

Here’s an insight into how my mind works. As I was walking into work one morning a couple of years ago, commuter coffee mug firmly in hand, it suddenly struck me: the reason we call coffee “joe” is because it Continue reading A Cup of Joe