The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Who doesn’t like top ten lists? These are the top ten post hits on the blog for this past year. Last year I published a similar list, and it’s interesting to see how they intersect. Not all of the posts Continue reading The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Rev. Carmine Sacco: Requiem Æternam

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

Saint Rita the Wounded

Saint Rita of Cascia

Saint Rita, whose feast is today, is sometimes known as the patron saint of lost and impossible causes. Married at a young age against her will to a terrible, abusive husband, by her prayers she gradually reformed him into a Continue reading Saint Rita the Wounded

A Pastor for the Interim

Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

Enter RUMOUR, painted full of tongues. (Henry IV, Pt. II) It appears that due to Fr. Sacco’s continuing ill health, we will have an interim pastor at our parish of Saint Rita. Here is what I’ve been able to cobble together Continue reading A Pastor for the Interim

Please Pray for our Pastor

Please won’t you take a moment to pray for our pastor, Rev. Carmine Sacco? I just got an e-mail from the president of our pastoral council, which read in part: We received a call from Father Fuchs yesterday late PM Continue reading Please Pray for our Pastor

Hopes and Prayers for a New Pastor

We learned at Mass today that our parish priest, Rev. Carmine Sacco, S.J. is retiring some time this year. We also learned that the Jesuits have appointed Rev. Gene Delmore, S.J. to succeed him. A quick search revealed that Fr. Continue reading Hopes and Prayers for a New Pastor

Musing on a Funeral Liturgy

Today I attended the funeral of a young woman named Renae Fusako Stewart. I have never met this woman, though by God’s Grace I may meet her yet. She was a convert, having asked for Baptism while in hospital after Continue reading Musing on a Funeral Liturgy

A Call to Vocation?

Today at Mass, two odd things happened. First, I should mention for those not Catholic that today’s second reading at Mass was from the Epistle of Saint James, specifically 2:14-18. What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone Continue reading A Call to Vocation?

To Bring You Up to Speed…

Saturday was spent at Tacoma’s Ethnic Fest, an excuse for sampling foods from restaurants previously unknown and browsing through merchant kiosks of cultures entirely unfamiliar. Sunday was a surprise party for our pastor, Fr. Carmine Sacco, SJ. He was celebrating Continue reading To Bring You Up to Speed…