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


There is something magical and compelling about a doorway, about a crossroads. It is a time and place in between the old and the new, between past and future; the liminal space where for a moment time stands still and Continue reading Crossroads

Today at Mass

Wow. Today we used the new translation of the Mass for the first time. There were the expected little confusions in the responses, but over all everybody dove right into it with enthusiasm. The most difficult bit was, as expected, Continue reading Today at Mass

Six Days and Counting

The Roman Missal, Third Edition, will be implemented in the United States of America on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. That’s less than a week away, now. The entire Church in the United States has been blessed Continue reading Six Days and Counting

Reflections on an Installation Mass

This past Sunday, Reverend Eugene Delmore SJ was installed as the fifth pastor of our little parish church of Saint Rita of Cascia in Tacoma. The Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo MSpS, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, was the principal Celebrant. He Continue reading Reflections on an Installation Mass

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