The Dedication of an Altar

The Dedication of an Altar is a rare ritual in the church. Normally, it takes place within the larger dedication of a church or chapel. However, this coming week, Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will be dedicating a new altar at one Continue reading The Dedication of an Altar

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

Summorum Pontificum: Tenth Anniversary

TEN years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI caused to be published the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. With the stroke of a pen, the ancient rites of the Mass (last edited in 1962) could suddenly be celebrated by any priest of Continue reading Summorum Pontificum: Tenth Anniversary

God in the Streets of Tacoma

Depending on what calendar you use (Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form), and whether or not it is a Holy Day of Obligation in your diocese, today(or last Thursday) is (or was) the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Continue reading God in the Streets of Tacoma

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

Lectionary Confluence

On Thursday, I unexpectedly found myself at two daily Masses, the first in the Extraordinary Form, and the second in the Ordinary Form. The differences were stark – made even more so by the fact that the Ordinary Form Mass Continue reading Lectionary Confluence

Summorum Pontificum at Nine

NINE years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI caused to be published the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. With the stroke of a pen, the ancient rites of the Mass (last edited in 1962) could suddenly be celebrated by any priest of Continue reading Summorum Pontificum at Nine

Corpus Christi Retrospective Part 2:
In Procession

An anonymous bishop once famously prescribed a remedy for many of the problems facing the modern Church with the words “less jabbering – more processions“. He was not wrong. In one sense, of course, processions form the structure of the Continue reading Corpus Christi Retrospective Part 2:
In Procession

Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity

Depending on what calendar you use (Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form), and whether or not it is a Holy Day of Obligation in your diocese, today(or last Thursday) is (or was) the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Continue reading Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity

Eucharistic Procession through the Streets of Tacoma

A Medieval Eurcharistic Procession

This coming Sunday my parish will participate in an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament following the Noon Mass. The Masses that weekend will be celebrated Ad Orientem. This will be the fourth year we’ve taken Jesus through the streets Continue reading Eucharistic Procession through the Streets of Tacoma

I Trust in Thee

Below the image of the Divine Mercy, you will see the words “Jesus I trust in Thee”. I confess that despite my devotion to the Divine Mercy, I continually stumble over the simple act of trusting in the Lord. Saint Continue reading I Trust in Thee

Rorate Photos

You may recall that on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Francine and I attended a Rorate Mass at the nearby F.S.S.P. parish of Saint Joseph. You will also no doubt recall my inability to take a decent photo Continue reading Rorate Photos

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

This past weekend has been what we at Pistachio House sometimes refer to as a “churchy weekend”: three Masses and chanted Vespers. The first of these was a new experience for us. At 6:30 on Saturday morning, we attended an Continue reading Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Notes on the Transitions,
Number 12 in a Series

As we head into October, the new pastors are in their places and the parishes are settling down into their new schedules. This is probably the last formal post I will make about the three transitioning Tacoma parishes. Saint Joseph Continue reading Notes on the Transitions,
Number 12 in a Series

Notes on the Transitions,
Number 11 in a Series

Just a quick update with a few new items from each of the three transitioning Tacoma parishes. Saint Joseph Shortly after I published Episode 10, a parishioner of the Tacoma branch of the North American Martyrs FSSP parish wrote to Continue reading Notes on the Transitions,
Number 11 in a Series

Notes on the Transitions,
Number 10 in a Series

Some fairly hefty information for the Tacoma parish changes at Holy Rosary, Visitation, and Saint Joseph, so let’s dive right in, shall we? Saint Joseph The incoming pastor, Rev. Michael Stinson, FSSP, preached at this evening’s Mass at Saint Joseph. Continue reading Notes on the Transitions,
Number 10 in a Series

Notes on the Transitions,
Number 2 in a Series

A week or so ago, Saint Joseph held a “town hall” to discuss the upcoming changes as they transition to an Extraordinary Form parish under their new pastor, Rev. Michael Stinson, FSSP. There were 44 parishioners in attendance, as well Continue reading Notes on the Transitions,
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