Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What has happened to Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center?

For the last two years, I have meant to write about this but I have a question:  What has happened to Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center?

For many years, Our Lady of Mattaponi Retreat Center, located in Upper Marlboro, MD, was the place for many school groups and others to hold their retreats.  A great deal of time was invested by volunteers, esp. when Fr. Mordino was alive, to keep the place in shape. 

About three years or so ago, I noticed that the Retreat Center was no longer listed on the Archdiocese website.  It was still around and after paying a visit a few years ago, I noticed that it was run by another organization dealing with youth.  As I said, I meant to write about this a while back but never did, and so I don't remember exactly what the group did with youth.  But I seem to recall something about troubled youth.   My assumption was that they were leasing the site from the Archdiocese.

Recently, there have been rumors (thanks Melvin) that the center will be sold by the end of the calendar year.  The rumors, and again, I have not been able to verify this, that it will be sold to another diocese (think Geno's and Pat's) and that it was being kept quiet, due to the fact that the community may not be happy with the planned use.

What have you heard? 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Theological College Disinvites Father James Martin From Speaking Engagement

From the National Catholic Reporter:

Jesuit Father James Martin, an editor at America magazine, has been disinvited from speaking at the Theological College, a seminary affiliated with The Catholic University of America, following pressure from online-based groups. 

Father Martin was invited to speak Oct. 4 on the theme of encountering Christ. However, the Theological College said that, “since the publication of his book, Building a Bridge, Theological College has experienced increasing negative feedback from various social-media sites regarding the seminary’s invitation.”

For the complete story from National Catholic Reporter, please go here.

All I can say is THANK GOD!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Help Stop DACA and Maryland Catholic Conference!

It seems that the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) is pushing to support DACA.   They are sending out their pre-written emails and asking everyone to simply sign.   

However, you can turn the tables on the MCC and show them that those who violate the law, should not be rewarded.

When they send you the canned form to complete, simply change it.  Change the note to say that you do not support DACA and that you do not want your legislators to sponsor it.

Let's do it!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pope Francis: Please Step Down from the Chair of Peter!

I have thought long and hard about this.  

I have always said that the Holy Spirit gives us the Pope we deserve.  

However, the more I think about it, and the more I read, we are seeing a true anti-church appear.  

I see those who are struggling to keep the faith and the promote the faith, attacked an insulted both direct and indirect.  Sometimes, even from the Chair of Peter.

I see those leaders, appointed by the Pope, leading many astray both in word and in deed.

Of course, those who have always been against the Church, see and hear, and pick up on it with glee, adding fuel to the fire.

Therefore, I am respectfully calling upon Pope Francis, for the sake of the Roman Catholic Church, and all those who are in Communion with the Church, I beg you to please step down.

I am also calling upon all those, who believe as I do, to please raise your voice and ask Pope Francis to step down for the sake of the Roman Catholic Church.