The thoughts and musings of a Roman Catholic in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Friday, December 30, 2011
So much for safe and legal...where is PP now?
The investigation of the doctors started over a year ago when they allegedly botched an abortion on an 18-year-old girl, leaving her with a ruptured uterus.
Though licensed in other states and never licensed in Maryland, Dr. Steven Brigham, 55, and Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, 46, ran a clinic in Elkton just near the Delaware border.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080394/Abortion-doctors-charged-murder-late-term-aborted-35-fetuses-stashed-freezer.html#ixzz1i2fFRtT9
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
St. Joseph House Fundraiser
Looking to help a good, local charity, which is not only pro-life but faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church? Then look no further.
A Fun filled evening of music and song featuring:
$30 for Adults; $15 for 13 and under.
ALL MONIES DONATED go to the ST. JOSEPH HOUSE
Location: Fr. Rosensteel Council (Knights of Columbus)
9707 Rosensteel Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910-1157
(near the Forest Glen Metro - Red Line)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A Little Catholic Humor...
A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.
She didn't know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened. The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse and said to the woman, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door."
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time had locked their keys in their car. She looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this."
She bowed her head and asked God to send her help. Within five minutes a beat-up old motor cycle pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.
The woman thought, "This is what you sent to help me?"
But she was desperate, so she was also very thankful. The man got off of his bike and asked if he could help.
The woman said, "Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?" The biker said, "Sure."
He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened.
The woman hugged the man and through her tears she said, "Thank you so much! You are a very nice man."
The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out an hour."
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears, cried out loud, 'Oh, thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!'
Is GOD GOOD - or what!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Advertising on WMAL
The bulk of the spending seems to be on FINDTHEPERFECTGIFT.ORG.
Second, Catholic Cemetaries. (This is actually year round.)
Third, I have caught one on Catholic schools Open Houses in January.
What do you think?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Justice for Maryland "ILLEGAL" Immigrants...
You see, recently on Facebook, the Justice for Maryland "ILLEGAL" Immigrants posted that there would be training sessions on how to support the DREAM aka NIGHTMARE Act. (Okay, they don't have illegal in their name..that is just my way of ensuring that you understand that they really are focusing their efforts on illegal aliens.)
I posted a comment that everyone should attend, learn the tactics/arguments, and then use it against the Dream Act.
It seems that the folks over at the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) and Justice for ILLEGAL Immigrants, did not like that suggestion. So, they removed any comments.
So, I posted the comment for a second time.
Oh, and for clarification, I was not calling for any meeting disruption or that sort of thing. Nope. Attend, learn and use it against them.
Well, I guess that did not sit well with them. So they did the following:
1. They removed all comments.
2. Removed me from the "LIKE" (Both the MCC and Justice folks)
3. Closed all comments.
I guess the folks over at the Justice for Maryland ILLEGAL Immigrants and Maryland Catholic Conference can't stand criticism.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Msgr. Awalt has passed away
Rev. Msgr. William J. Awalt died on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11a.m. at the Byron House on the campus of Our Lady of Mercy Church. Potomac, Maryland.
All funeral services will be at Our Lady of Mercy.
Viewing will be Tuesday, December 20, 2011 from 3-9 p.m. with the Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Immaculata High School Comes to Life Again (Sort of)
The new Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Romanesque in design, traditional in decor and sitting on the parish’s nearly 30-acre site along Interstate 81 in Lower Paxton Township — has made “adaptive reuse” its buzzword.
Its 41 stained-glass windows came from a closed Catholic church in Connecticut; the ornate Italian marble altar dating to 1921 once graced the former Immaculata Seminary in Washington, D.C., a girls’ school that closed in the 1970s.
To read more.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Vatican Council II and Star Wars - A Comparison
Now, imagine John William's score playing as you read this...
The outrageous but bizarrely supportable thesis statement that I lay before you is this: the Star Wars saga symbolizes the history of Vatican II. For those unschooled in the ways of Star Wars and recent Church History, this may not interest you … or will just be incoherent. But without further ado, let me start at the beginning, a long time ago, in an Ecumenical Council far, far away …
To read more, go here.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Students Rally Behind Catholic School Teacher
Kate Truax, a beloved literature teacher for fifth, sixth and seventh graders at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Bethesda, Md. is receiving an outpouring of support from her students as she undergoes treatment for leukemia.
After receiving treatment for breast cancer during the 2009-2010 school year, Truax was diagnosed with leukemia.
She has been a patient at the John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, where she underwent a bone marrow transplant on Oct. 25. Truax’s students have eagerly volunteered to support Truax anyway they can.
For the full story, go to Catholic News Agency.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
UPDATE: PLAN B DRUG - Politics Triumps Morals
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/07/hhs-secretary-sebelius-halts-over-counter-morning-after-pill/#ixzz1fxtf7pGb
Now, why was this done?
Was it done because they were worried about the health of women and minors? Nope. Abortion trumps all else for the Most High, Lord High Barack Obama.
This was done simply for political reasons, as we are moving into an election year.
All the Most High, Lord Barack Obama and his minions need, is one or two minors dying from this. Many will turn against him.
All the Most High, Lord Barack Obama needs is for one or two news story to come out that a minor who was raped by her father or uncle, was forced to use the product before the election.
Also, this would help to consolidate faithful Muslims, Christians and Orthodox Jews against the Most High, Lord Barack Obama.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Killing the Unborn Comes to A Supermarket Shelf Near You
Once again, the administration of the most merciful, Lord High Barack Obama (who btw is on his 17 day vacation), really shows how much they are in the hands of the pro-abortionists and how cheap life is to them.
You can read about this in the Washington comPost.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
1,600 Rally to End Carhart's Murder
A surprising number of cars on nearby Wisteria Lane honked in solidarity throughout the two-hour event, which focused on the power of prayer and staked its territory with 720 white wooden crosses - representing the estimated number of children killed at the clinic since Carhart settled there last December 5. (Carhart once claimed to perform 60 abortions per month.)
To read more, to to LifeSiteNews.com.
Monday, December 5, 2011
U.S. hearing probes Obama admin decision to deny bishops grant over abortion
A Congressional watchdog committee is investigating whether the Obama administration denied millions of dollars in grant money to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of its religious objections to abortion.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa, held a two-hour hearing on the issue Thursday morning.
Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, who sits on the committee, told LifeSiteNews.com that Obama administration political appointees “changed the rules in the middle of the game” and ignored “objective criteria” to deny federal funds to any group that refuses to condone “abortion, contraception, or sterilization.”
Life Site News
Friday, December 2, 2011
Poll Fixing at the Washington comPost?
Thursday, December 1, 2011
CUA can have Same-Sex Dorms!
The District's Office of Human Rights said that same-sex dorms do not constitute discrimination or disparate treatment of either sex.
Read more, go The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Heard on the Radio This Morning...
The question is: What is the Return on Investment (ROI)? Will it being people back? Will it intrigue others to find out about Roman Catholicism?
However, you have to give credit where credit is due. Nice job.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The New Translation
I noticed almost everyone (and I had a good vantage point looking over a good part of the congregation) had either a card with the changes, or were using the new Missalette.
On some parts, everyone was on cue. Others, even myself, at times were off. Even the celebrant had a bit of a hard time at moments.
But that is okay. It will take a while for everyone to get use to the changes.
How did everything go at your parish? Would love to hear from you.
PS: There was a consultation at St. Michael's in Silver Spring a few weeks ago. (Thank you, you know who.) Have not heard anything on it. Anyone have any info?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
So, take a moment to say THANK YOU to God.
And I say thank you to each of you, for taking your time to stop by my blog.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Priests grow up isolated from families...
I usually tell them that priests are not suddenly born as priests but grow up in families (good, bad and otherwise) and have a multitude of experiences. Many have brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and play a role in their lives. If we go by their logic, then a doctor can only treat someone with cancer if he/she has it.
Deacon Greg over at The Deacon's Bench, posted a story about Bishop Nickless of Souix City, Iowa. Bishop Nickless talks about growing up in a family and what his experiences have taught him. Further, he explains how he is married.
For more, go here.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Pope Approves US Anglican
Cardinal Wuerl is serving as the Vatican's delegate for establishing a U.S. Anglican ordinariate.
He explained that he recently received a letter from Cardinal William Joseph Levada, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying that Pope Benedict has approved the erection of a U.S. ordinariate.
Ordinariates are similar to dioceses but typically national in scope. Pope Benedict authorized the creation of ordinariates for Anglican communities seeking to enter the Catholic Church in his 2009 apostolic constitution, “Anglicanorum coetibus.”
They will allow entire communities to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage and liturgical practices.
For the complete story, go to Catholic News Agency.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Is Rome About to Call?
He has been put in charge of handling the transition of Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church.
Now he has been tapped to be the Relator-General of the 2012 World Synod of Bishops meeting on the New Evangelization.
In Sept. of last year, my buddy Melvin believed that in a little over a year, he would be called to Rome. I agreed with that.
Recently, Rocco over at Whispers in the Loggia has hinted about this. He has the inside scoop.
My timing might be off, but I believe he will wind up in Rome before the end of 2012.
What do you think?
Friday, November 11, 2011
Update: Former Georgetown Prep Priest put on Probation
Garrett Orr, 58, had pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree sexual offense. He acknowledged fondling a 14-year-old student in 1989 and a 15-year-old student in 2002. The first victim didn’t report the abuse until many years later, but the second victim did, in fall 2003, when he told his guidance counselor.
For more, go to the Washington comPost: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/former-priest-put-on-probation-for-fondling-two-georgetown-prep-students/2011/11/10/gIQAHYkz9M_story.html
An aside: The spokesperson for "GP" is none other than Susan Gibbs, former PR person for the Archdiocese, now running her own PR shop.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Devil’s Deception and the Power of God:
Bishop Nicholas Samra will discuss how God created man in his own image and bestowed upon him the gift of dominion over all creation. However, Adam and Eve, our first parents, were deceived by the Devil in the guise of a serpent, and forsook their relationship with their Creator, thus entering into slavery to sin. Mankind suffered under the domination of the Demons until the Incarnation of the Word of God—Jesus—overthrew Satan’s powers and delivered man into the loving hand of his Creator.
Join Bishop Samra and the Institute of Catholic Culture at 7:30 p.m. for this event focusing on the delivery of mankind from the snares of the Devil. The location is St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave., Falls Church, Va. All are welcome. No reservations required. Free admission. For more information, please visit www.InstituteofCatholicCulture.org or call 540-635-7155.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Is Rome About to Call?
He has been made in charge of handling the transition of Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church. Now he has been tapped to be the Relator-General of the 2012 World Synod of Bishops meeting on the New Evangelization.
In Sept. of last year, my buddy Melvin believed that in a little over a year, he would be called to Rome. I agreed with that.
Recently, Rocco over at Whispers in the Loggia has hinted about this. He has the inside scoop.
My timing might be off, but I believe he will wind up in Rome before the end of 2012.
What do you think?
It started out as a way of sharing my thoughts with those in this Archdiocese, as they did not like the fact that there were those who opposed some of their efforts and lack of ensuring that this is a Catholic church. And, this is not a plug for women's ordination, or any of that non-sense.
In some ways, I think I have made a difference. For example, I know that VOTF is not announcing their meetings in parish bulletins, but they are still meeting in parishes. It makes it just a bit more difficult for them. CCHD is more quiet these days, hurt by those of calling for a boycott and the embarrassment of giving money to pro-abortion and pro-gay groups. The Standard is a little more careful about profiling people, as well as, accepting certain advertisements.
In other ways, I know that things remain the same -- the honoring of pro-abortionists at Church sponsored events. Or honoring those who have messed up, such as the CCHD Director. Giving Holy Communion to pro-abortionists.
The Archdiocese is much more tight on information, as well as, how it gets out - a much more coordinated approach. Got to give them credit on it -- restrict the flow of information and make it a more coordinated effort. No photos of the Cardinal honoring pro-abortionists or showing Joe Biden receiving Holy Communion. Keep those things out.
The purpose of strengthening their Communications effort is showing fruit (even if it at times is rotten). They have increased their communication, moved into social networking, and using email much more.
Thank you for reading this blog. We cannot make a difference in this Archdiocese without you.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
BFast this Sunday to support the St.Joseph House
This Sunday, the Knights of Columbus - Fr. Rosensteel Council -- will be having their monthly breakfast. ALL YOU CAN EAT. This month, the proceeds will go to benefit the St. Joseph House.
For those of you who go to the Latin Mass, it is right next door. It is also near the Forest Glen Metro.
8am till 12noon
9707 Rosensteel Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Latin Mass at Old St. John the Evangelist
This was the third time I have done it and am really going to make an effort to attend a couple more times, to ensure that I understand.
This is longer than my normal parish Mass by about 20 to 30 minutes.
For those who do not attend, it is different.
In one manner, I must say that the people who do attend, dress up for church. Now, I am not here to chastise those who are coming from or going to work. I have been there and done that. Nor am I criticizing those who cannot affort to dress up a bit due to income. But is is nice to see everyone looking a bit more dressed up than the sneaker and jeans crowd at my local parish.
The choir was very good. Nice job.
Msgr. Richard Hughes was having a bit of a difficult time hearing, so he sometimes sang when he shouldn't have. But there was no harm done. I thank him for saying the Mass. I should have hung around to thank him and kiss his hands. He gave a nice, simple homily.
This time, I understood a bit more this time than the last two times. However, I had a hard time focusing due to work related issues. I keep praying that God will help me through this difficult time.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
All Soul's Day
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
All Saint's Day
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Catholics Need Not Apply...
But you notice, how Cardinal Wuerl remains silent.
They have the Saul Alinsky method down to a "T".
You can read about it here: http://www.catholicvote.org/discuss/index.php?p=22300
Monday, October 24, 2011
Fr. Aldo Trent - This Wednesday!
This says so much...
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Guess the Archdiocese can't handle the truth...
I decided to inquire about Mark Shriver, who is not only pro-abortion but on the Honorary Committee. Considering the fact that many couples are urged to abort, when they learn they have a child with a disability, I did not think that this was appropriate.
They took my posting down, sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
Guess they must have been embarrassed at the truth.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
True Marriage in Maryland Needs Your Help
Issue: You raised your voices earlier this year and stopped the redefinition of marriage in our state. And the whole country took notice. We need you to stand strong and make your voices heard again. Maryland's General Assembly is meeting this week in special session and it is time to remind legislators that Maryland's Catholics support the long-held definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
You will receive two CAN alerts from the Maryland Catholic Conference. One will target your delegates, who sent the same-sex marriage bill back to committee without taking a vote. The second alert will target your state senator, who either voted for or against the bill. Please open both alerts and make your voice heard!
Two weeks ago a statewide poll showed an 8 percentage-point swing against same-sex marriage since January. Before the legislative session began in January and before people realized how close the General Assembly was to redefining marriage, 51% of respondents said that they would favor same-sex marriage with 44% against. Now, the numbers are flipping with 49% opposed to same-sex marriage and 48% in favor.
Marriage, recognized by societies throughout human history, originates in a simple biological fact. This unique union of one man and one woman is the only human relationship capable of creating children and nurturing them together as father and mother.
Treating heterosexual and same-sex relationships differently is not unjust discrimination, and upholding the truth of marriage does not ignore the rights or the equal dignity of all human persons. Instead, stripping marriage of its unique connection to parenthood erases a child's right to a mother and father, and ignores an essential question of why government favors marriage between one man and one woman over all other relationships.
Action: Please click here now. Urge your state senator to support traditional marriage and oppose same-sex marriage.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Pro-Abortion Supporter on White Mass Committee
Our colleague over at Restore DC Catholicism, shows that we have a Pro-Abortion supporter as part of the White Mass Committee. The White Mass is to remember and honor those with disabilities.
Now, we have a supporter of abortion - Mark Shriver -- on the committee. Considering how abortion is used by many to get rid of disabled children, what does the Cardinal and the Archdiocese have to say about this?
Here is part of his interview with Bob Levey in 202:
Takoma Park, Md.: Hello, thank you for taking our questions today.
Connie Morella is, of course, a Republican, despite her forays into more progressive issues/legislation. I will say that I have been very impressed with her work on women's issues, both domestic and international. I have supported her (though I am a democrat) because she has been such a leader on these issues.
So my question is, will women's issues-- family planning, basic education for girls, maternal and child health, trafficking-- be a strong part of your agenda if you are elected?
Mark Shriver: Women's issues are critically important and I will continue to fight for a women's right to choose; family planning funds; maternal and child heath funding and education for girls both here and abroad.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Cooking with our Saints
St. Rose, born in 1586 as Isabel de Herrara, focused her life on God and devotion to the Blessed Mother and Christ. St. Rose joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. Throughout her life, she offered much charity, time and energy to the poorest people in Lima.
The two-and-a-half-hour Saturday afternoon classes include hands-on instruction, kitchen safety tips, a chance to sit down and eat what students cooked, and a take-home folder of the recipes so participants can cook “saintly” meals at home. Price: $15 per session. Class size limited to 12. Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Rd., Chantilly. For information or to register, please call Sandy Greeley, 703-471-6454 or email at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Obama Administration Shafts Catholics Once Again
Since 2006, the U.S. Catholic bishops' Migration and Refugee Services has helped more than 2,700 victims of human trafficking obtain food, clothing and access to medical care.
That service has come to a halt because the agency recently learned it did not receive a new grant award for this work from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. MRS' prior contract for the trafficking program ended Oct. 10.
Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told Catholic News Service Oct. 11 that she hoped the Catholic Church's "position against abortion, sterilization and artificial contraception has not entered into this decision" by the HHS refugee office to reject MRS' application for a new grant, "especially since this administration has said it stands fully behind freedom of conscience."
Well, Sr. Walsh, you know as well as I do, that it is exactly because of our pro-life, true marriage stances that this administration has once again put the screws to the Catholic Church. Let us face facts. I know that you are in the PR business but let's just call it for what it is.
This should send the following messages to everyone:
1. The Catholic Church should not get into government contracts. They may be lucrative and allow us to help others, but in the end, we are on the losing end of the stick. Why? Because the radical left (and leftist Catholycs) are willing to shut us out because of our pro-life, true marriage stance. Remember, we stand in their way. Let's do what we can, with our own funds, to assist and not be tied to the government.
2. Catholics who voted for the Most Miserable should take note of this and realized that you have helped to bring this on. Many of us warned that these things would happen, and they have come to pass. So, let me be the first to say: I TOLD YOU SO. (I know some of you are pretty proud of yourselves at this moment.)
3. I wonder how many Catholics/Catholycs who were employed due to this funding, voted for the The Most Merciful, the Lord High Barack Obama? How many of them thought that George Bush was the most terrible president of them all and that Obama would bring hope and change? Well, what do you think now? How much hope do you have now? Because all you will have is the change in your pocket and the hope that you can snag another job. Nice job.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Many of us want CCHD completely shut down and reorganized only as a last resort.
This year, the Archdiocese of Washington very quietly combined the communication campaign with the CCHD campaign. The Archdiocese was probably too cowardly to end the collection, so they figured they would collect something, rather than nothing.
I have documented some of the corruption of the CCHD program over the years. However, our colleague over at Restore DC Catholicism, has a number of postings on the corruption of the CCHD. Go over, and take a look at these postings.
Monday, October 10, 2011
The Tiber Has Been Crossed!
On Sunday — with Lewis wearing lay clothing and sitting with St. Luke’s parishioners inside the Crypt Church at Washington’s Basilica of the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception — most of the parish from Bladensburg converted to Catholicism.
You may read the rest here.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Kathleen Sebelius raises money for NARAL
Not only does she do whatever she can in her position to destroy the Church's moral teachings, now she is raising money for those who oppose her.
When will any member of our clergy have the intestinal fortitude to say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. You can no longer present yourself for Holy Communion."
In fact, when will she be Excommunicated.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Fr. William Norvel to head Josephite Order
Now he’s the 13th superior general of the Josephite Priests and Brothers, a Roman Catholic order that was started 140 years ago to minister to freed slaves. Norvel is the first African American in the job.
“I thought I was ready for retirement,” said Norvel, who was officially installed last month during a ceremony at Our Lady. “But it looks like the Lord has asked me to continue to minister to my brothers and sisters.”
For more, go here.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Martin Sheen in DC discusses new movie...
Actor Martin Sheen spoke in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1 about his latest movie, which was filmed entirely along The Way of St. James, a European pilgrimage that leads to the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
“If this is the last thing I ever do, I couldn’t be happier,” Sheen told his audience at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
The talk was part of a national tour to promote Sheen’s upcoming film, “The Way,” which opens Oct. 7.
Sheen stars in “The Way” alongside his son, Emilio Estevez, who directed the film.
“The Way” tells the story of an American doctor who receives news that his son has been killed in Europe while walking the Way of St. James. He decides to finish the pilgrimage in his son’s place.
For more, go to Catholic News Agency.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Maronite Chapel at the Shrine
“The Church encompasses every culture of the world,” Bishop Mansour told CNA on Sept. 30. “The Maronite Church has a certain affinity for the culture of the Middle East, the culture of Jesus himself.”
The newly-consecrated Maronite Chapel of Our Lady of Lebanon is located at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
To read more, go to the Catholic News Agency.
Friday, September 30, 2011
A little Catholic Humor...
An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.."
The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want to talk about?"
"I don't know," said the atheist. "How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?" as he smiled smugly.
"OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"
The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."
To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death, when you don't know crap?" And then she went back to reading her book.....
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Cooking w/ the Saints!
Come cook with our Saints at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly.
On Saturday, October 1, we are honoring the Catholic Church in the town of Siem Reap in Cambodia. The church’s Patron Saint is Saint John the Apostle. As the church’s website states about its parish, “There are about 35 families consisting of about 150 people, most of them Cambodians. Among them are some expatriates working and living in Siem Reap.”
The guest speakers are Marie Chea, a Cambodian Catholic, and Demaz Baker, a Cambodian cook, both living in Northern Virginia.
The population of Cambodia was decimated by the Khmer Rouge with some estimates stating that 20 percent of the population were lost. The Catholic community was particularly hard hit with Catholicism nearly destroyed, and some figures say that the Catholics in Cambodia today number about 20,000 with a total of 30 parishes and 27 priests. Students will learn how courageous Cambodian Catholics are helping to rebuild their country.
St. John the Apostle became our Lord’s “beloved disciple” because he was the only disciple who did not forsake Jesus. He remained at the foot of the cross, and Jesus made him the guardian of his Mother, Mary. The students will learn about the life of this beloved Saint.
The two-and-a-half-hour Saturday afternoon classes include hands-on instruction, kitchen safety tips, a chance to sit down and eat what students cooked, and a take-home folder of the recipes so participants can cook “saintly” meals at home.
Price: $15 per session. Class size limited to 12. Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Rd., Chantilly. For information or to register, please call Sandy Greeley, 703-471-6454.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
MCC Admits to Supporting Illegal Aliens
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Dream Act Sabbath - A Boom or Bust?
At my parish, at the early Mass (attended by about 400 souls) there was NOTHING. Not a peep, not a word about the Dream Act. No bulletin insert. No bulletin announcement.
What happened at your parish?
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Congratulations and Thank You!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Dream aka Nightmare Act Weekend
From what I have been able to gather, it will be an effort to pull on your heartstrings and make it seem like the only reasonable thing to do.
The problem is that they are not telling you that it will cost the citizens and those with legal residency apx. $60,000,000 per year.
Yep, you read it right...
You see, they will only tell you how much it costs for one community college in one year. Remember, there are apx. 16 community colleges. What about the state colleges?
Also, watch their wording..they never say illegal aliens. The term used will either be "undocumented immigrants" or "immigrants." They will never tell you that these folks have broken the law.
Let's hear back from you on what took place at your parish on Sunday and Monday.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Four Blue Ribbon Honors
These were four out of 49 schools chosen nationwide.
- St. Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda;
- St. Bartholomew School in Bethesda;
- Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown; and
- St. Mary School in Rockville.
Congratulations and for the full story go here.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
National Shrine Scandal
On Friday, Deacon Greg Kendra at The Deacon's Bench posted the above photo. This photo, taken at the memorial Mass for Archbishop Sambi on Sept. 14, 2011 by CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff, shows Vice President Joseph Biden receiving Holy Communion from Msgr. Rossi at the National Shrine.
Over at the Deacon's Bench there was a great deal of discussion by a couple of priests and deacons who said in no uncertain terms would they deny Holy Communion to this man, because they do not know the state of his soul.
I am sorry...this is not some many who just walked into the Shrine to receive Holy Communion. This is the second most powerful man in the US and someone who supports abortion and homosexual marraige. Let's admit it folks, this adminstration has done almost everything it can to promote abortion and have the taxpayers pay for it.
Yet, no one seems to be willing to tell him, before Mass, not to receive Communion in the state he is in.
Does any priest in this Archdiocese have any integrity or the intestinal fortitude to do something?
I wrote over at the Deacon's Bench that during the pedophile/homosexual crisis, when horrible things were done to young men, I did not waiver in my support for our priests, brothers and deacons. Why? Because I knew many of them personally and they were good men. They worked hard and tried to do their best, even if one or two of their brothers in Christ did horrible things.
However, I continue to see priests and deacons who say that they will not say or do anything when someone as public as Joe Biden comes forward to receive Communion.
If there is anything that has shaken my faith in our priests and deacons, is this: That they are not willing to say to a pro-abortion politician (who is very well known in their support of this) that they cannot recieve communion if they continue on their current course.
Msgr. Rossi, the Cardinal and any priest in attendance that day should be ashamed of themselves.
Just another scandal which has shaken my faith.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Have a Great Weekend...
Take some time off and spend it with your family.
Have a Great Weekend.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Cardinal Wuerl and others reflect on 9/11
On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, leading American Catholic bishops mourned the dead, commemorated their sacrifices and looked for signs of renewal and resurrection.
At St. Peter Parish in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, delivered a 5 p.m. homily. He recalled that he was in Washington at the U.S. bishops’ annual meeting on that fateful day. They immediately adjourned and did “the only thing the Church can do.”
“We prayed. We walked from our conference building to the Basilica of the National Shrine where we all joined in the celebration of the Eucharist,” he said. “We were not alone. The basilica was filled. Thousands of students gathered at the Mass.”
To read the rest of the story, go to Catholic News Agency.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I don't think I can ever do so for those who planned this, supported this or executed this.
Friday, September 9, 2011
MCC - Using 9/11 to advance illegal immigration
Remembering 9/11 - with open hearts and minds for those pursuing our shared American dream.
Now, tell me MCC, what does illegal immigration have to do with 9/11, other than most of the hijackers were here illegally?
Are you trying to use 9/11 to gain sympathy for your cause?
This seems like the Obama mantra of never letting a good crisis go to waste.
Shame on you MCC.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Church According to Governor O'Malley
When his decision drew immediate criticism from the Catholic Conference of Maryland and from Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who called the act one of “pure political expediency,” O’Malley responded in a letter, saying, among other things, that he has come to view the policy of treating same-sex relationships different from marriages as “unjust.” In doing so he declared his sincere willingness to be seen as a sham from both sides of the gay marriage issue.
To read the rest of this, please go to LifeSiteNews.com
NB: The only issue that I have with this article, is that it makes no mention of the failure by our Cardinal to call out O'Malley on this issue.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Eucharistic Adoration at St. John Newmann - Gatihersburg, MD
Jesus, my savior and my God, kneeling humbly here before you, I wish to adore you with all the powers of my soul and I consecrate my whole being to you.
To read the rest of this, as well as, watch the video, please go to the Washington comPost.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Catholic Standard Promotes Pro-Abortion Labor Secretary
So tell me, did Mr. Zimmerman forget to mention that while she was representing CA 32:
- She voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines
- Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research
- Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions
- Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime
- Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life
- Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research
- Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad
- Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes
- Voed to expand contraceptive services for low-income women
She received a 100% rating from NARAL and a 0% rating from National Right to Life. She was on the recommended list of Emily's List -- the list that only support pro-abortion female candidates.
I guess that is all in the past.
Once again, the Catholic Standard has let the faithful in this Archdiocese down.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Byzantine Church Tour & Vespers This Saturday!
The Institute will offer two special Church tours on Saturday at 4 p.m., prior to the 5 p.m. Vespers, and again at 6 p.m., immediately following Vespers. Join Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo for an extensive tour through the Baptistery and Church, explaining the meaning of the beautiful icons and architecture of the Church. After the tour, all are welcome to join in the festivities and enjoy lamb dinner and authentic Christian Middle Eastern culture.
Please join the Institute for this extraordinary annual festival at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Road, Mclean VA 22102 Free Admission! No Reservation Required!
The Institute of Catholic Culture is a non-profit education institute dedicated to the re-evangelization of our society through educational and cultural opportunities offered to the public at no charge. For more information, please visit www.InstituteofCatholicCulture.org or call 703-504-8733.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Big Changes Are Coming to the Catholic Standard on Sept. 15th
In my estimate, when you look at what is happening to the Catholic press over the last few years, these are due mainly to financial conditions but also the speed in which we are able to communicate and share information.
In addition, this will give the Archdiocese more time to plan and implement a coordinated communications effort on something, such as illegal immigration.
So, what are the changes?
1. Publication every two weeks.
2. A more glossy/publication with (and insert trumpets blaring here) "striking covers, bigger and more dramatic photos, bolder headlines and insightful graphics."
3. More in line w/ the Spanish paper.
4. More articles from Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency and I bet, more "Specials to the Standard."
Only time will tell if these changes will save the paper or if it will go down to a once a month publication.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Stupid Biden Quote
During his recent visit to China, he told the audience that he has had the opportunity to meet every major world leader in the last 38 years as an elected official. First, he has only been an elected official for 36 years (at the time of this speech), and two, he has not.
In addition, he compared himself to King George VI re stammering but considering the way this administration treats the rule of law, you would think that their authority stems directly from the right hand of God.
When are they going to put him back in the attic.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sweeney, the Pro-Gay Agenda, Catholic Charities & Cardinal Wuerl
It seems that John Sweeney, the AFL-CIO president for 14 years, was honored. According to the Catholic News Agency article, he and his wife are both parishioners of Church of the Little Flower (Bethesda) and have "actively supported the work of Catholic Charities, including serving as the chairs of Catholic Charities' annual gala."
I don't know the man but I do remember him well from my days when I was an AFL-CIO member. (And I am not proud of that fact either.)I really find it appalling, that the head of the AFL-CIO, who spend millions, upon millions of dollars helping to elect pro-abortion and pro-gay politicians was allowed to be the chair of these charities.
I find it appalling that the Cardinal honored this man, on Sept. 2, 2009 when Mr. Sweeney received an honorary degree from Georgetown.I
find it appalling that the Catholic Standard would have this article, which shows Mr. Sweeney in such a positive light. I thought we had gotten past reporting on these stories.
Maybe if Mr. Sweeney had not funnelled as much money into elections, and more into pension funds, that we would not be facing gay marriage in Maryland, and that union pension funds would be in better health.
Well, it seems that he has documented his support for gay rights going back as far as 1983. His opposition to DOMA in 2005 is well documented.
For this Archdiocese to honor big fund raisers, who do not necessarily support the Catholic faith is the norm, not the exception. The Cardinal honored him in 2009 and earlier this year.
The Cardinal should be ashamed of himself and should admit he has done wrong!!
For the full story on John Sweeney, please go to LIFESITE NEWS.
Earthquake Damage to Archdiocese of Washington
In addition, Mount Calvary School has sustained damage.
For the rest of the story, go to myCatholicStandard.
Thank God there was no loss of life.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
Newest Addition to the Blog Roll
Saturday, August 20, 2011
CCHD Collection - Let Your Voice Be Heard
Mr Bosnick (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Coordinator for CCHD in the Archdiocese of Washington. We need to contact him to make our displeasure known. We should also contact the archdicesan communications director, Ms. Chieko Scheve (email@example.com) her phone number is (301) 853-5340. Of course be polite, but be plainly-spoken as well.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Errors of Modernism
Arlington, VA (August 14, 2011)—On Sunday, August 21, the Institute of Catholic Culture, featuring Rev. Paul Scalia, Pastor at Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, presents an in-depth examination of today's enemies of Christ. These are the “modernists” who attack the Church under the guise of ideological and political progressivism. As Pope Saint Pius X wrote, “It must be confessed that the number of the enemies of the cross of Christ has in these last days increased exceedingly, who are striving, by arts, entirely new and full of subtlety, to destroy the vital energy of the Church, and, if they can, to overthrow utterly Christ's kingdom itself.”
The Institute of Catholic Culture is a 501(c)3 Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the re-evangelization of our society through educational and cultural opportunities offered to the public at no charge. All Institute of Catholic Culture programs are approved for catechetical credit in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
Please join the Institute and Rev. Scalia at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8213 Linton Hall Rd., Gainesville, Virginia. Admission is free, and no reservation is required. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit www.InstituteofCatholicCulture.org or call 540-635-7155.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The CCHD Collection in the Archdiocese of Washington
It seems that the Archdiocese has decided to move up the collection from later in the year to now and to re-name it.
Our colleague over at Restore DC Catholicism has all of the lurid details about this deception. Seems the Communications folks have been working overtime on this one.
Friday, August 12, 2011
A Large St. Jude's Catholic Family: Making It Work
So my question is...why can't others?
For more, read here.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
O'Malley and Archbishop O'Brien on Gay Marriage
The governor's office decided to make the letter from the Archbishop public, as well as, his response.
You can read all about it here.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Knights of Columbus bail out JPII Center & Detroit Diocese
As readers of this and other blogs know, the JPII Center has not attracted the numbers and events hoped for since it was established.
Now, this is not to say that the facility and the exhibits (at least when I visited them a couple of years ago) we terrible. In fact, they were very nice. However, it was not easily accessible by metro or even vehicle. I mean, I had a bit of a difficult time finding it by car and if it wasn't due to the fact that the person with me knew the area very well, I would have never found it.
As you know, in the Fall of 2010, it was reported that the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, were looking into the possibility of purchasing this property for use as a house of study. However, this did not work out.
So the question then comes up: What do we do with this? We cannot just let it sit there and rot. We have spent all of this money and countless hours.
The answer: Let's make it a Shrine and have the Knights of Columbus "foot the bill."
The Standard reported that the Knights will repay the Diocese of Detroit the money spent to establish and operate the Center. (The Diocese of Detroit has taken quite a bit of heat over the cost of this.) In addition, proceeds from the sale will also go to Catholic University of America (CUA), which has a secured interest in the property. Further, the JPII Center will will be declared as an Archiocesan Shrine.
Let's be honest about this.
One, how much pressure was put upon the Knights to fund this effort. Personally, I bet a fair amount. I don't think that they would have jumped at it on their own.
Two, do you really think that by simply declaring it a shrine, people will naturally flock to it? Nope. Oh yes, we will see an increase in attendance but because they will ensure that when Church groups come, they must include a visit to it. But will this be enough to make it viable? I doubt it.
Three, how much of this was about "saving face" and "taping into someone else's coffers." As mentioned earlier, Detroit needs the money, the center is just sitting there and is in probably need or some repairs and the Archidocese of Washington is looking bad.
I really hate to say it but this is really throwing good money down the drain.
Friday, July 29, 2011
C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters
The presenter is Robert Royal, Ph. D., the graduate dean at Catholic Distance University. He is a former Fulbright scholar, and holds a B. A. and M. A. from Brown University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at both his alma maters as well as at Rhode Island College. A prolific writer and sought-after speaker on ethics, culture, religion, and politics, he has appeared on various radio and television stations nationally and internationally and his books have been translated into several languages. In addition, his articles have appeared in scholarly journals and publications, including First Things, the Wilson Quarterly, the Catholic Historical Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and National Review.
This two-part event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas á Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Ave., Reston, Va. Admission is free and no reservations are required.
For more information, please visit www.InstituteofCatholicCulture.org or call 703-504-8733.