Friday, September 30, 2011

A little Catholic Humor...

This one has been posted on Facebook a number of times. I thought it was funny. Enjoy.


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!

Nope, this is not about cooking with a couple of football players...but something more interesting...I wish I knew about this church when I visited Siem Reap a couple of years ago.


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

The Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) has finally admitted that they support illegal aliens receiving support via the Dream Act.

For many months, they refused to admit that the Dream Act was a measure to support those who are in the country illegally. They would use the term "undocumented" or simply call them "immigrants" but would never use the term "illegal." Now, they have finally admitted it.

It is time for Catholics to stand up to the MCC and tell them to stop their support of illegal aliens off of the backs (and taxes) of those who are here legally. If you can't win taxpayer breaks for those who send their children to Catholic schools, then don't support an additional tax burden on those who are here legally.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dream Act Sabbath - A Boom or Bust?

This weekend was to be the HUGE Dream Act Sabbath education effort. There were suppose to be things happening at parishes in the Archdiocese, as well as, non Catholic places of worship.

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

Pro-Life Activity

Congratulations to the Knights of Columbus Bishop McNamara Council #1622 (Frederick, MD). They hosted a pancake breakfast a few weeks ago and raised almost $400 for the local Birthright office.

Congratulations and Thank You!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dream aka Nightmare Act Weekend

This weekend, the Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) is promoting the Dream Act Weekend. This will be an all out effort, among a number of different faiths, to promote/indoctrinate the faithful on why the Maryland Dream Act is important to support.

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

It is important to recognize something good when it happens..and so, let's take a moment to congratulate four of our Catholic elementary schools for receiving the US Dept. of Education's Blue Ribbon Schools Award for academic achievement.

These were four out of 49 schools chosen nationwide.

They are:

  • 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...

It has been a rather busy week for me at work, as well as, in my personal life -- three evening meetings this week!

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


Today's readings talk about forgiveness.

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

The Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) on their Justice for Maryland (Illegal) Immigrants Facebook Page, posted the following comment:

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

Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley’s recently announced his decision to support a bill to legalize gay “marriage” in the upcoming Maryland legislative session. This decision has been a spectacle, to be sure, considering his professed Catholic faith. But perhaps more shocking than his flip-flop on the issue is where this “evolution” of thinking has led him—to a place of complete contradiction with himself.

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

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

The woman with the red rosary opens the red door and sees Jesus Christ. He is six feet away, encircled by a gold sunburst, flanked by two candles, heralded by a single cricket outside in the shrubbery of suburban Maryland. The woman kneels in the presence of her Creator.

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

Once again, either through ignorance, sloppy journalism or because the Catholic Standard (Archdiocese of Washington) is trying to suck up to the Most Merciful's administration, is running a puff piece on Labor Secretary Hinda Solis. The article, by Mark Zimmerman, in glowing terms tells us how much her faith means to her and how it shapes her public service. Maybe they thought it would be good for a little payback for the most recent support of illegal aliens.

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.