Wednesday, October 27, 2010

From - "In Need of Mercy"

"It's time for your Exodus!!! I see another parallel here: Just like Moses, you have to stop on the border of the promised land (WI) on the Jordan River (Mississippi) and have to wander around less fertile land (MN) for 40yrs."     In need of Mercy

About right

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Archbishop Raymond Burke - beacon of Orthodoxy - follow up

A few days ago I posted on a speech given by Archbishop Burke.  Courtesy of Real Catholic TV, here is the video of said speech.  And if you prefer to read the text, this link is for you.  Sorry, couldn't embed.

The title of the speech and document is

+ Raymond Leo Burke
Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Welcome to Saint Joachim's (St. Joachim) - Our new Parish

As we will be moving to Plainview, MN soon, my wife did some searching at the parish while she was in town. Saint Joachim's (St. Joachim) has not escaped the 60's and 70's, but there do appear to be some great remnants- a high altar for one. More will be posted after we move. Here are some pics.  Mass times/details below.  The sister parish is Immaculate Conception in rural Kellogg, MN.

These are some of my favorite stained glass windows I have ever seen!!!

I left out the picture of the guitar just outside the sanctuary (Gather Us In the hens and the chickens....).  I am told I need to build a rapport before taking that one on.   HHHHMMMMMM we'll see.  Bonus - they have Adoration of the (exposed) Blessed Sacrament 4 days a week 24 hours a day. (Tuesday - Friday)


Mass times - all N.O.  Holy Days and special Masses posted as needed

Monday - No Masses

Tuesday - 8:30 AM

Wednesday - 10:00 St. Isidore's nursing home chapel

Thursday - 9:00 AM Immaculate Conception in rural Kellogg
                  5:15 PM

Friday - 8:30 AM

Saturday - 4:30 PM anticipatory Mass

Sunday - 7:45 AM
               9:15 AM
               10:30 AM Immaculate Conception

Confessions are heard Saturday from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (or by appointment.) with an accompanying Holy Hour.  The Holy Hour prior to the anticipatory Mass is no longer.

Parish office 507-534-3321

900 West Broadway
Plainview, MN 55964

Add'l info - you may notice above the high Altar that St. Paul is missing something.  Someone took his sword because it "represented violence."  Well......we are the Church Militant.....are we not?  Anyway - pray for this parish - LOTS of healing and growth and teaching of the faith needs to be done.  And it's meeting resistance.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Forced Abortions for Chinese women

Al Jazeera.Net

Forced abortions for Chinese women

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The Child - a documentary

Check out this new documentary coming in November. 

How to protect Parents rights

"This is from Women of Grace
Parental Rights Amendment
The following video features a trailer is for the documentary “The Child.” The documentary provides an eye opening look at the current state of parental rights in the United States and how the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child threatens to undermine the individual rights of families and parents."
HT Catholic Parents Online

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Intercessors of the Lamb shut down

FOR RELEASE October 15, 2010

Archbishop Lucas shuts down Association of the Hermit Intercessors of the Lamb Archdiocese to care for 48 displaced members

October 15, 2010 (OMAHA, NE) –

Today, Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas shut down the Association of the Hermit Intercessors of the Lamb, a contemplative, intercessory, and mixed (lay men, women, and clerics) public association of hermits.

Lucas suppressed the Catholic association after a majority of lay directors of Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc., the association’s civil corporation, impeded him from helping the association accomplish the necessary reforms identified by a recent canonical visitation. “What began as a desire for pastoral solicitude and an effort at positive reform resulted in the refusal to accept the assistance and jurisdiction of the Church by a majority of the lay board members,” Lucas said.

Lucas tried on several occasions to meet with directors of Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. to share his vision and hope for the hermit community. The majority of the board refused his invitations and took steps to undermine his pastoral oversight of the association.  Last winter the newly installed Archbishop Lucas was approached by Nadine Brown, the Intercessors’ foundress and former director, to request his guidance in determining the group’s future. In an effort to familiarize himself with the association before advancing
Brown’s goals, Lucas had canon law professor the Rev. James J. Conn, SJ, JD, JCD act as his delegate in conducting a canonical visitation of the Intercessors.

At Lucas’ request and with Brown’s agreement, Conn examined the association’s governance structure, in addition to reviewing the doctrinal, spiritual, moral, and financial aspects of the association. His findings prompted Brown’s resignation and the appointment of the Rev. Gregory P. Baxter trustee of the Intercessors for a period of up to 12 months. Baxter, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha and a former chancery official, was charged with providing the order, structure and vision that were found lacking in the association. A majority of the civil board rejected Lucas’ and Baxter’s guidance, which prevented the archdiocese from moving forward because it lacked the cooperation of the civil board of directors.
“It was my hope from the beginning that the Intercessors and the archdiocese would move together on this path to the next step,” Lucas said. “Unfortunately, the canonical visitation revealed a number of alarming issues. For reasons that they have refused to share with me, the board of directors does not want to work with the Church to implement the necessary reforms.”  Lucas further stated the directors’ position is in stark contrast to the members living as a community at the Intercessors’ Ponca Hills campus. He said the community was excited when he agreed to help the association chart a new course for the future.

According to Deacon Timothy F. McNeil, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha, all Catholic institutions and apostolates in the archdiocese must have a connection to the Archbishop of Omaha. “When the association asked to be recognized as a Catholic entity in accord with Church law, it agreed to recognize the pastoral authority of the archbishop and follow Catholic practices,” McNeil said. “In other words, you cannot make the claim you’re a Catholic organization and at the same time separate yourself from the teaching, sanctifying, and governing role of the archbishop.”  Now that the association is suppressed, public worship and the celebration of the sacraments are prohibited on the Intercessors’ property; priests and deacons are forbidden from ministering at the property; donors are advised that their contributions will not go to support the mission of a Catholic organization; Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc, is no longer affiliated with the Catholic Church; and the chapel on the campus is no longer a Catholic chapel. Moreover, the vows of the members ceased at the moment of suppression.

McNeil said Catholics worldwide are encouraged to refrain from participating in Intercessors-sponsored activity.  McNeil said Lucas received the consent of the association’s internal governing council before suppressing the association. He further stated that Lucas’ decision was also influenced by Conn’s findings, which reflected negatively on Brown’s leadership.

Conn’s findings included: errors in governing documents; serious disunity within the community; widespread dissatisfaction with leadership; lack of safe environment policies; questionable financial practices; violation of its own proper law; use of intimidation tactics to secure obedience from members; inability of members to articulate the Intercessors’ charism; lack of financial transparency; violating norms governing alienation and acts of extraordinary administration; a flawed understanding of prayer and spiritual discernment; absence of good human resources; confusion and violation of internal forum and external forum in formation and governance; absence of adequate economic stewardship; illegitimate and irreverent custody of the Blessed Sacrament; and confusion over the administration of Mass offerings.

Lucas said when he assumed governance of the association his primary goal was to use his pastoral role to help the faithful members associate as a community that was in harmony with the Church. When the association’s civil board made it impossible for him to exercise his pastoral function, Lucas said he had no choice but to suppress the association.

Lucas is now providing pastoral care in a different manner. He provided a bus Friday morning to transport 48 former members from the Ponca Hills campus to temporary housing in the archdiocese. He is also providing food and clothing for the 48. “My concern is for the welfare of the individuals who joined the Intercessors with the intention of doing the Lord’s work,” Lucas said.

HHHHHHMMMMMMMM - I am sure more will come of this.  I know many people who liked their spirituality.  I am more of a traditionalist - the Old Mass suits me better.  I was told by a friend that this order was not allowed to come into the Diocese of Lincoln, Bishop Bruskewitz put the hammer down on that one.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Traditional Latin Mass

I noticed someone did a search for a Traditional Latin Mass near Baraboo, WI recently and they ended up here.  I hope they found what they were looking for.  If not, here is some info that may be of help in the future.  The only TLM near Baraboo, WI is offered by the Society of Jesus Christ the Priest.  There is a cluster of Parishes close to Baraboo in the Diocese of Madison.  Here is a good starting point to begin your search.  It is the website for St. Norberts Parish in Roxbury, WI.  Beautiful parish, well said Mass - NO liturgical abuses in the TLM or NO masses.  A haven in the wilderness if you ask me.  Much info can be found on them with a simple google search.  The Badger Catholic has also posted on this.  Any for some eye candy, here are some pics taken in August 2010.

Burn - New documentary on Detriot Fire

I must confess, I did know Detroit was in rough shape, I had no idea it was this bad.  Knowledge about ones surroundings is good.

CAUTION - some rough language in this trailer

The Crowbar

Could you do this?

The interesting point I need to make here is.......are people able to do this?  In order to take an oath regarding something, one must know what they are swearing to.  Far too may catholics wouldn't know what they are holding themselves to.  I think before we could do this, we have an obligation to inform all those who were, and still are, mislead by false teachers.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Normally I am in total agreement with Mr. Voris - and I am not saying I disagree with this episode.  I do think that prudence needs to be used with "luke warm" type catholics.  Sometimes guns blazin is the best way to  handle things...............sometimes you need kid gloves.  I don't know, I am still on the fence.  One thing I do know without hesitation - they DO need to be told, taught, and if necessary, disciplined.  The pastoral question is that of form.  I'm a guns blazin kinda guy, but individual pride is a hard sin to overcome.  I often think that most people who have been lied to (intentionally or not) have a difficult time admitting that fact.  Perhaps they think it shows weakness?  Bottom line?  People need to be taught the truth - period.  How and at what pace?  The following makes a good point.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Clarification on...well...just watch.

This needs to be watched.............many don't understand this.  Not only can we know and live this, we must.

Fr. Rocky presents 5 Virtues.............

..................................................Parents, Grandparents and all! You won't want to miss this great event! Please pass it on!
God bless you & yours,

Catholic Parents Online (H/T)

Five Virtues All Catholic Parents Should Pass on to Their Children

Join Relevant Radio Executive Director and Co-Host of "Go Ask Your Father TM" Rev. Francis J. Hoffman (Fr. Rocky) for an engaging program for parents and grandparents at the Church of the Maternity of Mary, 1414 N. Dale Street in St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm. Father will present "The 5 Virtues All Catholic Parents Should Pass on to Their Children". There is no cost.
........I didn't realize Fr. Rocky was Opus Dei..............I knew I liked him for a reason.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Past and Present - After thoughts of the retreat

And present......................................................

Different types of Battle....perhaps the same war. Thanks to Fathers Martin, O'hara, and Burish for all they do.

The Power of Imitation: A Father’s Secret Weapon

I have a bad habit that I picked up years ago at military school. I was taught to spit shine, not the polite way with polish and water, but the old fashioned way with black Kiwi and spit. I thought nothing of my old habit until one evening several years ago during a meeting of the Wood Shoeshine Club.

Like it or not, when my children were younger I had an automatic shoeshine club whenever I shined my shoes. All I had to do was sit down with dirty shoes and polish and my younger children ran to collect their shoes and join me.

One memorable evening while I was (unconsciously) spit shining my shoes, I had to leave the room for a few minutes. When I came back into the room I discovered one of my daughters imitating my behavior – with a slight modification. If spit shining was good enough for Dad, then she felt “lick shining” would be even better. I stared in amazement at my three-year-old daughter licking her shoes. It was a rude awakening to the power of imitation that a father has with his children.

Fathers are often blind to the universal inclination of children to imitate them. Our children are always watching our actions, even when we are not aware of it. When one of my sons was two years old, my wife Karen would find pennies in his dirty diapers. My son had observed that I put money in my wallet and then stuck it in my back pocket. Since he had no wallet or pocket, he just stuck loose change he found around the house down the back of his diaper. His wanting to be just like Dad with money gave new meaning to the expression “filthy lucre.”

Every child is a born imitator. Your children do not have to be trained to imitate observed behavior [good or bad]. They will do it automatically.

Adapted from Legacy: A Father’s Handbook for Raising Godly Children.

HT Steve Wood

New play with a different view on abortion

Info on the Play

Want to go?

» What: “Jenny,” a pro-life musical.

» When: 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the University of St. Thomas [yeah, I know - but its worth a shot] , O’Shaugh­nessy Education Center; 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16, and 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at St. Andrew in St. Paul; and 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union.

» Cost: Free; a free-will offering will be taken. Suggested donation is $10 per person, $20 per family.

» More info: Contact Bob Hindel at (651) 271-6405 or

HT Catholic Parents Online

Solutions to the Problem

Often times many "Traditional Catholics" get the label of griping about things that are happening without offering solutions.........................the solutions are presented...........often the solutions are not what they want to hear...........a little white truth is hard to take.