Friday, May 23, 2003

Bow your head!!

When I attend the traditional latin mass we genuflect during the lines in the Creed: “By the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary and became man”. One of the post Vatican II changes in the Mass was to change this to a bow which I consider to be a positive change. It is easier, less awkward and quieter. For some reason though, no one at my parish does this. I never used to do it either until I started to attend the traditional mass. At Midnight Mass this year, the pastor announced that the Church invites us to kneel, but then he proceeded to forget, and he (and everyone else) knelt a line too late. Hopefully this will be taught more with the introduction of the new GIRM. When I do this, especially when I close my eyes, it really hits me that what I am saying (praying) is an incredible and real thing.

Monday, May 19, 2003

I got this in my email today--

A new Guinness Record for the Pope!

Happy Birthday to our beloved Holy Father!

We are pleased to report that at our Birth Day celebrations in Bryant Park
here in New York City we set a new Guinness Record for our Holy Father, Pope
John Paul II!

The old record of 4,127 candles on a single cake has been shattered...the
new mark is 15,599!

You can view photos of the great day on-line at:


Join us next year at Birth Day 2004, and if you live far from New York,
organize your own!

Many thanks to all who helped make Birth Day a huge success.

Peter McFadden

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Les Miserables ends on Broadway

This is sad, but even sadder is the fact that I never went to a performance. I first saw Les Miserables on PBS when they showed the 10th anniversary special from Royal Albert Hall. I loved it which is weird because I don't particularly like musicals. I thought it was very Catholic. A few years ago, Holy Trinity High School here on Long Island became the very first to do a high school production.
Quote o’ the day:

Father George Rutler in a good article (not online) from the National Catholic Register, about today’s Birth Day celebration— “As a pastor, I have to say that it’s refreshing to have so many young people coming up with ideas and putting them into effect. They are active and they have the mind of the Church. I think it’s significant that these are young people supporting the Church, while so many graying hippies from dissident movements are just making a lot of noise and stirring up trouble.”

“graying hippies” hehe I never get tired of hearing that.