Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Hundreds gather to mourn murdered priest Father Jacques Hamel

"Hundreds of mourners crammed into Rouen Cathedral in northern France on Tuesday for the funeral of the elderly Roman Catholic priest knifed to death at a church altar by two Islamist militants.

Father Jacques Hamel was leading morning mass in the nearby industrial town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray last Tuesday when the attackers stormed in, forced the 85-year-old to his knees and slit his throat while chanting in Arabic."
Paris terror arrest after gas tanks found in Notre Dame car

"Paris police have arrested a man on the terrorism watch list after his car was found near the Notre Dame Cathedral with seven gas cylinders inside.
The Peugeot 607 was found with its hazard warning lights flashing and without number plates, police said.
One of the canisters, on the front passenger seat, was empty, and there were no detonating devices inside.
In November, 130 people died in Paris in a series of terror attacks carried out by so-called Islamic State (IS)."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I have not posted one of these notices in a long time but I am pleased that Faith on Tap is still going on at the Wantagh Inn!  I attended in the 'early years' and was one of the people who helped to organize it.  I have aged out but I bought a house nearby so I hope to drop in one day and see how it has aged. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

St. John Cantius chosen America's Most Beautiful Church
Finally an election I can care about - all located at Art and Liturgy
The contest was modeled after the college basketball 'March Madness' and not surprisingly, the Diocese of Rockville Centre did not have single entry in the Northeast bracket. 

"The Rev. Joshua Caswell, a priest with the Canons Regular, the religious order housed at St. John Cantius, said he believes the contest provided a pleasant distraction for Catholic faithful.
"Beauty matters," he said. "Our culture is starved for beauty.

"He admits he didn't think about the importance of the contest at the time. But as St. John Cantius advanced to the "Theological 32," the "Stunning 16," and the "Ecclesiastical Eight," he was in it to win it, as were other competitors, he learned."
Here is the website for St. John Cantius.
And here is the website for the runner up - The Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mother Angelica, RIP

I have not been blogging regularly since 2013 and since that time we also lost Fr. Benedict Groeschel, another great Catholic figure, who also could alternate between being cutting (in the best way) and hilarious.  I met Fr. Groeschel many times in person but never met Mother Angelica but they both appealed to me as orthodox speakers in a heterodox Church / World. 

Mark Shea remembers her and the time he was on her show here at his National Catholic Register blog.


"I was honored with the chance to do her show once and she made an immediate conquest of me. She could whipsaw from being a sweet old lady (she took my hands in her soft grandma hands and graciously welcomed me, "Oh hello dear! It's so nice to meet you. How *are* you?") to being that tough nun who scared the daylights out of every third grader. Only she didn't take it out on callers. She took it out on priests and bishops who needed a little Catherine of Siena treatment from a tough nun with soft grandma hands."     

For the best treatment of Mother Angelica and EWTN, see Raymond Arroyo's book - Mother Angelica:  The Remarkable Story of A Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles
Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization?

The above link is to an article written in Crisis Magazine by Fr. Brandon O'Brien, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre who was ordained in 2013.  He seems to take the 'nope' position to the headline question:

"Dorothy Day’s cause is different. In light of Day’s positions concerning some of the most horrific and deadly events of the twentieth century, she is anything but an “attractive possibility” for sainthood. In her lifetime, Day publically advocated various Communist regimes linked to the Soviet Union. Western intellectuals who supported these regimes knew that they consisted of anti-Catholic, atheist governments whose public policy was the firing squad. Often, as was the case with Spain, these regimes were even condemned by the Church’s magisterium. If Lumen Gentium is a blueprint for the modern Christian’s path to holiness and sanctity, it would appear that Day’s support for a Spanish government condemned by Pius XI is not in keeping with the exhortation that Christians “follow in [Christ’s] footsteps and conform themselves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things.” Her tacit approval of the violence of Castro’s atheist regime in Cuba is also a stumbling block to the call for Christians to “manifest to all men the love with which God loved the world.”

This article comes right on the heels of this announcement from the Archdiocese of New York:

"The Cause for Dorothy Day’s possible eventual beatification and canonization moved into a new phase today as Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, opened the canonical Inquiry on the life of the Catholic Worker movement founder, gathering evidence to determine if Dorothy Day lived a life of “heroic virtue” in the eyes of the Church. "

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This story made me very happy to see - my grandfather worked at St. Finbars as a custodian / handyman and it is truly a beautiful Church.

From the Brooklyn Eagle:

"When the Rev. Michael Louis Gelfant arrived at St. Finbar Catholic Church in June of 2010 to take his new job as the church’s administrator, he was struck by the number of parishioners who came up to him with the same impassioned plea.

“Please fix our church!” one parishioner after another implored him.

Built in 1910, the church had undergone a number of misguided renovations over the years, according to Gelfant, who said the work in the past was done in an attempt to “modernize” the beautiful old building at 138 Bay 20th St."

Monday, April 18, 2016

St. Agnes Cathedral Renovation

The Cathedral of the Diocese of Rockville Centre has been renovated to help fix the mistakes of previous overhauls.  The tabernacle has been restored to the center behind the altar (what a concept) and the multi-colored ceiling has been painted to look, well, dignified.  The reredos is now a wood color rather than the previous all white, a great improvement in my opinion.  Below is a link to the new Baldachin which features beautiful pictures of saints from throughout our history.  The Baldachin is made of oak wood with 18 foot columns.  I can't wait to see the Cathedral in person, it is a great thing to see real renovations that restore the beauty and solemnity of Churches.  This renovation is indicative of what Bishop Murphy has brought to the Diocese of Rockville Centre:  a restoration and renewal.

The Baldachin of St. Agnes Cathedral
Bishop Murphy and Cardinal Dolan visit persecuted Christians in Iraq

Good for them!

Catholic News Service
"Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre traveled with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), to Iraqi Kurdistan this week on a pastoral visit to that region’s displaced Christian families.
The group spent April 9-11 in Kurdistan, the autonomous region of northern Iraq. When Islamic State swept through Mosul and Qaraqosh in 2014, more than 125,000 Christians, along with other victims, fled to safety in Kurdistan, where CNEWA has helped local churches construct housing, clinics and schools."