Monday, January 25, 2010
Pontifical Mass by Cardinal Egan on March 25, 2010

His Eminence Edward Card. Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, accepted the invitation from the Agnus Dei Council of the Knights of Columbus in New York City to celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – a Mass for Life – on 25 March 2010, the Feast of the Annunciation. The Council’s annual Mass for Life emphasizes the special link between the Incarnation of Jesus from the moment of conception in the womb at the Annunciation and Catholic Pro-Life Values. More information about the location and time of the Mass will be released shortly.

The Pontifical Mass for Life also marks an important milestone for the New York Archdiocese.  At the request of the Agnus Dei Knights, it will be the first time since the Second Vatican Council that an American Cardinal will celebrate a Pontifical Mass in New York City according to the form in use before the Council.  Anthony Ignacio, current Grand Knight of the Agnus Dei Knights, explained “the men of our Council share a special affection for this form of the Mass and His Eminence has shown extraordinary generosity in agreeing to celebrate it in this form.”,

The Pontifical Mass for Life will be the third Pontifical Mass according to the earlier form celebrated in New York City in the last year.  “These Masses have become more common since Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum made the 1962 form available to every priest in the Church,” said Ignacio.  Before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger often celebrated Mass according to the earlier form.

Via Traditional Catholicism
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Gregorian Chant Practicum in Cicero, Indiana: January 30, 2010

Catholic PRWire

CICERO, IN (January 16, 2010) - On January 30th 2010, the St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community is proud to host Fr. Robert Fromagoet, FSSP who will conduct a Gregorian Chant Practicum at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cicero, IN at 10 am. Fr. Fromagoet is a professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s North American Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Denton, NE as well as the Music Director at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE. Father has conducted numerous Practicum’s on Gregorian Chant, he was a recent guest of EWTN’s Life on the rock where he spoke on Gregorian Chant and how it helps the liturgy fulfill its twofold end; namely, the worship of God and the sanctification of souls.

The Practicum will consist of 3 parts:

I. Introduction to chant
II. Basics of chant
III. Chant Practicum (Chant Workshop)

-Missa de Angelis

The practicum is open to everyone. No matter if you are a novice or an expert, it will enrich your understanding of Gregorian chant. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Terry Garrity at 317-984-9158 or 317-984-3358. Also, you may visit our website at

Cost: Free will donations accepted.
Friday, January 15, 2010
January/February 2010 Events at Institute of Christ the King

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Other Upcoming Events at the Institute of Christ the King:

January 25

7:00pm High Mass & Benediction in honor of the Divine Infant King
Special Program of Renaissance Choral Music

February 2

7:00pm Liturgy for Candlemas Day & Feast of The Purificaction of The Blessed Virgin Mary: Blessing of Candles, Candlelight procession & High Mass with Gregorian Chant by Rex Gloriae Schola
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Photos from Basilica of St. Josaphat & St. Patrick's Parish in Kokomo, Indiana

Update in 2014: Check out my updated photos of the Basilica of St. Josaphat

The following photos were submitted by a long-time reader of the blog.

Side Altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.


Left:  This is the full image of the side altar.  Given the devotion Hispanics hold in regard to the Blessed Virgin, especially as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Her image has been enshrined.  This is Christmas time as you can tell by the poinsettias. 

Right: Stained Glass Window at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.  This is obviously of the Annunciation as depicted by the dove descending upon the Blessed Virgin.

At St. Patrick's Parish in Kokomo, Indiana.  The Church  was renovated a few years ago to go back to a more traditional look.  This is in front of the sanctuary.  Along the middle entrance to the altar, at the front of the Church, middle, and front of the sanctuary, is the beginning of the Breastplate of St. Patrick, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me.  Then we see the word Sanctus, as the priest enters the the area in which the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will take part.  St. Patrick's Parish offers a TLM mass once a month.  Website:


This is above the sanctuary at the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  In the middle, I presume is St. Josaphat himself surrounding with countless angels and saints, including the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Basilica also has an image of Our Lady of Czesthova; thus it has Polish tendencies in regards to devotions and architecture. 
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Reader Comments on Francisco Franco Post

I wish to thank the reader who sent me the following comment. It is always great to know that people do appreciate my articles.

Hey Matthew,

I came across your blog while doing a little reading on General Francisco Franco. I would have simply left a comment on your Franco entry; however, I couldn't figure out how to do that. Anyway, that caused me to read a bit more of your blog, and I'm glad I did. I have to say that I'm impressed with your untainted view of history. You seem to have escaped the clutches of the public school system and that is indeed a magnificent thing. And a commitment to Traditional Catholicism.... you definitely have Someone looking out for you. I grew during Vatican II and the changes that followed. My family managed to re-connect with Tradition when I was about your age....31 years ago. Matthew, keep up the good work. You're headed down the right road.
Veni Creator Spiritus: St. James Church (London)

The Veni Creator Spiritus, sung at St. James' Church, Spanish Place, London, UK, on Jan 1st 2010. A Plenary Indulgence (under the usual conditions) may be obtained by singing the Veni Creator Spiritus on the first day of the year.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Epiphany of the Lord is celebrated each year by the Church on January 6. This is the last day of Christmas (the 12th Day of Christmas). And on the Epiphany, we remember Christ revealing His divinity in three ways:

* to the Magi who, guided by the great and mysterious Star of Bethlehem, came to visit Him when He was a Baby (Matthew 2:1-19)

* through His Baptism by St. John, when "the Spirit of God descending as a dove" came upon Him and there was heard a voice from Heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, John 1), and all Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity were manifest (Note: the Baptism of Our Lord is also commemorated on the 13th of January)

* through His first public miracle -- that of the wedding at Cana when Our Lord turned water into wine at the request of His Mother (John 2). Just as God's first miracle before the Egyptian pharaoh, through Moses, was turning the waters of the Nile into blood, Our Lord's first miracle was turning water into wine.

Source: Fish Eaters

For more information, please see my post entitled: Epiphany of the Lord for prayers, reflections, and much more information.


We keep this day holy in honor of three miracles: this day a star led the Wise Men to the manager; this day water was turned into wine at the marriage feast; this day Christ willed to be baptized by John in the Jordan for our salvation, alleluia.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal, Antiphon at Magnificat for the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord (January 6th)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Repose of the Soul of Abbot Ladislas K. Parker

The following note is from our friends at Jade Musik:
Dear Friends,

Just a notice that our founding abbot, Ladislas K. Parker, O.Praem., passed away peacefully Sunday morning at the abbey.  He was 94 years old.

Keep the repose of his soul and all of us in your prayers, thanks!

Fr. Jerome Molokie, O.Praem.
St. Michael's Abbey
19292 El Toro Road
Silverado, California 92676-9710
Sunday, January 3, 2010
2010 Saint for the Year Devotion: Updated

Over the past few years, starting in December 2005, I started offering the Saint for the Year Devotion on my blog, along with Marianne, who actually draws the saints for this devotion. For the 2005 devotion alone, I have had 475 individual requests for a special saint for the year. This is amazing! And starting today I will be taking names of anyone that wants to take part in this devotion for the year 2010.


 St. Louis IX - Virgin and Child Adored by Saint Louis, King of France

What is the Saint for the Year Devotion? Here is my post on this from years past to clarify the matter. This is from the person that draws all of the saints. I don't draw the saints. I will merely pass on your name or screenname to her so that she will draw a saint for you. Also, I will pass on the name of any of your family or friends that would like to participate. This isn't superstition. St. Faustina did the same thing!

Last year dozens of people received saints to be their special patron, and there were miraculous connections. It was truly amazing. We pray that this year the Holy Spirit will again work so that all participants receive a saint that they will be able to pray to for aid throughout the entire year:
Saint for the Year

I want to tell you about the practice of picking a saint at random to be your “holy protector” for the year. Actually, the saint is the one who chooses us though. The tradition of letting a saint “pick you,” is not a new one. St. Faustina wrote about it in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul. The excerpt is below.

“There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year's Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 - the Most Blessed Eucharist.’ My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule.”Excerpt from Divine Mercy in My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina"

I have a container full of names ... I will be glad to pick out the name for you and send you the name if you prefer. I am so excited by my saint(s) ... I already picked mine. Well, I should say that they picked me ... I have Saints Marcus and Marcellianus ... they are twin brothers who were sent to prison before their death. St. Sebastian visited them continually in prison and helped keep their faith alive. They are buried near St. Felix and are specifically honored in Spain.

OK now ... here are a couple of immediate ironies in regard to these saints ... I have a SPECIAL place in my heart for twins! As a child, I LOVED reading the story about St. Sebastian. I had a children's book of saints and I think I wore out the pages on St. Sebastian! Felix is my grandfather's name! Silvia, our exchange student, is from Spain! I am so excited to have these two saints to walk through 2006 with me! I'm looking forward as to where and how they will intercede for me.
Please pass this message on through your blogs and/or email distribution lists, letting all of the Catholic blogsphere have the chance to participate. I only ask that you give me your email address so that I may contact you when your saint is drawn. Usually within one to two days I can email you about your saint.

So, please either make sure your email address is in your profile or please leave it below in the comment box when you ask to participate. If you wish to remain anonymous, please leave your initials instead of your name.  And, if you would prefer to email me directly and not write your email address in the comment box, please send an email entitled "Saint for the Year 2010" to acatholiclife [at]

So, comment below and pass this message on throughout the entire Catholic Blogsphere!


St. Louis IX - Death of Saint Louis 1270 by Gustave Dore

The results of all individuals who request saints will be displayed below.  Only first names and/or initials will be used to identify individuals.  An individuals results will also be emailed to them.

Update: January 3 - all received requests thus far have been processed.  The results are below.  Please feel free to contact me still as this devotion has not ended!
  1.     BearPaw - St. Paul of the Cross, 04/28
  2.     Angelica - St. John the Silent, 05/13
  3.     Anna - St. Radegundes, 08/13
  4.     Vince, - St. Rogatian, 05/24
  5.     Auliya Marie  - St. Elphege, 04/19
  6.     John-Luc - St. Thomas More and St. Raymond of Penyafort
  7.     Monique - The Sacred Heart
  8.     Frances - St. John Baptist de la Salle
  9.     Claudette - The Blessed Virgin Mary and her Miraculous Medal, 11/27
  10.     Nicholas - St. Nicholas of Myra, 12/06
  11.     Natile - St. Hospitius, 05/21
  12.     Ida - St. Finnbar, 09/25
  13.     Helen - St. Stephen, the First martyr
  14.     Seminarian Edward - St. Hugh of Grenoble, 04/01
  15.     Mark M - The Eighteen Holy Martyrs of Saragossa, 04/16
  16.     Kim,  - St. Simeon, Bishop, 02/18
  17.     Gene, - St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
  18.     Erin,  - St. John Bosco, 01/31
  19.     Daniel,  - St. John the Evangelist, 12/27
  20.     Paul  - St. Louis Mary de Montfort, 04/28
  21.     Annemarie - St. Stephen, the First Martyr
  22.     James - St. Raymond of Pennafort, -1/23
  23.     LW - St. Fabien, 01/20
  24.     Holly Hall - St. Anthony-Mary Claret, 10/23
  25.     Nevaeh - St. Vitus
  26.     Bryan D - St. Finan or Finian, 12/12
  27.     ivarbjoe  - St. Benedict
  28.     Cassidy - St. Thomas More
  29.     Marjorie H., - St. Isidore the Farmer, 05/15
  30.     Mike H.,  - St. Louis Bertrand, 10/09
  31.     Michael H.,  - St. Christina, 07/24
  32.     Matthew H. - St. Servulus, 12/23
  33.     Melissa H. - St. Agatha, 02/05
  34.     Steve  - St. Anacletus, 07/13
  35.     Toni - St. Joseph Calasanz, 08/25
  36.     Stephanie -- St. Peter and his Chair at Rome, 01/18
  37.     Trissi  - St. Peter Fourier, 12/09
  38.     Ken - St. Epiphanius, 05/12
  39.     John - St. Perpetuus, 04/08
  40.     Dan - The Blessed Virgin Mary and her Miraculous Medal, 11/27
  41.     Chris - St. Claude, Apollinaire, 01/08
  42.     Rudy - St. Oswald, 02/28
  43.     Julie H - St. Vincent, 01/22
  44.     Cy - St. Raymond Nonnatus, 08/31
  45.     Cy sister - St. Brendan, 05/16! 
  46.     Francis Carmelle - St. Pantaenus, 07/07 
  47.     Fran - The Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, 03/10 
  48.     Ann - Bl. Maximin Giraud,  09/20! 
  49.     Christine - St. Eligius or Eloy, 12/01
  50.     Jam - St. John, apostle and evangelist, 12/27
  51.     DJ - St. Gerard, abbott, 10/03
  52.     Wally - St. Martin de Porres, 11/03
  53.     Yaya - St. Agnes, 01/21
  54.     Jazmyn - St. Joseph
  55.     Katelyn - St. John of Sahagun or of St.Fagondez
  56.     Ursula - St. Osmund
  57.     deProfunis -  St. Lambert, 09/17 
  58.     Jarrett - St. Tarachus, feast day on 10/11 
  59.     Lucy - St. Benedict - Joseph Labre, 04/16
  60.     Demetria - St. Jeanne - Antide Thouret, 05/23
  61.     Jeannette - St. Michael the Archangel, 09/29
  62.     Cesar - St. Martin de Tours, 11/11 
  63.     Brian T - St. Philogonius, 12/20 
  64.     Lara - St. Francis de Sales
  65.     Meghan O. - St. John Chrysostom
  66.     Hank - St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, 06/10
  67.     Timber - St. John the Evangelist, 12/27 
  68.     Xman - The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 08/22
  69.     Lightning and Family - St. Paul, 06/29
  70.     Stace and family - St. Matthew, 09/21
  71.     Mix - Bl. Maximin Giraud, 09/20
  72.     Joy - St. Thomas Aquinas 
  73.     Pam - St. Catherine of Sweden, 03/22
  74.     Hilda - St. Blandina, 06/02
Friday, January 1, 2010
Novena to the Holy Family

O most loving Jesus, Who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility, obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness, and by the example of Thy domestic life didst bless with peace and happiness the family Thou didst choose on earth, in Thy clemency look down upon this household, humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy. Remember that this family belongs to Thee; for to Thee we have in a special way dedicated and devoted ourselves. Look upon us in Thy loving kindness; preserve us from danger; give us help in time of need, and grant us the grace to persevere to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family; that having revered Thee and loved Thee faithfully on earth, we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven.

O Mary, most sweet Mother, to thy intercession we have recourse, knowing that thy Divine Son will hear thy prayers.

And do thou, O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph, assist us by thy powerful mediation, and offer, by the hands of Mary, our prayers to Jesus. Amen.

1 Our Father ...1 Hail Mary... 1 Glory Be


Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

(Indulgence, 5 years each time)

A Prayer to The Holy Family, for One’s Children

O Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, well-beloved Son of the Blessed Virgin and foster Child of St. Joseph, we most fervently implore Thee, through Mary Thine ever-blessed Mother and St. Joseph Thy foster father, take our children under Thy special charge and enclose them in the love of Thy Sacred Heart. They are the children of Thy Father in Heaven, created after His own image; they are Thy possession, for Thou hast purchased them with Thy Precious Blood; they are temples of the Holy Ghost, who sanctified them in Baptism and implanted in their hearts the virtues of faith, hope and charity.

O most loving Jesus, rule and guide them, that they may live according to the holy Catholic Faith, that they may not waver in their confidence in Thee and that they may ever remain faithful to Thy love.

O Mary, Blessed Mother of Jesus, grant to our children a place in thy pure maternal heart! Spread over them thy protecting mantle when danger threatens their innocence;
keep them firm when they are about to stray from the path of virtue; and should they have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, oh, then raise them up again, reconcile them with thy Divine Son and restore them to Sanctifying Grace.

And thou, O holy foster father St. Joseph, do not abandon our children! Protect them from the assaults of the wicked enemy and deliver them from all dangers of soul and body.

O dear parents of the holy Child Jesus! Intercede for us parents also, that we may bring up our children in the love and fear of God and one day attain with them the Beatific Vision. Amen.

Prayers Source: This prayer is taken from Prayer Book for Religious, compiled by Fr. F. X. Lasance, S.J. (Benziger Brothers, 1904)
St Andrews & Edinburgh Schola 2010 Calendar

I wanted to recommend these upcoming Sacred Liturgies from the St Andrews & Edinburgh Schola located in Edinburgh (UK).

In the past I have posted photos from their I Vespers of St. Joseph the Workman. If you attend any of the following sacred liturgies, please send me any pertinent photos, as I would love to publish them on this blog.

Thursday 21 January 2010
St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr
Solemn Vespers and Benediction
St Mary's RC Cathedral, Edinburgh

All are welcome to join the Schola for this opportunity to pray with the ancient music of the Church. St. Agnes of Rome (c. 291 – c.304) is a virgin–martyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, the Anglican Communion, and in Eastern Orthodoxy. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is the patron saint of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape victims, and virgins.


Thursday 11 February 2010
Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Solemn Vespers and Benediction
St Mary's RC Cathedral, Edinburgh


Thursday 25 March 2010
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Solemn Vespers and Benediction
St Mary's RC Cathedral, Edinburgh


Thursday 1, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 April 2010
Tenebrae for the Holy Triduum
10.00am, St Mary's RC Cathedral, Edinburgh
Sunday within the Octave of Christmas

A good video for Mass said for the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas. This Mass is said at the St. Martin of Tours Church in Louisville, KY.

For the Mass propers for this Octave Sunday, click here.

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