July 7, 2013

Fortnight for Freedom. Many thanks to all of you who took part in some way in our 2 weeks of prayer, sacrifice and action for Religious Liberty. Special thanks to all who came out to the daily Holy Hours, in particular to Bob and Gerri Laird who helped coordinate and promote them. Although the Fortnight is over, the battle is not done. So, each in your own way, commit yourself to continue to fight for Religious Liberty—and the protection of Life and Marriage.. Investiture with the Brown Scapular Next Weekend. Tuesday, July 16, is the Feast of Our Lady of … Continue reading

June 30, 2013

Marriage and the Supreme Court. As I write this on Wednesday (due to bulletin deadlines) news of the Supreme Court of the United States’ (“SCOTUS”) 5-4 decision on “gay marriage” is being announced. Although there is still much to digest in this ruling, it seems clear that it is a split decision: SCOTUS has partially struck down and partially left intact the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Specifically, it has struck down the requirement that the federal government recognize only traditional male-female marriage in applying federal law, finding that the federal government is bound to abide by the definition of … Continue reading

June 23, 2013

St. Joseph and the Mass. This last week the Congregation for Divine Worship (in charge of liturgy) in the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has decreed that St. Joseph’s name will be added to Eucharistic Prayers 2, 3 and 4 right after the invocation of his spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to honor him and to invoke his intercession. Blessed Pope John XXIII had added St. Joseph to the ancient “Roman Canon” (Eucharistic Prayer 1) in 1962, but for some inexplicable reason Pope Paul VI left him out of the new Eucharistic Prayers (2, 3 and 4) he introduced after … Continue reading

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013

(First Sunday of the Fortnight for Freedom) June 23, 2013 Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church In 1875 Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, James Blaine, of Maine, introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would specifically ban state governments from providing any funding for schools run by religions. It was part of a response to the influx of Catholic immigrants from Europe, who, instead of sending their children to public schools, were opening their own Catholic schools. Blaine and many others thought this was very bad for the country, divisive, especially in the … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 (Father’s Day)

Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads out there. It’s a great day to thanks our Dads for all they’ve done for us: all the love, patience, and sacrifices, and especially for the gift of life. It’s also a day to honor our fathers, living and dead, and to give them gifts as tokens of our appreciation, including our prayers (note: consider enrolling them in our triduum of Masses beginning today, using the large envelopes at the doors of the church). Unfortunately, as our culture continues its rapid decline under moral relativism, this has also become a day … Continue reading

June 9, 2013

FATHER BARNES! Congratulations to our own Fr. Nicolas Barnes, upon his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. Fr. Barnes, son of parishioner Donald Barnes, was ordained yesterday (Saturday, June 9) by Bishop Loverde, and will say his first Mass here at St. Raymond’s today at 12:15. All are invited to that Mass and to the reception afterwards in the Parish Hall. Father is a fine young man, and I know he will make an excellent and holy priest. After two years at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, he has spent the last four years studying in Rome. Now the Bishop has … Continue reading