Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Resolution #1: I need to go on a date

I have received a suggestion on what to do this upcoming new year, and I believe that it's very essential: I need to go on a date.

Having that said, my first New Year's Resolution for 2012 will be to date a Catholic girl. While marriage is the ultimate goal, I first have to meet someone and date her for a year or two before I pop the question (if we get that far!).

There are several things we could do in the Boston area, but since this is supposed to be a Catholic relationship first and foremost, I believe that we should attended Sunday Mass together as much as possible on a weekly basis, and then do an activity after Mass somewhere else that same afternoon.

But before we make any arrangements, you will have to email me a rather brief bio and why you wish to date me. You must include an accurate picture of yourself (please, no Photoshopped images) as an attachment in the email or I cannot consider you for safety reasons.

Once I receive your email, I will read it, review it, and if it seems appropriate, I will respond...

Please note that this intends to turn into a long-term relationship, not just a one and done deal. So please pray to the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph before you send your email.

Subject line: Dating New Year's resolution

Please also review my ideal date suggestions and the reasons to back them up. However, while you may not fufill all requirements/suggestions, the only strict ones I will enforce are being Catholic ages 18-22.

I wish everyone a Blessed New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pontifical Vesting Prayers

The New Liturgical Movement has posted the Pontifical vesting prayers on their site today. They may be accessed here.

Please note that Pontifical vesting in the Extraordinary Form does not always take place in the sacristy. Many times in parish churches, the bishop will enter the church, accompanied by the diocesan master of ceremonies, vested in cassock, surplice, cappa, and if the ordinary, metropolitan, or a cardinal, the rochetta (I hope I got it right!). The bishop will then vest at the throne if he is the ordinary, metropolitan, or a cardinal, or at the faldstool if an auxiliary or visting bishop.

The link above pertains to the prayers recited when the bishop says a Pontifical High Mass. For vesting for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, please watch the tutorial video by the Canons of St. John Cantius here. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

What to do when sacraments are not recorded

Fr. Z was asked a question on what to do if you need a certificate for another sacrament, etc., and there was no record of it anywhere. (Read question and response here)

First of all, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders leave a mark on your soul, and therefore must be recorded. First Communion should be recorded for children, but it is not usually recorded for adults because they receive First Communion right after they are confirmed.

When I was in the Novus Ordo Church, my Baptism was recorded at one parish, and my First Communion and Confirmation were recorded at my most recent previous parish. My parents had to present my baptismal certificate in order to register for First Communion classes, which is a must. When I registered for Confirmation classes in the same parish church years later, I still had to represent my baptismal certificate from Parish A because SJ's did not record that I was baptized in Parish A! However, they recorded my First Communion, so I just had to give them an appoximate date (year) of First Communion so they could look it up in the register. Outsiders had to present BOTH certificates.

Please note that the parish where you were baptized is supposed to be notified when you receive a new sacrament or when you die, but I'm affraid this might not be the case, especially in Novus Ordo Churches, where some have adopted a congregational form of government.

This is going to affect me if I are to marry because I don't believe the parish where I was baptized exists anymore. While I have a copy of my certificate of baptism, Canon Law requires, in order to establish your freedom to marry in the Church, to have the parish of baptism give a recent copy (issued within 6 months) of the certificate.

So what do you do if the parish is closed? I hope they don't throw away the records.

Since I will marry someday in a Traditional Roman Catholic Parish, the priest may bypass this requirement since most N.O. parishes don't care about sacramental records, especially if a new presbyter comes in and deletes everything. Or in some instances, I might have conditionally receive Confirmation in the Traditional Rite in order to have a valid sacrament; not having received Confirmation is an impediment towards marriage.

It gets more challenging with SSPX or independent parishes because they may or may not accept certain certificates, or a diocesan parish may not accept an SSPX, FSSP, independent, or monastery baptism.

Even worse, if a layperson conditionally baptizes a baby using the proper Trinitarian formula because he is at danger of death and no priest is availiable, and if the baptism is not recorded on video camera, and/or you don't get the proper witnesses to testify that this happened, then is this hearsay? Where does a lay baptism get recorded?



Friday, December 23, 2011

Real Catholic TV persecuted

The Archdiocese of Detroit has issued a warning to the faithful that Real Catholic TV, the online TV station that delivers the Truth run by Michael Voris, is not authorized to operate using the word "Catholic" in the name of the station because they did not obtain permission of the Archbishop. (Please read press release here)


This is a shame since Michael founded the online TV station because most "Catholic" media outlets do not support, nor do they proclaim, nor ahere to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. As were the Israelites, it looks like that he and his TV station will be exiled from their Ferndale, Michigan studios and have to setup shop elsewhere. If this is the case, I hope that they will be able to move to a diocese that is tradition friendly.

Up here in New England, the Boston Archdiocese owns what I call "Fake" Catholic TV because most of their programming is not within the Magisterium of the Church. Also, we have Boston College, the place where they have GLBT clubs, charismatic liturgies, give out condoms, and support abortion. (Well, since the name "Catholic" is not their, many uneducated ones many think  BC is not Jesuit.)

We also have Regis College, a place where my aunt tried to go back to school at age 50 to become a nurse, they flunked her on the final exam when SHE ACTUALLY PASSED!
 
 
We also have Emmanuel College, which is Novus Ordo-ized.
 
 
We also have Steward Health Care, the company that purchased the Caritas Christi hospital chain, for they perform abortions.

We also have several "Catholic" parochial schools, which none of them teach the One True Faith, lead by a superintendent who makes $325,000 per year.
 
 
In the Worcester Diocese their is the College of the Holy Cross, which is not up to snuff.
 
 
Worcester also has Assumption College and Anna Maria Collge, two insitutions that are ecumenical and welcoming.
 
 
But worse off, most of the priests should get a lump of coal in their stockings because they do not obey the Holy Father and offer the Traditional Latin Mass.
 
 
Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quiz: What's wrong with this video?

What's wrong with this video? Please answer in the comment box if you think you're right. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Why Faithful Catholics are at risk

Fr. William Kelly celebrating Mass (ca. 1925)
Michael Voris puts a business sense into why most parishes will be closed within the next few years: Click here to watch the video.

Please pray that these gay priests and lesbian nuns are evicted from the rectories and convents.

Please pray that the Latin Mass is restored in every parish throughout the world.

Please pray that Catholic schools become Catholic once again.

Please pray that these DRE's are layed off from their positions.

Please pray to end liturgical abuse.

Please pray to kick out the altar girls, lay lectors, and eucharistic ministers.

Please pray for the availiability of Tridentine Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, Marriage, Extreme Unction, and the Requiem Mass.

Please pray for the term "Christmas Tree" this Christmas.

O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, contain us a number of holy priests. Amen. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MSNBC: Marriage rates at all time low

MSNBC has posted a news article that in the United States, the rate of marriages are at an all-time low at around 51%. (Read article here)

It also shows that the average bride is 26 and the average groom is 29.

Please note that this study includes all marriages, Catholic or not. With these average wedding day ages astonishingly high, it is against Catholic teaching to delay marriage. This is a form of contraception. I wonder why the children per couple rate is only 2 per household!

In medieval times, most Catholic marriages were arranged. The male party only had to be 16 and the female only had to be 14. This is still Canon Law, but civil law takes precedent in the USA today, so in most states both parties must be 18 to contract a marriage. (18 equals the age of majority, or adulthood.)

However, the 16/14 requirement is still Canon Law to be godparents, but the state doesn't care about godparents, and in some respects, in God in general.

While 18 may be too young in a maturity state, getting married past 21 for brides and 23 for girls is not kosher in Catholicism. For example, if you delay marriage to your high school or college sweetheart until 28/26, and you know you two will not divorce or separate, and wish to stay married, this is contraception on the basis of prohibiting God to do his work by providing children.

Secondly, it's not safe to give birth to your first child over the age of 28. My mother gave birth to me at age 36 and my sister at 38, and now she is disabled.

Lastly, the more kids, the older sibilings can take care and babysit the younger sibilings (including changing diapers!). How about possibly being grandparents in your 50's?

I'm 21 and I'm bitching and moaning why I am not married. Out of the two that I wanted to marry, the first one refused to be Catholic (later coming out as a lesbian) and the other one had someone, so that leaves me with knowone.

Time is running out. Seriously.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Sign of the Cross

Over Youtube I have been watching videos regarding the Sign of the Cross, the most ancient and essential Christian symbol that has been in use since the earliest days of Christendom.

The First video is by Michael Voris:

This next video is a demonstration by a Russian Orthodox Patriarch on how Eastern Orthodox Christians make the Sign of the Cross:


Lastly, here is a video of three Protestant gentlemen explaining why they make the Sign of the Cross, although not required in Protestantism (watch at your own risk):


While (High Church) Anglicans and Lutherans are the only Protestant denominations that include the Sign of the Cross in their liturgies and encourage it to be used during morning and evening prayer, it's not widely used among Protestants.


The Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox churches are the only ones that require the use of the Sign of the Cross during liturgical and private prayer. Even babies who were just baptized are required to learn how to sign when they are ready to.

It would be really appropriate for American Christians to make the Sign of the Cross before they place their right hand over their hearts for the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

Sadly, today's Novus Ordo people make the sign very sacriligiously. The rush through the thing like it's no big deal. I admit, I rush sometimes, but never in church. Therefore, the Sign of the Cross is to be made reverently, thoughtfully, and enthusiastically. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A bishop admits Catholics don't know Faith

This Vortex by Michael Voris explains how a bishop admits that the Vatican II generation doesn't know the Faith:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Immaculate Conception and finding a wife

Mary-like girls and a Christ-like boy saluting
the American Flag. While not a civil holiday,
the Patronal Feast of the USA may be a good
day to fly and salute the American Flag.
Thursday, Dec. 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness Feast of the United States of America, and a Holy Day of Obligation. There are three reminders that I have to make you, the reader, aware of:

1) Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Universal Church, which means Mass attendance without the penalty of grave sin is required. HOWEVER, if you are like me, have medical issues, can't drive a car, and can't get to a [Latin] Mass on Thursday, then you will be excused.  

2) Immaculate Conception commerorates the conception of Mary herself without Original Sin, not that of Jesus. While Jesus was conceived immaculately as well, this is actually commemorated on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation. I know that it's confusing, and I get stumped sometimes myself. But if the Blessed Virgin Mary did not live, Christ wouldn't have come as Our Saviour. Since Christ is fully God and fully human, it took him 9 months, just like anyone else, to develop in the Blessed Virgin's womb.

3) Immaculate Conception, while a feast that has the Gloria, is still part of our Advent preparation. It reminds me that I would want a wife that is like the Blessed Virgin Mary. While we cannot produce immaculate conceivable women today, a good Catholic girl can imitate Mary very easily. She should know what her gender role is. If I, the Catholic husband, am married to anything other than a Catholic wife, then how can I be Christ-like?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Only men can serve on the altar

Violation of the rubrics: an altar girl in front of a
CCD teacher at a First Novus Ordo Cookie celebration.
Fr. Z is reporting on an incident in Arlington, Virginia where a parish priest decided to only allow male altar servers, in aligned with Church teaching. (Read his post here.)

Please note that only men can serve on the altar, as this has been Church teaching for nearly 2,000 years. My parish has only male altar servers because it's a Latin Mass parish.

My ex-parish, on the otherhand, had only female servers by the time I left.

Please note that altar serving is not a woman's job, rather a man or boy's job. Women cannot actually go past the altar rail unless:

1) She is marrying her sweetheart
2) She is professing to be a nun
3) She is receving Confirmation, where she and her sponsor will be instructed to go to the bishop, where he is usually seated on the faldstool on the altar platform. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

You're not an Anglican, Archbishop Nichols!

Catholics in Boston, Massachusetts are not the only ones in the world being brainwashed.

Recently, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, the Primate of the UK, thinks that homosexuals should be allowed to enter civil unions. (Report on Rorate Caeli here)

Hello! Your Grace, you're not the leader of the Church of England, which supports gay marriage. You're in charge of all the Roman Catholics in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, which means that you are under the auspices of the Pope, not the Queen.

Last time I checked, they do not support gay marriage!

While you celebrate reverent and pious liturgies like some Anglicans do, you are Catholic, and should obey all church teachings, not just the liturgical ones. 

New Boston reconfiguration plan not going to work

Over the summer, the Archdiocese of Boston reportedly came up of an idea to consolidate the parishes by putting certain parishes into clusters. Well, today, The Boston Globe has wrote an article on this recent proposal, which would "create 125 pastoral service teams, that, once created, would be free to merge programs among churches and make recommendations to the cardinal about closing and selling churches, rectories, or other buildings." (You may read the article here.)

All this means is that Cardinal Sean is going reduce the number of parishes from 290 to 125, a 43% decrease. So that means eventually, almost half of the remaining parishes will be closed within 3-5 years.

Now how is the Catholic Church in Boston going to grow by making Catholic megachurches? It's not, and people are not stupid. I understand that only 16% of Catholics in the archdiocese attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis and 40% percent of the parishes are in debt, but why shut down all the parishes in debt and them some?

Remember the Catholics Come Home series last spring? It didn't work; I knew that, and the lady next to me in church knew that. Maybe a few people came back, but it was nothing significant. And the reason why they didn't come back because because the ads were Novus Ordo-ized! Now if the Novus Ordo is invalid, then why are somebody in their right mind go to it?

There are 5 things that the Archdiocese of Boston needs in order for its survival (in reverse order):

5. Quit paying lay employees six-figure salaries!

4. Get out of the social justice business!

3. Reform the Catholic School system, and allow only Catholic children to attend Catholic schools.

2. Ordain all new clergy using the 1962 Roman Missal, and have the Traditional Latin Mass in every parish!

and

1. Faithful Catholics should sign the online petition to the Vatican to have Cardinal Sean and some of his auxiliary bishops to be removed from office. The new archbishop should be a Traditionalist who will only use the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in his liturgical duties. We need a leader, not a lame duck. We need change. Sign the petition here right now! You don't have to be Catholic or live in the archdiocese to sign it, just sign!