Sunday, March 30, 2014

For everything there is a season...

While there are pertinent reasons for continuing a public platform for All Saints Parish parishioners, it is time for this particular blog to go on hiatus. It will remain online, but most likely no new posts will be added.

Friends of St. Vincent's remains in good hands, and you can contact them at

The comments section will remain open for a few days. I heartily recommend the Cleansing Fire blog for good information about the Diocese of Rochester and its parishes. They also include links to various local Catholic blogs/sites.

God bless each parishioner at All Saints Parish, and may Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Mary's remain to bless the community.

One last thing. The Church has been moving, for many, many years, into deep waters. The Catholic parishes in Corning have experienced--and continue to experience--a profound lessening of the faith. This long article by writer Steve Skojec: Something Wicked, is worth reading. He follows it up with another post about how to protect oneself in spiritual warfare: Some Resources for Spiritual Battle.

May we keep the faith when all else fails. Kýrie, eléison.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Comfort Ye My People

A dear friend has passed away. May God speed his way to heaven and bring mercies and comfort to his family.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The work of God

“All Good Works together are not of equal value with the sacrifice of the Mass, because they are the works of men, and the Holy Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison; it is the sacrifice that man makes of his life to God; the Mass is the sacrifice that God makes to man of His Body and of His Blood. Oh, how great is a priest! if he understood himself he would die. . . . God obeys him; he speaks two words, and Our Lord comes down from Heaven at his voice, and shuts Himself up in a little Host. God looks upon the altar. “That is My well-beloved Son, ” He says, “in whom I am well-pleased. ” He can refuse nothing to the merits of the offering of this Victim. If we had faith, we should see God hidden in the priest like a light behind a glass, like wine mingled with water.” -St. John Vianney
(Via Traditional Catholic Priest)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Church in Spain

Once again, think it can't happen  here? Think again.

From the Eponymous Flower, an article about an 84-year-old cardinal who is being prosecuted for saying that it is possible for homosexuals to be restored. FTA:

"For the first time charges have been brought against a Cardinal of the Church, because he has said what the Catholic Church has always taught on homosexuality and what is part of the truth of faith, which they can not change...Perhaps it's the comfortable Christians who think it would already not so bad, should wake up and start with the resistance in the countries where there is no homophobia Act, before they too need to weigh with care every word, and because of a Catholic thought crime, stand trial."

Additionally, here is a disturbing article about the homosexual rights movement in the USA and the Church, first published in the New Oxford Review in 2006.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Of interest

Here is a pertinent blog post from Fr. Peter Carota about how "the questioning everything Catholic" contributed to 1.72 billion abortions worldwide: Traditional Catholic Priest

From the article:

But this “climate of questioning everything Catholic” had already been fomented by the way Vatican II was run. Everything seemed to be up for grabs. We were now “the new educated generation of Catholics” who could now clearly throw away medieval doctrine and come up with “modern” christianity that would be “relevant” to “modern man”. And we see this in the wording of some of the councils documents. They used words that changed the meaning of what the Church had always taught before, like on ecumenism, collegiality, and freedom of religion. Many, many bishops, priests, religious and theologians began publicly and privately to dissented from the Church’s prohibition of the use of birth control. I have read over and over their statements of dissent. Most of you are too young to have lived through these times.

Here's a post from Fr. Ray Blake's blog titled "Once we had millions of Evangelists"

From the article:

There can be no worthwhile evangelisation unless it begins and ends in Truth and unless the evangelisers are believable. Personally, I believe that the 'misson' of the Second Vatican Council was to find a way to express the Truth in the modern world, however in the interpretation of the Council's teaching a fracture was introduced between the Church's practice and prayer, and the Church's belief. The fracture meant the Church lost its credibility, hence our churches emptied. We became seen as 'hypocritical'. We lost the sense of 'noble simplicity' which comes from the basic premise of the Catholic Church that Jesus Christ is God, God founded the Church and promises to be with it until the end of time, hence you can -and must- trust the Catholic Church, the Church ceased to be immediately intelligible, the greater Truth was obscured by lesser truths.

Fr. Hunwicke (who is quoted at Fr. Blake's blog) has a series of posts about the fracture in the Church that has resulted in the crisis we have been experiencing for decades. Here, here, here, and here.

Here's a blog post (that went viral) about Steve Skojec's experience with fellow Catholics who aren't happy with his views on Pope Francis. It doesn't take a rigorist

The Church is attractive because she is beautiful. The Church is appealing, despite her many rules and requirements, because she alone claims fullness of truth. The Church is inspiring because she is noble, and her traditions and customs give witness to her profound sacramental beliefs. 

 Much of this, perhaps even most of this, has been lost since Vatican II. The Church has become an instrument of compromise, of syncretism, and of mediocrity. A bourgeois, bubble gum-chewing religion of suburban good cheer. Her architecture has become banal, her music profane, her liturgies humanistic. She no longer challenges the world with witness to Christ Crucified, but instead tells the world that there are many paths to heaven for people of good conscience. 

 For the life of me, I can’t fathom why anyone faced with the Church of 2013 would choose to convert to Catholicism. For fellowship? I can get fellowship from the local MegaChurch, with far fewer impositions on my personal liberty. For the sacraments? But most Catholics don’t even believe in the Real Presence, most parishes have no adoration or Eucharistic devotions, most priests offer an hour or less per week of confession time on the parish schedule.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Marching on

The 2014 March for Life is on.

Here's a roundup of articles on Big Pulpit.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Deconstructing the Catholic Faith

An interesting site and details the systematic destruction of the Catholic faith by those who were tasked with preserving it. Oh so familiar.

Death of a Catholic Parish

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bishop Matano

Cleansing Fire reports on Bishop Matano's New Year's Day Mass. The Bishop will be installed Friday, and there should be local news coverage. CF also notes that the Bishop will be visiting the local parishes.

Monday, December 30, 2013

On subverting the Catholic Faith

Modernism. Syncretism. Indifferentism. New Age. Novelty. Read about how the Faith has been and is being subverted at The Old Evangelization blog. For starters, there's this short article on modernism:

Subvert The Catholic Faith With This One Weird Worldview

Lots of good info packed in a short article, including a link to Pope St. Pius X's encyclical on Modernism's doctrines. From the article:

"Because modernists love novelty, being dissatisfied with the Church as it is, they try to reform her in a host of areas. Philosophy, theology, history, worship, morals - no area of the Church's life evades their attempts at reform."

Sadly familiar, no?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

From Bishop Fulton J. Sheen's Life of Christ:

"History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God, or that they were gods, or that they bore messages from God--Buddha, Mohammed, Confucious, Christ, Lao-tze, and thousands of others, right down to the person who founded a new religion this very day. Each of them has a right to be heard and considered. But as a yardstick external to and outside of whatever is to be measured is needed, so there must be some permanent tests available to all men, all civilizations, and all ages, by which they can decide whether any one of these claimants, or all of them, are justified in their claims. These tests are of two kinds: reason and history. Reason, because everyone has it, even those without faith; history, because everyone lives in it and should know something about it.

Reason dictates that if any one of these men actually came from God, the least thing that God could do to support His claim would be to pre-announce His coming...With this test one can evaluate the claimants. (And at this preliminary stage, Christ is no greater than the others.) Socrates had no one to foretell his birth. Buddha had no one to pre-announce him and his message or tell the day when he would sit under the tree. Confucious did not have the name of his mother and his birthplace recorded, nor were they given to men centuries before he arrived so that when he did come, men would know he was a messenger from God. But, with Christ it was different. Because of the Old Testament prophecies, His coming was not unexpected. There were no predictions about Buddha, Confucious, Lao-tze, Mohammed, or anyone else, but there were predictions about Christ...What separates Christ from all men is that first He was expected...A second distinguishing fact is that once He appeared, He struck history with such impact that He split it in two, dividing it into two periods: one before His coming, the other after it...A third fact separating Him from all the others is this: every other person who ever came into the world came into it to live. He came into it to die."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Culture War is a Religious War

Again, the battle is primarily a religious battle, though leftists insist it is about tolerance. No, it consists in converting you and I from the faith of our fathers to the faith of the social policies of leftism (which includes a syncretistic mish mash of marxism, socialism, relativism, eastern and new age philosophies, atheism and even corrupted Christian doctrine, etc).

Michelle Malkin has written an article titled: GLAAD: Lethal Enforcers of the Left's Tolerance Mob

In it, she details some of the persecution Christians have been undergoing by the homosexual group GLAAD. From the article (do read it all):

"GLAAD has worked tirelessly to marginalize and suppress the free speech of Christian leaders, Christian businesses and conservative talk-radio hosts dating back to their infamous Dr. Laura boycott 13 years ago. The group’s mission is not about equality or defending against “defamation.” It’s about silencing critics, making open debate radioactive, demonizing people of faith and making even the slightest perceived slight a hate crime.

Last year, GLAAD speech-squelchers issued a blacklist of 34 Christian commentators they wanted networks to ban from their air for “extreme” views (read: opposing gay marriage). Earlier this year, GLAAD attacked the National Geographic Channel for partnering with the traditional values-promoting Boy Scouts on a reality TV program. GLAAD is free to start its own Gay Scouts, but instead chose to harangue NatGeo for refusing to run a “disclaimer” at the beginning of each show condemning the Boy Scouts’ leadership policies.

It’s not enough to live and let live. You must repent and genuflect before the self-serving gods of selective progressivism. That’s why GLAAD forgave Hollywood director Brett Ratner for using the word “fag.” He was allowed back into the protected Hollywood club after submitting to GLAAD reeducation camp and appearing in GLAAD public service announcements. Bill Clinton, who authored both the Defense of Marriage Act and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies so reviled by the homosexual lobby, ended up receiving a GLAAD “Advocate for Change” award earlier this year — for changing his mind when politically expedient."

This generation suffers the soft persecution of mockery, suppression of free speech, and financial destruction. Your children and grandchildren will suffer worse if they maintain the Faith. If they do not maintain a Catholic Faith, then the loss of their souls will be the ultimate price they pay for a temporal peace.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bow Down

Don't let anyone tell you they don't worship anything. We all worship something or someone. From The Peoples Cube via the Treehouse.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

From the Shroud comes Mary's Face

This is a forensic artist's rendering of the Virgin Mary from the Shroud of Turin. Bishop Fulton Sheen said Jesus got his looks from His Mother. More info on the image here. And here's an interesting article from the indomitable Ann Barnhardt on the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.