Sunday, April 20, 2014



And happy 88th birthday to Elizabeth Alexandra II Dei Gratia Regina. 

Thanks, Rodolfo!

William Byrd - Easter Mass - Victimae Paschali

Easter Sunday in Chicago at Our Lady of Sorrows (Now a Basilica)

Christ the King

Spanish statue seen in North Vancouver, Canada. 


Be in the habit of praying for the Roman Pontiffs.  Living and deceased.  They need prayers more than anyone.  And always pray for the grace to forgive them.  We must always support Peter. 

Happy 91st Birthday to Mother Angelica

Our American saint. 

Today, Easter Sunday, is her birthday.

Христос Воскрес!

O Filii et Filiae!

A Blessed Easter to All

Surrexit Christus spes mea et precedet suos in Galilea.

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Христóсъ воскрéсе! Surrexit Christus!

Merci to the greatest schola in Paris:

Catholic Easter Egg Hunt

Happy Easter from Baby von Sonnen.

"Frohe Ostern!" in German. 

The traditional Easter dress with bonnet is from our dear nurse friend in Toronto who often visits Rome, Estela.  We pray in gratitude for her life and vocation, and for her wonderful Swiss husband.  Thank you, Estela!    

 Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

RU-4LIFE? National March for Life 2014 Promo

Choir Neck Ruff

Always nice to see in the British Empire. 

You can order here for your servers:

Good Friday Tenebrae

Tenebrae Factae Sunt.

Holy Week for me will always be the good old days at Saint Agnes, located in the city named for the Apostle to the Gentiles.

Praying inside a glorious North American temple, amid the Classic Vitruvian canon of Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders.  A church that was constructed in 1912 on a Baroque scale monumentally hithero unknown in the regions of the upper banks of the mighty Mississippi River.   With all the entablature and traditional motifs such as regular marble stripes and rectangular pattering with rising volutes and even a dome in the horizontal axis. 

Lots of fine memories there from my youth.  It was a great way to grow up, attending Tenebrae in choir to learn the chants of the Church.  And H.H.H., our deacon, always timed our Tenebrae each year, and it was almost always to the minute the same.   

There were many colorful personalities.  The great Fr. Z would arrive from Rome.  I miss the old holy cards he often had printed every Triduum.  They added a lot to the solemnity of the week.  The cards always made nice book markers in a Liber Usualis.  Was always kind of fun to look for cards from previous years kept away in the pages of old Libers on the sacristy shelf.  I always looked for the old Liber of Mons. Bandas to carry and hold and pray from during Tenebrae.  Mons. Bandas was one of the tallest trees in the forest before, during, and after the 1960s.  He evinced eminent priestly qualities one rarely encountered during the turbulent conciliar period and its immediate aftermath.  A prophet, really.    

Fortunate is the youth who gets to grow up being involved in a parish that is fortissimo (very loud) in the  Faith.  

Prayers for all readers and followers of this blog.

One word best describes the Passion of Our Blessed Lord: "mercy."

This word best describes God.  And what we are going to need when we pass from this world.   

Remember to speak often of the mercy of God. 

Fridays in Lent Fish Burgers

At Rome McDonalds or any McDonalds. 

Pollock fish. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Catholic Culture: Easter Bonnet

Mum sometimes said in her youth Catholic ladies would save up and buy themselves a nice new hat for Easter.  Then came the hippies.  It's a nice tradition.  Spring is here! 

The Perfect Souvenir from Italy: Terra Cotta

Baked earth. 

You can buy this stuff in Assisi, Florence, Piazza Navona in Rome, etc. 

Great gifts. 

Indoor or outdoor use. 

They last forever. 

Help to Restore the Room Where St. Francis of Assisi Stayed in Rome

In Trastevere, you can see his cell. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Catholic Pilgrimage Company

Priests, be in touch with us to lead pilgrimages.

Be a part of this ministry of bringing pilgrimage to people. 

Christian Martyrs

The Ignatian family mourns the loss of Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt, murdered in Syria. 

You can find news & blog coverage about his ministry and death at:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Prayer Request

In your charity kindly pray for the soul of a dear friend, Imelda Edwards.

Born in 1950s South Africa, Imelda was a 5-time cancer survivor.

She had a sweet countenance.   

Reverend and dear Fathers, kindly remember the repose of her soul at Holy Mass.

Imelda passed away yesterday, on Palm Sunday.

From the antiphon of the Palm Sunday liturgy:

Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.  Rex Israel.  Hosanna in excelsis.  


Jewish poet remembers her friend, JPII (+playlist)

Have a Devotion to St. Joseph

Aka the forgotten saint. 

Be sure to foster in your kids a devotion to this powerful saint.

From the youngest age, teach them to go to Joseph.

Ite ad Ioseph!

Filipino Catholics

God bless them.  They fill our churches.  They are everywhere.  Rome, New York, Montreal.  And they always bring food.  This adds a lot to the parish community - the integral connection between public worship then feasting afterwards is a cultural aspect that I wish more parishes still had. 

Catholic Culture: Easter Lamb

Always nice to have spring lamb for Easter Sunday.

This is done in Orthodox countries.

Yours truly will always remember the time I was in Athens on Easter Sunday and the whole city emanated the beautiful scent of roast lamb on charcoal. 

In the Roman Ritual there is a blessing for lamb (benedictio agni).

Episcopal Gloves and Shoes


Only 50 years ago these photos were taken.

Pray for us, sainted Roman Pontiffs of old. 

Catholic Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver scene, 1955. 

Archbishop Johnson in mitre.

Catholic Culture: Veiling of Statues

As a kid I sometimes heard my grandparents talk about how when they were kids statues were veiled during the last two weeks of Lent.  My grandmother was in the choir as a little girl and explained that she would watch as her future husband, my grandfather, helped the school sisters veil the statues.  A nice tradition. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Travel to ITALY With Orbis Catholicus

Welcome to ALL!

Please Donate to the Widow and Family of Nathan Trapuzzano

This wonderful young man, a traditional Catholic, recently lost his life. 

We pray for his sweet widow.  Please be generous...

I wish I could have met him.  I'm sure he was the greatest.

He is being called the patron saint of "traddies."   

Thursday, April 10, 2014

RIP: Fr. Ray Ryland (AD 1921 - 2014)

Excommunication of Pro-Abortion Politicians?

Maronite journalist Faith Goldy has some interesting things to say...

Rome March for Life 2014 T-Shirts

Support the cause.

Wear your t-shirt to the march.

Welcome to My Next Presentation on Vatican Art

Catholic Culture: Televised Mass


Get Yourself a St. Christopher Medal

In North American shopping malls, you can see lots of jewellery shops. 

Many of them carry St. Christopher medals.  Get yourself one and have it blessed. 

Cultivate a devotion to this saint.  Yours truly will always remember standing in awe of the intercession of this great saint inside the historic Cathedral of Cologne, in Germany. 

Subscribe to a Catholic Newspaper: National Catholic Register

Righteous Anger

Telling the Truth: A Revolutionary Act

Proclain the WHOLE Faith

Help to Promote Adoption

We must speak to people of alternatives to abortion. 

Not Always the Majority Opinion