First Annual Milk Shake and New Media Conference

Attendees numbered two: Blogger and author Brandon Vogt, and Your Humble Blogger.  Venue: Steak-n-Shake in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Monumental issues of great import were discussed, including the name of Mr. Vogt’s soon-to-be-born third child, who will be christened Augustine Xavier.  (If that’s not a Catholic name, I don’t know what is…I’m hoping they just [Read More...]

Greetings from sunny Florida

…where, this morning,it was 35 degrees. The Deacon’s Wife and I are taking a winter break in a warmer climate — or trying to — and blogging will be light for the next few days. I’ll try to post periodically and moderate comments when necessary.  Please behave yourselves. Since I’m away, I don’t have a [Read More...]

Praying for Greta: “My wife continues to decline…”

Many commenters know Greta and her husband Mark.  The Anchoress last night posted this comment from Mark: My wife continues to decline. She was not supposed to go to the march for life but insisted and anyone who has seen her post knows that stopping her on anything to fight for life has a hard [Read More...]

My Catholic school: at the center of it all was Jesus

My parish is celebrating its centenary this year.  As part of the festivities, this weekend we had a special Mass at 1 p.m. honoring the school and its alumni.  Two of those alumni, Msgr. John McGuirl and Msgr. Ned Ryan, concelebrated.  Below is the homily I delivered for that event.  It’s a little rough; I [Read More...]

From TV producer to priest?

That’s even more improbable than making the leap from TV producer to deacon. The Milwaukee Catholic Herald has the scoop: A producer, one might say, is not unlike a parish priest organizing a liturgy for a special occasion. Before enrolling at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Tony Budnick spent more than a decade [Read More...]

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Actually, I’d like to just thank Marcel LeJeune, the wizard who runs the Aggie Catholics blog and who has, to my wonderment, included me on his annual list of Top 20 Catholic Bloggers. I’m humbled to be in such exalted company — check out the list and visit their blogs — and I’m grateful for [Read More...]

“How beautiful, the hands that serve”: a moving ordination slideshow

A couple weeks back, I posted on the diaconal ordination of Sean Suckiel.  Below is a lovingly produced slideshow of the event, which also includes his profession of faith and Deacon Sean’s first vespers/Benediction. [Read more...]

Have you ever eaten a church window?

I have.  Several this morning, in fact.  You can add these to the list of reasons why I need to wear an alb. These Occasions for Sin are a holiday staple at my in-laws: confections of colored marshmallows, wrapped in dark chocolate, and packed with enough calories to knock you out until the Rose Bowl [Read More...]

Why we wear albs

I’ve decided that it has little historical or theological meaning.  No.  Gazing at my naked  reflection in the mirror this morning as I stepped out of the shower, I realized there are much more important reasons for wearing the alb. It covers a multitude of flubbery sins. Things like:  the extra cannoli I had at the [Read More...]

Christmas in Queens

Outside our church in Forest Hills last night: Midnight Mass was full of wonder and joy. A church built for 900 at midnight had about 1200. Many unfamiliar faces. A surprising number of children. It began at midnight, sharp. Processional: “Once, in Royal David’s City.” Segue into “O Come All Ye Faithful,” complete with trumpet, [Read More...]


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