Building a never-ending church: a new film about Sagrada Familia

A new documentary has just been released that tells the story of this remarkable undertaking in Barcelona.  At the church's dedication in 2010, Pope Benedict noted: The joy which I feel at presiding at this ceremony became all the greater when I learned that this shrine, since its beginnings, has had a special relationship with Saint Joseph. I have been moved above all by Gaudí’s confidence when, in the face of many difficulties, filled with trust in divine Providence, he would exclaim, “Sai … [Read More...]


Announcing a Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Brooklyn

Earlier this year, I posted several times on the impressive restoration of Holy Name Catholic Church in Brooklyn.Last spring, the parish offered Mass in the Extraordinary Form—and now they're planning to do it again.The church will offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form (a.k.a., the "Latin Mass") for its feast day, January 4th, at 5 p.m.Details are here. … [Read More...]

Must-see video: what does your child really want for Christmas?

This comes from IKEA in Spain —a wake-up call to every parent this Christmas. … [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: New York’s mayor receives blessing during communion at St. Patrick’s

Photo: Helayne Seidman This is how it's done.From The New York Post:As cops were being threatened and assaulted and the city reeled over the execution of two officers, Mayor de Blasio prayed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday — then went into hiding. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton visited … [Read More...]

Pope Francis reveals a saint he prays to every day

From The Catholic Herald:  Pope Francis has revealed that he prays to the English martyr St Thomas More every day.In his annual end of year address to Vatican officials the Pope said that there is a prayer to the saint for good humour which he prays daily saying that a healthy dose of humour in … [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne headed to Burlington

Rocco, as usual, has the first word: The Pope is slated to flip Bishop Christopher Coyne – the Boston-born, 56 year-old auxiliary of Indianapolis and incoming chair of USCCB Communications – back to New England as the tenth bishop of Burlington and head of Vermont’s 125,000-member statewide church. … [Read More...]

Saluting the fallen

In New York City yesterday: NYPD officers salute as the bodies of their slain brothers, Wenjin Liu and Rafael Ramos, leave the hospital.Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord...God have mercy on us. … [Read More...]

Cuban-American protest in Miami: “I am a Catholic without a pope”

From the AP:   The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in … [Read More...]

Pope gives sleeping bags to Rome’s homeless

I've never heard of something like this before.From Vatican Insider:  "This is a gift for you from the Pope on the occasion of his birthday," volunteers and Swiss Guards were quoted as saying to hundreds of homeless people, as they handed out batches of sleeping bags to them yesterday. The s … [Read More...]

Homily for December 21, 2014: 4th Sunday of Advent

We hear it again and again this time of year:“I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.”It actually started before Thanksgiving. You’d hear staff here in the rectory saying, “I can’t believe it’s almost Advent.” And here we are, four weeks later. Where did the time go?It seems like it gets s … [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, from Brazil, the Elvis Priest

Just when you think you've seen it all...Elvis Priestly. … [Read More...]

A Christmas Rhapsody: “Give me the vulgarity of inflated reindeer…”

A delicious piece of prose from Joseph Bottum: I love the elegant Christmas-dining pictures in Bon Appétit. The holiday dishes and cutlery in the pricey Williams-Sonoma catalogue. The winter ornaments and widgets arranged so beautifully by Restoration Hardware. The season’s advertisements in the  … [Read More...]

Shock: Franciscans at “grave risk” over “questionable financial activities”

From The National Catholic Reporter: The leader of the main group of the world's Franciscans has written members of his order around the world informing them that their financial stability is at "grave risk" because of "questionable financial activities" undertaken by staffers of the order's … [Read More...]

The secret to surviving holiday stress

It's actually tied to the very sentiment that began this festive season back in late November: giving thanks.From PBS comes this wisdom from a family caregiver specialist:   The other day I was talking with Mark, a brain tumor survivor and former archaeologist. Once a world traveler and r … [Read More...]

Lest we forget: journalists in jail around the world

From the Committee to Protect Journalists:  The Committee to Protect Journalists identified 220 journalists in jail around the world in 2014, an increase of nine from 2013. The tally marks the second-highest number of journalists in jail since CPJ began taking an annual census of imprisoned j … [Read More...]

The story behind the world’s most bizarre Christmas tradition

That would be this fellow, who is perched on my desk at work — a gift from a priest colleague with a wicked sense of humor. I won't show you the backside, but he's doing just what you might imagine.The good people at TIME magazine wrote about this little Christmas treat a few years b … [Read More...]

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Try this.

A priest friend send me this image this morning:I was curious to learn more about Steve Maraboli, and found this 2011 story about him from Long Island Catholic: “Pretend God is deaf” and more interested in actions than words, motivational speaker Steve Maraboli advised parishioners at St. Pe … [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “Sports are at home in the Church”

He spoke of sports and the Olympics today, according to Vatican Radio: “Sports are at home in the Church” – that’s what Pope Francis told managers and athletes of Italy’s National Olympic Committee Friday.  In a meeting in the Vatican, the Pope congratulated them on Rome’s candidacy as a possible … [Read More...]