National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors to Meet on Long Island in Huge Conference!

While I was in seminary, I was blessed to be able to come to know an organization that does a tremendous amount of good behind the scenes for vocations.  The executive offices for NCDVD – the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors were located in the building where I went to seminary.  Every year I [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade controversy! Charity abounds!

This recent blog post by Cardinal Dolan is a welcomed bit of clarification re the St. Patrick’s day Parade.  His post exudes charity.  Something we can all learn from.  I’m reminded that in all things we should have charity.  Everyone in the world knows what the Church teaches about homosexuality.  Maybe instead of being perceived [Read More...]

Father Francis Grogan, the other priest that died on 9/11

  Everyone knows the name of Fr. Mychal Judge, the first official casualty of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  Not many people will recognize the name of Father Francis Grogan, C.S.C.  Fr. Grogan was a passenger onboard United Airlines Flight #175 when it hit the second tower.   The newspaper of the Diocese of Albany recalls Fr. [Read More...]

Funeral Homily for the Saint of 9-11

This homily was delivered by the other Fr. Michael Duffy: Homily Preached at Funeral Mass for Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM Delivered by Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM, at the Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Mychal F. Judge, OFM, celebrated Sept. 15, 2001, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31st Street, New York, NY. [Read More...]

Some Wednesday pick-me-up: Nuns on a paddle board!

A little pick me up for today, Via the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church’s Facebook page.     What’s better than seeing a Sister on a paddle board? How about seeing three! Thanks to “Mountain Gear Spokane,” who loaned us a board for our outing this summer, all the Sisters had an opportunity [Read More...]

Papal Blessings for Charity

  As a parish we get many requests for papal blessings for many different occasions.  Vatican Radio released this important information today: Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the head of the Holy Father’s Alms-giving office (“Elemosineria”), has confirmed that as of 1 January 2015, papal blessings will no longer be available from stores and businesses outside the [Read More...]

RIP Joan Rivers

Even in death, Joan Rivers could make the world laugh:   When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action…I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi [Read More...]

Where are the Voices? Genocide in Iraq

Cardinal Wuerl of Washington D.C. speaking at the end of the Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the Academic year at the Catholic University asks that question.  Where are the voices raised in horror over what is happening to the Christians and other minorities in Iraq? Watch this video and ask yourself the same question. [Read More...]

YES! The John Paul 2 Medical Research Institute Provides Ethical Research for ALS

I have gotten quite a few emails and I have seen many comments online questioning wether the alternative I have suggested for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge actually engages in research to find a cure for ALS. The John Paul II Medical Research Institute has now updated its website to provide an answer: We are [Read More...]

Nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge? Donate to this Morally Acceptable Alternative!

As the ALS association is supportive of embryonic stem cell research, we as Catholics ought not to support it, especially when there are morally acceptable alternatives.  The John Paul II Medical Research Institute is just that, a morally acceptable alternative to the ALS Association. If you are nominated to do the Ice Bucket challenge, donate to [Read More...]