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...]

The Moral Problem with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge UPDATED, AGAIN!

We’ve all see it, and many of you have probably done it.  Many celebrities, politicians and even priests have done it.  There is a great amount of good that comes about from furthering awareness of such a terrible disease.  Since July 29th, $31.5 million has been raised for ALS research. The problem that I have [Read More...]

When A Seminarian Dies

My heart has been heavy these past few days after hearing of the death of a young seminarian from North Carolina.  Twenty year old Michael Kitson died on early on Divine Mercy Sunday after having gone to confession and served Holy Mass Saturday evening.  His funeral Mass was held earlier today at St. Ann church [Read More...]

Unexpectedly shaven for St. Baldrick’s

I went to show my support and say a prayer and offer a blessing. Then things got crazy.  The organizers of the local St. Baldrick’s event wanted to know if I would have my head shaved.  Absolutely not I said.  Then, they asked, what if they raised $1,000 cash.  With a bar full of people [Read More...]