June 12, 2019

Details:  Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will host its first Mass on June 15 two months after a fire engulfed the historic, 856-year-old church, causing widespread external damage and its spire to collapse. A small Mass will be celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit. According to the Archdiocese of Paris, the Mass will be held “on a very small scale late Saturday,” in a “side chapel with a restricted number of people” — at least 20 religious. According to French media,… Read more

June 11, 2019

A grateful diaconal bow to Sarah Flowers in the Office of Deacon Formation in the Diocese of San Jose! She sent me the picture below of the new deacons and their wives. The new deacons were ordained on May 18 by Bishop Oscar Cantú at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. The men are: Armando Brambila, Dinh Chu and Robert Lasalle-Klein. You can read about the ordination here (see page 7) Congratulations, brothers, and welcome! Ad multos annos! Read more

June 11, 2019

This news caught my eye this morning: More than six in ten (62%) Americans say they have become more supportive toward transgender rights compared to their views five years ago. By contrast, about one-quarter (25%) say their views are more opposed compared to five years ago. About three-quarters (76%) of Democrats report they have become more supportive of transgender rights in the last five years, compared to 64% of independents and only 47% of Republicans. Notably, increased support crosses ideological… Read more

June 11, 2019

From press release before the ordination: Permanent Deacons are members of the clergy of the Catholic Church. They may be single or married males. As ministers at the altar, permanent deacons assist the priest and bishop at the Liturgy. They proclaim God’s Word, preach and teach, baptize, may witness marriages, carry out funeral rites at the vigil and the grave, administer Holy Communion to the sick and dying, and perform other works of charity. Those being ordained are: Melvin Burton… Read more

June 11, 2019

From The Diocese of Albany Facebook page: The thought of priesthood could not have been further from the mind of husband, father of three, grandfather of four and former rock-band lead guitarist, Deacon Michael Melanson. After losing his wife to breast cancer in 2017, however, the future looked uncertain. Bringing his sorrow to prayer, the Holy Spirit and his 26 years of experience as a permanent deacon at Church of Immaculate Conception, Glenville, drew Deacon Melanson to thoughts of the… Read more

June 10, 2019

I thought I’d share a few pictures from yesterday, when my parish celebrated Pentecost by also celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation. (H/T to Maria Ribar for some of these great shots!) Some hardworking souls set to work decorating the church about an hour beforehand. We had about 70 confirmandi — including the mother of one of the young ladies being confirmed. It was the last hurrah for the Paschal Candle, which will now spend most of its time down by… Read more

June 10, 2019

Awful news:  A Catholic priest in Wrocław is in stable condition after reportedly being stabbed before morning Mass on Monday, Polish sources are reporting. A spokesperson with University Clinical Hospital in Wrocław told the Polish press agency PAP that the priest, Fr. Ireneusz Bakalarczyk, was recovering well from surgery that treated internal injuries in his chest and abdomen that he reportedly sustained during the June 10 stabbing. Fr. Bakalarczyk was on his was to celebrate Mass at the church of the Blessed… Read more

June 10, 2019

From The Washington Post: In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark. The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on the grounds that he had tolerated a known sexual abuser. As that letter was published, Viganò turned off his phone, told friends he was disappearing and let the church sort through the fallout. Nine months later,… Read more

June 10, 2019

H/T to Deacon John, who first posted this horrible news from Fides:  The Argentine diocese of Lomas de Zamora, under the guidance of its Bishop, Mgr. Jorge Rubén Lugones, S.J. prays for the eternal peace of permanent deacon Guillermo Luquín, pastoral reference in the Carmelite parishes of Lomas and Banfield Este, in particular in Nuestra Señora del Carmen, killed in his home. Guillermo Luquin, born on August 5, 1966, was ordained a deacon on October 19, 2002 by the then… Read more

June 10, 2019

Details:  Sex work would be broadly legalized in New York state under a first-of-its-kind bill introduced by state legislators on Monday. A group of lawmakers first called for legislation in February, but on Monday they finally came forward with a 13-page bill that would bring dramatic changes to the sex trade in the state. The bill, written with advocacy group DecrimNY, would make it legal to both buy and sell sex under certain circumstances and modifies laws around facilities that are used as… Read more

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