September 11, 2014

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. Edward Cardinal Egan, presider. Vested concelebrants: Fr. John Felice, OFM, provincial minister, Holy Name Province; Fr. Peter Brophy, OFM, pastor; Fr. Myles Murphy, St. Gabriel… Read more

September 10, 2014

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 to “walk on water!” And, thanks to our guardian angels, we did not fall in! Mountain Gear RetailPictured L-R: Sr. Christiana Marie, Sr. Mary Joanna and… Read more

September 8, 2014

  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 Vatican. In a note, the apostolic Almoner recalls that the Alms-giving office is tasked with carrying out “works of charity for the poor in the name… Read more

September 4, 2014

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 rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing… Read more

August 29, 2014

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.  This is a man that is deeply troubled by the silence. Read more

August 22, 2014

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 receiving increasing financial support from donors asking whether their donations will go directly to support ALS research. We want to ensure people that any donation… Read more

August 16, 2014

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 the JPII Medical Research Institute: Capital Campaign The John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI) is excited to kick off 2014 with a One Million Dollar… Read more

August 14, 2014

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 the with ALS Ice Bucket challenge is that the ALS Association is a supporter of embryonic stem cell research. The American Life League website has… Read more

April 30, 2014

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 in Charlotte.  The homily was delivered by Michael’s pastor, Fr. Timothy Reid and is well worth a watch below.  I grieve for the Kitson family,… Read more

March 9, 2014

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 looking on, how could I say now.  I wasn’t really sure they could do it.  In FIFTEEN minutes they had the cash on hand, and… Read more

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