Friday, August 26, 2016

Fatima Centennial Tour stop at Guadalupe Shrine Sept 22-23

Also got this photo from an event recently at the Shrine:
Fr. Z, Priest of the Institute of Christ the King, and Priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter. Taken at the Shrine. #Hope

A few other upcoming events:

TomorrowDay of Prayer Offered for Persecuted Christians

Also November 4th:  Meet a Daughter of a Saint!

Duluth Diocese granted extension for bankruptcy reorganization plan

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel on Thursday approved the diocese's motion to extend the deadline from Sept. 1 to March 17.
The diocese, which is facing 125 abuse claims, filed for Chapter 11 protection in November after being hit with a $4.9 million verdict last November. The judge must sign off on a plan for the diocese to repay its creditors before it can regain control of its finances.
Duluth Trib

Milwaukee nun one of two stabbed to death in Mississippi, requiescat in pace

A Wisconsin native who dedicated her life to helping poor people in rural Mississippi was one of two nuns reportedly found stabbed to death Thursday in their home in Holmes County.

Sister Margaret Held, 68, who was with the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, were found dead at their home in Durant.

Held and Merrill were nurse practitioners at the Lexington Medical Clinic, where they helped treat thousands of patients a year, regardless of their ability to pay.

“These were the two sweetest sisters you could imagine," said Father Greg Plata, who serves as priest at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Lexington. "It’s so senseless.”
continue at JS

What a terrible and senseless act of violence.  A robbery seems like a strange reason to stab someone to death, the investigation in underway at any rate.  May God reward them for their fidelity and devotion to the poor and may more women follow them in service to the poor. Prayers for them and all our sisters.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Now That Old Comments About Abortion Are Fair Game, Here's Russ Feingold Endorsing Infanticide

In their quest to review and scrutinize every word a young Rebecca Bradley wrote while in college, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel went big with a headline "In college, Bradley likened abortion to Holocaust, slavery."
Now that we know that Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editors and reporters are really interested in the abortion views of prominent Wisconsin politicians from the 1990's, perhaps they'll get around to posting big headlines about former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold endorsing the right to infanticide.

On September 26, 1996, Senator Russ Feingold was asked by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum if the right to an abortion still existed even if a baby were partially or fully delivered. Here is the exchange.
continue at Right Wisconsin

Let us not forget that this same infanticide advocate was a paid professor at one Wisconsin Catholic college.

Grand opening for Holy Name Heights/Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center

MADISON -- “We have much to celebrate today,” said Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison. “We’re just beginning.”

He spoke those words at the start of a Votive Mass of the Most Holy Name of Jesus on August 18 -- the day of the grand opening of the Holy Name Heights/Bishop O’Connor Catholic Center in Madison.

Later in his homily, Bishop Morlino said the day was a “cementing of old friendships and the beginning of new ones” and he remarked on the “power” of the building now being called Holy Name Heights.

“The name of Jesus means power, means healing, means reverence,” Bishop Morlino said. “We, today, in this building, have a new kind of power in our witness to the world. We will, in so many ways, be in a much better position to use this building to proclaim the Gospel.”
continue at MadCatHerald 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“The closure of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute is a clear indication that God is hearing our prayers,” - Bp David Ricken

ALLOUEZ — Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is permanently closing its abortion facility in Appleton (town of Grand Chute). The facility had stopped performing abortions last fall, due to lack of personnel. Various news outlets noted that Planned Parenthood was unable to find an abortionist.

The closing of the Grand Chute site came due to costs to update security. Several news outlets quoted Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s chief operating officer Chris Williams as saying that security upgrades to the Appleton site would cost an estimated $300,000, twice the value of the site.

In 2014, “Appleton North Health Clinic” performed almost 600 abortions.

“The closure of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute is a clear indication that God is hearing our prayers,” Bishop David Ricken told The Compass on Aug. 23.

He noted that the closure happened Aug. 22, the memorial of the Queenship of Mary, adding that this is “the title (Mary) gave when appearing in Champion,” where the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is located.
continue at The Compass 

A walk-through of Chicago's long vacant St. Boniface Church, some stunning and sad photos

Despite the recent issuing of a demolition permit, a deal is still in the works

Residents of the East Village and Noble Square neighborhoods are very familiar with St. Boniface Church and its long struggle to find a new use. The old cathedral, designed by Henry Schlacks and constructed between 1902 and 1904, was shuttered in 1990 and has remained vacant since. The church has been the subject of many community meetings over the years and many different proposals for adaptive reuse. However, it has also been left to decay over the years and there have also been a couple of tense moments where the future of the church seemed uncertain.
continue at Curbed Chicago

HT St John Cantius

Could we hear this from the pulpit please?!? Have Lots Of Children. It’s Good For The Planet

Sean & Rachel Duffy and their 8 children know what's good for the planet
The problem with environmentalists isn’t merely that they have destructive ideas about the economy, but that so many of them embrace repulsive ideas about human beings.

Take this recent NPR piece that asks: “Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?” If you want to learn about how environmentalism has already affected people in society, read about the couple pondering “the ethics of procreation and its impact on the climate” before starting a family or the group of women in a prosperous New Hampshire town swapping stories about how the “the climate crisis is a reproductive crisis.” [embarrassing, considering the long history of failure by over population fear mongers]

There are, no doubt, many good reasons a person might have for not wanting children. But, certainly, it’s tragic that some gullible Americans who have the means and emotional bandwidth — and perhaps a genuine desire — to be parents avoid having kids because of a quasi-religious belief in apocalyptic climate change and overpopulation.

Then again, maybe this is just Darwinism working its magic.
continue at The Federalist

HT Vicki

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SupCH: FOCUS missionaries heading to college campuses

Dan Tracy takes a lot of selfies. It’s a virtue for a campus missionary who spends much of his time hanging out with students.

Tracy works with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a nationwide campus ministry that has attracted two Superior residents to its mission.

Both parishioners of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Tracy and Arne Nyeck are embarking on a year of missionary work on Minnesota campuses starting this fall.

Tracy returns to Saint John’s University in Collegeville for his second year with FOCUS, while Nyeck begins his inaugural missionary year at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
continue at SupCH 

La Crosse Men's Conference set for October 22 in Marshfield; featuring Tim Staples and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

This is our 2nd annual Catholic men's conference! Come enjoy dynamic speakers, Mass with Bishop Callahan, confession, and fellowship with other men looking to flame the fire of faith!

Speakers include
  • Tim Staples
  • Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
  • Chris Padgett
Lunch is included. It will be very delicious like last year's thanks to Fr. Berns.

8am - Registration begins
9am - Conference begins
4pm - Closing Mass with Bishop Callahan

10:00am to 3:00pm - Confession
8:30am  to 3:30pm - Adoration
Men of the Cross

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher both self reporting they were fired by NCRegister

I'm just posting it happened, nothing more.  I indeed will pray for both of them, and to be clear I'm not being facetious or exercising schadenfreude.  I have Simcha's book; admittedly have not started yet.  I enjoyed Mark at Argument of the Month.  It's pretty clear he wrote poorly recently on a pro-life topic, one that needed more research to say the least(it happens), and that seems to have lead to a review on NCReg's part.  That said, one might be surprised to find out who's books he has ghostwritten.  Remember Pat Archbold got axed as well so NCReg proves the pendulum swings both ways.

Although I've disagreed with both in the past plenty of times(I primarily follow the news of the north anyway), I don't hesitate to pray for either and you should also.

Mark's blog:
Some of You May Be Surprised to Learn that I Have a Temper

Or not.

At any rate, it’s a frequent issue at confession for me and it gets me in trouble as, for instance, when I lose a writing gig at the National Catholic Register, a periodical that has shown me nothing but kindness for over a decade. I’m grateful to them for those years and I wish them well.
Not approving inappropriate comments.

Update: Also seeing posts that John Paul Shimek was fired as well but no sources yet.

Shawano WI woman enters FSCC convent this month

Megan Kugel’s earliest memory of her current plans were at the age of 7 when she went up to a nun at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano.

“I can remember walking up to her and saying ‘I think I’ve been called,’” Kugel said.

The nun told her to just keep listening, which is what Kugel has been doing for the last 17 years.

After graduating from Shawano Community High School, she earned an associate degree in video and motion graphics from Madison Media Institute. In May, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in corporate health communications.
continue at The Shawano Leader

Congrats and prayers for Megan!