Friday, September 23, 2016

Fanatic Friday: Election Theme Song edition

Ugh. My mountain of work (some for Germans, some Frenchmen, some for other overlords) has ominously been reflected in the rising flood waters of the area.  I've got a roundup started somewhere.

Speaking election, AOTM Smoker Alert!  Even if I don't post for two more weeks I think I'll have to see Alan Keyes.

This modern take on a Gen X classic cheered me up.  This could be SMOD's theme song.

FSCC & Poor Clares silent discernment retreat in Sauk Rapids MN Oct 8th

Email from the sisters(thank you for the kind words!):
Matt, thanks for highlighting us on Badger Catholic! We are thrilled by your support. Retreat went well.

Now we are looking at a collaborative event with the Poor Clares in Sauk Rapids, MN.

Know of our prayers for all that you do for the new evangelization!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bishop of St. Cloud responds to mall terrorist attack

Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news. My prayers this week have been for the victims of this violence and their families. I’m very thankful for the brave work of the first responders who risked their own lives to save others.

At the same time, I have been praying for peace and healing in our community in the aftermath of this attack. I am especially concerned that our Somali-Muslim brothers and sisters face harassment because of the actions committed by an individual from their community — actions that Somali leaders have publicly condemned as against their faith. We need to stand with them at this time. This is why I have been reflecting on the Golden Rule and Jesus’ teachings about mercy, loving our neighbor and everyone’s sacred human dignity as children of God.

As a priest and bishop, an important part of my ministry is to bring unity between people and God as well as strive to unite people in the community. Since arriving in the diocese three years ago, I have worked to foster peace and unity among our faith communities. A year and a half ago, a number of religious leaders in the St. Cloud area — Christian, Muslim and others — began meeting regularly to explore ways we could learn from one another and support each other. In addition to regular meetings, our Greater St. Cloud Area Faith Leaders group has organized an annual picnic where we continue to build relationships through conversation and sharing a meal. I have visited at other times as well with our local Somali-Muslim leaders.
continue at St Cloud Visitor

Friday, September 16, 2016

Doors Open Milwaukee Shares 10+ Catholic Sites to the Public, September 17 & 18

It's that time of the year again...time for Doors Open Milwaukee! I'm cramming on other projects right now, along with making my plans to attend both days of Doors Open. To be brief, below is a list of the eleven Catholic sites that I am aware will be open beyond regular Mass times this weekend. The links will take you to an information page on each site, including the hours that each of them will be open this weekend.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Light posting

For all five of us still following along at home, I'll try to pick up posting again next week.  The BC has many pots in the fire.  We need a bigger fire!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fanatic Friday: Buy A Priest A Beer Day Edition

Song for this post here:

More: Catholic Gent

Note: I have lots of half written blog posts(I'm lookin at you St Cecilias!). I never finish on time, but I always finish strong ....[with a drink!]

There is no greater force against evil in the world

From a LifeSite interview:
LSN: An Italian exorcist, Father Sante Babolin, said recently that during an exorcism, the evil spirit that was tormenting the wife of one of his friends said to him: “I cannot bear that they love each other.” Is this not a message that married couples should meditate?
CB: Absolutely. There is no greater force against evil in the world than the love of a man and woman in marriage. After the Holy Eucharist, it has a power beyond anything that we can imagine....Surely it is true that whenever a couple has entered into marriage with all their mind and heart, the devil's going to be at work to try to spoil that home, because that home is a cradle of grace, where grace is received not only for the couple but for the children and for everyone who knows the family." -  Cardinal Burke

HT CatholicVote

Thursday, September 8, 2016

FSCC offers discernment retreat in Manitowoc Sept 16-18

Sister Anne Marie Lom leads this September 16-18, 2016 retreat that includes contemplating what was important to St. Francis, especially his relationship with God and others. Includes time for prayer and reflection, as well as joining us in a Beach Sweep for ‘Sister Water’ at Lake Michigan. Call or text Sister Julie Ann 920-323-9632.

Retired GB flasher priest found guilty, faces up to 7 years in jail

GREEN BAY - A retired Catholic priest faces up to seven years in prison for exposing himself to a teenager under a plea agreement he accepted Friday.

Brown County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Hinkfuss found Rev. Richard Thomas, 78, guilty on two felony counts of exposing his genitals to a 16-year-old boy over four days in mid-March.

Two additional counts of exposing himself to a child were dismissed as part of the plea agreement

Each felony charge carries a maximum sentence of three-and-a-half years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
continue at GBPG

Also, The Compass: Retired priest found guilty of 2 counts of sexual misconduct


New State Farm commercial with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Mathews is fantastic

I know we are getting a bit footbally here(and I've got several of your emails to follow up on), but, well just watch.

Green Bay Packers backup center pens article on how football strengthened his faith

Photo via GBP
One NFL rookie is quietly using his new position to encourage others in the Christian faith. Green Bay Packers center Jacob Flores recently wrote an article explaining “3 Ways the NFL Taught Me To Deepen My Faith.”

Flores graduated in the spring from Dartmouth College and “started every game over the last three years, spending his sophomore and junior seasons at left tackle and his senior season at center…[and] In 2015, he was a co-recipient of the Alan Hewitt ’34 and Robert Hewitt ’40 Award, presented to the varsity player who best epitomizes athletic performance with academic achievement.”

His athletic ability paved the way for quarterback Dalyn Williams to set new Dartmouth records and Flores was chosen to be a suitable backup for the Green Bay Packers, eventually being tapped to protect the Packers’ most valuable player, Aaron Rodgers.

He graduated with a Religion major and participated in a FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) mission trip over spring break, where, among other service projects, he played American football with children in Ecuador.
continue at Aleteia

FYI, Flores got put on the IR but I haven't seen what the injury was.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bp Morlino goes ad orientem: "I say this a few other places I'll have to take both my hats off and duck."

via Father Z

I transcribed parts of the audio, from a homily delivered at the Madison Cathedral parish.  I love his candor.  My emphasis

[Bishop Morlino] I'm planning for us, in accord with the mind of God.  My schedule has been and continues to be very busy.  I won't be here much between now and October and even after that somewhat.  But, please God, in October I will start to offer this Mass here at St Patrick's on Sunday morning when I am here ad orientem.  Ad orientem.

Now of course this congregation is unlike practically any other in the diocese because when I say that  A) you know what I mean  B) and this is the unbelievable part, you smile and you nod your head at me.  I say this a few other places I'll have to take both my hats off and duck.  But, Cardinal Sarah and Cardinal Burke for years, and Pope Benedict XVI have made the point over and over again that according to God's mind that His plan is that at the end of history He will come from the East like the rising sun, as we see in the Magnificat, as we see in the psalms, as we see in the scriptures.  God's plan is at the end of history He will come from the East from the rising sun.  And when the priest stands together with the congregation, not with his back toward them , that's not the point.the point is that the priest stands together with the congregation and he faces symbolically at least the East.  We become a mighty army marching toward the place of the rising sun to meet the Lord lead by the priest.  That's who we really are.

Now no general has ever lead his troops by facing them and walking backward.    And if he's built like me, it would be particularity not pretty when he trips.  What general would lead his troops that way?

It's what was intended really by the Second Vatican council in its documents.  [point out the well known directions in the rubrics noted in the missal]

I'm not going to force any other priest to do anything.  I don't want them angry saying Mass.  That darn bishop.  They shouldn't be thinking that during Mass if I can help it.

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