Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mayonnaise Sandwiches...a Fate Worse than Death

Meant to get this sent out much earlier, but the fog rolled here it is now!  God Bless!

We have had a great deal of bad news, in one form or other, over the past couple of months.

Planned Parent advocates in the United States have called those who would restrict their public funding stupid, while themselves saying brilliant things like not having them (PP) would result in mothers having to feed their children mayonnaise sandwiches and Ramen noodles at the end of the month to "fill their little bellies".   I respectfully ask PP what alternative they would rip those little bellies wide open and kill the children?  Goodness knows PP does not offer material assistance to those who have their children, instead of aborting them.

In Canada, LifeSite News is being sued by Father Raymond Gravel because they've said fairly clearly that he is not a good example of a Catholic priest.

In a National Post article  on the subject of Father Gravel, Father Thomas Rosica from Salt and Light Television weighs in in Father Gravel's defence against LifeSite, although he says he doesn't agree with him.  Father Rosica has his own ax to grind with LifeSite, who took him to task when he labelled as "Taliban Catholics" those who took issue with the flashy Catholic funeral of pro-abortion Senator Ted. Kennedy.

In that interview, Father Rosica felt compelled to mention that Father Gravel had counselled women against abortion.  It is utterly remarkable to me that Father Gravel's public record is so spotty that his counselling against abortion is worthy of mention.  Counselling against abortion is only what any faithful Catholic priest would do!

This week, Michael Voris issued a Youtube segment regarding the accusations leveled at Taliban Catholics

You know, this is not how I like the Canadian Church to show up in the media...
So I think this is official?

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies,

Our Conference has now received recognitio for all sections of the English translation of the revised Roman Missal for use in Canada. The Executive Committee, in consultation with the Permanent Council, has selected the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011, as the date for the official implementation of the English translation of the Missal. The official decree for this date has not yet been published, because our Conference is still involved in discussions with the Congregation for Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments about the exact wording of one of the requested adaptations for Canada.

These discussions with the Congregation will not in any way slow down the preparation of the English translation of the revised Missal. Both the National Liturgy Office and the CCCB Publications Department are busy preparing the new book and their work is proceeding on schedule.

As well, the English Sector National Liturgy Office is preparing to start the launching of the catechetical material it has already prepared. The resource Celebrate and Song, which contains the parts of the Mass spoken by the people, as well as three newly composed Mass settings and the ICEL chants, is now finished and will be available for distribution during the first half of April. This resource also contains the texts of Eucharistic Prayers I-IV and 40 hymns not currently found in the Catholic Book of Worship III.

Starting the first week of April, the National Liturgy Office will begin posting texts and power-point slides to be used for workshops at the local level – including workshops dealing with the theology of Eucharist, the process of translation and revision, and the history of the Eucharist.

We had not been able to proceed with the production of the DVDs with Salt and Light TV until the matter of Canadian adaptations was resolved andrecognitio received. We can now proceed with the DVDs. National Liturgy Office Director Father Bill Burke and CCCB Publications Director Dr. Glenn Byer have met with Salt and Light CEO Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. The scripts to be used are completed. Salt and Light will do filming in May and June and then, after editing and production, the two DVDs will be ready for distribution by the end of August. The first will be a two-hour presentation on the theological emphases of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The second will be an hour-long presentation with a teaching DVD on the structure of the Mass and the meaning of each part of the Mass. The National Liturgy Office will provide a packet of material including suggested workshop formats and questions for discussion at the parish level.

Finally, early in September, we will have CDs ready with a cantor singing a dozen or so of the new prefaces to assist priests who do not read music but would like to sing the prefaces.

If you have any questions or concerns about the implementation of the English translation of the revised Missal for use in Canada, or about the catechetical materials being planned for its implementation, please do not hesitate to call me.

With every good and prayerful wish on our Lenten journey, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ Our Lord,

(Rev. Msgr.) Patrick Powers, P.H.
General Secretary

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

An Airport Encounter

My heart aches for the many many good priests. Abp Timothy Dolan shares a (very well-handled, in my opinion) soul-shaking meeing he had recently, regarding the accusations of sexual abuse by priests

An Airport Encounter

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tickled Pink!

Breadgirl from Last Welsh Martyr has just passed an award to me (several months ago) .  I am thrilled and thankful!

I am now to offer this award to 15 blogs of my choosing.  Unfortunately I don't follow that many blogs!  So the ones I choose will be 

1. Ask Sister Mary Martha

2. Vivicat

3.  Mary's Anawim

4. Catholic and Enjoying It

5.What are We Waiting For?

6. According to Ruth Ann

7.  I Have to Sit Down 


Friday, March 04, 2011

A deep thought...

"Cute" is not a liturgical term.