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Monday, February 14, 2011

Feast of St. Valentine, February 14


According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February." One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

Legends vary on how the martyr's name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Twist and Shout" - The Original Version

Did you know that the Beatles started their career singing in Latin? Me neither...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Latin is the Key To Success

No! Really!

Catholics Are HILARIOUS!

A joke about the (supposed) rivalry between the Dominicans and the Jesuits from the blog, The Hermeneutic of Continuity:

"The Dominicans were founded by St Dominic to fight the heresy of Albigensianism. The Jesuits were founded by St Ignatius Loyola to fight Protestantism... So when did you last meet an Albigensian? "

Well I don't know. Fr. Hardon says:

"The Albigenses followed Manichaean dualism in its attempt to solve the problem of evil. They asserted the co-existence of two ultimate principles, a good deity (the God of the New Testament) who created Spirit and Light, and a bad deity (the God of the Old Testament) who created Matter and Darkness. Accordingly, they condemned marriage and the procreation of children as demoniac. Yet concubinage was tolerated as less permanent than matrimony; and desertion of husband or wife was called praiseworthy."

Maybe they are not so scarce on the ground as supposed...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Which are You?

From this site:

Come Back, Lutherans!

It was all a misunderstanding! Martin Luther thought we were selling indulgences but we weren't! We were selling CONDOLENCES!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Why Nobody Reads the New York TImes Anymore

The NYT asserts:

"The Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, is the oldest and largest Islamist movement in the world, with affiliates in nearly every Muslim country and adherents in Europe and the United States. Its size and diversity, and the decades-old legal ban that has kept it from genuine political power in Egypt, make it difficult to sum up simply. As the Roman Catholic Church encompasses leftist liberation theology and conservative anti-abortion advocacy, so the Brotherhood includes both practical reformers and firebrand ideologues."

Think of the Muslim Brotherhood as a kind of Knights of Columbus. I wonder if they do fish frys? Andrew McCarthy thinks differently.

Super Bowl Fun Fact

The Bishop of Pittsburg, H.E. David Zubick, is the former Bishop of Green Bay.

Feast of St. Blaise, February 3

Per intercessionem Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris,
liberet te Deus a malo gutturis, et a quolibet alio malo.
In nomine Patris, et Filii +, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr,
may God free you from illness of the throat and from any other sort of ill.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I Love This!

At Wednesday's General Audience, a kid decided to just...well, meet the Pope.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Feast of St. Brigid, February 1

Fun facts!

What Is It With Substitute Priests?

The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago at St. Joe's. Luckily, our parishioners knew better than these guys... A letter submitted to Father Z's blog:

"At Mass yesterday morning, the substitute priest forgot to show up. Several members of the congregation took it upon themselves to have a “Communion Service” with all the readings, etc. One of the EMHCs opened the Tabernacle and got the Consecrated Hosts out and proceeded to distribute them, along with another EMHC.

QUESTION: Are EMHCs allowed to open the Tabernacle and distribute
Consecrated Hosts when no priest or deacon is present?"

I loved Father Z's response:

"I think your diocesan bishop would like the chance to answer that question.

Ask him."

The Religion of Peace

WLOS ABC 13 News :: Top Stories - Mountain Church Brawl

Hey, wait a second...they're not Muslims!