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Monday, June 30, 2014

Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi, Issues an Apology

Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi, issued an "apology" for "misspeaking" about the definition of her favorite word, Word. "I was confused by the pressure of thinking of my favorite word. I remember hearing about it when I was a Catholic, but I have to admit I didn't understand it then and I sure don't understand it now. I have had discussions with several of my fellow Noted Theologians, like Dick Durbin, Kathy Sebilius, and Madonna. We all agree that the BIRD is the WORD!"

What is the Frequency, Kenneth?

I don't know what the frequency is, but thanks to noted theologian Nancy Pelosi, I know what the word is...

 “They ask me all the time. What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that?” she said, “and one time, what is your favorite word? And I said, ‘My favorite word. That is really easy. My favorite word is The Word, is the Word.’ And that is everything; it says it all for us.”
Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi.

 And that Word," Pelosi said, "is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn't it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.

"Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: 'The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.' And that's the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we're prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up."

Thanks for clearing that up. I would have thought the word might be Jesus, you know, like in "The Word was made flesh.". I had no idea it had to do with public policy

"It covers everything. The Word. Fill it in with anything you want," she told the Catholic Community Conference last month in Washington. In remarks reported by, and confirmed by her staff, Pelosi, a Catholic, explained how those religious views help guide her public policy.
"They ask me all the time. What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that?" she said, "and one time, what is your favorite word? And I said, 'My favorite word. That is really easy. My favorite word is The Word, is the Word.' And that is everything; it says it all for us."
She continued how "we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be keeping with the values of The Word." Her voice growing soft, Pelosi asked, "Isn't it a beautiful word when you think of it?"
Pelosi quotes the Bible, "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."
What that means, she says, is "the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So we have to make sure we're prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up."
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Nancy Pelosi's favorite word is The Word.
Nancy Pelosi's favorite word is The Word.
Nancy Pelosi's favorite word is The Word.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"And Stop Covering Yourself With Banana Leaves and Mud!"

Thank you, Cardinal Tagle! This is a pet peeve of mine...

Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila has told his priests that they should not say "Good morning" to their congregation as they begin Mass.
Cardinal Tagle said that the everyday greeting is a distraction, failing to convey the solemn joy of the Eucharistic assembly.
"Is not the expression, 'The Lord be with you,' more than enough?" the cardinal asked.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's Happening in the Philippines on the Feast of St. John the Baptist?

The Feast of St. John the Baptist was yesterday (June 24), and how do the Philippines celebrate. By covering themselves in mud and banana leaves.

From the UK Independent:

The Feast Day of St John the Baptist is celebrated in the Philippines every year. In the village of Bibiclat in Nueva Ecija province, people transform themselves into "taong putik" (mud people) by covering themselves in mud and wearing costumes made from dried banana leaves. This tradition represents the way John the Baptist disguised himself when he baptised Jesus Christ. Hundreds of devotees perform the annual rites in the hopes of receiving blessings and having bountiful harvest in their farming which coincides with the feast day of their patron saint.

Meanwhile, in Spain the celebration begins the night before the Feast of St. John the Baptist ...

The Sant Joan festival has many names, but in Catalonia and Barcelona it is most often called the "Nit de Sant Joan" which means St John's Night or St. John's Eve. You also often hear it called "La revetlla de Sant Joan" in Catalan or in Spanish "Verbenas de Sant Joan." And even just  "Nit de Foc" -  night of fire which describe Sant Joan perfectly.  All these names refer to the same event - the festival feast of Saint John the Baptist which celebrates the solstice Spanish midsummers eve during the evening and night of 23rd June every year. 
Celebrants form a human tower during the Sant Joan festival in Valls, Spain.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What Would Fit in St. Peter's Basilica?

 From CatholicVote....

First, the dimensions we are talking about:

Interior length:     693.8 ft.
Interior width at transept:     451 ft.
Interior width of nave:     90.2 ft.
Interior height of dome:     393 ft.

What fits:

Statue of Liberty, including the pedestal   
Space shuttle, including exterior fuel tanks

Cinderella's Castle    

Friday, June 20, 2014

Islamic Outreach, Part XLV

From a previous post:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joked and embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel where Francis lives and later in the Vatican gardens, where they joined Francis in presiding over a sunset invocation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers.


A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip was intercepted on Thursday night by an Iron Dome battery deployed in the Ashkelon area.

Since the start of Operation Brother's Keeper last week following the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion by Hamas terrorists, three rockets fired from Gaza toward Ashkelon have been shot down by the Iron Dome.

As Operation Brother's Keeper has progressed in Judea and Samaria, the Israel Defense Forces has also been keeping its eye on other sectors, including Gaza and Israel's northern borders. The Israeli Air Force has responded forcefully to rocket fire from Gaza several times over the past week, including on Thursday night, when IAF aircraft targeted three concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza, a terror activity center in central Gaza and a weapons storage site in southern Gaza.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

An Illinois Saint?

There are three Catholic saints born in what is now the United States. Kateri Tekakwitha was a Mohawk Indian who preceded the founding of the United States. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York, but was a subject of the Queen. Katherine Drexel was born in  Philadelphia.

Now this news about Bishop Fulton Sheen:

A Vatican-appointed panel of theologians has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, moving the renowned American preacher closer to beatification.
The Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced that the Vatican experts had verified the authenticity of the miracle, which involved the revival of an infant who had appeared to be stillborn. In March, a panel of physicians had found that there was no medical explanation for the child's recovery.
The miracle still requires formal approval from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. If Pope Francis then authorizes the release of a decree certifying the miracle, all requirements would be fulfilled for the beatification of Archbishop Sheen.
Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, the home town of Archbishop Sheen, said that there is "no timeline" for the final Vatican approval of the miracle, or the scheduling of a beatification ceremony. The beatification would be held in Peoria, he said. 

Bishop Sheen was born in El Paso, Illinois. Wikipedia reports that :

 In August 1975, the city became the last locality in the contiguous United States to convert its telephone service from manual switching; prior to that time, telephones in the city could not be dialed directly from any outside location, the assistance of an operator being necessary to place the call, and local telephone numbers consisted of four digits

Bad News For the Archbishop of San Francisco

From the Eye of the Tiber:

Pelosi Excommunicates Cordileone

Archbishop Cordileone

Washington, DC––In an astonishing move today, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and Mouthpiece of God in the United States Nancy Pelosi has excommunicated San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
The move comes just a day after Pelosi sent Cordileone a letter asking him not to attend the National Organization for Marriage march in Washington D.C., calling the event “venom masquerading as virtue.” In response to the letter, Cordileone issued a response saying that the March for Marriage “is not anti-LGBT, but rather, it is a pro-marriage march.”
The letter of excommunication begins with Pelosi regretfully informing the San Francisco bishop that, due to actions displaying disdain and hate towards LGBT persons, “I, Nancy Pelosi, Mouthpiece of God Almighty, Secretary of Defense Against Bigotry, Director of the Office of Tolerance, and Ambassador to the Alpha and the Omega, hereby impose a ferendae sententiae, excommunicating you from my Catholic Church. I ask you to ‘evolve’ and to mend your bigot ways.”
Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi

“We separate him, together with his accomplices and abettors, from the precious Body and Blood of the Lord and from the society of all Christian people,” Pelosi told EOTT as she stroked the point of her long red tail. “We exclude him from our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth; we declare him excommunicate and anathema; we judge him damned, with the Devil and his angels, to eternal fire until he shall recover himself from the toils of the Devil and return to amendment and to penitence. So be it!”
At press time, Pelosi’s uncle, Screwtape, is very proud of her.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance Like Salome?

From the New York Post:

 STONE PARK, Ill. — A convent of nuns in suburban Chicago has filed a lawsuit against a neighborhood strip club they say plays throbbing music while the nuns try to pray.
The Sisters of St. Charles named Club Allure Chicago and the village of Stone Park in their lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. They claim the club violates Illinois zoning laws, which require a 1,000-foot buffer between adult entertainment facilities and places of worship.
The sisters' property in Melrose Park includes three chapels. The strip club opened in the neighboring village of Stone Park in September.
The sisters have seen "public violence, drunkenness and litter, including empty whiskey and beer bottles, discarded contraceptive packages and products and even used condoms," according to the lawsuit, which also mentions the "pulsating and rhythmic staccato-beat noise and flashing neon and or strobe lights" that disturb the nuns.

While the Bible says, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," the manager of the club said the nuns are not being very neighborly.
"We spent an awful lot of money to make sure that this kind of thing would not occur," Club Allure manager Robert Itzkow told WMAQ-TV. "The whole thing is just a question of 'we don't like you; you don't conform to our religious beliefs.'"

 Itzkow said the club's dancers "aren't monsters. They're daughters; they're mothers, and some of them are Catholics too."

Stripping Catholics? Who's ever heard of such a thing? Oh. Right.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Brother the Father

A remarkable story about two small towns in Michigan, Fowler and Westphalia:

FOWLER, Mich. — Aside for the mole grazing his right eyebrow, it is difficult to distinguish Gary Koenigsknecht from his identical twin, Todd, four minutes the elder.
Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with their ordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year.

They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family or geography: they are among six priests in their extended family, and among 22 from their hometown, Fowler, Mich., population 1,224. They officially tie up the leader board with the neighboring village of Westphalia, population 938, which has also produced 22 priests, making for a robust rivalry in both football and Roman collars.

Read the whole thing.

Not a Fair Fight

As you remember, noted theologian Nancy Pelosi had this to say to Archbishop Cordileone:

"We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Pelosi wrote to Cordileone, who, as head of the 560,000-member Archdiocese of San Francisco, has become the Catholic bishops' point man against gay marriage. She urged him to abandon an event in which some of the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."

The Archbishop responded:

 The March for Marriage is not “anti-LGBT” (as some have described it); it is not anti-anyone or anti-anything. Rather, it is a pro-marriage March. The latter does not imply the former. Rather, it affirms the great good of bringing the two halves of humanity together so that a man and a woman may bond with each other and with any children who come from their union. This is precisely the vision promoted by Pope Francis, who recently said, “We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and mother.” Rest assured that if the point of this event were to single out a group of individuals and target them for hatred, I most certainly would not be there.

How does that make you feel, noted theologian Nancy Pelosi?
Noted Theologian Nancy Pelosi

Monday, June 16, 2014

Our Vacation Bible School is Coming Up - This Year's Theme "Let's Burn the Heretics"

Just kidding.


10) Let’s Burn Heretics!

9) How to Write Like a National Catholic Reporter Columnist

8) So You Think You Can Dance Like Salome?

7) The Theology Of Nancy Pelosi/Joe Biden

6) Jezebel, Delilah and Other Noble Women of the OT

5) MMA Cage Match Training

4) Sacramental Wine Tasting

3) It’s Armageddon Time!

2) Sharing Our Faith Through Passive-Aggressive Outrage

1 and 2 might be redundant.

Load Canon 915, and Fire At Will!

A memorandum of the Congregation of for the Doctrine of the Church on "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion", signed by its Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and published in July 2004, declared that, if a Catholic politician's formal cooperation in "the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia" becomes manifest by "consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws", the politician's pastor is obliged to instruct the politician about the Church's teaching and inform him that he should not present himself for Holy Communion as long as the objective situation of sin (regardless of whether subjective guilt exists or is absent) persists, warning him that, if he does present himself in those circumstances, he will be refused. As in the case of divorced and remarried Catholics, if these precautionary measures fail to obtain the desired effect or are impossible, "and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, 'the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it'".

Canon 915, one of the canons of the current Code of Canon Law, forbids the administration of Holy Communion to those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared or who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin:

Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.

Speaking of which....

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as "venom masquerading as virtue." 

 "We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Pelosi wrote to Cordileone, who, as head of the 560,000-member Archdiocese of San Francisco, has become the Catholic bishops' point man against gay marriage. She urged him to abandon an event in which some of the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."

Friday, June 13, 2014

Islamic Outreach, Part XLIV

June 8th news...

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joked and embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel where Francis lives and later in the Vatican gardens, where they joined Francis in presiding over a sunset invocation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers.

 Senior security officials have informed US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro that one of three teenagers missing in the West Bank has American citizenship. The ambassador was notified after defense officials met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Friday to discuss the security situation in light of the possible abduction.
The Shin Bet and the IDF's Central Command are treating the teens' disappearance as a terrorist kidnapping, given that, among other things, their cell phones stopped broadcasting GPS signals from the location where they were last seen.
In recent weeks, the Shin Bet uncovered several attempts by terror cells to kidnap Israeli soldiers or civilians in order to use them as a bargaining chip to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Islamic Outreach, Part XLIII

From an earlier post on this blog:

Pope Francis spoke to the diplomatic corps and amongst other things, said, "Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam."

Meanwhile....from Jihad Watch:

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, said in February: “We Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad are fighting Christians wherever we meet them.” Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad is the actual name of Boko Haram: the Congregation of the People of the Sunnah for Dawah and Jihad.
“Nigeria: 8 Christians killed and church in flames,” AGI, June 12, 2014 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

(AGI) – Abuja, 11 June – Armed men killed at least 8 Christians in their attack on a church in the central state of Plateau, and afterwards set the church on fire. The police made their statement, saying that for now they have not assigned the blame for the action, even though the MO and the aims of the attack lead to presuming it was the work by the Boko Haram Islamic Fundamentalists, who have killed thousands of people since 2009. (AGI) .

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Funny...He Doesn't LOOK Italian....

There's quite a tempest brewing over an advertisement playing in Italy. The advertisement shows the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

 From Catholic Culture:

The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro is “deeply offended” by an Italian television network’s advertisement for World Cup coverage, which included an image of the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue wearing the jersey of the Italian national team.
The digitally altered image of the statue that was broadcast by the Rai network was an insult to the faith and to the city, the Brazilian archdiocese said. Church officials threatened to take legal action against the broadcaster. 

Personally I think that if Jesus had in fact played for the Italian National team, the three times he fell during the Stations of the Cross would have been fake dives.

Senator Dick Durbin...Satanist

What do Senator Dick Durbin (and "catholic") have in common with Satan worshipers? The both are A-OK with abortion and gay marriage!

DETROIT, MI, June 10, 2014 ( – Whenever the American people try to curtail abortion or maintain marriage laws, the followers of Satan will be there to fight back, promises the national spokesman for the Satanic Temple.
“Lucien Greaves” told Detroit's Metro Times that he would like to help women avoid complying with pro-life laws by saying abortion restrictions violate their Satanic religious beliefs. He added that gay “marriage” is a Satanic “sacrament.”

Our Senator says:

"I urge you to vote for Marriage Equality in Illinois so that our state can be part of the emerging national consensus on this issue of justice."


Throughout my 20 years as an elected official, I have strived to be a leader in the fight to protect women’s rights. In addition to preserving women’s reproductive rights, I have fought cuts in family planning funding and supported the coverage of contraceptives in health insurance programs.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Thngs That Make Me Scream, "NOOOOOOOOOO!"

Headlines like this one from the Washington Post:

Transgendered priest to give sermon at Washington National Cathedral

Luckily, she's Episcopalian.

Friday, June 06, 2014

We're Number ONE (sorta)

If you count the Protestants.

From the Washington Post:

Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States; more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. A little more than half of us identify as Protestants, about 23 percent as Catholic and about  2 percent as Mormon.

 But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and Delaware, and there are more practitioners of the Baha’i faith in South Carolina than anyone else.


What if we just look at the total of adherents by group? It becomes a Catholic country, at least to a large, blue extent.


To You O LORD, I Lift Up My Soul

do not let me be disgraced;
 do not let my enemies gloat over me. (Psalm 25)

And they won't gloat over you after you get finished using your M1868 Papal States Remington!

GENERALLY:   This early Remington Rolling Block is a copy of Remington’s M1867 which was built under license by both Wesley Richards in Birmingham, England and by Emile & Leon Nagant in Liege, Belgium.  It is very close in both dimensions and cartridge to the M1867 Swedish Remington and M1867 Norwegian Remington Rolling blocks.  It was made in small quantities for the Papal States (the Vatican, which was autonomous at the time) prior to their absorption into Italy and Italian unification in 1870 after the defeat of the Vatican forces in the battle at Porta Pia in Rome.  Many of the captured rifles were re-issued to the Italian Army and later, after the widespread fielding of the M1870 Vetterli, most were issued to Italian allies in North Africa, accounting for the scarcity of these rifles. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Seventy Years Ago Today...

The liberation of Rome!

The More I Know, The More I Know How Little I Know

Father Z placed this video on his blog, and I started to watch it. I noticed that all the girls in the choir had their heads covered. I had never heard of the Fraternity of St. Peter. Watch the video...

From their website:

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world.  The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold:  first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.
The Fraternity was founded on July 18, 1988 at the Abbey of Hauterive (Switzerland) by a dozen priests and a score of seminarians.  Shortly after the Fraternity’s foundation and following upon a request by Cardinal Ratzinger, Bishop Joseph Stimpfle of Augsburg, Germany granted the Fraternity a home in Wigratzbad, a Marian shrine in Bavaria that now lodges the Fraternity’s European seminary. In the same month of October there arrived a handful of priests and some thirty seminarians ready to start "from scratch".  There are currently almost 200 priests and 110 seminarians in the Fraternity.

 The Fraternity of St. Peter currently operates two international houses of formation: the original formation house in Wigratzbad, Germany (diocese of Augsburg), and the other in Denton, Nebraska, U.S.A. (diocese of Lincoln).  The Fraternity has organized its seminary training in accordance with the Church’s norms on priestly formation, including a year of more intense spiritual preparation before entering the cycles of philosophy and theology.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Altar Boy 2.0!

From The Crescat:

 From Johnny Rotten to Johnny Reverent in One Easy Step

Does your son fidget and act unruly during mass? Or does he get bored and sit there like a listless lump zoning out?

Do you wish he’d be more attentive, prayerful, or respectful and listen to the homily for stinkin’ once?!?
Now you too can have a new improved, wonderfully well behaved son accompanying you to mass each week with Altar Boy 2.0*! 

 *Altar Boy 1.0 included the use of girls and proved ineffective.

Shut Up, I Explained

I wish our Bishops and other Church leaders would just stay out of politics and public issues.

From Catholic Culture:

In a May 29 letter, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called upon the Environmental Protection Agency “to develop standards to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants and thereby mitigate climate change.”
On June 2, the agency issued regulations intended to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% over the next 16 years. 
Archbishop Wenski

“The USCCB recognizes the importance of finding means to reduce carbon pollution,” said Archbishop Wenski. “These standards should protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities, from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change.” 

 “The best evidence indicates that power plants are the largest stationary source of carbon emissions in the United States, and a major contributor to climate change,” he added. “Power plants have often been located near low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Air pollution from these plants contributes to respiratory problems, especially in the young and the elderly.” 

Where to start? Should we start with the assumption that American power plants are a "major contributor to climate change"? Or with the idea that power plant builders look to find poor people of color neighborhoods in which to build? Do poor people breathe more air than rich people? And even if it works (it won't), how will those easy-breathing poor people feel about this (from the Chamber of Commerce):

The analysis found that EPA’s potential new carbon regulations would:
                -Lower U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $51 billion on average every year through 2030
                -Lead to 224,000 fewer U.S. jobs on average every year through 2030
                -Force U.S. consumers to pay $289 billion more for electricity through 2030
                -Lower total disposable income for U.S. households by $586 billion through 2030

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Trouble with Jesuits, Part 20

A man walked up to a Franciscan and Jesuit and asked, "How many novenas must you say to get a Mercedes Benz?"

The Franciscan asked, "What's a Mercedes Benz?"

The Jesuit asked, "What's a novena?"

HA! That's FUNNY! Don't you agree, Gitmo Taliban Guys?

The Doubting Thomas Feast of St. Bodfan, June 2

All it says on Catholic Online is this:

Patron saint of Ahern, in Gwynredd, Wales. He saw the formation of Beaumaris Bay in a natural inundation and became a religious. 

Wikpedia says:

He was the son of Helig ap Glanawg and died in the 7th century. Supposedly, he saw his family's land inundated by the sea and became a religious.

And what does the footnote say about the source for this information?

St. Bodfan  from Catholic online retrieved 8 June 2013.

Be that as it may, there's a really neat little church called St. Mary and St. Bodfan Church   which dates back to the 13th century. It is located in Llanaber, which I am sure is pronounced just as it's spelled.