2014’s Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

clerics-dancing-soltRoster of Joyful Catholic Priests

The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests.
Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group.

aljagoe@gmail.com

Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
Fr. Edmund Connors, (Katonah, NY)
Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA)
Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, (Fairfield Glade, TN)
Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)
Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT
Bishop James Vann Johnston, Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC) NEW!
Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)
Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)
Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil, Washington, DC
Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark NYO
Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
Fr. Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, PA)
Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)
Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)
Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)
Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)
Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)
Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)
Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)
Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)
Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)
Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN)
Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)
Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

Mary Quiz

quizkeepcalmIn 81, A.D., who was the third bishop of Antioch who wrote to the Ephesians, “Now the virginity of Mary was hidden from the prince of this world, as was also her offspring, and the death of the Lord; three mysteries of renown, which were wrought in silence by God, which were wrought in silence, but have been revealed to us” ?

Very Good Reading

Among Friends by Father Jim Sichkodogread

The Global War on Christians by John Allen, Jr.

 

  Interesting Sayings 

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⊕ Christianity is not that complex system of oppressive rules which the unbeliever describes; it is peace, joy, love and a life which is continually renewed, like the mysterious pulse of nature at the beginning of spring. This truth is your greatest treasure, which alone can give meaning and serenity to your daily life…Saint John XXIII 

 ⊕ He, who sings, prays twice…St. Augustine

⊕ When one gets older, he finds they have started making curbs higher, doors harder, and buttonholes smaller…Regimra

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 ⊕ Our souls must be changed and transformed from the present state to a new one, to a divine nature, and to become new instead of old, that is, good and kind and faithful from being bitter and faithlessPseudo-Macrius, An Egyptian monk who died in 390 AD

   Communiqués

 ⊕ Trust those who believe Christ is the sole soteriologyRoger Edwards, Topeka, KS

 ⊕ I find your account of Mary’s visitation with George Washington astounding. Why hasn’t this been told before?..Sister Jean Louise, New York, NY

(Answer to Mary Quiz)…St. Ignatius of Antioch

Chuckle time

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While on vacation at the beach, two priests decided to go native. The first morning, while dressed in brief shorts, Hawaiian shirts and punk caps, they were sitting in the sand when a gorgeous woman in a bikini and WOW! body came by and said, “Good morning, Fathers.”

With their mouths open, she said, “Don’t you recognize me?  I am Sister Mary Margaret.”

 

 

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics…

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We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

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Too Much, Too Little

(The suggestion for this issue is from my great friend, 

Br. Edward Adams, F.S.C.)

                           

We expect too much from our priests, and they expect too little from us.

Too many of us consider a priest to be an oracle with some extraordinary or priestinchurchsupernatural power. He’s expected to be an expert in all fields, the wisest of advisors, a healer and psychoanalysis who doesn’t charge. He is president and CEO of a million dollar operation. We expect him to be an excellent administrator, a good speaker (damned few are), loving, happy-all-the-time and healthy.

Realize the limited first-hand experience a priest has. He doesn’t have a wife to note and remind him of the stupid things he does. He’s never suffered through the pains of parenting teenagers. Throughout life, his broadening advantage of having a wide variety of friends is limited mostly to that of other priests. During my bachelor days, my married friends sought my willing advice regarding family and kids. After I married and had a family, I realized how wrong I had been.

Operating and managing a Catholic church is a one-man job. Yes, a priest needs ushers, lectors, maintenance people and a skeleton office staff, but he makes all thepriestPaperwork decisions and answers only to a higher Church authority. When I have asked priests how many of their parishioners participate, I get a rabbit-looking-into-headlight expression. “I never thought of that” is the standard reply.  One priest coped out with: “All of them are, because they come to church.”

In governing his parish, I wish more priests would learn from the boss. Last month, popethumbs upPope Francis fired the entire board of the Vatican’s financial watchdog and brought in Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay, the man who turned around the Singapore economy, Juan Zarate, a former financial advisor to USA presidents, and Ernst & Young. Last week, he hired Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust, to overhaul the Vatican’s approach to the media. How many priests you know have chosen from the parish financial advisors and other experts to help keep the Church healthy?

A Parish Pastoral Council is a toothless advise-and-consent group, appointed by theasleepatmtging pastor. Its guidelines state it is “not a body which makes binding decisions.”  It’s as effective as a two-year-old, helping row the boat.

I learned much from a few Protestant Churches. The Handbook for Vestry in the Episcopal Church gives authority to the elected members to:

  • Take charge of the property;
  • Oversee the business aspects of the congregation;
  • Elect a Rector and provide for the Rector and other clergy;
  • To help the Rector in the furtherance of the Gospel.

A nearby Methodist Church has a list of 14 groups with parishioners’ participation. With 600 parishioners, the pastor estimated they have 100 members who volunteer in their many programs, several serving the outside community.

SeniorCitizenPhoto_001A small Anglican Church with 170 parishioners has 70 of them volunteering to serve in their nine programs, which include serving retired people, a Saturday morning group, bridge games, care-giving, visiting shut-ins, mission outreach and an exercise group.

Next Sunday, when leaving Mass, after complimenting your Priest upon his homily, ask him, “How many of our parishioners do you estimate are participants in the operation of our Mission?”

Expect a shock.

Your “I-agree” or “I disagree” comments are welcomed -just click on my email address in blue to send me a note! mailto:aljagoe@gmail.com

 

Awards

A special acknowledgement is for Father Robert Kus and St. Mary Church inFR R J Kus Wilmington, North Carolina.  In seven years, he has doubled the number of family parishioners, by creating a happy church with a bushel of activities serving both the Church and community.  His 4-point requirement for developing a joyful parish are to (1) have a happy priest,  (2) develop as many ministries as possible, (3) find, select and recruit good leaders and don’t look over their shoulders, (4) respect people; realize they are magnificent and will perform miracles.

 

Current News

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  • The State Department has added eight countries, including Syria, Pakistan, and Egypt to the list of worst religious offenders.
  • France has offered asylum to the 23,000 Christians (half the number from two years ago) left in the Iraq city of Moslum after the bastard Moslem militants took control of the city. The ISIS mob, condemned by the United Nations, is generously offering the Christians to (1) pay a heavy tax, (2) convert to Muslimism, or (3) be killed.

 

Show Joy as Catholics.

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

                                 

                   George and Mary

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On an evening in 1777, Anthony Sherman, a soldier serving with General George Washington during the bitter winter at Valley Forge, gave this first-hand account:

“Washington, who was known to wander alone praying, spent nearly the entire afternoon in his quarters, allowing no interruptions. When he came out, I noticed that his face was a shade paler than usual, and there seemed to be something on his mind of more ordinary importance. Later, the General told his orderly, ‘I do not know whether it was owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but this afternoon as I was sitting at this table engaging in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me

jmAngelOfLiberty 002 ‘Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict order not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire into the cause of her presence. A second, third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes.

 ‘By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless as though it had become paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitant.

 ‘Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if had become filled with sensations and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before…

‘Presently I heard a voice saying, Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ “

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Current News

 

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-        A tragic Christian act of “a tooth for a tooth”

For decades Central Africa with 400 million Muslims and 500 million Christians was a model for religion tolerance. Then last year, the Muslims rebels seized the capital with such brutal raping and murdering of Christians that the Frenchaaaaaaajpg-620x349 government sent forces to restore peace. Then last month, in reprisal, Christians attacked the Muslims and drove thousands from the capital. They then destroyed their homes and business places so that they would not return,

   18-year-old Tcholongh Gauthier said, “I am looking for Muslims to kill them all. It’s not in the Bible, but they killed my father and mother.

-  (a sign of the times) With Bard Pitt (her 3rd husband), actress Angelina Jolie has had six children, and they are getting married. She said, “The kids are so excited about the wedding. They like the idea of mommy and daddy getting married.”

 

Mary Quiz

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In the past 100 years, how many Marian apparitions have been reported?

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)                             

 The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

                                      

 

Awards

THE STUPID AWARD goes to the aged Roman-collared fellows responsible for Catholic education in Cincinnati. To assure that all instructors are bigoted, close-minded, intolerant and holier-than-thou, they have prepared a six-page contract for each teacher.

(Sorry, Jesus. You wouldn’t qualify to teach in Cincinnati.)

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabookTHE LITERARY AWARD goes to Fr. James Martin, S.J. for his excellent book, Between Heaven and Mirth (Why joy, human and laughter are at the heart of the Spiritual Life).

BEST ARTICLE AWARD is for Frederick W Mark’s “Marian Misconceptions” in the May New Oxford Review.

TOP HONORS AWARD goes to Sister Maria-Nazareth, from Argentina, who hasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa volunteered to serve in the hospice for Christian girls in Aleppo, right in the midst of the Syrian battle region.

THE GUTSY AWARD is for Israel for jailing a former primer minister for bribery. If we jailed all Congressmen for bribery, they would hold the next session of Congress in the corner of a Starbucks.

 

Correspondence

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- Thank you for the beautiful and informative article. The Koran    describes Mary as Virgin who gave birth to Jesus ,a prophet. Mary and Jesus are held in high esteem. What we cannot understand is their hatred and eagerness to destroy Christians from the Middle East and other Muslim countries, in spite of their regard for Jesus and Mary. May God help them remove hatred from their hearts.

K. C. Thomas

     –  The solipsism of today’s society threatens the wholeness of America.

Roger Wheelright

-        I think we Catholics blow it by placing so much emphasis on Mary,   who was merely a mother, same as yours and mine…Susan Rodinski

    (Right you are, Susan. But there was a helluva difference between us   and her son.)

 

Interesting Sayings

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 From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.

St. Teresa of Avila

Christ did not gain a fisherman through an emperor, but an emperor through a fisherman.

St. Augustine

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.

May West

Spiritual gifts are not received unless they are desired.

St. Thomas Aquinas

 

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

Clarence Darrow

 

                                             Answer to Mary Quiz

In the past 100 years, 651 apparitions have been reported, and 18 approved by the Church.

 

Chuckle Time

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A man walked into a Washington, D.C., confessional.

He tells the priest, “Blessed me, Father, because I have sinned. Last night I beat the crap out of a Congressman.”

The priest responds: “My son, I am here to forgive sins, not to discuss your community service.”

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We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

 

Interesting Sayings 

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You are speaks so loudly I can’t hare what you are saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

G. K. Chesterton

 

aaa Flannery O'Connor colorThe supernatural is an embarrassment today.

Flannery O’Connor

 

   Anyone who wants to move mountains must begin by moving small stones.

   Rev.  Cannon Christopher Rodgers, Timaru, N.Q.

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   Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it? 

     Mark Twain

Communiqués

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Even if it’s true that I’m a wimp, I like not being forced to eat fish on Friday…Elmer Gotchief (butcher in a NY Safeway)

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Thanks you for shocking me into realizing many of the well-intended changes in the Church which have turned things sour….  Mabel Stetson, Toledo, OH

With younger members of my family, I have experience the same problem you friend had regarding fasting before Mass. Some of my kids’ religion teachers told them not to take seriously the matter of fasting… Rebecca Smith, Albuquerque, NM aaa solipsism

The solipsism of this generation leads to a dead end…  Juan Tejada, Ann Arbor, MI

 

Answer to Mary Quiz

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@56 AD, St. Ignatius of Antioch, the third bishop of Antioch, wrote to Mary: “You should comfort and console me, a disciple of your beloved John. I have heard wonderful and astonishing things to tell about your son, Jesus. With my whole heart, I want to get more information regarding things I have heard from you, who were always intimate and allied with Him. You knew all his secrets. Fare thee well and let the neophytes with me be comforted by you.”

       In her reply, Mary wrote: “The things you have heard and learned from John are true. Believe them, cling to them and hold fast to the profession of the faith you have embraced. Soon I will come with John to visit with you and the others. Stand fast in the faith and show thyself a man. Don’t let the fierceness of persecution move you. Let your spirit be strong and rejoice in God, thy Saviour.”

Chuckle Time

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In an elementary school test, one student wrote “In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off. Adams and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. Noah built and ark and the animals came in pears. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day and a ball of fire during the night.

 

 

 

 

Woman #1

Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus

When friends asked me about my next book, I told them it was about the most famous woman in the history of man; then I would add, “and she’s Jewish.”

 With my Jewish friends it was fun to watch puzzled frowns become smiles and hear them say, “Of course, it’s Mary. But I forget she’s Jewish.”

 When I converted to the Church over six decades ago at age twenty-seven, with joy I mary1embraced the whole concept of Catholicism. This included the Trinity, the Sacraments, the Pope, the saints and Mary. I accepted Mary’s prominence because Jesus was God, Mary was the mother of Jesus; therefore, Mary was the Mother of God.  Now at the final stage of life when daring to explore the essence of Being, I realize that, as a focused light, structured religion is a recent arrival in the existence of Man.  And throughout this period, Mary is the most renowned of all women.

         Mary’s fame is puzzlement.  In the New Testament she is mentioned only 19 times and has just four quotations. At the Annunciation, she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it done to me according to thy word.” During her pregnancy when she visits her cousin Elizabeth, Mary recited the Song of Praise.  When she and Joseph find the teenage Jesus in the temple, she asked, “Why have you done this? Didn’t you know your father and I were searching for you?”  Then at the Feast at Cana, she let Jesus know they are out of wine and tells the wine steward “Do whatever he tells you to do.” Therefore, the high position of honor and reverence we give to Mary has come primarily through revelation and her interventions through the centuries.

          Over a five year period, I gathered important dates to write A Layman’s Jay'sNew BookMaryChronology of Mary, which I have recently published. With 474 dates, 72 apparitions and quotes from 178 saints and 36 popes, this book is a pebble on the mountain of writings about Mary. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton, Ohio, houses the world’s largest collection of printed material about Mary. The current count there is over sixty thousand books in fifty languages, more than fifty-five thousand clippings from newspaper and magazines and almost twenty thousand holy cards bearing her image.

     When I converted to the Catholic Church, my favorite Cousin Loraine, who was a staunch Baptist, would not have been more shocked had I decided to become a bank robber.  She told a friend, “I couldn’t believe what I heard. Why, I thought Armiger was more intelligent than that.”

         The following year, after a visit with relatives in Alabama, she couldn’t wait to return home and tell me a funny thing she had seen. “One afternoon,” she said, “we were driving through town and passed a Catholic Church.  And can you guess the name of the church?”  I shook my head and braced for what was to come.

  “It was called ‘Mother of God.’! Can you believe it?”

  After she wiped her tears from laughing, Cousin Loraine added, “How can you imagine God needing a mother?”

  Realizing I was bucking the Rock of Gibraltar, I forced a smile and a change of subject.

  MOGletters3In memory of this delightful relative and for others who share her ignorance of Mary, I hope my book which records important dates about Mary will be a spark of enlightenment. Many who do not believe in Mary would like to believe if they had evidence.

As Pope John Paul II said, “In the life of a human being there are many more truths which are simply believed than truths which are acquired by way of personal verification.”

Please send me your comments aljagoe@gmail.com

Current News

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-        Did you ever think you would see the head of the Catholic Church on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine?  Check the current February 15 issue and see Pope Francis (bigger than life) waving at you on the cover.

-        The Muslims throughout the Middle East are attempting to make Christianity an endangered religion.  Yet in the Central African Republic a militant forcecommunion_africa1 revenging the massacres of Christians by a former government are now butchering Muslims. Reporter Peter Bouchaert wrote, “The Catholics’ humanity, courage and leadership stand out amid the slaughter. They are virtually alone in trying to protect the vulnerable.  The only force that seems able to protect vulnerable Muslims from the anti-balaka are the courageous Catholic priests and nuns of the Bossemptele mission. In Boali, the local Catholic priest sheltered 700 in his church.”

(Comment: you friggin Muslims in Egypt and throughout the Middle East who are burning our churches and treating us roughly – take notice)

                 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)                             

 The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

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Poem  (Amy C. Ellis)

 God’s love is like

a shining stream that overflows

with golden beams.

It enters in our hearts

with light and pours out blessings

day or night.

This living stream can cleanse from sin those hearts

that bid it enter in. Its flowing spirit endlessly

is bringing Christ

to you and me.

So you call yourself Catholic – wonderful! Now show me!

Pope Francis meets with children during an encounter with representatives of the civil society in the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro

“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

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Interesting Sayings 

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-        I believe that politicians spend too little time on their knees. I am convinced that they would be better politicians if they were to do so….Mother Teresa

-        We Christians are not looking for suffering, but for joy. God, living in joy,   wantedjoy-button-1 to communicate it to all people. This is why he sent it down into our misery, nailing it to the cross. At that point, the cross became the way toward joy. Christianity is not at all morality and prohibitions—first and foremost it is wonder before things.

Fabrice Hadjadj, French philosopher, writer and convert to Catholicism

 

-      When he was born, they should have kept the stork, instead of the baby….Mae West

-      Jesus came into the world so that we might live the truth joyfully, freely and boldly, just as he did….The Word Among Us

st_seraphim_sarov_500     In our day holy faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is so slack, and indifference and lack of passion for communion with God loom so large, that one really must say: We have almost completely abandoned true Christian living…. St. Seraphim of Sarov (died 1833)

 

Psalms 40

      You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings

      but an open ear.

     You do not ask for holocaust and victim.

     Instead, here am I.

 Communiqués

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 We, indeed, must be joyful Catholics to enjoy the thralldom of Christianity….Rich Throgmorton

(Regarding “The Mass I am waiting to attend” blog)

-        If you ever find such a Mass scheduled, I’d drive 100 miles to attend….Charles Lambert

-        Should I have the good fortune to be at the Mass you described, I would think I was in the wrong church….Mabel Richardson

-        I was disgusted with this blog. I think you are an arrogant bastard to write such trash…. Anthony Wilson

Chuckle Time

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At the oculist’s office, a Polish priest was asked if he could read the eye chart. He said, “Sure I can, and I even know that fellow.”

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“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

What Wimps We Catholics Are 

During WWII, when I was flying missions from Corsica, I recognized and admired Catholic in my squadron because they all wore crosses.  Five years later when I006 converted to Catholicism, the first things I did when leaving the Cathedral was to go to the religious store across the street and buy my cross.  Recently, a curious young attendant at the indoor pool asked me what I was wearing around my neck. (Today, how many Catholic men you know wear crosses?)

     As a bachelor, on a Saturday night my Catholic date kept her eye on her watch, watch1950s1in order not to eat or drink after the strike of twelve. This act, as well as Catholic men wearing crosses, made me aware that there was something different and enviable about Catholics. They had the guts to be different.

          In the 1960’s, either the meat lobby got the ear of Pope Paul VI or theologians (too smart for their own britches) decided to abolish the fish-on-Friday rule. They stupidly assumed that if they made Catholics less different than Protestants and non-believers, it might help the Church. (Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!)

       Next, in order to make our women religious look more like the-woman-on-the-street, they abolished their habits which identified them as Catholics, devoting their lives to Christ. (Heavens, forbid!)

       When I published in a local Catholic paper my chapter “Communion, Ho-Hum” from Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholics, I expected to get fiercecover cathb.n reaction from a dozen priests. The only protest I got was from Brother Ed Adams, a retired Christians Brother—and now a close friend. In the writing, I predicted the day when the Host will be dispensed by a blessed robot at a church drive-in. (If you live to see this happen, remember where you first heard about it.)

        Recently, a friend was shocked to see his 16-year-old daughter eating a cookie while walking into Mass. When he admonished her for not fasting, this very bright student, who has always attended Catholic schools, asked with complete innocence, “What are you talking about?”

        From the indifferent way members of the congregation habitually andchewing-gum mindlessly file out for Communion (some chewing gum), I am reminded of watching cows moseying into the barn to get fed.  Regarding lack of fasting before Communion, I foresee the day when donuts will be served before Mass.

       I envy religious who have a most honored place that is of maximum importance to their Faith.  Every year at the end of May, tens of millions Hindus wash in the Ganges (the 5th most 2095polluted body of water), to rid themselves of sin and to pay respect to Goddess Ganza and their ancestors. Muslims, who are obligated to pray five-times-a-day, aren’t assured a place in Paradise unless they travel to be trampled at Mecca.  We Catholics ain’t got such a place. A possible exception is the over 5-million who visit Lourdes with recognition of Mary, as our Advocate and the Mother of God. Regarding any place where Christ, the Son of God, existed—forget it. Jerusalem is now mostly devoid of Christians, and the Way of The Cross is 10-feet higher than it was at the time of Christ.

        Regarding the obligation to attend Mass every Sunday, don’t take it too seriously. There is a story about a time when squirrels invaded all the churches in a small Texas town. The Protestants unsuccessfully tried every known method to get rid of the critters. The Catholics had the solution. They caught all the squirrels and baptized them. Now, they only see them twice a year—at Easter and Christmas.

     Now, you fellow wippy Catholics, let me have your thoughts. aljagoe@gmail.com 

 

Current News

 

news11- Twelve nuns and three young women were abducted from their convent in Damascus by Islamist rebels on December 2. They have never been discovered.

 

 - By request, I sent Pope Francis one of my I AM A JOYFUL CATHOLIC car stickers. Now, if you see it stuck on the Popemobile, don’t be surprised.

 

Recommended Readings

-        “Capitol Exhortations” in December 23 America.

-        “How to cultivate gratitude” in December Catholic Digest

-        “From Piety to Politics in January U. S. Catholic

-       Pope Francis & the Primacy of Conscience” in December New Oxford    Review

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests

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The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@gmail.com)

  •  Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN
  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

                                                      

 

 Poem (a short one)

Life begins

when one knows

there’s an end.

pope francis

“So you call yourself Catholic—wonderful!  Now show me!

Show the way you love me.”

Pope Francis

 Interesting Sayings

The Times

The Catholic Church, like all powerful institutions can choose to stand against social change in the name of dogmatic interpretation of its principles. Or it can seek to adapt to changing mores. It seems obvious that the Catholic Church is more likely to flourish if proper account is taken of how human beings actually behave and how their preoccupations and needs change over time.

 If this is the mission of Pope Francis then it is very much a welcome one.

(From 11/6 LondonThe  Times)  

Let us beg God that he would put on us the heavenly Christ so that established in great joy and thus led by him we may be granted the greatest tranquility.

Pseudo-Macraius, an Egyptian monk who died in 390 A.D. when-they-come-home-returning-catholics-rigney-lanave

Lord, let your love flow through me, that I might be a reflection of you for all those I encounter today.

Melanie Rigney, coauthor of When They Come Home.

Ways to Welcome Returning Catholics” …If joy presents itself because of earning or honor acquired, let them rejoice as moderately as if they did not rejoice, that is,as if the joy were not theirs.

                               St. Robert Bellarmine (died 1621 A.D.)

One way to sum up the good news of the Gospel is to say, quite simply, that the Father of Jesus Christ is crazy about us.

                                             Rev. Robert Barron

 Communiqués 

PisaVery disappointed with your lopsided and poorly considered most recent blog. (then there is a lengthy listing of Christian misdeed during past century).

You do yourself and your message a grave disservice when you take such a slanted and frankly infantile view of geopolitics and say silly things like “Yay for us Christians, boo for those bad Muslims.” If you could get in a time machine and go back just 100 years, this wonderful Christian tradition you sing about was responsible for some of the most horrific trampling on the rights of Arabs, Indians, Africans, and Jews throughout the 1800s up to the 1960s.If you fly back even farther in your time machine, you will land in Spain in the year 1100, where one of the best cultural things that ever happened to that country was the spirit of harmony and respect that was achieved between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the brilliant center of learning in Toledo — under the rule of an enlightened Arab/Muslim regime.Islam is no more or less violent or peace-loving than Christianity.

 I expect better from your blog.  joyful.believer2@yahoo.com

(Comment: I have no argument about our misdeeds of the past. Many of them are horrendous.  You forgot to include the abuses of the Crusades and Spanish368-spanish-inquisition2 Inquisition. However, I repeat, say again, and reiterate that TODAY I thank God that I’m a Christian. Sure, we will still make mistakes and bicker, but we don’t set off car bombs, burn and destroy other places of worship, condemn and butcher non-Christians. Once again, “Yah for us Christians!”

BumperSticker

 Please send me 18 of  your I Am a Joyful Catholic bumper stickers, one for each of our deacons and deacon wives.  Use will be to share how to begin to evangelize without the spoken word.

Kate Mills, Ventura, CA

Chuckle Time

st-peter-at-teh-pearly-gates

When Forrest Gump arrived at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter on the other side told him he needed to answer these three questions before he could enter. The questions were:

(1) What two days of the week begin with the letter “T”?

(2) How many seconds are there in a year?

(3) What is God’s first name?

Forrest said, “That’s easy.  The two days are today and tomorrow. There are twelve second in a year—January 2, February 2, and so on. And God’s first name is Andy, because I learned from the song: ‘Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am his own.’”

 

The Mass I am Looking Forward to Attending

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa   Fe

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The Mass I am looking forward to attending 

After the entrance of the altar girls, a fat deacon and a new priest, the priest faces the congregation and says, “While you are standing, I want toaltergirls introduce myself, I am Father Felice, visiting your parish from my base in Santa Fe. To prove that we are not merely individuals, but a community of believers, I would like for you to meet everyone within your reach—right, left, front and back—first names only and give eye contact.”  After several shocked seconds, the parishioners awkwardly begin to speak to one another. The church becomes alive with the sound of voices.

       Picture1Then Father Felice says, “Now, I would like for those in the front half of the church to do an about-face and look at those in the back of the church.”

There is the noise of people shuffling to turn around.  “Now,” the priest says, “I want you to acknowledge one another with a friendly wave. Be sure to look at everyone you can see.”

       “Next,” Father Felice says, “about face and let’s acknowledge the shock1tabernacle where our Lord and Savior is our loving host and will be present for this service. During the Mass, each of you will be gifted with the most important event of your life. You are going to receive and be one with the Body of Christ, the man-God and God-Man.  Are you prepared for this momentous event? Do I hear a loud ‘Yes’?”

         There is a modest response from the congregation. And the priest says, “Let’s try it again.”  With that the church resounds with a loud and joyful “Yes!”

         “Now,” Father Felice says, “we are ready to start.”

 

 Miscellaneous

NIrish Kids

In a 2002 survey commissioned by the Northern Irish Community Relations Council, a sociologist interviewed Catholic and Protestant children between the ages of three and six to find out their views on the political situation there. When asked, “What do you know about Catholics?” one Protestant child responded, “They rob. They’re bad. Catholics are different from ordinary human beings because they are badder. They make petrol bombs, get petrol at garages, throw them and they blow up.”

In response to the question, “What do you know about Protestants?” Catholic children provided similar responses, “They want to kill all the Catholics.  They are like Catholics. They do the same things only they’re stronger.”

(Courtesy of Dr. Imre Szeman)

Recommended Readings

-       “Lead us not into clericalism” by Mark Henninger, S.J. in October 21 America

     –   “Fighting on New Terrain” by George Weigel in the August-    September First Things

 

Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests 

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The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (aljagoe@comcast.net)

  • Fr. John Dowling, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Fairfield Glade, TN NEW!

  • Bishop James Vann Johnston, (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO) NEW!

  • Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA) NEW!

  • Fr. Noel Sanvicente, (Diocese of San Jose, CA) NEW!

  • Fr. Alex Waraksa St. Patrick’s parish, (Morristown, TN) NEW

  • Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)

  • Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)

  • Fr. Edmund Connors, Katonah, NY

  • Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA

  • Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)

  • Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)

  • Fr. Edward Gorman, O.P. (Providence, RI)

  • Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)

  • Fr. Charles E. Jacobs, Hartford CT

  • Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)

  • Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)

  • Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)

  • Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)

  • Fr. Joseph Marini (San Mateo, CA)

  • Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)

  • Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)

  • Fr. Kevin Nelson, (Lantana, FL)

  • Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)

  • Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)

  • Fr. James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)

  • Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)

  • Fr. Michael Radermache, (Vancouver, WA)

  • Msg. David Robichcaux, V.F. (New Orleans, LA)

  • Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi (Mobile, AL)

  • Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, (Miami)

  • Msg. Paul L. Rohling (Birmingham, AL)

  • Fr. David Ross (Lima. OH)

  • Fr. Matthew Ruhl, S.J. (Kansas City, KS)

  • Fr. Michael Scanlon (Steubenville, OH)

  • Fr. Walter J. Szezesny (Buffalo, NY)

  • Fr. Richard Trout (Sanford, FL)

  • Fr. Hayden Vaverek (New York, NY)

  • Fr. Malcolm Sylvester Willoughby, O.P. (Washington, DC)

  • Canon Stuart Wilson (London, UK)

 

“Be Happily and Uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Pope Francis

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.  

My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa Fe

_________________________________________________________________________

News Flashes

-        Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America stated that the world’s Islamic leaders must hear stories about the persecution on religious minorities in majority Muslim countries so that such incidents are not overlooked.

chartup11-        Bishop Bernt Ivar Eidsvig of Oslo reported that in the past eight years the registered members of the Catholic Church in Norway has grown from 42,000 to 110,000. Comment: Wow, we should find out what they are doing right.

-        German bishop, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst must have gotten his come-upstance when he was called to the Vatican to explain why he had spent $42 millionBishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in a vintage BMW. on a new residence and flown business class to India to check on the poor. I doubt this set well with Pope Francis, who has moved from the pope’s elegant apartment into the smaller guest house.

  Today’s Martyrs

(Lest we forget)

 Let us purify ourselves through the martyrs, or rather, through him through whom they too were purified in blood and truth.

                           St. Gregory Nazianzen (died 390)

 Burned church

Over a three-day period in August, three nuns were taken as “prisoners of  war”  by Muslim radicals in Egypt, while they attacked, looted and burned 14 Catholic churches and convents. A Muslim former teacher at a convent convinced the crazy mob to release her. Despite many calls for help, no local police arrived.

My Favorite Priest, Layperson, Breathing Saint or Organization

 emailforblog

Now, email me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference

aljagoe@comcast.net

 

Interesting Sayings

 Let us beg God that he would put on us the heavenly Christ so that established in great joy and thus led by him we may be granted the greatest tranquility.

Pseudo-Macraius, an Egyptian monk who died in 390 A.D.

when-they-come-home-returning-catholics-rigney-lanave Lord, let your love flow through me, that I might be a reflection of you for all those I encounter today. Melanie Rigney, coauthor of When They Come Home.Ways to Welcome Returning Catholics”

 

If joy presents itself because of earning or honor acquired, let them rejoice as moderately as if they did not rejoice, that is,as if the joy were not theirs.

                               St. Robert Bellarmine (died 1621 A.D.)

One way to sum up the good news of the Gospel is to say, quite simply, that theFather and son Father of Jesus Christ is crazy about us… Rev. Robert Barron

 Communiqués

Very disappointed with your lopsided and poorly considered most recent blog.(then there is a lengthy listing of Christian misdeed during past century).

myrterYou do yourself and your message a grave disservice when you take such a slanted and frankly infantile view of geopolitics and say silly things like “Yay for us Christians, boo for those bad Muslims.”

If you could get in a time machine and go back just 100 years, this wonderful Christian tradition you sing about was responsible for some of the most horrific trampling on the rights of Arabs, Indians, Africans, and Jews throughout the 1800s up to the 1960s.If you fly back eventhe_time_machine_large_01 farther in your time machine, you will land in Spain in the year 1100, where one of the best cultural things that ever happened to that country was the spirit of harmony and respect that was achieved between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the brilliant center of learning in Toledo — under the rule of an enlightened Arab/Muslim regime.Islam is no more or less violent or peace-loving than Christianity.

 I expect better from your blog.

joyful.believer2@yahoo.com

(reply: I have no argument about our misdeeds of the past. Many of them are horrendous.  You forgot to include the abuses of the Crusades and Spanish Inquisition. However, I repeat, say again, and reiterate that TODAY I thank God that I’m a Christian. Sure, we will still make mistakes and bicker, but we don’t set off car bombs, burn and destroy other places of worship, condemn and butcher non-Christians. Once again, “Yah for us Christians!”

 BumperSticker

Please send me 18 of your  I AM A JOYFUL CATHOLIC bumper stickers, one for each of our deacons and deacon wives. Use to share to begin to evangelize without the spoken word.

Kate Mills, Ventura, CA

 

Chuckle Time

FGump

When Forrest Gump arrived at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter on the other side told him he needed to answer these three questions before he could enter. The questions were:

(1) What two days of the week begin with the letter “T”?

(2) How many seconds are there in a year?

(3) What is God’s first name?

Forrest said, “That’s easy.  The two days are today and tomorrow. There are twelve second in a year—January 2, February 2, and so on. And God’s first name is Andy, because I learned from the song: ‘Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am his own.’”

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates and said, “Run, Forrest, run.”

Thank you, God, for our Pope Francis

 

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”   Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe

__________________________________________________________________

pope francis

   Thank you, God, for our Pope Francis   

(Thought #1) Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M.Cape, wrote that, in1210, when St. Francis was praying before the Crucifix in the church of San Damiano, he heard a voice saying, “Francis, go and rebuild my Church which is falling into ruins!” He took the words literally and began repairing the church building with the help of his friends. Only later did he realize that Jesus was asking him to rebuild the spiritual life of the Church.

(Thought #2) Pope Francis has said we place too much importance on abortion. Ten years ago I gave to non-Catholic friends a questionnaire, asking what they thought was the purpose of Catholicism. 20 out of 20 replied it was fighting abortion. They38th Annual March For Life Winds Through Washington considered the Church merely a major opponent of Planned Parenthood, with little concern about the poor, our staggering number of prisoners, social injustice, education, medical care and the salvation of souls.  For fellow Catholics, could this impression be the reason 1 out of 10 Americans are former Catholics and that a third of all baptized Catholics have abandoned the Church?

(Thought #3) At World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis implored, “I want the church to be in the streets, not closed and turned within.”  With this statement, he has presented a challenge to every parish.

Newly elected Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment to bless faithful during Angelus prayer at VaticanThe Pope later wrote, “Christian morality is not a titanic effort of the will, the effort of someone who decides to be consistent and succeeds, a solitary challenger in the face of the world. No. Christian morality is simply a response. It is the heartfelt response to a surprising, unforeseeable, “unjust” mercy. The surprising,  unforeseeable, “unjust” mercy of one who knows me, knows my betrayals and loves me just the same, appreciates me, embraces me,  calls me again, hopes in me, and expects from me.  This is why the Christian conception of morality is a revolution; it is not a never falling down but an always getting up again.”

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(Thought #4) Bill Donohue, President of The Catholic League, said, “Not in my lifetime have I seen an outburst of enthusiasm for a newly minted pontiff. And not just from Catholics: Pope Francis has won the plaudits of everyone, from people of all faiths to die-hard secularists.”

 

 Miscellaneous

A British soldier searches a teenager in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles in 1971

                                      (Courtesy of  Dr. Imre Szeman)

In a 2002 survey commissioned by the Northern Irish Community Relations Council, a sociologist interviewed Catholic and Protestant children between the ages of three and six to find out their views on the political situation there. When asked, “What do you know about Catholics?” one Protestant child responded, “They rob. They’re bad. Catholics are different from ordinary human beings because they are badder. They make petrol bombs, get petrol at garages, throw them and they blow up.”

In response to the question, “What do you know about Protestants?” Catholic children provided similar responses, “They want to kill all the Catholics.  They are like Catholics. They do the same things only they’re stronger.”

 

Recommended Readings

newsie

-       “Becoming One” by Bishop Denis Madden in the September 9-16   America

-       “Annie get your background check” in the October U.S. Catholic

-       “Fighting on New Terrain” by George Weigel in the August-September First Things

-       “Your parish needs a hip replacement”  by Msgr. Joseph Kerrigan, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, New Brunswick, NJ    September U.S Catholic

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                                                              Poem 

Look to this day

For it is Life;

The very Life of Life.

Yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only

A vision, but

Today, well spent

Makes every yesterday

A dream of happiness, and

Every tomorrow

A vision of hope.

                       From Sanskrit by Kalidasa, 4th/5th century AD

 

 

“Be Happily and Uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Peace and Friendship Handshake During Mass in St Mary's Roman Catholic Church

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics. My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”
Michael J. Sheehan
Archbishop of Santa Fe

News flashes
Popekidhat- There was a splendid picture of Pope Francis smiling while he stopped to put his cap on the head of a youngster.
– Human Rights International has confirmed that 80% of human rights violations last year were committed against Christians.
– In Poiskum, Nigeria, Islamic militants attacked a Christian boarding school and set it ablaze while students slept. 29 students and a teacher were killed.
– According to the Vatican City Religion New Service, we Catholics and Lutheranslutherans_ have agreed to put aside centuries of tension and celebrate in 2017 the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.(comment, put it on your calendar)

Today’s Martyrs
(Lest we forget)
Let us purify ourselves through the martyrs, or rather, through him through whom they too were purified in blood and truth.
St. Gregory Nazianzen (died 390)

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

Now, email me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference
aljagoe@comcast.net

Interesting Sayings

glory-of-god-singleThe glory of God is the living person,
the person who is fully alive.
And our life is the vision of God
St. Igenaeus 170 AD

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Praise the Lord for his goodness,and bless the King of the ages,
so that his tent may be rebuilt in you with joy.
Canticle of Tobit

JoyfulWHT_MAIN_300Religion uniting us to God and neighbor should always be joyful, uplifting, exciting, and at times thrilling.
Brother Edward Adams

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.
Victor Borge

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Communiqués

Denouncing the Church because of current problems is the cannabis of destructionists of religion. Their action is religious opprobrium.
Roger Wheelright, Cambridge, MA

BumperStickerI have changed my mind about your car stickers (I am a joyful Catholic), and I think it’s a great idea. Send me one and I am going to try and get our parish to take this one as a project. Ellen Kelley, Los Angeles, CA

Chuckle Time
Muslim: Oh, great religious leader, I need your advice. I have a terminal illness; I have no family or friends; I am penniless; what should I do with my life
Religious leader: Do you know how to drive a truck?

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics. My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank God We’re Christians 

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Although we have things in the past that we can’t be proud of, today we Christians might bicker, but we don’t butcher. The religions of the Middle East can’t say that about themselves. Although we are constantly reminded that religious radicals are a small percentage of their members and we shouldn’t be prejudiced, it ain’t easy to embrace with love religions that allows themselves to be infiltrated with murderers and terrorists.

          I’d be embarrassed if we followed the example of the 3,000 Muslins rioting in Pakistan who burned homes of non-believers when they thought a Protestant minister had slandered Allah.

  myrter        I would be filled with shame if our police sat on their asses while Christian mobs attacked Moslem places of worship and slaughtered many of its worshippers. This happened recently in Egypt. Radical Muslims burned and destroyed 50 Coptic Churches.

In Nigeria, for four years uprising has cost almost 4,000 lives in the fight against the shadowy Islamist insurgency Boko Haram. Recently, 44 were killed in a mosque, intending to deter Muslims from joining government vigilante groups.

          In Myanmar, government security forces not only prevented violence against the minority Muslims, but participated in it. President Obama made this a point of discussion during the visit of the Myanmar president at the White House.

          In Lebanon, in Tripoli hundreds of worshipers fled in panic as powerful car bombs struck two packed Sunni mosques, killing 30 people.

In India, in the region of Karnataka, ruled by the Hindu extremist-backedaaaa muslim-riots Bharatiya Janaa Party, Christians on their property are attacked an average of three times a week. In Nagarajpura village, Hindu extremists attacked and beat Christians in the Zion Prayer Hall Church and they were hospitalized. The radical party then threatened to kill all Christians unless they denounced Christ.

           In Iraq, the bombing of an Iraqi-Shite shrine by Sunni militants triggered the worst of the sectarian fighting in the county. Over 100 where killed in a string of bombing after the Eid celebrations that marked the end of Ramadan.

          In Syria, the Nusra Front declared it would destroy all the houses of

apostasy (Christian places of worship).

         aaaaaBritish_02:20 PM on a busy street in London, two British-born converted Muslins used a car to run down a 20-year-old policeman. They then decapitated him and butchered his body into pieces with a butcher’s cleaver, shouting, “Allahu akbar (God is great),” Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The terrorists will never win because they can never beat the values we hold dear.”

          During his court trial, Nusra Frontproudly told he killed 13 American soldiers in the name of Allah.

            Three months ago, a band of Muslim terrorist stormed a Franciscan monastery in Northern Serbia. The mob cheered and filmed the beheading of a 37-year-old monk. (Because of censorship, few Americans had knowledge of this.)

          Need I go on with the long list of attacks on Christians in the Middle East? The massive number of martyrs is staggering.

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Conclusion: Pray for our fellow Christians martyrs who are struggling to survive in that troubled part of the world. And appreciate our Christian religion which respects the rights and lives of others. Jesus had the right message. Thank you, God!

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 A Charity that is doing good work 

Suggestion: If you would like to make a contribution to the organization that is doing great work for fellow Christians in Middle East, I strongly recommend a gift to CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association)

1011 First Avenue, New York, NY  10022-4195
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Recommended readings

-        “Keeping it real” in August U.S .Catholic

-        “An Ancient Dispute” in August 16 Commonweal

-        “Feint of Heart” in July/August Touchstone

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Poem

    Mary Speaks

Madeline L’Engle, American writer who died 2007

O you who bear the pain of the whole world,

          I bore you.

O you whose tears give human tears their worth,

          I laughed with you.

You, who, when your hem is touches, give power,

          I nourished you.

Who turn the day to night in this dark hour;

          light comes from you.

O you who hold the world I your embrace,

          I carried you.

Whose arms encircled the world with your grace,

          I once held you.

O you who laughed and ate and walked the shore,

          I played with you.

And I, who with all others, you died for,

          Now I hold you.

May I be faithful in this final test:

in this last time I hold my child, my son,

his body close enfolded to my breast,

the holder held: the bearer borne.

Mourning to joy: darkness to morn.

Open, my arms: your work is done.

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa   Fe

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa   Fe

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News flashes

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-        72% of  U.S. Catholic readers surveyed said they would love to hear laypeople give homilies at Mass.

-        The New York Times gave a 3,496 word account of two priests accused of sexual abuse, and an 828 word account of two rabbis accused of the same crime. (Hey, you frigging publishers, where’s the level playing field?)

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-        St. Gabriel Possenti has been selected by the gun supporters as their patron saint. (I wonder what he did to deserve this?)

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Email me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference

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Interesting sayings

 – What threatens modern Western states, as it once threatened Rome, is not paul ksimply an idea that the state poses a danger to religion. but equally the opposite idea that religion poses a threat to the state because it reveals the insubstantiality of the concerns of the state and the limits of the state’s power over the individual and the limits of the state’s power over the individual. 

Paul Kahn

 

There is no more urgent task in the church today than shedding that light anew upon those thirsting for the truth, for the beauty, for the goodness of the Gospel.

Cardinal W. Wuerl

(Regarding her writing) I’m really trying to make people’s minds move, you know, which is not something they’re naturally inclined to do.”

Anne Carson

Political correctness is tyranny with manners.

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A thorough knowledge of God is an achievement that lies beyond the reach ofsoapbox most men. Either they lack sufficient intelligence, or they are spiritually and mentally lazy, or they do not have the time or the inclination to devote themselves to the intellectual pursuit of things pertaining to God.

    Father M.M. Philipon, O.P.

(a French Dominican theologian who died in 1972)

 

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Folks spend the first six days of each week sowing their wild oats; then they go to church on Sunday and pray for crop failure.

Bob Hope

 

The sequel to faith is joy.

Patricia Livingston

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Email-Phishing

Communiqués

I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. We had to be in Philippines for a program. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. We misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.

I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a loan of $1,800USD from you. This will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return.

Sheila Rassman

(reply: Not today, Sheila, whoever you are.)

 

(Regarding the I AM A JOY CATHOLIC car sticker)

No way would I put this on my car, because my religion is a very personal thing and it is not the business of anyone else.

Mabel Upton, San Francisco, CA

Send me three stickers.

T. M., Barcelona, Spain

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You are a braggadocios asshole to go around town, shouting that you are Catholic. I’m surprised you don’t get rear-ended.

Ronny Ongowo, Reading, PA

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What a great idea for a church fundraiser. How many copies would you make available for us to sell?

Rachael Frank, Biloxi, MS

(answer: name your number and they’ll be in the mail)

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Chuckle Time

Definitions

(Thanks to Msg. Edward Filardi, Bethesda, MD)

AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.

BULLETIN: The receipt for attending Mass.

CHOIR: A group of people singing so that the rest of the Parish can lip-sych.

ENTRANCE PROCESSION: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant and parishioners looking for a seat.

HYMN: A song of praise sung in a key three octaves higher than   Parishioners can sing.

PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.

RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long they actually know where to sit, kneel and stand.

USHERS: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew.