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



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.”



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 

priests happy

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. (

  • 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)


One thought on “The Mass I am Looking Forward to Attending

  1. Self justification is present day norm ? Loving togetherness is possible only if we accept an authority. The good family enjoys togetherness because the authority of the head of the family is recognized. Some children want different ways and then there cannot be peace

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