Our St. Vincent de Paul Society joined with others across the Northshore for the annual “Walk for the Poor”. Our council raised over $2K to help with those in need. May the Lord continue to bless our St. Vincent de Paul Society, and all of those who we are able to help, and from whom we learn so much about Jesus Christ.

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Our Oak Tree

I realize there are many very pressing issues in the world, let alone in the Church, let alone in our Parish.

However, our beautiful oak tree in front of St. Joseph Hall appears to be dying. We’re thinking it might be a water pipe issue, and are taking steps to resolve it, as well as calling in an arborist.

Also taken in the fog, here is another shot of our Church in the fog one morning…


It’s an issue. Not the most major, yet one worthy of correction.

The convocation has been enjoyable and informative. I find myself wishing there were more free time … but that’s just me. We’ve covered the canons concerning the Sacrament of Confession, from the very beginning to the present. What struck me most is that in the earliest times people only confessed extremely major, generally public things, and did some major public penances – such as standing outside of the Church for three years before being allowed to enter, or fasting for life, or some other such major penance.

Today, people confess just about everything, and penances tend to be milder. (Much milder.)

Long days, with good and prayerful men. St. Matthew, whose feast we celebrate today, pray for us.

This photo has been circulating around social media.   A friend posted this documentary regarding the historicity of the shroud, and the developments of the scientific study.   It’s fascinating, and worth making some time to watch, as you may.    To start things off and finish them well, we have the Anima Christi,  in the original Latin, and in an English translation.    

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te,
In saecula saeculorum.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Separated from Thee let me never be (“Permit me not to be separated from Thee”)
From the malicious enemy defend me (“From the malignant enemy defend me”)
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints (“That with thy Saints I may praise Thee”)
Forever and ever

Oh, and this one’s good too… as are many of the documentaries out there.

I noticed the other day that WordPress now has a “Gallery” feature. How long it’s had this, I do not know… I’ve posted galleries before from plugins, but not from WordPress itself.

It’s these types of things which make me such a compelling blogger.

At any rate, here are a few pix from my recent visit to Peru, visiting La Familia de Jesus, supporting a vocation from our Parish. Wonderful country, beautiful people, and a great experience overall.

I promise to write more about this experience.

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Mental note: when using the Gallery feature, it may be best to use the caption feature as well.

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