Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions

I dread New Years.

Every Year my children are told at school that they must make a new year's resolution.  I used to every year, and the result would always be that by February, at the latest, I would be in the doldrums because a: It was the February Blues, and I had prolly blown my resolution.

Now about seventeen years ago, I asked Bear if he ever got dejected about breaking new years Resolutions.  And he said that every since he made one back in grade school and never broke it he wasn't about to make a new one.

The resolution he made:  Never again make a New year's Resolution. He has kept that resolution for over 25 years, and has never broken it.

I have kept that same resolution for 16 years.

Galadriel made the same resolution a few years ago, but hers only last a year at a time. ( I resolve not to make a New Year's Resolution this year. Which both makes and breaks the resolution at the same time. Since there is no way to keep it and it happens simultaneously, she doesn't have time to get stressed or feel guilty.

Frodo is too young

Arwen, unfortunately is still obligated to make resolutions because her teachers want them to write it down and she has to approve them.  She is constantly trying to come up with one that won't be too hard and yet pass muster with the teacher.  Honestly, I really think this "approval" defeats the whole concept of New Years Resolutions., But around here we all defeat the purpose of the New Year's Resolution.

Don't get us wrong, we still endeavour to become better Christians. We resolve to sin no more or at least to sin less ( I always thought resolving (promising) to sin no more was more wishful thinking than truth, and if you can't tell God the truth what's the point in making the promise in the first place well then.but ... I digress) during confession.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Divinity Diva

Mantilla covered head nod to Hanc Aquam 

I have new blog on my sidebar.  The Divinity Diva has taken up residence in the neighbourhood.  Go and  welcome her.  Introduce youself, tag her for a meme.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory becoming real

Now some of you remember that Arwen's class took a trip to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, because they were studying the novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  IN that post I told arwen to stay away from anything blueberry. 

Now if you remember the novel, Wonka had a gum that tasted like a three course meal complete with dessert.

Now Extra Gum has come up with gum that tastes like dessert.

Extra is owned by Wrigley's which is owned by Mars.

Okay, Mars isn't Cadbury but an conglomerate which has gum and chocolate has invented a gum that tastes like part of a complete meal.  What's next, gum that tastes like spaghetti, meatballs, garden salad, and garlic bread.  Geez

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

I hate the holidays. As much as I would love to like the holidays, I really do hate them. I fully understand why there is so much sadness during this time. Why a holiday can't pass without a major fight amongst those who say they live each other the most?

I wish that I could just hop on a bus, rent out a winterized cottage  without phone service and disappear for the next twelve days.

I just deleted what I really feel like doing this Christmas time.

Anyway, Merry Christmas.  Have a most joyous one for all of us who won't or can't.

Remember Somalia.

And Now a Little Voris (facing the) Music

The Church encourages the Christian faithful to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings but, nevertheless, prohibits any such undertaking from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority (see canon 216 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law). For some time, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in communication with Mr. Michael Voris and his media partner at Real Catholic TV regarding their prominent use of the word "Catholic" in identifying and promoting their public activities disseminated from the enterprise's production facility in Ferndale, Michigan. The Archdiocese has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic TV,, that it does not regard them as being authorized to use the word "Catholic" to identify or promote their public activities. Questions about this matter may be directed to the Archdiocese of Detroit, Department of Communications.   Archdiocese of Detroit
Back in April I sent Real Catholic TV an email, wherein I quoted Canon Law and asked by what episcopal authority do they use the word "Catholic".

According to Canon Law, no apostolic endeavour or association shall bear the name “Catholic” without the express permission of competent ecclesiastical authority (Canons 216, 300, 803§3, 808). While this norm is not always known or followed, it is meant to protect the faithful against misrepresentation by groups that do not promote the true Faith. Any association bearing the term “Catholic” in its name should have proof of consent by competent ecclesiastical authority.

Can. 216 Since they participate in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.
Can. 300 No association is to assume the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority according to the norm of can. 312. 
I quoted Vox Cantoris from his comment on this post then I went on to ask this.
 I ... ask you, which competent ecclesiastical authority gave you permission to use the name Real Catholic TV.  If you had no such authority, wouldn't that mean you are in contravention of the above mentioned Canon Law. Especially considering the fact that you say the org is all lay people.
 What I got in return was a statement that pretty much said that they would run the question past CARD. BURKE, their friend, and if he thought that it was important, they would take it seriously. I deleted the post, because the comments got sidetracked and in the comments someone else was offended.

Anyway, my argument on this, whether you support Voris or not:

1)Canon law, as I've quoted above(# 216, and 300)
2)RealCatholicTV's own statements that they have never sought ecclesiastical permission for ANYTHING that they do,
3)RealCatholicTV's statement that they always follow canon law to be obedient.
4)They are stationed in Detroit,
5)Their ordinary is the Bishop of Detroit
6)The Bishop  is bound to uphold Canon Law

Therefore if the Bishop of Detroit discovers they have no authority to use the name Catholic, and are therefore in contravention of Canon Law (by their own admission), and in order to enforce Canon Law, orders these loyal and obedient (to Canon Law) people cease and desist, will they now obey their bishop as canon law says they must?

And if they refuse to obey and work to seek that permission from the proper ecclesiastical authority, won't that mean they are deliberately in contravention of Canon Law and thereby nullifying premise 3.  And if they stubbornly refuse to adhere to canon law, wouldn't that make them dissidents and thereby by definition NOT  real Catholic.

O BTW:Where is Card. Burke, their friend?  Why doesn't he save Real Catholic TV?

If you type "Voris" in the Blogger search box above on the left you will get this

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Arwen has boy troubles.

First two bullies.

Boy buys poster. Arwen finds said poster. Arwen places poster on boy's desk.  Poster gone by morning. Boy and his friend want her to pay $5.00 for new poster. Arwen says no. Boys threaten to beat her. Arwen tells teacher, teacher talks to boys: "Arwen owes you nothing." Boys still want money. Arwen pays boys. Arwen tells her friend Ayslinn.

Ayslinn gets money back, and says: Leave Arwen alone or I'll kick you in the privates. ....walking back to Arwen...That's how you deal with boys.

Then a boy with a crush.

She's taken Ayslinn's advice to heart.

Pushing J away: Try that again and I'll knee you in the groin.

Some sage advice from Superchick

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong-Il is dead

The Dictator is dead.
May God have mercy on his soul.
May God grant the Koreans peace.
May the light of Christ shine in North Korea.
May the Faithful Christians, who are persecuted as traitors, 
Enjoy the freedom to Worship Christ freely.

Friday, December 16, 2011

This Christmas Season, Somalia is suffering a Famine

among the turkey with all the trimmings, among the brightly coloured wrappings and bow, among all the serence creches remember that this past July Famine was declared in Somalia

As in 1985 with Ethiopia, Tears are not enough.
As every day goes by, how can we close our eyes
Until we open up our hearts
We can learn to share and show how much we care
Right from the moment that we start

It seems like overnight we see a world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost
How can we look away 'cause every single day
We've got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We can change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It's up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It's time to take our message everywhere

C'est l'amour qui nous rassemble
D'ici a l'autre bout du monde
Let's show them Canada still cares
Oh, you know that we'll be there

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We can change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

And if we should try together, you and I
Maybe we could understand the reasons why

If we take a stand,
Every woman, child, and man
We could make it work
For God's sake, lend a hand

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don't you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can pull together
We can change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

I don't know what you should do. But maybe you could try this experiment: set an extra place at your Christmas Table, for the man, woman or child starving in Somalia. As all the other plates get filled, leave that one plate empty. If it makes you uncomfortable, then do something. Otherwise do nothing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sterility in men caused by women using the pill

Yup.  Apparently the pill's oestrogen ends up in the water table and food chain.

Shouldn't environmentalists who are fighting the whole artificial hormones in foods be up in arms about this.

But feminists don't want this reported because that science is just misogynistic, dontcha know?

The Liturgy of the Hours

From the Breviary:
Lucy died at Syracuse, probably during the persecution of Diocletian. From antiquity her cult spread throughout  the Church, and her name was therefore introduced into the Roman Canon

Her Hours may be prayed from either the Common of one Martyr or from the Common of Virgins.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On blogging and Arwen has a cough, but only at school

When Bear and I started blogging, oh a good 5 years, if not longer, ago, well it was basically because commenting on The Cafeteria is Closed, sorta, kinda, required a/n handle.  I remember the post in particular was about Haugen's Mass of Creation.( I won't call it the Massive Cremation, because as much as I don't like it, it was the Lord's mass set to music, whatever you think of the use of those words or the quality of the music, it was the Lord's Mass, but I digress)

Having children and understanding the inherent risks of on line personalities, I set out to choose a handle.  Since the topic in the commbox had somewhow shifted to "Folk masses"  what better name than Puff the Magic Dragon, and since Bear was a Baritone, what better name than Bear-i-tone.

Anyway, we started the blog first to make it easier to post comments on other people's blogs and then to voice our own opinions, then I thought the Lit. Planning I did for the Choir master at my church would be interesting to others, so I started another for the planning.  then I started my own, leaving Bear to our first one.

I find, unfortunately, that I really have nothing to say at this point.  And even when I have something to say, I don't think anyone really cares, not that anyone really should.  Some agree, some don't, that is fine. I mean in the great scheme of things, my opinions mean nothing.  I am not the magisterium, I am not canon lawyer, I am not even a great mother, or daughter or sister or any in-law relation.  I am not extraordinary. I am not an expert in any field. I am not even a particularly good Catholic.   I am a Catholic Mary,(of John and Mary Catholic) with opinions.  I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

So where does all this leave me.  In the Third Week of Advent with Nothing to say.  Nothing about Christmas, nothing about The New Year, nothing about anything. I even can't summon up anything to say about the new mass translation.

Oh But I will ask for prayers.  Apparently when Arwen is at school she has massive coughing fits lasting about an hour.  These severe coughs she doesn't have at home. The doctor says the same thing at every visit: Her lungs are clear, yet they aren't dry coughs.

Prayers would be appreciated.  Please no medical advice.

PS. NB: She is in room 412 which is located in the middle building. Galadriel used to have coughing fits in that room and so did I 35 years ago.  I think it's the room. But what do I know?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Is she or isn't she naked

Bet you had to look twice just to make sure.

Sometimes teaching your children right from wrong can get away from you

Arwen: But mom, you don't understand.  Galadriel is really mean.  I think I should be allowed to get even.

Puff: Well, getting even isn't always the best solution. Infact it's revenge.

Arwen: What's so wrong with revenge?

Puff: Depending on the type of revenge, people could get hurt.  But there is a way to show Galadriel that she will have been wrong to hurt you now.

Arwen How?

Puff:  Well it'll take alot of time, but.  Study hard, get an excellent job and when you are older show her what a success you are? Reiterating her own previously stated goal: You could be rich and own the half of the world Bill Gates doesn't own. 

Arwen:  Yeah, I'll become really rich and hire Galadriel as my servant.

Puff:  OOOOOkay. No, that's not what I meant...

I am ANGRY, and I don't like it.

Contrary to public opinion and perception, angry is NOT my natural state.

I have major faults: I am opinionated ( by that I mean I have opinions)
                             I am lazy ( by that I mean, if I have a choice between resting and working, I'll rest)
But I also am loyal and try to keep my promises.  I expect others to do the same.

Early Summer, my sister asked me to take over some of the the duties in caring for our mother.  I couldn't do much while Frodo was less than a year old, but after that sure.

Originally it was: Do mom's grocery shopping. and give her her evening meds Fridays Saturdays and Sundays.

All my sister had to do for me to do this was, when she goes over on Thursday Nights, make sure she leaves the blister packs and the cash.

This she can't seem to grasp.

I suggested that I would pick up the blister packs from the Pharmacy, but she said no because she has to pay for them so it's best if they continue being dropped off at her place.

And as far as I know, the cash has never been left at my mom's.

I either have to nag, nag, nag, or cough up the cash myself, or go pick it up at her place (adding 1.5 hours to my evening) I am a nano metre away from emailing my sister and telling her I refuse to do the groceries anymore.  I've talked, I asked, I've been nice.  I'm either ignored or dismissed.  I'm done.

Prayers. Please.  Anyway God could shake some sense and understanding into my sister's and BIL's head would be good.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On Insomnia, Anxiety and GIving God the Night Shift

Oh I was sleep deprived for over a year, the ramifications were frightening. In short I developed an anxiety disorder. It was not pretty, it was frightening, and I was frightened by everything, including my own shadow.

I needed meds to help me get back to normal. During my recovery at one point I wake in a panic over something that under normal circumstances was something about I should have been concerned, just not at 2 in the am. I remember praying, very tiredly, and in frustration

Dear God, I know that this concern is important, but I need to get some sleep,  so I offer it to you wrapped in a red bow. Could you please take the night shift and worry about this for tonight, and then you can give it back to me in the morning.

I fell straight back asleep. Funny thing, he never gave that worry back.

Arwen had a theory this morning

Arwen is singing her way down the stairs.
"Oh yeah, PA. day tomorrow, uh, huh, oh yeah, uh huh o yeah uh huh o yeah..."

She hits the ground floor, pops, locks and polka dots, while singing.
"No Galadriel for the whole day, uh- huh oh yeah, uh-huh oh yeah, uh-huh, o yeah...."

Puff: Galadriel has tomorrow off too.

Arwen: Freezes her polka dotting, lowers her arms, hangs her head, rounds her shoulders. 
Bang  goes that theory.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Galadriel is Philosophical in the Morning, Before my coffee

Galadriel: Mom, is it true that when you do something good, no one remembers, but when you do something bad, no one forgets.

 Puff: Well, for me it's more: Everyone knows when I lose my temper, no one knows when I keep it.

 Galadriel: Well, yeah, you're quiet then.

 At that point I headed for coffee, and Arwen headed for her hot cocoa.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

...not necessarily feminists ready to march on the streets to shout we are against men, just students intent on leading a normal life.

This is a trailer for the movie dramatisation of the events, "Polytechnique.".

If you know, you need no explanation, and if you don't know, there is no explanation

When this event occurred I was a 2nd year undergrad at York University(all of 18).  The day after the horrendous event occurred; the morning after I spent an entire night not sleeping and literally shaking at what had happened in Montreal to 14 women, for no other reason, but because they were women; as I was walking to my pub for my morning coffee, I passed a trio of men, in lettermen jackets (jocks), talking, and as I passed I heard one of them say: "Man, [he] had the right idea. " And then they broke out into a roaring laugh. I caught the eye of one of the men as I passed.  He quickly stopped laughing, raises his chin to his friends and tilted his head towards me.  The other two turned, saw me and promptly stopped laughing. I wasn't angry with them, I was scared of them.

I won't presume to guess what was going on in their heads. I have no idea what was so funny about what the killer did, or maybe it is hilarious that 14 women died, and another 14 people (4 of them men) were wounded.  Sarto Blais, one of the men who obeyed the gunman when he said "get out," committed suicide a few weeks later, because of the guilt he felt at not staying and protecting the women.

I was too shaken to ask them then, but could someone tell me now, what was so funny to these young men?

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm lousy with novenas

Even when I sent up reminders.

I arranged for email reminders for the Novena on the sidebar.

Except that I didn't check my email for 3 days.  Jeez

My Husband has a second Post up about the Home Altar he is Building

Yup Bear has been  and continues to progress nicely on the altar, while I have been NOT progressing as I would like.  I could list my excuses: Infact I will.

My Mother
Lit. Planning Blog

But waiting did have an upside, I now have concrete and exact measurement from which to plan and work.

The centre panel is  60 cm high X 35cm wide ( the arch is 15 cm deep)
That's 23.5 in high X 13.75 in wide ( the arch is 6 inches deep) for the non metric folks out there.

I have decided on this one, Raphael's crucifixion

From Here.

But ssshh Don't tell Bear- He doesn't Know yet.

On  21 Count AIDA cloth the finished work will be  23 inches high and 14 inches wide, with the added bonus of an arch in the design.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Archbishop Collins is a good Archbishop, but...

I like him, I really do.

I don't always agree with his decisions, but I do believe that his heart is in the right place, fully in the faith and loyal to Rome.

I am not going to talk about his misstep during the HINI scare when he temporarily suspended Communion on the tongue.  (He or his advisors were probably advised by the Toronto Public Health, and they advise from a medical and not a Canonical point of view) - I could talk about that, but I won't

I appreciate that our Archbishop is still surrounded by the previous guard.  But what I really wish is that Archbishop Collins would suspend the custom of giving parish priests permission and authority to confirm confirmation students of their own parish.  When I was a kid a bishop confirmed me.  It was not the archbishop, it was an auxiliary bishop (+ Pearce Lacey) but he was a Bishop.

Galadriel was confirmed by the Parish Priest having been granted full permission to do so.  The reason for this was the previous archbishop's desire to have the children confirmed during the Easter Season. (I understand that New Catholics are confirmed at the Easter Vigil, by the pastor, I am NOT talking about that)

And there was no way the Archbishop and his auxiliaries could confirm everyone in all the parishes in the weeks of Easter, the solution was to grant each parish priest the authority to confirm HIS parish's confirmandi, no one elses.

It is a neat argument.  Very neat in fact.  Set up a desire that can't be fulfilled and then use a provision in canon law that should be used for exceptions and run with it.

The Problem with the argument is it's premise.  There is NO canonical reason or stipulation that demands or requires that confirmations occur during the Easter Season, especially at Pentecost.  I would rather concentrate on the Canon Rule that says the Ordinary Conferror of Confirmation is to be the Ordinary(another word for the Bishop)

As a case in point I give you Archbishop Terry Pendergast's post about Confirmations during Advent.  He doesn't say anything, except that they occurred.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm facebooking

And the only thing I know to do well, is play:

Who want's to be a millionaire?  Apparently not me

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?  Sometimes I am

Bingo: Rarely do I get to click "bingo"

And Price is Right.  Usually my price is dead wrong.

I found a few cousins on line, and I have found that many are PC (and I don't mean Progressive Conservative)

One even posted on her wall what amounts to her support for gay "marriage" and gay adoption.

Geez, and she wants me to "like" it.   Help

I've been accused of teaching my daughter too much

Yup that is true.

Now if they were talking about Galadriel I could maybe understand.  We talk, she talks, I talk, etc etc etc.  She learns, I learn etc etc etc.

But no, it is Arwen who is apparently the associate teacher in the class.  Some students have been known to go to her to explain something the teacher can't, or doesn't do well.

And yet this is somehow a bad thing, and I really must stop teaching her. It interferes with the curriculum. I should just let the schoolteachers do their jobs.

Yeah, I'll get right on that.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Galadriel Pipes Up in Music Class, Again -Updated

The day she got her assignment back the teacher informs the class that a student from the dance club might be dancing during one of the songs at mass.

Galadriel: No, No, No,

Teacher: She isn't from the dance club?

Galadriel piped up:  "No dancing isn't allowed during mass."

Teacher: "Well Mr. So and S says it's ok. But I would like to know where you read that"

Galadriel: "My mom does Liturgical Planning and she says it's not allowed.

Teacher: "Well Mr. So and So has been doing Liturgical Planning for the School for a really long time so I'm sure if he says it's okay it's ok.

Galadriel: (after telling me the story): I think Mr. So and So should read the GIRM.

Maybe Mr So and So should refer himself to Card. Arinze's answer when asked the same question (scroll down for the correct q&a

Galadriel noted later "Mr So and So is old, like 60"

I would like to apologize for erroneously writing the story. I apparently got the story alllllllll wrong.  Thanks to Galadriel for correcting the story.

Galadriel mentioned that there was NO dancing during the Mass!!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Galadriel's Investigate Religious Music Assignment

Instructions, Rubrics, Questions
Galadriel's answers
Quatations  and emphasis Galadriel
Teacher's comments/ grade/ etc etc
My comments

Chapter 11 Project

Investigate Religious Music

1. In what language was the music performed?
The songs are sung in English, although I have been informed that the words have been changed from the original.  An example of which was the opeing hymn: "Lift High the Cross", the first line of which was originally: "Lift high the cross/ The Blood of Christ proclaim" which has been rewritten as "Lift high the Cross/ The love of Christ proclaim."   Good example

2. Was the music live or recorded? Did the acoustics of the room add or detract frorm the music? Was the music 'miked'?
The music was performed live. The female soprano cantor and the organ were not "miked". The acoustics were pretty good. Only the aisles are carpeted, while the floor under the pews was not carpeted, and the sanctuary floor (and altar) is of marble. As well, the space is rather small, so a single voice can fill it. As Bear proves every Sunday when he provides impromptu harmony  to the Cantor

3. Who performed the music? (choir, soloist, clergy, congregation)
A soprano singer with organ accompaniament  performed the music but he congregation sang along.  The only exception was the communion hymn, which the soprano sang solo with organ accompaniament, with no congregational singing.

4. If a vocal or instrumental ensemble was involved in the service, what was the size and makeup of the ensemble?
The ensmeble was simply the pipe organ and soprano. However, as I said in question 3, the singer, who has a trained voice, and the organ, which is a Cassavant (an organ company- That's like saying Pavarotti is an opera singer) are enough to fill the church with music.

5. Was the music accompanied or unaccompanied?
The music was indeed accompanied by the organ

6. Which instruments, if any, were used during the worship service? (organ, piano, electric keyboard, bells, tambourine, etc)
The organ was the only instrument used throughout mass.

7. Did the m embers of the congregation particpate in the music or were they spectators? What did their behavior (sic) tell you about their attitude toward the music?
Some members of the congregation could and did participate in singin the songs during mass, others were spectators. Personally I don't like the working of the question.  Just because one doesn't sing at mass doesn't mean they are withdrawing to be solely spectators.Galadriel answered it according to the wording, and then went on The attitude of those who sing show that they know the hymns and they want to participate in the Mass.  The attitude of those who don't sing is unknown. They might not sing because they are privately praying, or they don't know the hymns, As Our Archbishop once said, they've changed so many of the hymns I don't know the words anymore or it's not their language.

8. Was there one predominant style of music or a variety of styles?
The hymns were different styles and eras. The processional hymn was Protestant when written in the early 1900s. The communion hymn was a Negro Spiritual, the title of which was unknown to me.  The Repsonsorial Psalm was sung in  Psalm tones

9 Was there one pervading function of the music or were there different functions?
The function of music at every Catholic Mass is clearly stated in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal(GIRM) (cf para. 39 GIRM 2002)
The Importance of Singing
The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord's coming are instructed by the APostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles (cf Colossians 3: 16) SInging is the sign of ht eheart's joy (cf Acts 2:46) Thus st. AUgustine says rightly, "signing is for one who loves" and there is also and ancient proverb: "Whoever sings well prays twice over." [GIRM Canada, #39]

According to the GIRM singing must be taken seriously, and singing should be part of the Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation and again, according to the GIRM, all things being equal, Gregorian chant is considered "proper" for the Roman Liturgy, which means that there should be Gregorian Chant at every Mass [GIRM Canada, #40-41] Obviously that did not happen here.

They did not perform this function as some of the songs were not even Catholic; they were protestant. This is often the case!!
While the priest is receiving the Sacrament, the Communion Chant is begun. It's purpose is to ecpress the communicants' union in spirit by means of the unity of their voices, to show joy of heart, and to highlight more clearly the "communitarian" nature of the procession to receive Communion. The singing is continued for as long as the Sacrament is beign administered to the faithful[74] If, however, there is to be a hymn after Communion, the Communion chant should be ended in a timely manner.

Care should be taken that singers, too, can receive Communion with ease.

The communion hymn should also have a relation to the Sacrament of the Eucharist and also allow the singer to take communion. The Communion Hymn that was sung allowed neither. IT had nothing to do with  the Eucharist and did not allow the singer to receive Communion. (I would have also included that it did nothing to advance the "communitarian" nature of the Sacrament)

10 List all peices of music you hear?
The songs that were sung were: Lift High the Cross, Psalm 128, Lord of All Creation to You Be All Praise, and Lord God Maker of All Things, not including the Ordinary which includes the Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy), Glory to God in the Highest, The Holy Holy Holy, Christ Has Died, The Great Amen, the Alleluia, and the Lamb of God

Chapter 11 Project Performance Rubrics

I will be listing only the Level And mark that Galadriel achieved

Information (Knowledge)  10/10
Collected a large amount of information based ont he given questions.

Description, Detail and Support (Thinking) 10/10
Provides lively verbs and precise nouns in describing details and supports points with specific examples and anecdotes.

Understanding (Application) 10/10
Demonstrates a solid understanding of the role and function of music in the worship service.

Organization(Communication) 10/10
Provides a well-structured framework that showcases the information and smoothly moves the reader through the text.

Excellent Report. Crystal Clear! 40/40

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Females should never have been allowed in choirs


"V. The singers

12. With the exception of the melodies proper to the celebrant at the altar and to the ministers, which must be always sung in Gregorian Chant, and without accompaniment of the organ, all the rest of the liturgical chant belongs to the choir of levites, and, therefore, singers in the church, even when they are laymen, are really taking the place of the ecclesiastical choir. Hence the music rendered by them must, at least for the greater part, retain the character of choral music.

By this it is not to be understood that solos are entirely excluded. But solo singing should never predominate to such an extent as to have the greater part of the liturgical chant executed in that manner; the solo phrase should have the character or hint of a melodic projection (spunto), and be strictly bound up with the rest of the choral composition.

13. On the same principle it follows that singers in church have a real liturgical office, and that therefore women, being incapable of exercising such office, cannot be admitted to form part of the choir. Whenever, then, it is desired to employ the acute voices of sopranos and contraltos, these parts must be taken by boys, according to the most ancient usage of the Church.

14. Finally, only men of known piety and probity of life are to be admitted to form part of the choir of a church, and these men should by their modest and devout bearing during the liturgical functions show that they are worthy of the holy office they exercise. It will also be fitting that singers while singing in church wear the ecclesiastical habit and surplice, and that they be hidden behind gratings when the choir is excessively open to the public gaze."
Tra Le Sollecitudine-Pius X, forbade women from singing in choirs

Man, when they( Pius XII, ) allowed women to sing, that is what started the whole ball of wax. First women in the choir began the slippery slope to the 1994 the indult permitting girls to serve the altar, which as everyone knows is the reason why women want to be priests.

Personally, I find this ridiculous, the women who want to be priests NEVER served the mass.  Most of the Women wanting to be priests are grey haired.  And girls serving the altar began in 1995- 16 years ago.  So as far as I can see their desire to become priest began with their admittance to the choirs.

The way I see it the cure for the ills of the feminization of the Church is to yank the women out of everything, so maybe when the indult to have females serve the altar is repealed, they should rescind the whole females in the choir thing.  The Altos and soprano parts could be sung by eunuchs.

If women can't sing, they certainly should not be allowed to proclaim the readings, so pull them out of there as well. Have them do nothing to serve God, Jesus, the Church or anything else.  And while we are at it, don't you dare try to have an opinion on anything.

I hate to say it, but sometimes just sometimes when I hear traddies talk, I am reminded of a comment by a civil rights acivist in the sixties who when asked: What is a woman's position in the Civil Rights Movements? Answered: On their backs.

I feel, that the only two ways that women have to serve the Lord and the church, is either to become a nun, in which case the best form of nunnery is to be cloistered;or be a mother, in which case we should promptly shut up raise our children and would you please skip mass for the first seven years of your child's life, so that your kid doesn't disturb the rest of the people at mass.

Coffee, Tea, Wine and Beer

Careful, easy does it, this is a meme.

Rules: The bloggers you choose must be those you have never met outside of the blogosphere.

Choose 4 bloggers from your list:

1: A blogger with whom I would like to go for coffee: Mary333
2: A blogger with whom I would like to invite to tea: Jackie Parkes
3: A blogger with whom I would go out for a beer : Richard
4: A blogger with whom I would share a bottle of wine. Larry D

The invited guests then make up their own list. If they so desire.

Any one wants to play go ahead.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

For those of You trying to figure out the Economy woes

Here is Keynes and Hayak battling it out to explain

Then there was two

My one and Only Post on Occupy Toronto

The OT protesters are encamped at St. James Park.  They were issued eviction notices.  They "appealed" and they were granted a stay until there arguments can be heard.

Basically the judge said that yes, there right to freedom of expression and peacefully congregate have been infringed and it is up to the city to prove that there is good reason to do so.  The city says it does and the protesters say they don't.

I say:

1: They stopped protesting about 3 weeks ago and are now squatting on the park property. (They are winterizing their tents - that isn't protesting that is camping.)

2: The park needs to be "put to bed for the winter" (Public works have to get in their and shut off fountains etc etc or they will freeze and burst in the spring.  Failure to prepare the park for winter could cause 10's of 1000s of dollars of damage.  If that happens they should foot the bill.  I maintain that park through my taxes and I refuse to be on the hook for damages caused by them.

3:The area is not safe.  Women are being attacked and sexually assaulted ( Note in Canada, the Rape law was repealed and replaced with the Sexual Assault Law. The new legislation defined sexual assault according to three levels that include acts such as unwanted sexual touching to violent physical harm to the victim.and the organizers won't let the police in to investigate or gather evidence.  In fact, in at least one incident, protesters are filmed tampering with evidence, by wanting to "get rid" of a knife an assailant used. The Rights of the victims are seriously infringed when the organizers get rid of evidence.

4: Canadian Music Icon Gordon Lightfoot's daughter is one of the protesters.  He went to visit his daughter.
He said, and I am paraphrasing here:

"Yea, I came to visit my daughter. I don't exactly know what she is protesting, but she has been here from the beginning and only came home for a week, when she got pneumonia."

Okay, what exactly does she have to protest.  She is privileged.  If she is trying to bond and show her solidarity with the homeless, why did she go home when she got pneumonia.  The homeless don't get to go to Gordon Lightfoot's home when they get pneumonia, heck they don't even have the money to get the meds. Protesters, those in solidarity with the downtrodden don't go home for their health.

5: When told they were infringing on the rights of citizens enjoying the park, for you know park activities, they responded, "It isn't as though there aren't other parks"

The protest is OVER, go home!  Your arrogance is destroying any sympathy I might have had, and among everyone I know, I'm the bleeding heart, who agreed with your right to protest!  If you can't keep me on your side, you have no side.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The Following was posted on a Facebook page. I don't know if it is catechetically sound, but I think it is funny, even if the ending is a little racy
The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry mid term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.
The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student, however, wrote the following:First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely.. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.
Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct..... ....leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.' 

What's New on my List o' Blogs

Larry has moved his Acts over to Wordpress.  His new digs are pretty nice.  Head over, warm up the place. Update your links etc etc etc.

Two brand new blogs (well, for me anyway)

Robert over at Linen on the Hedgerow started following me.  So I put him there.

And last but definitely not least Jackie Parkes (mom of 10)  from Heart Speaks Unto Heart came by and dropped a line and so I returned the visit and added her to my blog list.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Arwen is going on a School Trip to a Chocolate Factory

Now, it has always amazed me how teachers decide where and why to take kids on school trips.

On the 22nd Arwen is going to the Cadbury factory. Yuup that's Cadbury as in chocolate.  Now, you might thinking: Whoa, why would you want to take a bunch of 8-9 years olds to a chocolate factory?  Ah well, it isn't as barmy an idea as you might think.

You see the novel they are studying this term is ....ta da... You guessed it. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Factory sent out a RELEASE FORM:

It included the following warning:

Please be aware that we produce a number of products that contain peanuts, a variety of tree nut, and other allergens.  Students and adults will be tasting and sampling chocolate and other products as part of the tour. For the safety and health of your child/ward, we cannot allow that he/she participate in this tour if he/she has any peanut, tree nut or other food allergies and they will not be permitted entry into the Cadbury factory.

Then it went on to the requirements necessary to enter the factory

Please note that we require all visitors to:

  • Wear flat-soled footwear with covered toes, such as running shoes.
  • remove and and all jewellery prior to entering our facility
  • Sequin/sparkled covered clothing or footwear is not permitted
  • Have legs covered (no shorts, skirts, dresses or holes in jeans)
  • Nail polish is not permitted
  • Cover all hair and clothing with protective gear (which will [be] provided at the facility.)
I am not so much surprised at the content of the Release Form.  After all they must reveal there are nuts on the premises and they can pose a danger to some people.  I mean some visitors might be bad nuts. Which leads me to the problems I have with the RELEASE FORM

One:  They don't mention is how do we get our children/wards back from the oompah loompahs after he/she falls down the bad nut chute.
Two: About the tasting and sampling: What do I do to turn my child back into Arwen after she becomes what she's tasted or sampled? Can I ask that she not taste blueberries.  Frodo loves blueberries and I would hate for him to eat his sister.

PS: Will they reveal the secret: How do they get the caramel inside a Cadbury Caramilk Bar?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Fourteen Holy Helpers

From Wikipedia:

The Fourteen Holy Helpers are honored in Bavaria as the "vierzehn Heiligen," and the Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen is dedicated to these "Helper Saints."The Rococo pilgrimage church in the hamlet of Bad Staffelstein was designed by Balthasar Neumann and built between 1743 and 1772.
Devotion to these saints began in that region on September 24, 1445 when Hermann Leicht, the young shepherd of a nearby Franciscan monastery, saw a crying child in a field that belonged to the nearby Cistercian monastery of Langheim. As he bent down to pick up the child, it abruptly disappeared. A short time later, the child reappeared in the same spot. This time, two candles were burning next to it. In June 1446, Leicht saw the child a third time. This time, the child bore a red cross on its chest and was accompanied by thirteen other children. The child said: "We are the fourteen helpers and wish to erect a chapel here, where we can rest. If you will be our servant, we will be yours!" Shortly after, Leicht saw two burning candles descending to this spot. It is alleged that miraculous healings soon began, through the intervention of the fourteen saints.
The Cistercian brothers to whom the land belonged erected a chapel, which immediately attracted pilgrims. An altar was consecrated as early as 1448. Pilgrimages to the Vierzehnheiligen continue to the present day between May and October.
Name (Alternate)Feast dayPatronage
Agathius (Acacius)May 8Against headache
BarbaraDecember 4Against fever and sudden death
Blaise (Blase, Blasius)February 3Against illness of the throat and for protection of domestic animals
Catherine of AlexandriaNovember 25Against sudden death
Christopher (Christophorus)July 25Against bubonic plague and dangers while traveling
CyriacusAugust 8Against temptation on the death-bed
Denis (Dionysius)October 9Against headache
Erasmus (Elmo)June 2Against intestinal ailments
Eustace (Eustachius, Eustathius)September 20Against family discord
George (Georgius)April 23For the health of domestic animals
Giles (Aegidius)September 1Against plague, for a good confession, and for cripples, beggars and blacksmiths
Margaret of AntiochJuly 20During childbirth, and escape from devils
Pantaleon (Panteleimon)July 27For physicians, and against cancer & tuberculosis
Vitus (Guy)June 15Against epilepsy, lightning and for protection of domestic animals

Litany to the 14 helpers

These Saints are invoked as a group, apart from individual patronage, because of the epidemic called the "Black Plague," which devastated Europe between 1346-1349. Among its symptoms were a turning black of the tongue, parching of the throat, violent headache, fever and boils on the abdomen. The malady attacked its victims without warning, robbed them of reason and killed them within a few hours, and many died without the last Sacraments. fear caused many attacks and disrupted social and family ties.  

As devotion spread, Pope Nicholas V in the 16th century attached indulgences to devotion of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, which are no longer attached under the modern norms and grants, although their cultus is still efficacious and to be promoted.

The Litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

For Private Devotion.

LORD, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us. 
St. Joseph, helper in all needs, etc. 
Fourteen Holy Helpers, 
St. George, valiant Martyr of Christ, 
St. Blaise, zealous bishop and benefactor of the poor, 
St. Erasmus, mighty protector of the oppressed, 
St. Pantaleon, miraculous exemplar of charity, 
St. Vitus, special protector of chastity, 
St. Christophorus, mighty intercessor in dangers, 
St. Dionysius, shining mirror of faith and confidence, 
St. Cyriacus, terror of Hell, 
St. Achatius, helpful advocate in death, 
St. Eustachius, exemplar of patience in adversity, 
St. Giles, despiser of the world, 
St. Margaret, valiant champion of the Faith, 
St. Catherine, victorious defender of the Faith and of purity, 
St. Barbara, mighty patroness of the dying,

All ye Holy Helpers, Pray for us 
All ye Saints of God, etc
In temptations against faith, 
In adversity and trials, 
In anxiety and want, 
In every combat, 
In every temptation, 
In sickness, 
In all needs, 
In fear and terror , 
In dangers of salvation, 
In dangers of honour, 
In dangers of reputation, 
In dangers of property, 
In dangers by fire and water, 

Be merciful, spare us, O Lord! 
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord!

From all sin, deliver us, O Lord. 
From Thy wrath, etc. 
From the scourge of earthquake, 
From plague, famine, and war, 
From lightning and storms, 
From a sudden and unprovided death, 
From eternal damnation,

Through the mystery of Thy holy incarnation, etc. 
Through Thy birth and Thy life, 
Through Thy Cross and Passion, 
Through Thy death and burial, 
Through the merits of Thy blessed Mother Mary, 
Through the merits of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, 

On the Day of Judgment, deliver us, O Lord!
We sinners, beseech Thee hear us. 

That Thou spare us, We beseech Thee, hear us. 
That Thou wilt pardon us, etc. 
That Thou wilt convert us to true penance, 
That Thou wilt give and preserve the fruits of the earth, 
That Thou wilt protect and propagate Thy holy Church, 
That Thou wilt preserve peace and concord among the nations, 
That Thou wilt give eternal rest to the souls of the departed, 
That Thou wilt come to our aid through the intercession of the Holy Helpers, 
That through the intercession of St. George Thou wilt preserve us in the Faith, 
That through the intercession of St. Blaise Thou wilt confirm us in hope, 
That through the intercession of St. Erasmus Thou wilt enkindle in us Thy holy love, 
That through the intercession of St. Pantaleon Thou wilt give us charity for our neighbor, 
That through the intercession of St. Vitus Thou wilt teach us the value of our soul, 
That through the intercession of St. Christophorus Thou wilt preserve us from sin, 
That through the intercession of St. Dionysius Thou wilt give us tranquillity of conscience, 
That through the intercession of St. Cyriacus Thou wilt grant us resignation to Thy holy will, 
That through the intercession of St. Eustachius Thou wilt give us patience in adversity, 
That through the intercession of St. Achatius Thou wilt grant us a happy death, 
That through the intercession of St. Giles Thou wilt grant us a merciful judgment, 
That through the intercession of St. Margaret Thou wilt preserve us from Hell, 
That through the intercession of St. Catherine Thou wilt shorten our Purgatory, 
That through the intercession of St. Barbara Thou wilt receive us in Heaven, 
That through the intercession of all the Holy Helpers Thou wilt grant our prayers,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, ye Fourteen Holy Helpers. 
R. That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.

Let us Pray.

ALMIGHTY and eternal God,
Who hast bestowed extraordinary graces and gifts on Thy Saints George, Blaise, Erasmus, Pantaleon, Vitus, Christophorus, Dionysius, Cyriacus, Eustachius, Achatius, Giles, Margaret, Catherine, and Barbara, and hast illustrated them by miracles; we beseech Thee to graciously hear the petitions of all who invoke their intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who didst miraculously fortify the Fourteen Holy Helpers in the confession of the Faith; grant us, we beseech Thee, to imitate their fortitude in overcoming all temptations against it, and protect us through their irttercession in all dangers of soul and body, so that we may serve Thee in purity of heart and chastity of body. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOURTEEN Holy Helpers, who served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific vision in Heaven; because thou persevered till death thou gained the crown of eternal life. Remember the dangers that surround us in this vale of tears, and intercede for us in all our needs and adversities. Amen.

Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God, I honor thee as mighty intercessors, and come with filial confidence to thee in my needs, for the relief of which I have undertaken to make this novena. Help me by thy intercession to placate God's wrath, which I have provoked by my sins, and aid me in amending my life and doing penance. Obtain for me the grace to serve God with a willing heart, to be resigned to His holy will, to be patient in adversity and to persevere unto the end, so that, having finished my earthly course, I may join thee in Heaven, there to praise for ever God, Who is wonderful in His Saints. Amen

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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