Monday, May 30, 2011

A year has gone by

We are coming up to the end of a year.
On June 10, Frodo will be a year old.  and just 12 days later will mark the one year anniversary of my father dying.

I am not looking forward to the next few weeks.

I would I could just hide under a rock until the time passes, but I can't.

There is a birthday party to plan and an anniversary mass to request.

Better get on with it

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Interesting Information on the GIRM as it was approved for use in Canada, by Rome

I purchased a copy of Celebrate in Song, from the CCCB.  I will NOT be discussing the music composed for the resource.  All I will say about the music for the liturgy is that I am most happy that the new translation is set to chant and it is being encouraged that all the English speaking countries learn the ICEL chant.   Yeah,

But I did write a letter to the NLO to say that in "Celebrate in Song" the rubrics had no indication as to when we were to kneel, and I asked if that meant we were no longer meant to kneel, had I missed them, if so direct me to them, or if they had been omitted would an errata notice be published.

The e-mail went all the way to Fr. Bill Burke, Director of the National Liturgy Office of Canada.

He was very kind and said, that they "were not included in Celebrate in Song"  and "they were not included in the body of the text of the Roman Missal"...."because the General Instruction allows for a variety of practice and the Bishop of the diocese will make the decision as to which approved option is to apply in his diocese."

That was why "they could not put in them in a National resource."

He went on to say that "these options will appear in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal."

I look forward to the pubblication of the GIRM, and further I look forward to finding out which option Archibishop Collins will choose for the Archdiocese of Toronto.

May Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, and Mother of the Church, guide our bishop to choose the most revererent and best options for the archdiocese. Amen

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How's that for a flower garden?

This beautiful "carpet" is created every year in the Grand Palace in Brussels . It's made entirely with fresh flowers - begonias. What a breathtaking sight! Isn't it wonderful that there is so much beauty in this world and the computer enables all to enjoy it.


If you want a larger image, click on the images

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Canada drops 240 'smart' bombs on Libya, won't reveal cost of mission

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canadian warplanes have dropped 240 laser-guided bombs on Libyan targets since March 31, the military says.

But the Canadian Forces have deemed several other key aspects of the country's mission in Libya too sensitive for public consumption.

That includes the cost to taxpayers of those 227-kilogram bombs, the price tag of the Libya mission to date, and whether or not Canadian jets are part of the escalating NATO attacks on the capital of Tripoli.

"There are many more details like this that could be deduced from an analysis of a lot of little pieces of information. That's the basis of why we have those concerns about operational security."

Copyright © 2011 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

We're bombing Libya and Layton wants to know about the cost, and then about the civilian casualties. 
What, he wants to work out a price per kill ratio.  WTF

Looks like we're involved in a "regime change."  (Don't flame me for quoting Bush)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bear has finally gotten around to

giving me the approximate dimensions of the embroidered panels I need to do.

measurements in imperial inches not metric centimetres

There are 2 panels  @ abt 8 .5 X 16.25
and 1 @  abt 15 X  20.5 

Well all that tells me is that the designs I do have are not the right size, so I need to find new designs

I got this in my email.

I really don't like chain mail, especially religiously themed emails, but who am I to deny people who want to perform the novena for its own sake, the opportunity to do so,  so here it is.

I won't name any one, because I think everyone is worthy to say a novena, and you can decide for yourself if you want/need to.
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 14:42:08 -0400
Please keep this going.....Her journey begins today

Today begins the Novena of the Apparition of the Virgin of Fatima: When you receive the email, say a Hail Mary and also ask for a special favour:

"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


(specify your request)

Please do not break the Novena - send it to a few people (12 if you can manage), who you think deserve it

Happy Victoria Day

With all the Rapture and Judgement day talk I forgot to wish all of you  Happy Victoria Day.

In case some don't know.  Victoria Day is the day we observe the reigning monarch's birthday.  Though May 24 was Victoria R. birthday, and our present Queen's official birthday is in April, I think.  Instead of changing the observance everytime the monarch would or could change, they (parliament) decided that no matter when the Birthday really was, it would be observed on the Monday on or before the 24th day of May.

So, in honour of the Queen's Birthday, a toast

The Queen.

New links

I've just discovered a couple of blogs by Hildebrand.  You may or may not know him/her not sure

Two blogs

Temple Police

and Around the World in 80 Beers

Please visit 80 beers. jack up his hits. 

Did I ever mention I love Beer.  Pilsners are my favourite.  (Labbatt's Blue - yummy)  Apologies to my Irish Husband but I really never developed a taste for Guiness. 

Anyhoo.  Visit the blogs. Encourage him to post on Temple Police (Right now he has no posts)

I've also deleted a few blogs that I either don't really read or that they don't update often and I can get to them from hubby's blog anyway

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I have now beaten the computer at chess 4 times

Well, it's only level one, and I had to play in excess of 80 games so my percentage of games won is around 5 % but hey I beat a computer

Friday, May 20, 2011

Michael Voris going to Antigonish

Bishop Lahey, should be strung up, not only for the child porn, or the mess he made of the CBWIII, but also for leaving Antigonish in such a state that Michael Voris from has to go and help them.

Michael Voris was called in to speak at the Lay Catholics Conference. in Antigonish.

Michael Voris was banned from speaking in Scranton by the bishop.  Yes, I have read the defence, "But they let pro aborts speak." Everyone is quick to attack the bishops for banning him, even the NCFishwrap has spoken out against banning Voris from speaking.  Him speaking is supported by the Fishwrap.  That can't be good. "Michael Voris speaks the truth." is a common praise refrain of his fans.  Does he speak the truth?  I don't know everything in Canon Law, or the doctrines of the Church down to it's minutest details. but... 

He spoke out against Gays in the Military.  I don't know anywhere in Catholic teaching that prohibits gays from serving their country and be willing to die to pritect their fellow citizens.  I think that it a matter for Caesar, not the Church. The Church speaks out anf forbids homosexual acts as being inherently disordered.  But being in the military is not a homosexual act, and it is not disordered, so it isn't the Church that has a problem with it, no church teaching speaks out against it. So as long, and the gay man or woman doesn't have sex when they are on duty, actually I hope the heterosexual military personnel don't have sex whilst on duty either, it's perfectly acceptable legally and militarily and canonically.  So when he speaks aginst having them serve, it is his mind, not the Church's.  Show me in what Church document it says that Gays can't serve their country!

He is partnered with He has a show on their website, The Vortex.

When I had the URL, I was told in no uncertain terms that since I wasn't sanctioned by the Church I couldn't use the name Catholic.  This was pointed out to me by an admirer of Michael Voris.  I've gone to Michael Voris' website and it states, in short, that it is not a mouthpiece for the Catholic Church.  I sent him a email pointing out the canon law, as was done to me, and I haven't received an answer.  All I wanted to know is which bishop gave them permission to use the name Catholic.
They haven't answered.  Why won't they say who gave them permission to use the name
And if they aren't sanctioned by the Church why would a man who is loyal to the magisterium, be associated with them?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What to write

Sometimes I look at my stats and wonder why people find particular posts interesting enough to come by.  Then I post osmeting I htink they will like and no one comes by.  I h ave no idea what I should write about.  Maybe the problem isn't so much about writing what people want to read, but rather what they need to hear.  THe only problem with that is the very limited times I have done that, some one always gets pissed off.

Please check in once in a while while I figure out what my next post will be.  I am considering doing five topics.  ONe each day of the week.  One Day of the week the topic will  always be the embroidery for the altar and then other religious embroidery.

Another might be showcasing a particular saint.  First Tuesday - a Doctor of the Church, Second Tuesday a Religious ( be it priest, or nun) 3rd Tuesday a martyr - either male or female. 4th Tuesday a layperson.  And the rare fifth Tuesday - any ideas?

Now ideas for Wednesdays - Catechism 1010, ah may be not

Any way I'll keep thinking about it and let you know as I progress


Friday, May 13, 2011

For crashed and other deadly computer problems, like blogger going nuts

As catholics we ask the saints to pray for us and intercede for us when we have a problem.  Those of us on blogger the last couple of days have had problems mainly because Blogger was trying to correct problems.  And who of us has not had problems with our machines.

Now we all know that St. Isidore is the patron of  Computers and the Internet.  But sometimes it isn't enough to just get a solution but we need a solution quickly.  For expidited solution I offer you St. Expeditus. 

I know that can't possibly be a real saint.  Well, yes and no.  No his name is probably St. Elipidius, who was a roman soldier defending Rome against the Barbarians, when he decided to become a christian.  The Devil appeared to him in the form of a raven and cried "cras, cras, cras" (Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow) to which Elipdius answered "hodie, hodie, hodie" (Today, today today)  So for quick solutions to problems ( like your computer dies and your daughter's essay is due the next day) Pray to Saint Elipdius (St.Expiditus)

Apparently his name cahnged from Elipidius to Expeditus because the nuns received a package containing his remains and it was marked Expedite, which they translated into Roman Expeditus.  (Is this true, I don't know, but it's just strange that it could be.)  Now why would there be a nine day novena, for a Patron of  quick  solutions or decisions but anyway  there you go.


Please note The tradition seems to be that when St. Expeditus has assisted in gaining your petitions for you, you are to promote him, as a Catholic Saint, because unfortunately this saint as been co-opted by the voodoo and hoodoo ists.  I have not yet prayed the novena, because, I haven't had to yet

The Instruction on Summorum Pontificum

After fears of Summorum Pontificum was going to be watered down, as I stated here first, it would be, mainly because Pope Benedict XVI is not wishy washy,  I don't see him as taking away quickly what he first gives. Infact, the instruction in osme ways answers alot of questions that Summorum Pontificum raised.  And it even tells bishops to back off, and permit it, and offer priests and seminarians the oppprotunity to be formed in the EF and it clearly states that there is no number assciated with coetus who migh twant to EF in their parish or at that church, and no pastor should deny it if a priest wishes to celebrate it.  It should be allowed within the schedule of masses permitted in the parish.

It also goes on to say that the laws are enforced as they would have been enforced in 1962, therefore laws mise en rigeur after 1962 do not apply to the 1962 EF Mass.

Fr. Z. explains this and I will link to his articles here.

Now Fr. Z mentions 2 laws enacted after 1962.

One: female altar servers
Two: permanent diaconate

NOw as I read it

If neither altar girls or permanent deacons (this includes married permanent deacons)  were licit in 1962 they shouldn't be allowed in the 1962 Mass.

Now Fr. Z clearly and correctly argues that since altar girls were made licit after 1962, the law legitimizing altar girls does not apply to the 1962 Mass.  I concur.

But Fr. Z seems to think that permanent deacons are deacons are therefore have a role in the EF, that of deacon.  I disagree.

In 1962 the law stated that 1: only altar server was male  and 2: the only deacon permitted was the transitional deacon.

So As I see it, according to the Instruction. 

The EF cannot have Female Alar Servers or Permanent Deacons, especially not married Permanent Deacons.

But hey that's just me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

It's Census Day in Canada.

Bear and I received the short form.  I would have preferred the long form.  I do a lot of geneological research and the amount of information I have gotten from the past censes has been indescribably beneficial.  There was a huge debate( read contoversy) when the government wanted to scrap the long form. 

I, for one, would have preferred the long form.  How else is the government supposed to figure out how many children need childcare or schools.  How many are possibly going to university in the future. How many elderly require special programs  etc etc. 

There is a Household survey, which has taken the place of the Obligatory Long form but it is only voluntary.

And the Agricultural Survey is still around.

I viewed the Household Survey online.  It isn't too invasive. 

And you are asked on all three forms,  point blank if in 92 years your census answers can be made available to family and historical researchers.  In fact each person in the census is required to answer and must be directly asked.  ( I asked Frodo, he squealed happily, I took that as a yes)  I would like to know how to get this the Household Survey. I feel it is important for future generations and historians to understand exactly what the Canadian Family looks like.  But hey that's just me.

To fellow Canadians fill out your census forms.  Furture generations want and need to know. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Days

To all the mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, and godmothers out there. 

God bless you all.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Husband's rant

Read it here

What can I say, sometimes I agree with him.

The CCCB did put out something, very lame in my opinion

"The Most Reverend Raymond Lahey, former Bishop of Antigonish, has pled guilty to possession of child pornography. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops condemns all forms of sexual exploitation, especially involving minors, and continues to work to prevent such behaviour and to bring healing to the victims and their families.

"Recognizing the confusion and anger that this case has engendered among many of the faithful, we underscore our pastoral concern for those who have experienced great pain as a result of these events. In a special way our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Diocese of Antigonish and all the Atlantic region.

"We reiterate the Catholic Church’s long-standing condemnation of the possession, distribution and use of child pornographic images in all forms, and renew our resolve to do everything we can to promote the dignity and respect of the human person.”

4 May 2011

This Bishop needs more than to have his resignation accepted.  The CCCB has removed him from their list of Bishops.  Rome needs to demote and laicize him. Holy Father say something to your sheep.

Peter do you love me
Yes Lord,
Feed my sheep.

The Vatican has made a statement 

Okay only thing missing is the day of his laicization

For everyone


And because Dim Bulb said he liked them

Monday, May 2, 2011

Live stream of Vatican Blognic

from Source

Live Broadcasting by Ustream

The FBI most wanted is dead

FBI Most Wanted Poster Photo - click to go to Poster

Before today, whenever I thought about the day when he would be captured I always thought I would have positive feelings, if not outright joy, a certain sense of contentment that he was captured.  But I hear the words and I feel sad.  How many did he kill, how many died to get him, how many wars launched.  For this lousy waste of skin. And yet the mandatum is to love and pray for your enemies.

Eternal Rest...

Blessed Pope John Paul II's Crypt

Ora Pro Nobis

For those of us who can't travel to the crypt.

More About the Altar the Bear is Building

Go read it here

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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