Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Toronto's Vicar for the Liturgy sends a letter to the pastors UPDATED

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June 21, 2011

Dear Father,

I would like to provide several updates regarding the implementation of the revised Roman Missal and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal in our Archdiocese.

1. We have been informed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) that both the English translation of the revised Roman Missal and General Instruction (GIRM) will take effect in dioceses throughout Canada on the First Sunday of Advent (November 27/28, 2011). Archbishop Collins has authorized that parishes may begin to learn the new, sung mass settings and employ them in the liturgy as of September 25, 2011. Other than these settings, the newly translated prayers (collects, prefaces, etc.) of the Missal may not be used without specific permission before the First Sunday of Advent.

2. Four musical settings have been approved by the Bishops for use in Canada: three commissioned by the CCCB and the "Chants of the Roman Missal" by the ICEL (International Commission on English in the Liturgy). Thus, in addition to the setting which will be found in the Missal, the CCCB also approved these settings as presented in "Celebrate in Song":

• "Mass Setting A" by Fr. Geoffrey Angeles,

• "Mass Setting B" (Mass of the Holy Family) by John Dawson,

• "Mass Setting C" by Michel Guimont.

To help provide a spirit of unity and collaboration for all those involved in assisting our parishioners in full and active participation in the Eucharist, we are inviting parishes to utilize two settings during the first year of implementation of the new Roman Missal. We must be fully aware that all other settings presently being used are not to be employed in the parishes after the First Sunday of Advent because they do not reflect the new translation. This will be a significant change for choirs and cantors.


3. You are invited to choose from a) ICEL Chants setting and b) one of the approved three CCCB sung settings. You can hear the settings by visiting our resources page of the Archdiocesan Roman Missal site: www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal/resources.htm. This will allow parishioners, music ministers and clergy to collaborate on teaching and implementing musical settings that will become familiar to congregations at all masses. Please note: all the mass settings presently being used at parish liturgies need to be replaced by the new authorized settings effective the First Sunday of Advent 2011. The desire for a unity of musical settings in your parish may be challenging but your guidance and encouragement will make this exercise of decision-making a positive moment in liturgical renewal.

4. We are aware that parishes have received other musical settings, including those from the United States. In order to foster unity, we ask all parishes to use the mass settings from the CCCB for the first year of implementation. Your cooperation is appreciated in adopting this approach in your parish.

Thank you to all those who participated in the recent workshop related to the music settings presented in "Celebrate in Song" and approved for use in Canada. More than 450 people were in attendance for the gathering, a wonderful response to the first of many planned sessions with parish musicians.

A reminder: workshops will be held for all priests in early September regarding the implementation of the revised Roman Missal and GIRM. Letters of invitation will be sent this summer indicating locations and RSVP information. Implementation materials will be forthcoming and presented in more detail at the September clergy meetings. In the interim, we have compiled a list of background resources that may be of assistance to parishes which can be found at: www.archtoronto.org/romanmissal/resources.htm. The Archdiocese, working with the CCCB, will also be making pew cards available in the fall to assist parishioners. Order forms for this resource will be available in the coming months.

Thank you for your continued support of this important liturgical initiative as we work together to strengthen our celebration of the Eucharist for the faithful of the Archdiocese.

Sincerely in Christ,

(Most Rev.) John A. Boissonneau
Vicar for Liturgy

Monday, June 27, 2011

Taliban use girl, 8, as bomb mule in attack on Afghanistan police post

Get these people off my planet

I have an eight year old, and this makes me sick. Honestly, these "men" and I use the word very loosely, are without a doubt the sickest, most evil persons on the planet.  And cowards to boot.

As much as I detest suicide bombers, they, at least, have the strength and courage of their convictions to carry out the attacks themselves.  (Okay, they think they will die martyrs and gain 72 virgins on the other side) At least they are courageous enough and are willing to die in their own bomb attack.

But these disgusting creatures, used an innocent 8 year old girl.  Did she even know the politics behind what they asked her to do, nay, did she even know what was in the bag? How many virgins does she get?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sage Advice

My cousin has the following statement after her signature in her emails:

Never have someone be your priority when you are only an option.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Christ's mandate

Christ's mandate is that we love each other.  He adds alot of modifiers, but it always come back to loving each other.

Now there are different types of love.  And one loves a spouse differently then a parent, and a sibling differently than a friend.  But love, at it's core, it is basically, and I am oversimplifying it, to want the very best for the other person.

What if though, you want the very best for someone, but you don't like them. 

In short, does anyone else out there love (genuinely care about, and want the best for) someone  they don't like?

Depression makes one ask weird questions.

Canada Day is Coming Up

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm depressed

No, that's it, I'm depressed.

I'm feeling like I must be the most horrible person in the world.

No explanation. Just am.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled lives.

Poll Results

OK, those of you (2) who were brave enough to ask the question.  My compliments to you, not only for your sanity but your courage to face the insanity of your personal world enough to ask that question.

Now, for those (2) to afraid to even ask the question: Here's a thought, If you never thought of asking the question how do you know you mightbe afraid of the answer.  In short, you have asked yourself the question and you are afraid that you might be insane, but because you can at least consider insanity, means that you are indeed sane.

As my abnormal psych Prof. once said: Insanity is a sane reaction to an insane situation.

Then I must be in an insane situation at the moment

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Have you ever had one of those days,

when you are really really pissed off and upset and justifiably and righteously angry, but all you've got are sound bite opinions and can't make a logical argument in any way shape or form, making you even more frustrated.

So I will give you my sound bites and maybe you can figure out my position

The EIE (That's the:  Equity and Inclusivity Education, there Red) Policy was approved back in May by the TCDSB (That's the Toronto Catholic District School Board, there Red)

A Trustee of that same School board, in her newsletter, brought home by our daughter, states clearly that Archbishop Collins approved the EIE, and stated that it met the goals of the School Board, in reference to teaching the faith.

If this is true, could she please explain to me, why then he sent a a notice to the churches asking the faithful to sign a petition to reject the Policy as written. Huh?

I stated that the School Board needs to protect our children.  I was rebuked for saying that. It's the bishop's faults, it's the parent's fault, it's McGuinty's faut (that's the premier, Ontario's Governor, there Red) and more than that it is the trustees' fault. But it is not the fault of those who work for the Board.

Really. Seven trustees, came up with amendments that would have gone a long way to protecting the denominational rights of the board schools, which the Supreme court of Canada has stated are absolute.  No law can abrogate those rights.  And yet the committee set up to examine the amendments, disapproved of more than half of the amendments.  The advice they were getting was from Board staff, and Board hired lawyers.  I even think the commitee consisted on Board Staff, not trustees. So tell me again how board staff are not responsible. But the Trustees are responsible.

McGuinty is a wuss.  He's worse than that he's a political wuss. When the Homosexual Special interest groups wanted to get gay sex ed into the elementary Public Schools, the parents protested and he backed down.  Can't the bishops do the same thing with this EIE crap.  McGuinty gets petitions and a protest out side his office from the taxpayers/voters and he will back down. He did it before, he will back down again. Mc Guinty is a non issue.  All we need is the parents and the bishops, and the teachers, protesting down at Queen's Park (that's the Provincial House of Commons, the provincial legislature, there Red), and case closed.

As for the parents.  Well, yeah, if the parents did there jobs properly, and instruct there kids, then there kids would be in no dangers of being led astray.  Our daughter was able to see through the GSA ( Gay Straight Alliance) presentation, where they openly mocked said the church is wrong,  beautifully.

Those are my sound bites

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Really don't like the EF of The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

At the risk of being flamed, I just wanted to get that out there.

Now, I detest the clown masses and the this masses and the that masses.

What I prefer is the OF of the Holy Mass, done properly, according to the rubrics.

But my particular gripe against the EF is that well, all the times I've attended the EF, it has been almost all sottovoce. 

I have the booklet, I follow along, and I get to the part where it says 3 bells and all I hear is 1.

So I figure I'm at the wrong part, so I skip ahead to where it says 1 bell, and then when I get to the next bells, there is silence, and the priest isn't doing what the missal says he should be doing. I get lost. 

Now, I fully admit, that maybe just maybe, I am an idiot. ( Though, my IQ has been tested at 150, but let's just say I am too stupid to figure it out.)  I find it irritating to be lost, and can't orient myself to the bells and the priests posture.

Though I have heard there are priests who celebrate ad alta voce the EF, not apparently near where I live.

So If anyone is taking a survey of who likes which form I prefer a well celebrated OF.

Oh, and though I don't wear a mantilla at present, because Frodo thinks it neat to pull it off my head, and when I put a hairpin to hold it in place he pulled so hard, it tore. An antique mantilla, ruined.

That's it

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bear and Puff are Horrible parents


Bear (paraphrasing Robert Heinlein) : You see kids, it's like this: A family is a mixture of anarchy and tyranny, without the slightest shred of democracy.

Galadriel: What does that mean?

Bear: In practical terms, it means you and the younger kids are free to do as you please, unless Mom and I say otherwise, which is not subject to debate, vote, or appeal.

Galadriel: That's not fair!

Bear: True.

Puff: True. And it gets worse. If I've said, "No," and Dad says, "Yes,"  the answer is still  - no.

Bear: And if I've said, "No," and Mom says, "Yes," the answer is still - no.

Galadriel:  But why?

Puff: Because the one who said no, may have a very good reason that the other( parent)  doesn't know about.

Bear: In other words, NO trumps YES

Galadriel: That's not fair.

About EIE at the TCDSB

According to Canon Law, it is forbidden for a Catholic to belong to any group whose philosophy is contary to catholic Church teaching.  For a Catholic to belong to such a group is  latae sententiae excommunication.   That means that no ecclesiastical authority needs to pronounce the judgement.  You do it to yourself, by joining and espousing the philosophy of am organization which is blatantly hostile to Catholicism

One such group to which Catholics are forbidden to subscribe are the FreeMasons, another is any Planned Parenthood or Pro-Choice organisation, among others.

The GSA, has shown clearly, by its presentation, is hostile to Catholicism. For a Catholic Board to permit this group into the Schools, where children, not yet fully formed in the Faith, but post Confirmation, who have taken their bapstismal vows of there own accord, may be encouraged to join, they are in grave danger of excommunication, most especially, if they begin to espouse the GSA party line: The church is wrong.

What then of the children's confirmation, and their Baptism oaths which they promised of their own accord in Confirmation.

I'm disgusted

Fellow Catholics, please pray that our Trustees grow a few pairs.

The Supreme Court of Canada, has stated for the record that denominational rights of the school boards, Catholic in Ontario and Anglican in Quebec, are absolute as guaranteed in the constitution. McGuinty threat to remove funding from catholic schools because they insist on maintaining the Catholic Faith is unconstitutional. All this crap came about and was possible when the board accepted money for grades 11 and 12. Tear up the agreement.  Every Catholic School should pull out as St. Mike's did. way back when.

If that means that funding falls back to the end of grade 10, then so be it.

Apparently it isn't the custodians fault.  And there are lots of people who work for the board, who have tried to fight this.  Therefore I have removed my statement against the rank and file employees of the board.

But I have done what was asked. The Archbishop asked us to sign a petition to ask the trustees to defeat the motion to accept this version of the policy.

It was Father's Day, Yesterday and the day before

Bear, on Saturday, had taken out Arwen for a Arwen and Daddy day.  She's been feeling a little neglected ever since Frodo was born, and Nonno dying and Nonna needing attention, and and and.

So she decided that they would go to the Art Gallery of Ontario./ Bear loves the AGO.

Now there was great preparation for this event.

First I had to "steal" dad's keychain  after he went to sleep on Friday; she had made a key chain fob at school and we put his keys on the fob, and then she put it in a box, and put it in her pocket. Then when dad was looking for his keys, I was supposed to get him to stop looking after five minutes.  I was supposed to say something like:  Look they've got to be in the house, you go and have fun, and I will ask St. Anthony's to help.  Give Tony a few hours to locate the keys.

No Problem.  Anyway, they head off.

When they get back,  Bear knocks on the door, I don't answer, and then Arwen gives him the fob.

Arwen has a knack for not only giving gifts, but knowing how to present the gifts.

Sunday, it was dad's choice as to what we did.  He chose visiting his mum and the cemetary to visit his dad.
It was a pleasant reflective day- And Trinity Sunday to boot.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's Father's Day, tomorrow

I hate Father's day.

Being forced as a kid to make dumb tokens of affections at school, and then presenting them to my father, was shear torture. Writing cards that expressed love and respect, made me sick.  My dad was, for all intent and purposes, a  mongrel. An alcoholic, abusive mongrel.

When I was 14, he got angry with me, for coming home late from school, (15 minutes, subway delayed) and he slammed me up against the wall, held me by the neck against the wall so that my feet were dangling. I couldn't breathe: I faked passing out,( I was going to pass out anyway, but I thought if I "passed out" quickly, he might let me go sooner.) It worked. He let me go. Long story short,  I hauled out and punched him square in the face.  Gave him a bloody nose and told him he ever touched me again I was going to kill him

He never struck me again. Never hugged me either.  The next time he inititated physical contact with me, was when he walked me down the aisle, kissed me as he lifted my veil, and then at the reception during the Bride/father dance. 18 years ago.

Ten years ago, I asked for absolution for striking my father, all those years ago. My Confessor said, two things, one "good for you!" and two, as penance , forgive your father.

I said that I didn't feel forgiveness for him yet

He said, forgiveness is an act, not a feeling. Do the action and the feeling will follow.

Walking home from Confession, I whispered sottovoce, to no one in particular, "Papa` I forgive you." It was an act of forgiveness.

Two months later, I said, "Papa` I forgive you." again  to no one in particular, and it was a statement of fact.

Yet,  still,  the last time I initated physical contact with him was when I kissed him as he lay in a coma, brought on by the effects of Cirrhosis of the liver, last year on Fathers' Day.

He dies two days later,  I perform my duties, arrange the funeral etc, and yet, as much as I wept, I still haven't grieved.
I miss him, I hate that he is dead. I don't hate him, now, but I don't know if what I feel is filial love either.

So today, in his name, I had a glass of wine, and said  a Pater Noster, and an Ave for him ( Not necessarily in that order)

Did I mention I really hate Father's Day

Friday, June 17, 2011

Okay I have a question

On some conservative blogs, I notice that some complain about women wearing pants.

Firstly, pants originally meant (underwear) now women wearing underwear, you'd think that a conservative would highly approve of women NOT going commando.

Assuming that by pants they ( those opposed to women wearing them) mean slacks then my question changes to:

What's wrong with women wearing slacks?

I live in my slacks, jeans, etc.  I am a SAHM mother, and I don't vacuum or clean house, or play on the floor with Frodo in my cashmere sweater set, A-line skirt with crinoline, high heels and pearls ( I'm trying to allude to June Cleaver) when I do. 

So exactly what's the beef with slacks and jeans for women?

I, gasp, have even worn slacks, nicely pressed, and clean, to mass on Sundays.  I don't see the problem. 

They cover my legs, more and better than a skirt or dress.  If Frodo is on my lap and starts acting up, he can't cause my lap be become uncovered, as he has done when I am wearing a dress or skirt. So really what's the big deal?

It's amazing what kids research on the internet

Heard from the Living Room -  Galadriel to younger sister, Arwen

Hey, Arwen, guess what the IQ of a moron is?


Below 70  And the IQ of an idiot is below 20

What's the IQ of a tool?

Doesn't say- must be 0

Hey, you call me all three.

FYI-  Our search engine has the safety enabled, but that only filters for sexual content not general politeness.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Proverbs 6: 16-19

16 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.

Douay Rheims Version

There are those of us, who will see others in each of these above descriptions.  But how many of us see ourselves in the second half of the last verse

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Please note, this I thought to post because of my husband's post here, and the Fr. Z(ed) posts to which he links.  But I realise that, as bloggers, I need to heed this as well. 

Ranter has a good verse too

Do not return insult with insult. - hmmmmm

Two things

One, Vancouver should be dejected at having lost the Stanley Cup. Dejection and Sadness I understand.

Two, Vancouver should be ashamed of the rioting that ensued. Rioting and torching cars and basic baffoonery I don't.

And as for all the armchair stickhandlers who will undoubtedly blame one player or another, I say this, if you could have done better, why aren't you in the NHL.

I am disgusted with my fellow Canadians

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I just had a very sobering thought

Whilst reading Fr. Z(ed) I had this thought.(I know wat Bear wrote, and he is right, but bear (pardon the pun) with me)

Christ said that we would not be condemned for anything we put into out mouths, but by what comes out of our mouths.

Then it occurred to me that that means I will be judged by what comes off my keyboard.

And what's more; deleting anything now, doesn't matter, because well, like saying something, putting something out on the ether, it stays there forever.

Quite a sobering thought actually..

And you thought Gwyneth Paltrow was off her nut for naming her child Apple

Teachers Lie

I love this meme. I so wish it were true

This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy
Aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities
off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio
conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on
10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to
avoid collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again,
divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.


Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
The US NAVY has actually gone and denied this story. But really, wouldn't you expect them to deny deny deny. And they never actually denied it happened to the USS Abaraham Lincoln.

Question what are that many USNavy warships doing in Canadian waters? Huh

Heard on the -- University Bus

Fine Art Student talking to another Fine Art Student about a non present third Fine Art Student.

1: "So, anyway, I'm looking at his work and I'm trying to find something to say, and all I could think of is, 'Well, it's thoughtprovoking!"
2: Ooh, that bad
1: Worse, Anyway he comes back with, "I know, it's really in-your-face, isn't it?"  I nodded, but all I could think was "More like up your a$$"

Maybe, despite it all some Fine Art Students do get it.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Change the clothes, and these could be present day families

You know people like these two couples- come on you know you do.

It might surprise you to know this but I am a feminist

If I were to go down the list of 100 feminist articles of faith, I would be answering ninety-five of them like this
yes, yup, hell ya, damn straight, you betcha, . But because I disagree with about 5 of them, I am not feminist enough, I can not actually call myself a feminist.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What's wrong with defending a good bishop?


The problem is who determines if he is a good bishop

What's wrong with slamming a bad bishop?


The problem is who decides he's a bad bishop.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Trip Jar is almost Full

We set up a trip jar, originally it was called the Montreal Jar.  I for a few years wanted to go to Montreal.  But we never had the money, it seemed.  So Bear instituted the Montreal Jar.  Any spare change found around the house, Language money ( money owed when foul language was used),  coins found in the pockets of laundry. Money in the seat cushions , you get the idea.  All went into the Montreal Jar.  It took just under a year, bu we managed to save about $1000.00.  We took it and visited my aunt in Montreal and took in some churches.

There was some good money left over so having the leftover as seed we said we'd continue saving, this time Bear would choose where we would go. The jar was renamed the Trip Jar, but we still called it the Montreal Jar.  He wanted Ottawa. But the only time we could take off, once you factored in everyone's schooling, and exams, and blackout dates for he who works outside the home, and the Canada weekend plus 3 days prior is all we could get.  And being our nation's day, we thought of Ottawa, our Nation's Capital, except apparently the Waleses are also coming and there isn't an available room in all of G-Town.

So Bear, is thinking of some place else.  -  There are more churches in Montreal he'd like to see, and this time take me, since Frodo is not so tied to me, and can actually travel quite well.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Because some people forget this

When the Supreme Pontiff speaks or writes ex Cathedra,  he speaks infallibly and what he says is doctrine and it is a case of Roma locuta est Causa finita est.  Done finished. 

Though being Catholics we will most definitely debate what the latin "really means" in short the Pope only said what we think he said, and we generally think he didn't say what we wanted him to say.

Further when The Holy Father speaks other than Ex cathedra, but speaks and issues the statement as having the force of canon law, we either say the law is too stringent or too lax, it goes too far or not far enough. But it is generally understood that the law will be eternal until a subsequent Pontiff obrogates that particular piece canon law.

Now When the Holy Father grants an indult.  If it is an indult we like, we cheer and applaud and support the indult and get very upset when others refuse to acknowledge that the indult was granted to begin with.
And those of us who disapprove of the indult will stand firm and say that it should never have been granted and that it can be struck down and just because it is allowed doesn't mean it should be done.

What's wrong with this?

EF vs OF :: Mary333 says it beautifully.

Catholic Infighting

How many of my fellow bloggers have visited sites and found arguments (note that I did not use the word debates) going on about the Novus Ordo Mass and the Traditional Latin Mass? I keep accidentally stumbling upon blogs that bicker about this subject quite frequently. Why all this Catholic infighting? I do not know but I will say this:

Read the Nicene Creed and particularly note the words, We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

This Catholic infighting, especially when it becomes disrespectful, causes disunity in the Church and at times harms the faith of others. To make matters worst, it surely grieves the Holy Spirit who is constantly at work bringing us to union with one another in Christ. Some sites go as far as to suggest that the Novus Ordo Mass is invalid. In all honesty, those who insinuate such a thing are walking on very thin ice indeed - for at that very Mass that you mock .... the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ is offered and it is no small thing to call this ultimate Sacrifice invalid. I would go so far as to say that you should bow your head in shame for even suggesting such a thing.

I don't get angry easily, but this Catholic infighting not only angers me, I am actually horrified by it. It doesn't bother me that people may prefer one Mass over the other - both are beautiful because of their intrinsic value. My Parish celebrates both the Novus Ordo Mass and the Traditional Latin Mass. While I may personally feel that one is more reverential than the other, I would never even THINK to suggest to anyone that either Mass is not valid.

This infighting brings me to ask this question:

Have people forgotten the law of love? Fighting doesn't solve anything. Those who argue over this issue are unwittingly being used as tools of the evil one to bring disharmony in Christ's beloved Church. Better to focus on the love your neighbor has for the Mass than to stand there and tell him what is wrong with the Mass he is attending! With so few going to Church these days we should be applauding every person who goes, not criticising them for what Mass they attend. It's also good to keep in mind the way the devil thinks - if he can keep Catholics busy bickering with one another there is less of a chance they'll draw others to Christ.

In 2 Timothy 2:14-16, St. Paul warns about these useless disputes. Jesus, himself, had strong words for the Pharisees and scribes (see Mt 23: 4-27 and Mt. 15: 1-20) but the words that strike me the most when it comes to Catholic infighting are these ....

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mt. 22:39

When trying to figure out to whom one should listen St. Theresa has a good guideline.

"About 1894 there appeared in France a series of self-styled revelations of the secrets of Freemasonry, published by a certain Dr. Bataille (Leon Taxil) and a woman called Diana Vaughan. These accounts gripped the imagination of the French public for a while. Later they were found to be false. The Servant of God took a certain interest in them at first, but long before there was any official denial of them she told us that they were not to be believed. Her only reason for rejecting them was the fact that Diana Vaughan once spoke against episcopal authority. 'That kind of thing cannot come from God, ' she said." - St. Therese By Those Who Knew Her

In short any who has ever spoken against episcopal authority, cannot be of God

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

ON Pain

Bear injured his knee ( bone injury) last week, and it improved a bit and then stopped improving.  I hope that it is just a naturally lull in the sequellae of the healing process and not indicative of that's as good as it's going to get.

I, this morning wrenched my back - I have no idea how,  I go to sit up and there goes my lower back   I could move, but with pain. Then I picked up Frodo to nurse him, and that  finished me off.

Bear took him and Galadriel and Arwen to mass.  I took a hot shower which allowed me the grace to move enough to settle myself down on the couch.

I will attempt to muster up enough courage to haul myself to the powder room and get some tylenol.  Hopefully that will help.


The New Translation Yippee, but some feel that it isn't enough.

Vox Cantoris

has a post which cites a priest who believes that the new translation is not enough.  That was is really necessary is a return of the Mass being celebrated Ad Orientem. 

As much as I think this would be admirable,laudable and even right, I don't think it would be doable.  OF is a dialogue mass, and a good many parts of the mass require dialogue with the priest.  Furthermore, for all those who prefer the OF and detest the EF, they would be so up in arms, I worry that a complete ad orientem mass might breed more discord.  I could just hear them now,  those EFfers, it's not enough that they have their own form, now they have to ram their form down our throats. Oh, you know I am right. 

Besides as the rubrics stand now, there are some parts in the mass rubrics that clearly say things like  the priest,  facing the people does this or that or something.   It would suggest that if the priest is told to face the peole now,  he, at the moment before, was not facing the people. I had a copy of Celebrate in Song, but I gave it to my MIL.  And yet I remember, of the few rubrics they did print in there, that they had one  or two "The priest facing the people, says/...)  One could argue then ,that except for those two parts the priest is NOT facing the people.

This means that the priest can already say the mass ad orientem at some places.  All then, that would be required would be his catachising the parish, about the change the priest would be making, not the mass itself.  Some of these particular rubrics haven't changed from the Latin, even after 40 years.

I agree with the priest, I too would like to see the altar set up symmetrically again ( candles on both ends of the mensa ( I would love the six ( 3 and 3) but even the two would be great) , crucifix in the middle, instead of the set up mentioned in the Priests letter on Vox Cantor's post.  Two candles or more on the left side and a basket of flowers ofn the right.  What the.. 

But I am not allowed to comment on the set up of the altar or sanctuary.  We have no say.  There are no altar guilds, there is only the Priest and the sacristan.

Maybe this priest should talk to other priests.  maybe, maybe.. just an idea.. since the Bishop is responsible for the administration and celebration of the sacraments and the liturgy in his diocese, he should write his bishop or, go further and send his letter to the National College of Bishops.  OR even to Ecclesia Dei, Or DWDS

Us discussing it ad nauseum here, does nothing.  He needs to talk to priests.

Family Dinners Omnibus Post

My family enjoyed themselves last night

Considering the fact the my sister and I have been arguing, I was a little worried about last night.  But my sister and her family and my mom, and my mom's friend came and enjoyed themselves.  Fun and goodtimes were was had by all.

I gave them the same dinner that my inlaws got last week.  ( It rained, so BBQ was out)

They liked it though, and stayed well past the dinner.  The kids enjoyed and that was the most important.

Bear did the dishes. ( Yay!)

I will upate this post with photos soon.

As for next week, Bear decided (and since it is his family he gets to decide) the menu will be .....

One with many choices.  Mantilla covered nod to Dim Bulb, Bear loved your idea, and I have barely any prep time and nothing to do after they arrive - yay me

The Prep time in bold red

Home made hamburgers 
A surprisingly easy recipe to prep --and when I add tomato sauce, it doubles as my meatloaf recipe. And should it rain it will become meatloaf  
(prep 10 minutes - up to two hours before) 
store bought
(5 seconds place scissors scissors handily near the BBQ, so chef can cut the packages)

Toasted ~Or~ Not
My Bakery makes small Italian rolls that are absolutely delicious.
Hotdogs will have the packaged buns
(ah, 2 minute to pre-cut the hamburger buns)

Potato French Fries ( in oven)
Vinegar ~Or~Not  
(2 seconds to turn on the oven to preheat, and 1 minute to lay them out on the pan, 1 minute to take out of oven and place in giant bowl)

Vegetable based ~Or~Not
All ~Or~Some
Lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, catsup, peppers
Mustard, Bear's famous BBQ sauce, HP Sauce, Vinegar (white or Red Wine)
(5 minutes  to slice the tomatoes and onions, I can do this at the same time I prep the burgers up to two hours ahead)

Beer~ Or~ Soft ~Or~ water
(0 Seconds)

Birthday Cake
With  Ice Cream ~Or~ not
(0 Seconds)

Coffee ~Or~Tea
0 Seconds, Bear handles the coffee and tea making

Everything placed on Sideboard and everyone helps themselves.

Question: since we will all be getting our food slightly at different times, when would we say grace before meals, you might ask.  Well, grace before meals would be done individually but we would them say grace after meals at the coffee/ tea stage.

The Best part of this is that for a couple of beers, Bear's brother, Uncle Red to the kids, will gladly handle the BBQ'ing. And since he left some beer here last week, that's easily done.

I may even go with paper plates,  and save my self the clean up.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ideas for Our Lady's Panel

Bt Raphael

  • 16 count aida 8 w x 12 h Inches

  • To fit the dimensions I would need to extend the background  by a bit to fit the
    8.5 X 16.25, and it would need a border any way -so perfectly doable

    Thursday, June 2, 2011

    Another consideration for the centre Icon of the Altar

    By Peter Paul Rubens
    It is a cross stitch but it only uses whole stitches and it is
    11 by 19 on 14 count AIDA cloth
    With a 2 inch border the finished would be 13 by 21 inches.
    Not too bad when the dimensions need to fit abt 15 X 20.5 inches. So I would need to adjust the borders, easily done.


    By Rembrandt

    It measures 11 by 17 on 14 count AIDA
    and requires about a 2 inch border for final measurements of 13 X 19inches

    Then I found this one
    By Raphael
    On  21 count  AIDA it would measure14 w x 23 h Inches.  
    I'd have to start at the top and work down, hopefully I would not need to cut of John and Mary's knees. 

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Galadriel's 16th Birthday, and Frodo's First Birthday

    Galadriel and Frodo are 15 years and 12 days apart.

    And Bear's family and my family, let's just say that it is better to have separate gettogethers.

    So, that has resulted in the planning of 3 parties.

    One on Galadriel's proper day ( Bear's family was over.) - Dinner was Roast of Prime Rib, Sauteed Peas, Fresh Garden Salad, Mashed Potatoes, and Croissants, cucumber in vinaigrette. Fresh carrots and celery, for the dieters at the meal. Dessert was 2 layer double chocolate cake, Galadriel's fave.

    One on the Saturday between the BDs to which my family will be invited (it will be a joint celebration)
    Probably similar, except BBQ steaks, and garlic Bread instead of the Croissants, and  roasted potatoes instead of mashed. 2 single layer cakes, One double chocolate and one golden with White icing.
    And one on the Sunday after Frodo's BD for Bear's family.
    Now I have to change the menu significantly for the second dinner for Frodo.  Keeping in mind I need something I can make set to cook and forget, or something Bear can do the most for.

    Let me assure you, that this is 1000 times easier than getting both families in my home at one time.

    Any ideas let me know
    Bear's brother is particular - he's a meat and potatoes sort of guy, and has actually said, he wouldn't mind the prime rib again, but we'd nedd a ten lb roast

    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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