Friday, January 19, 2018

Matt Burke: "Former NFL Player Returns To Faith" | SEEK2015

Catholic Leader Matt Birk (Former Altar Boy From Nativity Parish)

Rome Quotes

"Time to study Roman Law and then translate Latin. Soundtrack: Bartók."

-Fr. Alan 

Rome Quotes

"A professor encouraged us to meditate for 5 minutes each day before Our Lord with 5 words: “I am loved by Jesus.” Today, I noticed a detail of one of our side altars after taking my professors advice: “Dilectus Deo,” (“Loved by God”). That’s the beauty of Sacred Art, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Liturgy: it can say so much, by the grace of God."


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Announcing: FSSP Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018

Do not miss out on our third FSSP Holy Land Pilgrimage in a year.

Back by poplar demand -- this time it will include Jordan. 

The tour departs after Thanksgiving and extends into Advent. 


Where to Purchase the Best Traditional Catholic Coloring Books

See here for the best.  

I highly recommend you purchase these for the kids in your family:

Nine Ways of Being Accessory to Another's Sin

By counsel. 

By command. 

By consent. 

By provocation. 

By praise or flattery. 

By concealment. 

By partaking. 

By silence. 

By defense of the ill done.

How It Is Done in Paris

Sunday, January 14, 2018

FSSP Spiritual Highlights of France Tour 2018

Do not miss the truly rare opportunity to visit this very special place -- one of the last Gregorian Chant monasteries left in Europe.

Be a part of living history!


My Uncle Ed has passed at age 96. A fine Catholic man of German stock.  In your charity kindly offer a prayer for the repose of his soul. He was a WWII warrior who was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism and multiple Purple Hearts.  Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division, X Battalion.  The Nazis shot him in Sicily, but he survived, by Divine Providence. A great man has passed before us. Requiem!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Registration is now OPEN!

The organizers of the BC Sacred Music Symposium are very pleased to announce that early registration for the symposium is now open through the end of February 2018. You can find the registration link as well as some additional information about everything that's included in your registration on the symposium page on the host parish website:

Hope to see many of you there!

Thank you in advance!

Lilianne Ploumen Pro-Abort Awarded Papal Knighthood

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


When Knights Surrender Their Swords, Beasts Shall Devour Maidens

Oh sword of truth
Fly swift and sure
That evil die
and good endure!

A  knight fears neither demon nor man; neither is he afraid of death since he longs to die.

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Beware of the False Church of Oprah

Best of Mexico City


Every tour to Mexico City is a bit different, making each experience totally unique. 

Because we strive for the BEST possible tour, we are always looking for new ideas, inside tips and fresh recommendations from the locals. 

Our good priest friend living in Mexico City, Fr. Ken Fryar, FSSP offered us this great advice for Catholic pilgrims to see 3 "off the beaten path" sites while visiting Mexico City on pilgrimage.

1. One is the Church of the Fifth Apparition (Santuario de la Quinta Aparición Guadalupana, aka Santa Maria Tulpetlac). Although a very simple building, this church was built over the house of Juan Diego's uncle, Juan Bernardino, whom Our Lady also appeared to. Under the altar is a "healing" well, a fount of special water.

2. The Virrienato Museum (Museo Nacional del Virreinato) is located in Tepotzotlán, about 40 km northeast of Mexico City. Located in an old monastery, it is worth a visit. The Jesuits built this complex in the 1580s, giving pilgrims a rare glimpse of how they set up their mission centers at that time, with a strong focus on education. To see everything requires a good amount of time. Objects to see include art, altarpieces and colonial artifacts.

3. The third one is the house of Juan Diego (Santuario El Cerrito Casa de San Juan Diego), located in Cuautitlán, on the edge of the greater Mexico City urban area. Juan Diego lived here with his wife Maria Lucia until she died in 1529. The excavations of the one-room mud house still exist and have been preserved under the old church for all to see. Next door is a new church that is not so nice to see, but that is another matter!

Thank you, Fr. Fryar for these great tips! We will do our best to incorporate them into future tour itineraries.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

London, England!

Know the History of the Crusades

They were in part pilgrimages.  Read more and know the facts.  There is much false academic history in circulation on this subject.

Save the Date: January 2019 Holy Land Pilgrimage!

Do not miss out on seeing the holiest place on earth.

January is a great time to visit for ideal weather.

Stay tuned for details.

Travel Writer J.P. Sonnen

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Before and After of the Recent Conrad Schmitt "Restoration" of Assumption Church in Saint Paul (USA)

Don't get me wrong.  I am a huge fan of Conrad Schmitt Studios.  They do fine work and I understand they take their orders from the pastor.  However, I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the recent interior makeover of the Assumption that was completed in 2017.

This was my childhood parish.  Built in the 1870s.  The Sonnen family has been involved here since before the current church was built.  Our family weddings and funerals have been here.

A common recurring nightmare I have had in recent years is waking up and seeing the interior of this church harmed.

Unfortunately, the interior has been painted as if it is a new church.  None of the statues needed to be touched.  Everything is too dark. 

The Latin quote from the breviary: "Assumpta Est Maria in Coelum" (see top photo) was painted over.  Why?  Is there still an animus against Latin?  Why?

Also, the new, dark stencil work in the sanctuary takes away from the altar, which is supposed to be showcased properly, as it was before.  Why did they not restore the original stencil work of the stars in the blue ceiling?  That would have been a nice touch. 

The original structural form of the sanctuary was "wreckovated" in the mid-1980s under former pastor Fr. Fred Mertz (who died in 2010).  I would like to have seen the sanctuary floor-plan restored according to the design genius of the original architect.  It was not.

The massive 1980s protrusion of sanctuary floor reaching out to the nave is sloppy, was poorly conceived and is in embarrassingly bad taste (especially considering this is a heritage neo-Romaesque church).

Part of the problem is in the hideous light-colored wood floor that was installed recently.  No one has liked it.  I even preferred the old blue carpet to it.  Also, no one likes the odd CSJ icon that put in the back of the church about ten years ago, replacing the pieta' of our lady, kept in the shadows and folds of that quiet corner.

The sanctuary holy oils aumbry box should also have been restored (it disappeared in recent years --  Bill, please finish your work on it and return it).  And the altar stone should have been placed back in the old high altar (it has been kept in the sacristy vestment closet since the 1980s).

Further items should also have been restored, such as the east entrance confessional that was taken out recently and currently stored in the bell tower.  Also, the original oak crosses, kept today in the original schoolhouse, should have been restored to the Stations of the Cross.  I also think the Pieta' and Good Shepherd statues should also be restored to the front of the church.               

Restore Our Men to the Faith

They must lead their families, their most precious cargo, in prayer and example, taking up possession of the cross.  Our men must put on the armor of Christ protecting civilization and the home.

Restoration of Catholic Manhood

Pray for a restoration of Catholic manhood.  #whywehomeschool

I totally support the homeschool movement.  Throughout history many great ones have been homeschooled.

Recent history has shown that as soon as we send our kids off to school parents surrender their parental rights.  The loss has been devastating.

Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Poland 2018

Join us for an incredible experience August 2018!

Limited seating.  Terrific once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage experience. 

More info here:

Cardinal Pacelli's Galero Given to the New Cardinal Spellman

Catholic Travel Mugs

Thank you to all who have traveled with us in 2017. 

See here for our 2018 tours!

60th Anniversary of the Death of Venerable Pius XII

His cause for beatification is stalled, waiting on an approved miracle.  Pray for this miracle!

Join the Sodalitas Pastor Angelicus, a fine organization supporting his cause for eventual canonization!