Friday, October 21, 2016
For generations Fraefel & Co. successfully filled a gap in the market in the world of embroidery for ecclesiastical use.
Arnold Fraefel (1852-1919) was trained as an embroidery designer at the Industrie-und Gewerbemuseum (Industry and Commerce Museum) at St. Gallen, Switzerland.
In 1883, he founded his own embroidery and vestment factory, A. Fraefel-Eberle St. Gallen (Schweiz), together with his wife, Emma Eberle. In 1884, the young company purchased the "Felsenburg" in St. Gall as a residence, office and production site.
In 1888, Fraefel’s products were awarded a gold medal at the Esposizione Mondiale Vaticana (Vatican Exhibition Rome), and Pope Leo XIII gave Mr. Fraefel the order of merit "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" which lead to international fame. The company reached its peak around 1910 doing business in the United States, running branches in Chicago, New York and Toledo, Ohio.
Read more HERE. Hopefully this company can be revived in St. Gall.
This set was made for the Feast of St. John. It came from the church of St. John in East Saint Paul, Minnesota (a historic church since closed, sold, gutted and converted into a mosque).
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The traditional Catholic event of the year.
To the tomb of the Blessed Apostle Peter.
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
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As someone who has seen the Shroud of Turin twice, altar linens have taken on a new meaning. They symbolize the burial shroud of Christ. They are blessed objects and are to be maintained with great dignity.
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In one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city of St. Paul, this historic church was closed and sold. My mother was Baptized here. A Byzantine-Romanesque gem of immeasurable beauty and value that rivals anything like it I have ever seen anywhere. Built in 1927. It could have been given to the Institute of Christ the King. Notice the cross was knocked off the tower and front facade? It makes you wonder who is in charge?
Today it is a German school. The Archdiocese foolishly let this one go. If the lawyers running the Archdiocese had been a bit more strategic, they could have leased this Como landmark to a charter or Montessori school and made big bucks. I also noticed the charming rectory and convent were torn down and are now parking lots.
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One of my favorite churches in the world.
Due to a false appeasement process during a recent parish consolidation (closure), the name was changed to "St. Thomas More." Sad. The parish was given to the Jesuits and hardly anyone attends Mass here anymore.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A lovely Polish parish built in 1938, in the very Catholic neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.
A thriving parish with a great homeschool co-op and a very fine choir!
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He was pastor of the very popular St. Agnes parish in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis until 1969.
Monsignor Bandas, a renowned Catholic educator and author of many books, was a friend to popes and bishops. He was in the seminary with Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
He had been Rector of the St. Paul Seminary, Professor of Sacred Theology at the College of St. Catherine and the College of St. Thomas, Peritus (Expert) at Vatican Council II, Consultor of the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities and Member of the Roman Pontifical Academy of Theology.
We remember him at Holy Mass every time this chalice is used. May he rest in peace!
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Many great ones over the years have fished for a biretta in this shelf.
The late great Monsignor R.J. Schuler wore an R.J. Toomey biretta.
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The 205-foot green oxidized copper "onion tower" is a city landmark, known as the Zwiebelturm. At night the green clock glows and the tower is bathed in light.
A Solemn High Mass has been sung in Latin on the high altar inside this church every single Sunday, without exception, since the church was completed over one-hundred years ago.
I cannot think of a more interesting parish in the state of Minnesota. A great many of us received our formation here, including Fr. Z, the famous pioneer of Internet evangelization fame.
"By divorce, condemned by Christ, the unity of the family is broken, yes, and that of human life; hearts are separated, affections misdirected; ruinous incentives to infidelity suggested; seeds of discord spread among families; the dignity of woman is diminished, and cheapened; the good moral education of children becomes impossible as they see the authors of their life first divided, then joined in other unions, legalized by civil law, but which no moral principle can justify."
-Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
-Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani
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Countless times yours truly has been here to pray before the mortal remains of my family members. Eternal rest!
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