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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Our Lady

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Queen of Heaven

Bishop of Linz resigns

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The Bishop of Linz has resigned. He claims that it was voluntary but the Diocese has a terrible reputation as a centre of liturgical experimentation and is being investigated by the Roman authorities. More on local reaction shortly.

This was the Diocese that brought the Catholic world, the "shrine" to "St" Judas. The Bishop did nothing about this outrage.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

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European Parliament building visible under the canopy on the right.  Posted by Hello
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Belgian flag with Sacred Heart Posted by Hello
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Blessed Sacrament passes by window decorated with Papal flag. Posted by Hello
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Feast of Corpus Christi this year in Mary's Month of May Posted by Hello
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The return to the Church Posted by Hello
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"Except that the Lord build the house, in vain do the labourers labour". The Blessed Sacrament passes in front of the European Parliament in Brussels (building with the crane at the end of the street) Posted by Hello
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Station during the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament Posted by Hello
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Feast of Corpus Christi tonight in Brussels Posted by Hello

All Saints Catholic Chapel, Berlin

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Meeting with Auxilliary Bishop, Friday June 3 19.30

Closure of All Saints Catholic Chapel, Berlin

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"The chapel has symbolized civil and religious liberty for many years in the middle of a surrounding hostile and atheistic sea, which engulfed this isle of freedom in the then West Berlin".

Extensive documentation can be found here. See also earlier posts on Cathcon

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Bishop Paul Bootkoski

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takes the right decision and saves Corpus Christi School. A good news story in an era of terrible news.

Catholic Ministry Internship Program

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teaches you how to break the news to children that their parish is closing!!

"Organizing activities to help children cope with the closing of their parish"
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Tomorrow is the Feast of Corpus Christi. Blessed and praised be Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.  Posted by Hello

Important article concerning Archdiocese of Boston

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Legal suits argue churches owned by parishioners
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Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us! St Dominic pray for us! Posted by Hello

St Joseph visits the English Benedictines of Brussels

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On the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians to whom the prayer Sub tuum praesidium is addressed I was reading "Historic English Convents" by Dom Basil Whelan which is an account of the convents of the Catholic exiles in Flanders. Amazingly, the book fell open at this page:

"Not all of the English convents in Flanders were as fortunate as the Benedictines of Brussels, in whose records we find the following facts related :

One night, it appears, when the community was reduced to penury and there seemed no prospect of getting means to feed the hungry mouths, the portress heard a ring at the great gate during Matins. She hurried down to the wicket with no small trepidation, for a visitor at midnight was a most uncommon event. She peeped through the grating to see who the untimely guest might be, and saw an old man, whose venerable and comely appearance at once reassured her, and caused her to throw open the gate. There the old man stood, with silvery locks and flowing beard, and smilingly he handed her a bag, saying : ' Take this bag to the Lady Abbess, and tell her to use freely what it contains, and to ask her community to recite the prayer Sub tuum praesidium every day till I come back.' So saying, he suddenly disappeared, leaving the good portress perplexed and astonished at what had happened. After Matins she delivered the bag and the message to the Abbess, assuring her Superior that she was convinced that she had seen a heavenly visitor and benefactor.

On opening the bag the Abbess found that it contained £1000. The religious never doubted but that their venerable helper was the great St. Joseph, whom they had invoked in their difficulty and distress. Though St. Joseph has many and many a time helped the nuns since, he has never returned to claim his bag ; and whilst awaiting his reappearance the religious have, for some two hundred years, joyfully and faithfully recited every night, after Matins have ended, the anthem which he ordered to be said: Sub tuum praesidium. So does God take care of His children and this incident could be paralleled by somewhat similar events in other convents. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things shall be added unto you."

This took place in about 1690. The nuns were evicted by the French revolutionaries and their property torn down four years later. They came to East Bergholt whose sad history is related below. I live not two hundred metres from the site of the Brussels Convent and intend to take up daily recitation of the Sub tuum praesidium. May others join me in the honour of the English Benedictines of Brussels.

And if only more of the Bishops in our own time had remembered:
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things shall be added unto you."

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Benedictine Convent, East Bergholt

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Originally, the Benedictine Nuns of Brussels, Belgium. Such a sad end for so great an inheritance.

And some history

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of Our Lady Help of Christians, Boston. And somewhere both sides forgot the supreme duty of the Church to save souls.

Flashback to January

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Archdiocese of Boston to Market Our Lady Help of Christians in Concord

Our Lady Help of Christians, Folkestone, England

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 Posted by Hello


A modern photo of the same

Miraculously preserved altar in San Paulo, Brazil

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dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians
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Today is the Feast of Our Lady Help Christians

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Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus1, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Our Lady Help of Christians, was also the dedication which Don Bosco gave to the mother Church of the Salesian Order.

Franciscan demands

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to make poverty history! He is trying to outdo Archbishop O'Malley's attempts to make numerous Churches history.

Jesus said, "The poor you will have always with you".

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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May is Mary's Month. Wayside shrine in Belgium. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Rally scheduled May 28th, New York City

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Save Saint Brigid's NOW!

Correction: the date is 28th May not 21st May. Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Catholic Cafeteria is being closed by the new Pope

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- but Loyola College does not realise it yet.

The message I sent to Loyola tonight. Others should do the same.

You can keep your phd's and all your honours. The Gillibrand family has five Jesuit members from 1588 onwards who would have died rather than give honours to advocates of abortion rights.

You don't even have to ask what Our Lord or even St Peter thinks. What is St Ignatius Loyola, from whom you take your name, thinking?

God help you! I trust he will but do not presume on it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

175-home project planned for former church site

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Bishop prefers the land value to a Catholic congregation, who were given three weeks notice to quit and are now forced to worshop in a former Pizza Hut. Since when is it the job of a Catholic bishop to scatter the flock.
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May Our Lady of Holy Hope, devotion of the Passionist Order, pray for us! Posted by Hello

May St Dympna

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pray for us!
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Relics of St Dympna, patroness of those suffering from mental disorders, and also their carers are now confined to a Church converted into a museum (for which one pays) in Geel, Belgium. Geel had a reputation not unlike Bedlam Hospital in the UK because the mentally ill moved to Geel because of the relics. A psychiatric hospital remains in the town but this is how St Dympna's relics are now treated.  Posted by Hello
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"That all things should be restored in Christ"; motto of Pope St Pius X. May he pray for us! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

St Catherine's Church, Brussels

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-"the church was almost converted into the stock market." : "The Church today is in a pretty sorry state, but perhaps the organ concerts held the first Saturday of every month (11:00-11:45 a.m.) give it some life."

If the Mass is restored, the Church is restored.

Monday, May 16, 2005

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Our Lady of Vocations, pray for us! Posted by Hello

ARCIC bureaucrats

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attempt to produce common position on Our Lady

Just to remind all concerned:

Dogma of the Assumption

Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

ARCIC is not representative of those few anglicans to be found in the pews on Sunday morning, who would never sign-up.

Former Jesuit Church in Morelia, Mexico

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a public library since 1930

But this Church was desecrated in a .time of great persecution

Viva Cristo Rey! - Long live Christ the King!

Marche-en-Famenne, France

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Former Jesuit Church becomes a hotel, restaurant and brasserie. Some "cafeteria catholics" won't notice the difference.
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Permanent exhibition of chasubles seen in one Belgian Church. Posted by Hello
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Saints have been sent to the scrapheap in Belgium Posted by Hello

Berlin, Germany

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Closure of Church used by English speaking community

" But it also represents an opportunity, the chance for those who favoured that church to become more fully integrated into Berlin's Catholic life...."

Remember when they close your Church, it is realy an opportunity. Closure= opportunity; not even George Orwell could have dreamed this one up.

And the insulting implication that the existing congregation are not fully integrated into Catholic life.
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Mass vestments, once used for the honour of God. Posted by Hello
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When the Church sells confessionals, don't be too surprised when people stop going to confession. Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 15, 2005

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In Mary's Month, and on the Feast of Pentecost may Our Lady of Vocations intercede for the Church and for vocations. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

View of St Peter's Church Rome

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if Cardinal Danneels had been elected to the Papacy.

The ruins of the Catholic Church in Belgium.

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Illustrated by a series of pictures taken at several antique dealers. Fortunate indeed that Cardinal Danneels did not become Pope. St Peters Church would have become a ruin like the Roman forum!
The entrance to one of the dealers Posted by Hello

The top of a spire and two pillars, with a sorrowing angel  Posted by Hello

During the "Reformation", there are accounts of the Churches being plundered for their stone. Posted by Hello

The arcade from a Church Posted by Hello

Church tower reduced to status of ornamental elephant. Posted by Hello

Another tower  Posted by Hello

And another Posted by Hello

A rose window Posted by Hello

Going inside- under the image of God the Father supported by two pagan statues Posted by Hello

Several pagan statues together with an incense burner once used for the Catholic Mass.  Posted by Hello

A tabernacle where once was reserved the Blessed Sacrament. Posted by Hello

And the orchestra plays on surrounded by chalices, ciboria and saints. Posted by Hello

Once born by acolytes, one now converted for domestic use. Posted by Hello

Bells that no longer call the Faithful to prayer. Posted by Hello

Stained glass which could have been replaced by some modern abstract design (which signifies nothing), or the glass has been taken from demolished Churches. Posted by Hello

Altar where once was made the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass destined to become a sideboard in someone's dining room. Posted by Hello

Our Lady of Montaigu and St Joseph pray for us! That the Church be rescued from destruction! Posted by Hello