Monthly Archives: February 2016

Bishop suspends church offerings over Malawi economic turmoil

Source: Nyasa Times

Bishop suspends church offerings over Malawi economic turmoil

February 29, 2016

Bishop Mtumbuka:   Food situation worryingBishop Mtumbuka: Food situation worrying

Malawians are suffering and have little money on disposal and Catholic church bishop in Karonga has suspended the collection of offerings from its members in “paper Sunday” to allow its members to utilise the little cash they have on the purchase of food.

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka made the announcement on Saturday February 27 during the launch of the diocese’s strategic plan for the coming five years held at St Mary’s Parish in the district.

He said the Catholic church has a great role to play on social economic development in tackling the issues pertaining to food security, education, health, justice and peace. read more


Martyrology-March 1st
Roman Martyrology-March 1st-on this date in various years-

At Rome, two hundred and sixty holy martyrs condemned for the name of Christ. Claudius ordered them to dig sand beyond the Salarian Gate, then to have soldiers in the amphitheatre shoot them with arrows.

Also, the birthday of the holy martyrs Leo, Donatus, Abundantius, Nicephorus, and nine others.

At Marseilles in France, the holy martyrs Hermes and Adrian.

At Heliopolis, St. Eudocia, martyr in the persecution of Trajan. She was baptized by Bishop Theodotus, and being fortified for the combat, was put to the sword at the command of Vincent the governor, and thus received the crown of martyrdom. read more


Martyrology-February 29th
Roman Martyrology-February 29th-on this date in various years-

At Rome, the birthday of the holy martyrs Macarius, Rufinus, Justus, and Theophilus.

At Alexandria, the passion of the Saints Caerealis, Pupulus, Caius, and Serapion.

In the same city, in the reign of Emperor Valerian, the commemoration of the holy priests, deacons, and many others. When a most deadly epidemic was raging, they willingly met their death by ministering to the sick. The religious sentiment of the pious faithful has generally venerated them as martyrs. read more

Alaska Senate Approves Bill to Ban Planned Parenthood from Teaching Sex Ed in Schools

by Dr. Susan Berry, 26 Feb 20166
[Susan Berry does an excellent job of covering pro-life over at Breitbart. Here are excerpts from a very detailed article. Missing from the article — not by Dr. Berry’s fault — is any mention of our bishops joining the fight against sex-ed. That’s because our bishops years ago approved homo-sex education for our children: see (It seems the site is down, 27 Feb.)] read more


Martyrology-February 28th
Roman Martyrology-February 28th-on this date in various years-

For 2016, due to leap year, the marytology is:

At Isola, in the province of Abruzzi, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, confessor and cleric of the Passionist Congregation. Having been known for his merits during his short life, and after death renowned for miracles, Pope Benedict XV enrolled him in the canon of the saints.

At Rome, the birthday of the holy martyrs, Alexander, Abundius, Antigonus, and Fortunatus. read more


Martyrology-February 27th
Roman Martyrology-February 27th-on this date in various years-

For 2016, due to leap year, the martyrology is:

At Pergen in Pamphylia, during the persecution of Decius, the birthday of blessed Nestor, bishop, who praying night and day for the safety of the flock of Christ, was put under arrest. Because he confessed the Name of the Lord with great zeal and freedom, he was cruelly tortured on the rack by order of Pollio the governor. When he still courageously proclaimed that he would remain ever faithful to Christ, he was crucified, and thus triumphantly went to heaven. read more

Institution to the ministry of acolyte at Mater Ecclesiae

Source: Catholic Star Herald

Institution to the ministry of acolyte at Mater Ecclesiae

, February 25, 2016

Institution to the ministry of acolyte at Mater EcclesiaeBishop Dennis Sullivan stands with John Rotondi, left, who he called to the ministry of acolyte, and Father Robert C. Pasley, rector of Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin. Photo by James A. McBride

On Feb. 18, Bishop Dennis Sullivan called John Rotondi, a 36-year old married father of five, to the Ministry of the Acolyte at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, allowing him to assist the priest and deacon during the solemn high traditional Latin Mass.

During the vespers (Evening Prayer), Bishop Sullivan began the rite by reciting in the Traditional Latin, “Accedat qui instituendus est in ministerio Acolythorum” (Let him who is to be instituted into the ministry of Acolyte approach). read more


Martyrology-February 26th
Roman Martyrology-February 26th-on this date in various years-

For 2016 due to leap year the martyrology is:

In Egypt, under Emperor Numerian, the birthday of the holy martyrs Victorinus, Victor, Nicephorus, Claudian, Dioscorus, Serapion, and Papias. After patiently enduring extreme tortures, the first two were beheaded for the confession of the faith, Nicephorus was laid on a heated gridiron, placed over the fire, then thoroughly hacked with a knife; Claudian and Dioscorus were burned at the stake; Serapion and Papias were slain with the sword. read more


Martyrology-February 25th
Roman Martyrology-February 25th-on this date in various years-

For 2016, due to leap year, the martyrology is:

In Judea, the birthday of St. Matthias the Apostle. After the Ascension of our Lord, the Apostles chose him, by lot, to fill the place of Judas the traitor, and he suffered martyrdom for the preaching of the Gospel.

At Rome, St. Primitiva, martyr.

At Rouen, the passion of St. Praetextatus, bishop and martyr.

At Caesarea in Cappadocia, St. Sergius, martyr, of whose life a beautiful account still exists. read more

Prayers please

Hi all,

i work business to business sales and got mugged today. He didn’t get anything, and we had a little scuffle. He ran when we heard people coming over. It happened very quickly, and I was unable to describe him passed skin and hair color, so nothing the police can do.

Im fine, just shaken up. I am immediately looking for other employment. Please pray something comes quickly. And pray for the mugger. He didn’t at all seem like the type. I’m wondering if he’s just found himself in a desperate situation read more



We all need some humor in our lives, especially in these days of darkness. So, with tongue firmly implanted in cheek I offer this link and I hope it brings to mind the question of how much of the story can be classified as an accurate depiction of this Pope’s pontificate? A hat-tip to for allowing us the opportunity to see what “truth” can be illustrated by absurdity. read more


Martyrology-February 23rd
Roman Martyrology-February 23rd-on this date in various years-

St. Peter Damian, a Camaldolese monk, cardinal bishop of Ostia, confessor and doctor of the Church, who died on the 22nd of February.

At Smyrna, the birthday of St. Polycarp, a disciple of St. John the Apostle, by whom he was consecrated bishop of that city, and appointed primate of all Asia. Under Marcus Antonius and Lucius Aurelius Commodus, when the proconsul and all those assembled in the amphitheatre cried out against him, he was delivered to the fire, but since it did not harm him, he received the crown of martyrdom by the sword. With him, twelve others who came from Philadelphia met their death by martyrdom in the same city. The feast of St. Polycarp is kept on the 26th of January. read more

Pope Francis Calls for Abolition of the Death Penalty

[… because what would a Year of Mercy be without it?]

Angelus text:
Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow, Monday, an international conference begins in Rome that is titled “For a World Without the Death Penalty,” promoted by the Sant’Egidio Community.

I desire that this conference might give new strength to efforts to abolish the death penalty. An increasing strong opposition to the death penalty, even as an instrument of legitimate social defense, has developed in public opinion, and this is a sign of hope. In fact, modern societies have the ability to effectively control crime without definitively removing from the criminal the possibility of redeeming himself. read more

The Role of the Deacon in the Traditional Latin Mass

Source: National catholic Register

The Role of the Deacon in the Traditional Latin Mass


As anyone who has ever attended a Solemn High Mass according to the Extraordinary Form knows, the role of the deacon is integral. In fact, it is indispensable: without a deacon, you cannot celebrate it properly. Or at all, actually.

And as we are all well aware, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) “restored” the clerical order of the diaconate to a “permanent” role in the triad of Holy Orders—while, strangely, dispensing all the minor orders, as well as tonsure which led up to it. read more