The Betrayal and Denial of Clericalism

Tuesday of Holy Week Today’s Gospel reminds me that even though Jesus was well aware of the betrayal and denial that awaited him, he still instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders, “through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time”. As IContinue reading “The Betrayal and Denial of Clericalism”

Is it Possible to Cancel “The Way of the Cross” Culture?

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion I believe Bishop Zurek still has “no clue”, or at least a Catholic perspective of “Cancel Culture”. …In today’s reality the Sadducees and the Pharisees belong to what is being spoken of and practiced all too much, not only in the United States but in the world, what isContinue reading “Is it Possible to Cancel “The Way of the Cross” Culture?”

Who Will be Lifted Up at the Chrism Mass?

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent “If you support your parish priest, we encourage you to join us for the Chrism Mass in a show of support for all of our priests,” Chrism Mass Tuesday, March 30 Perhaps our “patience worn out by the journey”, at St. Mary’s led Bishop Zurek to write… “ThereContinue reading “Who Will be Lifted Up at the Chrism Mass?”

The UCA is Not United, Catholic or an Appeal

Last Sunday, during the announcements before the final blessing, our rector told us that pledge cards for this years United Catholic Appeal (UCA) would be in the pews the following weekend. He went on to inform us that our parish was paying $11,000 per month on last year’s quota, and he asked those of usContinue reading “The UCA is Not United, Catholic or an Appeal”

Rest in Peace Deacon Norrell

I was hanging my hammock between two trees just south of Christ the King Catholic Church in Sunray, Texas on a Saturday evening in late June when Deacon Wayne Norrell drove up. Worn out from riding over 80 miles on a sunny, summer day with temperatures near 100 degrees, I had given up on theContinue reading “Rest in Peace Deacon Norrell”