Fun Photo: VP Pence Surrounded by Catholicism

Here’s a photo of Vice President Mike Pence speaking for life alongside Our Lady holding a Rosary and a Brown Scapular and under the Vatican flag. Via LifeSite:

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President Trump stands with “the unborn” and alongside Catholics fighting for their religious freedom, Vice President Pence told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday morning.

“This honestly feels like coming home. … The hymns and liturgies of the Catholic Church are the anthems of my youth.”

Let’s hope and pray the VP one day returns home to Rome! ☩

Detroit’s New Extraordinary Form Parish

With much anticipation, Detroit’s new parish dedicated exclusively to the Extraordinary Form celebrated its first Mass! Over summer it was announced that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) would be taking over possession and care of the church from the diocese of Detroit. Before this agreement, the beautiful church faced the possibility of closing down due to an urgent need of repairs which the diocese wasn’t sure would be worth the money. ICKSP (what an annoying acronym to type) helped take care of the most pressing repairs and it is now up and running under the new management, including the new rector, Canon Michael Stein who is 31-years old.

The new parish is called St. Joseph Oratory and ICKSP held its first Mass last Sunday. The Solemn High Mass said by ICKSP’s provincial superior, Canon Matthew Talarico (assisted by Canon Stein and Deacon Jonathon Fehrenbacher), had 300 in the pews.

Below are some beautiful images from the new parish’s Facebook page.

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Latin Mass Returns to St. Charles Borromeo

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia offered Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the first time in presumably decades after young seminarians started requesting it from the current rector. Apparently they will now hold a Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) at least once a week. It’s really interesting to watch the interest in the TLM spreading worldwide.

The following photos are from the seminary’s Flickr page and occurred on the Feast of St. Martin of Tours.

 

A Perfect Sunday at a Historic Seminary

A good friend and seminarian at St. Francis de Sales Seminary treated my family to a great guided tour of the beautiful and historic grounds of this 150+ year old institution. I took a few pictures, mostly from the cupola that sits atop the enormous main dome in the front. The views of Lake Michigan and Milwaukee from the 360-degree cupola is amazing.

The image with the stairs is the spiral staircase leading up from the dome to the cupola…the true “Stairway to Heaven”.

Saint Francis de Sales, please pray for the young men studying for the priesthood. That they remain faithful, holy, and joyful for all the souls they will shepherd in the years to come.