SSPX Parish growing in Atlanta

St. Michael's Church, SSPX, on Pentecost Sunday ATLANTA, GA - Catholic parishes that offer the Tridentine Mass, or Traditional Latin Mass, are rapidly growing around the United States. More Diocesan priests are offering the Latin Mass, traditional societies are filling seminaries with young priests, and parishes are enjoying packed pews. Most are familiar with the beautiful success of the Society of Saint Pius X's parishes in St. Marys, Kansas, but few have heard of the Society's growth in Atlanta. The Society's parish, St. Michael's Catholic Church in Roswell, GA., on the north-side of Atlanta, has seen fantastic growth in the past two years. The parish, which was started by several faithfu

Amazon Synod: Discussion on final document

Dr. Matthew Bunson, Executive Editor of EWTN News: We have been here throughout almost the entire month of October, following the work of the Synod Fathers under the direction and leadership of Pope Francis, as they have tried to explore all of the pastoral, theological, and ecological challenges facing the Amazon. It has been a Synod filled with immense controversy, anxiety, worry, and some concern of what this final document might actually look like. I'm joined by Edward Pentin, the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. What is your reaction to this document? Pentin: Well I think, as expected, as with a lot of these documents that come out of a Synod, not a lot of specific

SS. Simon And Jude, Apostles - October 28th

"O God, Who, through Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude, hast brought us to the knowledge of Thy name, grant that we may celebrate their everlasting glory by advancing in good works, and that we may advance in good works by celebrating their glory. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 The name of St. Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To distinguish him from St. Peter he is called (Matthew 10:4; Mark 3:18) Kananaios, or Kananites, and Zelotes (Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13). Both surnames have the same signification and are a translation of the Hebrew qana(the Zealous). The name does not signify that he belonged to the

Feast Of The Kingship Of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Last Sunday Of October

"Almighty and everlasting God, Who in Thy beloved Son, the King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things, mercifully grant that all the families of nations now kept apart by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of His rule: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 The royalty of Christ rests upon a twofold basis. He is our King by right of birth and by right of conquest. The first refers us to the personality of the Son of God, whereby, in His divine nature as God and by virtue of the hypostatic union, He is the sovereign Lord and Master. The second places before us the God-Man coming down on earth to rescue fallen man from the sla

Commemoration of St. Evaristus, Pope, Martyr – October 26th

"Look forgivingly on Thy flock, Eternal Shepherd, and keep it in Thy constant protection, by the intercession of blessed Evaristus, Thy Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou didst constitute Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Date of birth unknown; died about 107. In the Liberian Catalogue his name is given as Aristus. In papal catalogues of the second century used by Irenaeus and Hippolytus, he appears as the fourth successor of St. Peter, immediately after St Clement. The same lists allow him eight years of reign, covering the end of the first and the beginning of the second century (from about 98 or 99 to about 106 or 107). The earliest

Commemoration of SS. Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs - October 25th

"May the prayer of Thy blessed Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria be our stay, we beseech Thee, O Lord: and may we who honor them by this homage continually enjoy their loving help. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria were Roman martyrs, buried on the Via Salaria Nova, and whose tombs, according to the testimony of the itinerary guides to the tombs of the Roman martyrs, were publicly venerated (De Rossi, “Roma Sotterranea”, I, 176). A church erected over the tomb was situated near that of St. Saturninus, which was built over the catacomb of Thraso (coemeterium Thrasonis ad S. Saturnium). Their tomb was in fact in a disused sandpit (arenaria) near this

St. Raphael Archangel - October 24th

"O God, Who didst give blessed Raphael the Archangel to Thy servant Tobias, as a companion on his journey; grant to us, Thy servants, that we may always be guarded by his care and strengthened by his help. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 The name of this archangel (Raphael = “God has healed”) does not appear in the Hebrew Scriptures, and in the Septuagint only in the Book of Tobias. Here he first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself “Azarias the son of the great Ananias”. The story of the adventurous journey during which the protective influence of the angel is shown in many ways including the binding “in th

St. Hilarion, Abbot - October 21st

"May the holy Abbot Hilarion, we beseech Thee, O Lord, obtain by his prayers that the Sacrifice laid on Thy holy altar may profit us unto salvation. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Hilarion was the founder of anchoritic life in Palestine; born at Tabatha, south of Gaza, Palestine, about 291; died in the island of Cyprus about 371. The chief source of information regarding him is the biography written by St. Jerome (P.L. XXIII, 29-54). In the introduction St. Jerome mentions a letter from St. Epiphanius, Archbishop of Salamis, in regard to the life of St. Hilarion whom Epiphanius had known personally during the hermit’s later years. St. Hilarion was the son of pagan

St. John Cantius, C – October 20th

"Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that by the example of St. John, Thy Confessor, we may make progress in the science of the Saints, and by showing mercy to others may obtain through his merits forgiveness from Thee. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. John was born at Kenty, (whence the surname Cantius), a town in the diocese of Cracow. His parents Stanislaus and Anna, were devout honorable people. From his very infancy John gave promise of the greatest virtue by the sweetness and innocence of his way. After his ordination to the priesthood he redoubled his efforts to the Christian perfection. He administered the parish of Olkusz for several years with notable

St. Peter of Alcantara, C – October 19

"O God, Who didst vouchsafe to en-noble blessed Peter, Thy Confessor, by the gift of marvelous penance and highest contemplation: grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits pleading for us, we may so mortify our bodies as the more easily to appreciate the things of heaven. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Peter of Alcantara was born at Alcántara, Spain, 1499; died 18 Oct., 1562. His father, Peter Garavita, was the governor of the place, and his mother was of the noble family of Sanabia. After a course of grammar and philosophy in his native town, he was sent, at the age of fourteen, to the University of Salamanca. Returning home, at the age of 16 he became a Francis

St. Luke The Evangelist – October 18th

"Let holy Luke, Thine Evangelist, we beseech Thee, O Lord, intercede for us, who for the glory of Thy name ever bore in his body the mortifications of the cross. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Luke was a physician of Antioch, who, as appeareth from his writings, knew the Greek language. He was a follower of the Apostle Paul, and his fellow traveller in all his wanderings. He wrote a Gospel, whereof the same Paul saith We have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the Gospel throughout all the Churches 2 Cor. viii. 18. Of him, he writeth unto the Colossians, iv. 14: Luke, the beloved physician, greeteth you. And again, unto Timothy, II. iv. 11: Only Luke i

The Amazon Synod - A Wellspring of Heresy

October 4th began like any other day for me. After morning Mass, I went to work and went about my day. As any typical day, I logged on to a social media site during my lunch break….and was absolutely dumbfounded by what I saw. Pope Francis, along with several prelates, were sitting and witnessing a pagan ceremony, complete with two nude female idols placed in the center of a blanket, with people dancing around it, and then prostrating themselves before the idols in the center of a blanket. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Idol worship, which is a direct violation of the first and second commandments, was playing out before my eyes in the Vatican garden. Neither the Pope, nor any of the other prel

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, V - October 17th

"O Lord Jesus Christ, Who to the blessed virgin Margaret Mary didst in a wondrous manner reveal the unsearchable riches of Thy Heart: by her merits grant, that loving Thee after her example in all things and above all things, we may obtain an abode in Thy Heart for evermore: Who livest and reignest." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was born of good parents in a village of the diocese of Autun in 1647, and even from her early years gave signs of her future sanctity. Burning with love for the Virgin Mother of God and for the august Sacrament of the Eucharist, as young woman she vowed her virginity to God. When she had entered the Order of the Visitation, she beg

St. Hedwig, W - October 16th

"O God, Who didst teach blessed Hedwig to renounce the pomps of this world, that, with her whole heart, she might follow the humble way of Thy cross: grant that, through her merits and examples, we may learn to trample under foot the perishable delights of this world, and by cleaving to Thy cross surmount all obstacles: Who livest and reignest." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Hedwig was illustrious for her royal birth, being the maternal aunt of St Elisabeth, daughter of the King of Hungary. At the age of twelve she was given in marriage to Henry, duke of Poland, and brought up the children of their marriage in the fear of God. In order to devote herself more closely to the service

St. Teresa Of Avila, V - October 15th

"Graciously hear us, O God our Savior, and grant that as we rejoice in the festival of blessed Teresa, Thy Virgin, so we may be nourished by her heavenly teaching, and grow in loving devotion towards Thee. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Teresa was born of devout and noble parents at Avilla in Spain. While still a child, burning with the desire of martyrdom, she ran away from home, and tried to go to Africa, but was brought back. After the death of her mother, she commended herself completely to the protection of the Blessed Virgin. When she was twenty, she professed the rule of the nuns of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Eager for the salvation of souls, she restored the ob

The Catholic Venture of Christopher Columbus

When writing to the people of the United States in 1895, Pope Leo XIII observed: “The names newly given to so many of your towns and rivers and lakes teach and clearly witness how deeply your beginnings were marked with the footprints of the Catholic Church.” How true it is! For there are countless hundreds of cities, towns, and other landmarks bearing the names of great saints of the Church that testify to the inestimable apostolic labors of her sons and daughters in America. Although his “footprint” was not the first, of a mission-minded Catholic on these shores, the first lasting impress made on our soil was by the much-maligned and under-appreciated Christopher Columbus. We present here

Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary - October 11th

GENUISTI QUI TE FECIT ET IN AETERNUM PERMANES VIRGO "O God, Who wast pleased that, at the message of an Angel, Thy Word should take flesh in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, grant to us Thy suppliants, that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through the same our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 From the Acts of Pope Pius XI In the year 1931, amid the applause of the whole Catholic world, solemn rites were celebrated to mark the completion of the fifteen centuries which had elapsed since the Council of Ephesus, moving against the Nestorian heresy, had acclaimed the blessed Virgin Mary, of whom Jesus was born, as Mother

Pope Francis embraces Arianism? Hold on, claims are unsubstantiated

Pope Francis' longtime atheist and liberal friend, Eugenio Scalfari, claimed in the latest edition of La Repubblica that His Holiness expressed statements that our Lord Jesus Christ was simply a "man of exceptional virtues" and "not at all a God." Scalfari wrote in La Repubblica: "Anyone who has had the good fortune to meet with him [Pope Francis] and speak with him in utmost confidence – as I have done several times – knows that Pope Francis conceives of Christ as Jesus of Nazareth: a man, not an incarnate god. Once incarnate, Jesus ceases to be a god and become a man, until his death on the cross." After expanding on this statement with Pope Francis, Scalfari continues to claim that His Ho

St. Francis Borgia, C - October 10th

"O Lord Jesus Christ, Who art the model of true humility and its reward: we beseech Thee, that as blessed Francis took Thee as model in contemning worldly honors and Thou hast glorified him: so Thou wouldst associate us with him both in the contempt and in the glory: Who livest and reignest." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Francis, fourth duke of Gandia, was first famed for the holiness of his life at the court of Emperor Charles V. But when he was sent to Granada to the Burial of Queen Isabella, and read in her face, changed by decay, the fate of all things mortal, he bound himself by vow to leave everything and serve only the King of heaven. Accordingly, after the death of his wife, E

St. John Leonardi, C - October 9th

"O God, Who for the propagation of the Faith among the nations wast pleased in a wondrous manner to raise up blessed John, Thy Confessor, and through him didst in Thy Church gather together a new family for the instruction of the faithful: grant to us, Thy servants, that we may so profit by his teaching as to attain everlasting rewards. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 John Leonard born near the city of Lucca, showed himself from early youth grave and mature beyond his years. At twenty six he was called by God to enter the ranks of the clergy. He began by studying the rudiments of Latin with young boys, but made such progress in letters and in the disciplines of philoso

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