Friday, December 31, 2010

Why on earth—I wonder, and ask myself—was a rite that has nurtured generations of the faithful banned in the name of an absurd modernism?

Visor lift to Rorate Caeli:

In all sincerity, do you find that the rite of St. Pius V ensures greater solemnity, spirituality, and mystery at Mass?
"I think, then, that the Mass of St. Pius V is one that really looks toward God, and, compared to the Novus Ordo, it seems to me more complete from the point of view of the prayers.”

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The Pope's Warning

Monday, December 20, 2010

Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion

by Bishop Robert J. Baker, Archbishop John F. Donoghue, Bishop Peter J. Jugis:

As bishops, we have the obligation to teach and guide the Catholic Faithful whom we shepherd in the Body of Christ. A fundamental teaching of our Church is respect for the sacred gift of life. This teaching flows from the Natural Law and from Divine Revelation.
Life is a gift bestowed upon us by God, a truth underscored by the commandment: "You shall not kill" (Deut 5: 17). The Old Testament also teaches us that human life in the womb is precious to God: "...I formed you in the womb..." (Jer 1: 5). The right to life is a value "which no individual, no majority and no State can ever create, modify or destroy, but must only acknowledge, respect and promote" (Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, 71a). A law, therefore, which legitimizes the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion is intrinsically unjust, since it is directly opposed to the natural law, to God's revealed commandments, and to the consequent right of every individual to possess life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
Catholics in political life have the responsibility to exemplify in their public service this teaching of the Church, and to work for the protection of all innocent life. There can be no contradiction between the values bestowed by Baptism and the Catholic Faith, and the public expression of those values. Catholic public officials who consistently support abortion on demand are cooperating with evil in a public manner. By supporting pro-abortion legislation they participate in manifest grave sin, a condition which excludes them from admission to Holy Communion as long as they persist in the pro-abortion stance (cf. Canon 915).
Holy Communion is where Catholics meet as a family in Christ, united by a common faith. Every Catholic is responsible for being properly prepared for this profound union with Christ. Participation in Holy Communion requires certain dispositions on the part of the communicant, namely, perseverance in the life of grace, and communion in the faith of the Church, in the sacraments, and in the hierarchical order of the Church (Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 35-38).
The Church also recognizes that there is a manifest lack of a proper disposition for Holy Communion in those whose outward conduct is "seriously, clearly, and steadfastly contrary" to the Church's moral teaching (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 37b). A manifest lack of proper disposition for Holy Communion is found to be present in those who consistently support pro-abortion legislation. Because support for pro-abortion legislation is gravely sinful, such persons should not be admitted to Holy Communion.
We also take this opportunity to address all Catholics whose beliefs and conduct do not correspond to the Gospel and to Church teaching. To receive the great gift of God - the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ - we must approach Holy Communion free from mortal sin. Those who are conscious of being in a state of grave sin should avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to Holy Communion. To partake of the Eucharist is to partake of Christ Himself, and to enter into sacramental communion with our Lord we must all be properly disposed.
Because of the influence that Catholics in public life have on the conduct of our daily lives and on the formation of our nation's future, we declare that Catholics serving in public life espousing positions contrary to the teaching of the Church on the sanctity and inviolability of human life, especially those running for or elected to public office are not to be admitted to Holy Communion in any Catholic church within our jurisdictions: the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Dioceses of Charleston and Charlotte. Only after reconciliation with the Church has occurred, with the knowledge and consent of the local bishop, and public disavowal of former support for procured abortion, will the individual be permitted to approach the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
We undertake this action to safeguard the sacred dignity of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, to reassure the faithful, and to save sinners.

Most Reverend John F. Donoghue Archbishop of Atlanta
Most Reverend Robert J. Baker Bishop of Charleston
Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis Bishop of Charlotte

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Monday, December 13, 2010

A Lifetime of Fraternal Devotion

The year 1933 saw the repeal of Prohibition in the United States, the continuation of the Great Depression, the start of construction on the Golden Gate Bridge, Adolph Hitler grabbing power in Germany, the premiere of King Kong, and FDR’s first fireside chat. Another item that occurred that year that you won’t find in history books, but that did lead to a lifetime of devoted fraternal service, was that John (Jack) A. McLoughlin Jr., a native of West Haven, Conn., became a member of San Salvador Council 1. That was the start of a remarkable 78 years of service to the Order until his passing on Dec. 3, 2010, at the age of 99.
Along with being a member of the Order, McLoughlin was an accountant at the Supreme Council office from 1941 until 1968 when he retired to take an administrative position at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, which was followed by a career at the Yale University Athletic Department. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was predeceased by his wife Connie, and is survived by his three children and six grandchildren.
“Mr. McLoughlin’s experience stands as a true example of what it means to make membership in the Order an experience of a lifetime,” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “His life also serves as an exemplary model of service to our Church and the community, something every Knight should strive toward.”
McLoughlin – who maintained his membership in Council 1 even after retiring to Arizona – was active with Ave Maria Council 9380 in Tucson, Ariz. Upon the occasion of his 75th anniversary as a Knight, the council (after finding that the years of active service pins did not go to that high of a level) had a pin especially designed for him.
“Jack moved to Tucson quite a few years ago, but kept his membership in San Salvador Council 1,” said former District Deputy Peter Karculias. “Up to the age of 95, Jack would be found out in front of the grocery store every year collecting money for people with intellectual disabilities campaign – all day long! Only when his health began to fail him and he had to use a wheelchair did he slow down. Still, he attended council functions as often as he could. His dedication and service to the Order and our Lord are an inspiration to us all.”

Christ, Our Savior is Born!

Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Pope inaugurates Advent by recalling that an embryo is not an accumulation of biological material but a living being

From the L'Osservatore Romano,

On Saturday evening, 27 November, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, on which the Liturgical Year of the Church begins. This year the celebration was preceded by a half-hour Prayer Vigil for unborn life and by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The celebration ended with the Pope's prayer for life and with adoration of the sacrament and the Eucharistic Blessing. The pro-life Prayer Vigil was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family and similar vigils were celebrated on the same day in Catholic Churches across the world. The following is a translation of the Holy Father's Homily, which was given in Italian.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,With this evening celebration the Lord gives us the grace and joy of opening the new Liturgical Year, starting with its first season: Advent, the period that commemorates the coming of God among us. Every beginning brings a special grace, because it is blessed by the Lord.In this Advent Season we shall be granted once again to experience the closeness of the One who created the world, who guides history and who cared for us to the point of deigning to become a man. This great and fascinating mystery of the God-with-us, indeed, of the God who becomes one of us, is what we shall celebrate in the coming weeks journeying towards holy Christmas. During the Season of Advent we shall feel the Church which takes us by the hand and - in the image of Mary Most Holy, expresses her motherhood, enabling us to experience the joyful expectation of the coming of the Lord, who embraces us all in his love that saves and consoles.While our hearts look forward to the annual celebration of Christ's Birth, the Church's Liturgy directs our gaze to the final goal: our encounter with the Lord who will come in the splendour of glory. For this reason in every Eucharist we "announce his death, proclaim his Resurrection until he comes again", we watch in prayer. The Liturgy does not cease to encourage and support us, putting on our lips, in the days of Advent, the cry with which the whole of Sacred Scripture ends, on the last page of the Revelation to St John: "Come, Lord Jesus" (22:20).Dear brothers and sisters, our gathering this evening for the beginning of the journey through Advent is enriched by another important reason: together with the whole Church we wish to celebrate a solemn prayer vigil for unborn life. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have accepted this invitation and to those who are specifically dedicated to welcoming and safeguarding human life in its various situations of frailty, especially when it is newly conceived and in its early stages. Precisely, the beginning of the Liturgical Year helps us live anew the expectation of God who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, God who makes himself little, who becomes a child; it speaks to us of the coming of a God who is close, who chose to experience human life from the very beginning in order to save it totally, in its fullness. And so the mystery of Lord's Incarnation and the beginning of human life are closely and harmoniously connected and in tune with each other in the one saving plan of God, the Lord of the life of each and everyone. The Incarnation reveals to us, with intense light and in a surprising way, that every human life has a very lofty and incomparable dignity.In comparison with all the other living beings that populate the earth man has an unmistakable originality. He is presented as the one unique being, endowed with intelligence and free will, as well as consisting of material reality. He lives simultaneously and inseparably in both the spiritual and the corporal dimension. This is also suggested in the text of the First Letter to the Thessalonians that has just been proclaimed: "May the God of peace himself", St Paul writes, "sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (5:23). We are therefore spirit, soul and body. We are part of this world, tied to the possibilities and limitations of our material condition, while at the same time we are open to an infinite horizon, able to converse with God and to welcome him within us. We are active in earthly realities and through them we are able to perceive God's presence and to reach out to him, Truth, Goodness and absolute Beauty. We savour fragments of life and happiness and yearn for complete fulfilment.God loves us deeply, totally and without making distinctions. He calls us to friendship with him, he makes us part of a reality beyond every imagination and every thought and word: his divine life itself. With feeling and gratitude, let us be aware of the value of every human person's incomparable dignity and of our great responsibility to all. "Christ, the final Adam", the Second Vatican Council states, "by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and his love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear… by his Incarnation, the Son of God has in a certain way united himself with each man". (Gaudium et Spes, n. 22).Believing in Jesus Christ also means seeing man in a new way, with trust and hope. Moreover, experience itself and right reason testify that the human being is capable of understanding and of wanting, conscious of himself and free, unrepeatable and irreplaceable, the summit of all earthly realities, and who demands to be recognized as a value in himself and deserves always to be accepted with respect and love. He is entitled not to be treated as an object to be possessed or a thing to be manipulated at will, and not to be exploited as a means for the benefit of others and their interests. The human person is a good in himself and his integral development must always be sought. Love for all, moreover, if it is sincere, tends spontaneously to become preferential attention to the weakest and poorest. This explains the Church's concern for the unborn, the frailest, those most threatened by the selfishness of adults and the clouding of consciences. The Church continually reasserts what the Second Vatican Council declared against abortion and against every violation of unborn life: "from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care" (ibid., n. 51). Cultural trends exist that seek to anaesthetize consciences with spurious arguments. With regard to the embryo in the mother's womb, science itself highlights its autonomy, its capacity for interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. It is not an accumulation of biological material but rather of a new living being, dynamic and marvelously ordered, a new individual of the human species. This is what Jesus was in Mary's womb; this is what we all were in our mother's womb. We may say with Tertullian, an ancient Christian writer: "the one who will be a man is one already" (Apologeticum IX, 8), there is no reason not to consider him a person from conception. Unfortunately, even after birth, the lives of children continue to be exposed to neglect, hunger, poverty, disease, abuse, violence and exploitation. The many violations of their rights sorrowfully wound the conscience of every person of good will. In the face of the sad view of injustices committed against human life, before and after birth, I make my own Pope John Paul II's passionate appeal to the responsibility of each and every individual: "respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness!" (Encyclical Evangelium vitae, n. 5). I urge politicians, leaders of the economy and of social communications to do everything in their power to promote a culture ever respectful of human life, to obtain favourable conditions and support networks for the acceptance and development of life. Let us entrust our prayers and our commitment to unborn life to the Virgin Mary, who welcomed the Son of God made man with her faith, with her maternal womb, with her attentive care, with her nurturing support, vibrant with love. Let us do so in the Liturgy - which is the place where we live the truth and where truth lives with us - adoring the divine Eucharist in which we contemplate Christ's Body, that Body which took flesh from Mary through the action of the Holy Spirit, and was born of her in Bethlehem for our salvation. Ave, verum Corpus, natum de Maria Virgine!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Bishop Requests Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson"

As we approach the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Burbidge has requested that the entire Diocese of Raleigh participate in a novena for my healing through the intercession of Our Lady. Philip is a good friend of the council and of the parish. The novena will begin on November 29th, ending on Our Lady's Feast Day on December 8th.
Please pray for Philip!
The Novena is as follows:

Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
You chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
the mother of Your Son, to be the mother and help of all Christians.

As she endured her bitter agony at the cross of her Son,
she was consoled by You with the hope of His ressurection.

Now, in heaven she consoles with a mother's love all who turn to her with faith,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.

-Pray the Memorare-

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
That never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,
I fly to thy, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

-We pray-
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
we are filled with confidence that your prayers on our behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Bring our seminarian, Philip Johnson healing, peace, courage, and strength
as he shares in the suffering of your Son.
O Glorious Mother of God,
in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception,
hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.

Keep Christ in Christmas

In a time when all things religious are being discouraged and swept away, it’s refreshing to know that the Order sponsors the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign to remind people that Christmas is above all a holy day celebrating the birth of Christ. Keeping Christ in Christmas is keeping the very heart and meaning of the Christmas celebration alive. At Christmas we honor the birth of Jesus Christ. At times our Savior is forgotten in the commercialization of the season and the rush to get ready for holiday festivities. Each year the Knights of Columbus takes a leading role in reminding society that Christmas is first and foremost a holy day. One of the best ways to do this is participating in the Order’s “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign. Here are some of the things we are doing:
•Urge all members to display a nativity scene on their property or at their place of business if they can.
•Resist the temptation, even when you’re in a rush or short of space, to abbreviate “Christmas” as “Xmas.” Reducing Christ to an “X” trivializes the message of the season.
The Best Presents Can’t Be Wrapped
This holiday season give the gift of yourself within your council, community and family. Give these or similar presents of friendship, understanding, kindness, love and compassion:

•Serve or prepare meals at a soup kitchen.

•Bring presents to children or elderly people in the hospital.

Clean, repair and refurbish a church in a poor neighborhood.

Visit someone who’s shut-in.

•Send a Christmas card to someone you have not seen or talked to in years.

Invite a friend or neighbor who will be alone to share your Christmas celebration.

•Reconcile with a friend or relative with whom you have quarreled. Apologize if you were wrong.

•Provide transportation to shelters for homeless people.

•Wish people you meet a good day and a happy and holy Christmas.

•Get the family together to clean out all the closets and dressers. Donate usable clothing, shoes, blankets and other items to a program for needy families.

•Send care packages to military personnel stationed overseas.

•Sing Christmas carols at nursing homes or hospitals.

•Collect baby clothes, blankets, food, diapers or money and donate these items to an organization that helps needy people.

•Supply car seats or cradles to underprivileged mothers.

•Sponsor a drive for children to donate their old toys to youngsters.

•Be a part of the holiday spirit by undertaking one or more of the items listed above and help make Christmas merry for someone else and yourself.

Remember to keep Christ in Christmas: See video below!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Archbishop Piacenza: Formation for Priests Is a Key Priority

Visor Lift to Zenit for this very good article. His Holiness is on the right track to ensuring the formation of the future priests of Christ's one true church. This time the proof is in the pudding.

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October, the Month of the Rosary

October is held in devotional honor to the Rosary by Holy Mother Church. As a result all Knights are asked to pray the Rosary daily with their families. Please join us in the Church-wide devotion to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To learn how to pray the Rosary visit the Latin Treasury of prayers under Rosarium.

REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy divine Son hath given thee over His own adorable Heart. Filled with confidence in thy merits, we come before thee and implore thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou mayest open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek ... We can never, never be refused by thee, and since thou art Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously receive our prayers and grant our request. Amen.

MEMORARE, o Domina Nostra a Sacro Corde, quam ineffabilem tibi potentiam Filius tuus divinus contulerit in suum ipsius Cor adorabile. Pleni nos fiduciae in meritis tuis, accedimus implorantes tuum praesidium. O Cordis Iesu Thesauraria caelestis, illius Cordis, fontis inexhausti gratiarum omnium, quod potes ipsa pro tua voluntate recludere, ut defluant inde in homines divitiae amoris et misericordiae, luminis et salutis, quae in ipso continentur; concede nobis, obsecramus, beneficia quae petimus ... Nulla nobis, nulla a te erit repulsa, et, quoniam Mater Tu nostra es, o Domina Nostra a Sacro Corde, preces nostras benigne habe et benigne exaudi. Amen.

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Website

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Respect Life Sunday

LIFE SUNDAY, October 3rd.
Please join us in forming a human prayer chain along a section of Hwy. 421. Thousands of prayer chains throughout our country will be forming at the same time to heighten the awareness that abortion does KILL!
The prayer chain takes place from 2:30-3:30. We will have approved signs for you to pick
up beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the parish hall. Please RETURN the signs by 4:00 p.m. If you cannot stand, then please bring a chair. We will have a simple lunch of hotdogs, chips, and cookies following the noon Mass. This will be cooked by the council.
So we can prepare, we need a head count for lunch. If you would like to eat lunch at the hall, or choose to donate to the luncheon, please call Theresa Bowling at 919-332-3139.

Please stand (or sit) for the sanctity of life!
Questions, please call Anna Marie Sparrow at 919-275-4024

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Never Forget 9/11

On September 11, 2001 the United States of America was brutally attacked by Islamic jihadists hell bent on killing as many innocent civilians (men, women and children) as possible. Al-Qaeda, a radical Islamic jihadist organization, took full responsibility for the attack and issued the following ultimatum to the people of the United States...

Withdraw all U.S. troops from Islamic territories.
Stop all support of the Zionist State of Israel.
Convert to Islam.

We rightly answered with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. We still Support Israel. We will Never convert to Islam!

Let us never forget the lives lost that day, lest their deaths be in vain. Yet we are not afraid.

May God console their families. Give us strength to defeat the enemy.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lessons from History

We all know that this Saturday with be the 9th anniversary of terrorists attacks on this country by radical Muslims. There has been a lot of controversy this year as tensions rise. With our troops still overseas fighting an unconventional enemy in substandard conditions which are also hard to traverse lest by mode of air.Yet terrorist cells invade America from nearly any point of entrance "unbeknownst" to us. Lately we have seen things from the attempt to build a mosque on ground zero ( which is a direct slap in the face to all who perished there, and a clear rally point for a "victory" of Muslim-sympathizers) and even of a protestant preacher who wants to burn Korans in public. In reference to the later I say let him use his first amendment, they do it. But really what would that solve? Nothing! It's one thing to defend something but to do this would be out of spite and not for the right reasons. Society has shifted whereas all Christians are wrong if they stand up for their faith. Our President does not support us, he sides with them just like he said he would in all of the books he has written, so I'm not the least bit surprised of his actions.Time is coming to an end, where we shall give them what they want. They call it jihad, but I like the sound of Crusade much, much more.

They plot and observe us in every detail and attempt to deride this government and this country; all in the name of Jihad (Islamic Holy War). They burn and bomb churches all over the world. They kill innocent clergymen, who spread the Gospel to the four corners of the earth. They burn our national flag; and seek protection under our First Amendment. They mock Jesus as no more than a prophet, denying Him being God; just as they speak lowly and down right insulting of His Mother (the Mother of God) the Blessed Virgin Mary. All this in the name of "Allah", a God which they proclaim to be the same God that Jews and Christians worship. And at that moment the "BS" flag was raised to the top of the flag pole. Any bumbling idiot should see the contradictory logic of which the Muslims would so instruct their faithful. Clearly if God approved of Jesus and proclaimed Him as the Son of God; which we know to have taken place as He was being Baptized by St. John and furthermore set aside from humanity while still being in and a part of it through the conception via the Holy Spirit upon a woman who Herself was set aside from other women and is the purest of all women, without the stain of original sin. It can not be denied that the "god" they call Allah, is not in any form or being as that of the One True and Triune God!

Muslims are heretics, end of discussion. They are taught in the Koran to convert everyone even unto the sword, which is where they feel justified in the use of violence amongst those outside of their faith called "kafir" or infidel. The Muslim faith was created by none other than that old serpent, the dragon named Satan. It was created for the sole purpose of undermining the Catholic Church and killing its members. It has already affected France where priests can't walk down the street without being spit on and verbally assaulted by so called peaceful Muslims. Are we to be next? History has shown us time and time again that the only force strong enough to defeat Muslims is none other than the Catholic Church, so they work extra hard to chip away at Her steel defenses. But try as they might they can never stop Holy Mother Church!

We Christians are taught to live by Christ's example, and most often eluded to is the "turn the other cheek". Whereas this is very Christ like, He said it Himself; there is also a time to defend our City, the Church Militant, the Church Herself, even down to the dogma and teachings. Just as Kings David, Soloman, and warriors like Joshua took up arms to defend this very concept of national religious merger in Judaic State of Israel so should we defend Holy Mother church if she is encroached upon by such heathens. Holy Mother Church exceeds the boundaries of countries and encompasses the entire world. It is the only vehicle of salvation. All Christians should hear the call and rally around Her (hint to our protestant brethren) because then, and only then will we be so formidable a force to stop the evil that is Islam.

Now the title of the post is lessons from History and that is what I will present here, however the tone needed to be set. Now let us look at several moments in history where the solidarity of the Catholic Faith subdued Islam. The start of the Muslim conquest of the world began around 635 with the Byzantine Empire and can probably be argued as still in progress. Lets start in the year 711 AD. The Moors under command by Tariq Ibn Ziyad from Northern Africa disembarked in Gibraltar and campaigned northward into Spain. After a decisive battle, the Visigothic kingdom collapsed and over the following decade most of the Iberian Peninsula was brought under Muslim occupation, save for mountainous areas in the northwest Galicia, Asturias and largely Basque regions in the Pyrenees. The conquered territory, under the Arabic name al-Andalus, became part of the expanding Umayyad empire. The Muslim force then moved northward into France but luckily was stopped by Charles Martel (Charlemagne) in 732 Ad at the Battle of Tours (Poitiers) and eventually they were only able to control intermittent areas until 975. With no where else to go but south, Muslims began to make Spain a stronghold. That was until 722 at the Battle of Covadonga where Spanish Christians put up a resistance and is known as the start of the Reconquista. This was nearly a period of 800 years. My Surname "Aguilar (eagle-eyed)" originated from this historic event.

Spain at this time was divided into five separate and independent Christian kingdoms and the Muslim Stronghold of Al-Andaluz was at the southernmost tip (Cordoba). Spain as we know it today did not exist as a unified country. They were stricken with internal quarrels and all other human factors to great to go into detail at this time. Soon they were able to unite under the Catholic Faith and began to use the Crusading ideology, and indeed numerous Christians came to participate in the Reconquista as penance. Several Orders of Knighthood were formed; namely Santiago de Compostela, Calatrava and Montesa. Of note however was the formation of Knights Templar sent to Spain. The Reconquista was finished around late 1230's when the Emirate of Granada became a vassal state. However in 1492 their Most Catholic Highness Ferdinand and Isabel launched the Grenada War in order to purge Spain of the Muslims there. This earned them the title Catholic Monarchs. Nonetheless the Catholic Church was needed as the central factor to defeat the Muslims here and it wasn't until then that Spaniards were able to unite.

In 1571 the Battle of Lepanto took place just off of the coast of Greece. This entailed a five hour naval battle between the Holy League (Spain, Italian states, Papal States and the Knights of Malta) against the Ottoman Empire and is known as the battle that saved Christendom. Victory gave the Holy League temporary control over the Mediterranean, protected Rome from invasion, and prevented the Ottomans from advancing further into Europe. It was won because of the simple prayers of the Rosary which were prayed before battle and the men entrusted their selves to the Blessed Virgin Mary as their protector. She, as She always does, interceded on their behalf to Her Son Jesus who in turn granted this miraculous victory. This is clearly defined as a key victory and was successful because the crew relied on the teachings of Holy Mother Church and their Catholic faith.

In 1683 the Battle of Vienna was fought by King of Poland John III Sobieski (Holy League) and the Ottoman Empire. This battle was won by Polish Hussars, German and Austrian forces as the Turks attempted to lay siege to the City. A mass was held before the battle for King John and his nobles. The most extraordinary Cavalry charge was made that day as the Winged Hussars charged into the fight breaking the lines of the exhausted Ottomans causing confusion which turned the tide and resulted in retreat, the cavalry headed straight for the Ottoman camps, while the remaining Vienna garrison joined in the assault resulting in a victory. King Sobieski was famed to have said "Venimus, Vidimus, Deus vincit" - "We came, We saw, God conquered". The battle marked the historic end of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Europe. King Sobieski using his Catholic Faith had entrusted his kingdom to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Czestochowa) before the battle, Pope Innocent XI then established the feast of the Holy Name of Mary in commemoration of this victory of Christian forces over the Muslim forces of the Ottoman Empire.

The point is to be peaceful, however when it comes time to fight; we fight with the One True God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost), Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Michael and all the Angels and Saints in our corner under the Banner of Holy Mother Church, the true Church, Christ's Bride the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. That's a whole heck of a lot more than a book filled with some desert nomad's opium induced day dream account filled with heresy!

May God soften their hearts, and lead them to the right side, free them from the clutches of the devil, and convert them and the whole world.

St. Michael, Defend Us!
Gloria Patri, et Fili, et Spiritu Sancto. Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper, saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

11th Anniversary of Priesthood

Father Parkerson has reached the Eleventh year of his service to God, and Holy Mother Church as a priest! May he be an inspiration to all priests of this diocese and set the example of how a priest should best serve God. May God allow him to continue fighting the good fight. Thank you Father for your sacrifice, and for being our priest. We love you and stand beside you, swords at the ready!

Introibo ad Altare Dei.
Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

25th Anniversary

I am pleased to announce that Council 9001 has reached the 25th year of service to Holy Mother Church. May God bless us with the strength to carry on in service!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The City of Rome celebrates the Knights of Columbus

ROME, ITALY - June 9, 2010 - The Mayor of Rome, the Vatican Secretary of State, and the Supreme Knight all gathered at Rome's Capitoline Museum today for the opening of a special exhibit that tells the story of nearly a century of friendship between the Eternal City and the Knights of Columbus.

Knights of Columbus website section on Rome Exhibit

Catholic News Service story about Rome Exhibit

Catholic News Service TV report about Rome Exhibit (via media player on the Madison Catholic Herald website)

Zenit news agency story about Rome Exhibit

His Holiness, the heretic slayer

The heretics in the Church are being served notice. And the notice is coming
from none other than Pope Benedict Himself. Please watch this episode of the
Vortex and pass it along to your friends and family.

25th Anniversary

Next month is the 25th Anniversary of Council 9001.

I would like to take this time to thank all of the charter members and those that attempted to keep the council in good standing throughout these 25 years. I can only pray that all the other councils take our example and stand up for our faith, the way it should be! That they should support the Latin Mass, and pray for the conversion of hearts of all the faithful back to Traditional Catholicism.
May the Lord continue to bless us with faithful and hardworking men.

Vivat Jesus!

Defensores Fidei Milites per Semper!

A Mosque At Ground Zero? Forsaking Israel? What’s Next...A Nuclear Iran?

A Visor Lift to the Caveman for this article.

Very interesting, and something that needs to be addressed. With a pound of C4 and an electronic detonator!

Please read the article to see what those tricky muslims are up to next, on American Soil.....

And here's your sign.....

In 1952 President Truman Established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer."

In 1988 President Reagan
designated the First Thursday in May of each year as the National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007(then)Presidential Candidate Barack Obama declared that the USA Was no longer a Christian nation.
This year President Obama canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony
at the White House under the ruse Of "not wanting to offend anyone"

On September 25, 2009 from 4 am until 7 pm, a National Day of Prayer
for the Muslim religion was Held on Capitol Hill, Beside the White House.
There were over 50,000 Muslims that Day in D.C.


I guess it Doesn't matter if "Christians" Are offended by this event -
We obviously Don't count as "anyone" Anymore.

The direction this country is headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian,especially knowing that the Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be converted, they should be annihilated.

This is not a Rumor – Go to the website To confirm this info:
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Pay particular attention to the very bottom of the page:

Maybe someone, somehow can figure out a way to put America
back on the map as it was when we were growing up, a safe place to live,and by
The Ten Commandments and Pledge of Allegiance.
And Keeping One Nation Under GOD in there!
Can anybody say: Catholic Statehood?

Catholicism at its best has always prevailed over the islamic forces!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Feast of Corpus Christi

This Year for the Feast of Corpus Christi our Parish held a Traditional Latin Mass and following with a Eucharistic Procession and adoration and benediction.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

40 Hours Devotion

Please join us in our 40 Hours Devotion to pray for Philip Johnson. This devotion dates back to about the year 1534. It consists in solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar for forty hours. We are going have a 40 Hours Devotion to offer our prayers for Phillip Johnson. Philip is a seminarian who is spending the summer at our parish, Sacred Heart Church in Dunn, NC. He has a brain tumor and will begin a new round of aggressive chemotherapy on June 15th. The 40 Hours Devotion will begin June 10th at the 12:15pm Mass and go till Saturday June 12th at 8am. June 11th is the Feast of the Sacred Heart so we will be praying especially to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Phillip.

We are a small parish and we need your help. We need people to come and pray for an hour before the Blessed Sacrament for Philip for the specific intention that he is allowed to live to be a priest. If you would like to reserve an hour you can call the church office at 910-891-1972 from 9:30am to 2:30pm or you can email me at If you can not come to Dunn and pray we are asking that you go before the Blessed Sacrament anywhere in the world for at least one hour during these designated 40 hours and pray that Jesus, would let him live to be a priest.

We are asking that during this hour you would say at least one Rosary and the Litany of the Sacred Heart. We are asking that you pray for Philip through the intercession of Father Thomas Frederick Price, St. Bernadette Soubirous,St. John Vianney, St. Rita and our Blessed Mother.

I have enclose a copy of the Litany of the Sacred Heart below

Litany of the Sacred Heart

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells the fullness of divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for sin, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Calendar of Events June 2010

June 2010
5th Ordination to Diaconate for Brendan Buckler in Wake Forest
6th Feast of Corpus Christi

Spring Yard Sale
11th Spring Yard Sale donations drop-off date after 6pm
12th Spring Yard Sale 8am until to be determined.

Please donate if you have any unwanted goods or things you were planning to get rid of during your spring clean up.
Hot Dogs will be sold during the event as well!

Thanks in advance for your support.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Wish You Knew

This post is something out of the ordinary but I came across this and wanted to share it with everyone as it relates to Law Enforcement and interacting with the public. Not everyone knows what it's like to put on a uniform, badge and gun and go to places and deal with people and things that are avoided on an average day by everybody else. We (Law enforcement) deal with a lot and are exposed to a lot of different things that the average public never see or only see on tv. And NO! everything you see on TV is not real, and some of us don't have the capability of CSI! In case you were wondering! Any way here it is:

I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the patrol vehicle, with my foot pressing down hard on the pedal, hitting the air horn again and again, as you fail to yield the right of way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us however, your first comment upon our arrival will be, "it took you forever to get here!"
I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of teenage years from the remains of her automobile. "What if this was my daughter, sister, my girlfriend, or a friend? What was her parent's reaction going to be when thye opened the door to find a police officer with hat in hand?"
I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet my parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly did not come back from the last call.
I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally and sometimes physically abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their attitudes of "it will never happen to me."
I wish you could understand why we tend to be so cautious and "unfriendly" when we pull you over. And I wish you would not take it so personally.
I wish you could understand the pain of watching someone who wears the same uniform being laid to res after being killed in the line of duty.
I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain or the missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to all the tragedy my eyes have seen.
I wish you could understand why we hate it when you look at us and tell your little child, "if you dont behave, I'm going to give you to that policeman." Great, now they're scared of us. So who do you want them to call when things go bad?
I wish you could understand the terror that courses through you veins in the seconds before you make a life and death decision because someone you probably have never met is determined to kill you.
I wish you could understand the frustration of arriving at a call and finding someone with a gun, knowing that you have milliseconds to decide if you need to shoot or not, while after the fact, your actions will be debated for months by many who have never even held a gun.
Unless you have lived this kind of life, you will never truly understand or appreciate who I am, we are, or what our job really means to us...
I wish you could though.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Knights of Columbus - A Novena for Pope Benedict XVI

Knights of Columbus are asked to pray a novena for Pope Benedict, beginning on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, and concluding on Monday, April 19, the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father’s election.
Following is the text of the Novena:

Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI
Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to your shepherd, Benedict, a spirit
of courage and right judgment, a spirit
of knowledge and love. By governing
with fidelity those entrusted to his care,
may he, as successor to the Apostle
Peter and Vicar of Christ, build your
Church into a sacrament of unity, love
and peace for all the world. Amen.

V/ Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
R/ May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and not hand him over to the power of his enemies.
V/ May your hand be upon your holy servant.
R/ And upon your son, whom you have anointed.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

Council 9001 stands firm behind the Vicar of Christ, Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI in his duty to speak out on the sins of the successors of Judas Iscariot. We will render whatever aid shall be neccessary. Thank You Holy Father! We stand behind you 100%

Good Friday 2010

In commemoration of the Death of Jesus, on Good Friday this year, the Council in conjunction with select Hispanic Men of the parish participated in the second annual Cristo Muerto or Dead Christ procession.

The Body of Christ is carried by prominent Hispanic men of the parish.

The Grand Knight takes point, to lead the procession

The Body of Christ is followed by Father Parkerson and two seminarians Brendan Buckler (who will be ordained a deacon in June) and Philip Johnson as well as several altar servers. Among them the Worthy Chancellor Eddie Sopp.

The Lay Faithful follow behind as well

Dunn's Finest shut down a section of 421 to allow for the procession to continue. They did a great job!

Over 100 were in attendance!

Altar servers incensing the way

Close up of Fr. Parkerson and seminarians

Grand Knight salutes the Body of Christ as it enters back in the church to lay to rest.

Grand Knight also salutes Father and the seminarians for their ultimate sacrifice, because without priests there would be no mass, just like without christ there would be no salvation.