NCReg: Miracles Still Reported at the Site of the First Marian Apparition in the U.S.

I’d first visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in 2010, several weeks after the Marian apparition that had occurred there was approved by Green Bay Diocese Bishop David R. Ricken. Back then, you might have driven right past the shrine if you didn’t know it was there. Nestled in the midst of farmland, the shrine was completely inconspicuous.

It still is today, as I experienced during a recent visit there.

That’s one thing that both baffles and entices me about this amazing place where our Lady appeared to a young Belgian woman named Adele Brise in 1859. The property, the shrine, and even the Apparition Oratory itself has maintained an aura of peace and simplicity throughout the years. Locals tell me it’s been that way since the apparitions themselves occurred.
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Bp. Athanasius Schneider Lenten Retreat at St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee Feb 17th

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan will be giving a Lenten spiritual retreat at St. Stanislaus on February 17th and a pontifical Mass on the 18! Details soon!

Mark your calender's now and invite all to attend. Exact time will be posted soon!

St Anthony the Great, ora pro nobis!

The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a Coptic Orthodox monastery standing in an oasis in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, in the southern part of the Suez Governorate. Hidden deep in the Red Sea mountains, it is located 334 km (208 mi) southeast of Cairo. It is the oldest monastery in the world. St Anthony himself was the founder of monasticism. The Monastery of Saint Anthony was established by the followers of Saint Anthony, who is the first Christian monk. The Monastery of St. Anthony is one of the most prominent monasteries in Egypt and has strongly influenced the formation of several Coptic institutions, and has promoted monasticism in general. Several patriarchs have come from the monastery, and several hundred pilgrims visit it each day.

Also happy Baptism Day to my son!

Wall Street Journal: A Jesuit School Gets Dogmatic - Is Marquette’s promise of academic freedom worth anything?

Marquette is a Jesuit university in Milwaukee. Which is appropriate, because jesuitical is the word that fits its explanation for firing a tenured political science professor who defended a student who was badly treated by an intolerant graduate instructor.

The sacked professor is John McAdams, who in 2014 wrote a blog post criticizing by name Cheryl Abbate, who taught a course on ethics. Ms. Abbate had told a student he could not express his disagreement with same-sex marriage in her ethics class because it was “homophobic” and on that issue there could be no debate.

In his post on the incident, Mr. McAdams made no judgment on same-sex marriage. But he noted that liberals are inclined to deem views they disagree with as offensive and then use that to shut down debate. The story went national.

Marquette officials took action—against Mr. McAdams. He was blamed for the hate mail that Ms. Abbate received after he named her, even though there’s no evidence he was part of any of it.
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From a reader: Traditional Parishes in Southeast Wisconsin

From a reader:
I hope this finds you well, I read your blog on the limited number or TLM parishes in WI when I was looking for a new parish. My wife and I are looking to move to Lake Geneva - Burlington area in the next few years.

My parents are looking to move sooner and we want them to end up close to us so our current and future children will have grandparents close by. Anyway to my question, do you have advice or resources on not just TLM parishes which seem kind of far away from the Lake Geneva area, but even reverent Novus Ordo parishes with a quality parish school?

I apologise for the very specific question from a stranger but your blog was one of the few sources I keep coming back to in my search for a parish.
No apology needed!  I've got to meet or correspond with many of you through the area and I really enjoy getting a chance to hear from you all.  I'll see if I can't ping a few people and get some more input, but let's see if we can get some readers to chime in to assist.  BTW, my goal is still to photograph every church in the state, but I'm going to need to figure out how to get an early retirement package to make it happen, haha. 

Kenosha is about 45 minutes away and I'm pretty sure they still have the Latin Mass going there.   As far as non-dual form parishes, I'll have to get some more input.  Also you are likely out of range for any of the classical model schools.  I'll update this post if I get some email replies. 

CUF Milwaukee January 2018 newsletter

The latest from Milwaukee's St. Gregory VII Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith includes these upcoming events:
- Update - CANCELED: Dr. Duke Pesta presents "The Crusades - The Truth" on Sunday, January 21st at St. John the Evangelist Church Hall. 8500 West Cold Spring Road in Greenfield, 2pm (after 1:45pm rosary)
- Bishop James Schuerman will preside at the 7:00 p.m. "Respect Life Mass" at Blessed Savior Parish, 8545 West Villard Avenue in Milwaukee at 7pm (rosary at 6:30pm)
- Fr. James Kubicki visits to deliver an “Afternoon of Recollection” on Sunday, February 18th at Sacred Heart Church, North 49th Street and West Wells Street, Milwaukee,
- Fr. John Belmonte, S.J., will be presented with this year's Msgr. Alphonse Popek Award October 14th

Update: Newsletter now available at their website.

Fanatic Friday: Not The Way That I Was edition

A good New Years song, Happy New Year by the way!

A roundup is in the works, and I hope to follow up to the mailbag next week as well.

PS> A Madison version if you prefer

Wisconsin’s Missionaries of the Word evangelize with outdoor-centered apostolate

The Missionaries of the Word, a new religious community for women, has been launched in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The community superior is Mother Mary Catherine, formerly a member of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and the community’s mission is to bring the Gospel to teens and young adults “in the spirit of the New Evangelization.”

“We want to listen to, be with and love young people so that we may lead them to Jesus,” Mother Mary Catherine said. The sisters’ primary apostolate is assisting with Green Bay’s Catholic Youth Expeditions retreat apostolate for youth and young adults (see sidebar below), and they hope to grow the community so they may “go wherever God wants.”
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Liturgical Dance, Colbert style

Stephen Colbert as Chuck Noblet on the television show Strangers with Candy (Comedy Central 1999 - 2000) dancing to The King of Glory Comes by Willard F. Jabusch.

Liturgical Dance, Shaker style

Shaker dance and worship, during the Era of Manifestations
Background on Shakers

I happened to come across this recently, Cantus vocal ensemble gets a little too political with its latest concert.  Too bad, but it's an industry that if one don't genuflect on command, a constant barrage of attacks are waged.

Movie character inspiration was Wisconsin Dominican Sister

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 2 for Dominican Sister John Eudes Courtney, who spent 68 years in religious life. Sister Courtney died Dec. 22 at age 95 at the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ motherhouse in Sinsinawa.

She served as inspiration for the character of Mary Clancy in the book “Life With Mother Superior” by Jane Trahey, which was turned into the movie “The Trouble With Angels,” starring Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy and Rosalind Russell as the mother superior. Trahey was best friends with young Mary Courtney when both were students at Providence High School in Chicago.

Also featured as a nun in the movie’s fictional convent was Marge Redmond, who parlayed the role into a two-season stint as Sister Jacqueline in the television series “The Flying Nun.”
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Karl Keating on Phil Lawler’s Pope book

Philip Lawler, the editor at Catholic World News, has a new book coming out February 26: Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock (On December 19 I critiqued the book’s cover in a Facebook post.)

In the introduction Lawler says that, over the course of several years, “I did my best to provide assurance—for my readers and sometimes for myself—that despite his sometimes alarming remarks, Francis was not a radical, was not leading the Church away from the ancient sources of the Faith. But gradually, reluctantly, I came to the conclusion that he was.”

Unlike some of the most vocal critics of this pope, Lawler took his time and gave him the benefit of every doubt. The result is 256 pages that lay out recent history well, without exaggeration or histrionics and with enough to substantiate Lawler’s reluctant conclusions.

Toward the end of the introduction he says, “I found I could no longer pretend that Francis was merely offering a novel interpretation of Catholic doctrine. No, it was more than that. He was engaged in a deliberate effort to change what the Church teaches.”
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I'm reading the yet to be unmasked author's book The Dictator Pope after recommendation of a friend.

I know I haven't chimed in much on the Vatican news of the day, I just read and pray, and honestly I think a lot about the cardinals whom voted for him, not out of malice or whatever, but certain cardinals who championed the "moderate" approach to Catholic issues seem to be either a) exposed for what they really believe or b) so naive they voted for a man recommended by notorious members of the St Gallen Mafia.  If the answer is b, it will be a very heavy cross to carry.

Pontifical Mass on the Feast of Epiphany with Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Musica Oramus for Epiphany Holy Water Blessing Jan 5

Join us at St. Mary's Visitation in Elm Grove this Friday to celebrate Mass at 6:30! In addition to the opportunity for Confession prior to Mass, there will be a special blessing of Holy Water.

How to Popularize ‘Ad Orientem’ Without Disorienting People

I have written many times on the orientation of the priest for the Eucharistic Prayer. I strongly prefer an eastward (ad orientem) posture, in which the priest and God’s people all face in the same direction toward the Lord as the Eucharistic Prayer is prayed. Rather than restate all the reasons for my preference here, I direct you to what I have previously written (here , here , and here).

While I would like to see the eastward orientation restored, I am aware that many, even among doctrinally strong Catholics, are uneasy about the move. Further, many bishops remain unconvinced of its merits and see the push from individual priests as hostile to liturgical unity in their diocese. That a priest is permitted by the norms to say Mass ad orientem is beyond dispute, but bishops must often field complaints and do have an interest in ensuring that liturgical practice in their diocese not become divided by numerous idiosyncrasies.
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Where are the most Catholic places in the United States?

Where are the most Catholic places in the United States? You might have guessed Boston, New York, or maybe Philadelphia or Chicago – places that because of past waves of immigration still retain a Catholic flavor. A new study by Georgetown University researchers found out where actual Catholics live and worship, and the most intensely Catholic places are not where you’d think.
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'I will love you forever': Why one Wisconsin family fosters and adopts dying children

The thought of a child dying alone in a hospital bed is one former bereavement nurse Cori Salchert finds unacceptable.

Salchert fosters and adopts children in her home state of Wisconsin who have a terminal or life-limiting illness. While sheknows she cannot make a difference in the life of every sick child whose parents cannot or will not take care of them due to their conditions, she has made a great difference in the lives of seven kids who would otherwise have no one.

Salchert and her husband Mark, who have eight biological children, first adopted a daughter, named Emmalyn, in 2013. The infant was born without the right or left hemisphere of her brain, and was given a grim prognosis by her doctors. Still the family brought Emmalyn home, caring for her for fifty days before she died in Salchert's arms in their dining room.
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Watch the video and listen to Cori open up about the process.


Fr Nathan Reesman: On “Coming Out” From the Pulpit - A Healthy Approach to Same Sex Attraction

The Milwaukee Archdiocese posted a link to this article on their website.
For a few years now I have had the privilege to walk with men and women who experience same sex attraction, and who desire to live an integrated life of wholeness and joy, in fidelity to the demands of chastity.

They do not like the terms “gay” or “lesbian” because they understand that whole, healthy persons do not reduce themselves to their mere parts, or to labels that can put them in boxes for years to come.

These same men and women also understand the pitfalls of sharing their own sexual struggles and attractions with wide audiences. Occasionally some of them may prayerfully discern the need for a carefully delivered witness talk about their story in support of the Church’s teachings, but such situations should be the exception rather than the norm. In our modern culture where the prevailing approach to sexuality is to speak without restraint, the people that I walk with attempt to take a very different approach that treats such topics with the delicacy, modesty, and sacred veiling that they deserve. We are not meant to live as though we are turned inside out, and doing so is not necessary for healthy integration.
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This is an excellent and reasonable reply from a fellow priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

As you have probably seen, the ample national mainstream media coverage has twisted the words of Abp. Listecki (whether you agree with it or not) just as the JS did with their original story. 

The progressives in the Catholic Church continue to push to change Church teaching on sexual purpose and morality(they did it to JPII, they'll do it to us).  This will assuredly make it to a papal in flight interview where a perfectly ambiguous papal response is weaponized by those intent on changing the Church's "out of date" teaching.  Find peace this Christmas season, the darkness does not last.

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side to help me;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put confidence in princes.

Psalm 118