Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What's Going on at St John's Seminary? - Update

This doesn't sound good...

The leader of St. John's Seminary in Brighton resigned abruptly last week, saying he is unhappy with the Archdiocese of Boston for selling the seminary's library and one of its halls as part of a $65 million sale of church headquarters to Boston College.

What role will BC (a nominally Catholic college) play in the day-to-day operations of the seminary?


Carol, from Catholic Pundit Watch, has the letter which Cardinal Sean hastily sent out to the priests in the archdiocese.

The "About Me" meme

Jayne, from So Many Devotions...So Little Time, tagged me. So, better late than never, I always say. Thanks Jayne!

1. Male or Female: Female.

2. Married or Single or Religious: Married (in October it will be 19 years).

3. Dream vacation: 2 weeks in Italy and/or a tour of the Holy Land by
Stephen Ray.

4. Birthplace: Holyoke

5. Area I live in currently: north of Boston (Archdiocese of Boston)

6. Someone you wish you could meet: Padre Pio.

7. Biggest "pet-peeve": Stop-and-go traffic.

8. Favorite Religious devotion: Divine Mercy Chaplet.

9. Favorite Saint (besides the Blessed Mother): Padre Pio

10. Favorite sport that you play: Sports?! Is quilting a sport?

11. Favorite food: a hot fudge sundae (or pecan pie)

12. Tridentine or Novus Ordo: N.O. currently but I'm looking for a
reasonably close TLM.

13. Would you (or are you) home schooling or public school: Given that
I live in Massachusetts, there's no way I want my child in public
school (unless it was a charter school) so she's in a Catholic High
School. I love the idea of homeschooling but I don't think I would
have been disciplined enough to do it well.

14. How many kids do you have: 1 daughter here, a few in heaven due to

15. Ever been in an auto accident: yes but nothing serious

16. Ever seen a Pope in person: Not yet (see #3 above).

17. Languages that you know fluently: English.

18. Last movie you saw in theatres: ???

19. Favorite Blog: That's really difficult but lately I've raced to
see "What Does The Prayer Really Say"...you know why...

20. Your thoughts on Barney, the Easter bunny, and Santa Claus: I
can't stand Barney, although I did allow my daughter to watch him.
The Easter Bunny is okay but I love Santa.

I tag...anyone who wants to do it...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Catholic Dictionary

Ma Beck of WardWideWeb fame, has a neat new word...

Praydar: (prā-dahr), n. 1) A gut feeling which allows a person to identify an individual who might have a vocation to the priesthood or religious life by appearance and demeanor alone.


My favorite new blog

This team has only been blogging since April but they have lots to say about being Moms and being Catholic.

Their title says it all, Mothers of Many Saints.

What a beautiful perspective on raising children.

How the Pill Works as an Abortifacient

(H/T Jean from CatholicFire)

They have more info on www.myspace.com/stopabortifacients

Friday, May 25, 2007

It's All the Curt Jester's Fault!

I haven't had a chance to blog since he recommended the new-and-improved Google Reader! I began to move my RSS feeds from MyYahoo and it was so easy to keep up with all the blogs that I had to add more, a lot more and then it wasn't so easy to keep up with them.

And then work got insane...

But, I'm all alone this weekend, my DH and DD went away for 2 nights, to NY, so I promise, I will post lots (er, several, okay, at least a few) thoughts this weekend.

Unless the Curt Jester does something again to distract me.

Monday, May 14, 2007


Last week, Happy Catholic talked about ways of being charitable. They were good ideas but I don't see homeless people in my sleepy little community (and I no longer work in Boston).

However, people who need our help are all around us.

What about the widow who is having trouble making ends meet? She's your neighbor and you know that she is not well off. Buy a gift card from the local supermarket and slip it under her front door when she isn't home.

What about the friend who just took in 2 of her neices because their mother is using drugs and can't (won't) get clean? Offer her some help, anonymous or otherwise.

Use your imagination!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007

Dr Keroack left his post

Looks like they got to him and so he was forced to resign from his top federal family planning position.

Keroack resigned last week as head of the US Office of Population Affairs, which is responsible for providing low-income women with access to contraceptives, after he was notified that the state's Medicaid office had launched an investigation into his private practice. The office, whose investigations generally focus on Medicaid fraud, declined to provide specifics about what it is investigating but confirmed there was a pending case dating back a "few years."


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Hymn to Mary


Beth Nielsen Chapman has a lovely album of Catholic hymns (called Hymns), 10 of which are in Latin. However, "Oh God of Loveliness" and this one, "Hymn to Mary", are in English. She was raised Catholic but has since fallen away from the faith. Here are the words to "Hymn to Mary" which she wrote,

Holy Mary draw through my heart the sweetest arrow of thy praise.
Lift my sorrow's deepening shadow, so that I may may see your face.
I know I will not be forsaken, gently held in your embrace.
Blessed Spirit, whispering softly, cool the fires of my shame.
Even as I run from your arms, my soul keeps calling out your name.
You were always right here inside each tear of joy, every drop of rain.

New clinic addresses intersex and gender issues - for children

On February 23, a new multidisciplinary clinic at Children's Hospital Boston's saw its first patients with what are called disorders of sexual differentiation (DSD). The program primarily serves infants, children, adolescents and young adults with genitourinary or hormonal disorders or other medical issues that may make it difficult to
determine their sex, and that may interfere with sexual and
reproductive function.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis.