Well, Bill, it IS for the Cause

By Bill Riccio, Jr   With the title quote from the Rev. Richard C. Cipolla, this writer began a sojourn across country to the wilds of Portland, Oregon, to be the master of ceremonies for a Pontifical Mass at Holy Rosary Church. The date of the Mass was June 29, 2007, and yours truly was going … Read more

Fatima in Chicago

This year is the 100th year anniversary of the renowned apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three peasant children in a remote Portuguese village. The events are being commemorated with Fatima processions large and small, a seemingly unlikely development even a few years ago, after decades-long neglect on the part of the larger Church.  But … Read more

Dressing for Failure

When Catholic Bishops Refuse to Ask the Right Questions About Why Their Seminaries Are Empty By Daniel Attard We are witnessing a time of great scandal in the Church, and many speculate as to why this is. I have long believed that priests and religious who fall into grave scandal do so as a result … Read more

100 Years Post-Fatima in Maine

By Robert Beaurivage Catholics in Sanford, a small town in Maine, honor the 100th anniversary of Fatima. May 13, 2017   The ceremony commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima began with a procession of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and was sponsored by the Springvale Fatima … Read more

Rape, Incest & Abortion

A Survivor Speaks Up By Maria Albers It’s a conversation-stopper. What happens, your pro-choice friend says, when a girl becomes pregnant because of rape or sexual abuse? Why should she be ‘forced’ to bear that child? It’s a question most of us have never had to face. Statistically, such situations are rare. But what does … Read more

Fierce Catholic Bride

If you believe the media, Mary Barkovskaya doesn’t actually exist. She is a Millennial, a professional model, living near London. But, she is also a South Dakota Catholic with outspoken, orthodox values, and recently she married the man of her dreams. (All this without cohabiting with him and without even taking him for a ‘test … Read more

Saints Justa and Rufina, Martyrs

July 19 Today is the feast day of Saints Justa and Rufina.  Orate pro nobis. Justa and her sister Rufina were pottery sellers in Seville, Spain during Diocletian’s persecutions of the early Christians. When the two sisters refused to sell their wares to be used in pagan ceremonies, their stock was destroyed. In retaliation they … Read more

Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs

July 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs.  Orate pro nobis. By Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 The Catholic Church presents to us today, as she did on the 10th of this Month, seven Christian heroes, who in their youth, manifested more than manly firmness in the confession … Read more

The Carmelites of Compiegne

July 17 Today is the feast day of The Carmelites of Compiegne.  Orate pro nobis.  Singing Their Way to the Guillotine by Meghan Ferrara One of the darkest periods of the French Revolution was the Reign of Terror, which lasted from September 1793 to July 28, 1794. During these months, over 1,300 victims met their fate … Read more

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost By Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “I have compassion on the multitude.”–Mark 8. Christ sees the hungry multitude, and has pity on them. He feeds them by a miracle. What Christ at that time said, His heart had felt from its first pulsation; for it was the heart … Read more

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