Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Little Lightning Bug

Summer is here! If the calendar didn't prove it, everything around us does: the early morning and late evening daylight, the ever-increasing outdoor temperatures (and the constantly running AC), the kids out of school, the early garden harvest (sweet peas!) and one of my favorite things: lightning bugs.

Five years ago in early June and in this same blog space, I wrote the following: 
Lightning Bugs 
As a transplant to the Midwest I was in my mid-30s before I saw my first lightning bug. (For all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, it is not a home to lightning bugs!) I've been here 10 years now, and I still thrill to see these slow-fliers for a few weeks each May and June.
On a warm evening as the boys chase them, catch them, and marvel at their little twinkling lights, I can't help but think that perhaps that is precisely why God made lightning bugs: simply for the wonderment and delight of every child...... and every child within the adult who still marvels too.

Our boys are now 12 and 14 years old and not so interested in chasing and catching the little fellas anymore, but we all still enjoy getting a glimpse of their lights and following them as they take their time twinkling about our back yard. 

My good friend, LongSkirts, wrote the following poem about lightning bugs. I love this poem when she posts it each year about this time:


LITTLE
LIGHTNING
BUG

Little lightning bug
O, fellow
Where'd you get
That torch so yellow

Flicking off
Then flicking on
Right above our
Front yard lawn

Giving children
Merry-mirth
Acolytes
Upon this earth

Keeping lit
Your votive flame
Compline's call
To praise His name

* * *

God Bless You!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Requiem Mass for FSSP priest at St. Marys Assumption

A requiem Mass for Reverend Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murdered in Arizona last week, will be held at St Mary's Assumption Catholic Church, 1126 Dolman St. St. Louis,  at 11:15 am tomorrow, June16th.  All are welcome.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day poem for our Priests


Give thanks to God for our Holy Priests who sacrifice for the salvation of our souls and bring us the Holy Sacraments.  From 'A Father's Day Poem for Priests'
catholictradition.org

I thank thee Father (gratitude for our priests)

The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech. (Ps. 109:4; Heb. 5:6)
I thank thee Father
for all
thou hast done:
for giving us
God’s only Son;
for all the Sacrifices
thou dost make;
for consecrating
the bread we take
I thank thee Father
for the sacraments:
Baptism,
Communion,
and Penance
for helping us
to sanctify
our souls’ hunger
to satisfy
I thank thee Father
for thine obedience
for being our shepherd
for thy guidance
for leading us
into pastures green
for lifting our hearts
to things unseen
I thank thee Father
for thy vocation
for spreading
the Gospel
to every nation
for giving thy life
that we might live
I thank thee Father
for all thou dost give
I thank thee Father
for thy selflessness
for all the ways
thou dost bless
our lives
amidst the world’s
wretchedness
for giving thine all
and nothing less
I thank thee Father
for thy guiding light
amidst a world
in dark of night
like our Lord
for shining bright
for being the King’s
trustworthy knight
I thank thee Father
for being there
in times of joy,
or in despair
for thy words
of counsel
and consolation
I thank thee Father
for thy vocation
Amen.  Happy Father's day to our beloved, good and holy priests who bring us the sacraments and guide our paths towards salvation.  Deo Gratias!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Seven New Priests


Today seven deacons of the Society of Saint Pius X were ordained to the priesthood, and five subdeacons were ordained deacons at Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, MN.  They are:


REV. MR. CHARLES DEISTER
of Kansas City, Missouri

REV. MR. THOMAS DUNCAN
of Tyrone, New Mexico

REV. MR. PETER FORTIN
of Spotsylvania, Virginia

REV. MR. MATTHEW STAFKI
of Oak Grove, Minnesota

REV. MR. ISAAC DELMANOWSKI
of Glendale, Arizona

REV. MR. ANDREW FERRELLI
of Syracuse, New York

REV. MR. JOSEPH HAYNOS
of Post Falls, Idaho



A blessing for the Church.  
Keep these new Priests in your prayers.

The First Mass schedule can be found here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

QHR Graduation and Awards Ceremony


May God continue to bless His Holy Church with well formed young Catholic boys and girls.




" [Priests', teachers', and staff members'] efforts to form solid Catholic students should not be taken for granted, and are certainly not in vain ... The opportunity to go to Holy Mass almost every day, the priests in cassocks teaching and governing the students here, and Catholic teachers, all make the Academy a healthy, Catholic way to high school, steering students the right way to graduation. If a family was searching for a school that had a traditional Catholic environment enveloping it, they should choose Queen of the Holy Rosary Academy."  - from the Valedictorian speech.




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Congratulations, Newly Confirmed!

"Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For he was not as yet come upon any of them: but they were only baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them: and they received the Holy Ghost.
- Acts 8:14-17

"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption."  
- Ephesians 4:30












Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hope


This morning at Holy Mass for First Saturday, Saint Mary's Assumption was graced with the presence of seven seminarians from Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, MN, among whom was our very own nephew. Seven future priests! (Click images to enlarge)






And on top of that, our boys served!

Deo Gratias!