The Rite of Consecrating a Fixed Altar

St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee celebrated its 150th parish anniversary and celebrated it with a consecration of the newly restored altar by His Excellency Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. The Rite of Consecrating a Fixed Altar according to the 1962 liturgy contains several beautiful elements including Gregorian Water, relics of saints, and even fire on the altar.1 Continue reading

The Role of a Godparent

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my firstborn son and looking forward to his baptism to add another member to the Body of Christ. The rite of baptism includes the participation of a godparent/sponsor. However, I was surprised to see how difficult it was for me to find a suitable sponsor. The factors of family members not authentically practicing the Catholic faith and moving to various parts of the country made it difficult to select a sponsor who can live up to the responsibilities such a role entails. Continue reading

Catechetical Movie Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Spoilers—including the major one—for this movie are present below so only read if you have seen the movie

The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise is smashing box office records and overwhelmingly pleasing critics. It has returned the franchise to its roots while establishing a future trajectory for the saga that promises more intrigue and hope. More than any other movie franchise, Star Wars expresses the hopes and desires of the people throughout the planet. Continue reading

My Review of “The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture.”

Posted here from Catholic Books Review.

This document by the Pontifical Biblical Commission (PBC) is a response to Pope Benedict XVI’s desire, in Verbum Domini no. 19, to see more research into the inspiration and truth of Sacred Scripture. The PBC is currently structured to be a biblical research organization under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Catholic Church but it does not enjoy magisterial authority which means that this document does not officially define or establish any doctrine for the Catholic Church. Continue reading

Father Karol Wojtyla’s First Masses on November 2, 1946

The day after he was ordained a priest, Karol Wojtyła—later St. John Paul the Great—celebrated three first Masses on November 2, 1946, in the crypt oWawel_St_Leonard2f St. Leonard in Wawel Cathedral. A few friends and his aunt gathered together with him in this crypt that contains the remains of several kings, queens, clergy, and artists. George Weigel writes that the young priest wanted to express his gratitude to those influential Poles who had a significant impact on his life and education (Witness to Hope, 81). Continue reading