Friday, November 30, 2012

Homily 2012-11-30 - Fr Leonard Mary MFVA - St Andrew Apostle



Great homily by Fr. Leonard.   Be sure not to miss
what he says about James and John, and their mother! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Appropriate Reading Device?

I've just started reading Little Blog on the Prairie  by Cathleen Davitt Bell online.  Somehow it seems to me that a book with a  title like that ought to be read on the computer.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Disrupted Card Game

I've known for a long time that my Farmor (paternal grandmother) played cards.   It's only recently that I've learned that she belonged to a card club,
the D. D. D. Card Club.  (So far, I haven't been able to find out what D. D. D
stands for.)
One afternoon, Farmor had some of her friends over for a game of cards.  Perhaps it was a meeting, and her turn to entertain.   Perhaps it was just a friendly get-together.
Suddenly, the game was interrupted when a skyrocket came through the screen window, and whizzed around the players' heads.   The guests left, quickly, one might even say hastily.
I heard this story years later from the culprit... my father! It was when his mother got a hold  of him that the real fireworks happened!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.   Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've found some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Novena for the Canonization of Fulton J. Sheen

Semper Gaudete!: NunEssential: Strength and Grace

Semper Gaudete!: New Item In Vintage Media Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Andrew Brown, my great-great grandfather

Semper Gaudete!: The Old Rugged Cross

Semper Gaudete!: Gobble Gobble?

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-11-18 - Fr Anthony Mary MFVA - Canticle of Creation- 33rd Su...

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"The Great American Broadcast:
A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age"
by Leonard Maltin
[non-fiction]
{carried over from last week}

"Five Little Peppers Midway" #
by Margaret Sidney
[children's fiction, series]
{read online}

"Of Swedish Ways"
by Lily Lorenzen
[non-fiction]
{carrying over into next week}

"The Majesty of Grace"
by Jane Langton
[children's fiction]
{carrying over into next week}

Novena for the Canonization of Fulton J. Sheen

 Please join me in praying this novena.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gobble Gobble?

It sort of gets my goat when I hear people refer to this holiday as "Turkey Day."
Hello!  Where on the calendar does it say Turkey Day?
It's Thanksgiving Day.  Or rather, it is the official American celebration of Thanksgiving Day.
Because, after all, every day should be a day for giving thanks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Old Rugged Cross

I have a connection to the  composer of the famous hymn, The Old Rugged Cross.

Rev. George Bennard

Relationship to you: husband of sister-in-law of great grand aunt
Additionally, one of the witnesses to his marriage also witnessed the marriage of my great-grandparents, John and Hulda Isberg.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Andrew Brown, my great-great grandfather

I've discovered a bit more about my paternal great-great grandfather.   The information here matches the information I've found on ancestry.com.
Now I am trying to find his birth and/or baptismal certificate.

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Item In Vintage Media Collection

"Father Knows Best" debuted on the radio in 1948.   I've just added the pilot episode to my Vintage Media Collection.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NunEssential: Strength and Grace

NunEssential: Strength and Grace: I had to write about a beautiful image I saw today. While at Mass this morning, I noticed a police officer in full uniform who had his s...

Once again, I've come across a "must-share" post.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've found some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: More About My Father's Family

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-11-11 - Fr Joseph Mary MFVA - Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordina...

Semper Gaudete!: Guess Who Says "It's Great To Be A Slut"

Semper Gaudete!: GEORGE WEIGEL COLUMN

Semper Gaudete!: Magnets In Mail Order Catalog

Semper Gaudete!: New Item in Vintage Media Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Radio Scripts

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Papa's Daughter"
{carried over from last week}
"Dear Papa"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes]

"Stargirl"
"Love, Stargirl" #
by Jerry Spinelli
(young adult fiction)

"Five Little Peppers and How They Grew" #
by Margaret Sidney
[children's fiction, series]
(this is one of those books I've had
for a long time, and finally got around
to reading.)

"Two P's in a Pod"
by Susan Terris
[children's fiction (older kids)]

"The Great American Broadcast:
A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age"
by Leonard Maltin
[non-fiction]
{carrying over into next week}

Radio Scripts

I've just found this website of old-time radio scripts.  I will probably be adding some of the actual broadcasts (if available  online) to my Vintage Media Collection.
I love the way the commercials are included in the scripts.


 

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Item in Vintage Media Collection

I've just added this advertisement to my Vintage Media Collection.
I'll have more to say about this product in a future post.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Magnets In Mail Order Catalog

Whenever Mom gets a mail-order catalog, I look through it for decorative magnets.  Sometimes there aren't any at all, sometimes there are, but they aren't the kind I collect, and sometimes I already have them.
Today, however, Mom got one of those catalogs, and it had a set a set of magnets that I don't have, and is the kind I collect.  In fact, they are just about the darlingest magnets I've ever seen.
Mom is going to place the order tomorrow.
And I love the fact that I found them in a catalog!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Guess Who Says "It's Great To Be A Slut"

Anybody want  to guess which organization is telling teenage girls that it is great to be a slut?

Click here .
   
Surprise, surprise!! (Not!)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

More About My Father's Family

Using new information I received from my cousin, I was able to look up several family trees on ancestry.com.  I now have the names of several more of my ancestors on my father's side.
                             My paternal great-great grandfather:
                             Andrew Brown
                             My paternal great-great-grandmother:
                             Mary Moore Brown
                            My paternal great-grandfather:
                            Edgar A. Brown
                            My paternal great-grandmother
                            Mary, (or Marie) Cunningham Brown

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Strong Fathers






Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read for the first time are marked with a #

"Papa's Wife"
{carried over from last week}
"Papa's Daughter"
{carrying over into next week}
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes]

"Walking on Water #
Reflections on Faith & Art"
by Madeleine L'Engle
[non-fiction]

Two Great Homilies From EWTN

Here are the links to  two great homilies from EWTN.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Stop Planned Parenthood

Here is an organization that is working to stop Planned Parenthood.   There is a graphic video on the site, showing how PP is targeting KIDS.
Warning: The video is not only graphic, it is sickening.   You may want to grab a basin or a barf-bag before watching.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sandy

I haven't blogged much about Sandy and its aftermath.
Debris, debris, and more debris outside. 
(Thank God, the Sanitation Department was FINALLY able to haul it away)
Sand on the SIDEWALK and in our yard.
And today, SNOW!
This is the most severe storm we've EVER had in Brooklyn, the first time we've had so much debris in so many places, AND the first time a hurricane (some people are calling this a superstorm; what other people are calling it I won't repeat!) has been followed by snow.
This wasn't just weather; this wasn't your average storm;  this wasn't even usual  kind of a hurricane.  This was something special. This was historical. 
Years from now, people will be talking about how their great-great-great- grandparents were just little children when Sandy happened.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Written By the Finger of God: Ten Reasons Why I'm Passionately Pro-life

Written By the Finger of God: Ten Reasons Why I'm Passionately Pro-life: 1.   Life begins at conception.   (I didn't have to hear my first baby’s lub-dub-swoosh-swoosh heartbeat at her 6 week ultrasoun...

This post should be shared by every pro-life blogger.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Staying Up Tonight

I'll be staying up tonight, waiting for the results of the election, AND PRAYING!

My Paternal Grandfather

I've finally learned my paternal grandfather's full name: Edgar George Brown.  And I've started corresponding with a cousin on my paternal grandmother's side.  And all because I joined ancestry.com!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Thank God for Family!

Semper Gaudete!: Priests For Life Hit By Hurricane Sandy

Semper Gaudete!: How Winky Spent His Time

Semper Gaudete!: kcolC ehT

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read In The Past Week

kcolC ehT

What does "kcolc eht" mean?
It's just a reminder that we tonight we turn the clock back.

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Rhoda Thornton's Girlhood" #
by Mary Elizabeth Pratt 
[children's fiction, some Christian (Protestant) themes] {This is the book
I grabbed and put into the shopping bag when we were getting ready to leave on Sunday afternoon, and as it happens, I hadn't read it before.}

"Portrait of a Lady"#
by Henry James
[fiction]
{Only partially read.  Kathryn lent it to me after I finished Rhoda Thornton's Girlhood.  I hadn't finished this when we were ready to leave, so she gave it to me as a gift. However, when Mom, Winky and I returned home,  I decided that I wanted, needed, to read a book I already knew and loved. 
I do, however, plan to read, this book some time in the future.}

I am currently reading (make that re-reading, and you can add quite a few re's!):
"Papa's Wife"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes.]

How Winky Spent His Time

This  post is about Winky, and how he spent the time we were away because of Sandy.
Paul, Kathryn's husband, is extremely allergic to cats, so Winky had to stay in the garage.   And yet, in spite of his allergies, Paul sometimes went into the garage to feed the cat!
Mom visited Winky every day, but we agreed that it would be best if I didn't go into the garage until we were ready to go home. 
Meanwhile, what did Winky do while he was in the garage?   He ran around, he climbed, he explored, he had a terrific time.
Winky was on vacation!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Priests For Life Hit By Hurricane Sandy

  I received the following e-mail from Fr. Frank Pavone.   I ask everyone who can make a donation to do so. I did.  But what I am doing most of all, what we ALL need to do most of all, is pray.

Dear Rochelle,

We need your help. Right now.

You’ve no doubt seen the path of devastation that Hurricane Sandy left in its wake.  Homes destroyed.  Buildings demolished.  Hospitals without electricity.  Generators failing.  No heat.  No hot water.  No gasoline.  No food.

As you pray this Feast of All Saints, please remember the victims of this terrible storm.

Sadly, Priests for Life has not been spared. As you know, our headquarters is located in Staten Island, New York - right at the center of the storm! We lost all power Monday.  Our computers are down.  No phone service.  No fax service.  Water damage everywhere. Mail delivery is spotty.  No email all week until just a couple of hours ago.

One of our own Priests for Life staff members lost her house (please pray for her). Others are under water.  Most have lost their power.

It will take weeks to recover. Or months.
If ever I needed you to give Priests for Life a donation, it is right now.
Please click here and make as large a contribution as you possibly can.  Send whatever you can ... $5 ... $10 ... $25.  Obviously if you can send more do that. 
But the important thing is that you give whatever you can right now.
I have so much to tell you, but no time really.

The big thing right now is LOST CONTRIBUTIONS that we were counting on to fund our last-minute efforts to rally the People of Life all across the country and convince all Americans to VOTE PRO-LIFE ON NOVEMBER 6 ... and in every election!

The storm has cut off mail delivery ... and almost all contributions to Priests for Life.  The only donations we’re getting are the few that are trickling in over the Internet.

We were counting on additional donations to fund all of our “Political Responsibility” efforts over this final week of the campaign season.

But Hurricane Sandy has hit us hard, and we don’t know what to do.

Or was it the devil?  Is this his work?  His attempt to thwart our efforts to end legalized abortion-on-demand in America?

Personally, I cannot help but believe that it is.
Well I refuse to allow him to destroy us or our work!  Literally tens of millions of innocent lives are at stake in its outcome.
So rather than wait for the mail to resume and the contributions to pick up I took a leap of faith and decided to go full speed ahead with everything we’d planned for this final week, including:

• My whistle-stop Gospel of Life tour through the state of Ohio, which concludes tonight in Cincinnati
• The pro-life mission trips of our priests and Pastoral Associates to other states
• Our special election programs that continue to air on EWTN
• The final wave of our nationwide “Voter Guides” distribution effort
• A special “Get Out the Vote” video that is being sent to hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists

Speaking of that “Get Out the Vote” video, it was scheduled to go out Monday.  Final edits were being made when we lost power.  So one of our dedicated staffers spent countless hours WORKING IN HIS CAR to finish up the video and prepare it for viewing.  What commitment!

And he’s only one hero.

In spite of the bridges to Staten Island being out, homes flooded and damaged, and lingering flood waters, most of our staff have come to the make-shift office we set up at a local hotel that has power so that they could carry on with the fight to save the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters.

In spite of tremendous personal loss, they are giving everything they have to the pro-life fight.

And that’s what I’m asking of you right now.
Please click here and make an emergency contribution to Priests for Life.
Don’t let the devil and Hurricane Sandy shut down our efforts to advance the cause of life in America.

Make whatever size contribution you can.  I don’t care if all you can give today is $10 ... give it.
Please!
We are literally fighting for the survival of the pro-life movement.

Thank you.

And again, please PRAY!!!  Pray for everyone suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The devastation is far worse than I can describe.   So many need so much help.

But no one needs our help more than our unborn brothers and sisters.  Homes and roads can be repaired.  Businesses and subways can be rebuilt. 
But a life snuffed out in abortion can never be restored.

For their sake I ask you to please click here and be as generous to Priests for Life in this emergency as you possibly can. 

Thank you again and may God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,


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Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Thank God for Family!

Mom, Winky, and I stayed with my ex-sis-in-law Kathryn (still VERY much family!), her husband Paul, his son John Paul (called J.P.) and my nephew James from Sunday afternoon until today.
It was SO good of them to ask us to stay, and SO good of Kathryn to come pick us up.
And, as it turned out, this time we really NEEDED to evacuate.  The neighborhood we live in was hit, and I mean SLAMMED!!!  
I can't blog much about it yet; I am still overwhelmed by all the damage Sandy did, even though our house itself wasn't hit TOO badly.  Only the basement got flooded.  HOWEVER, I had a LOT of books  down there!  I don't know which books I've lost, and which I still have; I haven't been down there yet.
But books can be replaced, and we are all safe.
Thank God for family.
Let me modify that.
Thank God for caring family!