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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Feast 12 September

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Holy Name of Mary

Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Blackpool

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Shrine established in thanksgiving for deliverance from war was allowed to decay by the Diocese. And now survives but with only one Mass per year.

Let us hope that a Shrine built to such high purpose will have more than one Mass a year.

Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette pray for us!

Litany of Loreto

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What a great devotion for the Feast of the Holy Name.

The first invocation is of the Holy Name of Mary. See also the first and all the other great illustrations at this website.

The Most Holy Name of Mary

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This great feast is celebrated on 12 September.

Here is an excellent article which I post now in preparation for the Feast. Note, a link at the bottom of the page leads to the Second Part.

Veni, vidi, Deus vicit -I came, I saw, God conquered!

More on St Thomas the Apostle New York

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from the Washington Post:

'The demolition of St. Thomas the Apostle Church would be a barbaric act, and no economic interest could excuse such wrongdoing,'

And always new information hereabout St Thomas the Apostle.

Another case where inflated restoration figures were bandied about to make the laity submit.

Archbishop O'Malley skips reception, overwhelmed by protest

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Boston.com / News / Local / Mass. / As church fights against closure, O'Malley steps away

"The Lithuanian community, scattered throughout Eastern Massachusetts, is irate that O'Malley plans to close the South Boston church, which they say is an important spiritual and cultural center for several generations of immigrants. Some of those parishioners are descendants of people who fled famine in Lithuania in the late 19th century, others fled Soviet persecution after World War I and World War II, and still others have come recently, seeking economic opportunity since the collapse of the Soviet Union."

''A lot of parishioners here have experienced the persecution of their faith and they make a lot of analogies," said the Rev. Stephen P. Zukas, pastor of St. Peter. "The Soviets made them transit to America, and now they're seeing their churches close again."

It is very telling.

Archbishop O'Malley is meant to be the Chief Shepherd in the Archdiocese of Boston but distances himself from the whole process by sending surrogates such as Heck or issuing statements via Fr Coyne. But when he came face to face with the reality of a parish closure, the Shepherd fled.

Former seminary

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is now a new home for an Evangelical Free Church, which stands for everything the Catholic Church does not.