Monthly Archives: March 2012

Dominican Cloistered Nuns on Fox Special Palm Sunday! UPDATE!

31 March 2012

UPDATE: PLEASE CHECK BY CLICKING THE LINK >>  “It’s Up! Fox News features Dominican Cloistered Nuns,Seignadou Soaps & the Shroud? “ 

Fox News To Feature Seignadou Soaps!

Posted on Seignadou Soaps
~ Monastery Gift Shoppe of the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey

Even Fox News knows about Seignadou Soaps! They will be airing a story about the soap, the nuns who make it and also talk about the copy of the Holy Shroud that is special and in our possession here at the monastery.

The story is schedule to air on April 1st, Palm Sunday. We don’t know what time. We don’t want TV or the news so hopefully it will also be online.

Stay tuned!

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Please click here to check in at the Nuns Monastery Gift Shoppe. Leave a comment for the Sisters and better yet, Buy Seignadou Soaps and Lotions instead of candy this Easter!

The quality of the soap and lotions are like no other and you will be help support a monastery of nuns praying for all of us! Below is a sample pic of the lavender soap which is FABULOUS….

We are doing a story on the nuns in the next couple days…Stay tuned! Please check your Fox listings for the special with the Dominicans and Lauren Green…


Today is the Day to Offer your Lenten Prayers, Fasting & Abstinence for #ReligiousLiberty!

30 March 2012

US bishops set March 30 as day of prayer, fasting for religious liberty
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics and “all people of faith” across the nation to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for religious freedom and conscience protection.
The bishops announced the daylong observance in a statement titled “United for Religious Freedom” that was approved March 14 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee.
They asked Catholics and others to join them in “prayer and penance for our leaders and for the complete protection of our first freedom — religious liberty — which is not only protected in the laws and customs of our great nation, but rooted in the teachings of our great tradition.”
The bishops said that among current threats to religious liberty is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers, including religious ones, to provide coverage of contraception/sterilization in their health plans.

Prayer resources have been posted on the USCCB website, www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/resources-on-conscience-protection.cfm.
Also, “Prayer for Religious Liberty” prayer cards are available as a downloadable PDF file. The cards are available in English and Spanish, and feature three different images: Mary as the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the U.S.; Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn; and St. Thomas More, the patron saint of the legal profession who was martyred for standing up for his religious beliefs.
In a letter about the March 30 day of prayer addressed to Catholics in their state, Pennsylvania’s bishops said the observance was planned in response “to the assault by the federal government on constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty.” They, too, cited the federal contraceptive mandate, saying it “punished the church for its firmly held beliefs and consistent teaching.”
Meanwhile, the Pro-Life Action League, based in Chicago, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, based in Michigan, have organized a Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom for March 23.
An announcement said the rally was to take place at noon (local time) outside federal buildings, congressional offices and historic sites. Religious leaders and other public figures were scheduled to be among the speakers at the various sites. The website http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com included general information about the rally and locations across the country.
The event, described as “a peaceful, family-friendly, nonpartisan, ecumenical event,” has its theme “Stand Up for Religious Freedom — Stop the HHS Mandate!”
WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics and “all people of faith” across the nation to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for religious freedom and conscience protection.

The bishops announced the daylong observance in a statement titled “United for Religious Freedom” that was approved March 14 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee.
They asked Catholics and others to join them in “prayer and penance for our leaders and for the complete protection of our first freedom — religious liberty — which is not only protected in the laws and customs of our great nation, but rooted in the teachings of our great tradition.”

The bishops said that among current threats to religious liberty is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers, including religious ones, to provide coverage of contraception/sterilization in their health plans.

Prayer resources have been posted on the USCCB website, www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/resources-on-conscience-protection.cfm.

Also, “Prayer for Religious Liberty” prayer cards are available as a downloadable PDF file. The cards are available in English and Spanish, and feature three different images: Mary as the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the U.S.; Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn; and St. Thomas More, the patron saint of the legal profession who was martyred for standing up for his religious beliefs.

In a letter about the March 30 day of prayer addressed to Catholics in their state, Pennsylvania’s bishops said the observance was planned in response “to the assault by the federal government on constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty.” They, too, cited the federal contraceptive mandate, saying it “punished the church for its firmly held beliefs and consistent teaching.”


It’s all About Catholic Identity: Michael Voris & the Young Shock Troops

30 March 2012

Yesterday we published a video (“Latin, Anyone?”) from RealCatholicTV.com that had been posted by our colleague, Father Zuhlsdorf…Catholic Identity is what Father has been teaching all of us at his blog, “WhatDoesthePrayerReallySay?”

Here Michael Voris follows up yesterday’s posting of “Latin, Anyone?” with “The Young Shock Troops”. It doesn’t get any better than this….


It’s ALL about the Latin Mass. Yes. Yes, it is! Thanks @FatherZ!

29 March 2012

New Voris video addresses where the “action” is in Catholic communities.

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Michael Voris has a new video about the use of the “Traditional Latin Mass”, the Extraordinary Form. After his travelogue, start paying attention about about 1:45.

He speaks about the young people who are attending the Extraordinary Form. This is obvious to most of us (who aren’t liberals… cough).

Mr. Voris hits the point I am constantly harping about: Catholic identity! [Emphasis ours]

Usually when we source a story from another blog, we post the first part of it then crosspost the rest to the original blog. We do that because we are grateful to have sources like Father Z and must give credit where it is due .Additionally, we want to share the audience with the original source of the posting.

With this particular post, it was so brief that there wouldn’t be anything to post if we crossposted it. We decided to post the complete piece with credit to FatherZ and then with the following link request that you frequent Father’s blog.

Please click HERE to read Father’s Z’s Blog for the BEST in all things Roman Catholic!

Thank you!


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The Holy Father in Cuba: “I have also prayed…for those who suffer and are deprived of freedom”

27 March 2012

Pope Celebrates 400 Years of Charity of Cobre, “Cuba needs faithful marriages”


HIGH NOON: TODAY IS THE DAY WE STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

23 March 2012

Today at NOON, where will YOU be?

I will be in my new home town of Madison, Wisconsin at the Stand Up Rally for Religious Freedom. Why?

Simple… If I am to be “Always Catholic” then I must put my money where my mouth is. I started AlwaysCatholicBlog because of challenges in our lives like the forced HHS Mandate. If I am not to stand with Christ and His Church, then I am against it.

Simple…

Join me and Always Catholic at over 140 locations today across the country. Our bishops, finally standing tall are taking to the streets with us. Standupforreligiousfreedom.com is THE SITE for everything connected to the Rally. This is a dedicated group of people who, like ourselves KNOW that the imposed HHS Mandate by HHS Secretary Sebelius is a violation of our First Amendment Right to Freedom of Religion.

This is the fork in the road folks, we both know it. Today the government forces us to comply with a mandate in direct opposition to our beliefs, “tomorrow” we have the 21st century version of the Catacombs.

Think it’s not a possibilty? Hmmmm, I wonder if there were 1st century Catholics who disagreed on that point on their way to their deaths?

I’m just sayin’…

Always Catholic has the honor and privilege of being a member of the Stand Up Coalition and listed on the Stand Up blogroll…

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Be Prepared for the OPPOSITION!


HHS Mandate Fact Sheet Now Available
Posted by John Jansen (March 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm)

If you attend one of 140 Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom locations today, you’re sure to get questions from passersby like, “What are you guys doing here?” and “What is the HHS Mandate, anyway?”

That’s why we’ve prepared an HHS Mandate Fact Sheet [PDF] for organizers to distribute to the general public, which contains FAQ style questions and answers on the HHS Mandate, along with plus some practical action items for continuing the fight.

The Fact Sheet addresses the following questions:

What is the HHS Mandate and how does it violate religious freedom?
Isn’t this really all about providing access to contraception?
Didn’t President Obama work out these religious objections?
What can I do to help stop the HHS Mandate?

We recommend that organizers print enough copies of the Fact Sheet to distribute to everyone who attends a Rally, and enough additional copies to give out to passersby who are interested in learning more about the HHS Mandate and its assault on religious freedom.

You can download the HHS Mandate Fact Sheet here [PDF]. Get informed, and spread the word!

WE ASK YOU TO CLICK HERE and GO TO THE “STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RALLY” website for complete information.

WHERE WILL YOU BE AT NOON TODAY???


Wanna hear a sermon from a truly “Catholic” Bishop?

21 March 2012

His Excellency Robert C Morlino Diocese of Madison,WI

His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of the great Diocese of Madison, in the great state of Wisconsin is an orthodox Roman Catholic bishop. Gratefully, he is now MY BISHOP…

After years of living in dioceses with, ah, well, bishops who, eh, NEVER MIND!

I am really trying this Lent to avoid committing a sin against charity particularly against, and in particular, the Bishops in America who refuse to be true shepherds.

My readers know well this is my Achilles heel of my soul. My Confessor, a young and ORTHODOX CATHOLIC priest has told me why it has been so hard to shake this sin.

He gently advised me that I keep doing it because I get a “reward” out of it. Reward? Huh? Duh… I didn’t get it,,, Now before someone complains that I am sharing my confession with the blogosphere, I am not. The conversation between my Confessor and myself took place discussing all things spiritual over a cup of really good Espresso while listening to YoYo Ma. :P

Okay, let’s get back to that reward thingy. He explained that when sin is committed over and over again our weakness may be linked to a “reward”. Okaaaay…clearer, Father……

The reward for committing a sin against charity (particularly for a cranky, ranting blogger as myself) is because it fosters a false pride and a sense of self-love that is particularly egregious.

Okay, at that point a shocked face ensued on my part…then I slumped in my seat because I felt mortally wounded… then, as if I was witnessing a beautiful sunrise on the beach in Jersey, I had my aha! moment.

Of course! When I rant and talk trash about how our bishops our taking the wimpy way out, it DOES make me feel warm and fuzzy to chastise them. I guess it comes from the space in me that says,”Hey, I’m TRYING here..WHAT ABOUT YOU?”

I must admit, (humbly) I am trying so hard to use “fraternal correction”  when writing instead of chastising. I thank Lisa Graas
(
CatholicBandita), @CatholicLisa on Twitter, for her gentle correction when I was going hogwild on Cardinal George. She handled me with kidgloves but never compromised truth in her “fraternal correction”. As a result of this we have become great friends, sisters in Christ and colleagues. I am sure that Lisa is a step closer to Heaven witnessing to my sinful self.

So, I am going to try this in my “new” way…

My wonderful Bishop, His Excellency Robert Morlino gave a sermon at his Mass this past 4th Sunday of Lent. I am going to let you judge for yourself. No need for me to carry on like a shrew about Bishops whom I would like to explain just what a “knuckle” sandwich is. (Kidding!)

The following is an audio of Bishop Morlino’s sermon…
Now, the only thing is that Wisconsin is such a beautiful place, I would love to have everyone move out here to experience what it is like to have a Bishop like him…

However, I still commit the sin of selfishness… I’m having a really hard time sharing!

Here’s the sermon >>>> BishopMorlino_2012-03-18_Bishop-Robert-Morlino


PLZ NOTE: Uh OH! Have to Reschedule the #ACBlogaversary Bash :(

19 March 2012

I know what you are thinking…that Sofia, there she goes again! Just like last year, she has to reschedule because she’s sick again! Well, this year it’s not just that.

"Benvenuti a tutti coloro che sono qui!"

      After taking some very good advice from one of my dear friends from The Twisters, (@OneSupremeGoddess) I kept a journal for the this year’s ACBlogaversary. Last year I was very sick right at the time the event was to take place so reviewing what worked and what didn’t was her advice.

I did keep a journal and the one thing I knew I was to do different was to keep it more personal and casual. In addition, I was to take care of myself so I could be part of it in the proper sense.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa…

There were many other little things which I took into consideration. The one thing I didn’t take into consideration was the date. I should have given much more thought to it and I dropped the ball.

Celebration during Lent?

Just a short note concerning some questions about celebrating during Lent. The Feast of Saint Joseph is celebrated as a feast during Lent and white vestments are worn. Growing up in an Italian family, Saint Josephs day was always celebrated with going to Mass and donating breads and baked goods to the altar constructed in St Joseph’s honor.
The items were given to the poor and cream-filled zeppoles were our reward for celebrating the spouse of Our Blessed Mother.The zeppoles were preceded by a big dinner and lots of singing and fun. The seriousness of Lent resumed the next day.
In that spirit I decided it was okay “celebrate’ our second Anniversary at AlwaysCatholic.com.

Well, unfortunately, my confessor contacted me and thought perhaps that we were getting so many people declining to come wasn’t charitable on my part. The Italian culture is the best I think, but not everyone is Italian. Many of us don’t celebrate anything during Lent and I wasn’t considerate of those who do not.

My confessor felt perhaps I needed to pray about it and the answer would come.

Today, I received my answer. Several people very instrumental to AlwaysCatholic’s success could not attend. some because of family committments, others because of Lenten mortifications. I could not even imagine the celebration without them so I chose to reschedule…

Interestingly enough, when I was contemplating the date, I was looking at the calendar and of the wonderful picture of our Holy Father above. As I perused the next several weeks, I saw the dates for Holy Week, then for the week after Easter, (a traditional time for families to go away on vacation) and then I looked back to the calendar.

April 16th was basically one month of Mondays from March 19th. More than enough time for everyone to check their schedules, for me to rest up, to extend the deadline for the Writing Contest and as it turned out, it is the 85th Birthday of the Pope.

That was it! Pope Benedict holding the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance has been our avatar and FB pic since the beginning of the blog. It absolutely makes perfect sense that the 16th should be the day!

So, in the spirit of charity, I have rescheduled the Second Annual ACBlogaversary Bash to April 16, 2012 at 6PM until 11:59 PM.

It is now the “Second Annual AlwaysCatholic.com Blogaversary Bash & 85th Birthday Party for the Holy Father”. Wow, that’s a mouthful but it will be a blast! Spring, hopefully will be in the air to stay and we all will reunite for a evening of fun, memories, sincere discussion and great music.

Remember, we also have announcement of Giveaway winners and Writing contest winners the next day on the 17th of April soooo..if you want to get a chance to win something special, show up on Twitter and at the blog, to comment on one of our posts that night and you will be entered automatically in our Random Drawing.

The ACBlogaversary Writing Contest deadline has been moved to Tax Day April 15th. We do however, encourage you to submit your entries as soon as possible for the judges to have ample time to read them and reflect.

I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. I hope and pray that on the night of April 16th, I will be forgiven and a great time will be had by all.,,

God Love you,

Sofia

PS. I am however, experiencing some reoccurring issues with my health, so resting now to assure healing would really be wise. Thank you again for your understanding and your kindness.

COMPLETE UPDATED INFO

  • WHAT: Second Annual AlwaysCatholic.com Blogaversary Bash & 85th Birthday Party for the Holy Father
  • WHEN: Monday, April 16th starting at 6pm EST (5 CST and so on). It will continue LIVE & uninterrupted (hopefully) ending at 11:59 PM.
  • WHERE: Celebration will be live at ACBlog AlwaysCatholic.com and on Twitter (@AlwaysCatholic) & an autofeed of Tweets on FB AlwaysCatholic

Two years ago AlwaysCatholic.com debuted in the Catholic blogosphere. Two years later we are still going strong and hopefully getting better everyday; with the EXCEPTION of some low spots when my health decided to keep me from blogging. Gratefully, we have two interns (and more to come) who have taken up the slack and have kept AlwaysCatholic afloat. In addition, AlwaysCatholic on FB has singlehandedly been maintained by my sister Mary, @Ancientsoul and for this I cannot be grateful enough. We are grateful to all of our readers for making AlwaysCatholic special.

Our thank you again this year for being so loyal are terrific Giveaways! Yes, great prizes just for entering our random drawing by showing up and commenting on the blog and for new readers who register that night and comment!

A WHAT? A WRITING CONTEST!

(Prizes awarded here also!)
We are asking all those with the desire to write for a blog, trying to get up the nerve to actually start your own blog or even existing bloggers and writers to participate in a writing contest! Everyone is eligible except myself and of course, the staff at AlwaysCatholicBlog! (Contributing Writers are eligible!)

Our theme this year is a goodie…Tell AlwaysCatholic.com about your belief in Religious Liberty. No word limit or minimum, let the Holy Spirit move you. We will post the entries at 6PM on the night of the Blogaversary, the 16th of April. Prizes to be announced the next day (with a post on all the other prizes) will accompany the prize of having your story published exclusively on the Front page of Always Catholic.com!

Deadline is 6pm April 15th- so hurry!! Send your entry as either an email, or a link in an email. Please include your mailing address so we may get you your prize asap! You may attach a.txt file, or a Word file to an email and send to: AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com Subject line: Religious Liberty. Here’s your chance to win a prize and be published…

( We ask bloggers to post to their site after midnight of the 17th of April)

HOW TO WIN THOSE GIVEAWAYS!

Please come and visit the Blogaversary Bash & Holy Father’s Birthday Party from 6PM EST 4/16 to 11:59 PM EST 4/16 at AlwaysCatholic.com. If you are not a registered user yet at AlwaysCatholic.com, please do so NOW (OR ON THAT NIGHT) and THEN starting at 6PM EST 4/16 , comment on any post published on THAT DAY (4/16) that interests you. Please include your email with the comment. If you are a registered user, you are good to go! Then come and join the party! You will also be entered in a Giveaways random drawing for some very cool Catholic stuff. Remember we will be LIVE on Twitter & commenting live on your comments on the blog ONLY during the Blogaversary. FB will be autofeed of Tweets only! [Doctors orders…I can be live 6 hours only! ;) ]

On April 17th, we will announce the winners at 6PM.Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery of all prizes. Remember, we need your address if you win in an email to AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com.

Two chances to win! One win if you enter the Writing Contest and another chance in the random drawing just for coming to the Blogaversary and commenting on a blogpost for that day. Remember, you MUST be a Registered User of AlwaysCatholic.com (Top right on Home Page has form to register as a user) to try for our great Giveaways! Can’t beat it with a stick! See you at AlwaysCatholic.com on April 16th at 6PM EST ’til just about Midnight. We will close the Bash at 11:59 with our nightly prayer!

Can’t forget to say we will be tweeting live #AlwaysCatholic, playing tunes and We would love to hear from you and tweet or post back in real-time!

God Love you,

Sofia & Company

Any questions, please send us an email: AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com or leave us your question at Twitter (@AlwaysCatholic) & on FB AlwaysCatholic


Novena to Saint Joseph – our Patron at AlwaysCatholic.com – Day Nine

18 March 2012

On March 19th the Roman Catholic Church honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On March 9, 2012 we started a Novena in Thanksgiving to Saint Joseph for the second Anniversary of Always Catholic Blog.The Novena will conclude on the 18th of March the day before our big celebration.
We ask you to join us in this Novena including your own private intentions when praying the Novena. We do ask, for you to remember us to Saint Joseph for our work here at AlwaysCatholicBlog.
Please join us on March 19th starting at 6pm EST through midnight for the celebration of our Second Anniversary. Check back everyday to pray the Novena and for our posts on the upcoming Blogaversary celebration! HINT! Prizes…Writing contest & lots of tunes and yuks on Twitter! (Italians have ALWAYS been allowed a party on Saint Joseph’s Day during Lent…)

Sancta Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!

O good Saint Joseph, help us to be like you,
gentle to those whose weakness leans on us;
help us to give to those who seek our aid,
succor that they may journey unafraid.
Give us your faith,
that we may see the right shining above the victories of might.
Give us your hope that we may stand secure,
untouched by doubting, steadfast to endure.
Give us your love that as the years increase
an understanding heart may bring us peace.
Give us your purity that the hour of death
finds us untouched by evil’s breath.
Give us your love of labor
that we shirk no lot in life that calls us for honest work.
Give us your love of poverty so that we live contented,
let wealth come or go.
Give us your courage that we may be strong;
give us your meekness to confess our sins.
Give us your patience that we may possess the kingdom
of our souls without distress.
Help us, dear Saint,
to live that when life ends
we pass with you to Jesus and His friends.

O Glorious Saint Joseph,
hear our prayers and obtain our petitions. (State your petition here)

Amen.

Source: CatholicDoors.com


Novena to Saint Joseph – our Patron at AlwaysCatholic.com – Day Eight

16 March 2012

On March 19th the Roman Catholic Church honors the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On March 9, 2012 we started a Novena in Thanksgiving to Saint Joseph for the second Anniversary of Always Catholic Blog.The Novena will conclude on the 18th of March the day before our big celebration.
We ask you to join us in this Novena including your own private intentions when praying the Novena. We do ask, for you to remember us to Saint Joseph for our work here at AlwaysCatholicBlog.
Please join us on March 19th starting at 6pm EST through midnight for the celebration of our Second Anniversary. Check back everyday to pray the Novena and for our posts on the upcoming Blogaversary celebration! HINT! Prizes…Writing contest & lots of tunes and yuks on Twitter! (Italians have ALWAYS been allowed a party on Saint Joseph’s Day during Lent…)

Sancta Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!

O blessed Joseph,
to whom it was given not only to see
and to hear that God whom many kings longed to see and saw not;
to hear and heard not;
but also to carry Him in your arms,
to embrace Him, to clothe Him,
and to guard and defend Him,
come to our assistance and intercede with Him
to look favorably on our present petition.

(State your request here…)

Amen.

Source: CatholicDoors.com


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