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Whose Side Is Papam Franciscum On?

8 Mar

Making a Mess:
The Counterrmanding Of Patriarch Sako of The Chaldean Rite is either a Lapse in judgement or His Holiness has no idea on how the Eastern Catholic Churches function.
The Patriarch of The Chaldeans, His Beatitude Patriarch Sako in Iraq, found that a # of his Priests fled Iraq, and are supposedly in the USA, like in San Diego.
He orders these priests to return, but a Pastor of a Chaldean Parish in San Diego notifies His Holiness, Pope Francis. That Papam Bergoglio is making a mess, overruled the Patriarch, who is also a Prince of The Church(A Cardinal), so that these Priests could stay in San Diego. It is a case of “The Boss doesn’t have his Patriarch’s Back”, leaving Cardinal Sako in the Lurch;

Apparently, Michael Voris isn’t the Least Bit Interested, thinking that the story is another “Bad Translation”, orchestrated by Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB.

If ever a Church suffered from Massive Persecutions from a Big, Bad Bully, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the Classic Example. They are of the Byzantine Rite.
I have worshipped along side of Ukrainian Catholics here in New York City. More Loyal Sons and Daughters of One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, I cannot find anywhere. For I witnessed an 11 Year Old Girl at the Icon Table in the Center Aisle by The Podium, kissing the Icon. I was touched by THIS Pious Act.
I let her then go in front of me to receive Holy Communion. It was a Moving Moment.
After WW II, The Soviet Union persecuted The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a Church which suffered many Martyrdoms in this period, which I believe had the full cooperation of the Russian Orthodox Church, which was given the Properties of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church by the Communists of Stalin.
In the Recent Part I of the Synod of The Family at The Vatican, those Catholics of a Traditionalist Bent, were impressed with His Beatitude, Major Archbishop(Acclaimed As Patriarch)Sviatoslav Shevchuk, as he spoke passionately about Matrimony being between One Man and One Woman.
At said Synod, Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church, ripped into His Beatitude for occupying Orthodox Territory. Stepping in to defend His Beatitude was His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York & Metropolitan Of All New York.
But what is troubling is Papa Bergoglio’s all encompassing Ecumenism, even unto the ignoring of The Second Largest Church of One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, for Favorable Relations with a Church which looks to suppress the Loyal Part of The Catholic Church. Like I said before, whose side is Papa Bergoglio on?

And Why is Voris so silent, just like his silence regarding the Franciscan Friars of The Immaculate?
His “Cheque Writer” would “Starve Him.”

Domine Non Sum Dignus!

M, Eh!

There Are 22 & I Don’t Mean Jump Street, Either

20 May

I Know, I know, tell me about it, another “Jump Street” Movie. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp is all grown up, playing “Whitey Bulger”, in a Film about this Boston Irish Mobster, who spent an awful lot of Time on the Run from The Law.
But, in this case, 22 is not the new address of “Jump Street Chapel.” Rather, 22 is the number of Particular Churches, which comprise One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I have an idea what you are thinking. I realize that much of the Catholic Faith belongs to the Latin(Roman)Rite and to the great majority, the name of “Greek Catholic”, might send one into a Panic Attack.
But, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is more than the Local Latin Rite Parish. It is The Christ’s Message of making Disciples in All Nations, baptizing them “In The Name of The Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit.”

For there are Eastern Catholic Churches of Various Languages and Norms. Most have a corresponding Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Church.
The Largest of all these 22 Particular Churches is the Patriarchal Latin Church, also known as the Latin(Roman)Rite and Roman Catholic Church. Over 1 Billion People are said to be in this Church. But, be it so noted, it is NOT the Only Church in the Catholic Communion.
There are 13 of these Churches in the Byzantine Rite. The largest of these Churches is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Greek coming from the Byzantine Rite. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church forms the Largest Catholic Church in the Byzantine Rite. It is the 2nd Largest of the Catholic Churches in Communion with Rome, with only the Latin(Roman)Rite Church being the Largest. Nevertheless, this Ukrainian Church is equal in scope to the Roman Catholic Church. Both have 7 Sacraments. Both recognize Papal Primacy and Authority. Both have Valid Holy Orders. Both are united in Doctrine and Dogma. But, there are different Liturgies leading to the Offering of The Body and Blood of Christ. For in the Latin(Roman)Rite, there are two forms called The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. One is called The Ordinary Form Mass, derisively called The “Novus Ordo”, or, more in the “Spirit of Snark”, “The NO.” It is here that the Mass may be offered in Vernacular Languages or in Latin. It is here where one is often subjected to Music, composed by Contemporary Writers, such as Marty Haugen and David Haas, among others, which in short, may be considered to be Torture by the Geneva Convention.  Then there is the Extraordinary Form, called The Tridentine Latin Mass of St. John XXIII, where the Language is Latin and Gregorian Chant is sung. There are Moments of Silence and Awe, during the Offertory and Consecration.
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church uses the Byzantine Rite. The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom is the Primary Liturgy, often called Holy Mass. The Prayers are Supplications and in Chant Form, with the most common response of “Lord Have Mercy”, being sung. A Longer Divine Liturgy, that of St. Basil The Great, is offered 10 Times a year, including the 1st 5 Sundays of Great Fast(Lent). The Oldest Liturgy, the Divine Liturgy of St James Apostle, is offered once per year.
Note to those of you in the Latin(Roman)Rite, Prayers for the Pope and Bishops in the Byzantine Rite, are offered 4 Times in the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. To those in the Latin(Roman)Rite, the Doxology At The Our Father, was found in a New Testament Codex by St. John Chrysostom(For the Kingdom, The Power and Glory). In the Latin Rite, it is sung or recited by the Congregation or Choir. In the Byzantine Rite, the Doxology Is sung by the Priest. So to those in the Latin(Roman)Rite, complaining about this being a Lutheran/Anglican ending, it is actually Byzantine Rite Catholic in Origin.
St. John Chrysostom is a Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of The Church. His Feast Day in the Ordinary Form Calendar is September 13th. In the Extraordinary Form Calendar, His Feast Day is January 27th.

My Most Dear Friend gave me a Green Scapular, to protect my Faith. She had the Scapulars Blessed by the Priest, after Mass at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills Queens NY.
I Thank My Most Dear Friend, as I Thank The Blessed Trinity and The Blessed Virgin Mary. Mum used to wear one of these at home. Mine will be on me at all times.

Deo Gratias!
Dominus Meus Et Deus Meus!

M, Eh!

stationsquarestudios – Live St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Festival ’14

18 May

It is Time for Catholics To Go Beyond You Tube

20 Apr

Years ago, it was Public Access Cable Channels. Eventually, it was the World Wide Web. Then came Vimeo in 2004, followed by Dailymotion and then You Tube. Then the Smartphone Revolution came and one could send a Video into Cyberspace from that Smartphone. Apple came out with the iPod Touch and iPad.
Then, Live Video Streaming Networks came into being. One can make a Good News Piece on the spot.
The Evangelical Christians are using Live Video Streaming Networks for their Wednesday Night and Sunday Services. I see this all the time on Veetle, Bambuser and Ustream.

I have yet to see Lay Catholics doing this. They usually head to You Tube as a matter of habit, though Vimeo is becoming a destination. On Vimeo, it is artists who comment, not imbecilic types who have trouble spelling a 3 letter word, though they have no trouble with the 4 letter kind.

But, one with a Smartphone and the right app, can broadcast any event imaginable.

On Holy Thursday, portions of The Catholic Mass of The Lord’s Supper, were telecast live from Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens, NY, over Veetle, an Easy to use Service. Views were not bad at all.
On Good Friday, Ustream was used to televise the St. Thomas Apostle to Holy Child Jesus Walk. But, Ustream, which the experts say is THE Place to get lots of viewers, only registered 11 Views in 25 Minutes of Transmission. Ustream is actually for the pros at the Traditional Broadcasting Networks, who may carry a story which is intended for web telecast only.
Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills Queens NY, was carried on Veetle and 31 views were registered. Part of the Tridentine Latin Mass of Easter Sunday, was carried by Veetle, as it handled a weak transmission signal quite well for 14 views in 11 Minutes. The Bambuser Feed failed twice and needs a stronger data signal to handle the transmission.
But two days before Palm Sunday, it handled the telecast of a portion of The Children’s Stations Of The Cross, Live from St. Pancras Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, Queens, NY. It lasted 3 Minutes and 11 Seconds, getting 18 Views.
Those of you who watch “”, the show “Mic’d Up” With Michael Voris, is carried Live on Wednesday Nights, with Live Feed on Livestream. Livestream like Ustream, caters to the Pros.

It is time to “Go Live” & preach the Good News. Many of The services are free. The Results will amaze you. You Tube is “So 2005.”

A Catholic Presence is needed.
You are The Media.

Pax Tecum!
Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

M, Eh

Good Friday Walk from Richmond Hill NY

18 Apr

Knights Of Columbus Deep In Eastern Europe

18 Apr

No, Vladimir Putin is not eligible to join because he is Russian Orthodox.
Three of The New Knights Of Columbus Countries used to be behind “The Iron Curtain.”
Two of these nations used to have “S. S. R.”, at the end of their names.
One of the Nations is Catholic via the Byzantine Rite. The other Two Countries are Latin(Roman)Rite in Practice. One of The Nations actually uses the Cyrillic Alphabet.

If you guessed the Nations are Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania, enjoy a glass of Wine for these Three answers. Poland was 1st in 2006. In 2013, Ukraine joined the Knights Of Columbus with Two Councils formed. Recently, Major Archbishop Svitoslav Sevchuk, took his 1st and 2nd Degrees. The Byzantine Rite Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church asked for the Knights Of Columbus, at the 123rd Supreme Council Convention in Chicago, in 2005, in the person of Cardinal Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus.
Latin Rite Lithuania is next. The Knights Of Columbus have truly become International. Enjoy the Knights Of Columbus International Free Throw Basketball Championship Coverage on Dailymotion, a truly Good, European Service.

M, PGK, Eh!

The Knights Of Columbus Have Two Councils In Ukraine

18 Apr

His Beatitude is a Now a Member. Major Archbishop Sviatoslov Sevchuk took his 1st and 2nd Degrees in the Knights Of Columbus.
Lithuania is next Ukraine is Knights Of Columbus Territory.
When we who are Knights Of Columbus, we are members from the 23 Sui Juris Churches, which make up the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
All these Churches have Jesus Christ as Founder of The Catholic Church, with The Pope as The Visible Vicar of Christ on Earth.

Years ago, in My Native Land called Brooklyn, NY, I witnessed a Byzantine Rite Melkite Greek Catholic Priest take his 3rd Degree at Flatbush Council in Flatlands, Brooklyn. His Sponsor, a District Deputy, was also Byzantine Rite. So not every Catholic is Latin(Roman)Rite. For Blessed Pope John Paul II said that The Church breathes with Two Lungs, Eastern and Western.

And the Lungs in the East just got stronger.

Deo Gratias!

M, PGK, Eh!

The 3rd Mass And Penance After This Message From Deacon Greg Kandra & A Word From Your Local Parish

7 Apr

The 3rd Mass was at 1PM EDT(6PM GMT) @ Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, Queens. The Celebrant was The Most Reverend Paul Sanchez, Pastor with Deacon Greg Kandra, of the blog, “The Deacon’s Bench” on

In the Gospel, proclaimed by Deacon Greg Kandra, this is the story of Lazarus, in the tomb, dead for 4 Days. Jesus meets Martha and Mary. Jesus is moved to Tears over the Death of Lazarus. He orders the stone rolled back & commands Lazarus to rise from the tomb.
This foretells Jesus’ Own Death and Resurrection. For The Christ is on His way to Jerusalem, where He would go through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

In Deacon Greg’s Homily, we are reminded that we, too, are like Lazarus, in that one day, we will face The Just Judgement. We must be Ready.
For Deacon Greg Kandra spoke of the days when he rarely darkened the doors of The Confessional. So he told those who were at the 1PM Mass about going to Confession, which in his case was for the 1st Time in years. So he went to St. Francis of Assisi on W31st Street. He went through the Entry Rituals and the Franciscan Priest told Greg “Welcome Home.” Now I knew why my Dear Parents loved going to the Franciscans for the Sacrament of Penance(Reconcilliation).

After Mass, I headed by Bus to St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Midtown Manhattan. Confessions were heard at 4:30PM until 6PM. I waited for a brief period in the queue. I then confessed my sins, which were in need of being forgiven.
Yes, Greg, I was made to feel Welcome.

This was something of a Penitential Weekend, beginning with the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, where when one prays in this Mass, you become so aware of one’s Sinful Ways. It is a POWERFUL Liturgy.
Then, one becomes more aware during the Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962 of one’s NEED for Repentance.
Still again, it took the Coaxing of Deacon Greg Kandra to head to Confession, for he mentioned about Pope Francis going to Confession, as seen on Television and The Web. The Holy Spirit moved me with His Wisdom, away from Sin to the Sacrament of Penance(Reconcilliation), Quietly and Mysteriously. He gave me Courage to confess my sins, Face To Face with the Priest. It made for a Better Confession.

Deo Gratias!


For Jesus Christ Spoke Truth Which Infuriated The Pharisee Led Status Quo(Tridentine Latin Mass of 1962 @ St. John,’s Cemetery Chapel in Middle Village, Queens, NY)

6 Apr

Within the Prior 21 Hours, I have been to Three Distinct Catholic Church Liturgies. The Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom @ Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens, NY was The 1st of three Catholic Church Liturgies.
The Second Liturgy was at 9AM EDT at St John’s Cemetery Chapel in Middle Village, Queens, NY. It is the Latin(Roman)Rite Tridentine Latin Mass of The Roman Missal of 1962 & Today, according to the Tridentine Calendar, is Passion Sunday.
Mass is in Latin. If you catch a distraction, it throws you off track, but one does catch up by reading the English Translation, a stately one at that.
For Jesus is in Synagogue. For He speaks of Abraham, Father of The Jewish People and Faith. And He spoke of knowing Abraham, but this group of Jews are looking at The Christ as a Heretic and Blasphemer, Not as God. They make a move to stone Him, but He was out of their sight before one could even pick up a rock.
Fr James Massa offered the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass in Latin.
In the Latin Rite, kneeling is the Norm for reception of Holy Communion, so fold your hands prayerfully and receive the Body of Christ on your tongue.
In Fr Massa’s Homily, he spoke of the grave possibility of Jesus being dehydrated. For He was beaten, was in the broiling desert sun, was bloodied and losing fluids.
For at the Last Supper, Jesus did not have the 4th Cup of Wine. For His Sacrifice on Calvary, He was dehydrated. It must be noted that He seeks Our Faith In Him. That Is What would Refresh Him.

Fr Massa and I did discuss the Ordinary Form of The Mass as I did speak about the Byzantine Elements. He agreed and stated also that there were other elements from other Rites in that Mass.

I met with my other compatriots and left for an Ordinary Form Mass at Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs in Forest Hills, NY.

5th Sunday of Lent Mass is Next.

Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum!
Pax Tecum!


James And John Thought That Jesus Was Going To Become King-From Tonight’s Gospel Reading At Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens, NY

6 Apr

For the 12 Apostles, their ideas varied on Christ’s Mission. For James(Who became 1st Bishop of Jerusalem and wrote the Oldest Catholic Church Liturgy)& John(The Beloved Disciple Who Took care of Mary Theotokos, Mother of God The Son and wrote the Visionary Book of The Apocalypse), had the Grand But Mistaken Idea that Jesus was going to be an Earthly, OMNIPOTENT King, reigning from Jerusalem.
Imagine thinking of being Co-Rulers with Christ, by one being on His Left and the other on His Right, these two got put down with the words that if Anyone wishes to be 1st, that he must serve the rest of those he must lead.
So much for power politics for Jesus’ Kingdom is Otherworldly.

This was preached at the 5PM Saturday Vigil Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom at Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria, Queens, NY. In case you of the Latin(Roman)Rite of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church must know, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is as fully Catholic as the Latin(Roman)Rite. Like the Eastern Orthodox Churches of Byzantine Rite, the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and St Basil Martyr are offered in both Churches. Both have a Valid Priesthood. But one is in Full Communion with the Holy See in Vatican City.
There is a benefit to going to the Byzantine Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom or St Basil Martyr, in that both fulfill one’s Sunday or Holy Day Obligation.
And for those who worship in the Latin(Roman)Rite Mass of The Ordinary Form, the Priest and Cantor face East. Another thing is responses are more often than not, sung. Usually there are no organists. Plus, there is the added bonus of not having to listen to most music from Oregon Catholic Press, purveyors of The latest in “Do I Not Love Me” Music, often mocked as “The Music You Throw Up To.” “Table of Plenty” and “Come And Take A Drink”, never see the light of day here. Chant as Plainsong is the style of The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and St Basil Martyr.
To the Youthful set of the Tridentine Latin Mass Movement, Holy Cross Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is smaller than St. George Ukrainian on E 7th Street, and a bit more intimate, is accessible by Public Transportation via the Q104 Bus on Broadway, the N & Q El Stop at Broadway/31st Street and the N/Q Stop at 30th Avenue and 31st Street. The Church is located at 31st Avenue and 30 Street. The Saturday Vigil is in English at 5PM. The Priests are from the Order of St Basil Martyr(OSBM), same as at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on E 7th Street.

Kyrie Elaison!