MASS THIS SUNDAY (October 22, 2017)

20th Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

Order of Mass (567)

Proper Prayers and Readings (393) – online here, leaflet here

          Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass XI Orbis factor (740)

Preface of the Holy Trinity:  Missalette or Campion Missal (598)

Closing Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina  (961)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

5 pm, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (October 29, 2017)

Feast of Christ the King

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

Mass followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville



St. Mary Church, Oak Ridge (directions here)

Low Mass at the St. Mary side altar

All Saints – 6:30 am, Wednesday, November 1

All Souls  – 6:30 am,  Thursday, November 2





Brilliant Prophetic Document to Begin October for Victory


A recent article in the National Catholic Register about one of the greatest Marian popes of all time speaking of calamities and family unraveling, which showed in a simple but powerful way the only answer for his cataclysmic time, and perhaps even more so of ours. Extracts:


Did Venerable Pius XII get a glimpse into our future too as he spoke of his times in the encyclical Ingruentium Malorum he released for October, the Month of the Holy Rosary? Its official title in English is, “On Reciting the Rosary.” It’s literal translation: “In the Face of Approaching Evils.”

First, remember he was the first pope to popularize Fatima [where Our Lady promised her special protection—especially at the moment of death—to those having a true devotion to the Rosary] but often forgotten even though he was one of the greatest of all Marian popes. Then in the 13th year of his pontificate, he wrote this particular encyclical for October and the Rosary. He released it on Sept. 15, 1951— the Feast of the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. His words are very clear, right to the point, as he wrote:

“You know well, Venerable Brethren, the calamitous conditions of our times. . . . we see souls upset by hatred and rivalry, while threats of new bloody conflicts still hover over the peoples.”

Sure it was true then. But doesn’t today mirror and magnify that? He went on:

 “To this, one must add the violent storm of persecution, which in many parts of the world, has been unleashed against the Church, depriving it of its liberty, saddening it very cruelly with calumnies and miseries of all kinds, and making the blood of martyrs flow again and again.”

No need to comment there. And if this next was true in 1951, hasn’t it multiplied times over today?

Facing These Dangers

“We well know the Rosary's powerful efficacy to obtain the maternal aid of the Virgin.” He mentioned that there isn’t only one way to pray to get aid.  By no means is there only one way to pray to obtain this aid. Then comes the definitive answer:

“However, We consider the Holy Rosary the most convenient and most fruitful means, as is clearly suggested by the very origin of this practice, heavenly rather than human, and by its nature. What prayers are better adapted and more beautiful than the Lord's Prayer and the angelic salutation, which are the flowers with which this mystical crown is formed?”



The BVM presenting the Rosary to St. Dominic

The Battleground, Then and Now

With the unbelievable foresight he had, and in the seed of the problem then is his day, Pius XII put this priority front and center. It’s especially urgent in light of what Sr. Lucia said about the final battle: “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.”

So what did Pious XII urge so strongly? He tells us like a mighty leader mustering the troops with the best weapon they could have:

“But it is above all in the bosom of the family that We desire the custom of the Holy Rosary to be everywhere adopted, religiously preserved, and ever more intensely practiced. In vain is a remedy sought for the wavering fate of civil life, if the family, the principle and foundation of the human community, is not fashioned after the pattern of the Gospel.

Our Lady of Victory “presiding” over the Christian victory at Lepanto

for which Catholics throughout Europe fervently prayed the Rosary

Victory in a Sling of Beads

As he’s said many times before this major, prophetic work, Pius XII says inspiringly, “We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times.”

That is the radiant theme, the banner that calls us to fight the good fight for the victory, to be on God’s side in this final battle.

Padre Pio emphasized, “The Rosary is The Weapon.

Pius XII is of like mind, comparing it to the sling of David. “Not with force, not with arms, not with human power, but with Divine help obtained through the means of this prayer, strong like David with his sling, the Church undaunted shall be able to confront the infernal enemy, repeating to him the words of the young shepherd:

‘Thou comest to me with a sword, and a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of armies . . . and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear, for this is his battle, and he will deliver you into our hands’ (I Kings 17, 45-47).’”

Remember that at Fatima Our Lady of the Rosary directed to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.

On this 100th anniversary year of Fatima, and beginning in October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, it’s time to grab our rosaries, give them to our children, and start the only sure way to defeat evil, cap the cataclysms, be on the winning side in this decisive battle, and help Our Lady of the Rosary bring sorely needed peace to the world.



An inspiring highlight for the Month of the Rosary, this beautiful 9-minute video of London’s 10/14/2017 Rosary observance in the great church of the London Oratory (of worldwide fame for the splendor of its liturgy), evocative of Catholic devotions that once were not uncommon:



Description from blogger Fr. Tim Finigan:


This occasion must rank as one of the most splendid manifestations of Catholic faith in our country in recent years. The numbers have been swelled by the immigrant Catholics who have come to form part of the Catholic Church in London. At the same time, the clipped tones of the English middle and upper classes demonstrated that the Church is truly Catholic. There was no snobbery here – and no inverted snobbery. All were as one, witnessing to the faith they love, taking Our Lady onto the streets of London, and filling a Church that represents the high-point of English Catholic restoration – and not only in the 19th century.


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