Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sexagesima Sunday

Jesus is our Redeemer and by His saving doctrine gives life to souls. Ash Wednesday is coming which means Lent is coming. Prepare your soul.

Norma Jean Coon

Norma Jean Coon

Norma Jean Coon

Document of Renunciation of Ordination to Diaconate

On July 22, 2007, I was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patricia Fresen, of Germany and South Africa who was ordained by three male bishops in Germany for the group called Roman Catholic Women Priests. The ordination took place at the Santa Barbara Immaculate Heart Spiritual Center. Because neither Patricia Fresen nor myself were given permission for the ordination by Pope Benedict XVI, the ordinations were illegitimate and not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Thus an excommunication process called Latae Sententiae occurred, excommunicating oneself by failure to observe the Canon Laws of the Church.
I wish to renounce the alleged ordination and publicly state that I did not act as a deacon as a part of this group except on two occasions, when I read the gospel once at mass and distributed communion once at this same mass. I withdrew from the program within two weeks of the ceremony because I realized that I had made a mistake in studying for the priesthood. I confess to the truth of Pope John Paul II's Apostolic LetterOrdinatio Sacerdotalis . I confess the authority of the Holy Father on these issues of ordination and recognize that Christ founded the ordination only for men.
Formally, I relinquish all connection to the program of Roman Catholic Women Priests and I disclaim the alleged ordination publicly with apologies to those whose lives I have offended or scandalized by my actions. I ask God's blessings upon each of these folks and their families.

Norma Jean Coon, RN, MFCC, PhD
San Diego, California
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Holy God, I ask your blessings on my Bishop and my pastor and priests in Rome who have assisted me in the process of being re-instated into the Roman Catholic Church and I forsake all connection with the Roman Catholic Women Priests program via Internet or otherwise.
I thank you for the efforts of my family in my behalf and ask for Jesus' Light and Love to pour over my husband of 47 years and my five children.
Forgive me my Beloved Jesus and Mother Mary for pursuing my own will in this matter of ordination and as I consecrate myself to your Divine Will through the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask you to pour out Light and Love upon any who have placed themselves outside of your Love and Light Bless us, O Lord, for these thy gifts and place us in the Heart of the Father, as we pray for more priests to serve in our church and for vocations to enrich our Church in the United States.
Forgive us for failing in obedience and enrich us in your Holy Love, I pray through Jesus and Mary. Fiat+

ZENIT - Cardinal Addresses Crisis of University Education

ZENIT - Cardinal Addresses Crisis of University Education

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feast of the Chair of St.Peter

This feast brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ on Peter, and continued in an unbroken line down to the present Pope. We celebrate the unity of the Church, founded upon the Apostle, and renew our assent to the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, extended both to truths which are solemnly defined ex cathedra and to all the acts of the ordinary magisterium.

Since early times, the Roman Church has had a special commemoration of the primatial authority of St. Peter. As witness one of the most renowned of the Apostolic Fathers, the Roman See has always held a peculiar place in the affection and obedience of orthodox believers because of its "presiding in love" and service over all the Churches of God.

"We shall find in the Gospel that Jesus Christ, willing to begin the mystery of unity in His Church, among all His disciples chose twelve; but that, willing to consummate the mystery of unity in the same Church, among the twelve He chose one. He called His disciples, said the Gospel; here are all; and among them He chose twelve. Here is the first separation, and the Apostles chosen. And these are the names of the twelve Apostles: the first, Simon, who is called Peter. [Mt. 10, 1-2] Here, in a second separation, St. Peter is set at the head, and called for that reason by the name of Peter,' which Jesus Christ,' says St. Mark, 'had given him,' in order to prepare, as you will see, the work which He was proposing to raise all His building on that stone.

"All this is yet but a beginning of the mystery of unity. 
Jesus Christ, in beginning it, still spoke to many: Go, preach; I send you [see Mt. 28, 19]. 
Now, when He would put the last hand to the mystery of unity, He speaks no longer to many: He marks out Peter personally, and by the new name which He has given him. It is One who speaks to one: Jesus Christ the Son of God to Simon son of Jonas; Jesus Christ, who is the true Stone, strong of Himself, to Simon, who is only the stone by the strength which Jesus Christ imparts to him. It is to him that Christ speaks, and in speaking acts on him, and stamps upon him His own immovableness. And I, He says, say to you, you are Peter; and, He adds, upon this rock I will build my Church, and, He concludes, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [Mt. 16, 18] To prepare him for that honor Jesus Christ, who knows that faith in Himself is the foundation of His Church, inspires Peter with a faith worthy to be the foundation of that admirable building. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. [Mt. 16, 16] By that bold preaching of the faith he draws to himself the inviolable promise which makes him the foundation of the Church.

"It was, then, clearly the design of Jesus Christ to put first in one alone, what afterwards He meant to put in several; but the sequence does not reverse the beginning, nor the first lose his place. That first word, Whatsoever you shall bind, said to one alone, has already ranged under his power each one of those to whom shall be said, Whatsoever you shall remit; for the promises of Jesus Christ, as well as His gift, are without repentance; and what is once given indefinitely and universally is irrevocable. Besides, that power given to several carries its restriction in its division, while power given to one alone, and over all, and without exception, carries with it plenitude, and, not having to be divided with any other, it has no bounds save those which its terms convey."

(Excerpted from The See of St. Peter, by Jacques Bossuet)

Why Wear the Veil?

This is a couple of years old , but I thought I wold repost it anyway because of the steam the mantilla has been gathering.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bernard Nathanson RIP

In his book 'The Hand of God' Nathanson describes the abortionist's mindset as:

“icy; conscienceless; remorselessly perverting his medical skills; defiling his ethical charge; and helping, nay seducing, with his clinical calm, his oh-so-comforting professionalism, women into the act that comes closest to self-slaughter.”

A Bumper sticker that makes no sense

Can't we all just get along? Well yes we can, but that doesn't mean there is no objective truth. I am only guessing that individuals who display this sticker are part of the 'my god is cool and your god is cool lets hug party'. This is a contradiction , as the particular faiths that these symbols represent contradict in their teaching on faith, morals and instruction on living life and in eternity. If you believe that god is just imaginary and the product of insecure, weak and narrow minded people,this sticker is for you. If you do not believe in one truth , you believe in a fairy tale where every person decides their own ending.

Thanks to Don Paco for the photo @ iteadthomam blog

The Parable of the Vineyard

The Gospel today was Matthew 20:1-16 . In this parable Our Lord describes the kingdom of heaven as to a householder who hires laborers. We must continue to work at our salvation. We are not saved at a one time event , it is an on going process.

This is a perennial problem today with many professed Christians believing that once they have accepted Jesus as Lord there is nothing else to do for their salvation. However Our Lord states "For many are called,but few chosen" Works have an essential part to play , not just faith , but faith and works.

James 2:14

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Catholic Home Schooling Event

Attended a Catholic home schooling event at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver BC.

Julia Fogassy has been a home educator for 25 years and as a mother of nine children ranging in ages 15 to 38 she has a lot of experience.

This was a great opportunity to meet and discuss with other homeschooling parents the benefits of educating your children at home.

The administrator of Traditional Learning Academy, Alan Garneau was there as well and gave a presentation describing the differences between homeschooling and distributed learning.

A Famous Quote

"We must strip from our Catholic prayers and from the Catholic liturgy everything which can be the shadow of a stumbling block for our separated brethren that is for the Protestants.” - Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, L'Osservatore Romano, March 19, 1965

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Altar Consecration Photos

Lamentabili sane

One of the greatest treasures of the Church is the 19 centuries of teaching that is available to us. You don't have to dig to deep to realize why there is so much confusion these days.

Among the sixty-five errors of the modernists condemned by Pope St. Pius X (Lamentabili sane) July 3, 1907:

The organic institution of the Church is not immutable. Like human society, Christian society is subject to perpetual evolution.
“54. Dogmas, Sacraments, and hierarchy, both their notion and reality, are only interpretations and evolutions of the Christian intelligence which have increased and perfected by an external series of additions the little germ latent in the Gospel.

“58. Truth is no more immutable than man himself, since it evolved with him, in him, and through him.

“59. Christ did not teach a determined body of doctrine applicable to all times and all men, but rather inaugurated a religious movement adapted or to be adapted to different times and places.

“64. Scientific progress demands that the concepts of Christian doctrine concerning God, creation, revelation, the Person of the Incarnate Word, and Redemption be readjusted.”

By holding any of these five propositions, one is automatically excluded from the Catholic Church.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A photographer's instrument of thought

Photographing without purpose = meaningless

Altar Consecration

Here is an article I wrote for the BC Catholic. Pictures to follow.

Jesus Christ, the chief corner stone (Eph 2:20)

On Tuesday Dec. 28 2010, His Grace Archbishop J. Michael Miller consecrated the New Altar and Altar Stone at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver. A traditional Altar consecration had not been done in the Archdiocese in over three decades. In 2008 His Grace Archbishop Raymond Roussin established Holy Family as a personal Parish dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Since then pastor Fr. Deprey with assistant pastor Fr. Geddes as well as the parishners of Holy Family have worked tirelessly to renovate the Church for the glory of God. The newest addition to the sanctuary is the High Altar. A High Altar is venerated because it is the place of sacrifice and the dwelling place of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. The consecration of an Altar Stone is a pivotal moment in a Church’s history. It is the foundation for the sacrifice of the Mass, the High Altar is where heaven and earth meet, and time and space are crossed. It is where we receive the body, blood and divinity of our Lord.

At one time most Altars were made of stone, nowadays many are made of wood with a smaller stone interred in it. Before the consecration the priests at Holy Family were using a Greek corporal with relics sewn into it. The altar stone itself symbolizes Christ as the unmovable truth, which is the foundation of our Catholic Faith. Using a stone to symbolize the truth is used throughout the Bible.

“ Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will lay a stone in the foundations of Sion, a tried stone, a corner stone, a precious stone, founded in the foundation. He that believeth let him not hasten.” (Isaiah 28:16)

The Apostle Peter echoes this verse in his first epistle

“ Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.” (1 Peter 2:6)

The stone that is used at Holy Family is engraved with five crosses to represent the five wounds of Our Lord. There is a cavity carved into the stone for the entombment of sacred relics. Placing relics of Saints within the Altar goes back centuries when Christians had to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass in the catacombs. There, the martyrs who had died for their faith in Jesus Christ surrounded the faithful during the Mass. Holy Family Parish has been blessed with the relics of St. Stephen Protomartyr and St. Sebastian Martyr.

After the procession the Archbishop places the relics with three grains of incense into the sepulcher (cavity). The Archbishop then blesses the Gregorian water, which is composed of holy water, wine, salt and ashes. (The name Gregorian water comes from Pope Gregory I who prescribed its use for consecrations.) The relics of the Saints are mixed with a cement powder and are sealed into the sepulcher of the altar. The Stone is then anointed with Sacred Chrism on all crosses and then the Bishop incenses the Altar. Upon the five crosses on the stone the Bishop forms crosses out of grains of incense and places a small wax cross on top of each one. Following this, Acolytes light the wax crosses on the altar symbolizing the fire of the Holy Spirit that fuels us to love and worship God, as the Bishop intones:

“ Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende”

Translated to English means: “ Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love”

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

"On Loving God"

1st step, love ourselves for our own sake ( food &rest :needs not wants)

2nd step, Love God for our own sake ( forgives our sins, gives us heaven)

3rd step, Love for who He is – as well as for our own sake ( know the teachings of Church—rational love , carnal love

4th step, Love ourselves only for God’s sake , our self love is selfless , we honor His son.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Theology of the Body 4 Teens

I'm one of the leaders for the Theology of the Body 4 Teens out at St. Anns parish in Abbotsford. I'll follow up and let you know how it is going. It is fairly new and has only been offered in a couple places in the diocese thus far.

Catholic Identity

"What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed shaking in the wind?" Matt 11 , Luke 7

Seeking the truth takes real sacrifice. I don't want a faith that is diluted or moderate.
I am a cradle Catholic that woke up to the history and tradition of the Church about 7 years ago.Once you see the truth and accept it , you can never turn your back on it.

When I had moved to Los Angeles I became very troubled and disturbed with what I was seeing at various parishes that I would attend. In fact my choices became a revolving door week to week of where I was going to attend. More than once I had to get confirmation from the parish bulletin or the marque in the front of the Church that described it as Catholic. In most cases I could not believe what I was seeing.

Our Lord was there in the Blessed Sacrament but nobody cared, or at least it seemed like nobody cared. There was no genuflecting , armies of lay people passing out the body and blood of Our Lord (and in the hand), grown men in shorts and flip flops. I was even told by priest that I didn't have to go to confession.

More soon

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Britt & Mike

Did a night shoot with a couple tonight . They are getting married in July. Congratulations