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We have two new bishops in the archdiocese of Boston, which is headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. In June, our Holy Father, Pope Francis named Reverend Mark O’Connell, JCD and Reverend Robert P. Reed as auxiliary bishops.  

Their ordination to the episcopacy will be on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM ET at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Please come out and support our new bishops at the cathedral or by watching on television or livestream via CatholicTV.  

Here is more information:


CatholicTV to Broadcast LIVE Ordination Mass for New Bishops, Mark O’Connell and Robert P. Reed

WATERTOWN, MASS. (August 16, 2016) – On August 24 beginning at 1:30pm ET, the CatholicTV Network will provide live coverage of the Episcopal Ordination Mass for Bishops-elect Mark O’Connell, JCD and Robert P. Reed from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

Bishops-elect O’Connell and Reed were named Auxiliary Bishops of Boston by Pope Francis in June. They join four other Auxiliary Bishops in assisting Boston’s Cardinal Seán O’Malley. Currently, Bishop-elect O’Connell serves as Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Boston and is on the faculty at Saint John Seminary and Pope St. John XXIII Seminary. Bishop-elect Reed serves as the CEO of iCatholic Media, Inc., President of the CatholicTV Network, and the Archdiocese of Boston’s Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Media.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley will be the principal consecrator for the Mass, with the assistance of two bishops who will serve as co-consecrators. Several clergy will also be present for the Mass. The Ordination will be held on the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, one of the Twelve Apostles. The bishops-elect eagerly anticipate their new role as servants in the Church. To reflect their ministries, Bishop-elect O’Connell has chosen the motto, “Invenimus Messiam,” or “We have found the Messiah,” and Bishop-elect Reed has chosen “Iesus sola nobis spes,” or “Jesus is our only hope.” As the archdiocese prepares for the Ordination, Cardinal O’Malley asks the Catholics of Boston to “join in prayer for their ministry, that the Lord will give them strength and wisdom to be wise and holy shepherds of Christ’s Church.”

The liturgical procession will begin at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 1:30pm. The Mass of Ordination will begin at 2:00pm. Attendance at the Mass is by invitation only, but it will be broadcast live on CatholicTV beginning at 1:30pm and will be rebroadcast at 8pm. Introductory commentary will be provided by Rocco Palmo and Jay Fadden, and Ordination commentary will be provided by Father Tom Macdonald. Coverage will be available on CatholicTV’s cable channels, on, and on CatholicTV’s Apple TV, Roku, and mobile applications. The Mass will also be available for on-demand viewing. Additional information about the Ordination is available at

About the CatholicTV Network: The CatholicTV Network is a national cable television network also streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at The CatholicTV Network represents a cable TV station available in more than 14 million homes, an interactive website with television-like live streaming and video-on-demand, mobile apps, and a monthly printed and digital magazine.

News is traveling around the Catholic blogosphere that apologist Mark Shea has been fired from the EWTN owned National Catholic Register.  Apparently, the NCR has had enough of Shea’s commentaries which often attack traditionalists and right-wingers both within and without the Catholic Church.  Shea has been especially critical of pro-life advocates who defend the right to life for the unborn while promoting right to bear arms, just war theory, the death penalty and ignoring other social issues which are part of the “seamless garment.  He and pro-life advocate John Zmirak have been in a sort of online blog feud.

Shea is a convert from Agnosticism and the Evangelical denomination.  He has been featured on EWTN many times and has authored books on apologetics.  So far his site and Patheos blog have not mentioned his release and the NCR site still pulls up his articles in the search engine. Some blogs are stating that Shea is blaming his firing on NCR’s need to keep Trump supporters and anti-Pope Francis enthusiasts donating to their company.

I am still investigating the details of this news and will update this post when necessary.  In the meantime, please pray for all parties involved.  I have seen some “Catholic” blogs rejoicing at the firing of Mr. Shea.  This is unfortunate.  We should always resort to charity and the “let’s agree to disagree” cliche as Catholic Christians.

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Official statement from NCR via Fr. West

Today’s readings remind us that not all will be saved. God knows us and we can be very hypocritical and delusional.

In the first reading, we are reminded that God knows our works and thoughts (Psalm 19, Romans 8:27-27). God gathers all nations of every language and each will see His glory (Revelation 7:9).  God’s Word will go throughout the world, even to places that have not heard of His fame or glory (Isaiah 55:11). This is fulfilled in Christ Jesus when He founded the Catholic Church.  The word “Catholic” means universal.  This Church is not a Church just for Jews, Caucasians, Africans or Asians (Galatians 3:28).  It is a Church for all peoples.  This Church will be the beacon for salvation in Jesus.  She leads us to the narrow gate which we will read in the Gospel (John 14:6).  In the responsorial Psalm, we have two options which reflect the universality of the Gospel’s message:

Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Praise the Lord all you nations; glorify Him, all you peoples!

God is the God of all peoples (Jeremiah 32:27). This is well reflected in our Holy Catholic Church. Just take a gander in your parish before Mass or during the Sign of Peace.  You will see faces of every race and ethnicity; of both genders and all ages.  These are the people of God from all nations who praise Him.  The Good News is reaching the world.  There is much work to be done, though. We must spread the Good News to all in every nation and now online as well.  This is why “Sacerdotus” exists online.  The Good News is exactly what it says, “Good News.”  It is a message of love and mercy, not condemnation or chastisement (Matthew 25:31-46).  However, this does not mean that we should all sit and sing “Kumbaya” as if nothing wrong is going on in ourselves or the world.  We must not disdain the discipline of the Lord, as the second reading tells us.  While God is merciful and loving, this does not mean He will excuse our sins.

We must examine our conscience always and change our lives to better match the image of God we are made in (Genesis 1:27).  God allows things to happen in our lives as trials, to discipline us and form us into His image (Romans 5:4, James 1:3).  We must not lose heart.  Unfortunately, many people at times lose heart when something bad happens. They feel God has abandoned them or that God may not even exist. How many times do we see Atheists online post memes of starving African children or some other tragedy and blame God or declare “God does not exist” because these atrocities exist.  This is because they do not understand the spiritual life. They lose heart when tragedy takes place. Remember, God is the author of life.  God is the creator. While tragedies to us seem permanent because we are finite creatures stuck in space and time, this does not mean God has these limitations. God can easily restore everything, He is God. One may ask: Well, why doesn’t he? The answer is simply: God respects our free will.  How will we learn if He does everything for us? How will a child learn to eat or tie his/her shoes on his/her own if we do it for him/her?  God gives us space so we can learn, but does not wander away from us.  God treats us as sons, as the second reading tells us.  Like a Father, He disciplines us but at a cosmic level.  Sometimes these cosmic “time outs” can feel horrible, but in the end, they bring joy once we open ourselves to understanding (Ephesians 1:17).

Finally, in the Gospel, someone questions Jesus about salvation: “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  Jesus does not answer the man because the question is irrelevant.  Who cares how many will be saved?  The bottom line is that you work to be saved and focus on that (Philippians 2:12).  This is why Jesus says that the gate is narrow and that it will be difficult to enter it.  Then He says that the master of the house will lock the door.  There will be those outside asking, “Lord, open the door for us.” The master will respond, “I do not know where you are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers!”  He will say this despite the people telling him, “We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.”  These words should speak to us clearly. We eat and drink with Christ in the Liturgy of the Eucharist (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).  We listen to Him speak in the Liturgy of the Word.  Let us not be like those who ignore Him or just live out the faith as a mere obligation or cultural manifestation that we inherited from our parents. Let us not be like those concerned over whether the priest says the Mass in Latin or with certain vestments.  Let us not be those who frequent the Sacraments, but refuses to forgive or help our neighbor. God will tell us, “I never knew you.” Those who try to mock God with this Pharisaic faith will be wailing and grinding their teeth in hell. We must spread the Good News and not keep it to ourselves.  We must not be ashamed of our faith (Romans 1:16).  Let us focus on Christ and ask Him to transform us so that we can pass through the narrow gate when the time comes.  May Jesus Christ be praised!


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