Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pope to Priests: "Get Blogging!"

Well, he didn't put it exactly like that, but the Pontifical Council for Social Communications released today the theme for World Communications Day, which will be released on January 24th, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Patron of writers and journalists. It says that the Papal message will seek to "invite priests, in a particular way....to consider new media as a great resource for their ministry of service to the Word." Just as I was thinking it was time to give up the blog!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Icon

This weekend in the parish we blessed the new image, in the icon style, of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. He is in our Church because Stowe is the most popular ski resort in New England and, as the Patron of Skiers and Hikers, Blessed Pier Giorgio provides a wonderful example for all who visit the Church. I hope the veneration of his image will inspire our young people with a greater devotion to the Eucharist and to an active Catholic life. The image is the work of Ken Jan Woo, the Chinese convert artist who has filled Fr. Rutler's Church in NYC with wonderful images.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rutler on Eulogies

For your information - the classic piece on eulogies by Fr. Rutler has been reprinted (if that is a computer term) on InsideCatholic.com

Poll on the "Peter Principle"

Does the "Peter Principle" (that people rise to the level of their incompetence in any kind of organization) apply the most to:

a) The Church

b) Politics

c) Business

d) The Government

e) All of the above

Thursday, September 3, 2009


The kind and computer-savvy Fr. John Boyle aka 'Caritas in Veritate' or "Carrie" to his friends, set up 'Sitemeter' for me when he was here two weeks ago. He said I would discover if three people were really looking at my infrequent and often dull musings, or "supercilious" musings, according to one constant thorn. Well , it seems lots of people have too much time on their hands! I'm sending out a big English "helloooo" in the manner of Terry Thomas, to one and all!