Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Proclamation

Nativity window at Holy Cross Church, Kaukauna, WI

The Twenty-fifth Day of December,

when ages beyond number had run their course
from the creation of the world,

when God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
and formed man in his own likeness;

when century upon century had passed
since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood,
as a sign of covenant and peace;

in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith,
came out of Ur of the Chaldees;

in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses
in the Exodus from Egypt;

around the thousandth year since David was anointed King;

in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

in the year seven hundred and fifty-two
since the foundation of the City of Rome;

in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
the whole world being at peace,

JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence,
was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and when nine months had passed since his conception,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah,
and was made man:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lourdes Grotto at  Holy Hill in Hubertus, WI

Most holy Virgin, who wast pleasing to the Lord and became His 
Mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look 
kindly on the wretched who implore thy powerful patronage. The 
wicked serpent, against whom was hurled the first curse, continues 
fiercely to attack and ensnare the unhappy children of Eve. Do 
thou, then, O Blessed Mother, our queen and advocate, who from the 
first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of the enemy, 
receive the prayers which, united with thee in our single heart, 
we implore thee to present at the throne of God, that we may never 
fall into the snares which are laid out for us, and may all arrive 
at the port of salvation; and, in so many dangers, may the Church 
and Christian society sing once again the hymn of deliverance and 
of victory and of peace. 


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Solemnity of All Saints

"The Saints did not begin well, but they all ended well." - St. John Vianney

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:

"Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb."

All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:

"Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
"Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?"
I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows."
He said to me,
"These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."

~ Revelation 7: 9-14

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us

In the old chapel at the Convent of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, Nashville

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Life of St. Therese Stained Glass Windows at Holy Hill

Happy Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux! For her feast I decided to post these pictures I captured during my pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill (that's a mouthful). These windows are located in the Therese Chapel on the first floor of the Basilica.

Bl. Louis and Bl. Zelie, the parents of Therese (both soon to be saints) meeting

The Baptism of St. Therese


   Therese is saved by Our Lady                   Christmas Conversion


Therese asks her father's permission       Therese asks Pope Leo XIII
 to enter Carmel                                         for permission to enter Carmel

Left: Therese receiving Holy Communion
Right: Therese in prayer to St. Joseph

St. Therese with her sisters (both parents and one child are saints, the other four children were about a family!)

Therese as St. Joan of Arc

Therese writing Story of a Soul

St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

St. Therese in death

St. Therese, patroness of the missions


St. Therese with St. John of the Cross         St. Therese showering down roses
and St. Teresa of Avila                                  on Holy Hill

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mother of Sorrows

St. John and Our Lady, 14th Station of the Cross at Holy Hill

When they reached the appointed place how gladly would Mary have buried herself there alive with her son.

Mary left her heart buried with Jesus, because Jesus was all her treasure.

~ taken from The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

At Marygrove Retreat Center, Garden, MI


Sunday, July 26, 2015

There are smart people out there

While reading the report of the capital campaign for the nearby parish of Holy Cross in Kaukauna, I stumbled upon this (I added the red circle):


Holy Cross is considering updating/renovating/restoring their church. On the top priorities are saving the stained glass and repairing the steeple. Also re-painting the church is wanted, among other things, according to the survey. Good for them!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine, Refuge of Sinners - Freedom, WI

Pictures taken on June 26, 2015
From the website:

On July 29th, 2009, the wayside shrine was blessed by Father Francisco Rojas, Schoenstatt Priest, who invited Our Blessed Mother into the shrine by title of “ Mother Thrice Admirable.” The Mass and dedication were officiated by Father Francisco, and concelebrated by Green Bay, WI Diocese Priests, Father Bill Hoffman and Father Thomas Farrell, with Deacon Richard Simon as acolyte.

The Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine, Refuge of Sinners provides a place for pilgrimage and prayer. The people who gather for worship and prayer study the Word of God and Schoenstatt spirituality as a way of contemplating God through the eyes of Mary, our Mother Thrice Admirable, and integrating the fruits of prayer into daily acts of joyful and sacrificial living for the salvation of sinners.

We strive to bring people closer to Jesus through Mary by providing a beautiful Marian place to pray. Schoenstatt Priests and Sisters teach Schoenstatt Spirituality to various groups of all ages; Holy Mass and the Rosary are offered weekly at the Wayside Shrine; St. Charbel Devotions are held on First Saturdays of each month; Spring through fall there are Rosary Processions through the woods.

Our Lady remains here at the shrine along with Her Son, Jesus, available to local pilgrims as well as those from distances places. At this holy place they experience Mary as a real Mother and Educator. Schoenstatt is for those seeking to further their Faith in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Pilgrims of all faiths are welcome to pray, visit and partake of all the activities offered at the Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine, Refuge of Sinners.

They have since been given the permission by Bishop Ricken to keep the Blessed Sacrament reserved there.

The Sanctuary of the Shrine

Above the picture of Mother Thrice Admirable: "Servus Mariae Nunquam Peribit" -  
"The Servant of Mary shall never perish"

Ambo and Crucifix

This beautiful crucifix belonged to my great grandparents and, I believe, once hung in the rectory at St. Paul's in Wrightstown. It was donated to the shrine from my aunt and uncle, who received it from my grandparents. The couple that started, built, and run the shrine are my aunt's in-laws, and my family knows them quite well due to that, as well as having our cottages on the same lake.

Holy Spirit on the sanctuary ceiling

St. Michael

"Rosa Mystica"

Sacred Heart devotional area. Not all the stained glass windows have been put in yet, or even obtained due to lack of funds. I was told the window on the right will be of St. Gabriel the archangel.

Pieta devotional area, opposite that of the Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart statue upfront for the month of June, dedicated to Our Lord's Most Sacred Heart.

Holy Family window

Window...I don't know what you'd call this. The Mass? The Eucharist? I'll go with the Eucharist.

St. Therese Window

St. John the Baptist window. This is the newest window. It was put in before the St. Gabriel window because those who donated it wished their window would be of the baptism of Christ.

Back of the shrine

Schoenstatt Wayside Shrine, Refuge of Sinners
N4668 Olde Ireland Way
Freedom, Wisconsin 54130

Monday, June 29, 2015

Life of St. Paul in Stained Glass

I decided to post these today on the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. I took these pictures at the beginning of the month at St. Paul's in Wrightstown. They tell the life of St. Paul:

"And they stoned Stephen,...and Saul was consenting to his death." - Acts 7:58-59

"And falling...he heard a voice...Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" - Acts 9:4

"And Saul arose from the ground...He saw nothing, but they leading 
him by the hands to Damascus." - Acts 9:8

"Ananias said: 'The Lord Jesus sent me...receive thy sight & be filled with the
Holy Ghost.'" - Acts 9:17

"He preached in the synagogue that Jesus is the Son of God...the Jews
watched day and night that they might kill him." - Acts 9:20-24

"But his disciples taking him in the night conveyed him by the wall, letting him
down in a basket." - Acts 9:25

"And the Gentiles,...were glad and glorified the word of the were
ordained to life everlasting, believed." - Acts 13:43

"The Lord hath delivered me from every evil work: and will preserve me unto his heav-
enly kingdom to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." - Tim. 4:13