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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Prayer Vigil for Life in Connecticut

Prayer Vigil for Life

St Ambrose Parish at St Monica's Church (Northford)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
the 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

5pm - Holy Hour before the Most Blessed Sacrament
6pm - Holy Mass celebrated by Fr Robert L. Turner

The Church has designated January 22nd - the anniversary of Roe v. Wade - as a day of prayer for the protection of the unborn and penance for sins against the dignity of the human person. Join us at St. Monica's for a vigil of prayer on behalf of life. All are welcome and no RSVP is necessary.

"A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer."

- Pope Saint John Paul II, The Gospel of Life 

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Paul A. Zalonski
Catholic Connecticut
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East Haven, CT 06513-1216 USA

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Church Militant's The Download is New Coke

Anyone who has followed my blog knows I support Church Militant and I am a big fan of their programming. The first thing I do each morning when getting online is go to CM-before any other site- and watch the latest Vortex episode. My day always begins with Church Militant. 

My three favorite programs Church Militant has ever done are the 'One True Faith' series, the 'Case Files' series by Simon Rafe and the old 'Download' show. 

Last summer the Download went off the air and didn't come back until yesterday because CM was doing extensive construction and remodeling work. I couldn't wait to have The Download back.


I was so very disappointed when I tuned in because The Download I loved was gone. What it was replaced by had none of the charm of the original. We had original Coke and what CM gave us yesterday was New Coke- from the comments on CM's website and their Youtube Channel I wasn't alone in my feelings. 

I'm not only sad for myself but also for the people at CM because I know they all worked so hard and they were excited about what they were doing. Everyone wanted it to be great, but its not.

I didn't like anything about the new Download. I hated it and I want to talk about why I hated it today. 

I am a news hound. I watch too many hours of secular news every day. I watch local news, Fox News, MSNBC and even some CNN to hear what everyone is saying about what is happening in the world. 

When I tune into Church Militant the last thing I want is to be brought back to secular news. I want something above that. I want something steeped in Catholicism. I want not only what I hear to draw me into my Faith, I want what I see to do the same. I want to be pulled out of the secular world and planted firmly back into the Catholic world. The way a beautiful old Catholic church rich in stained glass and art is always worlds above a modern church that has nothing visual to offer its people. Church Militant's The Download used to do that for me. 

I want to start with the music. Oh how I miss the old music! The old show used to begin at 1 pm so I would typically go to CM about 10 minutes before the show and listen to their music leading up to the show. During this time I would make my tea, read some mail etc, always keeping my ear to the music playing because that spoke to me. I knew exactly when the show would start because the music changed. I would put down the mail, grab my mug of tea and settle in to watch The Download just as Christine Niles would appear on screen giving me the Catholic news headlines. I adored my ritual and getting the news headlines from Christine before we all settled in to a one topic discussion on The Download

You might think I am being dramatic, but I miss that. This was an important part of my day, a daily ritual for me that I have truly missed. Yesterday I was so happy to get back to my ritual I couldn't wait for 1:30 pm (new time slot) to get here. I was crushed when the music was gone. I had been missing that...more than I knew. It never occurred to me that CM would change the music leading up to the show and I was terribly disappointed because my ritual was ruined and gone. Then the show appeared and I was heartbroken. 

CM's The Download used to be filmed inside their "Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Studio" complete with the spectacular large St. Michael statue and the soothing colors of blues and purples - to me and others who also mentioned this in CM's comments, Mary and Jesus colors. The tone and feel was not at all like mainstream secular media and that was a very good thing. The table CM's hosts sat behind was inviting and calming. It was like they were sitting across the table from me, talking to me about a Catholic topic-one topic so the discussion was in depth and I learned from it. Even if the topic was tragic, the people and the setting were calming to me-we were in this together-sort of thing. I was engaged, charmed and I wanted the discussion to go on for hours while I drank my tea. Most days when the show ended I would get a refill of my tea and watch the show all over again. This was my must see show every day and I am completely heartbroken its gone.  

The Download January 14, 2019

The new studio that the people at Church Militant refer to as "the pit" is not charming, it's off putting. 

The Download January 14, 2020

The Download went from an inviting room where I felt welcome to sit down and join in, to a vast warehouse stuffed with wires, blaring lights, distracting secular media screens and a ticker. The tiny bar stool type table is the same one shown on MSNBC! And I hate it.


They went from Catholic to secular. I am stunned. I honestly can't believe CM did this. I can't believe no one at CM saw the problems with this. 

As one person commented on CM's Download yesterday, there is no way Michael is going to dance on the new table like he did election night in 2016. 


And the problems aren't just the visual and music, its the content too. The greatness of the one topic Download's of the past where one topic is discussed in depth has been tossed out the window and replaced by multiple topics mentioned in passing because time is ticking. No deep discussions, no thoughtful reflections because there is no time for those things anymore. 

They've morphed the Download into a sort of 30 minute evening news show and it stinks. I'm all for CM doing that sort of thing if they want to, but it should have been done with Christine Niles' headline news, not The Download show. 

I can't say enough how very disappointed I am with everything CM has done. I miss the old music, I miss the Fulton Sheen studio, I miss the long in depth discussions, I miss Simon Rafe, I miss having four people at the table rather than three on bar stools. 

Church Militant made some huge unfortunate mistakes this time. I pray and truly hope they ditch "the pit" and bring back the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen studio we all loved so much. 

Chalk it up as a mistake and return to what people fell in love with about the show. You don't need to fix what ain't broken. Ditch the New Coke and please, please give us back old Coke!



I'm praying CM listens to their supporters.



In Christ,


Julie 



Saturday, January 11, 2020

Beach day photos

January 11th in Connecticut is not usually warm, but today we were in the 60's and it was just wonderful. So wonderful my eldest daughter got my parents, my nephew, and myself to pile in one car and head to the beach. 

We went to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT and had a wonderful day. 

Here are a few photos I took. 









God bless you all. 


In Christ,

Julie 


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Just pictures today

Had an appointment this morning and decided to take my camera with me because the snow we got last night was just enough to coat the ground and trees. Looked so beautiful in the morning sunshine I was inspired to grab my camera and make a stop to take some photos-something I haven't done in years. 

I used to be a photographer and writer for AOL years ago, and never left home without my camera. I miss that. So from time to time you might be seeing more photos on this blog. What I would like to do, is go to some Catholic sites around New England and take some photographs...we shall see. 

Anyway, today these photos are from Hubbard Park in Meriden, CT. 












God bless you all!! 

In Christ,

Julie 




Thursday, January 2, 2020

200 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to take another look at Roe vs Wade


While I am instantly thrilled to see this, I don't like the timing on this at all. This being an election year the Democrats had NOTHING to run on that truly fired people up...until now. 
Washington (CNN) More than 200 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to reconsider -- if not overrule -- the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.
Thirty-nine Republican senators and 168 members of the House of Representatives, almost all of them Republicans, signed a so-called "friend of the court" brief filed on Thursday by the national anti-abortion group Americans United for Life in connection with a challenge to a Louisiana abortion access law due to be heard in March.
The signers include Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah, and Tim Scott of South Carolina as well as Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Steve Chabot of Ohio.
At least two Democrats -- Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Dan Lipinski of Illinois -- are among the lawmakers who signed.
The brief argues that "Roe's jurisprudence has been haphazard from the beginning."
The decision "remains a radically unsettled precedent" that "has been substantially undermined by subsequent authority," the group continues, adding that court rulings since Roe "clearly did not settle the abortion issue." The group urges the justices to "reconsider those precedents."
Their timing couldn't be worse. From the article, I know this is linked to an abortion case being heard in March, but honestly, couldn't they hold off on this until after the election so that sleepy Democrats and Independents and pro-choice never-trumper Republican voters wouldn't get fired up? I had hoped they would keep their eyes focused on the economy and not the courts.

No question, this is what Pro-lifers have fought for, for decades now. But the timing of this couldn't be worse. It's a horrible position for Pro-lifers to be in. We want abortion ended as soon as possible to save children's lives. Yet if we screw up the timing of this battle, we could lose the most pro-life President we've ever had and flip the courts to lean liberal for decades to come. Should that happen, billions of babies will be slaughtered in the womb-and outside of it, as we've been hearing from several states now. It's evil and disgusting -we can't afford to lose this battle.

The presidential race for Democrats will be about this sole issue now. Democrats had NOTHING to run on...until now. 

Most Republicans I know, almost always run on the courts as being one of their top 3 issues for voting Republican, because we have always wanted to get rid of abortion. Republican voters have always known that this is where the real power is in this nation, the courts. Democrats just figured that out with Trump's Kavanaugh selection. 

This will turn Independents who were considering Trump to now back the Democrat if the Independents are of the "woman's body, woman's choice" point of view. 

We Pro-lifer's all want the same thing, but we have to be smart to defeat such evil. 

Trump has done so much for the Pro-life Cause...now this just made it that much harder for Trump to win a 2nd term which would give him 4 more years of packing the courts with conservative judges- we need that to happen. Pray for our President, he's gonna need it against such evil this election cycle.

We have to continue our prayers for the end of legal abortion remembering that even if the Supreme Court does over-turn Roe vs Wade, the states will still have the ability to legalize abortions. The fight won't end at the Supreme Court. We have to continue the fight beyond the Supreme Court. 

Keep up the prayers and the fight to end ALL abortions! May God help this nation become pro-life. 🙏



In Christ, 

Julie 


Links: 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/02/politics/congress-asks-supreme-court-to-reconsider-abortion-case/index.html 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/02/politics/read-lawmakers-filing-to-supreme-court-roe-v-wade/index.html 

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/politics/abortion-supreme-court-louisiana/index.html 


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Excommunicated on Christmas Eve

     When I saw the tweet from Nick Donnelly (whom I follow and think does an outstanding job), I was saddened and a bit shocked, though to tell the truth I find it harder and harder to be shocked under the Francis Papacy. 

Most of the comments under the tweet were people upset and outraged that this happened. 

I wanted to know why, so I read the Declaration from the hermits themselves, which you can find HERE


The part that stood out to me, was this: 
"Though we are utterly unimportant, for who is interested in hermits that dare to speak out, we cannot keep silent for fear of damning not only our own souls, but the souls of countless others(xxii) .  We who are watchmen for the Church, who must speak from the watch tower of Truth, have no option but to withdraw our obedience from Pope Francis and sever communion with the Holy See(xxi) .  We do this with great fear and trepidation, but we cannot take part in the Pope’s sin. This is not an act of schism, nor is it an act of defiance, it is an act of real prudence; for no-one in their right mind would stay in a burning building, nor would they silently go down with the sinking ship.  They would try to save not only themselves, but warn others and help them to safety(xxiv)." 
As a result of the hermits severing themselves from the Holy See and Pope Francis, while acknowledging Francis to be the Pope, the Church had no other choice but to excommunicate them. 

And the battle began on social media among Catholic laity. I can see both sides in this, but I can't support both sides.

Some are taking the hermits side against the Church and others (myself among them) are siding with the Church.   

The way I see it (and I am open to anyone showing me how I could wrong-don't hold back in the comments), is that our Church, Our Holy Mother Church is in her Passion as Christ suffered His. 

Corrupt men inside the Church are a cancer, eating away and spreading disease in the Church. Francis, our wretched (God help him) pope is a large poisonous tumor spreading cancer in the body of the Church. 

What do faithful children do when their Mother is suffering so much? 

Do we abandon her? 

No! We stay and fight and pray for her. 

We cling to the authentic Faith, we have it, we know it. We don't leave her to suffer alone because Francis is a terrible pope! We suffer along side Mother Church and hold on because we KNOW who wins in the end! We already know how this story ends! 

Why in the world would you leave when there is no where else to go? Jesus created One Holy Catholic Church on earth, just the one. Outside of it, you may very well lose your salvation if you don't repent before death. 

Popes come and go. God will judge Francis as God Himself has allowed Francis to be our pope right now. 

I often wonder if Francis is a test on us. Do we love our Church enough that even when we have a bad pope we aren't rattled? OK, Francis rattles me, but he won't push me out of the Church.  

From the hermits blog page (sidebar)...
"Now however, the world and the Churches are descending ever further into a moral morass. And as we have ended our obedience to Pope Francis - and therefore all Bishops who go along with his false teachings and example - we are free to do what we must do under God. Preach God's Truth to the people, in season and out of season, so that those who have ears to hear may turn back to God and be saved."
They have, in my opinion (for what that's worth) placed themselves in schism and asked for the excommunication. 

In the hermits defense, they state in their Declaration that they believe Francis has set up the False Church of prophecy (by Blessed Anna Catherine Emmerich). 

The hermits quote: 

“I saw also the relationship between the two popes… I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church

“The Church is in great danger… I see that in this place the Church is being so cleverly undermined, that there will hardly remain a hundred or so priests who have not been deceived. They all work for destruction, even the clergy.

“When I saw the Church of St. Peter in ruins, and the manner in which so many of the clergy were themselves busy at this work of destruction – none of them wishing to do it openly in front of others – I was in such distress that I cried out to Jesus with all my might, imploring His mercy. He said, among other things, that this translation of the Church from one place to another meant that She would seem to be in complete decline. But She would rise again; even if there remained but one Catholic, the Church would conquer again because She does not rest on human counsels and intelligence. It was also shown to me that there were almost no Christians left in the old acceptation of the word.”

“Among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities. A few had only a body, with a dark cloud of fog instead of a head. Others had only a head, their bodies and hearts were like thick vapours. Some were lame; others were paralytics; others were asleep or staggering.”

“I saw what I believe to be nearly all the bishops of the world, but only a small number were perfectly sound…”


“A false church, and wicked men scheming against the Catholic Church and doing much harm–both in her own time and in the future. And actually saw in a vision this, the enemies of the Church tearing it down and trying to build a new one on strictly human plans–but none of the saints would lend a hand. Later, this church of men is destroyed and the saints of God join in to rebuild the true Church of God, which becomes more glorious than ever before.”

Based on Emmerich and what Francis says and does, these hermits have severed all ties with the Church and Pope Francis because they believe our Catholic Church is now the False Church. 

What do you all think? 

Are the hermits right to sever all ties with the Church and Pope Francis? 

My current thinking, and its subject to change on this matter, is that Pope Francis will one day be declared an anti-pope and all he said and did will be washed away, leaving the Church and Her teachings as they always were. Now my hope and prayers are that Pope Francis will accept correction in his many errors, repent and one day be a decent pope. It could happen and I am praying for it to happen. But if it doesn't, I believe he will in the future be declared an anti-pope.

Now I want to hear from all of you.

What do you think of what the hermits did? 

Was the Church right in excommunicating them? 

Do you believe the hermits are correct? 

Has the Church become the False Church Emmerich speaks of? 

Let me hear your thoughts. 

Don't hold back, speak out and God bless you all. 



In Christ, 


Julie 



Sources: 

https://twitter.com/ProtecttheFaith/status/1209556382363668484 

http://www.trumpeteer.co.uk/the-declaration/4594595263 

http://www.trumpeteer.co.uk/the-hermits-blog/4594613512 




Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas dear friends! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Holy Christmas filled with great joy! 

God bless each of you. 🙏


In Christ, 

Julie 







Tuesday, December 17, 2019

EWTN Press Release: JRR Tolkien Award

EWTN Original Documentary Receives First Place PrizeSecond Award This Year For ‘J.R.R. Tolkien: An Unexpected Friend’

EWTN’s Original Film “J.R.R. Tolkien – An Unexpected Friend,” a co-production of EWTN and Diego Blanco Albarova, won top honors in the Best Documentary category at the 2019 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in Rome. Accepting the award for EWTN are Anthony Johnson (l) and Alexey Gotovsky (r) from EWTN’s Rome Bureau with English Actor Rupert Wynne-James, one of the Festival judges. The documentary airs on EWTN television at various times throughout the year (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), and can be purchased on a single CD containing both the English and Spanish language versions from EWTN Religious Catalogue at http://bit.ly/ERCHDUF.

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The English language version of the EWTN Original Film “J.R.R. Tolkien – An Unexpected Friend,” a co-production of EWTN and Diego Blanco Albarova, won top honors in the Best Documentary category at the 2019 Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in Rome. The four-day festival was founded in 2010 by Liana Marabini under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

“This award is one of only five given – out of more than 1,500 total entries,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “The Spanish language version of this same EWTN Original Documentary was honored earlier this year with a First Place Gabriel Award by the Catholic Press Association.”

John Elson, Director of EWTN Co-Productions, said this documentary is a journey to the Christian meaning of the “Lord of the Rings.”

“Tolkien, who was a practicing Catholic, hid the Gospel in his most famous story. This documentary answers questions such as: Is this epic fantasy adventure a parable? Do orcs, elves and hobbits hide the precious pearl of the Gospel? What does the ring mean and why is it necessary to destroy it? Who is the enemy?”

The documentary airs on EWTN television at various times throughout the year (www.ewtn.com/channelfinder), and can be purchased on a single CD containing both the English and Spanish language versions from EWTN Religious Catalogue at http://bit.ly/ERCHDUF.

The Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival was launched to honor producers, filmmakers, documentaries, docu-fiction, TV series, short films and programs “that promote universal moral values and positive models.” The competition honors entries in five categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, and the Capax Dei Foundation Special Prize for Evangelization.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 300 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.



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