When the AOC makes a wise decision we should acknowledge it.


Here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis the buses went. The bus from the local parish (along with many others) got stuck for nearly 24 hours on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

I have been to the march 8 times but haven’t been in a few years. Last year our archdiocese made some rule changes about chaperons that I disagreed with so I and my family won’t be going with them unless it gets fixed.

I’ve seen many praises for the people that “braved” the elements and participated this year. Good for them. Bad for the people in charge that never should have allowed them to be there.

I have two sons at Christendom college just 60 miles west of Washington. Christendom shuts down school for the day and sends all the students on buses to the march. Not this year. They prudently canceled. I am thankful.

While browsing the website of the Cincinnati public library I came across a gem, the autobiography of Father Francis Finn. I ordered it into the Harrison branch and picked it up last week.

Many people know Father Finn from the childrens books he wrote. The Tom Playfair series were his most famous. He wrote many others including several set in Cincinnati in and around St. Xavier parish on Sycamore St. downtown.

He states “…I was, in 1901, put in charge of St. Xavier School, a position which I have held for twenty-seven years.”

Father Finn makes a statement early on in the book that sums up a feeling that my wife had instinctively from the time our children were very young and which I have, over the years, come wholeheartedly to agree with.

“Came a day, as movie writers would have it, when I learned to read. Along with this new gift came a period of sickness, and I buried myself in what books I could get. My beloved nurse Connie fell dangerously ill at this time. Having made her peace with God and convinced she was no longer for this world, she disposed of many of her belongings. To me she gave five or six books, among them “Fabiola,” by Cardinal Wiseman, “Scalp Hunters,” by Marion Leeds, and “Rosemary,” by Huntington.
Connie recovered, but I kept the books; and with reading “Fabiola” came a new period in my life. The beautiful story of those early Christian Martyrs had a profound influence on my life. Religion began to mean something to me. Since, the day of reading “Fabiola,” I have carried the conviction that one of the greatest things in the world is to get the right book into the hands of the right boy or girl. No one can indulge in reading to any extent without being largely influenced for better or for worse. Only yesterday, just before I took up these recollections, word came to me that a brilliant young man, an outstanding student of our college in Cincinnati, had lost the faith. I was more shocked than astonished. I had known the boy well and thought much of him. But I had also known that even in his callow youth he had read books against the faith, books dangerous to morals, and books of every kind provided they had some claims to literary merit. In a word, he had browsed without discriminating between the good and the poisonous. The result was as might have been expected.”

I would think in this day and age we could add movies, TV shows, music, video games and social media to the things we need to discriminate.

P.S. Another interesting tidbit of this is that Xavier students were losing their faith long before Father Overberg showed up on campus.

The old saying “Money talks and BS walks” is coming true. After donations nose dived the idea of building a new church went out the window. A new school building also seems far in the future.

I post this so others that may be facing a similar situation of losing a beloved parish or church building can see that by stopping the money flow and holding firm the arch/bishop will be forced to compromise.

All Saints Parish structure seen as ‘unique concept’

It has been nearly two years since the closing of some Catholic parishes in the Batesville Deanery, including four in north Dearborn County.

The action by Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis brought forth a range of reactions as parishioners looked to the future. And for the four North Dearborn parishes, the future appears to be different from what had been planned since all buildings remain open, but under one mantle — All Saints Parish.

“This is a bold and daring concept, but one that the new parish of All Saints is embracing quite fervently,” Fr. Jonathan Meyer, who became pastor of the four parishes, told The Beacon. “This is a dramatic shift from where some of the parishioners were, just a year ago.”

Our Pastor made an interesting observation today in his homily.

The old “Christmas Proclamation” that is part of the morning liturgy of the hours states in Latin, “A nativitate Abrahae, anno bis millesimo quintodecimo.”

Translation: From the birth of Abraham, the year two thousand and fifteen

We are now as far removed, time wise, for Jesus as Abraham was.

He went on to say that it’s probably off by a couple of years.


One of AOCs scandalous priests has died.


God have mercy on his soul.


Pictures from the Corpus Christi procession at Sts. Philomena & Cecilia in Brookville.


Mass First


Heading out. Shot of the ombrilino.


Down the hill.


Then back up to the north facing altar.


First station, the north facing altar. Directed at the pagans of the Ft. Wayne diocese. This is in the back side of the rectory garage.


Guns are loaded and ready. Three shots at the blessing with the monstrance.


Back down. Oh No! The canopy comes apart! Keep calm and carry on.


Into the cemetery and the south facing altar.


South facing altar. Meanwhile a team of engineers works on the canopy.


Two misfires in the cemetery. Maybe it was he flowers attached to the ends. Keep calm and carry on.


On to the west facing altar. Canopy back in action.


West facing altar.


Back inside to the east facing altar and final Benediction.

This marks the end of high mass season. Low masses until the fall and cooler weather when the choir can get back into the loft and not melt.








Most of you have probably heard about the murder of a young FSSP priest, Father Kenneth Walker  in Phoenix.

There will be a sung Requiem high mass for the repose of his soul Monday evening at Sts. Philomena & Cecilia in Oak Forest Indiana.

Mass time 7:00 P.M.

The address is 16194 St. Mary’s Road Brookville, IN 47012.

If you have never been to a Latin Requiem mass, it is something you should witness. It is something you will never forget. It is something that brings one’s heart and mind together to realize higher things than what we witness on this earth.