This is to request the honor of the presence of Christ’s faithful, for a Solemn High Requiem Mass “In Anniversario Defunctorum” in the Traditional Roman Rite, to commemorate the passing into eternity of Paul Andrew Alexander, previously of Milford, Ohio, and the father of yours truly. The Mass is to be held on Wednesday, the 20th of February, at seven o’clock in the evening, at Old Saint Mary’s Church, 123 East Thirteenth Street, in the Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati.

The sacred ministers will be of the Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Cincinnati: Father Laurence Juarez, Celebrant; Father Jon-Paul Pevak, Deacon, and Brother Adrian Hilton, Subdeacon. They will be attended by Mr Ashley Paver as Master of Ceremonies, and the Inferior Ministers of Old Saint Mary’s.

The Propers of the Mass, including the rendition at Communion of Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus,” will be provided by the Latin Mass Community Schola of Cincinnati, under the direction of Mr John Schauble, with Mr Sean Connolly as organist.

Mike-Schwartz-200x220Michael Schwartz, a leader in the pro-life movement, and a tireless advocate for pro-family issues in Washington, fell asleep in the Lord this past Sunday, after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 63. More …

In honor of the fifth anniversary of the implementation of Summorum Pontificum, the following is from the weblog man with black hat:

“If you can’t imagine why you don’t have access to the Traditional Latin Mass in every gosh darn parish in the universe, as of one day after the Pope said you could, or you want to know what has to happen to have one anywhere at all, you should read this.

“Then you should read it again. Slowly.”

Click here.

It is said that when the late Heath Ledger was tapped to play the role of the Joker in the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight, he was cautioned by the man who had done so before … (continued)


… which I admit stealing from those wacky guys at Creative Minority Report. What may be a familiar scene to the gang from Cin City appears at 01:30. Enjoy.


My father passed into eternity on Monday, the 20th of February last, at 9:30 in the evening, surrounded by his immediate family, from complications related to multiple sclerosis. He was eighty-six years of age. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly sixty years, my mother, the former Dorothy Ann Rosselot. He also leaves behind his sons, David and Stephen, and his daughters, Mary and Patricia, as well as eight grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Visitation and a Vigil for the Deceased were held at Evans Funeral Home in Milford, Ohio, on the evening of Friday the 24th, and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on the morning of Saturday, the 25th, at Saint Andrew Church, also in Milford. Internment is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

A tribute to his life — “Dad” — was published at my own weblog on Father’s Day last year. Other relevant works concerning his passing are as follows:

A Year Without Mardi Gras
The Long and Reverent Farewell
Random Thoughts on a Requiem

Donations in memory of the deceased may be sent to Saint Andrew Church, or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Yesterday saw over a hundred thousand people converge on Washington DC, for the annual March for Life. Contrary to any admission by the mainstream media, it is the largest annual protest to occur in the Nation’s capital. It is also one of the least contentious, at least for those who participate.

This writer decided (once again) to stay out of the rain this year, and attend the annual ProLifeCon at the Family Research Council headquarters. This was the seventh annual gathering of pro-life bloggers and social media activists. Among the speakers were Jill Stanek (, Lila Rose (President, LiveAction), Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Collin Raye (country music recording artist and pro-life spokesman), and a host of others. If you have three hours to kill, you can watch a recording of the webcast here, or check the transcript of this writer’s annual “Twitcast” by clicking here.

As we mentioned earlier, the press will attempt to deny that which is right in front of them, but you don’t have to. This last video clip is a time lapse of last year’s March, produced by Air Maria. An hour and a half is condensed into one minute. Do the head count for yourself, and decide for yourself.

By the way, it rained in DC for most of the day THIS year. That didn’t seem to keep people away.