Category Archives: Culture

Christ the Zumba Instructor in Rome

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Our Lord has a part time job at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.
Bet you didn’t know our Messiah moonlights.
Photo courtesy of and copyright (C) of Nathaniel Peters, an acquaintance.
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Father Andrew Greeley, RIP

Andrew Greeley.jpgThe famed Chicago priest, sociologist and novelist Father Andrew Greeley died on Thursday. He was 85 and in poor health since 2008. He died in his sleep.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Noon, at Christ the King Church, 9325 South Hamilton Avenue.
Father Andrew Greeley was a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 59 years. He assisted as priest on Chicago’s south side.
With so many personal and professional accomplishments, Andrew Greeley’s identity was that of a priest.
Peter Steinfels’ NY Times obit for Greeley is worth a good read even if you disagree with Greeley’s critical remarks about the Church. Steinfels brings out some interesting points about Father Greeley and the context in which he existed.
His autobiography is Confessions of a Parish Priest.
The Chicago Archdiocese published this obit for Greeley.
NBC Chicago 5 has a remembrance.
Mary, Queen and Mother of priests, pray for us.
Saint Andrew, brother of the Lord, pray for us.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.

Learning Latin is still possible, and encouraged

Reg Foster.jpegThe Latin language is far from being extinct even though you only hear it at times in Church. Our common experience today at Mass prayed in the Ordinary Forum is often in the language of the people. The official language of the Catholic Church, however, remains Latin: the texts of the church, the texts of the pope, and importantly, in the prayer of the Church. Fear not. The “house” language today, the daily work of the curia is Italian. It is possible that at some point English will replace Italian.

The Carmelite friar Father Reginald Foster is the renown contemporary father of the Latin language. He spent several decades in Rome working, teaching and writing in Latin. Now he’s retired from active teaching but he keeps his hands in the field by consulting, developing teaching materials, writing and attending some initiatives. One of his works is Corpus Latinitatis.
A recent Reuters article brings to life in a brief fashion the influence of Father Reg in “Spreading the word that Latin lives…”
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A future Roman Pontiff?

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God bless this young person. He wants to lead God’s pilgrim people at a tender age!

John Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall

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John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” is being performed by several choirs at the famous Carnegie Hall.

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC

Tickets: $15! (Reg. $55)

The invite with special codes for the discount: Rutter’s Mass of the Children.pdf

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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