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Visitation of Our Lady

Young Adult Get-Together

This summer, we are hosting a young adult get-together. We hope to draw Traditional Catholics from across the country. Visit our event website for more information.
YAG Cincinnati Website
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The blessing of the bonfire on the Vigil of St. John
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Daily Sermons
June 8 – Bp. Dolan – Masses of Long Lessons
June 15 – Fr. Nkamuke – Corpus Christi
June 16 – Bp. Dolan – A Contrast Between Heat & Cold
June 23 – Fr. McGuire – The Mercy of the Sacred Heart Towards Sinners
June 30 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Peter & St. Paul’s Love to the Sacred Heart
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✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
Last weekend we had a wonderful parish feast of the Sacred Heart. Prayers were again answered, and all of the fervent preparations we made favored by Divine Providence. Rain came or left as required. Kings Island was rained out, which gave us an organist, but we were spared the worst of it, which made for a pleasant parish cookout after Mass. The brats were especially savory, the pot-luck part very lucky, and a nice crowd enjoyed it all. The Mass was very well sung by our Legacy Choir, whose traditional Friday night voices were amplified by eager volunteers who helped revive the be-loved Convent Mass of our early years.

The Solemn Mass concluded with the customary Benediction and Act of Reparation. After supper, Fr. Cekada had prepared three of his customary literary/humorous offerings, presented with the enthusiastic assistance of some of our talented school boys. Meanwhile, Mark had fired up a fine bonfire. We went out to sing to St. John the Baptist, whose symbol it is, dry shod and under clear cool skies. The rain stopped! After the blessing we prayed the Rosary and visited and roasted marshmallows. What a fine evening!

Sacred Heart Sunday dawned cool and bright, really a perfect Summer Sunday in every way. Our visiting missionary favored us with an excellent sermon and offered the High Mass, well sung by yet another of our choirs, the Summer Choir of our faithful, as is our custom.

Early Monday morning I left for Fr. Ercoli’s church in Seattle. When I arrived, I was happy to greet some priests I hadn’t seen in awhile, including Fr. Palma and Fr. Larrabee. Then we drove an hour north or so towards Canada, and the little town of Mt. Vernon. That afternoon we began a retreat, whose theme was the Sacred Heart and the Priest. Six priests attended. The setting, a charming old church overlooking the bay, was perfect for silence and recollection. The grounds and garden were perfect for walking, as was the sunny dry weather. The parish ladies were devoted in cooking and serving the meals. I was very impressed with all of the arrangements, and grateful for the efforts made. Thursday evening we had a relaxing priests dinner, with a conversation flowing from English to Spanish to French. It was good to renew ties of friendship with the devoted Fathers.

Saturday I had Confirmations back at the also beautiful little Seattle chapel, and then went on to Spokane, where I met up with Fr. McKenna, and visited with two ailing priests, who I pray are on the road to recovery, Fr. Vaillancourt and Fr. Kasik. Today Mass and Confirmations are scheduled, and tomorrow a very late night return. I’ll be happy to be back.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Fr. Cekada had a fine little celebration for his fortieth anniversary of priestly ordination. Ad multos annos! Fr. Nkamuke had a little visit to the Seminary, and assisted at the diaconal ordination of a French seminarian. God willing he will be a priest for his own land, so much in need, in a year’s time. He wrote me a touching letter that night on how it was to carry God for the first time in the Blessed Sacrament. The Faith is being passed on.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend. Pray for our beautiful country!

– Bishop Dolan