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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Death of Fr. Andrew Apostoli

EWTN Chairman & CEO on Loss of Fr. Andrew Apostoli

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –  Statement from EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw: “All of us at EWTN are saddened by the loss of our dear friend Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR. Father Andrew was a constant presence on the Network for nearly twenty-five years, particularly as the host of “Sunday Night Prime” for the past five years. We always looked forward to his many visits to Irondale to produce programs. He was such a kind and holy man who always brought joy to the EWTN Family and who was a constant witness to the Franciscan spirit. We will certainly miss him.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 37th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 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; the largest Catholic website 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.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Death and funerals

Sorry to have been away from my blog for so long. 

After suffering the sudden tragic death of my 20 year old nephew in late September things have been very difficult. 

While the rest of my family and friends cling to "he's with the angels and our Lord now and at peace"...I know what the Catholic Church has always taught about those who die unbaptized and outside the Church. There is little comfort for me in those words. 

While I have Masses said for him and pray for his soul, I can't help but feel my failure. I took time for granted with him, I thought I would have more time to reach him with the Faith. I did not have that time. I have to live with that. It's a horrid lesson to learn, but one now written deeply within my own soul that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. 

This morning I attended another funeral and will be attending yet another funeral Mass this evening. Two in one day. 

Death seems to have a foothold around here lately and all I am doing is going from one funeral to another. 

What doesn't seem to change is that people want so desperately to believe that when a person dies, they are suddenly perfect and worthy of Heaven merely because they died. Didn't matter how they lived their lives, death in its self seems to make a person worthy of Heaven is the theology too many people cling to. 

Who started this nonsensical idea? Must have been the devil himself. 

In Christ and still in mourning, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EWTN: The 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun 

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Friday, Oct. 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the capstone of the Fatima apparitions: the Miracle of the Sun, where the sun appeared to hurtle towards the earth. Even the secular newspapers of the time reported on the phenomenon – although they never would have credited it to Our Lady of Fatima!

Hear Our Lady’s words and watch a recreation of this miracle in the seventh episode of the EWTN series “The Message of Fatima.” Airs 8:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13, and 10 a.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 14.

Another way to celebrate the anniversary is to tune in to EWTN’s many Fatima specials. For a complete listing of dozens of Fatima-related movies, documentaries, and news shows, please go to Some of these programs will be streamed live on Facebook,, so be sure to “like” our page to watch.

Among the devotional highlights will be:

Our Lady of Fatima: International Rosary and Candlelight Procession: Live from Fatima, Portugal. Airs 4:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 12.

Holy Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima: From the Shrine in Portugal. Airs 5 a.m. ET and noon ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
Worldwide Children’s Holy Hour, Candlelight Procession, and Consecration of the United States of America: Live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Airs 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.

Among the special movies, documentaries and news shows will be:

Vaticano: Examine the event that shaped history; explore the city of Fatima, relive the canonization of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and much more. Airs 11 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 12.

Fatima and the Popes: An historical look at the connection between the Fatima apparitions and the Popes. Airs 10:30 a.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.

Fatima - A Message of Hope: A documentary examining the prophetic revelations and the great miracle of Fatima, with insights from leading experts and family members of the three shepherd children. Airs 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.
Queen of Heaven: The Consecration – My Immaculate Heart will Triumph: A look at how Our Lady of Fatima's prophecies about World War II and the rise of the Soviet Union came to pass. Airs 6:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 13.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 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; the largest Catholic website 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. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

EWTN Press Release on HHS Mandate Revisions

EWTN Statement On Today’s HHS Mandate Revisions

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The following is a statement by Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network on the October 6th announcement of revised rules for the HHS Mandate:

“For more than five years, the HHS contraception mandate has forced Americans to violate their deeply held moral and ethical principles, without regard for the Constitution's guarantee of religious liberty. EWTN filed a lawsuit against the government in February 2012, just days after the mandate rules were first published and we have have continued to fight for justice alongside many courageous believers. We are encouraged by today’s announcement. 

“Together with our legal team, we are carefully considering the exemptions announced today and the impact this may have on our legal challenge to the mandate, but we are optimistic that this news will prove to be a step toward victory for the fundamental freedoms of many Americans.  

“I invite Catholics, and all people of faith, to join me in continued prayer for our nation, for its leaders, and for the protection of liberty in the United States, and around the world.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 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; the largest Catholic website 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. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lonely: I pray for someone

I came across two stories on Twitter recently about lonely people. 

The first was about an elderly woman who sat alone in her house for years after much of her friends and family had died. She lived in fear and loneliness, until one day she wrote a letter to a woman that she didn't know who lived on the same street as her. A desperate act to reach out to another human being for companionship, and made a good friend. 

The story was heart breaking. 
Quote (in part): "This past spring, Marleen Brooks, a 37-year-old property manager in the small town of Park Hills, Mo., came home to find a handwritten letter from a 90-year-old woman she had never met.
It was just a few lines:
'Would you consider to become my friend. I’m 90 years old — live alone and all my friends have passed away. I am so lonesome and scared. Please — I pray for some one.'
As Brooks read the letter, her eyes teared up. Her own grandmother, who had raised her, had died alone in hospice, which still bothered her. The letter-writer, Wanda Mills, had left an address — a house across the street and a couple of doors down. “I literally, honestly didn’t know anybody lived there,” said Brooks, who has lived on the street for a year and a half.
The next day, she and a friend brought cupcakes to Mills.
“She was excited that we came over there, and we sat and talked for about an hour,” Brooks recalled. Mills, who has trouble walking and uses oxygen, told her that she hadn’t left her house in seven years and relies on caregivers who come daily. But they weren’t the same as having friends.
Mills had lived in the house for 51 years. Her husband and sister had died, as had one of her sons. Another son lived out of state. It turned out that a third son lived next door but didn’t visit often, she told Brooks.
Loneliness and isolation have been shown to have detrimental effects on health, leaving people more vulnerable to infection, cognitive decline and depression. An AARP survey found more than one third of older Americans to be lonely."
I have always had a great love for the elderly, having grown up with ALL my great-grandparents, grandparents and great aunts and uncles who were all very close. We saw each other weekly for much of my childhood and when that didn't happen, we wrote letters and sent cards. Cards for special occasions and those "just thinking of you" type cards. As the years went by and my elderly family members passed away we found my cards and letters saved in drawers bundled together with elastic bands. They had saved them over the years. I now have those cards and letters and look upon them fondly. I miss having those elderly people in my life and writing those letters and spending time at the store picking out just the right card to send that I thought would put a smile on their face. 

With today's technology of instant email connections and Facebook posts, I wonder how many elderly get any physical "snail mail" that they can hold and save for years in bundles with elastic bands. How many children and grandchildren today spend time at the store picking out just the right card to bring a bit of happiness and joy to an elderly person in their life? Breaks my heart to think the numbers are quite few. 

Today I saw yet another article about lonely people on Twitter. This time it wasn't about just the elderly, but all ages. 

People are watching videos of other people eating while they eat so that they can feel less alone during meals. Another is watching Harry Potter movies because the characters "feel like a family". Another made up an imaginary boyfriend to talk to when she's lonely. 

All this social media instantly available globally and yet people seem lonelier now than ever before. 

I wish these lonely people would think about the elderly. Read that article about Wanda Mills the elderly woman desperate to make a friend. They wouldn't be so lonely if they remembered our elderly and made the smallest effort to reach out to them. 

What a difference every person could make if they reached out to ONE elderly person! 

There are many "senior pen-pal" type organizations out there, the one mentioned in the first article above Pen Pals for Seniors Facebook Page, and Become a Pen-Pal to a Senior to name just two.

Another option is reaching out to a elderly person or couple in your neighborhood. Send them a card for no other reason than to say "hi" and you're thinking of them. 

You can also reach out to a local assisted living community and ask if there are any people there who never get mail and would like to. 

What about the elderly in your parish? 

Perhaps you could start a program getting children in your parish to reach out to the elderly with cards, pictures they draw and letters? 

Take a look around you and really see the elderly in your life, parishes and communities. They are lonely and depressed needing a simple greeting card to make their day and bring them great joy! 

For less than the price of a cup of coffee you could bring happiness to a lonely human being nearing the end of their life living in isolation and loneliness. A simple act of decent human kindness goes a long way.  

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Monday, September 18, 2017

Church Militant under attack for speaking the Truth

What a weekend on social media! 

Fr. James Martin just can't stop playing the victim...he loves the attention it gets him. 

I wrote about this Saturday in my posts: Church Militant is so mean! and Fr. James Martin on men kissing men at Mass

The snowball continued gaining speed on social media as the battled heated up between Church Militant and Fr. James Martin and his groupies. 

For the quick lowdown, check out Michael Voris from Church Militant on his Vortex episode today ... 

Voris: "Holy Cow did social media ever blow up this weekend, involving the heresy-preaching, pro-sodomy priest Fr. James Martin and Church Militant. Late Friday, Church Militant broke the story that the seminary at Catholic University of America had canceled Martin's speaking event at an upcoming event the first weekend of October. That started it. The priest blamed Church Militant, in part, for the cancellation and started whining about it on Twitter. His allies in the Associated Press and other secular media came screaming to his defense. Church Establishment types — like Fox News consultant and Cdl. (Timothy) Dolan mouthpiece Fr. Jonathan Morris — came out of the woodwork, accusing Church Militant of being "demonic," and the rest is history. And all of this since just Friday night. Clearly, Church Militant has kicked the hornet's nest of homosexuality in the clergy." [clipped for length]
Voris continues by throwing down a challenge to Fr. James Martin and Fr. Jonathan Morris and even Cardinal Dolan! 
Voris: "So, since Fr. Martin and his followers think Church Militant is evil and rotten and mean and judgmental, we'd like to extend an official invitation to Fr. Martin to publicly debate his position about homosexuality any time, any place. Surely with the backing of such prominent homosexualist princes of the Church, as well as celebrity priests in love with themselves, judging from their rather unpriestly photos on their Facebook page, the pro-sodomy priest should relish the opportunity to slam Church Militant in person and before a packed house with cameras rolling.
How about it Father? You talk a good game. Let's talk it out in front of God and everyone. You think the Church is wrong like so many other clergy, and we think it's right. A little throwdown should settle this once and for all, right? And for all those deluded followers of his, you should be encouraging your pro-gay hero to take up the challenge."
"Perhaps Cdl. Dolan could even sponsor the debate, and it's perfectly acceptable to us if His Eminence wants to sit in the pro-gay corner. We'd expect nothing less. So, let's have a great big dose of that transparency that so many leaders in the Church never stop rambling on about. Let's dialogue. Stop all the name calling, right? Let's get down to it.
And we are as serious as a heart attack about this because the out front challenge to this homo-heresy has to be done. So come on Father. You know you're dying to. Come on."

For a more detailed lowdown PLEASE watch today's The Download on the issue - totally awesome and free for all to view today! 

The snowball shows zero signs of slowing down. Fr. Martin has called in the troops to once more target Church Militant as "cyber bullies" because they uphold Catholic teaching and call out Catholic clergy who reject Catholic teaching. Go figure! 

LaCroix International: The Worlds Premiere Independent Catholic Daily has come charging into the fray to defend the heretical teachings Fr. Martin promotes and blame "cyber militants" and get this...Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI! 😄

Quote: These cyber militants are not alone. Rather, they are part of the “age of anger” from which the Catholic Church is not immune. These groups and individuals are particularly active and influential in the Catholic Church in the United States. Much of this is the result of more than thirty years of episcopal appointments under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, which recast the US episcopate in the image of the “cultural warrior”.
The bleeding hearts club continues with "the saga" of poor little LBGTQXYZ sodomy promoting priest Fr. Martin plight against these horrible mean cyber "neo-Nazi" 😏bullies...
Quote: "The saga of Fr Martin indicates several important things. First, it shows that these fringe groups are small but not that marginal or unrepresentative of a particular kind of American Catholicism. Just two months ago, critics of the now well-known article by Antonio Spadaro SJ and Marcelo Figueroa in the Vatican-vetted Jesuit-run journal La Civiltà Cattolica said the authors had exaggerated the importance of groups like Church Militant. But the cancellation of Fr Martin’s talks confirms that these groups have power in the Church and can influence important institutional decisions.It is interesting to read the La Civiltà Cattolica article synoptically with its criticisms two months after its publication – that is, after the neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and this latest campaign against Fr James Martin."

HAHAHAHAHA! 😁 Who in their right minds can take these people seriously? These mental midgets are a sandwich short of a picnic! 

The Catholic Church says homosexual relationships can NEVER be supported, yet Fr. James Martin publicly supports them! By his own words he opposes Christ's Holy Catholic Church. 

Who in the Church is calling out these errors? Cardinal Dolan? Nope. 

Pope Francis? Nope. Heck, he promoted him! 

So that it's left to good, decent Catholic people like the folks at Church Militant to point out the obvious. And for that, they are called "cyber bullies" and "fringe" group! 

There are better names for Catholics like this in our Church's history who stood up against heresy and wayward clergy. 

Martyrs and Saints. 

These are the types of people Our Lord will say "Well done, good and faithful servant" to upon their Judgement. 

Those of Fr. James Martin and ilk will be getting a refresher course from the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 7:21-23Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 
21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fr James Martin on men kissing men at Mass

Fr. James Martin: "I always say that LGBT people have more faith than straight people because of that. I mean imagine you, what you have just described is really interesting Brandon. You have internalized rejection already. You don’t even need to be told that you’re rejected in the Church, you’ve internalized it and that’s very sad. A lot of the people that Jesus came into contact with did the same thing. Think of like the woman with the hemorrhage who doesn’t even feel worthy to stand up and greet him, she reaches down and touches the hem of the garment; or the Samaritan women who comes to the well at noon in the heat of the day because, we think, she’s been married five times and she’s probably embarrassed. Maybe people didn’t know enough to tell her you’re not welcome to come out at the regular time when the other women come; she comes because she is embarrassed and she kinda internalized that and it’s sad. So I hope in ten years you will be able to kiss your partner or soon to be your husband. Why not? What’s the terrible thing?" 

Fr. James Martin is a disaster. I honestly don't know if my anger at this priest leading people toward Hell is stronger than my pity for him. It used to just be anger I felt for what Fr. James Martin has been doing, but over the last several weeks I have been reading on a single topic: HELL. 

And what is awaiting people, specifically priests in Hell is absolutely TERRIFYING. 

I would love to hear Fr. Martin speak about Hell. I wish to know what his thoughts are on the subject. Who does he think goes to Hell? What does he think Hell will be like for the damned? Does Fr. James Martin worry he might be headed for Hell because he opposes the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality and gay unions? 

I'd honestly like to know. 

He seems to be carefree about his opposition to the Catholic Faith. I fear for his soul. Truly I do. 

"O, how great is the priest!...If he realized what he is, he would die." 
-St. John Vianney-

I can't help but think, how he (and others like him) must break Our Lady's heart, because they are failing so miserably at their primary duty...saving souls for Christ.  
Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.
We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, annointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood.
Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.
We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: Your presence in their hearts, Your holiness in their souls, Your joy in their spirits. And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread.
We pray to You, O Lord, through Mary the mother of all priests, for Your priests and for ours. Amen.
Pray for Fr. James Martin and other priests. Their souls need saving too!

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


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Saints who had visions of Hell:

Church Militant is so mean!

Poor befuddled heretical Fr. James Martin is the victim of those bullies at Church Militant who pointed out his heretical speech and got the wheels turning for numerous speaking engagements to be terminated. *woohoo* 

Fr. James Martin has for years been a cheerleader for gay causes, particularly gay marriage, 
Quote: "Referring to an active homosexual friend in a same-sex marriage, Martin said, "I have a hard time imagining how even the most traditionalist, homophobic, closed-minded Catholic cannot look at my friend and say, 'That is a loving act, and that is a form of love that I don't understand but I have to reverence.'" [Youtube video of Fr. Martin praising his friends gay "marriage" and the need to "reverence" that relationship: ]

...even though the Catholic Church is crystal clear that NO Catholic can EVER support gay unions (no such thing as a gay "marriage" regardless of what society says). 
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, 141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." 142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
While Fr. James Martin supports gay pride parades and tells Catholic they must have "reverence" for gay marriages, Christ's Holy Catholic Church says otherwise. Both cannot be correct. 

Church Militant has pointed out this obvious basic fact on numerous occasions and finally people are demanding their Catholic institutes stop inviting clergy who speak heresy. 

And of course, that has Fr. Martin playing the victim on social media as his ignorant groupies swoon and rage at the injustice of it all! Quick, open up more safe spaces with coloring books, bubbles and puppies, lots and lots of puppies! 

Get out the Kleenex... 

Most of the people commenting seem to be confused Catholics who don't know the Church's teaching on homosexual unions or Catholics who reject Church teaching in favor of following Fr. Martin on his bridge to Hell. 
Like "BroMark"... 

But then you get others like Amy Athene who from her Twitter page appears to be indicating she is of the Jewish faith...

...yet she says this... 

This poor creature is completely backwards. What "church" is heeding "extreme hate"? And where does she get the idea that Church Militant pointing out the Teachings of Christ's Holy Catholic Church constitute any sort of "hate" at all? The catechism says what it says, either you believe it or you don't. Church Militant happens to believe the Teachings of the Catholic Church, and this woman (among others) labels them the "extreme" haters for it. While we've got Fr. James Martin rejecting Christ's Holy Catholic Church's teaching (#2357) that clearly states we can NEVER support homosexual unions in favor of telling people he has "reverence" for gay unions. 

The hatred is not coming from Church Militant for speaking the authentic truth of the Catholic Faith. Rather, the hatred is coming from Fr. James Martin who is speaking with the serpent's tongue leading people out of the Truth and along his bridge to Hell. 

In Christ, 

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

My previous posts on Fr. James Martin: 


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