Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

'a bold package that's 12 years overdue'

That's Franklin Mayor Steve Olson summing up the development plan passed by the Common Council at a contentious special meeting on November 4th. John Rasche reported at Franklin Now.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Youth Ministry Catechesis at ten hours a year

The annual last minute call for catechists was in the bulletin at our parish (St. Alphonsus, Greendale) back on August 31, 2014 (no longer online).
"These classes meet on Sunday evenings one a month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Parish Ministry Center and the Outreach Building. There are only five teaching classes."
Add to one evening session a couple two hour sessions Sunday morning and a couple more in the afternoon, and the whole year of Christian Formation classroom instruction could be done in a day.

To me, that seems like maybe 5-10% of what's needed. On the bright side, there have been past years with as little as six hours.

P.S. The Parish Ministry Center is the former Convent and the Outreach Building the former Rectory.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spring and summer book shopping

I've updated my book list with the textbook and other resource material from classes I attended as Confirmation sponsor for one of my nieces, and with books purchased while in Madison for a meeting, at a church rummage sale in one of our neighboring suburbs, while vacationing on Madeline Island , and during a conference in Huntington, New York.

How to Live, What to Do: Commemorating Wallace Stevens’ Birthday

Thomas G. Sowders posted last year. The 135th anniversary of Stevens' birth is October 2nd.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Those red arrows on the Highway 32 markers

In 100 Years of Gratitude, in The New York Times this past Sunday, Richard Rubin recounts a recent trip to France to search for historic sites from the First World War. A local man took it upon himself to serve as a guide.
"Soon he was telling me about something else and asking, yet again: “Want to see?” We spent nearly five hours together that afternoon, driving across fields and through little villages where this or that had happened in the fall of 1918, until we ended up on a rugged dirt trail atop a wooded ridge. A few yards below on either side were more networks of German trenches, some trailing off to pits that had once held machine-gun emplacements or howitzers. This was the Côte Dame Marie, high ground of paramount strategic importance to the Germans. For four years, they had used it to repel French assaults and thus retain possession of a large chunk of the Argonne Forest, the key to controlling a vast area. Then, in October 1918, the American 32nd Division, National Guard troops from Wisconsin and Michigan, managed to wrest it away from them, at the cost of many American lives.

"My host, Jean-Pierre Brouillon, beckoned me over and gestured down the hill through a section where the trees weren’t too dense so I could see the grade of the slope, which looked to be around 60 degrees. He pointed at the foot of the hill, a few hundred yards below. “They came up from down there, into machine guns, rifles, artillery, everything,” he said, and looked at me with an expression that said: Can you believe that?

" 'The French didn’t drive the Germans out of here,' he declared, visibly moved. 'The English didn’t do it.' He shook his head at the thought of what it must have taken to charge those heights. 'Just the Americans,' he said. 'Only the Americans could do it.'

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No Theatricks

Ferdinand Mount reviews The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke from the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, by David Bromwich, and Moral Imagination: Essays, by David Bromwich, in the London Review of Books

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What Would Jeremiah Do?

Samuel Goldman at The American Conservative on how Jewish history gives today's Christians an alternative to cultural secession. (via University Bookman)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Late summer reading

In the 'From The Desk Of The Parochial Administrator' column by Father Aaron Esch in last Sunday's parish bulletin (St. Alphonsus, Greendale),
"If you are looking to do some spiritual reading this summer, I offer two suggestions. These are both books I’ve read and recently returned to. The first is Fulton J Sheen’s Life of Christ. This is a classic work by the well-known author. It will help you come to know better our Lord and his Gospel. A more recent work that I have been paging through recently is Catholicism by Robert Barron. You may be familiar with his excellent mini-series by the same name. Father Barron lays out the basics of our Faith in a compelling manner."

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ratzinger on a smaller Church

Time for some Resourcement.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki predicts the Future of the Catholic Church to be smaller quantity but higher quality in the blog post adapted from his July 22, 2014 "Love One Another" email.

In turn, a post on it at The Badger Catholic drew an Anonymous comment with a link to a quote from Joseph Ratzinger to the same effect at Fr. Z's Blog.

He links to his source, a quote at the Catholic Education Resource Center from Faith and the Future (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2009) by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Note its original publication was in 1969 when he was Father Joseph Ratzinger.

He did speak to the same effect as a Cardinal in a September 5, 2003 interview by Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's The World Over.

"Raymond: Talk for a moment about the New Springtime. The Pope has talked a great deal about the New Springtime and you, yourself have laid out your own ideas. Your vision is a little different from some. Some see the numbers growing and everybody believing and dancing hand-in-hand (the Cardinal chuckles) into the millennium. You see a different picture. Tell us what that picture involves. How do you see this Springtime evolving?

"Cardinal: As I do not exclude even this dancing hand-in-hand, but this is only one moment. And my idea is that really the springtime of the Church will not say that we will have in a near time buses of conversions, that all peoples of the world will be converted to Catholicism. This is not the way of God. The essential things in history begin always with the small, more convinced communities. So, the Church begins with the 12 Apostles. And even the Church of St. Paul diffused in the Mediterranean are little communities, but this community in itself is the future of the world, because we have the truth and the force of conviction. So, I think also today it should be an error to think now or in 10 years with the new springtime, all people will be Catholic. This is not our future, nor our expectation. But we will have really convinced communities with élan of the faith, no? This is springtime — a new life in very convinced persons with joy of the faith.

"Raymond: But, smaller numbers? In the macro?

"Cardinal: Smaller numbers, I think. But from these small numbers we will have a radiation of joy in the world. And so, it’s an attraction, as it was in the old Church. Even when Constantine made Christianity the public religion, there were a small number of percentage at this time; but it was clear, this is the future. So we can live in the future, just give us a way in a different future. ..."

So there are your links for future reference.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Cruxification of John Allen

Here's the future Crux website.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What happens when they put in a sidewalk

The police blotter in the latest issue of Franklin Now included,
"An unidentified male rang a resident's doorbell in the 7700 block of South 51st Street and stated he could read people, could tell that she was rich, said something about President Obama and then stated that he was done talking to her and left ..."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Going on 40 years plus 40 years in the vocation desert?

In his From The Desk Of The Parochial Administrator column in Sunday's bulletin (page 2) Fr. Esch notes,
"Monday, July 28, is the Annual Seminary Golf Outing. It’s one of two major fundraising events each year that support St. Francis de Sales Seminary."
"The chances are good that a young man studying there right now will serve at St. Alphonsus in the near future. ... Pray for our seminarians, and pray for more vocations to the priesthood."
Maybe even a vocation from St. Al's. If that's ever happened in our parish's 75 years, I've never heard it mentioned.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monstrous (sp?) changes at St. Al's

With Fr. Alan Jurkus's retirement, Father Aaron Esch takes over at our parish (St. Alphonsus, Greendale), though not yet with the title Pastor.

And so his column, June 22, 2014 bulletin, page 2, is "From the Desk of the Parochial Administrator", and includes this.

"if I have any pastoral plan for the future it is this: Pray! Pray! Pray! In particular, it’s a great hope of mine to begin Eucharistic Adoration as soon as possible. In order to do this, we must first purchase a monstrance, since the parish doesn’t own one."
Without getting into specifics, I calculate a monstance today will cost less than half what our parish spent on a Liturgical Consultant for the 2002 building project.

I hear the money was pledged in short order. In his column two weeks later, July 6, 2014 bulletin, page 2, Fr. Esch says,

"The response to the request to raise funds for the purchase of a Monstrance has been tremendous. Thank you! When the Monstrance is purchased, we can organize a period of Eucharistic Adoration, hopefully, at a regular time each week."

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'Hey there, ho there, ya hey hey, stay in Milwaukee and die!'

Those closing lines to the Hey Der Milwaukee Polka came to mind with the news that Archbishop Weakland not moving after all, reported by Maryangela Layman Roman at the Milwaukee Catholic Herald.
"For the second time, Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland’s plans to return East to live in a monastery have fallen through."
Or maybe it's the third time (see this earlier post).

While we have two monasteries here in Franklin, I've never heard that he or they have expressed an interest in having him move here.

UPDATE: Providing another bit of evidence that our clergy don't pay attention to the Catholic Herald, Fr. James Connell on July 1st posted at SNAP Wisconsin An Open Communication to Archbishop Rembert Weakland, O.S.B. protesting some local priests' planned July 17th farewell luncheon.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Should Hartford Buy Wallace Stevens' House?

An editorial in the The Hartford Courant noted his longtime home at 118 Westerly Terrace is on the market.
"Hartford should pay tribute to its leading literary lights such as Mr. Stevens. ...

"But buy the house?"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

West Milwaukee manufacturer plans move to Franklin

Tom Daykin reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"Galland Henning Nopak Inc., which makes hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and metal scrap baling equipment, plans to move to a 50,000-square-foot building at 10179 S. 57th St., in the Franklin Industrial Park, according to a city report.
"Galland Henning Nopak is seeking a special use permit, which the Forward Franklin Economic Development Committee is to discuss at its Monday night meeting. A Plan Commission hearing on the permit application is set for July 3."

The police blotter in Franklin Now included an op-op-ed.

"A resident in the 7700 block of West Maple Ridge Court reported someone took their flag off their flag pole, folded it and placed it on their porch at about 9:45 a.m. June 14. The resident stated this was the second time someone removed their flag, supposedly in response to an opinion article/letter her husband placed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."