Author Archives: Father Jerabek

Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May

Just a little show-and-tell: our new statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in the church sanctuary for the month of May. Bishop Baker is promoting the image of Our Lady of Fatima for the Marian year he proclaimed for our … Continue reading

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A Heart for Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph has worked great miracles in my parish, starting with a major (and urgent) exterior renovation that was completed in the past couple of years – and many other things besides. In recent months I’ve been reflecting upon how … Continue reading

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Thank You

A kind reader sent me two books from my Amazon wish list. Amazon did not include any slip of paper saying who sent them! Thank you, whoever you are! Know of my prayers.

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We Need To Use Prayer Books

I had an interesting insight tonight while praying with a wonderful group of men and boys that meets at my parish. As the meeting began we all knelt down to say an opening prayer from their prayer book. Facing the … Continue reading

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Communion in the Hand – A Greater Responsibility

This past Saturday I was instructing our new converts on how to receive Holy Communion. And as I was speaking about the practice of communion in the hand — which the Church permits — the words “a greater responsibility” came … Continue reading

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Altar of Repose

This year I had a traditional altar of repose set up in my parish, the Cathedral of St. Paul. A local carpenter constructed the backdrop and shelf assembly that was erected in front of our statue of the Blessed Mother, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Reading

I’ve just started reading Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence – a spiritual classic. This is clearly an important book. I’ve gotten more out of just the first few pages than I have out of entire books before. How is it that it … Continue reading

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Praying to St. Joseph for Priests

Another Solemnity of St. Joseph is upon us — normally celebrated today, but transferred to Monday the 20th this year because of today’s being a Sunday. Devotion to St. Joseph has been growing in the Church over the last century. … Continue reading

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First Blessings and Masses of New Priests

There is an urban legend out there to the effect that there is a plenary indulgence available to anyone who receives a “first blessing” from a new priest within a year of his ordination. This is false. No such indulgence is … Continue reading

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Some Old Mass Spirituality

The other day I was chatting with a priest who also celebrates both the older and newer forms of the Roman Rite. Most priests with experience in both will readily admit that their learning of the older form greatly enriched … Continue reading

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Eucharistic Congresses

For those who have ever been to a Eucharistic Congress: What are some of the things that you thought were successful and made it a beautiful and holy event? What are some of the things that you thought were unsuccessful … Continue reading

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Baptism by Beer?

In preparing a handout for RCIA, I am brushing up on the matter and form of each sacrament.  With baptism in particular, many questions can arise about the matter of the sacrament. Can we baptize with beer – in a … Continue reading

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