Author Archives: Father Jerabek

Ecce, Sacerdos Magnus

A great priest passed from this life mid-afternoon today, November 29, 2018, here in Birmingham, Alabama: Fr. Lambert Greenan, O.P., age 101 upon death and having been a priest on this earth for 78 years. Fr. Lambert, né Lawrence, was … Continue reading

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A Prayer before Preaching

The task of preparing to preach is a serious one, upon which depends the spiritual good of the people entrusted to the preacher’s care. All priests are challenged to invest time and prayer into their preaching, carefully preparing what they … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings for the Popes, Current and Emeritus

I posted a couple of years about how to send Christmas greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; those posts have always been very popular. I’m happy to share this information again, in case you want to include … Continue reading

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Where should the priest look during Mass?

What is a priest supposed to do with his eyes during the celebration of Mass? The question probably seems trifling and frivolous to many, but the answer to it can greatly affect the experience of those assisting and praying at … Continue reading

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Priest Gifts Compendium 2018

As I mentioned in my last post, this time of year I get a fair number of blog visitors who are searching the internet for “Christmas gifts for priests”. Please note, lest there be any doubt or suspicion: I am … Continue reading

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New Stoles for Sale

If you’ll indulge a moment of “Religious Catalogue”… A friend of mine is a skilled seamstress and has made some beautiful stoles as part of her new business. (There are more coming, this is an initial sample.) As she has … Continue reading

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Visit of the Incorrupt Heart of St. John Vianney

We will soon be blessed here in Birmingham to host the relic of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. The Knights of Columbus are having the relic tour the country from November to May, … Continue reading

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Praying for the Dead – And A Cautionary Tale

Two of the three past/deceased bishops of the Diocese of Birmingham are buried in our courtyard beside the Cathedral of St. Paul. The most recent to be buried there was Bishop David E. Foley, bishop of the diocese from 1994 … Continue reading

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A Meditation on One of the Requiem Chants

Our mid-day Mass for All Souls here at the Cathedral of St. Paul will have a simple musical accompaniment: a chant schola singing the Church’s beautiful requiem propers. In my homily, which I copy below, I reflect on a surprising … Continue reading

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Working on Holy Days of Obligation

There are five [or six] Holy Days of Obligation each year in the United States: Immaculate Conception (December 8), Christmas (December 25), Mary, Mother of God (January 1), Assumption (August 15), and All Saints (November 1). [In a few regions … Continue reading

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Seven Sisters: A Great Gift

An extremely generous and kind parishioner notified me a little while back that she was intending to set up a Seven Sisters Apostolate group to pray for me. Today she sent me the names of those who are praying, the … Continue reading

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Smartphone in Confession?

A couple of years back, I started to notice an uncanny occurrence: often things that I had spoken about (out loud) during the day would suddenly appear in online ads (e.g., on my Facebook). It didn’t take long for me … Continue reading

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