Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Book About the Altar

Here’s an excellent, informative book about the altar:

The Liturgical Altar, by Geoffrey Webb

The first edition of this book was published in 1933, the second in 1939. The title page also gives a date of 1949. The book is in its second printing by Romanitas Press (2010 and 2014).

The “Reprint Preface” on page 1 of the book notes that it is hoped that the book will

…further the understanding – and thereby hopefully the implementation – of the Church’s symbolism, prescriptions, traditions and liturgical spirit in regards to the correct building, vesting and decorating of the center of Catholic life: the altar.
This book is also valuable in resenting ideas for how to erect a decorous altar that fulfills all of the Church’s liturgical laws, while not exhausting the parish coffers. Accordingly, the tongue-in-cheek subtitle of this book could easily be: How to Attain a Proper Altar, Cheaply.

The book has a wealth of information about the history of the Catholic altar, though the illustrations are regrettably few and far between (understandably, though, given the original date of publication).
We will be examining more of the contents of the book on later posts.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Children's Book: The Enchanted Rainbow

Newly released: a very sweet children's book! It was written by Russ Voris, father of Michael Voris of "The Vortex", and was illustrated by a young teenager. A recent episode of the Vortex gives the background and info on ordering

Please click on the link and watch the video! And if you have young children in your life, order them a copy!

The Vortex—Rainbow Fairies 

Here are two photos of the interior:


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Homeschool Family Camp with EF Mass

Over the Pentecost weekend, a Family Camp was sponsored by a homeschool group at the Diocesan Retreat Center.  The camp activities included a low Mass in the extraordinary form celebrated by Fr. Andrew Szymakowski.  

Visit "A Shower of Roses" blog for a nice summary of the festivities and some great photos.

Here are some of the photos of the Mass, courtesy of A Shower of Roses:

Monday, June 1, 2015

"Creed 101" Project

 Creed 101” is a series of You Tube videos about our Catholic faith. The videos are each about 101 seconds long – just a minute and a half or so – and each tackles a question about the faith. We’ve seen these videos pop up on Face Book; all of the videos are available at the Creed 101 website.

Face Book users can “like” the Creed101 page in order to see the videos. It is also possible to sign up to receive the videos by email by visiting this page; new subscribers will receive this email:

Welcome - Thank you for signing up for Creed 101!

Purpose:  Creed101 is a video series that answers questions about the Catholic Faith — all in 101 seconds or less.

Inspiration:  Our creed is our faith or set of beliefs. But too few among us actually understand it and are prepared to defend it. So we set out to eliminate some of the hard work for our viewers and headed straight to a trustworthy source on the faith. The series features priests from the Portland Archdiocese who speak on their favorite topics or areas of interest.

How it works: Every week on Monday at 1:01 pm EST we will release a new episode via Email, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Who it is for:  YOU! This series is meant for you, and we couldn't do it without you. Which means we want your active participation throughout this journey.

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