Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary


September 8-15th 2015

Please join us in the festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Activities are as follows:

Tuesday September 8th:

Our Lady’s Birthday
Madonna Holy Rosary Church, 118 Theresa St. Fitchburg

6pm- Living Rosary To sign up to be part of the Living Rosary contact:

Birthday cake and ice cream Joan Conroy (978-343-9278)

Saturday September 12th:

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary Madonna Holy Rosary Church, Fitchburg

  • 10am – 3pm Day Retreat – Fr Leonard ($25 offering)
  • 10am – 4pm
    • Festival in Church Hall
    • Catholic Book Fair
    • WQPH Radio-a-thon
  • 3 – 3:45pm Confession – Fr Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN
  • 4sandrpm Holy Mass – Fr Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN

Sunday September 13th:

Fatima Anniversary

9am HolyMass St Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway W. Medford

10:30am Breakfast Anthony’s, 105 Canal St, Malden

Susan Campbell Trainor (781) 391-7374 for tickets ($25 per person)

Special Guest: Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN

Monday September 14th:

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

St Bernards at St Camillus Church, Fitchburg

Noon Holy Mass with Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN

Luncheon to follow in lower church

Roland & Carol Vallee (978)343-4927 for tickets ($22 per person)

Tuesday September 15th:

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows For lost children

St Joseph Church, 114 High St., Medford


6pm Living Rosary of the Seven Sorrows and Divine Mercy Chaplet

Followed by Mass celebrated by Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN . Contact Sandi Arjune (781) 333-4800

For more information or to volunteer to help

www.prayersforlife.org

info@wqphradio.org

781-218-2834

Intercessory Prayer

  • 9/8/15 Living Rosary: Joan Conroy (978) 343-9278
  • 9/12/15 Day Retreat: Chris Toloczko (508) 856-9416

WQPH Radio-a-thon: Peter Ingemi and Knights of Columbus

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It’s been a rough month in Louisiana. We have lost three law enforcement officers in as many weeks, and just next door in Texas, we lost another one this weekend. All of this on top of the tragic killing of two news reporters on live television last week…enough already!

All lives matter.

The group #blacklivesmatter is exacerbating the problem with their hate speech.  I’m not going to perpetuate it by repeating their garbage, but this group should be called out and cited for hate speech.  Nobody should give them any attention or publicity at all.  Their mission is pure evil.

In the wake of all this, I find myself longing for a leader who can instill calm, common sense, and peace among us.  I had a conversation with a friend this week who is on the opposite end of the political spectrum than I am, but he is reasonable and intelligent.  We agree to disagree on politics. After the murder of the journalists last week, we discussed gun control.  He said, “Perhaps I am on the side that there are too many guns out there and maybe you believe there are not enough.”

Well, no, that’s not what I believe. I’m not sure what the answer is to end all of this anarchy, but I don’t think gun control is the answer; that didn’t work for drugs or for alcohol, and those weren’t protected by the Second Amendment.

In the end, my friend and I did agree that the answer must lie somewhere in the fact that there is no longer respect for human life. We must somehow figure out a way to once again instill a respect for all life: white lives, black lives, unborn lives, lives of those of different religions, income brackets, or neighborhoods.

We must quit hating each other for perceived injustices and find a way to work out our problems without simply killing each other. In the case of the Texas deputy that was killed this weekend, no known motive has been offered except that the man was wearing a uniform.  He was simply filling his patrol car with gasoline when he was approached from behind and shot.

Our president, who has in the past not felt any qualms about speaking out on local law enforcement issues, has been silent on the rash of law enforcement murders and on the growing racial tension in our country. When he has commented, it has only served the purpose of exacerbating the problem. We need a leader to instill calm – to insist that all lives matter.

It’s got to stop.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

 

Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary


September 8-15th 2015

 

Please join us in the festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Activities are as follows:

 

Tuesday September 8th:

Our Lady’s Birthday
Madonna Holy Rosary Church, 118 Theresa St. Fitchburg

6pm- Living Rosary To sign up to be part of the Living Rosary contact:

Birthday cake and ice cream Joan Conroy (978-343-9278)

 

Saturday September 12th:

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary Madonna Holy Rosary Church, Fitchburg

  • 10am – 3pm Day Retreat – Fr Leonard ($25 offering)
  • 10am – 4pm
    • Festival in Church Hall
    • Catholic Book Fair
    • WQPH Radio-a-thon
  • 3 – 3:45pm Confession – Fr Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN
  • 4sandrpm Holy Mass – Fr Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN

     

Sunday September 13th:

Fatima Anniversary

9am HolyMass St Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway W. Medford

10:30am Breakfast Anthony’s, 105 Canal St, Malden

Susan Campbell Trainor (781) 391-7374 for tickets ($25 per person)

Special Guest: Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN

 

Monday September 14th:

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

St Bernards at St Camillus Church, Fitchburg

Noon Holy Mass with Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN

Luncheon to follow in lower church

Roland & Carol Vallee (978)343-4927 for tickets ($22 per person)

 

Tuesday September 15th:

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows For lost children

St Joseph Church, 114 High St., Medford


6pm Living Rosary of the Seven Sorrows and Divine Mercy Chaplet

Followed by Mass celebrated by Fr. Leonard Mary MFVA of EWTN . Contact Sandi Arjune (781) 333-4800

 

For more information or to volunteer to help

www.prayersforlife.org

info@wqphradio.org

781-218-2834

 

Intercessory Prayer

  • 9/8/15 Living Rosary: Joan Conroy (978) 343-9278
  • 9/12/15 Day Retreat: Chris Toloczko (508) 856-9416

 

WQPH Radio-a-thon: Peter Ingemi and Knights of Columbus

A teacher in New Jersey is reinstated after being tardy 110 times. Yawn. Tell me something new.

As library director,I once fired a young man for being insolent. He had dropped in at various Board members’ homes on Easter Sunday to discuss his grievances. One of the Board members insisted he be fired. In any private enterprise in New Jersey, an employee can be fired at any time, for any cause. I know this because I looked it up. I knew there would be repercussions, even as I drafted the letter relieving him of his responsibilities.

Our library did not have a union at that time, but we had Civil Service, which is just as good at assuring any public employee that he had a cast-iron right to his job. And so it turned out. The employee threatened to sue. The municipality settled the case in his favor, giving him everything he had been asking for. They even paid for his lawyer.

There is a procedure for firing an employee who is a civil servant. It involved keeping a log of the person’s misdeeds, oral counseling (in Civil Service lingo, that means talking to him). After that comes written counselling, (writing the person a letter). There was plenty more that had to be done before saying sayonara, but I will spare you the details. Just thinking about it makes me tired.

The amount of work needed to get rid of an employee was phenomenal and took up most of the supervisor’s time for weeks. I also learned that I needed another employee in the room when I did all this counseling, etc, or it would be a case of he said/she said.

Nevertheless I did get rid of two good-for-nothing lazy employees. I did this by writing them endless letters and having sessions of criticism with both of them (separately) in my office, with a witness. I kept track of them like God does when he keeps an eye on a sparrow, only God does not have to issue written reports and memos and have limitless discussions. Nor does God have to have a witness present.

Meanwhile, the supervisor (me) and the witness (someone else) cannot perform any other of our duties because of the time suck involved in showing an employee the door.

How I envy Donald Trump!

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cruz 2 007Yesterday I took a trip to Mike and Mar Mar Rogers house to cover a Ted Cruz House party.

Mike (of Granite Grok) and his wife have hosted many events over the years. Earlier this year I covered Ben Carson’s event but this one was the largest I’d seen, there were several tables of food, multiple tents including one for Granite Grok (which I was allowed to share) and a table at the front to allowed in registered guests.

This was the first time I’d ever seen either police or a security table but the draw here was large and included over 200 people (my count was 215 when the Senator started speaking which explained the 30 pizzas).

I arrived a couple of hours early and recorded parts of my podcast (emailed weekly to subscribers btw) including interviews with skip from Granite Grok, Mary Lotz, Frank Ardinger and others, but held back some space hoping for an interview with the Senator and to includes some audio from the event.

About 10 minutes before the event started Mar Mar invited those who helped with the event to Meet the Senator socially. While I had covered the senator on multiple occasions it was our first meeting socially and I was gratified that he remembered me from various events (The hat and scarf comes in real handy here) after which he came to the back yard to the crowd of 225.

Senator Cruz was preceded by a few speakers including local selectmen and was finally introduced by former NH Speaker Bill O’Neill after which he took the mic

Cruz spoke for about 25 minutes and gave pretty much his standard stump speech, he listed the things he would do on day one as president (revoke regulation, drop Iran deal, investigate planned parenthood and more) and on his long term goals. It was a message of optimism that we would be able to make a difference.

One the speech was done the Q & A came he took questions on the Trade Deficit

On the Iran Deal

On Power plant Closings

and on the Black Community

Unfortunately I violated a primary rule of mine and dug into the excellent spread so it was at this point that nature decided to call, however I had my USB microphone set up and the entire event was recorded in audio (available here)

At this point he sat down for an interview with Granite Grok when it was completed I asked for an interview but deferred when the Senator asked to greet the attendees first.

The sun was setting fast so I moved inside and set myself up in an area with some good light to be ready for him, but his handlers said at this point that they were running late and had no time, fortunately the Senator overruled them and sat down with me for six minutes (which for me is a long one).

You’ll notice the mic next to him, I used the recording from the Mic and a subsequent interview with Mike Rogers on the event for the Podcast.

Cruz continues his march forward slowly gathering support, he is using his money and grass roots support wisely and I suspect when we get to the end of the primary season he will still be standing because of it

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:

“‘We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not cry.’

Luke 7:31-32

Referring back to the last post, Trump Derangement Syndrome rampages on, barely checked by the presently rampaging horrors of newspeople murdered on live television, the ongoing massacres by ISIS, and the looming threat of the Iran nuclear surrender. It is one thing to state that Trump is not the answer; hurling incessant insults at those who support him and clogging social media’s arteries with three hundred and eighty-five variations a day of “TRUMP IS A POOPYHEAD AND SO ARE HIS MINIONS!” seemingly never gets old for those who choose blithe ignorance or endless excuses for Congress’ either caving or being inactive in regard to most every major issue conservatives hold dear – the economy, national debt, illegal immigration, governmental invasion of privacy and violation of rights motivated by political opposition, defunding Planned Parenthood, the aforementioned ISIS and Iran nuclear surrender, etc.

It would be productive if Trump bashers were one-tenth of one percent as proactive in detailing solutions to problems as they are, well, bashing. There is no problem with detailing why Trump is a less than ideal candidate, or should not hold the highest office in the land. Make your case; agree to disagree if need be. That said, at some point in the process it becomes necessary to state what, and who, you are for if your words are to carry any weight. Opposition alone is not a strategy any more than hope and change is a policy platform. What do you suggest in lieu of Trump? What do you propose to handle a Congress ostensibly in conservative hands yet routinely either giving in to Obama’s demands or proposing the exact opposite of what they promised in order to ensure conservative support? If we, the unwashed uneducated ill-informed banana slug brained masses own Trump, does the GOP Smart Set own Mitch McConnell and John Boehner?

Where is the shared humanity in the GOP’s desperate effort to purge itself of all things and people Tea Party? Where is the common bond, other than trampled underfoot, between those who wish to be conservative new media leaders and the people they openly deride and despise for having the temerity to support one not approved by the echo chamber’s high rollers? Instead, we see insults, cheap shots, and cries of “if you support Trump unfriend me right now!” Really now.

It is impossible to see the present kerfuffle without flashing back four years to when the conservative new media high rollers mercilessly derided and taunted Sarah Palin supporters when she decided against running. The opposition was pointed and personal against her and her posse. It was also utterly ineffective in accomplishing anything except revealing how many CNMers had zero problem showing their ass in public when it came time to throwing a poorly disguised temper tantrum over how Palin’s popularity revealed their complete impotence in moving public opinion. Now we are seeing the same phenomenon in Trump rolling from strength to strength even as the voices crying against him grow ever more shrill.

The time has come to give this a rest. Conservative new media is in great peril of becoming contemporary political Pharisees. No, I am not comparing Trump to Jesus. I am comparing the reaction to him with the Pharisees’ reaction to Christ when He called them out for demanding of others strict adherence to the letter of the law, namely Mosaic Law, while themselves lapping up adulation and praise for outwardly being living puritanical lights yet inwardly consumed with pride and greed. If there is no respect for others, no acknowledgment of that which binds us together, how can there be leadership when the ones who purport to lead openly despise those they wish to lead?

We have far too much in common to let our opinion of Trump irrevocably divide us. On this truth we must act.

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U of I student union, Urbana
U of I student union, Urbana

By John Ruberry

Once again my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is back in the national spotlight–and not for a good reason.

The state’s flagship university and its corrupt political apparatus are a worthy match for each other.

On Friday the head football coach of the Fighting Illini, the inept Tim Beckman, was fired one week before the team’s season opener after a preliminary outside report confirmed allegations that Beckman forced his student-athletes to play while hurt.

Here’s a unique twist–because Beckman, who was 12-25 in his three years at Illinois, was fired with cause, the athletic department won’t pay for the remaining two years of his contract.

It’s not just football.

This spring an assistant coach of the Illini women’s basketball team, Mike Divilbiss, resigned after charges became public that he and the head coach verbally harassed players and held segregated practices–one for whites and the other for blacks. Divibliss received a payout.

In June a former women’s soccer player for the Illini, Casey Conine, filed a suit claiming that she was cleared to play after suffering a third concussion.

illinois lawyersAt the center of the sports mess is Illinois’ athletic director, Mike Thomas, who hired Beckman in 2011. Thomas announced Beckman’s dismissal at a press conference where he described his department as “a wonderful place full of wonderful people.” Possibly the only reason Thomas still has a job is that the woman who hired him, university chancellor Phyllis Wise, was sort-of fired earlier this month–are you reading this, Hillary Clinton?–after she was caught using a private email service to discuss sensitive and embarrassing U of I matters. Wise’s payout bonus was denied–but she will be working in a different capacity at the university. The second-in-command at Illinois–Provost Ilesanmi Adesida–announced his resignation last week. Yes, he used a personal email service to conduct university business too.

Last year in this space I wrote about the rehiring as of a convicted murderer and a former Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist at Urbana-Champaign, James Kilgore, as an adjunct professor. The SLA controversy was one of the discussion points in those no longer private emails.

Four of the last nine elected Illinois governors have served time in federal prison. Clearly the state’s rotten political apparatus and its premier college deserve each other.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

market basket 008Yesterday we were in need of some groceries so I stopped by the Market Basket down the road from my house, bought what I needed, picked up a bargain or two that was on sale and then left.

That story would normally not be blog or tweet worthy, but the fact is one year ago there was a real question if Market Basket as a company would survive. Even after Arthur T and the workers won the hit the store took combined with the debt needed for the purchase was in question.

So Saturday when I visited I took my camera to see exactly what was going on.

And talked to two employees about the strike and aftermath.

Now a job at a supermarket is not one that’s very exciting but when you are facing the loss of a job or the knowledge that you’re going to be paying more every single week for your food. A boring day at the market becomes something to be appreciated.

Be thankful for boring times, because it’s exciting times when the trouble comes.

You might have caught Hillary Clinton Bashing members of the GOP concerning their positions on abortion.

You can see why Hillary Clinton and the left would have this opinion after all who would support someone who keeps a woman pregnant like this:

Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of “reproductive health”.

or daring to equate the unborn to the born.

When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.


and this

Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”

Or these people who want to deny science

On the other hand, it is troubling that, when some ecological movements defend the integrity of the environment, rightly demanding that certain limits be imposed on scientific research, they sometimes fail to apply those same principles to human life. There is a tendency to justify transgressing all boundaries when experimentation is carried out on living human embryos.

You can’t expect democrats to be nice to republicans who say outrageous things like this.

Except the author of those quotes aren’t a Republican candidate or campaign, the author is Pope Francis, and they are not from any Republican platform or position paper they are from Laudito Si’ the Paper that Hillary loved so much.

This suggestion is evergreen:

The answer and the tactic is such a “gimmie” that I’m almost embarrassed to have to explain it. It’s really simple:

Any Candidate who is asked about Laudato Si’ should instantly say that if they are elected they would immediately finance research on Global warming by diverting funds earmarked for Planned Parenthood, Research using Human Embryos and any international family planning program that the government is funding.

Furthermore the very day the Pope speaks such a bill should be ready to submit on the floor of the house and moved forward to force Democrats in the Senate to filibuster it or if they fear to do so to force the President to either sign it or veto it.

Every time Hillary talks about defending Planned Parenthood as “extreme” she is calling Pope Francis extreme. Every time Hillary and company compare those defending life from conception to natural death to ISIS she is comparing Pope Francis and every Catholic who follows the faith to ISIS. And conservatives should call her any every Democrat out there on it.

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By NVA Patriot

We’re living the Great Revelation; its affects will be no less profound than the 1st Great Awakening of the 1730’s and 1740’s.

Matt 10:26-28, “26) So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27) What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

One of America’s first celebrities, George Whitefield, connected the colonists to God and each other without the then church hierarchy. Benjamin Franklin, in his 50’s at the time, befriended Whitefield and enjoyed a lifelong friendship. Franklin, a printer, the “Drudge” of his time, printed Whitefield’s sermons. Franklin himself was a world renowned celebrity. One can say we were founded and led by celebrities.

The Great Awakening’s laid the foundation of our American character. The 1st Great Awakening fostered the second starting in the early 1800’s through 1830. The 2nd Great Awakening conceived the Abolitionist movement which in 1854 bore the Republican Party, after the Kansas Nebraska Act. This Act, coupled with the Dred Scott decision, created an insurmountable divide between slavery and freedom. The 2nd Great Awakening, ending in the 1830’s led to the end of slavery 30 years later.

Scholars studying the American history we make, will mark the start of the Great Revelation precisely and accurately to 3 October 2005. On that date, President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers as a Justice for the Supreme Court.

The nomination of Ms. Miers came after the resignation of FEMA director Michael Brown, who oversaw FEMA’s failed response to Hurricane Katrina. With the Katrina debacle fresh in the public zeitgeist, citizens delivered a swift, seismic reaction to the revelation of Bush cronyism for the Supreme Court. In less than one month, Miers withdrew. Bush revealed Republicans wanted cronyism, not competence.

One year later, Republicans lost control of the Senate and House. Two years later, Republicans lost the presidency to a leftist radical whose pastor of 20 years was revealed to be a raving, racist anti American lunatic. During the election of 2008, Americans saw the Republics living in Washington DC throw in with progressives and viciously demonize a conservative woman governor, Sarah Palin. People noticed.

President Obama revealed his true colors and governing approach when he told House Republican Whip, Eric Cantor, “Elections have consequences, I won.” People noticed.

Rick Santelli built on the revel, naming the stimulus protest movement the TEA Party. Not long after the stimulus, President Obama pushed through transformative legislation for health insurance against the will of Americans. Eight months later, the American public, observing the revelations of the nature of President Obama and the democrats, reacted giving the largest mid-term landslide election recorded in more than 100 years to the Republican Party.

In the lead up to the 2012 elections, Washington DC Republicans, despite consequential political gains throughout the country, repeatedly failed to fight the disruptive changes of President Obama. Later, Americans watched elites squander hundreds of millions of campaign dollars on failed get out the vote tools, leading to failed campaigns. We saw the cynical, jaded nature of the Republican consultant class and voter disdain.

The Great Revelation is that apt label for our times.

Today, many are looking for leaders and doers. The progressive movement for the first time is fully revealed and in retreat across the country at every level of governance.

Yes they have made gains because of the courts. But, like Dred Scott, each court ‘win’ becomes more pyric.

No single leader can be identified with taking back state and local government. In the less time than president Obama won two elections, the American progressive movement has lost 30 State legislatures, 30 governorships, and thousands of local level elections.

With each revelation, Americans, the moral doers reacted to blows received, with counterpunches. Bush cronyism fell first. Next, ACORN the progressive vote stealing scheme fell. Public sector unions sought to force themselves on all, and got beaten in WI. From union busting in Wisconsin led to Michigan becoming a right to work state. At local levels, individual citizens organize (Oath Keepers), protecting businesses in Ferguson. At a high school in Mississippi, citizens slapped a progressive judge around by singing hymns at a football half-time, despite the Judge ordering no hymns. All of us can throw sand in the progressive gears.

What’s the common feature in the age of Revelation? Each Revelation of Progressive abuse, provokes a counterpunch. The zeitgeist of our age is to acknowledge the revelation, identify the problem and counter it. Momentum shifts continually in this battle for Freedom. In the age of Revelation, the progressive movement is exposed for what it is, tyranny. When Americans identify a tyranny, they awaken. Some faster than others, but once awake – Americans change the world for the better – check the history.