Archive for September 2011

Men’s Conference — October 29th

September 25, 2011

The Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship is sponsoring a Catholic Men’s Conference to be held on October 29th at St Joseph’s Oblates Seminary in Laflin, PA.  Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and light refreshments will be served. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available, and the day will conclude with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Most Reverend John M. Dougherty, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Scranton serving as principal celebrant.

The keynote address will be given by Brian J. Gail, Catholic author, Knight of the Immaculate, and highly sought-after speaker on matters of faith and family. Mr. Gail is a former college and semi-pro athlete, Madison Avenue ad man, Fortune 500 senior executive, entrepreneur and CEO.  He has served on boards of non-profit corporations assisting the underprivileged in his hometown of Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and benefactor of three Catholic classical academies educating children in the Philadelphia area, and he has been a benefactor St Charles Borromeo Seminary. Brian is also a husband, father of seven, and grandfather of five. He and his wife of 40 years, Joan M. Gail, live in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Gail is the author of a three-book series of Catholic fiction entitled “The American Tragedy in Trilogy.” The individual novels are titled “Fatherless”, “Motherless” and “Childless”. The two former novels are international best sellers. The latter novel is being released November 2, 2011. The novels tell the story of a parish priest and three Catholic families who are parishioners of the fictional St Martha’s parish in a suburb of Philadelphia during the period 1980 through 2020. The recurring theme in the novels is the challenge faced by American Catholics to reconcile their pursuit of the American Dream with the Church’s universal call to holiness.

Brian Gail said he wrote the novels as a way to instruct his children and the next generation of American Catholics the truth about God’s plan for life and love and the moral consequences of trading the Divine Plan for our own. Through the lives of his characters he shows how most members of his generation (the Baby Boomers) pursued the American Dream to the exclusion of the Church’s call to holiness.  Thus the result is the American Tragedy apparent in the headlines of our day.

The registration fee for the conference is $15.00 if received by October 22nd. The fee increases to $20 thereafter. $5.00 of each registration fee will be donated to Mother Teresa’s Haven for homeless men operated by the Diocese of Scranton.  Clergy and seminarians can attend free of charge but still need to register.  For further information go to  or call 570-362-0417.  Printable flyer with registration form here.

Addicted? Want an intercessor?

September 25, 2011

Jim Manney shares the story of an unlikely saint.

Men’s Breakfast — September 24th

September 5, 2011

The Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship will sponsor a Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, September 24th at Our Lady of Sorrows Hall (St Monica’s Parish) in West Wyoming.  Fr Eric Bergman will be the featured speaker. The Prayer Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10:00 a.m.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m.  All men are most welcome, and are strongly encouraged to register (it helps with the food count!!) by calling St Monica’s Parish at 693-1991, by sending an email to monicaww [at] verizon [dot] net, or by sending a note with the name, address, and phone of each attendee to:
GOTR Breakfast
St Monica’s Parish
363 W Eighth St
West Wyoming  PA  18644

How to Love — Rap

September 2, 2011

No, really.  You’re gonna love this — a pro life mainstream rap song  (some scenes might be disturbing for young viewers)


Jesus was no ‘Girlie Man’

September 2, 2011

Monsignor Pope over at the Diocese of Washington’s blog laments the exclusively kind and gentle image of Jesus he grew up with in the 1970’s catechesis.  Anyone remember that — I certainly do.  I was presented with a sacharriny sweet portrayal of Christ that was much less about challenging me to sin no more, but more about loving me where I was at.


From his post:

The “Jesus” I was presented with seemed soft and unimpressive compared to them and, teenager that I was, I was unmoved. Who will follow an uncertain trumpet? The basic message of Jesus 1970 was “be nice” but 1970s Catholicism (which Fr. Robert Barron calls “beige Catholicism”) stripped away the clarion call of repentance and trumpet-like command that we take up our cross, that we lose our life in order to save it.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I actually began to study the real Jesus, the one in Scriptures. He was nothing like the thin little williow-wisp of a man I had been taught. He was a vigorous leader, a man among men. Someone who was formidable and commanding of respect. Someone I could look up to.

What follows is a portrait of Jesus Christ that I culled from a few sources and adapted.

Check out what he found


Buen Camino!

September 1, 2011

Apologies if I mis-spelled that.

Saw a preview for what looks to be a great movie coming out:

But while watching that, I also caught the video for the first part of the promotional Bus Tour,  where the faith is on display.  It brought a smile to my face and I thought I’d share: