ChurchMilitant.TV: Fatherhood

Finally catching up on some old email and was able to watch this video from Michael Voris on Fatherhood. As a father myself, I know how important it is for fathers to act like men themselves and to treat their wives and children with love and respect while being strong, loving, dependable, and the leader that their family needs. Fatherhood and the family are under attack, so we must do all we can as fathers to model our lives after St. Joseph and be the men we are called to be!

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Parish Road Trip: St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan

Had a great day last Saturday learning chant at a workshop put on by Juventutem Michigan. The workshop was held at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan. After the daylong workshop we sang at Mass on Saturday night using some of the lessons we learned through the day. The church is beautiful inside and out, despite a very small choir loft that was a bit warm! Here are a few photos...

Twitter Talk: Ignatius of Loyola's Basic Question, St. Clare, Photo of the Day, Day of Rest, Two Big Events

Here's what is happening on my Twitter Account - twitter.com/goodsaints...

When making decisions, Ignatius of Loyola says the basic question is: Will this help me get to Heaven or keep me from getting to Heaven? (Note: A good question to ask yourself throughout the day!)
twitter.com/CardinalDolan/status/212919910207205377

Clare of Assisi: still perfect after 700 years. (Note: Retweet of tweet by Linda DeMerle. A nice write-up of St. Clare. If you don't know much about her, take the time to read about her, she is amazing!)
www.catholic-saints-resource-center.com/clare_of_assisi.html

Claire's Photo of the Day: Play-Doh (Note: Finally getting back to posting some of Claire's pictures. We've been so busy with life that I haven't had much of a chance to update the blogs.)
www.goodsaints.com/2012/06/13/claires-photo-of-the-day-play-doh/

Take a Day of Rest! (Note: Pope Benedict said, "traditional family values and Sunday rest were key to escaping the ills of modern society..." So take that time on the Lord's Day to spend with family!)
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/hundreds-thousands-gather-pope-family-mass-111458681.html

Lots of other exciting things on Twitter as well, but wanted to touch base on a couple of big events I've been blessed to be a part of. First, is the priestly ordination of Peter Wigton. Father Peter is from Holy Rosary in Cedar and our parish was very excited for his first Mass on Sunday morning. My family and I were able to attend the ordination and I came away impressed with Father Peter, even more so then I was. We'll keep Father Peter in our prayers and I hope you will too. Second, our parish has opened the St. Padre Pio Perpetual Adoration Chapel in the location of the previous chapel in the old convent. The chapel officially opened on Corpus Christi after the procession. Many people have put in countless hours to make this happen. So if you're in Leelanau County, head on over and spend an our with Our Lord!

It's been a busy start to the summer, but I hope to find some time to post more regularly here. God Bless You and thanks for reading!

Twitter Talk: Lord of the Rings LEGO, Monumental Movie, Life at Pontifical College Josephinum, PhotoScramble, October Baby Movie

Here's what is happening on my Twitter Account - twitter.com/goodsaints...

New Lord of the Rings LEGO Sets are Finally Unveiled! I can't wait and neither can my sons! (Note: Two of my favorites - Lord of the Rings & LEGO - together at last! I'll be honest, I'm pretty excited about this!)
www.geekosystem.com/lord-of-the-rings-lego-sets

Check out the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Monumental (Note: I really can't wait to see this!)
www.monumentalmovie.com

A look into the life of seminarians from the Diocese of Gaylord! (Note: Deacon Peter Wigton writes about life at Pontifical College Josephinum.)
gaylordseminarians.blogspot.com/2012/03/hello-from-ohio.html

Online Photo Contests | PhotoScramble (Note: This is our newest product, photo contest software, that we just launched in Beta. Check it out!)
beta.photoscramble.com

"Every Life is Beautiful" (Note: Another movie on my must see list. Watch the trailer and you'll know what I mean! Also while checking out info about this movie, found this site - everylifeisbeautiful.com, some great stories of life!)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_9l7lEe-AA

Twitter Talk: Traverse City Cloistered Carmelites, Catholic Family Resource, Conscience Protection, Kristi Hofferber's Incredible Story, Bishops Tougher Response

Here's what is happening on my Twitter Account - twitter.com/goodsaints...

Letter of Appeal from Bishop Hebda for the Cloistered Carmelites (Note: some great pictures of possible changes to the chapel!)
http://kankakeelatinmass.altaredesign.com/2012/02/13/letter-of-appeal-from-bishop-hebda-for-the-cloistered-carmelites/

Looks like a great resource for Catholic Families!
www.k4j.org

Conscience Protection - Bishops Vow to Fight Coercive HHS Mandate (Note: Information on what is happening with the HHS Mandate and how we as Catholics can help stop it!)
www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/index.cfm

Conceived in incestuous rape, but 'not defined by my DNA': Kristi Hofferber's incredible story (Note: It is an incredible story!)
www.lifesitenews.com/news/conceived-in-incestuous-rape-but-not-defined-by-my-dna-kristi-hofferbers-in

In Depth Analysis : The bishops' tougher response to the Obama 'compromise' mandate (Note: Support our Bishops!)
www.catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?ID=523

Twitter Talk: Forty Hour Devotion, Catholic Flash Mob, Marriage, Holy Souls in Purgatory, Holy Rosary Books & Gifts

Here's what is happening on the Good Saints Twitter Account - twitter.com/goodsaints...

Forty Hour Devotions for our Diocese Anniversary! (Note: December 6-8 at St. Francis in Traverse City, click the link below for the schedule)
www.dioceseofgaylord.org/inside/40-hour-devotions-646/

Check this video out -- Lift the City - a Catholic Eucharistic flash mob (Note: Pretty cool!)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ5aYoSr3Hg

Topic 25: Marriage (Note: This is very well done!)
www.opusdei.us/art.php?p=46194

Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
www.jimmyakin.org/2011/12/praying-for-the-holy-souls-in-purgatory.html

Grand Opening of Holy Rosary Books & Gifts tonight! My wife even won a door prize! A great new Catholic Bookstore in Northern Michigan! (Note: I'll be posting more about this soon, here and at the Holy Rosary Website)

Twitter Talk: Young People and Gay Marriage, Fatherhood, First Friday, Bishop to Rome, What is a Saint?

Here's what is happening on the Good Saints Twitter Account - twitter.com/goodsaints...

Young people and gay marriage - article by Christopher Stefanick
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=1909

The Challenges of Modern Fatherhood - article by Randy Hain
http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2011/11/hain-the-challenges-of-modern-fatherhood/

Locations and Schedule of First Friday Devotions for November 4, 2011 (Note: missed the morning masses, but some evening masses do take place including Mass at Holy Rosary at 7:30 PM)
http://www.dioceseofgaylord.org/inside/schedule-of-devotions-633/

Bishop Hebda and 50 parishioners and friends are off to Rome! (Note: Wow, how fun would that be!)
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=133956986708887&id=187759991237503

What is a Saint? - article by Peter Kreeft
http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0004.html

Latest from Twitter: Year of Faith, Protestant Communion, Father battling cancer, 5 most pathetic words, St. Luke

Here's what is happening on the Good Saints Twitter Account - twitter.com/goodsaints...

Year of Faith!
http://www.zenit.org/article-33679?l=english#.Tp3MNw1NGpk.facebook

US Catholic promotes reception of Protestant “communion”? Fr Z really rants.
http://wdtprs.com/blog/2011/10/us-catholic-promotes-reception-of-protestant-communion-fr-z-really-rants/

Father battling cancer sees his 14 children as ‘incredible gift’
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/father-battling-cancer-sees-his-14-children-as-incredible-gift

The 5 most pathetic words: "I am a pro-choice Catholic" --->
http://patrickmadrid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/The-Five-Most-Pathetic-Words.pdf

St. Luke, Pray for Us!
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=76

Pope names Msgr. Bernard Hebda as next Bishop of Diocese of Gaylord

Photo courtesy of Diocese of GaylordAn official press conference is set for 11:00 AM today, but news is getting out that Pope Benedict XVI has named Reverend Monsignor Bernard A. Hebda as the next bishop in the Diocese of Gaylord. Bishop-elect Hebda was the Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts at the Vatican. Check out some of the links below to learn more about our new bishop!

Read Pope Benedict XVI Names New Bishop at Diocese of Gaylord

Read Pope names new bishop for Diocese of Gaylord at Catholic Diocese of Saginaw Blog

Read Bishop Bernie Goes to Gaylord... and Steel City Becomes "Sevenburgh at Whispers in the Loggia

And couldn't forget a link to his Wikipedia page!

Check back later for info from the press conference!

Update #1: Here's what the Bishop-elect had to say at his introductory press conference...

"I am both humbled and honored by our Holy Father’s decision to appoint me as Bishop Cooney’s successor," said Bishop-elect Hebda. "Never in my wildest dreams have I ever imagined that I would one day be the Bishop of Gaylord. I can remember being fascinated by a display of Bishop Baraga’s deerskin chasuble and having the greatest admiration for him when I read about his ministry at Harbor Springs and Cheboygan and on Beaver Island – but never did I have an inkling that the Lord would one day call me to serve His flock in the northern portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan.

"I am so grateful to Bishop Cooney not only for his kindness to me, but most especially for the way that he has been Christ’s gentle and guiding presence in this local Church over the past twenty years," Bishop-elect Hebda added. "I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue his good work.

"I look forward to getting to know the people of this Diocese – their needs, their strengths, their history, so that we can together strive to continue to make Christ’s presence felt in this portion of His vineyard," Bishop-elect Hebda concluded.

Update #2: Another article from Catholic News Agency.

Photo and quotes courtesy of the Diocese of Gaylord

Catching Up

My wife was in the hospital for two weeks and is now home recovering and is slowly getting better. I'm very grateful that she is home and also for all the prayers and support we've received from numerous friends and family. God Bless all of you! The kids are doing great and are happy to have their Mom back home!

Needless to say I haven't had much time for posting or even giving much attention to some of my extra-curricular activities. Between feeding the baby, going to work and making sure my wife and children are taken care of, it doesn't leave much time for me, and the funny thing is, I couldn't be happier. It's hard to explain, but being a husband and father is so much more than I ever thought it would be, that even my regular "daily duties" are enjoyable. Now sure I have a bad day like everyone else, but it still can't stop me from wanting to play with the kids, go for walks with the family, play a game with my wife, go to Mass, or simply sit together as a family and say our prayers before the kid's go to bed. I know, I know, you're thinking "yeah, right", but this is honestly the way I feel. And I thank God everyday for what he's given me!

I've been thinking lately about how God challenges us and boy, you just don't see things coming sometimes. It all just seems to work itself out over time, then a new challenge awaits. Isn't God great?

My Journey to the Permanent Diaconate

Welcome to GoodSaints, the online home for my experiences studying for admission into the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Gaylord.

There is one catch - the program is not currently active - however by the time I finish my studies I hope it will be. If not, I will have learned more about my faith and hopefully grown closer to Jesus, both good enough reasons to forge ahead in my opinion.

Favorite Prayers to St. JosephOne of my favorite books is Favorite Prayers to St. Joseph, available from Our Lady of the Rosary Library. I know I wouldn't be where I am right now without St. Joseph's intercession and guidance in regards to my faith and family. This is one I try to pray daily...

PRAYER FOR A LIVELY FAITH
O HAPPY, blissful St. Joseph, heir of the faith of all the Patriarchs, vouchsafe to obtain for me this beautiful and precious virtue. Increase in me a lively faith, the foundation of all sanctity, that faith without which no one can be pleasing to God.

Obtain for me that faith which triumps over all temptations of the world and conquers human respect, which can be shaken by nothing, and which is directed solely toward God. Cause me, after thine example, to live by faith, to subject my heart and understanding to God, that one day I may behold in Heaven what I now firmly believe on earth. Amen.

I wish you welcome and if you have any advice or stories feel free to post them in the comments. Thanks for visiting.