September 30, 2013

St. Jerome

September 30, 2013:  St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor 


  • Zec 8:1-8  "I'm jealous for Zion, will return to Jerusalem, faithful city, holy mountain.  I'll rescue my people, bring old and young back to fill city.  They shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Wordle: Readings 9-30-13
  • Ps 102:16-21, 29, 22-23  "The Lord will build up Zion again, and appear in all his glory."  All shall revere you.  Lord looked down from heaven to hear groaning, release the doomed.  They'll praise the Lord when peoples gather to serve.
  • Lk 9:46-50  Disciples argued who was the greatest.  Jesus took child, said "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, the one who sent me.  The least is greatest....  Whoever is not against you is for you.”

From heaven the Lord looks down/ Nestor (psalm)

Daily reflections
  • Creighton U:  God dwells with us.  Let's value children, protect life.  What's our heart's intention?
  •  How shall we change better to fit the models of the child, and Jesus?
  • Sacred Space

Saint and more


  • "Glass mountain" pin:  holy mountain Jerusalem (1st reading)
  • Eyeball tie pin:  the Lord looked down (psalm)
  • "Children around the world" tie:  "Whoever receives this child" (gospel), Lord viewed earth from heaven (psalm)

  • Bible pin (St. Jerome):  I don't have this $2 item yet ($15 minimum order) but, now that I've discovered it and how to add an item from anywhere to my Amazon wish list, it's there.

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September 29, 2013

September 29

September 29, 2013: 26th Sunday, Ordinary Time 

  • Am 6:1a, 4-7  Woe to the complacent!  They'll be the first to go into exile.
Wordle: Readings 9-29-13
  • Ps 146:7-10  "Praise the Lord, my soul!"  Blessed he who keeps faith, secures justice for the oppressed, feeds the hungry.  Lord reigns forever, sets captives free, gives sight, raises up, loves; thwarts wicked.
  • 1 Tm 6:11-16  Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, gentleness.  Lay hold of eternal life.  Keep the commandment.
  • Lk 16:19-31  Rich man dressed and dined well; poor Lazarus lay at his door.  Both died; angels comforted Lazarus.  Rich:  "Send Lazarus to relieve me."  Abraham:  'Now he's is comforted and you're tormented, and a chasm is between you."  "Send him to warn my brothers."  "Let them heed Moses and prophets.  If they don't, one from the dead won't persuade them."
Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham (gospel gospel :-); Elvis version referring to rich man living well, dying lonely
  • "Electric guitar/bass" tie:  complacent improvising to the music of (oops :-) harp (1st reading)
  • "Scales" pin:  blessed those who secure justice (psalm)
  • "Clock" tie bar:  pursue patience (2nd reading)
  • Purple shirt:  rich man dressed in purple (gospel)

Roamin' report
Now that I'm back to playing at my parish, my own "roamin' Catholic reports" (e.g., 8/189/19/8, 9/15) may be rare, but let's keep the reports alive.  My idea for the site is to encourage "dressing" our life to God's word (more than superficially), and my idea for the "report" is to acknowledge and promote the good in worship and learn from what could be improved.  Please be on the lookout for that and make contributions as comments (any day) and/or as e-mail to me for incorporation into a future post.  I really welcome comments and hope the site can evolve to be more collaborative!  Note too I headed this "Roamin' report" because it doesn't have to be exclusively Catholic.  Thanks again.
The Sunday celebration trumps archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael this year, but feel free to enjoy St. Gregory's famous homily for that feast.
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September 28, 2013

September 28

September 28, 2013: Saturday, 25th week, Ordinary Time 


    Wordle: Readings 9-28-13
  • Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a  Zechariah saw man measuring Jerusalem.  Angel:  “People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country.  Lord comes to dwell among you.  Many shall be his people."

  • Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13  "The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock."  Lord gathers, ransoms Israel. They'll come to Lord’s blessings, make merry.  I'll turn their mourning into joy.

  • Lk 9:43b-45  Jesus:  “Son of Man is to be handed over.”  They didn't understand and were afraid to ask.

Daily reflection/prayer

  • Creighton:  Making my home, where Lord dwells, Lord-friendly, a place to celebrate God and blessings
  •  God's majesty
  • Sacred Space
  • My Heart Christ's Home/ Munger, reflecting on week's "house" readings (I first read this in college, but the readings and Creighton reflection jogged my memory.)

"Ruler" tie bar:  modern version of measuring cord the man Zechariah saw was holding
(1st reading)


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September 27, 2013

Vincent de Paul

September 27, 2013:  St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

  • Hg 2:1-9  Lord to Zerubbabel and Joshua via Haggai:  This house isn't like before.  Take courage, and work!  I'm with you; fear not!  I'll fill house with glory greater than before, give you peace.
    Wordle: Readings 9-27-13
  • Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4  "Hope in God; I will praise him, my savior and my God."  Rescue me, God, my strength.  Send your light and fidelity to lead me.  I'll go in to the altar of God, give you thanks.
  • Lk 9:18-22  Jesus:  “Who do they say I am?”  Disciples:  “John the Baptist, Elijah, or a prophet."  “You?”  Peter:  “God's Anointed.”  "Don't tell.  The Son of Man must suffer, be rejected, killed, and raised.”  [We had Matthew's version of this on August 8.]

"Thus saith the Lord," recitativ from Messiah/ Handel, before aria "But who may abide":  hear them both here or here


  • "Houses" tie:  work on your house! (1st reading)
  • "Peace sign" tie bar:  I'll give you peace (1st reading)
  • "Shooting star" tie pin:  "send your light" (psalm)
  • "People" tie pin:  three from "the crowds" (gospel)
  • "Question mark" tie pin:  Who do they/you say I am?  (gospel)

  • Special thanks to and prayers for the members and ministry of the St. Vincent-founded Congregation of the Mission ("Vincentians") globally and locally and Vincent-cofounded (with St. Louise de Marillac) Daughters of Charity globally and locally, the rest of the "Vincentian family," with special prayers for the poor Vincent loved and served so passionately.

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September 26, 2013

Cosmas and Damian

September 26, 2013:  Thursday, 25th week, Ordinary Time

Saints Cosmas and Damian, physicians, martyrs

    Wordle: Readings 9-26-13
  • Hg 1:1-8  Lord's word through Haggai:  Should you to dwell in your houses while this house lies in ruins?  Consider your ways!  You've sown but brought in little, eaten but not been satisfied, earned wages for holey bag.  Build the house that I may take pleasure in it.

  • Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b  "The Lord takes delight in his people."  Rejoice, exult!  Sing new song of praise to Lord with timbrel, harp, dance.  Lord loves you, adorns with victory.

  • Lk 9:7-9  Herod, perplexed on hearing, “John has been raised,” “Elijah has appeared,” “A prophet has arisen”:  "Who is this?” and kept trying to see him.

King Herod's song, from Jesus Christ Superstar (original, revived) (gospel, freely construed :-)

Calendar resources

To find the day's celebration and readings, I used to use a printed "ordo" (short for Ordo Lectionum Missæ), but once weaned off that, I went to or build an address using a yyyymmdd-formatted date, such as, for today,  URLs like the latter still partially work, but since many of their links no longer do (likely because the "cathcal" domain lapsed), I looked for alternatives and found these:
  • USCCB's "Liturgical calendar" page links to a PDF for the year; the 2013 PDF (free) is 43 pages, spanning the 2013 liturgical year—from Advent 2012 to just before Advent 2013.  Here's today's entry:

(452) references the Lectionary entry for today;
USCCB's "Daily readings" page, to which I link, shows it too.
The PDF's intro identifies the Sunday and weekday cycles (e.g., Year C, Cycle 1), gives the dates for each Liturgy of the Hours volume, and says there are local variations such as patron celebrations and date changes (such as for Ascension Thursday/Sunday).
  • Universalis:  For free you can view a day's info including links to Mass readings, Liturgy of the Hours psalms and prayers, and Saint bio; it's also mobile-friendly.  You can also get the year's calendar (with some local adaptation such as the place of Ascension), add it to your Google calendar, or even get a vCal/iCal/.ics file to load to your Outlook or other calendar.  (Go to Yearly calendar, select your country and calendar, then click at the bottom of the page.)  If you pay about $30, you can also use their apps (Android, Windows, iOS, Mac) on all your compatible devices and keep them updated.  Cheapskate that I am, I like their service (and licensing model) so much that I actually bought it.  If you'd like to use my code, it's 6AF2-K22H-MX8E.  Not really—I respect their work and hope they stay around.  Just use their generous free trials and decide for yourself.  (No, I don't get a commission. :-)
If you use and like any other alternatives, please comment below and/or e-mail me.

"Houses" tie:  build the house (1st reading)

Accordion tie pin:  (psalm, and reminder of the SFPR Regional Congress :-).
(I don't have timbrel, harp, or dance apparel
and expect that the psalmist would approve of singing praise to God
on any instrument, even an accordion. :-)

2nd month highlights

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Second month highlights

Wordle: Readings month 2
Word cloud of combined readings
  • Aug. 26  Alas for you!
  • Aug. 27  St. Monica:  Godspell background/trivia; ornament art substitute
  • Aug. 28  St. Augustine and music, musical, movie
  • Aug. 29  John's beheading:  video censored
  • Aug. 31  Talents:  Use what you got
  • Sept. 2  Labor Day:  mission; 4 songs
  • Sept. 3  Greg:  5 songs including non-Gregorian chant
  • Sept. 4  Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, Cathedral
  • Sept. 5  Pescador, catch people
  • Sept. 6  New wine; fresh skins!  Jubilate Deo +3
  • Sept. 9  Peter Claver:  Weren't Christ's sufferings enough?  Only in God
  • Sept 11 Pacem in terris vs. 9/11 attacks.  Renewal, blessings, and woes.
  • Sept. 12  Paul's ultimate fashion challenge
  • Sept 13  Splinter and plank in eyes; man in mirror
  • Sept 14  Cross, κένωσις:  10 songs; first original recordings
  • Sept 15  Prodigal father, Mercy; Amy Grant, Catechetical Sunday
  • Sept. 16  Centurion's faith; 18th-century oldie
  • Sept. 17  Robert Bellarmine and Pope Francis
  • Sept. 19  First "daily reflection" links
  • Sept. 20  Korean martyrs, small things
  • Sept. 21  St. Matthew:  SFPR Regional Congress, 7 music links
  • Sept. 22  Thank you; Congress pix
  • Sept. 23  Build/sow/reap/shine:  Let your light shine; 5 music links 
  • Sept. 24  God's house, Jesus' family
  • Sept. 25  Liturgy and today; blurb trimmed
The five italicized dates are my faves.

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September 25, 2013

September 25

September 25, 2013: Wednesday, 25th week, Ordinary Time

St. Finbarr of Cork, Bishop

Special greetings to and prayers for the community at St. Finbar in Burbank!

Wordle: Readings 9-25-13Readings
  • Ezr 9:5-9  Ezra prayed:  “God came to us slaves mercy, relief, new life."

  • Tb 13:2-4, 7-8  "Blessed be God, who lives for ever," scourges then has mercy, shows you his greatness.

  • Lk 9:1-6  Jesus gave Twelve power and authority over demons, diseases, sent them to proclaim Kingdom, heal, taking nothing, shaking dust from feet if not welcomed.   They went everywhere proclaiming good news, curing diseases.

Daily reflections

  • Creighton:  authority of relationship, freedom despite uncertainty, trust
  •  What authority has God given me, and what am I doing with it?  Am I traveling light, dependent on God?

Medical pin:  Jesus sent Twelve to cure (gospel)

"People/I power the Internet" (from T-shirt):
relevant to today's Internet safety workshop
(Thanks to PeopleSoft, now Oracle, for the shirt.)

I know some pictures don't relate directly to today's Mass readings, but "liturgy" (Greek λειτουργίαcomes from λαός (people, from which comes laity) and ἔργο (work, from which come ergonomic and erg).  What's the point of liturgy and our daily work if we can't connect them?

Today I simplified the "description" blurb at the top of the blog, keeping"Bible/clothing/music/life connections, and a challenge to dress our own lives" and dropping "Thank you—and the Lectionary, USCCB daily readings page, Google...."  My thanks remain to you, the Lectionary, the USCCB, and Google; I just want to shorten it and focus on dressing our own lives.

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September 24, 2013

St. Denis

September 24, 2013: Tuesday, 25th week, Ordinary Time

St. Denis and companions, martyrs

  • Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20  King Darius:  "Rebuild house of God.  Pay the workers.”  They finished, celebrated dedication, made offerings, set up priests and Levites to serve God.  Exiles kept Passover; Levites sacrificed.
Wordle: Readings 9-24-13
  • Ps 122:1-5  "Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord."
  • Lk 8:19-21  Jesus' mother, brothers approached.  “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

Music for responsorial psalm
  • Psalm 122:  Let us go rejoicing, from I will bless the Lord at all times:  Psalms for the Church Year from The Revised Grail Psalms/ Haas (revised from original from Celebration Series:  Psalms for the Church Year)

  • "Houses" tie:  "house of God in Jerusalem is to be rebuilt" (1st reading), "Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord" (psalm)
  • "People" tie pin:  some of Jesus' family (gospel), Holy Name of Jesus community on their ribbon-cutting day
  • J tie bar:  for Jesus (gospel) and the Holy Name of Jesus community (on their special day)
Reflection from Jimmy Akin:  Jesus' family 
Complementary reflection (based on first reading):  What [kind of house] is God asking me to build?  How is that going, and am I building justly and diligently?
Special greetings to and prayers for the St. Denis Catholic community in Diamond Bar and the Holy Name of Jesus Parish and School community today!

September 23, 2013

Padre Pio

September 23, 2013: St. Pius of Pietrelcina ("Padre Pio"), Priest


    Wordle: Readings 9-23-13
  • Ezr 1:1-6  King Cyrus: “God gave me kingdoms of the earth, charged me to build him a house."
  • Ps 126:1b-6  "The Lord has done marvels for us."  Sow in tears; reap rejoicing.
  • Lk 8:16-18  Put your lamp on stand so others may see the light.  The hidden will become visible; secrets will come to light.  More will be given to one who has.

  • Send down the fire/ Haugen (lyrics) (remembering triathlete Fr. Tom Baker's introductory remarks at Saturday's San Fernando Regional Congress.  It takes discipline to be a disciple, and we need to know Jesus to share Jesus...  (I also like the song, not just for Pentecost or Confirmations, because it's catchy and easy to sing, on only 5 notes in its 32 bars.)


  • Claddagh tie pin:  crown for Cyrus, King of Persia (1st reading)
  • "Garden" pin:  those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing (psalm)

  • "Sun" tie:  let your light shine (gospel)

September 22, 2013

September 22

September 22, 2013:  25th Sunday, Ordinary Time 

  • Am 8:4-7  You who cheat and destroy the poor,  Lord won't forget!

    Wordle: Readings 9-22-13
  • Ps 113:1-2, 4-8 "Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor."  He raises up the lowly from the dunghill to seat them with princes.

  • 1 Tm 2:1-8  Pray, without anger, that everyone lead a tranquil life.  God wills everyone be saved and know truth.  There is one God, one mediator.

  • Lk 16:1-13 (or 10-13)  [Master fires, calls to account property-squandering steward.  Steward reduces debtors' IOUs, commended for prudence.  Make friends,] be trustworthy with dishonest wealth, others' property to be trusted with wealth, property.  As trustworthy/dishonest in small matters, so too in great ones.  You can't serve both God and mammon.”

Penny pincher pin:  don't cheat the poor (1st reading),
do befriend dishonest wealth (gospel)
Wood block:  God raises lowly from dunghill (psalm)
[please disregard if you consider this in bad taste]
Kneeling person tie bar:
Pray for everyone (2nd reading)

Abacus tie pin:
recomputing IOUs (gospel)


Bonus, from yesterday's SFPR Congress:

Finally, since Kindspring's "small acts that change the world" tagline fits so well with today's gospel, I'm repeating the challenge I heard about from Fr. Chris and originally posted on September 10.  It's never too late...

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September 21, 2013

St. Matthew

September 21, 2013:  St. Matthew, Apostle and evangelist, feast

    Wordle: Readings 9-21-13
  • Eph 4:1-7, 11-13  Live worthy of your call, with humility, gentleness, patience, love, unity, peace, hope.  One Lord, faith, baptism, God, Father gave each of us grace to be Apostles, prophets, evangelists, or pastors/teachers, for ministry, unity, faith, knowledge of Son.
  • Ps 19:2-5  "Their message goes out through all the earth."  Heavens declare God's glory, handiwork.
  • Mt 9:9-13  Jesus to Matthew:  “Follow me.”  He followed.  Tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus.  Pharisees:  “Why?”  “The sick need a physician.  I came to call sinners.”

Music, including two oratorio choruses

More about Regional Congress
I'll be at "Ancient texts, new technology:  Integrating the internet and popular media with biblical studies" (Crehan) and "Preparing liturgies for children" (Sieverding) (besides practicing melodion and accordion :-), but there are tens of other sessions.  It's not too late to show up and learn and sing with us:


  • Red shirt, for feast (and also Korean martyrs, since I'm playing for a celebration later today)
    • Medical pin:  sick people need a physician (gospel)
    • Telephone tie bar:  their message goes out through all the earth (psalm)
    • Hearts suspenders:  live in love (1st reading)

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    September 20, 2013

    Korean Martyrs

    September 20, 2013:  SS. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs ("Korean Martyrs")

    Wordle: Readings 9-20-13
    • 1 Tm 6:2c-12  Teach Lord's sound words; avoid envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, mutual friction.  We brought nothing into world, won't take anything out.  Those who want to be rich fall into a trap, foolish desires, ruin.  Avoid love of money, root of evil; pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, gentleness, eternal life to which you're called.
    • Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-20  "Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!"  Why fear ensnarers who boast in their riches?  They can't redeem themselves; they'll lose it all when they die.
    • Lk 8:1-3  Twelve and healed women accompanied itinerant Jesus preaching good news of Kingdom.

    • "People around the world" tie: we won't take anything out of the world into which we brought nothing (1st reading), Korean martyrs in solidarity (today's feast)
    • "Airplane" tie pin: Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another (though likely on foot) (gospel)

    "Penny pincher" button: Why fear the rich? (psalm)
    It's the small things/ Troccoli:  from 1982, but a perfect fit for the first reading and the Pope Francis interview

    America Magazine exclusive interview with Pope Francis related to today's readings about riches and proclaiming the Kingdom.  Worth every one of its >10K words and more!