About Joseph Mendes

I'm not your average Joe (pardon the pun).

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 1)


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This is the first Quick Takes Friday post that I have completed.  I’ve started many, but never finished them.  Actually posting this for all to see may make me more likely to not put this off.


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I went to a show last night at the Red Door Theatre.  It was the troupe’s annual Christmas show.  This year it was entitled Christmas Unwrapped.  It was fantastic.


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This blog has been rather silent lately.  I apologize.  I’ve had a horrendous case of blogger’s block since my last post.  I’m slowly getting over it.  Several posts are being drafted now.  Stay tuned.


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Tonight I went to Springfield Symphony Hall for the Christmas show of the Dan Kane singers.  My friend and former teacher from church, Darillyn, is a member of that chorus (she didn’t know I was there).  They sang the Hallelujah Chorus from Händel’s Messiah, which I really liked.


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Next Thursday is my school’s annual winter concert.  I am in the chorus.  Also performing are the concert band and jazz band.  It’s always a good time, and we always go to a local restaurant afterwards.


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Auditions for the spring musical at my school (this year it is Pippin) are next Wednesday and Thursday.  I hope to get a good part, though I haven’t yet chosen an audition song.  Decisions, decisions…


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I hope my Quick Takes will be better next time!  I got them posted just in the nick of time.


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Portinuncula indulgence

Today (2 August), you can earn a plenary indulgence (full remission of temporal punishment for sins).  Here are the conditions for said indulgence:

For the record, I have never earned a plenary indulgence.

Plenary indulgences can also be earned for the repose of a soul in Purgatory.

TLM in my diocese!


For your Brick by Brick file this is from a reader [me!]:

On Sunday, August 5, at 10:30 am, a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Formwill be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K Street, Turners FallsMontague, Massachusetts. Fr. Robert Fromageot, FSSP [Also, S.T.L.; professor of dogmatic theology at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary], will be the celebrant. Seminarians from Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, will serve at the altar.

Rev. Fr. Robert Fromageot, F.S.S.P., S.T.L., the celebrating priest

Parish altar boys will be torchbearers. The schola will be made up of Fraternity seminarians, led by FSSP chant instructor Nicholas Lemme of Rapid City, South Dakota, and the parish music director, Henry Gaida [who is fairly traditionally–minded, and has organized a choir of men and boys, if I remember correctly], will be organist. The Rosary will be recited in Latin before the Mass.

This is the first Solemn High Mass [Deo grátias.] in the Diocese of Springfield since the Ordinary Form was promulgated. There is currently no regularly scheduled EF Mass in the diocese [For now.].

It is great that the Fraternity of St. Peter, which is in union with the Roman Pontiff, can provide this useful service.

Let the New Evangelization be boosted one Solemn Mass, one diocese at a time.

I hope to attend.

Dearest people,

Batman bible camp meme

Actually five, but you get the point.

Do you need community service hours?  Or do you just like hanging out with little kids?  Either way, come and volunteer this coming week at Our Lady of the Lake Church’s annual Bible Camp.  With a lots of activities, including a beach day and a cookout, and several dozen children enrolled, people power is needed, especially teens!  It’s a ton of fun, and you can earn community service hours that so many of us need for National Honor Society.  Be there at 9:00 each morning and expect to stay until about 12:30 or so.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.

Some New Year’s resolutions for 2012

I’ve been gone a while!  Here are some of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

  • Read more.

For a person who knows so much, I don’t read many books that are not assigned.  Sure, I read a lot of Catholic Answers, Wikipedia, and other websites, but I don’t really read many actual, made of paper, bound books (other than reference books) very often.  Most people think I have like ten books being read at the same time.  But no.  The only book I’m kinda sorta reading now is Rediscovering Catholicism, by Matthew Kelly, an Aussie.  A future blog post shall probably detail my reading goals specifically.

  • Pray more.

My prayer life is terrible, and I’m really embarrassed about it.  I don’t pray nearly as often as I should.  My resolution specifically applies to the Divine Office, prayers before and after meals, the Rosary, and, most importantly, private, personal prayer between God and me.

  • Eat less.

Don’t misinterpret this.  I am not, have never been, and do not plan to ever be anorexic or bulimic.  Just clearing that up.  It’s just that I overeat occasionally, and I want to stop overeating, and to eat in moderation.  It’s more of a health thing, and is also connected to the next resolution.

  • Exercise more.

I don’t really play sports.  Except for skiing, which you don’t really play, per se.  But I want to be physically fit.  You’ve probably noticed the conundrum here.  That means I have to exercise.  Specifically, I love running.  I would do track and field but I have way too much on my plate as it is.  Therefore, I must run on my own.  It’s not going so well at the moment, but that’s why it’s a resolution!

  • Write more.

If I’m ever going to receive a doctorate in anything, I will have to write a dissertation.  And that means I will have to be good at writing.  This shall be made easier by the fact that next semester I have a class called Speaking, Writing, and Research.

  • Compose music more.

Or should I say, make more arrangements and engravings.  Right now I’m working on writing organ preludes to Introits from the Graduale Romanum and to hymns.  It’s a work in progress.  I need to learn more music theory and use my creative side, which is not always used.

  • Sing more.

People who know me will say, Wait, but you sing all the time!  Well, that is true, but it’s not enough for me.  I want to join some choirs and be in more festivals and such, like the one I was in last weekend (probably there will be a post on that later, too).

  • Blog more.

If you can’t tell from the archives, I seriously need to step up the blogging!  It’s pretty self–explanatory.

  • Go to church more.

Not only to Masses, but to prayer services, concerts, conferences, colloquia, and other things.  Included in this is a retreat.  This will be greatly assisted by the next resolution!

  • Get driver’s license.

Included in this is getting an automobile and the means to support said automobile.  At the moment, my mother (or, occasionally, my father) has to drive me everywhere.  Since I do a lot of things, this is somewhat of a strain on her.  I cannot wait for the day I can drive, because that would be quite a load off her shoulders.

That involves getting teacher recommendations, doing community service, and keeping my GPA at ninety–one percent or above.  The Anabasis Chapter is simply the chapter at my school.

  • Increase GPA.

By a lot.  My goal is to give the valediction at graduation, which means I have to surpass all my very intelligent contemporaries.  And there are a lot of them in my way.  Namely, six.  Since increasing my GPA is far easier and less of a crime and a sin than the alternative (killing the aforementioned six), that is what I shall have to do.

This, like most lists of New Year’s resolutions, is very liberal in that it is quite lengthy.

New translation of the Mass

photographie faite par moi Lima 24 septembre 2...

If you attended Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite this past weekend, you may have noticed some changes.  The English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal was promulgated last Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent.

Obviously, nobody got it perfectly the first time.  Not even me, and I’ve been studying the new translation since I heard of it early last year!  Even I had one And also with your spirit., at the Gospel.

If a deacon participates, he reads the Gospel....

The richness of the new translation is quite awesome.  For example, the old translation of the Te igitur of Eucharistic Prayer I:

We come to your, Father, with praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ your Son.  Through him we ask you to accept and bless ☩ these gifts we offer you in sacrifice.  We offer them for your holy catholic Church, watch over it, Lord, and guide it; grant it peace and unity throughout the world.  We offer them for N. our Pope, for N. our bishop, and for all who hold and teach the catholic faith that comes to us from the apostles.

And the corresponding paragraph of the new translation:

To you, therefore, most merciful Father, we make humble prayer and petition through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord:  that you accept and bless ☩ these gifts, these offerings, these holy and unblemished sacrifices, which we offer you firstly for your holy catholic Church.  Be pleased to grant her peace, to guard, unite and govern her throughout the whole world, together with your servant N. our Pope and N. our Bishop, and all those who, holding to the truth, hand on the catholic and apostolic faith.

The 1998 Sacramentary that was rejected by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS):

All–merciful Father, we come before you with praise and thanksgiving through Jesus Christ your Son.  Through him we ask you to accept and bless ☩ these gifts we offer you in sacrifice.  We offer them for your holy catholic Church:  watch over it, Lord, and guide it, grant it peace and unity throughout the world.  We offer them for N. our Pope, for N. our Bishop, and for all who hold and teach the catholic faith that comes to us from the apostles.

And, just for fun, the Latin:

Te igitur, clementissime Pater, per Iesum Christum Filium tuum Dominum nostrum, supplices rogamus, ac petimus, uti accepta habeas, et benedicas hæc ☩ dona, hæc munera, hæc sancta sacrificia illibata in primis, quæ tibi offerimus pro Ecclesia tua sancta catholica: quam pacificare, custodire, adunare, et regere digneris toto orbe terrarum: una cum famulo tuo Papa nostro N. et Antistite nostro N. et omnibus orthodoxis atque catholicae et apostolicae fidei cultoribus.

Don’t you just love formal equivalence?

I’m looking forward to teaching my priest and my deacon how to chant their parts.