The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Essays in Honor of St. Gaspar

I miss Fr. John Klopke, CPPS. He was always a joy to be around, when he was around. His recent passing left a hole in the house in San Leandro. I always loved to ask him questions about this and that and he filled me on on whatever stories he knew of St. Gaspar.

Besides his St. Joseph People's Catechism he is also the author of Summary of the Catechism put out by Catholic Book. He is also the author of two books on St. Gaspar called Essays in Honor of St. Gaspar and More Essays in Honor of St. Gaspar. Those two books are available from Br. Theophane at St. Charles Center. His third volume of essays called Still More Essays was never published.

However it is now available online! Go to the
Province of the Pacific Website and click on Documents. Under Other Documents look for Still More Essays in Honor of St. Gaspar by John Klopke, CPPS

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 9:28 PM link
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Even sadder

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 8:24 PM link
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Sad, very sad...

It was the
Recta Ratio Blog that pointed me to this link at Spirit Daily.

Yes, I would call it drastic, and extreme. I am grateful not to be in the San Jose Diocese, and as a Precious Blood Missionary I would have hoped that Bishop McGrath had given some instruction on the proper distribution of the Precious Blood.

The CDC has often supported the notion that it is extremely difficult to spread communicable diseases with the common cup.

The temperature of the metal cup will help to kill germs. The alcohol content from the wine, and still present in the Precious Blood, can kill germs. A Eucharistic minister who wipes the sacred vessel and turns the cup faciltates the elimination of any cold or flu germs.

I think it is sad that the Bishop helps perpetuate the notion that equates the Precious Blood of Jesus, not with healing, but with the spread of disease. Sad, very sad.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:07 PM link
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The Feast

This is a season for feasting. The gathering of friends around a table always reminds me of Gospel stories, especially in Luke's Gospel, about Jesus at table with friends and sinners.

Last night, Fr. Mike Yakaitis of
Calvert House took the rest of the staff and helpers out for a seasonal party. I suppose I am one of the helpers since I volunteer as Choir Director and even celebrate a few Masses for Mike when he is away.

We went to Bacchanalia Ristorante on Oakley Street in Little Italy, in Chicago. The conversation and the camaraderie was stunning. But I have to say I was bowled over by the meal. I had a dish called Chicken Vesuvio. I do love garlic, and this was smothered with it. This ranks up with the Lamb roast I prepare every Easter. It was a taste that was to be relished with every bite.

If you are ever in Chicago, find out where Little Italy is. It is a charming part of town. I recommend as highly as I can the Bacchanalia Ristorante. Ask for Monica. And if you love garlic, you will be in heaven with the Chicken Vesuvio.

Be sure you take along some close friends and enjoy the feast.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 2:53 PM link
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