Requiem Mass for John Vennari

Video of John Vennari’s funeral, sent by a kind reader for those who may not have seen it yet .

There is a subtle message in Father Purdy’s homily regarding John’s insistence on remaining as lucid as possible in order to complete the work of his salvation.  This modern false mercy which insists on palliating the patient presents an often insurmountable obstacle to the important work necessary to prepare one’s soul for the moment of death.

John Vennari was an immensely strong and determined man who fought to remain lucid and work out his salvation. In that, he teaches us all an essential message in our daily lives, and not just for our time of dying. Every action we take to mitigate our own pain reduces the merit of grace we earn for ourselves and for all sinners.



From the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Office for the Dead:

Ant:  Let every spirit praise the Lord.
V:      I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me:
R:      Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
Ant: I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he be dead shall live, and every one that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.

May John’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


John Vennari, Rest in Peace

From John Vennari’s website,  Catholic Family News


Dear Friends, Joseph John Vennari died on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. E.S.T. It is not only Passion Tuesday, but the 98th anniversary of the death of Blessed Francisco of Fatima – the first Tuesday (the day dedicated weekly to the Holy Face) in April (the month dedicated to the Holy Face).

John received the traditional Sacraments and blessings of the Church several times during the past weeks and months. On Sunday, April 2, Holy Mass was offered in his hospital room. John was able to receive Holy Viaticum one last time, as well as Extreme Unction and the Apostolic Blessing. John died wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and the cord of St. Philomena, with the St. Benedict Crucifix (with the special ‘Happy Death’ indulgence attached) next to him. He died shortly after the recitation of 15 decades of the Holy Rosary and during the recitation of the ‘Commendatory’ prayers for the dying, and being blessed with Holy Water. He died with his wife Susan and a close family friend at his side. Immediately after his death, another Rosary was prayed for the repose of his soul.

Please keep the repose of John’s soul in your Masses, Holy Communions, prayers and sacrifices. Funeral arrangements will be posted shortly.

May John’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


Visitation will be from 3-9 P.M. E.S.T. on Friday, April 7, 2017. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7 P.M. The address of the funeral home is:
Amigone Funeral Home (Tonawanda Chapel)
2600 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, New York, 14150.

Solemn Requiem Mass
The Solemn Requiem Mass will be offered on Saturday, April 8 by Rev. Fr. Adam Purdy. The Mass will begin at 9:30 A.M.

The address of the church is:
Corpus Christi Church
199 Clark Street
Buffalo, New York, 14212.

N.B. Use the zip code, for G.P.S. purposes, as there is another Clark Street nearby!

Immediately following the Requiem Mass, the interment will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

The address of the cemetery is:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Boulevard
Cheektowaga, New York, 14225.

Weather-permitting, the Holy Rosary will be prayed at this time.
Thank you and God bless you.

Condolences  may be sent directly to:

Mrs. Susan Vennari
2316 Delaware Ave, PMB 325
Buffalo, NY 14216

or emailed to

From the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Office for the Dead:

Ant:  Let every spirit praise the Lord.
V:      I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me:
R:      Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
Ant: I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth in Me, though he be dead shall live, and every one that liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.

May John’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Pray to St. Philomena for John Vennari

We are late posting this, but do hope that if possible, you will make time to pray this Novena to St. Philomena for John Vennari. John’s wife Susan has requested that this be done for him. Please see the Remnant for more information, here.

Novena to St. Philomena

St. Philomena, please intercede for John Vennari

O great St. Philomena, glorious Virgin and Martyr, wonder-worker of our age, I return most fervent thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed on thee, and beseech thee to impart to me a share in the graces and blessings of which thou hast been the channel to so many souls.

Through the heroic fortitude with which thou didst confront the fury of tyrants and brave the frowns of the mighty rather than swerve from thy allegiance to the King of Heaven, obtain for me purity of body and soul, purity of heart and desire, purity of thought and affection.

Through thy patience under multiplied sufferings, obtain for me a submissive acceptance of all the afflictions it may please God to send me and as thou didst miraculously escape unhurt from the waters of the Tiber, into which thou wert cast by order of thy persecutor, so may I pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to my soul. In addition to these favors, obtain for me, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the particular intention I earnestly recommend to thee at this moment.

St. Philomena, please obtain a complete cure for John Vennari.

O pure Virgin and holy Martyr, deign to cast a look of pity from Heaven on thy devoted servant, comfort me in affliction, assist me in danger, above all come to my aid in the hour of death.

Watch over the interests of the Church of God, pray for its exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the faith, for the Sovereign Pontiff, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, the conversion of sinners, and the relief of the souls in Purgatory, especially those dear to me.

O great Saint, whose triumph we celebrate on earth, intercede for me, that I may one day behold the crown of glory bestowed on thee in Heaven, and eternally bless Him who so liberally rewards for all eternity the sufferings endured for His love during this short life. Amen.

Imprimatur: Canon Emmanuel Anaquim, V.G. Lisbon, November 21, 1945


Pray for John Vennari

Notice: Please pray for John Vennari. Michael Matt at The Remnant posted that he is in hospital and appears to be in his final stage. Now is the time that he needs our prayers the most. The Remnant will be your best source of news throughout this trial.

St. Joseph, Patron of the dying, intercede for John Vennari

O most merciful Jesus, Lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Thine Own Precious Blood Thy servant, John Vennari now in his agony and show Thine infinite mercy on him. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on John Vennari.
Most Holy Mary, Merciful Mother of God, assist thy child John in his hour of need.
Immaculate Mary, thou who crushes the head of satan, protect John from the evil one.
Most Holy Mary, Mother of Sorrows, enclose him in thine Immaculate Heart.
Compassionate Lady of La Salette, Reconciler of Sinners, pour forth all graces for John’s salvation.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying, obtain for thy devoted son John grace and mercy.
St. Joseph, terror of demons, assist John in his struggle against the enemy of his salvation.
St. Joseph, to thee do we entrust John’s soul, do thou save it.
O holy Guardian Angels, do not abandon John, but contend for him against Satan and preserve his soul from the evil one.
St. Philomena, pray for John who is so devoted to thee!


Please, pray the Rosary for John!

A Complaint Against Francis

By the grace of God and the law of Church, a complaint against Francis, Roman Pontiff, on account of danger to the Faith and grave harm to souls and the common good of the Holy Catholic Church.


“they shall be ‘like sharp arrows in the hand of the powerful’ Mary to pierce her enemies.”That they may extinguish the fire in the House of God.”


Today, Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara and John Vennari have made Church history. They have done what no member of the episcopacy was willing to do. They have taken action to speak the truth boldly, to defend the doctrine of the faith from the man who calls himself the Bishop of Rome and currently occupies the See of Peter.

John Vennari, Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara are not the brave and faithful prelates we have been praying for, but they are the brave and faithful laymen we have been given. And they are doing what no Bishop, Archbishop or Cardinal will do, they are defending the faith against Pope Francis. 

The following post is taken verbatim from Mr. John Vennari’s Catholic Family News.  We have not edited it in any way. We hope that you will read it prayerfully, forward to others, and most importantly pray for all concerned and if at all possible have Masses offered for these men and for the Pope and hierarchy.

Continue reading “A Complaint Against Francis”

Please Pray for John Vennari

John Vennari is my far and away favorite Catholic thinker, writer and just all around terrific Catholic gentleman. Today, he has announced his very serious illness and has requested your prayers.

Please pray for John Vennari!
Please pray for John Vennari!

Here is the link to his site, so he can explain the situation. Catholic Family News. Please, those of you who are priests, remember John in your Masses, and everyone else, please have Masses said for John and for his family.

Also, Catholic Family News is having a subscription drive right now, and your subscription would be especially welcome to them as well! Here is a message Mr. Vennari posted on his website here:

A number of generous souls have already asked if we need financial assistance in this fight against cancer. I regret to say we do, but I have nothing formally set up. In the meantime, anyone who would like to help can mail a check to the address below. Thank you.

John Vennari
2316 Delaware Ave, PMB 325
Buffalo, NY 14216

It does not say who to make a check out to, but I’m sure that Oltyn Library Services would be acceptable. I will check on this and confirm in the morning.

I do hope that John Vennari will be deluged with prayers and Masses, subscriptions and donations!

Irresistible Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O my Jesus, Who didst say, “Indeed I say to you, ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open to you.” Here I am, knocking, seeking and asking healing for John Vennari.
Our Father.. .Hail Mary… Glory be…O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus, who didst say, “Indeed I say to you, whatever you shall ask of the Father in My Name, it shall be granted to you.” Here I am, asking Thy Father in Thy Name for healing for John Vennari.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus who didst say, “Indeed I say to you, Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Here I am, and supporting myself on the infallibility of Thy holy words, I ask of Thee healing for John Vennari.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be… O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

Let us Pray:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom only one thing is impossible, and this is to not feel compassion for poor sinners, have pity on us miserable sinners, and grant us the grace of healing for John Vennari which we ask of Thee through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is Thy tender Mother, and also ours. Amen.

Saint Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Guardian of our family, Pray for us and for John Vennari.
Hail Holy Queen…

Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and our Mother, you know how earnestly John Vennari has worked to spread devotion to you and to your Message of Fatima. We humbly beg you now to send your angels of mercy to heal, strengthen and comfort him in his great need. We entrust him to your Immaculate Heart, confident in your solicitous care, dearest Mother of Mercy. Amen.

Prayer to Sister Lucia for Healing

Sister Lucia of Fatima, patroness of all who labor to serve Our Lady of Fatima and to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart, we pray thee come to the aid of John Vennari, staunch defender of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please intercede with our Mother of Mercy on his behalf.

Sister Lucia of Fatima, pray for John Vennari and for his family. Amen.

St. Joseph, unfailing help in time of trial, pray for John Vennari, heal him and bless him!

posted at 11:15 pm, 16 August, 2016

False ecumenism and jihad

After the brutal islamic ritual murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France recently, the Catholic world waited in vain for any sign of protest from Pope Francis. This coldly calculated silence from the Bergoglian Vatican will only serve to welcome more such attacks on our priests and faithful. In order to understand what has brought us to this point, where islamists can murder our priests with impunity while our Most Humble and Merciful Pontiff® castigates Catholics, we offer a post from June, 2014 wherein John Vennari of Catholic Family News explains this phenomenon.

Francis and four points of Apostate Action
Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican
by John Vennari

False Ecumenism and Jihad

This Sunday, June 8, Pope Francis will allow for the first time in history Islamic prayers from the Quoran to be recited at the Vatican. The service is said to be in the cause of Peace in the Middle East (see report below). Members of Judaism will be part of the interfaith gathering as well. This radical initiative is scandalous on at least four counts:

1) The Prayers of Islam worship a false god; not the true God who is the Blessed Trinity; not the true God Jesus Christ, who said “No man comes to the Father but through Me.” Speaking on the modernist notion that various religions worship the same God, the eminent theologian Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange explained that such a tenet denies the principle of non-contradiction, which is the most fundamental principle of reason. Father Garrigou-Lagrange explains, “It is injurious to say that God would consider with equanimity all religions while one teaches truth and one teachers error, when one promises the good and one promises the evil. To say this would be to affirm that God would be indifferent to good and evil, to what is honest and shameful.”[1]

Continue reading “False ecumenism and jihad”

The New Theology of the Synod

The new theology of the Synod, Inductive theology, has been amply condemned by pre-conciliar Popes, however, it greatly influenced Vatican II and at the recent Synod on Marriage and the Family, inductive theology reigned supreme. In a groundbreaking article, John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News explains the pernicious nature of this heresy.

Here are a few quotes, but for the whole article, go here: The Psychotic Synod.

Vennari introduces his subject with a quote from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, The current crisis in the Church has “been not a crisis of faith, but of a very grave malady of the intellect.” He goes on to explain the malady as a new way of reverse theology referred to by the innovators as “inductive theology”, which they contrast with what they call the “deductive theology of Scholasticism”.

In the Deductive method, we start with an unchangeable dogma of the Catholic Church. We then look to a given situation, social phenomenon or historical development, and interpret the situation by means of the dogma. The dogma is fixed, it cannot change, and it is the permanent basis on which to derive any theological conclusion or pastoral solution. …you start with Catholic dogma, which cannot be altered in any way, and arrive at a sound conclusion based on dogma.

Quoting Father Jacques Dupuis, a proponent of the new theology,

“A mythological about-face took place with the progressive introduction of a reverse method which, in contradiction to the earlier ones, can be qualified as inductive. It is no longer a question of going from the principles to concrete application, but in the opposite direction, or taking as a point of departure the reality as experienced today with the problems it raises, to search for – in light of the revealed message and through theological reflection – a Christian solution to these problems.”

Vennari explains,

“Here’s what Dupuis is saying: In the Inductive method, we do not start with unchanging dogma, we cannot have “rigorism” as Jesuit Bergoglio reminds us at every opportunity. Rather, we start with the lived experience of those in the world around us.
Then, starting with this lived experience, we scan various Church documents and passages from Scripture to build a theology or new pastoral practices that takes these real-life experiences into account.
Dupuis used this Inductive method to build a new theology of interrelations dialogue and ecumenism.”

To make this perfectly clear, Vennari continues,

“At the beginning of his new book Christianity and the Religions: From Confrontation to Dialogue, Dupuis says, “With such an [Inductive] method, the problem is no longer coming down from principles to concrete applications, but rather – moving in the opposite direction – that of starting from reality as now experienced with the problem that it entails in order to seek a Christian solution to such problems in light of the revealed message and through theological reflection.” He goes on to speak of this new approach with regard to interreligious dialogue and concludes, “These are indeed questions – not abstract but quite concrete – that demand of the theology of religions a detailed response based on sincere reinterpretation of revealed data”[15] Did you catch that?
We start with the reality of those around us, then look to Scripture and Church doctrine to effectively build a new practical (or “pastoral”) theology to deal with it “based on sincere reinterpretation of the revealed data.”
In this new system, Divine revelation must serve the historic circumstance, not the other way around.”

Lest you begin to wonder what all this dry theology has to do the Synod, John Vennari explains by a quote from Father Thomas Reese, a Jesuit writing in the National Catholic Reporter in October.

“In his article titled “How the Synod Process is Different under Pope Francis,” Father Reese lists four points on this topic, but delivers the payload in the second heading: “Inductive rather than Deductive”He writes, “Past synods tended to start with Church teaching and talk about how it could be applied to the world. This follows the classical philosophical and theological method that the bishops learned in their seminaries.” In other words, the “Deductive” method.
Reese then quotes Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops who says, “What’s happening within the synod is we’re seeing a more inductive way of reflecting, starting from the true situation of people and trying to figure out what’s going on here.” …  Many contemporary theologians also reflect on the lived experience of Christians in the theological reflection. Rather than taking an ideal [i.e., immutable Catholic dogma] and imposing it on reality, one first reflects on reality.”[17]”

Mr. Vennari goes on to illustrate how this inductive approach serves those who are determined to push the homosexual agenda through until it utterly transforms the Church. Please check out the whole article and refer back to it as this year leading towards the finale of the Synod in October, 2015 approaches. I am convinced that the real agenda in the Church of Francis is to assert the homosexual agenda.

“Francis’ final speech called for a Church whose doors must remain wide on “to receive the needy, the repentant, and not only the just or those who think they are perfect,” …Francis further said the Church has a “year to mature,” to engage in deeper study concerning the ideas and proposals from this first Synod. The final relatio of October 19 will be the “guiding text” for the Ordinary Synod in October 2015.”

So you see that, once again Francis has taken the opportunity to slam the faithful Catholics who try to heed Christ’s call to be perfect, even as your Father is perfect. And in case you are optimistic that there are orthodox prelates who will defend us from this apostasy which has penetrated even to the very top of the Church, keep in mind that, “At the end of Francis’ closing speech, the prelates gave him a five-minute standing ovation.”

At least three times a week, I am confronted with good, sensible Catholics, who love their faith but insist on reading and watching the mainstream media. When I try to acquaint them with the truth about the revolution in the Church, they counter with something they found in the National Catholic Register, or EWTN or Catholic Answers, or whatever. I have tried to point out the harm that comes from the Novus Ordo mentality, the subtle corruption in mainstream media personalities but each time, I lose out to the placid sweetness of, “well, we cannot judge what is in their hearts”, “Who knows what the Holy Spirit may be accomplishing in them.”

Among the very best traditional Catholics today, there has been a simmering debate as to whether to speak out bravely against the corruption of the faith, or to keep silent, waging our spiritual battle in penance and prayer. I believe that both approaches are necessary. However, it becomes clear to me that speaking out publicly is best done by people like John Vennari, Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara and the others who are so eloquent and knowledgeable. For people who are not so gifted, such as myself, the best course seems to me to limit speaking the truth to personal spaces like blogging, and in answering the questions that come our way.

To be able to answer questions effectively requires that we stay up to date and informed with daily reading. I rely on the writers above and on the Vatican experts such as Roberto de Mattei, Allesandro Gnocchi etc. This must be supplemented with returning to their sources, whenever they are cited. In particular, John Vennari and Chris Ferrara’s sources have helped me immensely to understand the faith, in order to defend it.

It is imperative that you keep yourself firmly united to the Immaculata, for she alone is our assurance of totally serving Jesus Christ, the only Truth. United to her, you will be able to withstand the unpleasantness of the rejection you will everywhere face as people ask you questions, then turn away from your answers. In these days, this is inevitable.

In short, we must speak the truth as clearly as possible, confronting the errors of modernism that appear constantly among our Catholic families and acquaintances. That we must do this with love and grace is obvious. But do not get in over your head. When it becomes clear that someone prefers EWTN or “The Vortex” or “Father Barron” or Pope Shea, let it go and pray for them. Return to the foot of the Cross, and there renew yourself for the next encounter. Don’t get so caught up in the battle that you lose sight of Who we serve and Where we are going.

Above all, pray the Rosary and confound the devil!

~ evensong ~