Saturday, January 24, 2015

The finale of the 1000/100 Challenge

About 10 months ago, in March 2014, we launched the 1000/100 initiative.  We proposed to hit 1000 fans/followers/subscribers across each of the three major social channels: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as add 100 new members.  With about 60 days to go we are pleased to say that thanks to the guidance of Wendy Haught, our Social Media Manager, we have hit those goals across Facebook, Twitter, and are just about 50 subscribers away from hitting it on YouTube.  We have achieved our goal of adding at least 100 new members to our subscription services.  "Enter" by simply liking, following, and subscribing!

Remember that the prizes on offer are three Platinum Annual Memberships, and they are transferable so if you already have one you can gift one to a friend.  It's our way of giving back and saying thanks for helping us grow our presence online!

We have been "away" for a while but this doesn't mean we haven't been busy.  Fr. Cekada's crowdfunder is in its final days, and if you wanted our takes on modern dystopian films or Charlie Hebdo, we've included the links.  And in case you didn't know, we have a daily news feed called the Restoration Reader that features three articles worth reading almost every day.  Click on the three bars on the logo and you can sign up to get the articles delivered to your email every time we publish.

Finally, we hope you are enjoying Season 4 of Restoration Radio as much as we are enjoying producing it.  We haven't yet rolled out our full catalogue of new shows, but by Candlemas we will have.  As always, keep us in your prayers.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Apps and the Warehouse

We are still closed but we wanted to share an update.

So, these are by no means finished products, but they are getting there.  Please find our apps for iOS and Droid.  These apps will only function if you are a TR member and have a login.  Remember - we are gone during the next two weeks but if you have any bugs/issues with the apps simply email us with them and we will make sure they get fixed in the next version of the apps, due to drop at Candlemas.
We also needed to make sure that all of our copies of The Anti-Modernist Reader shipped before Christmas, as promised.  We feel certain that almost all of our clients will receive their copies before this Thursday.  You can see Stephen Heiner here above going into our warehouse to pitch in with packing and shipping to make sure everything went out on time.

Please be assured of our prayers for you and yours as we await the arrival of Our Blessed Lord.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clerical Initiatives: December 2014

All of us here at TR will be on holiday from Dec 15-Jan 6 but we wanted to take a moment to make you aware of two projects that our clergy are engaging in over the months of December and January.

Bishop Donald Sanborn visits the United Kingdom
From Jan 1st-4th Bishop Donald Sanborn will be visiting England, once a solid center of Christendom before Henry VIII imagined himself the head of the Church in England and birthed the apostatical Anglican sect and, unwittingly, the nonconfessional United States.  There are some faithful who are serious about establishing a permanent and regular non-una-cum Mass center in the UK in addition to what is currently available and the Bishop will be meeting those people and speaking at different locations throughout the country, as well as hearing confessions and saying Mass.

On January 1st he will say Mass in Leicestershire, England.  The program will be as follows:

11am Confessions
Noon Mass
130pm Lunch
230pm The Bergoglian Era
330pm The Una Cum Mass
430pm The Errors of Bishop Williamson
There will be a break in between each talk.

On January 2nd-4th he will say Mass in London, England.  The program will be as follows:

January 2nd
11am Confessions
Noon Mass
130pm Lunch
230pm Spiritual Conference: Mental Prayer

January 3rd
11am Confessions
Noon Mass
130pm Lunch
230pm Spiritual Conference: Humility

January 4th
11am Confessions
Noon Mass
230pm The Bergoglian Era
330pm The Una Cum Mass
430pm The Errors of Bishop Williamson
There will be a break in between each talk.

We were unimpressed with the attendance of the British this time last year when we were in London with the Bishop for his landmark Vatican II conference.  If the SSPX and Resistance folks are so secure in their arguments, why do they shy away from a golden opportunity to prove that their position is right?  Are there serious thinkers in the UK, unafraid of reasonable debate?  Or are people just happy to do whatever the SSPX or Bishop Williamson tells them, just as "good Catholics" in the 1960s followed their false pastors?  This series of talks will reveal the UK's commitment, strength, honesty, and resilience.  We are cautiously optimistic, having had a chance to meet English faithful throughout this year not just at Mass in Ely, but in Scotland as well.

For more details and to RSVP please contact info AT tridentinemasssociety.co.uk or message the group in the UK on twitter.  Please note that the TR offices will be closed in late December and early January so you should not email us about this event.

Father Anthony Cekada publishes the 2nd edition of Work of Human Hands
Not being content to be responsible for editing the first Traditionalist crowdfunded book in history,  Fr. Cekada has put together a crowdfunding project to finance a second printing of his own book.  He has some great incentives, like Fr. Chuck/Fr. Retreaux tote bags, and even one amazing incentive: the dedication of the Second Edition!  Check it out here.

While True Restoration did not get to publish either the first or the second editions of the book, our staff was involved in the proofing process for the first edition and we did purchase the photo that is the cover of the book.  We are happy to be a part of promoting this second printing and we cannot recommend the book highly enough; we did a full season radio show on the book (which will continue in Season 4).  The latest episode for Father's own video series is now up on YouTube as well.

Participation in the crowdfunder is the only way to ensure that you will get a copy of the book as soon as it prints.  There will be a delay for those who wait until the book is "back in stock" at SGGResources.org.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Annual Meeting concluded and TR Offices closing for December


Our annual meeting has just finished and has been very fruitful. We thank those of you who kept our work in your prayers not just in the last few days, but all year.  Our humble thanks to the clergy of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, who generously hosted us during these days.

In the photo above, you will note all those who will be involved with True Restoration in 2015 (and clergy who generously hosted us).  From left to right, Jason Guardiano, Nicholas Wansbutter, Joshua Gunsher, Fr. Vili Lehtoranta, Bp. Daniel Dolan, Stephen Heiner, Dr. Bill Seng, Justin Soeder, Wendy Haught (not pictured: John Thompson, Matt Arthur).

We will be closed Monday, the 15th of December (the octave day of the Immaculate Conception) until the 6th of January (the Epiphany).  Membership services and tech support will still be available, of course, but any ordinary correspondence and questions will not be answered until after the office is reopened.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Annual Meeting begins

Today is the first day of the Annual Meeting for True Restoration owners, board members, and hosts. Please pray for us as we evaluate Season 3 of Restoration Radio, plan Season 4, as well as examine all our other outreach and activities, one of which is shipping the Anti-Modernist Reader.  For a sneak preview...


Monday, December 1, 2014

Member Appreciation Days: December

We are a few days away from the Annual Meeting for the True Restoration ownership group and we wanted to take the opportunity to meet those of you who have become Members.  We will be going to Mass and then breakfast afterwards.  Breakfast is on us, but we need to know numbers to make reservations.

Please let us know if you will be attending and how many will attend by emailing mail AT truerestoration.org.  Below you will find the days and locations.  At least one of the show hosts will be available at each of these events.

Sunday, December 7th
St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church
West Chester, Ohio

Friday, December 26th
Our Lady of Victory Church
London, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, December 28th
St. Hugh of Lincoln
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We do hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person!  And please keep us in your prayers as we meet to assess the year that has passed and to make decisions on Season 4 of Restoration Radio as well as a new production schedule for True Restoration Media.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fr. Bede Nkamuke interview released

True Restoration Media's raison d'être is to do long-form interviews with clergy, and occasionally laymen, about the Catholic Faith.  While the majority of our videos are either exclusive to our subscribers or available for a la carte purchase, as we add new videos to our library we take the opportunity to make one video available for free to the public, not just as a service to the Faith - we think it's important for people to see this content - but as a chance for people to see what they could have access to if they bought a Platinum Annual membership or above to True Restoration.

Stephen Heiner conducted this interview with Fr. Nkamuke during his diaconate.  Fr. Nkamuke is now preparing, after some time at St. Gertrude's, to begin a very busy apostolate in Nigeria.  You can find Fr. Nkamuke on twitter here.  Ask him how you can help!

Enjoy the video.

Friday, October 10, 2014

And God Laughed at My Plan

I started off Monday with a great and holy plan.

I would give myself a one-day silent retreat using The School of Jesus Crucified.   Well, at least until it was time to take my dad to his cardiologist appointment at 5 pm.   It had been a busy and emotionally draining couple of weeks with family and other out-of-town guests visiting, and I thought this little retreat was just what I needed to restore my peace of heart.   I said my morning prayers then launched right in on the book.   It was fabulous, and I got pretty excited about the spiritual progress I was sure to make.

I had read and meditated for about a half an hour when the phone rang.  It was my mom letting me know that her home health aide, R, did not come to work.  My mom has been confined to a wheel chair ever since she had a stroke two years ago.  I called R, but she didn't answer.  I left a message.   Then I cooked bacon and eggs for Mom and took it down to her house.  Dad had eaten cereal.   I greeted him on the front porch.

I *think* he greeted me as well, but frankly, I can't remember for sure because the next words out of his mouth changed the whole focus of my day.

"Wendy, I'm out of cigarettes, and I've been out since yesterday at noon," he said, getting directly to the point as he handed me an empty L&M 100s package.  I figured the information about how long he had been out was to help me understand the urgency of the situation.  "And look at this," he added with deep concern, holding up his beloved little dog to me.  "Cherokee's got a giant tick on his leg.  He needs to go to the vet."

I looked at the tick.

"Dad,"  I said,  "That is not a tick.  It's some kind of tumor."

"It is so a tick!  Look.  Feel of it."

I pressed the soft, black sphere and looked at how it was attached.  "It's not a tick, Dad," I contradicted.  "A tick's body gets big, but only its head burrows in.  This thing is connected to the skin all the way around."

"Will you make him an appointment and take him to the vet?" my dad persisted.  "Today?" he added.  Dad can still drive, but if he does he is not eligible for home health services, which he needs.  So no more driving.

"Yes," I sighed as I felt a dark cloud gather over my head.  I imagined the Vet's office with the walls papered in annoying posters about vaccinations and neutering.  Big Pharma rules there too.  Ugh!    Clearly, God had a different plan for my day!

I went inside and gave Mom her breakfast, got her dressed, washed the dishes, and started a load of laundry.

Then I went home and got my purse and headed to the Tobacco Shack.  I had really been primed for silence and prayer.  I felt the resentment monster crashing through my soul.  A knot tightened in my chest.   And then the guilt.  I pulled into the drive-through of the cigarette place and saw a sign that said that it didn't open until 9.  I had ten minutes to wait.  I decided to fill up the car with gas.

I left the driver's door open as I pumped the gas.  When I finished and went to get in the car, I noticed a praying mantis on the roof.  I thought bitterly, "Oh, funny.  I wanted to pray and now here's this praying mantis.  Too weird."  I shooed him back so he wouldn't get squished when I closed the door.  I drove into the grocery store parking lot and parked, waiting for 9:00.  As I glanced out the driver's door window, the praying mantis leaped onto the driver's side mirror.  He turned his queer triangular head and peered at me.  I studied him and marveled at his construction--all the joints in his legs and the searching way he turned his head when he looked at me.  I recalled something that I had read that morning about how God gave us creation so we would know how much he loved us.  As I pondered this thought and gazed at him, time stood still.  Then the mantis raised up on his hindmost legs and then plunged forward, galloping along the top of the mirror.  The sheer beauty of it caused me to gasp, and tears trickled down my cheeks.

"Thank you, God, for the attitude adjustment," I whispered.

Back home with the precious cigarettes, I  called the vet to make an appointment.  I felt relieved when they said they couldn't take him until the next day.  Later, when I went back to my parents' to cook their midday meal, my mom said, "I gave your dad the tweezers to pull out that tick."

"What?" I asked in disbelief.

"But he couldn't get it," she finished.

"Mom!  No!  It's not a tick!" I had a mental image of me doing a face palm and thought, "Watch it, Wendy.  Remember your attitude adjustment.  But I could feel the frustration coming back.

Later, zooming down the highway to my dad's cardiologist appointment, he confided that he had painted the "tick" with fingernail polish.

"Okay, Dad," I sighed, feeling frustrated and totally defeated.  

And I reviewed my day and the retreat that God had planned for me and what a failure I was.

The next morning my parents' home health aide called and said, "You can cancel that appointment with the vet.  They already looked at that lump when Cherokee had his shots.  They said it was a fat deposit and not to worry about it."

That night, after I had put my mom to bed, my dad called me into his office where he was playing his millionth game of Solitaire on the computer.  He said, "Wendy, you were right about the tick.  I was wrong.  I'm sorry."

My heart melted, and I hugged him tight.

"I love you, Daddy.  It's ok."

And it was.