Vanillekipferl

“Vanillekipferl” (Austrian small horn-shaped biscuits made with almond and hazelnut pastry and sprinkled with vanilla sugar) These delicious brittle biscuits have been a family favourite ever since I was a kid. Up to this day we still haven´t found a recipe where the Kipferl stay in shape and don´t break into pieces but that is part of the fun and so not relevant as they are fingerlickingly tasty! Ingredients: 250g flour (I use wholewheat) 50 Read more…

The Immaculate Conception Mass at OLM

Just a quick reminder of a couple of things, If you missed yesterday’s Mass, you can still see the recorded Mass at: Our Lady Of Mercy Madrid mass 2020-12-06 – YouTube Please check it out as the quality is vastly improved. On Tuesday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary at 11:00 AM. Carlos, a seminarian from the Archdiocesan seminary will share with us his witness talk. Since we can’t travel Read more…

Fr. Ron has returned to Madrid

Hello Everyone, I returned yesterday to Madrid. Thank you for your emails and promises of prayers, they gave me consolation during the difficult moments. In spite of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am grateful that I could have travelled to have celebrated the funeral Mass of my dear mother. It is during these difficult and painful moments that we are reminded of the importance of family. I will return to the church this Saturday evening to Read more…

My mother passed away

For those who did not pray with us during last Sunday’s live-stream Mass, I wanted to let you know that my much loved mother (Rose Ochylski) passed away last Friday. She was a wonderful person and a faithful Catholic. Here is her obituary (thanks to my sister Rose) https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/freep/obituary.aspx?n=rose-virginia-ochylski&pid=197117972   I will be going to Detroit, Michigan to celebrate her funeral which will take place on November 27th at 11:00 AM (Michigan time) at my Read more…

More of the same

Hello again,   Well, not too much has changed this week. The church neighborhood is still restricted but it seems as though things are getting slightly better. We keep praying and begging God!   So, next Sunday the Mass will be live streamed. You can see it at 11:00 AM or later on Youtube. Again, thank you to all the volunteers that are doing double duty to make sure you have access to OLM. We Read more…

The latest news at your church!

The days seem to go by fast for me, how about you? The world doesn’t seem to get any calmer. I always write wondering if this will ever end. But we need to keep doing the best we can, right? The current restrictions are quite changeable. For example, to leave or enter Madrid, it is permitted on weekdays but not on weekends. (This is to stop people from going away for the long weekends of Read more…

Next Sunday is All Saint’s Sunday and all Souls

Well, not sure what to tell you about this upcoming Sunday. We (priests and employees of the church) have been going to the church and have not experienced any controls so far. Some people who can walk will surely be able to get to church without any problems. Some parishioners said they will try to make it so I won’t celebrate the Mass alone! Thank you! I want to remind Eucharistic Ministers to sanitize their Read more…

NEW RESTRICTIONS – What you need to know

Well, here is your bonus email! The authorities decided yesterday to confine the neighborhood of Chamartin STARTING MONDAY!  1) The Chamartin neighborhood is where the church is located. 2) So, starting Monday, October 26, no one can enter or leave the neighborhood’s boundaries unless they have permission. 3) People who live near the church are free to attend church services. They will not be cancelled. So, tomorrow, Sunday October 25, YOU MAY COME TO CHURCH, the restrictions won’t Read more…

Crazy World

Hello again, Sometimes when I write these emails I tap very “lightly” on the keyboard because this world is changing constantly! In all of our Masses last Sunday (Spanish and English), we had amazingly good crowds, some of the best since we reopened, but we did not pass the legal limit. It is obvious to me that people are reaching out to God in this time of crisis. Fr. Michael was to preside last Sunday Read more…