about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
Vatican II pages
Liam on Dies Domini 29: The Day of… John Chrysostom on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Janet on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Todd on Socks Off FrMichael on Private Masses–Bleah! Devin on Socks Off Devin on The Best Pastoral Easter Litur… Liam on Private Masses–Bleah! Todd on Private Masses–Bleah! Liam on Private Masses–Bleah!
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Monthly Archives: October 2008
Here’s an astro-image for the holiday: the Witch Head Nebula lit up by blue supergiant Rigel. The Star Shadows Remote Observatory has a really nifty version on the Astronomy Picture of the Day site. Just to give some perspective, this … Continue reading
I won’t relay the entire wording of these sections, but just cover a few highlights. The pattern is the same as it was for a non-sacramental visit: reading, response, Lord’s Prayer, concluding prayer, blessing. How to adapt for kids? Shorter … Continue reading
One of the Vatican II reforms was to address sacramental rituals to children. Prior to the council, adult rites were not only the norm, but the only pattern available for the ministers of the Church. The rites for Pastoral Care … Continue reading
Today’s Word snack leaps ahead one counted psalm from yesterday. Some might say it concludes the experience of longing for God: finding the light and following it with faith. Let’s read: Send your light and fidelity, that they may be … Continue reading
CNS reports another assignment for Cardinal George: the committee that oversees follow-up to the synod on the Word just completed plus prepares the next synod. I don’t mention this as an indictment of him because of his softness on sex … Continue reading
The Church considers the visit to the sick, or a significant part of it, to be liturgical. As such, when there is no sacrament to be celebrated, the minister, the sick person, and the family and friends will celebrate according … Continue reading
Scripture scholars think Psalm 42 and 43 are one unit, given the common refrain that appears twice in the 42nd numbered psalm and once at the end of the 43rd. While the romantics among us are attracted to the deer … Continue reading
What the sick can do to serve the community and the world, rather than just what people can do for them. Many pastoral care ministers invite ill people to the ministry of prayer as described in these paragraphs: 55. The … Continue reading
The liturgical day that offers the priest or liturgist the most choices, the Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed, aka All Souls’ Day, arrives on Sunday this liturgical year. Is next weekend’s preacher prepared? Have you informed your parish lectors? … Continue reading
Now we get into the meat of the rites of pastoral care. Visits to the Sick are a basic beginning and the rite gives three sections/paragraphs of explanation/introduction before delving in to the actual readings and prayers. Today and tomorrow … Continue reading
The final synod statement also included this item: Every home should have its own Bible and safeguard it in a visible and dignified way, to read it and to pray with it. I’ve had a neglected series on this site, … Continue reading
As Chase in the comments and CNS reported this morning: The issue was raised in Proposition 17 on “The ministry of the word and women,” and on Saturday morning it passed with 191 votes in favor, 45 opposed and three abstentions, according … Continue reading
The specific introduction for anointing of the sick concludes with these three sections, the first of which promotes the Communion service. Note the value for both union with Christ and the “eucharistic community.” 51. Because the sick are prevented from … Continue reading
Zenit has the synod’s final address to the world. There are some general pieces about liturgy. Section 7 deals with preaching and catechesis. Let’s take a look first at the two movements of preaching: Preaching, catechesis and the homily therefore … Continue reading