Daily Archives: 6 January 2009

PCS 183: Is Viaticum Repeated?

It’s easier to discern the beginning of an illness in order to anoint than to assess the right point near a person’s death for viaticum. What if we get the timing wrong for viaticum? PCS says:  183. It often happens … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Cycle B & C on Feasts

This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the Roman Calendar. Until about ten years ago, these major Christmas feasts (among a few others): Holy Family and Baptism of the Lord used to have one set … Continue reading

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Building a New Church: Mentor the Young

Let’s begin with a story. Not about the Christmas Eve band pictured above (though they are a fine band–that comes later). In 1988 I went to Sunday Mass in a rural parish in which I served on weekends for several … Continue reading

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PCS 181-182: Both Forms of Communion

Since Vatican II, many Catholics and much of the hierarchy have come to appreciate the “more complete” sign of Communion under both forms. More recently, worries about dangers–real and imagined–have colored this emphasis somewhat. The Pastoral Care rites emphasize it–properly, … Continue reading

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