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
- Dies Domini 29: The Day of Faith
- Jubilation and Pink Slips
- EG 146: Reverence for Truth
- Dies Domini 28: The Gift of the Spirit
- Which Worship Aids?
- Private Masses–Bleah!
- EG 145: Preparing To Preach
- Dies Domini 27: The Day of Christ-Light
- One of Our Own
- The Best Pastoral Easter Liturgy (That Might Get People To Return Next Sunday)
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! Liam on Private Masses–Bleah!
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Monthly Archives: February 2009
These sections give guidance on the water used for baptism. The image I’m using for this category, RCIA, is from my own parish, an adult baptism from a few years ago. The Church doesn’t say a whole lot about the … Continue reading
I know that other Holy Thursday issues get all the attention in the blogosphere among the hyperscrupulous, but have a look over the rubrics new and old for the day. What are your parish traditions regarding the period of adoration … Continue reading
Catholic and other news outlets report on the SSPX bishop, Richard Williamson, apologizing after his expulsion from Argentina. It’s hard to consider the likely sincerity with the sound bytes given in the media. The full text is here. The man … Continue reading
These three sections outline the lay ministries of baptism. GICI is pragmatic in suggesting that clergy alone can’t handle large numbers of baptisms. I suppose that covers two possible contingencies: large numbers of baptisms at once (such as at the … Continue reading
I noticed Archbishop Chaput concerned about people finding a messiah in an American president. Interesting that young Catholics thought they had found a “messiah” of sorts here: Not too much concern from the American bishops over the past thirty years … Continue reading
Even if you don’t have a telescope or binoculars, or even a dark rural sky, take advantage of the monthly line-of-sight encounters between the Earth’s moon and the sun’s planets. If you’re not getting slammed by snow this weekend, Venus … Continue reading
It’s a principle of good writing: show the readers what is going on. Don’t tell them. Overheard in church the other day: “Please stand.” Very often, the same principle can be applied to good liturgy. Show people what to do; … Continue reading
Science Fiction fans and critics love Neal Stephenson. His recent novels are expansive, epic, and bold. The premise of his latest, Anathem, caught my attention four weeks ago. What if monasteries existed not for religious people, but for scientists and … Continue reading
I saw this quick piece on Nashville Bishop David Choby’s visit to a Protestant university. Nice. Not surprising that reformation churches would latch on to this tradition. Not surprising at all. Check out Bishop Choby on video. When I was … Continue reading
Jimmy Mac sent this link on Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith’s foreword in a new book on liturgy. He added his own title, “They just won’t give up.” No, I don’t think they will. Archbishop Ranjith doesn’t have a very good grasp … Continue reading
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, member of ICEL’s episcopal board, wades into the liturgy mess he authorized this past Advent in his country. In his opinion piece, he offers an impassioned defense of recent Vatican documentation on … Continue reading
The General Introduction distinguishes between parish priests who have the responsibility of pastor, and priests and deacons who do not. 13. It is the duty of parish priests (pastors) to assist the bishop in the instruction and baptism of the … Continue reading
Excellent homily here from the pastor at the noon Mass. He touched on the three pillars briefly, but zeroed in on the passage from 2 Corinthians, especially this: So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through … Continue reading
The cross, with which the ashes are traced upon us, is the sign of Christ’s victory over death. The words, “Remember that thou art dust and that to dust thou shall return” are not to be taken as the quasi-form … Continue reading
(This is Neil) The following excerpt is from Merton’s short article, “Ash Wednesday,” which appeared in Worship in 1959. (If I remember correctly, it was later reprinted in Seasons of Celebration .) It is necessary that at the beginning … Continue reading