Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Weekly Weeknight Mass

My current parish is the second in which I’ve ever lived where the liturgy schedule features one of the weekly Masses regularly scheduled for a weeknight. And it’s big. We draw up to 175 for a 10PM Thursday Night Liturgy … Continue reading

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Mothers and Fathers, Get the Spirit

Before you look it up on your pda calendar or on the net or lower down in this post, answer this quickie: can Mother’s Day or Father’s Day ever fall on Pentecost? I don’t know about other nations’ observances of … Continue reading

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End of Life Issues

Blogger Matt Abbott tries to generate some heat on the hospice movement. Quoting Ron Panzer, of the Hospice Patients Alliance: Hundreds of thousands of patients are killed in the world each year in this manner … That’s sure an attention-getter. … Continue reading

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RCIA 490-498: Rite of Reception

The Rite of Reception (of a Baptized Christian) within Mass is much like the initiation rites we’ve seen elsewhere in RCIA, streamlined for the circumstances. The outline is: Invitation Profession of Faith Act of Reception [Confirmation] (if needed, with Laying … Continue reading

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The Cardinal and the Chancellor

In the continuing media blitz on sex abuse and cover-up, two items of note today: First, the former archbishop of San Francisco in a PBS interview at Rock’s website. The video is embedded there. It will be interesting to see … Continue reading

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RCIA 487-489: Reception Within Mass

RCIA 487 gives the introductory rubrics for the Mass of receiving someone into Full Communion. “If the rite … takes place on a solemnity or on a Sunday” the Mass of the day is celebrated. I had not realized that … Continue reading

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Neighbors: Vatican and Lucifer

In Arizona, no less. It’s not a fabrication of either fundamentalist Christians or American conservatives going bonkers about Cardinal Mahony and who want to shut down the Mexican influx. It’s about telescopes. Really. Some of you knew the Vatican Observatory … Continue reading

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