Monthly Archives: May 2010

John Bosco, on Friends and Benefactors

In researching our parish’s summer bible school (an event we’re assembling from scratch without the canned VBS products from publishers) I found some excellent thoughts from one of our week’s saints, John Bosco. I’ve never before encountered the patron saint … Continue reading

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The Bus

My wife is heading to Kansas City next week by Greyhound to visit a friend and do some serious petsitting. So why is she watching Sandra Bullock driving the bus on Starz?

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OCF 5: Funeral Mass is Principal

Could have a Baltimore Catechism question, please … Why do we celebrate a funeral? 5. Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to … Continue reading

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Liturgy Planning for 2011

If your parish is like mine, your staff (and maybe you!) are already planning for the coming liturgical year. A late Easter (April 24!) means that Good Friday is the last day of classes here at the university. Lent begins … Continue reading

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All Are Welcoming An Archbishop

Jimmy Mac sent me the program for Archbishop Gomez’s Mass of Reception. Lots of text to read while you’re waiting for Mass to begin on page 13. And it’s a typically LA start, a medley arranged by Tony Alonso: Iona’s … Continue reading

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OCF 3-4: The Eucharistic Connection

The Eucharist is a sacrament of initiation, as we read yesterday. But it is also a celebration of renewal, nourishment, and strengthening–the basic and esssential spiritual maintenance of the Christian. Both aspects of the Eucharist, meal and sacrifice, are emphasized … Continue reading

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OCF 2: Jesus Christ is Central

Saint Paul and Sacrosanctum Concilium are the reference points for this section’s brief but effective meditation on the Paschal Mystery and the sacramental life: The proclamation of Jesus Christ “who was put to death for our sins and raised to … Continue reading

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