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.
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Monthly Archives: May 2010
Jimmy Mac sent me a short news piece from The Tablet giving some details on young adult trends in Italy among Catholics. In sum: 14% fewer self-identify as Catholic from six years ago, leaving the overall numbers in the country … Continue reading
I noticed the Adrian Dominicans as one of the nineteen religious communities selected for direct visitation. But not the Erie Benedictines? What’s wrong with this investigation?
Wow. The most babykilling pro-abortion president in the history of the universe ever stands up for the Vatican. This must be twisting rabid Republican necks a little more deeply. I’m sure it’s all a socialist plot to lull us into a … Continue reading
Words from Washington archbishop Donald Wuerl, main celebrant and homilist for the Mass for the sixth annual National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea, alluding to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of … Continue reading
Every major liturgical rite has a general introduction. (Mass has the GIRM, right?) The Church lays out a basic theology, provides for the rituals, remarks on ministerial needs, and in general, gives the minister everything she or he will need to … Continue reading
Blogger and third degree Knight Tom Peters stirred up the organization this week. Being both a blogger and a Knight myself, I’ve been following the kerfuffle this week with interest: A Massachusetts K of C member had proposed a resolution, … Continue reading
Starting in the late 1970′s, various liturgical rites were re-examined in light of some years of post-conciliar practice. Liturgists and theologians had determined years before that the initial round of English translations were found wanting in many ways. Hasty work … Continue reading
Phoenix bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, depending on where you settle in the Culture War, is either a pro-life hero or a pro-life dupe who should resign. Interesting thread in progress at dotCommonweal. This post is going to be a bit … Continue reading
This section gives seven “songs” for use in the RCIA. For research on a forthcoming article, I’ve corresponded with a few scholars on these, most notably Msgr Bruce Harbert of ICEL. He noted one was from an inscription at an ancient … Continue reading
A parishioner and I chatted about wearing red on Pentecost. My new pastor mentioned nothing of it last weekend, but I know we have some people who do it. One or two resident parishioners regularly appear at Mass in clothing … Continue reading
I saw my first iPad the other night. Cool. Not quite sure what to make of the Confession Booth app, however. I’m sure it’s all in good fun for only ninety-nine cents. No doubt some Catholic conservatives would love to … Continue reading
The sights one can see in space! I wasn’t quite sure I believed this scene when I first saw it yesterday. From the Cassini space probe, the moon Titan is imaged across the rings of Saturn from just above the … Continue reading
Cardinal Seán O’Malley addresses the issue (you know: The Life Issue Bigger Than Torture) on his blog. Catholic schools exist for the good of the children and our admission standards must reflect that. We have never had categories of people … Continue reading
These two examples are probably mostly ignored by composers. These New Testament hymns are 1 Peter 1:3-5 and a second based on 1 Timothy 3:16. Praised be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a God so merciful and kind! … Continue reading