Monthly Archives: August 2010

Newman, Our Heritage

My parish is not a Newman Center. As I understand it, we were founded as a Newman Club at Iowa State in 1947 by Father James Supple, a priest assigned to the other parish in town. In less that two … Continue reading

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On a Musical Mission

Like most music directors, I receive nice glossy packets soliciting me to bring my choir to Rome or other nice places. And I do love to travel, so these pilgrimages strike me as attractive. However, I’ve also heard from friends … Continue reading

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OCF 98-100: Related Rites and Prayers

In addition to the funeral vigil, the OCF offers “related rites and prayers” for the period between death and the funeral liturgy. These three sections of OCF give the introduction and background on these. Sections 101 through 127 will give … Continue reading

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OCF 82-97: Vigil with Reception at the Church

The vigil may be celebrated at a church. If so, the rite presumes the body will be received with more ritual. In other locations, the vigil is quite simple with four elements: greeting, opening song, invitation to prayer, followed by … Continue reading

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Newman’s Feast Day Set

Some discussion in our parish about observing the Cardinal Newman beatification on the 18-19 September weekend. I’ve been asked to make a liturgical connection with our Episcopalian sisters and brothers down the street for a possible Sunday Vespers. My liturgical … Continue reading

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Yoga Rhinos

I’m surprised more pro teams don’t turn to yoga like my hometown soccer Rhinos. Assistant coach Bill Sedgewick: I played a lot of minutes and I was never injured. I felt fresh. I felt it was the best way for … Continue reading

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Using the Bible for Iowa Politics

Jimmy Mac sent this news bit about one of my fellow Iowans to my attention. You know, I confess a few guilty pleasures in my life. I like to watch and listen when non-scientists talk about science. Also cool is … Continue reading

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