Monthly Archives: November 2011

Spanish Lessons

My first Spanish lesson today. Made a stack of note cards for vocabulary–my weak spot with languages. Only the pets were home before dinner tonight, so I got to practice … Hola, mi gato blanco. Mi perra negra: The trick … Continue reading

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No Holding Kentucky Hands

The decree from Bishop Foys of Covington is making the rounds. Man, this has got to be taken from a chapter of the Joseph Ratzinger Manual for Public Relations. I can’t think of a worse time to throw a wrench … Continue reading

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GDC 73: Religious Instruction in Schools

Wrapping up Chapter II, the GDC turns to the topic of “Catechesis and religious instruction in schools.” (GDC 73-76) Today’s section, 73, is labeled, “The proper character of religious instruction in schools.” Let’s read: 73. Within the ministry of the word, … Continue reading

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GIRM 53: Gloria in Excelsis

When you sing the Gloria, do you choose option 2 (antiphonal or responsorial), option 1, or option 3? 53. The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, … Continue reading

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Regard Talk or Actions?

A quote from Dorothy Day: I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions. Seems appropriate in light of … Continue reading

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Ruth of the Dust Bowl

A bit of discernment ahead. If any readers would like to chime in, I’d appreciate. I’ve fielded a serious suggestion to set my next Bible musical in modern or near-modern times. Naomi and her family leave their rural homestead for … Continue reading

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Peer Intently

From William Miller’s biography: At the church door, Cardinal Terence Cooke met the body to bless it. As the procession stopped for this rite, a demented person pushed his way through the crowd and bending low over the coffin peered … Continue reading

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Cast and Band

I do miss the frenetic pace of rehearsal and production. I thought I had posted these images, but only on Facebook. Anyway, the cast group image above, the band below. Meanwhile, the current draft of Ruth: The Path of Loyalty … Continue reading

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MR3’s Clunky Chalice

After three Masses, I have to say that chalice comes off as fussy and clunky. It’s the wrong word, pure and simple. As for the orations, they will have to be prepared with more diligence than your usual Pauline pericope. … Continue reading

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GDC 72: Coordination of Catechesis

A few faith communities may have difficulty with the coordination suggestion here: 72. It is fundamentally important that initiatory catechesis for adults, whether baptized or not, initiatory catechesis for children and young people and continuing catechesis are closely linked with … Continue reading

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GIRM 51-52: Penitential Act and Kyrie

Most often Mass continue with the Penitential Act after the greeting. Note there is a formula for confession, and also an absolution. The 2000 edition was amended with the last sentence of 51a to remind readers that this absolution isn’t … Continue reading

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GDC 71: “Various forms of continuing catechesis”

This section highlights six possible ways to continue faith formation in believers. 71. For continuing education in the faith, the ministry of the word uses many forms of catechesis. Among these the following may be highlighted: – The study and … Continue reading

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GIRM 49-50: Reverence and Greeting

Today we look at two sections under the heading of “Reverence to the Altar and Greeting of the Assembled People.” 49. When they have arrived at the sanctuary, the Priest, the Deacon, and the ministers reverence the altar with a … Continue reading

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GDC 70: Formation at the Liturgy

Let’s chat about liturgy and faith formation, shall we? This is really a gem of a passage in the GDC, one of my favorites: 70. In the Christian community the disciples of Jesus Christ are nourished at a twofold table; … Continue reading

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GIRM 47-48: The Entrance

One of reform2’s favorite sections. It helps when one has read GIRM 40 plus all the relevant texts that address singing by the assembled community. Regardless, here are the passages of the day: 47. When the people are gathered, and … Continue reading

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