Monthly Archives: November 2011

And With Some of Your Spirits

My wife reported she got one out of three spirits at Mass last night. I had two. I thought all three responses were mixed, but as the Mass went on, there was more of you than of spirit in the mix. The pastor … Continue reading

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Enough Loss For A Lent

Or maybe a few Lents. And it’s not even 2012 yet, let alone February. People have commented on the difficulty of dieting the past several months. I don’t know what to tell them. While I love certain foods, especially sweets, … Continue reading

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Retired Books

In addition for the preparations for a new liturgical year, it’s also a cleaning-out day in the sacristy. Cycle A lectionary: to my office. Cycle B: bookmarked and in place. Gospel book gets its ribbon moved back to the start. … Continue reading

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GDC 69: “Continuing education in faith within the Christian community”

Today we get a new topic, ongoing faith formation, covered in GDC 69-72. Language is more than political lingo, and I think there are good reasons to avoid “education” where “faith formation” is a more descriptive term. The heading for … Continue reading

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GIRM 46: Introductory Rites

Today we begin a long section of the GIRM (numbered sections 46 through 90) that reviews and legislates for the individual parts of the Mass. It’s important to remember these sections do not exhaust what the Church teaches on the … Continue reading

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GDC 67-68: Initiatory Catechesis Summed Up

If you’re still hanging in there, let’s finish up and summarize initiatory catechesis: 67. Catechesis acquires certain characteristics in virtue of being an “essential moment” in the process of evangelization, in the service of Christian initiation. (cf. Catechesi Tradendae 21) … Continue reading

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GIRM 45: Silence

One of the more important single sections in this document: 45. Sacred silence also, as part of the celebration, is to be observed at the designated times.[Sacrosanctum Concilium 30; Musicam Sacram 17] Its nature, however, depends on the moment when … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Variety: Cornucopia?

When I lived upstate New York, Thanksgiving Mass looked a lot like an obligatory holy day. I remember about twenty-five years ago, when I was in grad school, and the parish assistant called me at 8:30AM to say the pastor … Continue reading

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Is Anonymous Protest Helpful?

PrayTell posts from an anonymous priest preaching morality to the non-anonymous 99%. I’ve already made my strong distaste for this type of anonymity made known there. It was pointed out that speaking out has its cost. Frankly, I don’t need … Continue reading

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GDC 66: Catechesis and Baptism

On catechesis and Baptism: 66. Catechesis, is thus, a fundamental element of Christian initiation and is closely connected with the sacraments of initiation, especially with Baptism, “the sacrament of faith”.* The link uniting catechesis and Baptism is true profession of … Continue reading

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GIRM 44: Decorous Processions

A quick note on processions: 44. Among gestures are included also actions and processions, by which the Priest, with the Deacon and ministers, goes to the altar; the Deacon carries the Evangeliary or Book of the Gospels to the ambo … Continue reading

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Sensible Sites on Eucharistic Adoration?

While sleuthing a few web sites for information on Eucharistic Adoration, I found what I have to say are really extreme places, emphasizing miracles, causes for sainthood, and mostly out-there expressions of Catholicism. Fr Benedict Groeschel passed on this tidbit: … Continue reading

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GDC 65: “Catechesis, at the service of Christian initiation”

Root it in baptism: 65. Faith, by means of which (a human being) responds to the proclamation of the Gospel, requires Baptism. The close connection between the two realities is rooted in the will of Christ himself, who commanded his apostles to … Continue reading

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GIRM 43: Standing, Sitting, Kneeling

Okay. So when does the GIRM tell us layfolk what to do? 43. The faithful should stand from the beginning of the Entrance Chant, or while the Priest approaches the altar, until the end of the Collect; for the Alleluia … Continue reading

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Observing Saint Cecilia Day

I hope you church musicians in the readership celebrated St Cecilia Day well. Over the lunch hour, I attended an organ recital at our mother parish. My friend Bob Hauser is a superlative pastoral musician, and he treated a few … Continue reading

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