Monthly Archives: January 2012

Thomas Aquinas Novena, Day Seven: Keeping Vigil

Opening Prayer Glory Be … Scripture In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown  are the soul’s desire. My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when … Continue reading

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GIRM 187-193: The Functions of the Acolyte

Seven sections cover the duties of the acolyte. This one GIRM role folds in the duties covered by three ministries in most American parishes, those of the sacristan, lay Communion minister, and altar server. First we read that when it … Continue reading

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GDC 121: Nature and purpose of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Why do we have a catechism? GDC 121 answers the question with three points: ecclesial communion, a reference work, textbook and guidebook for other catechisms. Let’s read, then discuss: 121. The Prologue to the Catechism of the Catholic Church states … Continue reading

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Gingrich On The Moon

Universe Today covered Mr Gingrich’s comments from Florida: By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the Moon and it will be American. Love the moon base idea. I don’t think it would … Continue reading

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The White House Bothers and Honors

USCCB spokeswoman says: Irony is the word of the day. The timing is not understood, according to the USCCB. Here in parish life, we all know that it’s all about Catholic Schools Week. Even in my parish which doesn’t have … Continue reading

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GDC 120: The Catechism and the GDC

Okay. So we’re getting close to halfway through this document, and perhaps a few of you have commented, “So what? It’s not the catechism.” What is the relationship between the two? 120. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the … Continue reading

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GIRM 184-186: The Deacon and the Concluding Rites

Wrapping up the deacon’s role at Mass: 184. Once the Prayer after Communion has been said, the Deacon makes brief announcements to the people, if indeed any need to be made, unless the Priest prefers to do this himself. 185. … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas Novena, Day Six: Eucharist

Opening Prayer Glory Be … Scripture For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given … Continue reading

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Don’t Phone, Please

I don’t think telemarketers quite get it. My daughter has been getting bugged by calls from an 800-number. She asked me today if I could get them to stop. For me, that’s an easy solution. And for many, maybe most … Continue reading

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Pro-Life Thoughts

As the years roll on, I find myself losing patience with the political pro-life movement. The internet makes is difficult to be sympathetic to many of my sister and brothers in the pro-life effort. Aside from agreement on abortion, we … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas Novena, Day Five: Preacher

Opening Prayer Glory Be … Scripture If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe betide me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do … Continue reading

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GIRM 178-183: The Deacon at the Liturgy of the Eucharist

In these six sections, we have a number of important duties. 178. After the Universal Prayer, while the Priest remains at the chair, the Deacon prepares the altar, assisted by the acolyte, but it is the Deacon’s place to take … Continue reading

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GDC 119: On Catechisms

GDC’s Part Two, Chapter II (numbered sections 119-136), treats the issues of catechisms. The Catechism of the Catholic Church predates this document by several years, but you may find the next several posts illustrative as we will explore some of … Continue reading

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Look MaChurch, No Hands!

An interesting online initiative: We are convinced of the great spiritual harm inflicted on the Catholic faithful by the practice of Communion received on the hand. We are asking the Holy Father to personally intervene to restore once again the … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas Novena, Day Four: Priest

Opening Prayer Glory Be … Scripture Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the … Continue reading

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