Monthly Archives: November 2012

Confessor Station

Busy day today. First Reconciliation this morning. Thirteen second-graders, plus family. Still out of the church, so our lower lounge, ordinarily the setting for social life and large group catechesis, filled in as a space for worship. Left, one of … Continue reading

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Sore Loser in the Rectory

Pastor loses the election. Takes it out on a teenager, who, to his credit, wants no bitterness for the Church on his account: I don’t want the church to be put down. I don’t want the Catholic religion to be … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 164-165: Vessels and Vestments Suitable for the Liturgy

The GIRM bolsters the US bishops on § 164 § As in the case of styles of architecture, there is no particular style for sacred furnishings for the liturgy.(GIRM 325) Sacred vessels may be in “a shape that is in … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

One of the more curious strategies I’ve encountered over the years has been the “anonymous” vocation discernment group. Boston seems to be moving beyond that trend, in its “collaborative” (see cluster) plan. Each collaborative will develop a plan for identifying candidates for the … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 161-163: Materials of the Artist

John Paul II leads off today’s reflection: § 161 § Artists bridge the worlds of the visible and the mysterious invisible. They focus upon items with specific shapes, sizes, weights, densities, colors, forms, and textures. At the same time, they … Continue reading

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Next at the Plate for the Year of Faith?

One request from way back in July was to look at evangelization as a continuation of this site’s observance of The Year of Faith. I suppose a peek at the documents going in and coming out of last month’s synod … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 81-82: Final Thoughts

1975 was a holy year dedicated to reconciliation, hence, this connection: 81. This then, brothers and sons and daughters, is our heartfelt plea. It echoes the voice of our brethren assembled for the Third General Assembly of the Synod of … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 158-160: The Integration of Art Within the Liturgical Setting

We’re getting into a discussion of bishops ensuring a good relationship between artists and the demands of the liturgy. § 158 § The role of the Church is to educate artists in the appropriate relationships between their personal approach to … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 80: Obstacles

We Catholics have the message. But do we have the ability to overcome the obstacles we ourselves place in front of the Gospel? 80. Our appeal here is inspired by the fervor of the greatest preachers and evangelizers, whose lives … Continue reading

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Before And After

What lessons to be drawn from this? USCCB votes 203-14 to move on to the Liturgy of the Hours. Bishop Brom of San Diego: I’m hearing from the priests … that we not rush headlong into further translations and using … Continue reading

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Hard Work Continues

The Grinch has hit our parish. A Christmas return from fire damage and repair was always up in the air anyway. We don’t have the final timeline with the subcontractors yet, but we’ve been told a March return is more likely … Continue reading

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Busy Bishops

Coverage of the Fall USCCB Meeting, Day 1. Archbishops Dolan and Vigano counseled contrition and holiness. Channeling his inner Chesterton, the Jovial One asked what’s wrong with the world, and answered: I am. The Vatican’s ambassador to the US: We … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 155-157: The Special Requirements of Liturgical Art

The bishops make a distinction between liturgical and devotional art. Do you agree? Can art be both? § 155 § In order to create art that truly serves the liturgy, the artist must have an understanding of and reverence for … Continue reading

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Tobiah and Sarah on the Wedding Night

A video segment from dress rehearsal last year. “Raphael Binds the Demon” plus “Marriage Prayer.” TOBIAH Blessed are you. God of our ancestors, blessed forever is your holy name. Let the heavens praise you, and all your creation for evermore. … Continue reading

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Not So Solemn All Saints Blessings

I meant to blog about this the other week, but consider yourselves forewarned for next year’s November 1 observance. The solemn blessing for All Saints was so bad that the priest who used it for the vigil Mass on Wednesday … Continue reading

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