Monthly Archives: November 2012

Teen Daughters Are Mysteries

Lately, I’ve been tapping into my assessment from forty years ago that female teens were intimidating, strange, and just a cause for worry. These days, I just can’t figure them out. Tuesday I asked the young miss, “It’s the last … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 182: The Pastor

In BLS 182-195, we’ll cover “Roles Within the Parish,” starting today with the key person, the pastor: § 182 § The pastor is vital to the building or renovation of a parish church. The pastor shepherds the community through the … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Octave Assembles

Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday make a Triduum. Cyber Monday tacked on, and now a #Giving Tuesday. Naturally, the conservatives will be hopping all over this attempt to get charity out of government hands and into the people’s, where … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 180-181: The Assessment of Need

Starting with today’s post, we’ll look at the various roles within a parish as we examine BLS 180-195 “The Role of the Parish Community,” a broad introduction to this subsection, gets two relatively brief paragraphs: § 180 § The entire parish is … Continue reading

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Sing With Thanksgiving

A portion (7-11) of Psalm 147 for Thanksgiving Day: Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 178-179: The Role of the Apostolic See and the Diocesan Church

Parish communities do not operate in local isolation. It is essential to gain the consent of the local bishop, and to involve him in what the BLS calls a “discernment process.” People who work for the bishop or who serve … Continue reading

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Anglican/Catholic Endings

Reading with some lament the abandonment of shared Sunday worship at Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach. The description of two separate altars, one each for Catholics and Anglicans strikes me as somewhat cringe-worthy. But it’s been a liturgical practice there … Continue reading

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