Monthly Archives: September 2013

Will Non-Catholics Get the Ear of Pope Francis?

My musing about Pope Francis inviting non-Catholics to observe or even join the Cardinal Council was a throwaway thought in an earlier post today. Pope John XXIII of sainted (literally) memory invited Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants to Vatican II. So … Continue reading

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Paschal Candle Stand Upgrade

The paschal candle stand has needed an upgrade. We used to have a one-inch thick cylinder on which to mount the Easter Candle. It necessitated drilling into the bottom of the candle. The 2012 edition was cracked. And this year’s … Continue reading

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And Then There Will Be Nine?

Vatican Radio has a bit from Fr Federico Lombardi on the Octocards meeting tomorrow. Also on the docket, according to Rocco’s Twitter feed, is the naming of a cardinal to represent Eastern Christians. Makes sense to me. I wonder what … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 117-120

Sacred vessels capture our attention in these three sections that follow (RS 117-119). These are serious matters. Not as serious as the bread and wine, nor as the altar and furnishings, but worthy of attention and diligence: [117.] Sacred vessels … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Vestment Cleaning Schedule

Advent is not too far away. Are your purple/violet/blue vestments ready? How often are your vestments cleaned? We have a parishioner who volunteered to oversee the dry cleaning of chasubles and stoles. We have a rough schedule to follow. Obviously, … Continue reading

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A Day for Saints

Santo subito 27 April 2014, announced earlier this morning. It happens to be Divine Mercy Sunday. That seems to fit. John Allen: It’s not like Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, will suddenly become a saint when the canonization ceremony occurs. … Continue reading

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GMD 80: Who Evangelizes?

Sections 80 through 88 treat the context of the three goals. We’ll take these next few posts carefully, especially as we look at the qualities the bishops expect from their people. For whom were these goals prepared? All Catholics in the … Continue reading

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