Category Archives: Liturgy

Progressive Preaching

The bishop of my first see has decided to end lay preaching in that diocese. I found a curious statement by the journalist: The reversal is perhaps the starkest example yet of the contrasting stewardship of Matano with his predecessor, … Continue reading

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Natural Law, Language, and the Family

I won’t be dissecting the Instrumentum Laboris for the October synod with the same thoroughness we’ve treated other documents here. But I do plan to drop in a post every few days on aspects that strike me, especially on liturgy … Continue reading

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A June of Feasts

I wondered how often we’ve celebrated five named Church feasts on Sundays in June, finishing up today with observing Peter and Paul. Easter has to fall on April 20th for it to work. The only time since Vatican II that’s … Continue reading

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Peter and Paul: Are These The Best Readings?

This is one of those few weekends where there is a different set of readings for Saturday and Sunday. Let the liturgically astute among us be forewarned. With two possible Gospel readings, one of my colleagues at school was surprised … Continue reading

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No Good Morning

According to the Catholic Herald, Archbishop Tagle gives his Manila priests some liturgical advice: With all due respect, my brother-priests, I do not see the need for saying “good morning” and similar greetings when God’s real presence in the Holy Eucharist alone suffices. … Continue reading

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Looking Down, Wiping Feet

The church entrances at St John’s are pretty cool, I think. I asked on my parish’s Facebook page, and I ask it here: Is this kind of attention to detail, extending to the mats on which one wipes one’s feet, … Continue reading

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Doors And Confluences

One of the first things I noticed at Mass on Sunday as I walked up to church is that is appeared at first these great doors were open. And they were. But they were not the only doors on the … Continue reading

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Sunday Surprise

I was checking that image I posted of St John’s church on the Creighton campus. I was there for 10:30 Mass this morning, then for sung Sunday Vespers this evening at 5:30, and there has been further development. Way further … Continue reading

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One Sunday, One Mass

One Sunday, one Mass: what a thought! It will be great to settle in with a community for the next few weeks with a different set of responsibilities. (Writing papers and keeping up on reading assignments rather than wrangling liturgical … Continue reading

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Organ Donation

Jimmy Mac sent me a link to a Commonweal article on Dutch churches sending out liturgical items to places as far flung as Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, and in between. Even Italy. They sell, because otherwise the urge of capitalism would … Continue reading

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Bad Liturgy 1: Reserving the Blood

If I were to start blogging today, maybe I would title my site “Bad Liturgy.” Why? I reflect on a few recent practices in my parish and I think about how much worse it was in the past. I just … Continue reading

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The Dog Days of Easter

There are advantages to having an early Easter. Say, about the end of March. When May comes, it’s a big ramp up with sacraments, commencement, Mother’s Day, and Pentecost–all before June hits. Having served in large parishes, I’ve often been … Continue reading

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Presumptions

Yesterday morning I fielded a phone call as I was pulling into the parking lot of my wife’s ear surgeon. This pre-planned and “simple,” small funeral that had baffled many of us on staff and on the bereavement team threw … Continue reading

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Home Vintages

I would love to be in a situation in which I could use parishioners’ home-made wines for the Eucharist. One of our first communicant’s dads provided two bottles for the parish celebration of that first sacrament the other week. Anybody … Continue reading

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MR3 Sale

I’m not posting this to hawk product from a publisher. But I did find it interesting that LTP is discounting the chapel edition 25% and the big book 65%. We needed a second missal here. And the bigger book is … Continue reading

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