Category Archives: Liturgy

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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Presider’s Best Friend

We had our second outbreak of sound system popping this Easter. Usually it means a combination of two things: a polyester vestment and longtime storage in the closet. In other words, if it hasn’t been sprayed, the static electricity will set … Continue reading

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First Communion Menu

Today was First Communion for our parish’s youngsters. I had some fun with the group. Neither priest showed up at the group rehearsal yesterday–that’s not a big deal actually. It’s one of the jobs of a liturgist to make sure … Continue reading

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Free Those Feasts!

What does the canonization mean in the day-to-day life of believers, new parishes, and such? Check it here. John XXIII and John Paul II will be optional memorials. Their feast days will not be dates of death, as is usual. … Continue reading

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What Has Passed

I was looking at the Roman Missal prayer for the purification of liturgical vessels: What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what has been given to us in time may … Continue reading

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Bat Christians

Another great image from the Francis papacy. “Bat Christians.” CNS recounts it: “We’re afraid of joy. It’s better thinking: ‘Yeah, yeah, God exists, but he’s up there; Jesus is risen, he’s there’ (at) a bit of distance,” he said. “We’re … Continue reading

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Which Worship Aids?

I noticed that thread on PrayTell (where my friend Charles gave a good poke) about the option to “spiritually commune” with a liturgy of one’s (traditionalist) choice online. I have a few takes on this. First, it’s not a big … Continue reading

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Private Masses–Bleah!

A PrayTell discussion from last week got bogged down in the permissibility of so-called private Masses. Rita Ferrone offered a dose of sanity: These discussions tire me, honestly. We have such a priest shortage that communities all over the world … Continue reading

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One of Our Own

Iowa State graduate, former parishioner of ours, and soon-to-be-ordained priest of our archdiocese chants the Gospel at a Mass in a humble basilica by a small river in an ancient city. He begins about 24:50 in. The pastor emailed him … Continue reading

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The Best Pastoral Easter Liturgy (That Might Get People To Return Next Sunday)

After a three-hour Easter Vigil, and two stuffed Sunday morning Masses, I was thinking about the ideal Easter Sunday Mass. I’ll mention a few things we did or didn’t do and please feel free to chime in with your parish’s practice, … Continue reading

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