Category Archives: Liturgy

Baptism at Sunday Eucharist

From the East balcony, a view over our narthex and the Rite of Baptism as celebrated at a recent Sunday Mass. What’s interesting is that over the past fourteen years, no young person or anybody else for that matter, needs … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Parish Life, Rite of Baptism | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Homily Series

I’ve always wondered why more Catholic clergy don’t preach a series. Even great homilists cultivate a message based on a set of Sunday readings in isolation from what was preached the week before and what will be preached the week … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Scripture | 1 Comment

The Saturday Wedding Question

The young miss wasn’t interested in the finer liturgical point I was attempting. She had been told (by someone who shall remain nameless) that a Saturday wedding counts for the Sunday obligation. (They did have the Gloria, per MR3.) When … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, My Family | Leave a comment

Narthex Panorama

This is from the last 7pm Mass of the semester, about fifteen minutes after Mass. It’s nice to be back from exile, mainly because people have more reason for the post-liturgical buzz. You get the baptismal font, the Story Wall, … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Parish Life | 1 Comment

Warming the Pro Multis Discussion

After a spate of Pope-Francis-is-really-arch-conservative stories spouting up the past week or two, we get this bombshell from daily Mass yesterday: In a passage that may prompt a theological debate about the nature of salvation, the pontiff also declared that … Continue reading

Posted in evangelization, Liturgy | Tagged , | 8 Comments

Survey Shows Deep MR3 Divisions

And it shows a lot of silence. Three our of five priests don’t like the English MR3. Four out of five think the language is awkward and distracting. The higher-ups are silent: When a majority of priests are unhappy about … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

When the People Do Not Love the Shepherd

Some Catholics have a problem with the perceived imbalance of this “limited” petition from Eucharistic Prayer II: Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our Pope and N. … Continue reading

Posted in bishops, Liturgy, spirituality | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Paschal Candle Details

There is a long tradition in my parish of decorating a “blank” paschal candle. A parishioner used to make them each year, but she has “retired” from that duty. The past few years, I’ve ordered a plain candle from a … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Easter, Liturgy | 2 Comments

Doing More With More

There was a fussy comment on a conservative Catholic web site a week or two ago about the way some of us liturgists go hyper when one person is signed on for more than one ministry at a single Mass. … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Ministry, Parish Life | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

More Hand Wringing on Feet Washing

From England and Wales, Father Paul Gunter, secretary for the department for Christian Life and Worship, weighed in a few days ago on washing the feet of Holy Thursday women. To sum: don’t do as the pope does, do as … Continue reading

Posted in Church News, Holy Week, Liturgy, Ministry | Leave a comment

Stain

The east balcony looks almost normal. However, the plants and furniture haven’t returned, nor the image of Saint Jude from the old Reconciliation Chapel. It was a sunny Spring day when we did a walk-through of the building Monday. I … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Ministry, Parish Life, Rites, spirituality | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Ghost of a Pew

Our cleaning company said they couldn’t ice-blast the “shadows” out of the balcony wall like they did for all the soot accumulation from last Fall’s fire. This struck me as being slightly creepy. The balcony floor was replaced totally–asbestos. The … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Parish Life | 1 Comment

Getting Into My Gig, Part 2

Last week I described my exit from the world of full-time secular work. My experience of the Paschal Triduum twenty years ago this month at St Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, Indiana was certainly an eye-opener. I had the immediate … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Week, Liturgy, Ministry, Other Places | 1 Comment

Nearly Midnight

I have a mixed heart today. This afternoon I heard the encouraging news of the Holy Father’s Mass in the Roman youth prison, which included washing the feet of young women and Muslims. Surely this must be throwing some of my … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Week, Liturgy, Music, Parish Life, Scripture | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Snacking on the Word: Luke 22:33-34

I was struck by Peter’s earnest support in today’s Passion reading: Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you. And we know how that ended. Jesus said: I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Week, Liturgy, Scripture, spirituality | Tagged , , | Leave a comment