Category Archives: Parish Life

Difficult Prayers

My parish has a long tradition of parishioners composing the intercessions for weekend Masses. I’m responsible for the final edit. I use that if we have a death of a parishioner and get word of it on Saturday. Otherwise I’m … Continue reading

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Partners in Prayer and Ministry

One of my parishioners serves on the Honduras Ministry Committee. Our connection is through our former staff member, John Donaghy. The pitch: We are looking for ways to created greater solidarity with our sister parish in Dulce Nombre de Maria. … Continue reading

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Management for Seminarians

RNS has a feature on forming priests-to-be in management skills. Good for Villanova, but this kind of thing should be a prerequisite for ordination. If a priest wants to be a pastor, that is. I noticed the “Rebuilt” priest, Michael … Continue reading

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Servicing Weddings

When I was at Creighton University last month, I got involved with music in the on-campus parish, St John’s. There’s a music rehearsal room in the very back, behind the apse. A sign informed me: Music rehearsal room Saturday 4pm … Continue reading

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Knowing Christ

The students have “WNL” (Wednesday Night Liturgy) weekly during the summer session. Tonight they did Lectio Divina, and naturally, I could not stay away. (I had some last-minute packing up in my office to boot.) The Scripture they gave was … Continue reading

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Last Day

Because it’s Sunday, and not Saturday, I will have to miss the festival of football on ten NBC networks this morning. It’s also Confirmation at a 2pm Mass, so I’ll miss all the post-game punditry, too. The young miss would be … 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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