Category Archives: Parish Life

Christmas Scheduling

My former parish in Kansas City had a grueling Christmas schedule. I inherited four Christmas Eve Masses (two simultaneously on our campus with a total of 1300-plus between them), a Midnight Mass, and three on Christmas morning. A few years … Continue reading

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Observing All Souls

In other parishes I’ve served, November 2nd was a big deal. Somewhat in our university parish, but surprisingly, not connected with Mass. Our noon Mass isn’t conducive to a wide participation. I had pushed gently for an evening Mass. That … Continue reading

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Book of the Deceased

We received our new book of the deceased today. We had been purchasing blank books from publishers. A bequest from a parishioner funded this initiative. The book came in a nice box from our bookbinder, Peggy Johnston: Unfold the box, … Continue reading

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War on Halloween

In the expression of military genius that we call the culturewar, the Christians strike back. Some of them, anyway. Commentary at First Things here, basically suggesting it’s time to chill, like a cold autumn night. Does the opposition to Halloween … Continue reading

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The Count of Catholic October

Count every head, the memo said. We’ve been fortunate (I think) at my parish because Parents’ Weekend always and Homecoming usually falls in the month we’re directed to count the people who come to weekend Masses. My wife said the … Continue reading

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Preaching on a Martyr’s Example

Deacon John Herman preached today’s Masses at the parish. He largely talked about his brother, our parish and diocese’s martyr, Ray Herman. I was reminded that a young man listened to Jesus and took it very, very seriously. He shifted … Continue reading

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Archbishop Visits

Our new archbishop visits the parish this weekend. Our Sunday 7pm Mass is often a stumbling block for visiting priests or homilists. I think Archbishop Jackels was given the option of when to leave, but to his credit, committed to … Continue reading

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Thoughts

I see in the news that my former colleague is facing a half-century in federal prison. This is a very long fall from the adulation of people for a freshly-minted priest. Some disconnected thoughts on this: It’s hard to tell … Continue reading

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On Peace With Gregory the Great

Two days late for the saint’s feast, and two days early for the worldwide day of prayer and fasting, but here is the prayer I pieced together for a group meeting yesterday: Music Da pacem, Domine (Grant peace, Lord.) (Jacques … Continue reading

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Boom

Confessors in Britain report an uptick in the interest in the Sacrament of Penance. The Pope Francis effect? Pope Benedict’s visit three years ago? I’d prefer to attribute it to God’s grace. I’m sure the two most recent popes would … Continue reading

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At Night

This is my view at night when I go home. First, walking past the altar with the light setting on “night.” Just eight small lamps shine on the platform. One post hits the far wall. The two saint shrines: Thomas … Continue reading

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Sunday Homily for 21st Ordinary C

My colleague Fr Richmond preached at our four Masses this past weekend. If you want the reference to the coconut tree, check his homily two weeks ago.

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Holy Cards, Locally Produced

When we commissioned our parish processional crucifix a few years ago, part of the plan was to produce a holy card as well. Our parishioner Mike Lanning did a fantastic job on layout. I love the holy card size with … Continue reading

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Greed Is Not Good

My pastor, Fr Jon Seda preached it this weekend:

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Regrets

Every August, the parish produces a publication piece that includes staff member introductions. Often there’s a “gimmick” attached. One year, people had to match our baby pictures with our latest mug shots. In another handout, we were pictured as we … Continue reading

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