Category Archives: Parish Life

Composing the General Intercessions

I was pleased to land in a parish that had a long tradition of parishioners composing the Sunday prayers of the faithful. The pastor handed me a list and said I was now in charge of recruiting students, couples, and/or … Continue reading

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Late For Mass

The other Sunday I was in my office, and I heard an insistent tapping for about five minutes. Mr Goldfinch wasn’t at all camera shy. If he really wants to come to church, I suggested he look for the entrance the … Continue reading

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The Bus Stopped Here

Some of my parishioners got caught on camera as the religious sisters’ summer road trip commenced. I was sorry to miss it. Monday mornings I’m usually on the road with church errands. Plus my wife sent me to pick up … Continue reading

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Singing MR3 Runs Off The Rails

And I thought it was going so well in my parish. To set up what happened at the Eucharistic Prayer in my parish this morning at about 11:10, you should know that we work with good liturgical priests. But they’re a little … Continue reading

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Acceptance: The Cycle Begins Again

It was a bonus to come to a parish four years ago that did a year-round catechumenate. What’s that, you ask? Simply that we are focused on evangelization and welcoming twelve months a year. Not just in the Fall. And … Continue reading

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New Staff Colleagues

It’s always sad to see good colleagues move on. I’ve worked with our fine faith formation director and our outstanding campus minister for my four years here. But these great women–two of the most talented ministers I’ve ever been privileged … Continue reading

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Eucharistic adoration in our main worship space.

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Father Everett Hemann

Father Ev Hemann, the Iowa priest who has shared much of his final days from cancer diagnosis to death, will be remembered in funeral rites this weekend and Monday. I note he’s getting quite a bit of notice around the … Continue reading

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Daily Mass Ambo

Here is my parish’s daily Mass ambo. It’s a bit worse for wear, and a few parishioners and I have been either repairing it or chatting about a replacement for the past few years. If we do opt to replace, … Continue reading

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Fasting and Numbers

Saint Jerome once said: When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting. It was a busy day at the parish, bigger than any other Sunday of the year, even Parent’s Weekend. But I did take time to … Continue reading

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Parisian Thoroughfares

Since I’m reflecting on parish fun, I thought I’d share an image of our occasional jazz band, the Parisian Thoroughfares. This was snapped at the recent auction/dinner/dance. Our singer Anna and drummer Adam are rather obscured. I’m not at all … Continue reading

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Having Fun

Our padre is away in Honduras making connections with our sister parish there and solidifying relationships. While the cat’s away … Some people were concerned about his statement “College students don’t know how to have fun.” Hence this.

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MR3′s EP3

I prayed with Eucharistic Prayer III last night for the first time in the New Age. It was admittedly very cool. Our parish priests have been using II and I exclusively. I’m finding the insistence on “chalice” to be a … Continue reading

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On The Last Day of Christmas

Every five, six, or eleven years, this feast falls on a Thursday, so the students get to do fun liturgical things on their Thursday night Mass. Like tonight: haul all the year’s candles out to the prayer garden, bless them, … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas Novena, Day Nine: Doctor of the Church

Opening Prayer Glory Be … Scripture The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of … Continue reading

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