Monthly Archives: April 2009

RCIA 41: Acceptance

Next to the celebration of the Easter Vigil, the Rite of Acceptance is as much of a highlight as you can get in RCIA. When done properly and prayerfully, it is also among the most moving. 41. The rite that … Continue reading

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FOCA Watch: Now We Can Close Our Eyes

From the president: Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority. I believe that women should have the right to choose. But I think that the most important thing we can do to tamp down some of … Continue reading

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Bow If You Must

… but wave? Bishops and diocesan liturgy directors are warning off communion from the cup in some places. But this idea seems a little limp to me: (M)embers of our congregations should not be offended at this time if someone … Continue reading

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Laetare Award

Just so I can demonstrate some balance, I’m going to lob something President Jenkins’ way over his statement of finding another worthy recipient. It’s a bad idea. He, or his committee, or whoever, have already decided Mary Ann Glendon is … Continue reading

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Getting Schooled For Catholic Adulthood

Natch, we liturgists have know this for years. Want your kids to be Catholic adults? Take ’em to church every Sunday and holy day. Do you think we clergy, lay ministers, and schools are going to instill it without you? … Continue reading

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More On Glendon’s Self-Disinvite

Professor Mary Ann Glendon promised she would remain silent after her public letter in First Things declining Notre Dame’s Laetare Award and sharing the stage, as it were, with President Obama. Others are not so silent. Her daughter Elizabeth Lev … Continue reading

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RCIA 40: Praying With Priests

This last section of the chapter on the precatechumenate is addressed to clergy: 40. During the precatechumenate period, parish priests (pastors) should help those taking part in it with prayers suited to them, for example, by celebrating for their spiritual … Continue reading

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