Daily Archives: 8 December 2009

Snowed In

The Blizzard of ’09 has hit. There’s a foot of frozen, fluffy stuff in Ames already. Schools and interstates are already closed. The young miss and I just finished a game of Scrabble over popcorn and hot chocolate while my … Continue reading

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Music From MHR

Friend and frequent commentator Jimmy Mac sent along the music line-up from his parish this past Sunday: RCIA Acclamation: “We Stand With You,” David Haas Psalm 126, Marty Haugen setting Gospel Procession: “Alleluia,” Andrew Wright Prayers of the Faithful response: … Continue reading

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Vatican Music Page Includes Tupac

Paulist Father Edward Beck thinks the inclusion of Tupac Shakur’s “Changes” is not only good for the Vatican’s MySpace page, but right for the season: I can’t help but think that Shakur’s song makes a fine Advent anthem. This holiday … Continue reading

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Irish Bishops: Setting Examples?

Under Pope Benedict, Rome has sure changed its tune about bishops. Remember when Cardinal Law had to insist on resigning? Twice? Irish Central was picked up by Pewsitter with its suggestion that several Irish bishops could be ousted by the … Continue reading

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RCIA 244: Mystagogy

Mystagogy is the fourth period of the catechumenate. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much to it: eight sections of instruction and no rubrics or special rituals given. Parishes struggle with its implementation. To their loss when they … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: The Other Advent Color

We’re talkin’ pink. Would you use it? Would you get it if you didn’t have it? Does the tradition of Gaudete Sunday make sense if we keep Advent as a season of “joyful expectation?” Don’t delay with your pontificating: it’s … Continue reading

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Altar Families

Not just boys, but whole families serve in a number of Korean parishes. “I was surprised when our parish priest asked me and my whole family to serve as an ‘altar family.’ I had never heard of this before,” said … Continue reading

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The Vatican’s Tree

Belgium contributes this year’s Christmas tree from its Ardennes forest. We’ll see if there’s the same partial undressing after Epiphany as we saw last year. The plan for the tree after the scheduled deconstruction (February 2nd) of the nativity scene … Continue reading

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