Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mary and the Flag

When Memorial Day coincides with the Feast of the Visitation, how does your parish handle the confluence? Two blended feasts? Two observances coexisting side-by-side? Ignore one completely? What do you think the future of such holidays should hold for us–not … Continue reading

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To Praise the Dead or To Pray for Them?

Let’s take a pause today in the OCF series. I’d like to call your attention to Andrew Hamilton’s opinion piece for Australia’s Jesuit periodical Eureka Street. A good essay on the contrasting approaches to modern funerals: do we come to … Continue reading

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Maturity, Not Sex

I noted that women who have had sexual relationships with priests have asked for a relaxation of mandatory clerical celibacy. The communication vehicle: an open but mostly anonymous letter to the pope. To begin with, I think anyone has the … Continue reading

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Trinity: Let It Be

At the parish, I was grateful for a non-catechetical homily this weekend. I see from a quick perusal of St Blog’s we have about four or five posts, almost more obligatory than a holy day, attempting to explain the nature … Continue reading

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OCF 6: Separate But Bonded

This section carefully communicates what the Church teaches about the dead, and lays out the particular hopes for the liturgy. We’ll interrupt the narrative here and there to point out some important aspects: 6. The Church through its funeral rites … Continue reading

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The Best Musical Foot

In his post at NLM today, Jeffrey Tucker offers an interesting comment with regard to contemporary composers revising popular settings of the Mass for the new Roman Missal: I know some of these song writers, and I know that they … Continue reading

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Watch The Spill

Found on Universe Today, this video of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Justice would demand that the criminals responsible at BP ensure full restitution. That might mean jail time too. As a real liberal, I’ll be … Continue reading

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John Bosco, on Friends and Benefactors

In researching our parish’s summer bible school (an event we’re assembling from scratch without the canned VBS products from publishers) I found some excellent thoughts from one of our week’s saints, John Bosco. I’ve never before encountered the patron saint … Continue reading

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The Bus

My wife is heading to Kansas City next week by Greyhound to visit a friend and do some serious petsitting. So why is she watching Sandra Bullock driving the bus on Starz?

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OCF 5: Funeral Mass is Principal

Could have a Baltimore Catechism question, please … Why do we celebrate a funeral? 5. Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to … Continue reading

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Liturgy Planning for 2011

If your parish is like mine, your staff (and maybe you!) are already planning for the coming liturgical year. A late Easter (April 24!) means that Good Friday is the last day of classes here at the university. Lent begins … Continue reading

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All Are Welcoming An Archbishop

Jimmy Mac sent me the program for Archbishop Gomez’s Mass of Reception. Lots of text to read while you’re waiting for Mass to begin on page 13. And it’s a typically LA start, a medley arranged by Tony Alonso: Iona’s … Continue reading

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OCF 3-4: The Eucharistic Connection

The Eucharist is a sacrament of initiation, as we read yesterday. But it is also a celebration of renewal, nourishment, and strengthening–the basic and esssential spiritual maintenance of the Christian. Both aspects of the Eucharist, meal and sacrifice, are emphasized … Continue reading

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OCF 2: Jesus Christ is Central

Saint Paul and Sacrosanctum Concilium are the reference points for this section’s brief but effective meditation on the Paschal Mystery and the sacramental life: The proclamation of Jesus Christ “who was put to death for our sins and raised to … Continue reading

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50 > 8

I see some discussion of the Pentecost Octave on NLM. Make use of the ballot box there, if you wish. One commentator: Out of curiosity to those who said no, what’s your reasoning for believing that it should not be, … Continue reading

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