Monthly Archives: September 2010

Smaller Church: Really More Faithful?

Every so often, I see the Small Church, Getting Smaller (SCGS) meme touted, if not with support, then at least with a certain resignation of the inevitable. Given the Gospel imperative, I’m going to suggest that the notion of a … Continue reading

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Griddle Sandwiches

I don’t know about you, but I love grilled sandwiches. I’ve been feeling that I’ve lost the creative edge in my cooking these days. After a full evening of meetings at the parish center tonight, I came home to make … Continue reading

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OCF 130: Structure and Content of the Funeral Liturgy

What two major items make up the Catholic Mass? Most every Catholic could quote “liturgy of the Word” and “liturgy of the Eucharist.” How would they do with the two other aspects that are distinctive for the funeral Mass, as … Continue reading

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Hosts: Color and Counting

Couple of questions for the commentariat today: If your parish uses hosts, do you prefer the white or whole wheat? The latter are pictured above in their bag of 500 shipped to us by the good Benedictine sisters of Clyde, … Continue reading

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OCF 129: More on the Funeral Liturgy

For those of you following the series on the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF) thanks for the patience. Let’s return to a daily examination, starting with the threefold purpose of the funeral liturgy: 129. At the funeral liturgy the community … Continue reading

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Belgian Bishop Lights A Fire

Pewsitter‘s picked up that new Bruges, Belgium Bishop Jozef De Kesel favors optional celibacy and wouldn’t mind reopening the discussion on women priests. Man, has this livened up a quiet Sunday afternoon in the conservative half of the blogosphere. I … Continue reading

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Some More on Summorum

The myopia of leadership is to assume everyone else thinks as you do. In a Church full of Joseph Ratzingers, the loosening of the Traditional Latin Mass would indeed be received with serenity, with an open heart of reconciliation,¬†and an … Continue reading

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Little Green Planet

If you have a good pair of binoculars, the next few nights are a fine time to spot the sun’s seventh planet, Uranus. After sunset, look for that bright “star” in the east. That’s Jupiter, and there’s no mistaking it … Continue reading

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Pope Dodges Scandal

How many others were disappointed in Pope Benedict’s remarks on sex and cover-up scandals? Even sinners would be compassionate toward innocent victims. Good sense would dictate removal of access for abusers and a finer sieve for seminarians. These steps would … Continue reading

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CitE* Watch: Cross-Country Pilgrimage

I noticed that after only four years in Joliet, Bishop J. Peter Sartain has been tapped to head the Archdiocese of Seattle. Third see switch in a decade. Rock has his usual upbeat piece on this, too. Do you suppose … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Civilian Displacement in Iraq

The America blog reports on Cardinal McCarrick’s visit and subsequent essay on civilian life in Iraq. This kind of news won’t get mainstream airplay in this country, probably because the conservative-minded corporations that control the so-called librul media wouldn’t see … Continue reading

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Entering the Facebook Era

My parish’s liturgical ministry is now on Facebook. We’ll be devoting that site to liturgical events, information for parishioners, and eventually video and audio clips of interesting stuff. I note a real bias of video over audio in what’s offered … Continue reading

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OCF 128: Funeral Liturgy, Two Forms

For the next few weeks, we’ll cover the introduction section (OCF 128-153) to the funeral liturgy. I hope these posts will be instructive on the core celebration of the worshiping community for the deceased. 128. The funeral liturgy is the … Continue reading

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Papal Rightspeak

I see some Catholic conservatives are all atwitter about an “embarrassing” list of preferred terms for the papal pilgrimage to Britain this week. To be honest, I don’t get the problem. Non-Catholics do refer to things Catholic in sometimes inaccurate … Continue reading

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OCF 121-127: Rite of Transfer of the Body

The outlines for this rite is as follows: Invitation Scripture Verse Litany The Lord’s Prayer Concluding Prayer Invitation to the Procession Procession to the Church or to the Place of Committal The invitation (OCF 121) and Scripture verse (122) are … Continue reading

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