Monthly Archives: October 2010

OCF 151: Presiding Minister

Ordinarily a priest presides. A deacon may preside, but obviously not for a funeral Mass: 151. The priest is the ordinary presiding minister of the funeral liturgy. Except for Mass, a deacon may conduct the funerla liturgy. If pastoral need … Continue reading

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The Grace To Carry Struggles Well

Posting will be light this week, and non-existent the week following. I’m happy to remark that at this time next week, I’ll be settling in on retreat. Five days of silence and solitude. What a grace and a luxury this … Continue reading

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OCF 150: Active Participation

The OCF devotes four sections to “Ministry and Participation” in the funeral liturgy. Let’s look at the first today. Active participation is surprisingly controversial today–I can’t fathom why, really. Especially when the Church’s documentation and reasoning on it can be … Continue reading

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Public Repentance, But For What?

If Archbishop Burke is so insistent on pro-choice politicians, you have to wonder what he would say about sex offenders in the clergy and their supporters in the episcopacy. Sure sounds like he’s lobbying for priests and bishops on display … Continue reading

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Murals That “Detract” From Christ

Do murals have a place in Catholic churches? Does the fact that Michelangelo’s art adorns the Sistine Chapel, for example, “detract” from the celebration of Mass there? Could be a good thing that Fr. Benito Hernandez isn’t in Rome. Fr … Continue reading

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OCF 148-149: Procession to the Place of Committal

After the funeral, its time for a procession: 148. At the conclusion of the funeral liturgy, the procession is formed and the body is accompanied to the place of committal. This final procession of the funeral rite mirrors the journey … Continue reading

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Green Bay Catholics Come Home

The Diocese of Green Bay reported a seven percent increase in Mass attendance from October 2009 to April 2010 after a series of television commercials aired urging Catholics to “come home.” A few comments here … Taking October as the … Continue reading

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Gee, It Might Not Be There

That “new Earth” discovered orbiting Gliese 581? Maybe it’s not there after all. Astronomers have confirmed this red dwarf star has four planets. But the two newest ones–including planet “g” that’s getting all this attention–cannot be discerned apart from the … Continue reading

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Anointing for Mental Illness

I follow Fr Edward McNamara’s weekly liturgy Q&A feature on Zenit. Even if I disagree with his response (which I do this week) I have to admit the guy is willing to engage some of those who write to him. … Continue reading

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OCF 147: More on the Final Commendation and Farewell

Of what does this Final Commendation and Farewell consist? 147. The rite begins with the minister’s opening words and a few moments of silent prayer. The opening words serve as a brief explanation of the rite and as an invitation … Continue reading

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On Fish Eggs and French Wine

It’s my premise that liturgists and liturgy-curious Catholics are growing weary of MR3. Why else would PrayTell attract seventy-plus comments on a thread about a gold trimmed and jewel-encrusted banner hanging out the pope’s window? I’m sure it’s all well-meaning. … Continue reading

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Catholic Media Issues in India

Maybe some apply here in the US or elsewhere. What do you think? Father George Plathottam, media secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India thinks bloggers could spread professionalism to traditional media forms: In a country enjoying press freedom, … Continue reading

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OCF 145-146: Final Commendation and Farewell

After the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the faith community celebrates the final church rituals of the funeral rites. 145. At the conclusion of the funeral liturgy, the rite of final commendation and farewell is celebrated, unless it is to be … Continue reading

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OCF 144: More on the Liturgy of the Eucharist

As a church musician, the OCF’s prescriptions on sung repertoire are always of interest to me. This section contains some of the most helpful recommendations, and they won’t be a complete surprise to those who advocate the propers. 144. The … Continue reading

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Ecumenical Consultation: Choose Bishops Locally

More on that Catholic-Orthodox consultation, especially a juicy point that would be a good step in sending CitE* to a happy retirement: In harmony with the Pope’s universal ecumenical ministry, the Roman curia’s relationship to local bishops and episcopal conferences … Continue reading

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