Monthly Archives: October 2011

GDC 35: “The meaning and purpose of Part One”

Okay, I fibbed. We’re almost into the meat of the GDC. Today’s section gives an overview of Part One. From here we get into the gist of evangelization. Let’s read: 35. This first part intends to define the proper character … Continue reading

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GIRM 5: The Royal Priesthood of the Faithful

I should mention that this entire introductory section, GIRM 1-15, is an addition from the earlier editions released in the last century. As we continue through this introduction, we have an important reminder about the priesthood of believers. One might … Continue reading

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Eleven More Rehearsals To Go

My friend Tim Read did an excellent job with the poster, don’t you think? Hard to believe we have only eleven rehearsals left. Am I getting nervous? Not really. We ran most of Act I and the first three songs … Continue reading

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Spinning Assisi

And I don’t mean very bright celestial objects turning silver and rotating overhead. The Vatican is trying like heck to pacify the Temple Police (some of whom are ready to excommunicate the last pope) and you have to love this … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Considers Sing-Along Priests

I had a chat today with our associate pastor. He reported that at a diocesan workshop, the clergy were discouraged from singing the Mystery of Faith with the people. That got me thinking about the rubrics in the Order of … Continue reading

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GIRM 4: Ministerial Priesthood

Two sections discuss the priesthood. Tomorrow in GIRM 5, the priesthood of the baptized. But today, that of the clergy: 4. In truth, the nature of the ministerial Priesthood proper to the Bishop and the Priest, who offer the Sacrifice … Continue reading

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GDC 34: “The missionary mandate of Jesus”

Starting today, we dive into the heart of the General Directory for Catechesis. Part One, “Catechesis in the Church’s mission of evangelization,” covers numbered sections 34 through 91 in three chapters. This Scripture-heavy section introduces the response to the first … Continue reading

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Occupy the Church?

Tom Beaudoin suggests another occupation site. At Occupy London, organizers moved from the London Stock Exchange to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where as many as 250 protesters set up tents. As police prepared to “protect” the building, the cleric in charge … Continue reading

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GDC 33: “Some challenges for catechesis”

With this post, we come to the end of the introductory section of the General Directory for Catechesis. It wraps up with a fivefold focus: 33. In order to express its vitality and to be efficacious, catechesis today needs to … Continue reading

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GIRM 3: Christ’s Presence

Remember, you can find the full text of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal at the USCCB site. We get a reminder about the real presence of Christ in today’s section. 3. Moreover, the wondrous mystery of the real … Continue reading

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Tobiah’s Fish

Meet Tobiah’s fish. When the young man went down to wash his feet in the Tigris River, a large fish leaped out of the water and tried to swallow his foot. He shouted in alarm. But the angel said to … Continue reading

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GDC 31-32: Sowing and Signs

What is the significance of the signs of the times? We are reminded Christ cautioned his disciples to be aware of them, and adapt to them. We don’t change the Gospel message, or its trinitarian grounding, but we are urged … Continue reading

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GIRM 2: Christ Guides Us

A reminder that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal is up at the USCCB site. We have a lengthier section today, but it’s largely a re-statement of classical sacramental theology. Emphasizing the notion of the Eucharist as sacrifice, we … Continue reading

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GDC 30: “Some problems”

There is a flip side to the good Catholic efforts in catechesis: 30. It is necessary, however, to examine with particular attention some problems so as to identify their solutions: – the first concerns the conception of catechesis as a … Continue reading

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GIRM 1: Christ Guides Us

The newest edition/translation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal is up at the USCCB site. We begin our latest in-depth liturgical journey with a few links. First, if you’re a road-map person, there is a table of contents … Continue reading

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