Monthly Archives: February 2012

Denial of Communion: A “Personnel Issue”?

One good thing about not following the usual Catholic suspects this Lent is that I’m missing out on stories like this. Woman denied Communion at her mother’s funeral. Presider walks out during the eulogy. Later sends message he refuses to … Continue reading

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Does College Alienate?

Mr Santorum has been putting his foot in it, hasn’t he? Alienate the campus ministries, and the rest of the world’s not far behind. Thom Rainer, president of the Southern Baptists’ LifeWay Christian Resources research firm: There is no statistical … Continue reading

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Enter The Rabbit Hole

Another chapter in the Rowe/Braxton flap over making up the words. Maybe this is why we’re seeing more canon law experts and fewer liturgists in the episcopacy. The whole thing strikes me as illustrative of how down-the-rabbit-hole church ministry has … Continue reading

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GDC 163-164: “The Kingdom is for all”

Another milestone in our examination of the GDC: we’ve reached Part Four, “Those to be catechized.” This part is divided into five chapters covering numbered sections 167 through 214. The GDC gives two illustrative quotes at the commencement of its … Continue reading

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GIRM 311: The Places for the Faithful

Whats up in the nave? After multiple posts about altar,ambo, and chair, let’s find out. Participation, naturally, is the first consideration: 311. Places for the faithful should be arranged with appropriate care so that they are able to participate in … Continue reading

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Ministry At The Mall

Twice, I’ve almost moved to Portland. It would be cool to visit this guy, but then quickly get out of the way so he could keep talking with those who need it. We try to impress on our students the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Lamentations 3:17-26

One great expression of hope gets set up by a strong lament. Are you willing to engage the feeling of lament and grief so directly at the funeral? If so, here might be your reading: My soul is deprived of … Continue reading

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Yogo Verbs

After about a month (January) of neglect I’m trying to resuscitate my Spanish studies. One of our parishioners who offered to help me with conversation last month started speaking to me in Spanish the other Sunday and I completely froze … Continue reading

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GDC 161-162: More on Social Communication

Wrapping up this section on social communication, we get a direct quote from Pope John Paul II’s 1990 encyclical, advising not just to use new media, but through it, to be able to frame the Christian message in an effective … Continue reading

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GIRM 310: Chairs

The Priest Celebrant gets a chair suitable to the function of the priest’s presidency over the liturgical assembly: 310. The chair of the Priest Celebrant must signify his function of presiding over the gathering and of directing the prayer. Thus … Continue reading

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Calibration Cent

This might be the only chance I’ll ever get to post one piece in the two categories of astronomy and coins. Universe Today picked up the story of a 1909 Lincoln Cent being mounted on a calibration target on the … Continue reading

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GDC 160: Social Communication

We wrap up the final three sections of the GDC’s Part Three, The Pedagogy of Faith, with two posts on social communications. The title is heavily footnoted, and even though most of these documents predated the internet age, much of … Continue reading

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GIRM 309: The Ambo

One section on the ambo, but there’s a good bit here to which to attend: 309. The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and … Continue reading

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Dawkins and Doubt

I see over nine-thousand comments at the HuffPo on the piece where Richard Dawkins has a sliver of doubt on the non-existence of God. (Sure glad we only get a sliver of HuffPo’s traffic here.) Naturally, Dr Dawkins suggested that … Continue reading

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GDC 159: The importance of the group

Noting a reference to the General Catechetical Directory, section 76, let’s discuss group dynamics in catechesis: 159. Groups play an important function in the development processes of people. The same is true of catechesis, both for children where it fosters … Continue reading

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