Monthly Archives: April 2012

Adoration

Eucharistic adoration in our main worship space.

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Gambit At The Door

The call of the wild … Little does he know that a white cat is ill-adapted for life in the wild.

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Check The Change

When I was a boy, I enjoyed a nightly routine with my dad. When he came home from work, I got to “check the change.” It was something of an allowance supplement–as long as I didn’t overdo it. I would collect … Continue reading

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Prayers For Algebra

The young miss has an algebra test in a few hours. This semester has not been going well for her. She dropped off the soccer team partly because she insists she can bring up her math grade from a C. … Continue reading

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Interdict: Why Wouldn’t That Play In Cleveland?

I see where Madison’s Bishop Morlino is mightily p***ed off at those Catholic laity in Platteville, Wisconsin who don’t like his rent-a-priests. He sent them a five-page letter with cut-and-paste from canon law, including the mention of the penalty of interdict. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 John 3:1-2

Is this reading familiar? If you went to Mass yesterday, it should be: See what love the Father has bestowed on us   that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.   The reason the … Continue reading

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No Lent Homer Here

Let’s put one of the three remaining top-seeds to the test, shall we? Perhaps “Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days” benefitted from a “home game” in the first round; it narrowly outpolled its Eucharistic opponent 16-13. Remember the words were penned by … Continue reading

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RDCA I, 7-8: Preparations, Outline of the Rite

The people know the date and time. The bishop is coming to the building site. What else do you need? 7. For the celebration of the rite the following should be prepared: The Roman Pontifical and Lectionary; chair for the … Continue reading

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GDC 242: “The human sciences and the formation of catechists”

Today, affirmation for psychology and sociology: 242. The catechist also acquires a knowledge of (humankind) and the reality in which (we live) through the human sciences which have greatly developed in our own time. “In pastoral care sufficient use should be … Continue reading

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For Many Germans, Consider Other Sheep

The Tablet reports that Pope Benedict has ordered German bishops pray “for many” not “for all” in the German translation of the Eucharistic Prayer. The Pope said he was writing “to avoid a split” in the Church after (German Bishops … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: A Ritual Skip

This is one for the clergy in the reading audience, mainly. But anyone, feel free to chime in. At the end of the preparation rites, just before the preface dialogue, the musician(s) wake up (or sleep walk) and start up … Continue reading

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Sonata at Night

I enjoyed reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s well-regarded Never Let Me Go a number of years ago. I wasn’t up for a novel the other week, but this collection of his, Nocturnes, struck me for two reasons. First, the subtitle of “Five … Continue reading

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A Difficult Choice

Here’s a difficult choice for Catholics: Mary or the Eucharist. Be consoled we never have to give up one or the other. This is just a playful polling exercise. Two more NPM top-25 selections. Number 10 Ave Maria (fix your favorite … Continue reading

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RDCA I, 4-6: Participation, Marking an Altar

Let’s continue with chapter one of the RDCA (Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar), Laying the Foundation Stone or Beginning Work on the Building of a Church. Participation of the community is a prime concern. As we read yesterday, … Continue reading

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GDC 240-241: “The biblico-theological formation of the catechist”

Any formation for catechists that focuses on the Scriptures and theology is, by nature, Christo-centric: 240. Besides being a witness, the catechist must also be a teacher who teaches the faith. A biblico-theological formation should afford the catechist an organic … Continue reading

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