Monthly Archives: April 2012

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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