Daily Archives: 2 November 2013


I saw at the Café, Adam Bartlett is picking up on a generation-old argument for a permanent hymnal. It’s not a bad argument to make. Economically and green-wise, it’s often a good solution for parishes. My own parish is approaching … Continue reading

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Observing All Souls

In other parishes I’ve served, November 2nd was a big deal. Somewhat in our university parish, but surprisingly, not connected with Mass. Our noon Mass isn’t conducive to a wide participation. I had pushed gently for an evening Mass. That … Continue reading

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Marriages, Broken and What?

One of my least edifying experiences in ministry was acting as an advocate for declarations of nullity. In my training, I was urged to accompany the people seeking annulments, looking for opportunities for healing and insight. It was difficult work, reviewing … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 1

You can reference Mediator Dei on the Vatican web site. One of the challenges with this document is that is lacks a chapter structure. I’ll give you a reference point as we explore this 1947 encyclical letter “on the sacred … Continue reading

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GMD 124: Arts and Academia

More on goal number three here, but today, we’ll chat briefly about the objective under that intent to infuse society with Christian values and spirit, “To encourage Catholic witness in the arts and in the American intellectual community.” Within the Church, … Continue reading

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