Monthly Archives: December 2017

Aparecida 309-310: Small Ecclesial Communities, Part 2

Base communities are essential, but there is also a need for connections. The bishops describe a “full communion” with parishes and the diocese. That seems fair and wise. 309. If lively dynamic small communities are desired, a solid spirituality must … Continue reading

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Aparecida 307-308: Small Ecclesial Communities, Part 1

The Aparecida bishops turn their attention to “Small ecclesial communities” for the numbered sections through 310. Think base communities, something more permanent and long-standing than the American phenomenon of small groups. 307. It is evident that in recent years the … Continue reading

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Mood Music

Mode, tempo, instrumentation. They make the difference between a piece of music that breathes and has life and one that qualifies as a dirge. I was looking over my Advent/Christmas repertoire some months ago, thinking of some addition of plainchant–something … Continue reading

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Aparecida 305-306: Parishes At Worship and Devoted To Mission

More on the importance of the parish community, Pope Benedict is quoted about Sunday Mass: 305. Hence, community formation must especially be cultivated in the parish. Through various celebrations and initiatives, primarily with the Sunday Eucharist, which is the “the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 304: Formation in Parishes

Today, we begin a brief look (304-306) at the parish as a place of faith formation. A heads-up on those notes: my reference document for the Aparecida excludes a key for the abbreviations SD, EAm, and others. In other posts, … Continue reading

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Scenes From Christmas Eve

So, there’s this warm-up in the rehearsal room before the first Mass yesterday. I want to see if my smallish choir can pull off an a cappella piece. We’re doing it for the Christmas Eve prelude, but it’s really suitable … Continue reading

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Blessed Christmas To All

Enable us, Lord, to celebrate this luminous feast in peace, forsaking all idle words, acting virtuously, shunning our sins, as you raise us above the darkness of this world.   May we celebrate your birth, and the Father who sent … Continue reading

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