Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing The Advent Wreath

Like it or not, nearly every parish seems to have an Advent wreath. Homes, not so much. The US bishops give this home ritual, in case you and your household are sticklers about it. If you’d like something special for … Continue reading

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On Christ The King

  A facebook friend mused about clergy referencing the instituting of yesterday’s feast. It must have been in the air, since two of the four homilists I heard this past weekend, did mention bits about 1925. I’m sure I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Liturgy Q&A: Thanksgiving

Have a parish Mass? Well, certainly. More to the point, which Mass to celebrate? “Giving thanks to God” is considered a “various need and occasion,” and probably the option most frequently encountered “VNO” in the US. You can check the … Continue reading

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On Gratitude

Every so often–once in five, six, or eleven years–the American observance of Thanksgiving aligns with the feast of Saint Cecilia. Often she is portrayed (as she is here by Orazio Gentileschi) with an organetto. Do church musicians get inspired by … Continue reading

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On Bishops

I’ve been trying to avoid church news lately. But being a Catholic on social media, it’s hard to escape the commentary. The USCCB plight brings to mind this children’s book from a previous generation. One might say a more innocent … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Vote: Registration

At the county building on election day a few dozen people came to our station and experienced an unpleasant surprise. They learned they were not on our rolls as registered to vote. “But I did this at the DMV in … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Vote 1: Your Signature

So, this voter and I were having a conversation this past Tuesday. The signature from his voter registration form doesn’t match what’s on his license. Hence a little chat. Now, as an election official, I’ve experienced some hours of training … Continue reading

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