Monthly Archives: December 2019

Epiphany Proclamation

The proclamation for this coming weekend (or, perhaps Monday) has popped up on a few sites I follow. A chant setting from PrayTell is here. Given the ubiquity of calendars in places from church vestibules to walls to phones, I … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 244: A Shortage Of Youth Ministers

244. At the Synod, “many pointed to the shortage of qualified people devoted to accompaniment. Is this true? Parishes hire youth ministers in my experience. Of course, in places where I’ve been hired, if music and liturgy is a professional … Continue reading

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Now And Future Bishops, And Prayers

For the second time this month, I see a bishop has gone away for personal care and healing. Earlier this year, my archbishop was granted a request for early retirement. He would make three. That I know of. Who knows … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 242-243: Accompaniment By Adults

A popular theme of Pope Francis, “accompaniment,” makes another appearance in Christus Vivit. Under the heading “Accompaniment by adults,” we can explore a bit of the interaction between generations: 242. Young people need to have their freedom respected, yet they … Continue reading

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Follow The Money

If you thought Fulton Sheen’s sainthood delay was a sorrow, I think I can suggest a cleric who will never be cited in a future Roman martyrology: Joseph Ratzinger, the recipient of the biggest chunk of largesse from the retired, … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 239-241: Always Missionaries

Let’s begin a sub-section titled, “Always missionaries.” Pope Francis seems to think we have a ready-made group nearly good to go: 239. Here I would point out that it doesn’t take much to make young people missionaries. Missionaries need not … Continue reading

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Christmas, Whew!

After the fifth of five Christmas Eve/Day Masses, one of our senior priests and me. We are a bit more than halfway through the parish renovation. I wasn’t on duty as a liturgist this Christmas, so I only worried about … Continue reading

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