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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

Aparecida 235-237: Catholic-Jewish Relations

Today, we look at three short sections that detail the¬†Relationship with Judaism and interreligious dialogue.¬† 235. We gratefully recognize the bonds that connect us to the Jewish people, with which we are united by faith in the one God and … Continue reading

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Papal Clarity on Translations

I did see this letter before I headed to church this morning, but since I don’t read Italian (the language of the original), I knew I could wait a few hours and somebody would chime in. Like here. Pope Francis’ … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Forgets To Light Candles

Things get busy at a parish before a weekend Mass. Every so often, something gets missed. I’m sure your parish never has to trouble over this problem, but what would you do if the sacristan forgot to light the candles … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 7: A Permanent State of Mission

Continuing here with the address of Pope Francis last month to his brother bishops of Latin America. We would never have heard language like “permanent state of mission” before Vatican II. Or that much in the immediate years after that. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 233-234: Establishing Dialogue

Wrapping up ecumenism, we look at the need for speaking and listening to one another. 233. At this new stage of evangelization, we want dialogue and ecumenical cooperation to lead to promoting new forms of discipleship and mission in communion. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 231-232: Post-Vatican II Fruitfulness

We’ve made good progress since the 1960s: 231. Over forty years ago, Vatican II recognized the action of the Holy Spirit in the movement for the unity of Christians. Since then we have gathered many fruits. But perhaps recent efforts … Continue reading

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VNO 12: For The Family

No introductory note in the Missal for this Mass. Most of the Masses we’ve examined in this series have clear times for celebration: anniversaries, new bishop or pope, etc.. When might a Mass for the Family be celebrated? If a … Continue reading

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