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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

Private Masses–Bleah!

A PrayTell discussion from last week got bogged down in the permissibility of so-called private Masses. Rita Ferrone offered a dose of sanity: These discussions tire me, honestly. We have such a priest shortage that communities all over the world … Continue reading

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EG 145: Preparing To Preach

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium offers some guidance as one prepares to preach. 145. Preparation for preaching is so important a task that a prolonged time of study, prayer, reflection and pastoral creativity should be devoted to it. Those first three … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 27: The Day of Christ-Light

It seems appropriate to restart our series on Pope John Paul II’s document on Sunday … on Easter Sunday. Christianity’s everlasting ability to inculturate, to adapt, and to utilize other traditions to further the Gospel of Christ. The day of … Continue reading

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One of Our Own

Iowa State graduate, former parishioner of ours, and soon-to-be-ordained priest of our archdiocese chants the Gospel at a Mass in a humble basilica by a small river in an ancient city. He begins about 24:50 in. The pastor emailed him … Continue reading

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The Best Pastoral Easter Liturgy (That Might Get People To Return Next Sunday)

After a three-hour Easter Vigil, and two stuffed Sunday morning Masses, I was thinking about the ideal Easter Sunday Mass. I’ll mention a few things we did or didn’t do and please feel free to chime in with your parish’s practice, … Continue reading

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Blessed Easter To All

A few of you Eastern Hemisphere readers have already celebrated Easter Vigil as I type this. So I thought I’d go ahead and wish you a Blessed Grand Feast. Happy Easter to all the rest of you, too, whenever you come by … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 19:13-37

The suffering and death of Jesus from the Passion of Saint John’s Gospel is a single offering in the Reconciliation Lectionary. Let’s read: When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in … Continue reading

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I had about a half-hour last night before rehearsing with one of the Easter Vigil cantors. A good time to pray, I thought. Opened the Bible and settled onto the couch in one of the rooms off the student lounge. … Continue reading

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Three Days

Today is the last day of Lent. The Paschal Triduum begins with the evening liturgy of the Last Supper. In most places this is a Mass, but my friend and fellow blogger John reports that in rural Honduras, other options … Continue reading

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Sacraments During The Triduum

A quick primer on sacraments during the Paschal Triduum: Baptism takes place at the Easter Vigil, or on Easter morning, possibly. Infants don’t seem to fit at the Vigil very well, and Sunday Mass can be quite busy, if not … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 26: Image of Eternity

Counting can be a problem, at first glance. Old Testament literalists may fuss at Christians for shifting Sabbath observance to the first day. But in our weird way of counting time, and adding a dollop of the transcendant to the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 26:69-75

It is a timely reading for Holy Week, and we hear Peter’s denial every year at this time. Sometimes twice. Would we add a third time at a Communal Penance liturgy, or in form I with an individual penitent? As … Continue reading

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Socks Off

David Gibson summarizes two millennia and recent history on washing feet Holy Thursday evening. He does stumble when attributing it to “church law.” Viri selecti is descriptive of a 1956 presumption, and hardly prescriptive. Except for people who want it … Continue reading

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EG 144: Speaking From An Enlightened Heart

What does it mean to “speak from the heart”? Is it just enthusiasm and charisma? Pope Francis suggests something deeper: enlightenment. I think the Holy Father is asking questions of the Church’s preachers. Are they aware of and formed by the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Reminds Liturgical Ministers

One or two of my colleagues think I pamper my liturgical ministers. A person in an important role in worship should not need a reminder. But on the sign-up forms, we give them an opportunity to check a box that … Continue reading

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