Category Archives: Liturgy

GCSPD Conclusion

Wrapping up Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, let’s leave the last word to the bishops: These guidelines are presented to all who are involved in liturgical, pastoral, and catechetical ministry. All persons with disabilities … Continue reading

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GCSPD 36-40: Holy Orders

Looks like I got these last two sacraments out of order. Imagine that. I rate Holy Orders as second to Marriage anyway, so … We should complete the sacramental picture as it has been handed to us from the Guidelines … Continue reading

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GCSPD 41-46: Matrimony

We continue our examination of Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities and we look at Matrimony. Paragraph 41 reminds us of the aim of this sacrament: sanctification of the spouses and the formation of their … Continue reading

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GCSPD 32-35: Anointing of the Sick

The Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities remind us that “disability does not necessarily indicate an illness,” so the conditions for anointing are the same as for any other Catholic (GCSPD 34), that is, serious … Continue reading

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GCSPD 27-31: Reconciliation

Next up in our examination of Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities is a look at Reconciliation. After a basic two-sentence definition (GCSPD 27), the bishops look at some particular circumstances. They remind us that … Continue reading

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GCSPD 24-26: Eucharist, Some Specific Cases

We continue our examination of the Eucharist in the US bishops’ Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, turning to three serious human difficulties: feeding tubes (paragraph 24), gluten intolerance (25), and dementia (26). First case, … Continue reading

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GCSPD 21-23: Eucharist

We continue our examination of Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, specifically in paragraphs 21 through 26 which detail Church policy of participating in the Eucharist. In this post, we’ll look at general principles involved, … Continue reading

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GCSPD 15-20: Confirmation

The bishops devote six paragraphs of their Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, to Confirmation. Why confirm, one might ask, especially if the diocese and parish have delayed this sacrament to adolescence? The Rite itself … Continue reading

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Praedicate Evangelium 95-97: Bishops and the DDWDS

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. You can find the document in Italian. But that’s it, at least for late May 2022. One of the threads of the … Continue reading

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GCSPD 12-14: Baptism, part 2

Let’s continue our examination of Baptism in the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities. First, the same considerations as with any parent or godparent: (T)he pastor is to see to it that the parents of … Continue reading

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Praedicate Evangelium 90-94: Aspects of Sacramental Discipline and Liturgical Life

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. As of this writing, I have yet to see this document in anything but Italian on the Vatican site. Liam suggested I … Continue reading

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GCSPD 9-11: Baptism, part 1

We continue our examination of Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, With paragraphs 9 through 14, the document looks at Baptism. We can read a basic definition (9) and an encouraging mention of the role … Continue reading

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Praedicate Evangelium 88-89: Purpose of the DDWDS

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. As of this writing, Praedicate Evangelium begins with a simple statement about purpose of the liturgy dicastery. The DDWDS exists for a … Continue reading

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GCSPD 4-8: General Principles, Part 2

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities proper begins with eight paragraphs laying out “General Principles.” While parish staffs are urged to reach out to everyone, including people outside of family living situations, (Cf. GCSPD 4) … Continue reading

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Praedicate Evangelium on Liturgy

Earlier this year, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic constitution that outlined reform and reorganization for the Roman Curia. As of this writing, I have yet to see this document in anything but Italian on the Vatican site. You can readily … Continue reading

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