Category Archives: Liturgy

Monstrance Latch

The archbishop came to visit last week. Unfortunately, at Benediction, he was the latest victim of the swinging door on the monstrance. I realize now how important that class, “Liturgical Shop,” would have been in grad school. Future liturgists and … Continue reading

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Credence Cabinet

We replaced the credence table in our church last week. Here is the former piece: It seemed time to improve on the old brass and marble that didn’t seem to harmonize with the ash and iron of the current furnishings. … Continue reading

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Christmas Scheduling

My former parish in Kansas City had a grueling Christmas schedule. I inherited four Christmas Eve Masses (two simultaneously on our campus with a total of 1300-plus between them), a Midnight Mass, and three on Christmas morning. A few years … Continue reading

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Mass at the Church of Gesù

Early morning Masses in Rome are very early in the Americas. Or very late, I suppose–but I don’t keep those late hours as I did in my student days. I found a link on UCA News for this celebration of … Continue reading

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On the Road for a Holy Day Mass

We’ve been in Kansas City the past few days visiting with friends. The young miss, my wife and I had a spot of shopping to do for the party tonight, then we visited a parish nearby for Mass. A good … Continue reading

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Maybe The Gloria Is Inadequate

One of the current discussions in Catholic liturgical music is setting the Gloria. My parish invested time to introduce a through-sung setting, and mostly, it has paid off. The responsorial format, over the years, has often (but not always) resulted … Continue reading

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Those Uppity Germans

The German rollout of MR3 is on ice. If their version is anything like our tortured English, the pewfolk are better off and the clergy have more time to hear confessions on Saturday. A pastor in the United States said … Continue reading

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A Central Christ

Pope Francis preaches the centrality of Christ, in three ways. Christ at the center of creation, of his people, and of history: 1. The apostle Paul, in the second reading, taken from the letter to the Colossians, offers us a … Continue reading

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It’s About God

Pope Francis speaks on worship: This is also valid for liturgical ceremonies: what is most important in this liturgical ceremony? Chants, rituals – they are all beautiful… but the most important thing is worship. I see the Chant Café also … Continue reading

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Busy Bishop

Bishop Arthur Seratelli ekes out a liturgy chair at the USCCB today by two votes. Here are his other commitments, according to PrayTell: Commissioner of ICEL Member, Vox Clara Commission Member, Task Force for the Review of the Lectionary Member, ad … Continue reading

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Observing All Souls

In other parishes I’ve served, November 2nd was a big deal. Somewhat in our university parish, but surprisingly, not connected with Mass. Our noon Mass isn’t conducive to a wide participation. I had pushed gently for an evening Mass. That … Continue reading

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Book of the Deceased

We received our new book of the deceased today. We had been purchasing blank books from publishers. A bequest from a parishioner funded this initiative. The book came in a nice box from our bookbinder, Peggy Johnston: Unfold the box, … Continue reading

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Vox Clara in Rome

Don’t look now, but some of our favorite reform2 prelates are sipping on vino in proximity to the Tiber this week. From Vatican Radio’s website, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa: I think one of the main tasks we have is … Continue reading

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Café Participation

Adam Wood and I are getting into a decent discussion on participation at the Café. Adam is a good egg. I think he’s colored somewhat by his surroundings, and takes a little too much time to harp on what he … Continue reading

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The Count of Catholic October

Count every head, the memo said. We’ve been fortunate (I think) at my parish because Parents’ Weekend always and Homecoming usually falls in the month we’re directed to count the people who come to weekend Masses. My wife said the … Continue reading

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