Category Archives: Ministry

Masculinity Crisis?

The Phoenix archdiocese put together an interesting film. Watch it here. Some of my observations: 0.25: More tv than father-son time. That might mean a shift in the time spent by boys from, say, playing with peers. Still, this is … Continue reading

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Evenings and Weekends

FrMichael had a comment on the Mercy in Ministry post. As a pastor, it’s a tough balancing act trying to set working hours for staff that lets them have a family life, yet serve working parishioners. If so, the act … Continue reading

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Songleader to Choir

When I arrived in my new parish, we had a few highly-attended funerals. For the daughter of my retired predecessor, most of the choir sang. I was asked about reviving the funeral choir. Since it wasn’t my initiative, I acceded … Continue reading

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Pharisees Lost In Translation

Rocco whispered the Rorate Caeli gossip column* on Eugenio Scalfari’s latest chat with Pope Francis. “It is true — Pope Francis answered — it is a truth and for that matter the family that is the basis of any society … Continue reading

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“What About You?”

I liked Pope Francis’s homiletic exploration of the call and response of one of my country’s great saints. It’s a question for the whole vector of the disciple’s life. (Pope Leo) asked her pointedly: “What about you? What are you … Continue reading

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Signing Up Non-Catholics

I was having a chat with a colleague in ministry a little while ago. Does your parish register non-Catholics, I asked. I put the question to our readers, though this isn’t really an armchair liturgist thing. Spouses of baptized Catholics? … Continue reading

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Mystagogue Bishops

In his address to new bishops, Pope Francis addressed mystagogy, a fascination since my grad school days. I find a lot of meat in the Holy Father’s words to groups to which I do not belong. I’ve made a resolution … Continue reading

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