Category Archives: Ministry

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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On My Bookshelf: Divine Renovation

A staff colleague had an extra copy of Divine Renovation, so I’ve been taking the book to bed the past week. Fr James Mallon has a web site, a study guide, and even a conference to back up another variation … Continue reading

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Non-Catholics In The Catholic Choir

Fr Anthony Ruff addresses a very pertinent issue on PrayTell today. His final questions and a citation from the USCCB’s Sing to the Lord: The issue is shot through with lots of complication, and application of any principles will require … Continue reading

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