Category Archives: Ministry

One Thing At A Time

As I’ve gotten back into flapping my arms in front of a group of singers the past fourteen months, I’ve been scouring the net as well as a library of music publications here in my office. I look for any … Continue reading

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First Serve

Are you familiar with the principle? Other authors and parish ministers have used it; it’s not original to me. “First serve” involves the invitation to volunteering or parish ministry. A new parishioner or a prospective old-timer commits for only one time. In liturgy, it’s … Continue reading

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Intercessory Prayer for Liturgical Ministers

I’ve had two recent encounters with this notion of liturgical ministers praying for another person. In my last community, someone associated with our sister parish suggested the Communion ministers in each location, in Iowa and in Honduras, be matched up … Continue reading

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Freedom To Serve

I was chatting with my bridge partner before our game the other night. It’s always an interesting conversation when I explain my ministry/work/clerical status in the Church. My careful discernment of three decades ago has led me to where I … Continue reading

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More Deacons?

So, women deacons. You go to bed and get some sleep and wake up and Pope Francis is making some part of the Church explode. One bit of snark: if anybody writes “deaconess” in the comment boxes below, be warned: … Continue reading

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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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