Category Archives: Parish Life

Breathe and Pray

In only the second parish I’ve served in 28 years, I have a dedicated room for music rehearsal. This is nice. For the one-Mass events–Easter Vigil (above), Holy Thursday, Good Friday,¬†Simbang Gabi–it’s too crowded. Before Sunday Mass, it’s fine. Singers … Continue reading

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Telling The Story

At my new parish, the Liturgy Commission is reading and discussing Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples. Discussion with intelligent and committed people is interesting. It often leads to suggestions for what other people, other committees “should” be doing. But … Continue reading

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Camping Out

People from my last parish featured in this local news video bit. Sleeping on that concrete parking lot is a beast for the middle-aged, though. Can’t say I would want to roll out a sleeping bag on it. What’s that … Continue reading

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Obligation and Opportunity

I first heard my previous pastor distinguish between holy days several years ago, citing that observances of Thanksgiving, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Thursday were “holy days of opportunity” that many believers would take advantage to celebrate some aspect of their … Continue reading

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Acclamation or Call/Response?

After three months of assessing my new parish’s musical repertoire–mostly once through each song or hymn to see how people sing–we’re implementing new music, a Mass setting. My predecessor had a plan to implement the Lopezes’ Misa Santa Cecilia. But … 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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Dulcimer Attention

It’s not that the new music director¬†is so interesting–these guys want to know about the hammer dulcimer.

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