Category Archives: Parish Life

A Typical Sunday

Without a full-time pastor, nobody’s really present for all five weekend Masses in my parish. But me. Three sacristans share duties, and two of them switch off every other weekend at the four English-language liturgies. So they come close twice … Continue reading

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More Mercy

Light posting as I’ve been plunged into a busy post-summer, including our parish’s More Mercy event. This will be an encounter with four of Jesus’ more loved parables, along with music and prayer. It seems there really is life offline, … Continue reading

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A Day Of Opportunity

I was pleased to discover some weeks ago my parish is offering the same holy day schedule this coming Monday as it does for when such observances are obligatory. Compared to Sundays, the numbers will be small. I suppose that … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Becoming A Parish Of Intentional Disciples

My parish’s pastoral council made this book a project this past year for reading and discussion. This tradition was passed to the Liturgy Commission for the coming year. It was an interesting and quick read and I recommend it. This … Continue reading

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Book of the Gospels

My previous parish received its new Book of the Gospels a few weeks ago. One of my friends shared an image of it with me, and I thought I’d share it with you readers: The artist is Jana Pullman. The … Continue reading

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Timing the Drop-Out

The Post-Confirmation Summit in Rhode Island last month addressed inactive Catholics after the “graduation” sacrament. According to research conducted by The Dynamic Catholic Institute, 85 percent of young Catholics stop actively engaging in their faith after receiving the sacrament of … Continue reading

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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,┬áSimbang Gabi–it’s too crowded. Before Sunday Mass, it’s fine. Singers … Continue reading

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