Category Archives: Parish Life

Handing Off

Over at Where Peter Is, a small back-and-forth on the worth of a parish mission in response to a comment of mine: From your wife’s last point, it sounds like you need a good old parish mission! That will not … Continue reading

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Desk

My wife has gotten into Marie Kondo, who is apparently a big thing. At home, where we have squeezed a house, then a large apartment into a smaller apartment, perhaps it has saved me from leaping over boxes and stuff … Continue reading

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What Inspires?

A social media friend posted a question: what books would his friends recommend for Catholic teens? I saw a lot of good stuff. I saw good books that would likely be misfires. The answers rather showed people who read or … Continue reading

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Crucifix

While I was unable to be here long enough for the dedication rite, I was blessed to witness and important installation, one that already inspires reflection. Left, the truck has arrived, and below, I captured an image without zoom that … Continue reading

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A Missing Dedication

With my departure from the wonderful Pac NW, one thing I will miss is my parish’s dedication of a renovated church. As marvelous as the dedication of a church is, I will miss my friends a bit more. Earlier this … Continue reading

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Boxes

The word is out on another outlet of social medium, so I may as well report it here. Pieces of my home are getting boxed up, as you see. Once my family and I find a place to live, I’ll … Continue reading

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Heading To More Stay-At-Home

Been busy with church and elections work, so I haven’t been watching much news lately. Even church news. From Ireland, Fr Neil Xavier O’Donoghue discusses “Lockdown 2.0” at PrayTell. Last March all public activities, including churches, closed down overnight and … Continue reading

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Assembling Furniture

Last week the pews and kneelers arrived from Texas. The last bit before shifting Mass from the social hall into the new church. Here’s a before image, with the lights full on for liturgy:

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Before And After

Before, it looked like a landscaped side of a school gym, which is what is was built for: The outside cross, if you can see it, left, was a later addition, I think. The major construction is complete, and a … Continue reading

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Aspiring To New Heights

The pieces have been on site for some weeks, I’m told. The architect and crane came today. I’m on vacation this week, but I came in for a meeting with an engaged couple. I was glad to enjoy one of … Continue reading

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Disappointment

I was speaking with a liturgist colleague recently, sharing our experiences and perceptions of the return to worship. She has found the reopening with limits to be very much wanting. I shared the same. Certainly I understand intellectually the limits … Continue reading

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Re-Closing

As my county looks to a delay in advancing through reopening phases, there’s not much of a liturgical difference between steps two and three. Still, we have an overall pause in progress west of the Puget Sound. Today’s parish wedding … Continue reading

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Another Bump In The Road

We’ve breached the halfway point of the Christian calendar year. The young miss quoted me some social media thingy about a person who went into a coma on Christmas Day, woke up yesterday and wanted to be caught up on … Continue reading

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Mass In A New Era

I think I have a better notion of what the celebration of Mass was like in the mid-60s. I’ve been peeking here and there at bits of livestreaming from across the Catholic world. We’ve completed two weekends of my parish’s … Continue reading

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Reopening

We had our first re-opening Mass earlier tonight. We had some bugs, but it went okay. We were below our limit of fifty. I think we would have had room for eight or ten more people. Our mid-morning Mass tomorrow … Continue reading

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