Category Archives: Parish Life

From the Healing Mass

One of my facebook friends snagged this image from last night’s Mass. My hammer dulcimer is totally obscured; I am not dozing off during the entrance song. It’s an interesting experience, this inclusion of charismatic healing with Mass. I was … Continue reading

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Observing All Souls

Over the years, different parishes I’ve served have observed All Souls Day in different ways. Mass. The Hours. Social gatherings. One of the more significant memories I have was when I was on retreat at a Benedictine monastery one second … 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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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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