Category Archives: Parish Life

Christmas, Whew!

After the fifth of five Christmas Eve/Day Masses, one of our senior priests and me. We are a bit more than halfway through the parish renovation. I wasn’t on duty as a liturgist this Christmas, so I only worried about … Continue reading

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Scramble For Christmas Programming

I don’t usually gossip about current parishes. But it’s going to be an interesting one this year, halfway through construction with lots of distractions on the side. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow night will be the second-last full rehearsal … Continue reading

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Growing Older

With the parish deacons off to their convocation this weekend, other duties are spread around. Ordinarily, they preach the first weekend of the month, and I can’t and won’t do that. So the task of the monthly men’s breakfast has … Continue reading

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Exile #3, Month #2

One month ago today was the first day of the church renovation. We now have a rough aperture where once a rock wall separated the sacristy from the parking lot. By the end of next year, this will be the … Continue reading

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Exile #3

For the third time in thirty-plus years, I find myself serving a parish with a long departure from the main worship space. Earlier this month the “old” church, planned as a gymnasium for a school was stripped down. Most of … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Questions

Who would place the Bible in their list of Ten Favorite, Formative, or Otherwise Books? I thought about it. I thought harder about individual books of the Bible. The Jewish/Christian combination is really more of a library than a book. … Continue reading

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Dulcimers Get The Love

Children haveĀ a natural curiosity about music, and even after three-and-a-half years in the parish, the hammered dulcimer still gets attention. Long after Mass, as you can see here.

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