Category Archives: Parish Life

Leisure, A Good Form of Penance?

John Veltri’s classic manual for spiritual direction, Orientations, is available online here. One of his brief essays that some of our culture might find challenging asks the question above. After our last big campus ministry event of the year, I … Continue reading

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Easter Morning

Early morning light in my parish’s church. This was about 8:20AM Easter morning, looking from the narthex into the main worship space.

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Preparing the Candle

On this day, there’s only One Candle. There is a tradition in my parish of embroidered decoration for it. Here is my friend Beth’s effort for this year, right. One additional piece I really liked on this is her inclusion … Continue reading

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New Vestment

One of our parishioners did a marvelous job on our new Lent vestment. Draped in the sacristy is one thing–the look is better in the church with it hanging on a clerical body. My pastor put in a request a … Continue reading

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A Little Votive Prevention

In my parish, the shrine of the Blessed Mother icon is framed by many receptacles for small candles. The wick’d wax of choice is tea lights our volunteer team (a mother and daughter) acquires from Hobby Lobby for us. A … Continue reading

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Evangelization Moving

Our parish was featured on a video produced by our colleagues and consultants at Evangelical Catholic. You can see some of the testimony from my staff colleagues and parishioners.

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Quiet Week

Amazingly, not every student has departed for home. Iowa State gives a whole week bracketed by two weekends for Thanksgiving vacation. When I was in college, we got four days. Nine seems nice. Still, the student center was largely abandoned … Continue reading

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