about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
Vatican II pages
John Chrysostom on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Janet on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Todd on Socks Off FrMichael on Private Masses–Bleah! Devin on Socks Off Devin on The Best Pastoral Easter Litur… Liam on Private Masses–Bleah! Todd on Private Masses–Bleah! Liam on Private Masses–Bleah! Liam on Private Masses–Bleah!
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Category Archives: Parish Life
Since my big-loss diet of almost two years ago, I’ve enjoyed being lighter. But I’ve also struggled with the aftermath: putting some pounds back on and taking them off again, confronting my pattern to eat to soothe myself, watching when … Continue reading
This is the face of Christ. Have you encountered him lately? It seems appropriate that people encounter this Christian Petersen sculpture outside of our parish’s reconciliation chapel. There was an interesting discussion on PrayTell touching on that personal relationship with … Continue reading
It’s a good day to be Catholic. Our feast today is a saintly and worthy woman. One of our parish center rooms is named for her. So is the nearest campus ministry to our own. And so she is mentioned … Continue reading
There was a fussy comment on a conservative Catholic web site a week or two ago about the way some of us liturgists go hyper when one person is signed on for more than one ministry at a single Mass. … Continue reading
Watch this video clip on our return to church this weekend. Jim, you can note the anitphonal seating. Rather inconveniently, both basement sump pumps aren’t working fully just now. So there’s no running water for our lower lounge and classroom … Continue reading
Pews and stacks of chairs, a lot to get organized by Saturday Mass. A closer look on the south end of the nave: The company is in tonight for an overnight cleaning session. Good workers.
Despite the rain today in central Iowa, the workers are hard at it getting our seating ready for the return Mass on Saturday evening:
The east balcony looks almost normal. However, the plants and furniture haven’t returned, nor the image of Saint Jude from the old Reconciliation Chapel. It was a sunny Spring day when we did a walk-through of the building Monday. I … Continue reading
Our cleaning company said they couldn’t ice-blast the “shadows” out of the balcony wall like they did for all the soot accumulation from last Fall’s fire. This struck me as being slightly creepy. The balcony floor was replaced totally–asbestos. The … Continue reading
If all goes according to plan, the cleaners will hand us the keys to the church building in fifteen days. Will we make it? We’d better–all our temporary places of worship are booked solid Sunday the 21st of April. The … Continue reading
I have a mixed heart today. This afternoon I heard the encouraging news of the Holy Father’s Mass in the Roman youth prison, which included washing the feet of young women and Muslims. Surely this must be throwing some of my … Continue reading
What strikes me most about this image posted at PrayTell is the predominance of women, perhaps as many as four generations represented. Contrast that with the images of popes at liturgy–nearly all surrounded by men. Fawning men. Here, the focus … Continue reading
Let’s talk baptism … When Cardinal Bergoglio was asked about the baptism of children whose parents were not married, he responded: To us here that would be like closing the doors of the Church. The child has no responsibility for … Continue reading