Category Archives: Parish Life

Head of Christ

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

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The Doctor’s Feast

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

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Doing More With More

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

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Video Return Spot

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

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Pews By Night

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.

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Return of the Pews

Despite the rain today in central Iowa, the workers are hard at it getting our seating ready for the return Mass on Saturday evening:

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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

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Ghost of a Pew

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

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Cleaning The Font

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

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Nearly Midnight

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

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Pope Francis On Liturgy II

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

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Pope Francis On Liturgy I

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

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Pope Benedict’s Retirement Party

The students have planned a social after our weekly Thursday night Mass tonight. They’ve requested people bring cats. My cats don’t like to travel, so I brought a stuffed tiger from my very early childhood. Here he is posing with … Continue reading

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The Momentum of Non-Change

We’ve been fairly fortunate since our church fire to have consistent worship in one place on Sundays. Today, however, was the only exile weekend (late September to mid-April) in which our usual venue, the Iowa State Center’s Benton Auditorium, was … Continue reading

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The Technological Door Into Lent

My colleague Cody set up a Facebook challenge for our staff and peer ministers, and other student leaders. Our goal is 1500 invitations and 500 going. This is a good start for using social media, but I think in 2014, … Continue reading

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