Category Archives: Parish Life

A Classy Act

Jerry Galipeau blogged on unfortunate RCIA signage here. Perhaps the parish around the corner is really doing good work instead of classes (or just classes), and the “class” thing is just to nab people who might otherwise assume we Catholics … Continue reading

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Axial Spot

Rita Ferrone writes of Aidan Kavanagh here on PrayTell. Two families of friends will celebrate infant baptisms tomorrow at my parish. This isn’t them, but it might look something like this: I think Aidan Kavanagh and Rita are thinking of … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day: To Bless Or Not To Bless?

I’m pretty sure we’ve covered this topic in previous years. A parishioner sent me this missive, advocating for “sensitivity” on what is a troubling day for a few women. No doubt, some people feel excluded by certain blessings their church … Continue reading

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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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