Out: Maryknoll announces dismissal of Roy Bourgeois

It’s been a long time coming, but it is finished, according to National Catholic Reporter: Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and priest who had come under scrutiny for his support of women’s ordination, has been dismissed from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, which he served for 45 years, according to the congregation. The Vatican’s [Read More...]

Picture this: our parish centennial Mass

The superb photographer Niranjan Fernando, a parishioner, captured these images from my parish centennial Mass Sunday. (N.B., the lady lector is The Deacon’s Wife :-)) [Read more...]

Wow: how to peel a potato with your bare hands

Just in time for Thanksgiving: a tip every household can use. Color me amazed. [Read more...]

Ice skating priests—and, maybe, a deacon?

A deacon reader sent this my way. Just in time for ice skating season! He wrote: It is an award-winning clip for Stella Artois called Skating Priests. After watching, it was easy to pick out the deacon! Enjoy.  [Read more...]

Confirmation controversy: another teen also “chose not to enter into full communion” over same sex marriage

The story that broke last week keeps widening.  The latest: The teenager who was not confirmed at the Catholic church here after he publicly supported same-sex marriage was not the only student who was denied the religious sacrament for backing gay marriage, the church’s priest said in a letter made public Friday. In the letter, [Read More...]

“Time, like an ever rolling stream, soon bears us all away…”

What you see here is the view from the sanctuary in my parish this afternoon, moments before we began the procession for the Mass marking our 100th anniversary. To put it simply: I’ve never experienced a liturgy quite like this. It was, in every sense, grand: from the entrance procession that included members of various [Read More...]

Ordination update: 4 new deacons in San Bernardino

The following e-mail arrived today, from Rich Herbst, Episcopal Master of Ceremonies in the Diocese of San Bernardino, California: Four men were ordained permanent deacons for the Diocese of San Bernardino on Saturday, November 17th at Sacred Heart Church in Rancho Cucamonga.  Pictured are Deacon Octavio Echeverria, whose wife María is a Vice-chancellor for the [Read More...]

Abraham Lincoln, atheist?

I suspect a lot of people don’t know about this period of his life. Author Stephen Mansfield has the details: We have heard the soaring phrases often. They are fixed in the American book of verse. Now, they sound again in Steven Spielberg’s magnificent film, “Lincoln.” They come to us as tones of faith from [Read More...]

Homily for November 18, 2012: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[This Sunday, my parish is celebrating the closing of its centennial. Bishop DiMarzio will be on hand, along with several priests who have close associations with the parish, for a massive concelebrated Mass at 12:30.  Also in the mix: a horde of altar servers, plus drums, timpani and a full choir.  According to the program, [Read More...]

That teenager who was denied Confirmation? There’s more to the story

The media firestorm has so far not included anything more than cursory comments from the parish priest.  Until now. From LifeSite News: The parents of a 17-year-old boy in Minnesota are claiming that their parish priest denied their son the sacrament of Confirmation because he posted a photo in support of gay ‘marriage’ on his [Read More...]


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