“Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven…”

Looking for a recording of the new Exsultet?  Look no further. The version below comes from this website (I believe the text is available there as well, and you can download it to your iPod).  Be forewarned: it’s long.  About a minute or so longer than the version most of us are familiar with.  And [Read More...]

What’s on TV tonight? Don’t ask

The AP’s David Bauder watches TV so you don’t have to.  And it’s not pretty: Last week seemed typical for CBS’ sitcoms on Monday night, television’s most popular — and raunchy — night of comedy. There was a strip club visit on “How I Met Your Mother,” lap dance included. The stars of “2 Broke [Read More...]

“People need to be reminded that the church is ready and willing to receive them with open arms…”

The phenomenally successful program Catholics Come Home is touching thousands of lives around the country.  Take, for example, Augusta, GA: There is a poster board in the narthex of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown that says, “We Miss You.” The hope is to draw the eyes of former or inactive Catholics who [Read More...]

Catholic hospital system severs ties with Church, changes name

Details: Catholic Healthcare West, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, is ending its governing board’s affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name, two steps intended to help the system expand throughout the states in which it operates _ California, Arizona and Nevada — and beyond. The changes, which executives plan to announce [Read More...]

Designing women: creating a fashionable habit for nuns

The result strikes me as closer to Little Red Riding Hood than the Little Flower.  Which, I guess, is the point. Details, from the Paris Review: Modest, natural, and snazzy—those were the three directions Mother Mary Magdalene gave artist Julia Sherman for designing the habits for the Community of Compassion, Mother Mary’s new Anglican Catholic [Read More...]

A sound idea: a recording of this week’s homily — UPDATED

A few people have asked me about this, so I finally decided to give it a shot. Below is this Sunday’s homily, recorded as it was delivered at the 11:30 am Mass at my parish in Queens. The yawns, screams, cell phones and crying babies are all real. So is the sound of hurled vegetables [Read More...]

Why do Catholics have to get married in church?

That’s the gist of this piece by writer Cara McDonough, who raises a question that’s increasingly common these days.  I get several calls a year from people who ask if I can do a wedding for them in a catering hall or on a beach.  (Usually, it’s after a priest has turned them down; deacons, [Read More...]

Pensacola’s oldest church named minor basilica

The announcement was made earlier this week: Pensacola’s oldest Catholic church has been designated one of the nation’s 72 minor basilicas under an order by Pope Benedict XVI. The parish of St. Michael the Archangel, which traces is roots to the 16th century exploration of Northwest Florida, was canonically established in 1781. The current church [Read More...]

Lambs of God

The traditional blessing of lambs took place today, the Feast of St. Agnes: [Read more...]

On Mass with a deacon

Over at Catholic Sensibility, blogger Todd Flowerday is walking through the GIRM and has come to a section about Mass with a Deacon: 171. When he is present at the celebration of the Eucharist, a Deacon should exercise his ministry, wearing sacred vestments. In fact, the Deacon: a) assists the Priest and walks at his [Read More...]


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