Survey: one year on, most Americans have accepted new missal

The world did not end, and people actually seem to be just fine with it.  Details: American Catholics have widely accepted the changes in the Roman Catholic Mass to reflect a closer translation of the Latin that was introduced last year, even if these revisions may signal greater centralization in the church, according to a [Read More...]

Video: my parish centennial

For the really curious, or really bored, here’s something nifty: a short video report from NET on my parish centennial from last Sunday, featuring a couple highlights of the Mass, along with interviews with Bishop DiMarzio and my new pastor, Bishop Sanchez. (Look closely and you may catch a fleeting glimpse of Your Humble Blogger.) [Read More...]

What’s turning off young Catholics? Lousy music

So says a leading lay Catholic in Scotland. Details:  A leading Scots lay Catholic has claimed the music sung in churches is “lousy” and is the reason why young people have stopped going to Mass. Joan Dillon, a Masters graduate of RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), also claimed music at Mass was “more [Read More...]

Faith of our grandfathers

Elizabeth Scalia captures a beautiful moment in time:  6:36 AM: To the right of the altar, on a worn kneeler, another gray-haired man. He too has lit a candle—electric, this time—before an image of Saint Joseph, patron of husbands and fathers and workers; of immigrants and the whole church and a happy death. There is [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...]

On the horizon: revised Liturgy of the Hours

But don’t give away your old set just yet. A new translation is years away. From Catholic News Service: Just a year after U.S. Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. [Read More...]

Looking for something else to talk about besides the election? Check this out

This video shows how Rev. Michael Pfleger —yes, that one—completely re-wrote the Eucharistic Prayer during a performance (yes, performance) of the Mass on Holy Thursday two years ago. It’s used in seminaries as an example of what NOT to do with the Mass. Writer Patrick Doyle notes: This past spring, while reporting “Resurrection,” my story [Read More...]

What was the pope wearing yesterday??

It’s called a fanon.  Huh?? Details, thanks to the Catholic Encyclopedia and New Liturgical Movement:  A shoulder-cape worn by the pope alone, consisting of two pieces of white silk ornamented with narrow woven stripes of red and gold; the pieces are nearly circular in shape but somewhat unequal in size and the smaller is laid [Read More...]

“Let us build a house where love can dwell…”

Those words from “All Are Welcome” herald the start of the diaconate ordination in Richmond last weekend, and you can see that and more in the video below. I like how the wives are involved, processing in with their husbands and joining them at communion. [Read more...]

“Is it a rule that you have to give the sign of peace…?”

A reader writes: I’m a recent convert with Asperger’s. I have a REAL problem with the touchy feely parts of the “ordinary” form, and I typically try very hard to go to the Tridentine for just that reason (ok, not just that one, I do love the Latin). On occasion I have no choice but [Read More...]


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