“We cannot separate who we are from how we live”

“We pray for all of those gathered here that they might welcome the strength of the Holy Spirit and the interior dynamism with which He fills our hearts. We do so just before the beginning of the Year of Faith given to us by the Holy Father, because there is a “need to rediscover the [Read More...]

Traditional worship on the rise among young Catholics in Canada

From the Catholic Register: The pre-Vatican days of Latin-language Masses are on the rise among Catholic youth. In Ottawa, St. Clement’s parish moved its daily traditional Latin Mass to St. Anne’s Church in Lowertown to accommodate its growing congregation, including many young families. Michael and Rebecca Trolley, a couple in their 20s, are very active [Read More...]

UPDATE: Vatican lifts suspension of priest who changed words of Mass

Remember Fr. William Rowe?  The latest, from Religion News Service: An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. The Vatican decided in favor of the Rev. William Rowe on one of three counts, saying Bishop Edward Braxton [Read More...]

Whatever happened to Latin?

That’s a question a lot of Catholics have asked and, while it’s making a comeback, the ancient language of the Church can still be hard to find in some places. Catholic News Service (whose excellent videos are becoming the standard by which all others are measured) offers this very good overview of Latin’s role in [Read More...]

Why you can’t have the Latin Mass

It was five years ago yesterday, 14 September 2007, that Pope Benedict’s motu proprio on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass took effect. Summorum Pontificum was designed to make the Mass in Latin more widely available. So…how’s that working out? One blogger, David Alexander, in the Diocese of Arlington, has taken a pretty exhaustive and [Read More...]

Lay ministers to lead funerals in U.K.

It’s happening in Liverpool, according to The Tablet: Twenty-two Lay Funeral Ministers, men and women, have been commissioned to lead funeral services where there is no Requiem Mass and no priest available. The move, which comes into effect in the autumn, is due to the declining number of priests and the large number of funerals [Read More...]

“The Church’s liturgy is an evangelical act…”

Over at his blog, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis has some thoughts on the power of liturgy to evangelize: The Church’s liturgy, by it’s very nature, is an evangelical act, meaning it is a proclamation of the Word who became flesh, who desires an encounter with himself that sparks a relationship grounded in his Body [Read More...]

Followup: first Mass celebrated at Miami International Airport

You may remember this posting from a few weeks back, announcing weekly Mass at Miami’s airport. A local TV station was there for the first liturgy.  Video below.  (And check out those deacons!) [Read more...]

“Leaving in sorrow”: breakaway Catholics start new church in North Carolina

As you can tell from the image above, attendance isn’t exactly S.R.O. Details:  Our first reading Saturday comes from the Book of Kings, with an angel nudging an exhausted and distraught Elijah, telling him to get up and leave. The Rev. Tom Sanford and his congregation have done just that. Sanford left the Catholic priesthood [Read More...]

Paul Ryan surprises a Catholic parish by actually going to Mass—UPDATED

They had to make room for him and some Secret Service agents, too.  Details:  Greeting early morning worshippers at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Chuch in Charlotte on Sunday, Rev. Andre Mangango noticed the strangers with dark glasses and ear phones. Then he realized the reason they were there: A Secret Service contingent escorting Republican Rep. Paul [Read More...]


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