Cardinal Burke: five years on, work remains to make Latin Mass accessible

Five years ago today, 7 July 2007, the pope issued an apostolic letter expanding the use of the Tridentine Mass.  Now a leading advocate for that Extraordinary Form of the Mass is sizing up the success of that effort so far. Details: Five years after Pope Benedict XVI lifted most restrictions on celebration of the [Read More...]

“It’s like planning a wedding in six weeks with 2,000 guests”

That’s how one person involved described the process of putting together the installation of the new archbishop of Denver. Details: Among the summer’s most pressing questions: how long does it take to move a processional of 400 priests and deacons, up to 50 bishops and as many as four cardinals the length of two city [Read More...]

Projection screens growing in popularity

I griped about this trend last year, but it seems to be spreading: On any given Sunday, one can walk into St. Francis of Assisi Church in Colorado Springs and hear the congregation singing. But a closer look reveals that many of those people are not using hymnals. Instead, they’re following lyrics and music projected [Read More...]

“The mystery is invisible, no matter which way you turn…”

Benedictine Father Jeremy Driscoll recently discussed changes in the liturgy that followed Vatican II. CNS has the video below. Check it out. [Read more...]

Corpus Christi FAIL: “I was thisclose to walking out…”

When I hit my knees tonight, I may have to thank God that I didn’t have the kind of Corpus Christi Sunday that Joanne McPortland had: No procession, no Tantum ergo, no Adoro te devote, no Panis angelicus—that was a given. But I expected at least a couple of reminders of the mystery we were celebrating, the Most [Read More...]

Corpus Christi at my parish in Queens

A few shots from this afternoon.  The priest with the Blessed Sacrament is Fr. Antonin Kocurek who, in addition to serving as an assistant in the parish, ministers to immigrants in our diocese from the Czech Republic. [Read more...]

NZ no-no: Bishops rule out using iPad for Mass — UPDATED

Just days after one of their priests sang the praises of using the iPad for Mass, New Zealand’s bishops have said, “Not so fast.” Details: The New Zealand Bishops have told their priests that only the official printed copy of the Roman Missal may be used at Mass and at the Church’s other liturgies. They [Read More...]

“Mediocrity is the norm for lectors”

If you’re dreading what you’ll hear proclaimed Sunday, you have plenty of company. From George Miller, at Catholic Online: As a past lector ministry head, I can recall times where my pastor agreed to make regular lector training and enrichment meetings mandatory. And when only half the lectors showed up despite his requirement, the reaction [Read More...]

And with your iPad: one priest’s experience using the tablet for Mass

This comes from New Zealand, where one priest writes that the biggest problem with the new missal isn’t the language, but the physical ordering of the missal itself. Then, inspiration struck: What the people who translated the new Missal didn’t do was decide how the new English translation should look. They didn’t decide the layout [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“It’s like breaking in a new pair of shoes. The old shoes are comfortable and broken in, and it takes awhile to break in a new pair, and I think that is where we still are at; the breaking in stage.” – Rev. John Yonkovig, Lake Placid, NY, on the new Roman Missal. Read how one [Read More...]


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