Woof: Catholic Wedding Includes Dog in Bridal Party

Seriously:  Erika said heads turned and cameras clicked when Otter, in her white tutu and matching flower, pranced down the aisle with the ring bearer and flower girl. “Then she went to the first pew by my mom and stepdad,” Erika said. “He held the leash and she just lay there, watching the ceremony.” When [Read More…]

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Everybody Dance Now: Disco Flash Mob at Church Wedding

You have to see this to believe it. I think it’s safe to say that wedding flash mobs have now officially jumped the shark. And it seems it was the minister’s idea.  From HuffPo:  One English couple didn’t wait until their wedding reception to start dancing — they got their groove on in the middle [Read More…]

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Putting Out into the Deep: Priest Celebrates “Boat Mass” in Knoxville

An unusual custom continues: Father Joe Campbell’s streak of consecutive boat Masses without a rain-out is intact. Father Campbell held Mass June 15 for about 85 people enjoying Norris Lake on Father’s Day weekend. It was his 22nd Mass on the water. And just as before, word spreads among Catholic boaters on Norris Lake that [Read More…]

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St. Joseph Added to Other Eucharistic Prayers

A pleasant surprise, courtesy Fr. Z:  Decades after John XXIII placed the name of Joseph in the Roman Canon, it seems that the name of the great Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons, will be in the Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV in the 3rd edition of theMissale Romanum. I received a copy [Read More…]

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Priest Celebrates “Star Wars” First Communion

It happened in Germany. Details:  It wasn’t Darth Vader who gave the blessing to the first communion children. This was personally undertaken by Pastor Christoph Nobs with a bright green laser sword at the celebration of a Star Wars First Communion Mass. The idea for the stars-War Communion came from Nicolas Gkotses community director. Star [Read More…]

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“It Feels Good!”: For First Time as Pope, Francis Celebrates Mass in His Native Spanish

From today’s homily:  May the Lord grant us the grace to watch our tongues and be careful of what we say of others, because through our weakness and sin, we often find it easier to insult and denigrate than say or do good. This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday [Read More…]

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Mass Appeal: Celebrating the Liturgy—But Not in Church

Last month, I posted the unusual story about Mass being celebrated in a Manila shopping mall. Turns out, that’s not the only non-sacred place people can attend Mass in the Philippines: Every Sunday at the upscale Power Plant Mall in metro Manila, the establishment tucked between a Japanese chocolate confectioner and a modern Italian furniture [Read More…]

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“Dear Parents With Young Children in Church…”

This popped up on my Facebook feed and I thought it too good to pass up — especially, since it touches on issues that have ignited passions here at The Bench. A snip: You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came [Read More…]

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Faith at the Food Court: Mass in a Shopping Mall

They’re trying it in the Philippines. Could this catch on? Details:  Early on a Sunday morning, people are already streaming into a massive shopping mall in Manila. The seven-story Robinsons Place is a temple of consumerism. It houses about 350 stores, including gun shops, dental offices, massage parlors and a Kenny Rogers Roaster. The music [Read More…]

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A Priest Writes: “A New Translation Cannot Be Expected to Accomplish Everything” —UPDATED

After reading this latest post on how priests reportedly dislike the new Missal, a priest friend dropped me an email to share his impressions: One of the things going on here is very important, but I suspect most priests have never thought about it. I concelebrated at a Funeral Mass with an older priest (about [Read More…]

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