"When in our music God is glorified…"

Today was was “Choir Sunday” at my parish, where every person at every liturgy got a chance to hear our glorious choir (which normally sings at only the 11:30 “high” Mass.)  The hymn below — a favorite of mine — was the fitting processional.  I found a very good rendition that I’ve embedded below. So [Read More...]

"Why did you change the words in the Gloria?" — UPDATED

That’s the question a woman asked me after Mass last night, as we introduced the altered musical settings for the new edition of the Roman Missal.  A friend who was with her echoed the sentiment.  She was baffled.  “Are they going to change back?,” she asked. This, after months of bulletin announcements and articles about [Read More...]

Now hear this: the new missal translation for the deaf

With so much attention focused on preparing the faithful for the new Roman Missal, it’s worth noting that it’s being translated into yet another language — the language of the deaf. The National Catholic Reporter notes: Across the country, deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholic communities and their interpreters are preparing for the November changes thanks to [Read More...]

Madison joins Phoenix in limiting Communion under both kinds — UPDATED

Weeks after Phoenix moved to restrict use of the Precious Blood during Mass, it now appears that Madison, Wisconsin is moving in the same direction. Fr. Z. broke the news: On the site of the parish of the Cathedral of Madison in Wisconsin, where His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Morlino is, by the grace of [Read More...]

Was there any patriotic music at your parish this weekend?

I asked a similar question a few weeks back, around Memorial Day, and got some interesting responses. Here’s what happened at my parish at the 5 pm Mass Saturday night. Following the prayer after communion, the leader of song invited everyone to remain standing to sing our national anthem. Not “America” or “God Bless America.”  [Read More...]

Will it play in Peoria? Parish begins webcasts of its Masses

This is something altogether different and, I think, rare: a parish (not a cathedral or a diocesan entity) offering web streaming of its Masses. Details: St. Joseph Catholic Church member Dave Fisher explains how the church’s new webcasting feature is helping a friend who has trouble hearing. “I have a friend who is hard of [Read More...]

Wisconsin: Latin Mass support "vocal and growing"

The local press is reporting on this phenomenon: Ellie Arkin doesn’t speak Latin, so upon entering Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Madison on a recent Sunday, the 21-year-old UW-Madison student opened a Latin-to-English translation book provided by the church. For the next hour, she and many of the other parishioners followed along in the book [Read More...]

Phoenix bans altar girls from serving at cathedral

I imagine this news will stir up some debate around the diocese: The Rev. John Lankeit, rector of the cathedral, said he made the decision in hopes of promoting the priesthood for males and other religious vocations, such as becoming a nun, for females. Made up primarily of fifth- through eighth-graders the altar-server corps in [Read More...]

Survey: most U.S. Catholics don't know about upcoming liturgy changes

The new edition of the Roman Missal is set to debut in just a few weeks — many parishes will begin using new music settings next month — but a lot of people, evidently, are still in the dark: A new survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown [Read More...]

What do you wear to Mass?

Something like this, maybe? Or maybe not. It’s rare to see folks dressed like that today — even rarer in the heat of summer. I have a few thoughts on all that right here. [Read more...]


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