What can you do with an old Sacramentary?

A few people have wondered about what to do with the old liturgical books on November 26.  (At my parish, the sacristan cracked the other day that we should just keep them and wait another 40 years or so until another generation of liturgical experts decides to bring them back…)  But the USCCB, meantime, offers [Read More...]

The new translation: "A few years down the road, most people won't even remember it happened"

A lot of secular media are beginning to report on the new Mass translation — and here’s one report with some reaction and analysis from Pittsburgh that notes an effort to have the new missal delayed: Catholics in English-speaking countries will begin using a new translation of the Mass next month with language more formal [Read More...]

Oops

“The reports from the Phoenix Diocese concerning the expiration of an indult regarding Communion under both kinds seem to have been mistaken…” – Diocese of Madison, 29 October 2011 They’ll still be restricting use of the cup, but for different reasons. Read more. [Read more...]

"All are welcome" — or are they?

Discussing notions of what is beautiful in liturgy, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin used his newspaper column recently to take aim at one popular church hymn: Beautiful can never be mistaken as an indicator of what pleases some majority of people somewhere. The fact that our parish likes to sing a particular song at [Read More...]

"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...]


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