Pedaling faith: New York City's "Blessing of the Bikes"

This annual gathering will take place this weekend at New York’s Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  You can find out more about it right here. Earlier, I wrote about blessing houses.  So why not bikes? Check out the video below. [Read more...]

My Holy Thursday

Jesus, moved tonight to a temporary altar erected in the middle of our church.  (Click to enlarge the pictures). This was accomplished with a beautiful candlelight processional around the darkened church, complete with Pange Lingua Gloriosi… Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s Glory, Of His flesh the myst’ry sing: Of the Blood, all price exceeding, Shed [Read More...]

"Do you mind if I kneel for communion?" — UPDATED

A young woman approached me before mass on Palm Sunday to ask that question. I replied, “Of course not.  That’s fine.”  She smiled sheepishly and said, “I know some priests don’t like it.”   I reassured it that it was okay, and she later came to my communion station, knelt, and received on the tongue. [Read More...]

My Palm Sunday

At my parish in Queens. Masses were pretty full, but not as crowded as last year.  I was there for four of the five weekend masses. (Served and preached at two, assisted with communion at the others.)  Everything went beautifully — and none of the readers made the blunder I was anticipating: pronouncing “buffeted” as [Read More...]

A long day's journey into the Easter Vigil

What can you do for the Easter Vigil in a place where it doesn’t get dark until 10:30 at night? From The Catholic Anchor, in Alaska: In an ancient Christian custom, the Catholic Church begins the celebration of Easter in the dark of night before – on Holy Saturday. But in a land famous for [Read More...]

"Sing choirs of angels…"

My voice is far from angelic, but I’m laboring mightily to — once again — chant the Exultet this Easter. The hardest part, I think, is just learning it.  And to that end, I’ve been helped immensely by this recording by Fr. Tim Hepburn, from the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  Back in 2008, for my first [Read More...]

"What I tell my altar servers…"

A few thoughtful words from Fr. Dwight Longenecker… Snip: You’re not really employed to be useful. You’re employed to help lead the worship. As long as you understand that, everything else that we teach you will follow. You see, all of us work together to lead the people of God in the worship of God [Read More...]

Roll out the barrel: polka mass?

This is a new one to me, though apparently it’s been floating around YouTube for a while. Take a look and give a listen. I wonder what Karol Wojtyla would think… [Read more...]

Now hear this: priest orders kids out of mass for not singing loudly

Now I’ve heard everything — including a story about a priest who evidently didn’t hear enough. Check this out: Some parents with students in Nebraska’s largest Catholic grade school think their priest went too far in ordering 250 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders out of Mass because they weren’t singing loudly enough. Incensed, the parents say [Read More...]

Taking the iPad to church

A priest has already started using it for mass, as you can see from the image below (albeit, the altar was a little un-traditional): You can read about him here. Meantime, our Protestant brothers and sisters aren’t wasting any time.  Moses carried tablets — and now they do, too: When pastor Dennis Newkirk stands before [Read More...]


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