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...]

"We are there to worship God in Word and sacrament, not in Apple or Microsoft…"

After last week’s installment, Bishop Christopher Coyne continues  his treatise on tweeting at funerals: As a liturgy, a funeral Mass is a sacred service within a sacred space.  It is an action of God’s people the Body of Christ and of Christ Himself, the head of the Body.  It is a mystical moment in which [Read More...]

Tweeting at funerals?

Last week, Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis had a few things to say about tweeting in church. He had heard on the radio that a number of people were tweeting at the celebrity-studded funeral of Myra Kraft, wife of Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. And he was justifiably appalled: [Read More...]

Report: fewer priests, fewer parishes, more masses

Does this sound familiar? Details: More U.S. Catholics are attending Masses at fewer parishes staffed by a rapidly declining corps of priests, according to a new report on “The Changing Face of U.S. Catholic Parishes.” Produced by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate for the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project of five [Read More...]

Clap happy at mass

“Hello — if this is “ministry” then it is not about the musicians and their “performance,” and it should not be applauded as though they’d provided entertainment breaks. Should we applaud the ushers? Should we applaud the priest and deacon? I keep waiting for one “music minister” — just one — to announce before mass, “we [Read More...]


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