Girls interrupted: how one parish changed its altar server policy

From CNA:  Holy Name Parish in Denver changed its altar serving policy about six months ago. Now, altar serving is reserved for boys.But Holy Name’s pastor, Father Daniel Cardo, has established a new sacristan program for girls in the parish. The “Sacristans of Little Therese of Lisieux” have a schedule and responsibility, similar to the [Read More...]

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The pastor wants someone else to chant the Exsultet. What can a deacon do?

I’m sure this situation is more common than we think. On an online forum for deacons, one member wrote: Our music coordinator at my parish assignment told me that the choir will sing the Exsultet and that I would not need to be concerned with it this year. They where going to try it with [Read More...]

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Pope to commemorate 50th anniversary of Paul VI saying first Mass in the vernacular

From Pray Tell:  It was announced in the most recent edition of L’Osservatore Romano that Pope Francis will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first celebration of the liturgy in the vernacular by Paul VI. On March 7 at 6:00 PM, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the church of All Saints on the via [Read More...]

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This is…different: one Seattle parish on Super Bowl Sunday—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

Source. Parish: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marysville, WA.   Out of bounds? Yeah. I’d say so. A little liturgical background, from Zenit and EWTN: Some general norms of the Church regarding decorating the sanctuary are contained in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, in Nos. 304 and following, which address some aspects directly regarding [Read More...]

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A glimpse at the “hip hop Mass”

The photo above is now making the rounds on Facebook. It appears to come from an Episcopal liturgy that first became popular in the United States about a decade ago. Check out this article on the hip hop Mass from 2004:  It’s a religious form of hip hop which includes the publication of a hip hop [Read More...]

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Pope Francis will not confer palliums on bishops at the Vatican

From CNS: When Pope Francis celebrates the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in June, he will set aside an element that has been part of the Mass for the past 32 years; the Vatican confirmed he will not confer the pallium on new archbishops during the liturgy. Msgr. Guido Marini, the papal master of [Read More...]

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How did the ad orientem experiment turn out in Lincoln?

You may remember that Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska announced he would celebrate Mass at the cathedral during Advent ad orientem, facing liturgical East. Here’s an interesting follow-up from a priest in Philadelphia, who reports some reaction he received to the experiment: A number of other parishes in the Diocese—probably on the order of [Read More...]

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Altar girls, again: what happened when a SF parish banned girl altar servers—UPDATED

It must have been a slow news day in San Francisco, since it appears this led the local news last night: A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since [Read More...]

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The pope’s liturgical “abuse”

Over at the blog Pray Tell, Anthony Ruff notes a recent letter regarding the Sign of Peace during Mass: One of the last acts of Cardinal Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship was to sign, along with secretary Arthur Roche, the circular letter on the Sign of Peace of June 8, 2014. [Read More...]

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In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

As you may have heard, Cardinal Raymond Burke is not a fan of female altar servers:  It seems clear that many men are not being drawn into a deeper liturgical spirituality; today, many men are not being drawn to service at the altar. Young men and men respond to rigor and precision and excellence. When [Read More...]

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