Visiting a church in Maryland

This marked a rare Sunday when I was away from my parish in Queens. For once, I had a chance to just sit in the pews as an ordinary Catholic instead of puttering around the altar as a deacon. We attended Mass today at St. Mary’s in Rockville. We were married in the tiny chapel [Read More...]

Report: Pope Francis to invite people to daily Mass next year

Details:  From the new year a handful of Romans will be invited to celebrate morning mass with the pope inside the Vatican. The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for embracing the young, old and disabled when they gather in St Peter’s Square, or picking up the phone to make personal calls to individuals or families in [Read More...]

Topless woman disrupts Christmas Mass in Germany

Okay. And this helps her cause…how?? Details:  An activist of FEMEN women’s movement staged a protest action during a Christmas mass in the main cathedral of Cologne, Kolner Dom. The topless girl climbed onto the altar of the cathedral in protest against the Vatican propaganda of criminalization of abortions. The woman displayed a slogan “I [Read More...]

Looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite clergyman/nerd?

How about a “ceremonial tablet cover”? The description:  New for the iPad. Now you can protect your iPad from unexpected drops, bumps, and scrapes while also displaying your faith. These Ceremonial iPad Tablet Cases are made of hi-impact molded plastic and covered with an additional protective layer of Skivertex. Each tablet case is decorated with [Read More...]

This Sunday, we rejoice. But why do we wear rose? Why not another color?

A lot of people have wondered. Last weekend, when someone asked about it, my pastor joked, “You want to know? Check ‘The Deacon’s Bench’!” Heh. I was curious myself, and after digging through mounds of meaningless googling which said, again and again, “It’s because we rejoice,” I dug up this explanation, which is one of [Read More...]

Where the Extraordinary Form isn’t so extraordinary: South Carolina

A look at one parish that has made the traditional Latin Mass an integral part of its culture, from the Catholic World Report:  The Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei keeps a comprehensive list of locations in which the traditional Latin Mass is available. At last count, in the 191 dioceses in North America, there are about 485 [Read More...]

Altar servers: “Apostles who help make Jesus present”

From The Catholic Standard in Washington: Altar servers play an important role in the Church’s celebration of the “mystery of God with us,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in his homily during a Mass to honor archdiocesan altar servers from parishes in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and the District of Columbia. “Every time you [Read More...]

Coping with copes

From an Anglican satiric blog, “The Low Churchman’s Guide to the Solemn High Mass”:  Most Ritualist vestments have extremely specific guidelines for their use. The maniple may only be worn by the sacred ministers during the celebration of the Eucharist, and at no other time; they must remove the maniple when giving a sermon, while leading a procession, [Read More...]

Cardinal says Francis has no intention of restricting access to Latin Mass

Details:  The former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy has told a traditionalist group that Pope Francis has no intention of restricting access to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin liturgy. “I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he [Read More...]

A “Tango Mass”?

Yes, there is such a thing. An Argentine composer introduced it a number of years back, but it’s gaining new life and new audiences, now that we have an Argentine pope. (It was played in concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City about 15 years ago.) Now it’s found its way to Rome. [Read More...]