“Time, like an ever rolling stream, soon bears us all away…”

What you see here is the view from the sanctuary in my parish this afternoon, moments before we began the procession for the Mass marking our 100th anniversary. To put it simply: I’ve never experienced a liturgy quite like this. It was, in every sense, grand: from the entrance procession that included members of various [Read More...]

Homily for November 18, 2012: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[This Sunday, my parish is celebrating the closing of its centennial. Bishop DiMarzio will be on hand, along with several priests who have close associations with the parish, for a massive concelebrated Mass at 12:30.  Also in the mix: a horde of altar servers, plus drums, timpani and a full choir.  According to the program, [Read More...]

The Patheos Posse

Well, for a few hours on Sunday, Baltimore had another team to contend with beside the Ravens or the Orioles. Above are some of The Patheos Posse of bloggers, who descended on Charm City to take part in the “Encounter With Social Media: Bishops and Bloggers Dialogue,“ part of the USCCB’s fall gathering. Shown above: [Read More...]

Ah, Dan

Has it really been eight years? In 2004, I was one of the writers for what turned out to be Dan Rather’s last election night. I remember sitting at my computer console during a break and becoming aware that someone had pulled up a folding chair and was sitting just behind me. I glanced over [Read More...]

God bless New York

  The young man above is from the Trinity Baptist Church in New York City. I met him on my walk to work today. He set up a folding table and coffee urn beside a busy bus stop on Second Ave. this morning and was passing out free cups of coffee to people who were [Read More...]

After Sandy: we rise, and we kneel

I have one word for my experience today: jaw-dropping. My parish in Queens seats about a thousand people.  At the 12:05 daily Mass today, we had all that and more.  They were standing in the back, and some in the aisles.  We went through four full ciboriums of hosts, which is almost unprecedented. The Mass [Read More...]

The coming storm didn’t worry me until I saw this

Tape on the windows in the lobby of our building. From James Martin, S.J. at America: God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the [Read More...]

Patheos peeps!

Blogging has been light the last couple days, but not because I’m battening down the hatches for Stormageddon or Frankenstorm or whatever they’re calling this year’s meteorological catastrophe (though drawing the curtains and breaking out the rosary might be a good idea).  No.  I’ve been away from the keyboard because I took part in a [Read More...]

Planning to be on Long Island this weekend? Stop by and say hello to some Patheosians!

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists is holding its 20th annual conference on Long Island Friday and Saturday, and some familiar names will be there, including Your Humble Blogger. Friday morning, I’ll be moderating a panel  — “And God Said ‘Tweet’: New Media and the New Evangelization” — that will include our own Marc Barnes and [Read More...]

St. Kateri at my church

As I mentioned in my homily this morning, St. Kateri is featured in my parish’s reredos.  Here are a couple pictures I took today to illustrate.  The sacristan is lighting the candles by the image of St. Boniface. Kateri is located in the upper right corner of the Boniface image. [Read more...]


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