From the Synod: Families need homilies connected to real life

From CNS: Families need to hear homilies that connect the Gospel to the troubles and joys they experience, said a synod participant. Maria Gomes, the Family and Life director at St. Mary’s Church in Dubai, and an observer at the Synod of Bishops on the family, said the typical scenario is “the priest just talks [Read More…]

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In the email: “He said he and his wife were going to be deacons…”

A friend sent this my way, evidently posted by a priest on Facebook: “A friend and parishioner went to another parish last weekend. Evidently, a deacon candidate was preaching, which is problem number one. Yes, I know. Practice, blah, blah, blah. But only clerics can preach at Mass. But, Father, it was a ‘reflection’. Listen, [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: Sowing divisions is a sickness in the Church; “gossiping is like terrorism”

From today’s homily:  Pope Francis says sowing divisions and discord is a sickness within the Church and described a person who indulges in gossip as like a terrorist who throws bombs. His comments came during his homily at his Friday (4th September) Mass in the Santa Marta residence. Taking his inspiration from St Paul’s letter [Read More…]

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Preachers, don’t make this mistake this weekend

This Sunday, we encounter once again the amazing story of how Jesus, using just a few loaves and fishes, fed thousands. Among the many truths buried in this episode, we can conclude that: Christ feeds the hungry, that he gives us more than we could ever need, that he transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. [Read More…]

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Archbishop writes pastoral letter to clergy on preaching

Details:  Preaching at Mass is the “best opportunity” most bishops, priests and deacons have on a regular basis to facilitate an encounter with Jesus, so it’s critical for preachers to make the most of every homily, said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. He made the comments in a new pastoral letter to clergy of the [Read More…]

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What can Billy Graham teach us about preaching?

An Anglican priest, Robert Hart, offers his thoughts about one of the most popular and effective preachers of the last century: Dr. Graham’s televised “crusades” were old-fashioned Baptist revival services, and they came across with a simple and profound dignity that others lacked. They looked honest because they were straightforward. There were no gimmicks, no [Read More…]

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Superb: Fr. Michael Duffy’s homily for a new priest

A deep diaconal bow to my blog neighbor and FOTB Fr. Michael Duffy, who was invited to preach yesterday at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the newly ordained Fr. Andrew Garnett —and knocked it out of the park. Snip:  While this new reality is Fr. Garnett’s in a particular way because of his ordination yesterday it’s all of [Read More…]

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VIDEO: vicar general strums guitar and sings during homily

Here’s something you don’t see every day. This is Fr. Charles Cimpl, vicar general for the diocese of Sioux Falls, SD, and pastor of St. Michael’s parish. The event was evidently a children’s Mass. See what you think. Meantime…looking through the website at Fr. Cimpl’s parish, I came upon this column, which I think most priests and [Read More…]

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Professional actors help seminarians with “Preaching Boot Camp”

From the Detroit Free Press: Let’s be honest, Catholic priests aren’t known for soul-stirring preaching. And according to Pope Francis and many ex-Catholics, that’s a problem. Boring sermonizing does not fill the sanctuary or pay the bills. It certainly will not curb the steady march of American Catholics from the faith. “Priests today have to [Read More…]

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“The Preacher’s Mistake”

A Redemptorist reader, Fr. John McKenna, sent this along, and it’s too good not to share. It’s credited to William Croswell Doane, the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, who served in that capacity from 1869 until his death in 1913. “The Preacher’s Mistake”  The parish priest Of austerity, Climbed up in a [Read More…]

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