I can think of two priests who will be including this image in their Christmas card this year…

From Paul Haring at Catholic News Service comes this wonderful picture from Sunday. Caption: Pope Francis and two newly ordained priests give a blessing during the “Regina Coeli” led from the window of the pope’s studio at the Vatican April 26. The priests and 17 others were ordained by the pope during a liturgy in [Read More...]

What happens if a priest can’t continue Mass?

The tragic story of a priest who died at the start of Mass last Sunday raises the question of what happens in such circumstances. The document De Defectibus, promulgated by Pope Pius V in the 16th century, offers this: If before the Consecration the priest becomes seriously ill, or faints, or dies, the Mass is discontinued. If [Read More...]

Shock: Massachusetts pastor dies at start of Sunday Mass

From The Boston Globe:   The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Canton died at the start of a Mass on Sunday morning. Father Michael McLellan, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, died at the 11:30 a.m. service. It is not clear if he was saying the Mass at the time. “We are [Read More...]

Polish church calls for priests who died at Dachau to be honored

View image | gettyimages.com From The Catholic Herald:  The Polish Catholic Church has called for a fitting tribute to hundreds of its priests who died during World War II at the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau. “Dachau was the main camp for priests from all over Europe, and over half came from Poland,” said Mgr [Read More...]

Pope to newly ordained priests: No more boring sermons

Details: On Sunday morning Pope Francis ordained 19 new priests, exhorting them to serve the flock rather than manage it, and to feed the people of God with heartfelt homilies rather than boring sermons. “Let this be the nourishment of the People of God,” Francis said during the ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica, “that your sermons are [Read More...]

UPDATE: Michigan priest, obeying bishop, discontinues gun classes

A followup on yesterday’s posting, from MichiganLive:  Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor will no longer offer concealed pistol license (CPL) classes, the church’s priest announced on Facebook Tuesday afternoon. Edward Fride had sent out a letter defending his decision to offer the book-based portion of the course—not the live fire instruction—at the church after some parishioners [Read More...]

“Banns for the diaconate”?

While reading the bulletin for Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor (see here for more on that story), I spotted this item: Peter James Lawrence from this parish is scheduled to be ordained as a transitional Deacon on May 16, 2015, for service to the Diocese of Lansing. Anyone knowing a serious reason [Read More...]

Michigan priest urges parishioners to arm themselves: “We’re not in Mayberry anymore, Toto”

From The Detroit Free Press:  An Ann Arbor Catholic priest has urged his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL). In a letter sent to Christ the King parishioners recently, the Rev. Edward Fride explained why he believed it was necessary to get [Read More...]

Movement begins to have priest who died on the Titanic declared a saint

Some may remember the homily I preached three years ago, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, relating the story of the priest who was on board, Fr. Thomas Byles: Exactly 100 years ago, Sunday, April 14th, 1912, Fr. Byles celebrated Mass.  It was “Low Sunday” for the first Sunday after Easter.  [Read More...]

Boom: number of priestly ordinations in 2015 climbs 25%

From the USCCB: The 2015 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people. Seven in 10 (71 percent) say they were encouraged by a parish priest, as [Read More...]