Mass Appeal: Celebrating the Liturgy—But Not in Church

Last month, I posted the unusual story about Mass being celebrated in a Manila shopping mall. Turns out, that’s not the only non-sacred place people can attend Mass in the Philippines: Every Sunday at the upscale Power Plant Mall in metro Manila, the establishment tucked between a Japanese chocolate confectioner and a modern Italian furniture [Read More…]

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Corpus Christi in Los Angeles

The picture above, from yesterday, shows Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. And the tabernacle? From the cathedral website: The bronze tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was designed and fabricated by sculptor Max [Read More…]

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“I Am Not Getting Married in the Church. But I Want My Religion In Our Ceremony…”

This happens three or four times a year: someone I don’t know drops me an e-mail asking if I can perform a Catholic wedding in some place other than a church. Outdoors, maybe, or a catering hall. The presumption seems to be that if a priest can’t do it, maybe a deacon will. So it [Read More…]

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Jesus In Queens

Some of the Corpus Christi procession from my parish in Forest Hills this afternoon. Photos by Rosalind Chan-Ganzhi. [Read more…]

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A Priest’s Advice to the Newly Ordained

There’s a lot of wisdom here—and a lot of it, I think, could apply to deacons, as well. Since we are smack in the middle of ordination season, here’s some fraternal advice from Rev. Damian J. Ference, a priest of the diocese of Cleveland: I just celebrated my 10th anniversary of ordination two weeks ago, and [Read More…]

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Venezuela’s Food Shortage Could Mean Running Out of Bread and Wine for Communion

Details:  When it comes to Venezuela’s growing scarcities, not even the Roman Catholic Church has received a dispensation. Church officials say food shortages and foreign exchange restrictions are causing a lack of ingredients needed to celebrate Mass: altar wine as well as wheat to produce communion wafers. They say the wheat flour used for the [Read More…]

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For First Time in History, Pope To Lead Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Next Sunday

From Vatican Radio: From the Cook Islands to Chile, Burkina Faso, Taiwan, Iraq, Bangladesh, the United States, and the Philippines, people will unite in prayer with Pope Francis this weekend before One Lord and in One faith, for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. The Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration, will be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica next [Read More…]

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Reconciliation Revival?

Priests in one archdiocese are reporting more people celebrating the sacrament:  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted in November to make confession a priority nationwide for this pastLent. At the time, Roman Catholic leaders in the Archdiocese of Hartford were already preparing a Lenten campaign of their own. The archdiocese this year publicized its call [Read More…]

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Reports of Rise in Confession: The Francis Effect?

He’s evidently having an impact, according to CNS:  The head of the Vatican office promoting new evangelization said that while he does not like the terms “Francis effect” or “Francis bump,” it is true that “Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of many people.” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for [Read More…]

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Cardinal Bergoglio on denying communion

Before he became pope, he had some thoughts on the subject.  Fr. Thomas Reese explains in the National Catholic Reporter:  In On Heaven and Earth, the book he co-authored with Rabbi Abraham Skorka, Cardinal Bergoglio wrote, “One could deny communion to a public sinner who has not repented, but it is very difficult to check such things.” [Read More…]

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