Why don’t parents take screaming babies out of church?—UPDATED

I’m opening up comments for this, to see what you parents out there have to say. A reader writes: Hi Deacon Greg, I am desperate to find answers to above question!!!  When I politely ask the parent of a screaming child why they refuse to leave Mass so they don’t disrupt it for everyone else, [Read More...]

How can you keep from singing? A great rendition of the National Anthem tonight in Boston

As the YouTube description puts it: Before the Bruins-Sabres game, Rene Rancourt starts singing, and then the TD Garden crowd takes it home as Boston returns to sports two days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon. God bless Boston.  God bless America. [Read more...]

“God knows, too, what it is to lose a loved one in an unjust attack…”

I quoted from this sermon after Sandy Hook, and it’s worth reprinting here today. This is part of the great Presbyterian minister Timothy Keller’s sermon which he preached on the five-year anniversary of 9/11: I’d like to freely acknowledge that every faith – and we are an interfaith gathering today – every faith has great [Read More...]

Adorable video: pope as pacifier

A reader in Italy sent this my way, from the audience this morning. The man knows how to handle crybabies. (Insert own joke here…)  Read more about it here.  [Read more...]

Divine Mercy: trust in the original iron man

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Austin to ordain 11 deacons—including a former congressman—UPDATED

Is this a first?  I could be wrong, but I’m not aware of any other former U.S. congresmen ordained to the diaconate. Details:  Bishop Joe Vásquez will ordain 11 men to the permanent diaconate April 13 at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park. Permanent deacons serve the church in the three-fold ministry of word, [Read More...]

All are welcome: public funeral for Roger Ebert at Chicago cathedral

Details: Funeral services for legendary movie critic Roger Ebert have been set for Monday. The service is scheduled at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. State St., a church official confirmed. The program starts at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public, but seats will be first-come, first-served, a publicist for Ebert’s family said [Read More...]

Why doesn’t the pope sing? Here’s an answer.

From CNS:  Previously, [Vatican spokesman] Father [Federico] Lombardi dispelled rumors that the 76-year-old pope’s singing capacity or current state of health was impaired by an operation he had when he was 21 in which the upper half of his right lung was removed after cysts caused a severe lung infection. More recently, Father Lombardi said [Read More...]

The new pope is getting to me

A few people have commented on it, and I’ve noticed it, too: the new pope is getting to me.  And in a good way. Something is happening.  A man in my parish took communion to a homebound woman a few days ago, and all she could talk about was the new pope.  “She told me [Read More...]

Was this the key to Bergoglio’s election as pope?

A Cuban cardinal has shared Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s intervention during the pre-conclave General Congregation meetings: Cuba’s Catholic primate, Jaime Ortega, made public in Havana a manuscript with remarks made by Jorge Bergoglio about the mission of the church in a session before the conclave that elected him pope. The manuscript was presented “exclusively” to Cardinal [Read More...]