For Catholic Schools Week: in praise of my parish’s school

With Catholic Schools Week now at its midway point, I thought I’d repost something from last year: a homily I preached at a special Mass honoring my parish’s school (shown above) and its alumni.  DGK. ++  A lot of people don’t know this, but when I was in formation, studying to become a deacon, Msgr. [Read More...]

The warning signs of “Monsignor Meth”

The Connecticut Post has details: Looking back there were the usual warning signs, those nagging red flags. In Monsignor Kevin Wallin‘s case, there was the weight loss, the change in his usually meticulous appearance and his erratic behavior that concerned his parishioners and others, including church officials. “He just didn’t look right; he didn’t seem the [Read More...]

From Iowa family man to Catholic priest

And, along the way, he was also a permanent deacon. Details, from the Gazette: The Rev. Steve Witt has been a husband and a father. Now he’s a father, as in black shirt and white collar. Newly ordained in the Davenport Diocese of the Catholic Church, Witt’s experiences with marriage, parenting and losing a spouse are [Read More...]

One man’s road to the priesthood: “I fell in love”

From my blogging friend and neighbor, Fr. Michael Duffy, heres’s great testimony on his own vocation, over at the USCCB blog: When people ask how I knew in that moment that I wanted to be a priest and I simply tell them I fell in love. In an instant I fell in love with the [Read More...]

On women priests: “If you really loved the church, you’d be a little broken up about being excommunicated…”

You no doubt remember the video “Ordain a Lady” that set jaws dropping around the blogosphere. Now, a good response from blogger Kathleen Burke: (A grateful diaconal bow to Deacon Scott Dodge for this!) If you really loved the Church, and valued your membership in the Church as the Body of Christ, you’d be a little [Read More...]

Sweet surprise: a flash mob at an unemployment office?

Yes. Just when you thought someone couldn’t find a new and surprising way to do a flash mob, along comes this. Enjoy. [Read more...]

“Instagram dat joint!”

Watch what happens when a clever dude with a camera, a costume and a car decides to freak out people working at the drive-thru window. [Read more...]

“Hungry” gets a little buzz

A few weeks back, I posted on the collection of homilies to which I contributed, “Hungry and You Fed Me.”  Now, The Times of Trenton has written about it, plugging an upcoming book signing (I’ll be there, so if you’re in New Jersey, come on by and say hello!): Fifteen homilists of various Christian denominations [Read More...]

The best advice I ever got about serving Mass at Christmas…

…It was actually something I overheard. As I’ve noted before, we have a remarkable cadre of altar servers in my parish—100 of ‘em, boys and girls, from ages 8 to 18, every one of them a gem.  They are selfless, generous, enthusiastic and (for the most part, except for a few yawners, scratchers and gigglers) [Read More...]

Need a smile? This should do it.

God bless Tom McDonald for digging up this wonderful picture, which came along at a moment I really needed it.  After the last few days, it gives us all something we sorely need:  Santa Pope!  :-) [Read more...]