The Living Rosary

How did you spend Sunday afternoon?  At my parish, we did this: It’s the “Living Rosary,” an unusual devotion that we practice twice a year — during Mary’s month of May, and during the rosary’s month, October. The pray the rosary in the front plaza of our church, one person representing one bead, singing verses [Read More...]

“Up for grabs”: a Democratic strategist on how to win the Catholic vote

Here’s another take on this election from Jim Arkedis of the Progressive Policy Institute.  It offers a window into how Democrats  are thinking about Catholics: Catholics are up for grabs this year. A Gallup poll from April has President Obama and Mitt Romney tied among Catholics, 46 percent each. At nearly 20 percent of the population, [Read More...]

From SNL: So long, farewell to Kristin Wiig

Further proof that, even after a lot of lousy years when the humor was forced and the laughs were few and the cast was forgettable, SNL can still discover glimmers of gold. A consistent jewel of late: Kristin Wiig. Host Mick Jagger et al bid her farewell Saturday night. It was a nice sendoff. (And [Read More...]

Brain freeze: artist turns communion wine into popsicles

I confess: it took every ounce of fortitude I could muster to refrain from using the word “pope-sicle” in the headline. From Joanne at Egregious Twaddle: Bad enough I’m always torn between explaining to my artist friends that being a faithful Catholic is not drinking the Kool-Aid and explaining to my faithful Catholic friends that [Read More...]

You have never heard “Taps” played like this

Hundreds gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 150th anniversary of the familiar piece of music. Watch and listen. You can read more about it here. [Read more...]

Now I’ve seen everything

From a friend’s Facebook page: one little girl rode to her First Communion in this. [Read more...]

Anniversary boys

One is marking five years, the other 60.  Can you tell which is which? Congratulations to Brooklyn’s retired Bishop Thomas Daily on 60 years of priesthood.  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Homily for May 20, 2012: 7th Sunday of Easter — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings.] For audio of this homily from the 10 am Mass, click the green arrow below Do you notice something unusual in the gospel we just heard? One word recurs again and again and again: “world.”  Jesus utters it no less than nine times, in one brief passage.  I think this is [Read More...]

Marching for life in Forest Hills

Below are some shots from this morning’s pro-life prayer march through Forest Hills, which began at my parish and ended about a half a mile away at the Women’s Health Pavilion abortion clinic. We host these marches twice a year in conjunction with Msgr. Philip O’Reilly and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. As is [Read More...]

Ordination update: five new deacons in Syracuse

They were ordained last weekend by Bishop Robert Cunningham: Robert Burke, Dare Dutter, Paul Lehmann, David Losito and Mark Shiner. While the diocesan paper doesn’t yet have coverage posted online, there’s a post on the men at their ministry’s blog. Congratulations!  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Shift: Diocese will allow boy with Down Syndrome to receive communion

Some may remember the story from earlier this year, about the boy in England who was not being allowed to receive his First Communion. That’s about to change: A seven-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome who was refused an opportunity to receive his first Holy Communion is to take the sacrament. The Diocese of Leeds previously [Read More...]

May 19, 2007

Prayer of the Ordained Heavenly Father, You who ordered the universe Have also ordained the universe. You have ordained that the stars follow their course, That the seasons follow Your plan That the oceans and tides obey Your rhythms. And now you have ordained us in Your service, as Deacons. Make of us instruments of [Read More...]

RIP, Michael Rosenbaum

As I said on a Facebook page devoted to him, “If you look up mensch in any dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Michael.” A great colleague, journalist, producer and, yes, mensch has died far too young, at 64, from a brain tumor.  It was my good fortune to have the office next to his [Read More...]

RAW VIDEO: Sebelius gets heckled at Georgetown, but then gets cheered

A reader sent this my way, from the HHS Secretary’s controversial appearance at Georgetown University today: [Read more...]

“24 Hour Protection”

Spotted by my goddaughter Branda, during a morning walk in California: [Read more...]

Ordination update: 16 new deacons in Cheyenne

Bishop Paul Etienne had this to say about the men who were ordained on 15 May: This class of men for some time now have developed quite a reputation for their great quality.  The many professors and others who have worked with them in their years of formation always have great and positive things to [Read More...]

Can “The Exorcist” save Georgetown University?

The university just might need an exorcist — and the author of the blockbuster book and movie is doing his part: Georgetown University alumni, students and others are preparing a canon law suit to be filed with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vatican, seeking remedies “up to and including the possible removal or suspension [Read More...]

Ordination update: six new deacons for Rockville Centre

It happened last weekend. Pictured above: Bishop William Murphy and other clergy gather with the new deacons and their wives after the ordination. From left, Msgr. Robert Brennan, diocesan vicar general, Deacon Tom Connolly, director of deacon formation, Michael and Sue Ann Appel, Darrell and Diane Buono, Michael and Lisa Gomes, Bishop Murphy, Auxiliary Bishop [Read More...]


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