Did they sing this at your parish today?

Given the readings, “Here I Am, Lord” is a natural.  We sang this at my place.  How about you? Here’s one of the prettiest versions I’ve heard, from a boys choir. [Read more...]

A hermitage gets a deacon

This is something a little unusual, and worth noting: a monk ordained a deacon for a small hermitage in Texas. Details: Brother Martin Mary’s first visit to the Mount Carmel Hermitage in Christoval touched his soul. A bright college kid from the Dallas-Fort Worth area with aspirations of attending medical school, Martin Mary spent an [Read More...]

Tebow didn’t win, but his bible verse still scored on TV

Maybe things didn’t turn out Saturday the way Tim Tebow might have hoped. But the gang at Focus on the Family used the big game to run the ad below — which, imho, is a winner. UPDATE: Melinda Henneberger in the Washington Post is less impressed: Though not exactly a Benetton commercial – I think [Read More...]

Dolan, the Big Cheese

As the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers prepare for tomorrow’s big game, it’s worth remembering, whimsically, the colorful headgear worn by a certain archbishop (now Cardinal-Designate) several years back, when he was newly ensconced in Milwaukee. Not everyone was charmed. But the man who would later be dubbed “America’s Pope” proved something: he [Read More...]

Homily for January 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings.] “What are you looking for?” That question at the heart of the gospel is one that some of us need a lifetime to answer.  And the answer can change.  Some of us are looking for a good job, a spouse, a family, a fulfilling career.  Some of us may be looking [Read More...]

A Vatican observer weighs in on Tim Tebow

The director of the “Church and Sport” section at the Pontifical Council for the Laity — yes, there is such a section at the Vatican — has offered a few thoughts on the Tim Tebow phenomenon. From ZENIT: Legionary of Christ Father Kevin Lixey works in the Roman Curia helping the Church make a contribution [Read More...]

Ka-ching: the salaries of clergy

One of the most common questions I get asked from the people in the pews is: “What does the parish pay you?”  The answer: Nada.  Zip. Zilch.  Zero.  I receive no salary from the parish.  I don’t get stipends for Masses, baptisms or weddings, either. Deacons are, in every sense, volunteers.  Our “outside” jobs support [Read More...]

Wouldn’t it be easier just to read it online?

How one man reads a newspaper and turns the pages… H/T New Advent. [Read more...]

Inside The Heights, exclusive school for conservative DC Catholics

The New York Times takes a look at the school where Rick Santorum sent two of his sons: Are your jackets on, boys?” Joe Cardenas inspects his charges in a first-period freshman humanities class, sees that they are all appropriately blazered and standing tall, bows his head and begins the morning Hail Mary: “Hail Mary, [Read More...]

“Flabbergasted”: Plumber and his wife leave millions to church

And a lot of people are stunned. Details: Gus and Marie Salenske, a plumber and a nurse, lived a quiet, modest life on the North Side of Syracuse. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage in Gus childhood home on Turtle Street, just a few blocks from where Marie grew up on Lilac Street. They liked [Read More...]

New York Times: “I caution the clerical wife to be on guard…” — UPDATED

On the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, an assistant professor of medieval European history, Sara Ritchey, has some words of advice: By the time of the First Lateran Council, the priest’s wife had become a symbol of wantonness and defilement. The reason was that during this period the nature of the host consecrated [Read More...]

A liturgical practice to give you paws

I’m not sure why I’m suddenly seeing all these stories about priests and pooches, but here’s another.  From USA TODAY (and Creative Minority Report): Father Roy Snipes has more assistance than most priests in Masses, counseling sessions and confessions: his dogs. The big mixed-breeds — sometimes as many as five of them — provide the [Read More...]

Whatever happened to the homeless “Man with the Golden Voice”?

The answer below: RELATED: The man with the “golden voice” gives credit to God Yes, his story keeps getting better and better [Read more...]

Another jaw-dropping church renovation

See below… and read the story behind it here. Love it or hate it, you have to admit: it’s a dramatic difference.  I’m reminded of something Fr. George Rutler said a couple years ago, when  I had the privilege of meeting him and serving as a deacon at his gorgeous Church of Our Saviour, in [Read More...]

Out of bounds: “The notion of a stadium so close to this historic building is not comforting…”

There are concerns now being raised about the proposed locations for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings: Two proposed new stadium sites for the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, especially one only 300 feet from the Catholic Basilica of St. Mary, have the church’s rector “very concerned.” “I can’t imagine how our thousands of [Read More...]

An airplane trip of note

A Thursday palate-cleanser for you, to help spread a little harmony! The YouTube notation says: “It took all of us by surprise while waiting on a maintenence check to be performed on the aircraft. Best surprise ever!! …Thanks to Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale…” H/T Aggie Catholics [Read more...]

Dismissing — and dissing — bishops

Wherein Msgr. Charles Pope, from the Archdiocese of Washington, vents: I am well aware of the (often legitimate) frustrations by some Catholics that the Bishops, either individually or collectively have not always shepherded in a clearer way; a way that both disciplined dissenters and corrected liturgical abuses and also encouraged those who tried to remain [Read More...]

Worst church website ever?

Take an aspirin and click here. H/T Brandon, who posted this on his FB page. Ouch. [Read more...]


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