Author of book on deacons: “Each of us is called to a vocation…”

Over at the National Catholic Register, Kathryn Jean Lopez caught up with Elizabeth Fiococelli, author a book for children that I mentioned some weeks back, “Where Do Deacons Come From?” Part of her interview: Can adults learn as much as children from this book? As with all my books for children, Where Do Deacons Come [Read More...]

Homily for December 4, 2011: 2nd Sunday of Advent/Rite of Welcome

[Click here for the readings] “Prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” That passage from Isaiah is one of the most gripping pieces of scripture that we hear during Advent – a call to get busy and start building.    It foretells what sounds like a massive [Read More...]

My first Mass with an iPad

Last year, a priest in Italy (pictured below) made headlines when he celebrated Mass using the iPad instead of a book. Now I know what it’s like. We did that today. At CNEWA, we have monthly Mass in the office boardroom, with about two dozen people, a couple of priests and (ahem) one deacon. Today, [Read More...]

Fr. Ken

A deacon friend sent this my way. It belongs to a priest, who explains: A long time ago, this friend, Mary Ryan (RIP) made me a Ken doll with a full set of liturgical colored vestments – here he is in purple for Advent, and stands in my office as a reminder that Advent is [Read More...]

Keep smiling

Call me crazy, but I thought this was sweet and unexpectedly uplifting. [Read more...]

Feel the joy!

I saw this last night on a friend’s Facebook page and spent part of the morning trying, without success, to find the artist.  It may be the most striking, moving, uplifting and utterly human depiction of The Visitation I’ve ever seen.  As we prepare for Christ’s coming, shouldn’t we all be feeling this way?  This [Read More...]

Dancing for Mary

It’s almost time for one of the biggest Marian feasts on the calendar, and in parts of Texas that will bring people into the streets for a colorful celebration: Wearing an emblem of the Virgin Mary on the front of their elaborate costumes and a guardian angel on the back, young dancers kick, march, stomp [Read More...]

“Bethlehemian Rhapsody”

How’s this for a cute riff on the Christmas story: a nod to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but with an evangelical twist. Enjoy. [Read more...]

The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants

It’s happening at a Catholic school in Canada: First it was playground balls, and then it was kilts. Now another Ontario school has joined the bandwagon of proposed bans by saying no to tight-fitting Lululemon yoga pants. Some students at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ottawa have kept wearing the yoga pants, even after [Read More...]

Answering the call: meet a seminarian…and his wife

Here’s something we don’t encounter very often: a story about seminarians preparing to get married.  They are Greek Catholic, in Ukraine, and the story comes from the pages of the current issue of ONE magazine: In the Greek Catholic tradition, seminarians are permitted to marry prior to ordination. But some still choose a life of [Read More...]

Detroit may close, consolidate nearly 50 parishes

That’s according to recommendations presented to the bishop yesterday. Details: In a sweeping reorganization of Catholic parish life that will hit the suburbs as well as landmark churches in Detroit’s urban core, the Archdiocese of Detroit unveiled tentative proposals Wednesday night to cluster, close and merge some four dozen parishes in the next five years. [Read More...]

World’s worst nativity sets

Or, in this case, perhaps it’s “wurst nativity set.” Check out this site for more — including one made of SPAM. [Read more...]

Ruling: same-sex dorms at CUA not discriminatory

Details: Catholic University is allowed to segregate students’ living quarters into same-sex dormitories, according to a ruling handed down Tuesday. The District’s Office of Human Rights said that same-sex dorms do not constitute discrimination or disparate treatment of either sex. The controversy over same-sex dorms erupted this summer when Catholic University President John Garvey announced [Read More...]

Bishop’s decree: stop holding hands

Hot on the heels of the new Roman Missal translation, the Bishop of Covington, Roger J. Foys, has issued a decree clarifying the proper gestures and postures for Mass, according to rubrics laid out in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. As he notes: The rituals of the Roman Church, of which we are [Read More...]

A pro-life iPhone? Apple’s Siri doesn’t give names of abortion clinics

Details: Ask Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant for the iPhone, for ideas on where to eat dinner or whether you need an umbrella, and it will deliver helpful localized suggestions. But try asking it to find a local abortion clinic, and the software turns up a puzzling blank — even in areas that clearly have such [Read More...]

“You’re never too old to sit on Santa”

Here’s a nice palate-cleanser for you.  The latest bit of inspired weirdness from the folks at Improv Everywhere: a production number about Santa’s lap staged at a New Jersey mall. With the stress of the holidays, who couldn’t use a little song and dance? [Read more...]

Boom: seminary enrollment up around the country

And Catholic News Service has the numbers, and details: In his first months as rector of Theological College in Washington, Father Phillip J. Brown has been confronting a problem that the national diocesan seminary for the U.S. Catholic Church “has not had for a long time” — it is bursting at the seams. Enrollment is [Read More...]

Have we become the Pharisees? — UPDATED

That’s the provocative question that Mike Hayes poses over at his blog, Googling God: Where are our Mother Teresa’s today? Why are those stories not being told? Every time the church is in the media it’s almost always about something insular. Mass changes, child abuse, embezzlement, school and parish closings. Where is the good news? [Read More...]


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