Picture this: our parish centennial Mass

The superb photographer Niranjan Fernando, a parishioner, captured these images from my parish centennial Mass Sunday. (N.B., the lady lector is The Deacon’s Wife :-)) [Read more…]

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Wow: how to peel a potato with your bare hands

Just in time for Thanksgiving: a tip every household can use. Color me amazed. [Read more…]

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Ice skating priests—and, maybe, a deacon?

A deacon reader sent this my way. Just in time for ice skating season! He wrote: It is an award-winning clip for Stella Artois called Skating Priests. After watching, it was easy to pick out the deacon! Enjoy.  [Read more…]

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Confirmation controversy: another teen also “chose not to enter into full communion” over same sex marriage

The story that broke last week keeps widening.  The latest: The teenager who was not confirmed at the Catholic church here after he publicly supported same-sex marriage was not the only student who was denied the religious sacrament for backing gay marriage, the church’s priest said in a letter made public Friday. In the letter, [Read More…]

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“Time, like an ever rolling stream, soon bears us all away…”

What you see here is the view from the sanctuary in my parish this afternoon, moments before we began the procession for the Mass marking our 100th anniversary. To put it simply: I’ve never experienced a liturgy quite like this. It was, in every sense, grand: from the entrance procession that included members of various [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 4 new deacons in San Bernardino

The following e-mail arrived today, from Rich Herbst, Episcopal Master of Ceremonies in the Diocese of San Bernardino, California: Four men were ordained permanent deacons for the Diocese of San Bernardino on Saturday, November 17th at Sacred Heart Church in Rancho Cucamonga.  Pictured are Deacon Octavio Echeverria, whose wife María is a Vice-chancellor for the [Read More…]

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Abraham Lincoln, atheist?

I suspect a lot of people don’t know about this period of his life. Author Stephen Mansfield has the details: We have heard the soaring phrases often. They are fixed in the American book of verse. Now, they sound again in Steven Spielberg’s magnificent film, “Lincoln.” They come to us as tones of faith from [Read More…]

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Homily for November 18, 2012: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[This Sunday, my parish is celebrating the closing of its centennial. Bishop DiMarzio will be on hand, along with several priests who have close associations with the parish, for a massive concelebrated Mass at 12:30.  Also in the mix: a horde of altar servers, plus drums, timpani and a full choir.  According to the program, [Read More…]

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That teenager who was denied Confirmation? There’s more to the story

The media firestorm has so far not included anything more than cursory comments from the parish priest.  Until now. From LifeSite News: The parents of a 17-year-old boy in Minnesota are claiming that their parish priest denied their son the sacrament of Confirmation because he posted a photo in support of gay ‘marriage’ on his [Read More…]

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The story behind the statue of Mary that survived the storm

It may be the iconic image of Hurricane Sandy — some have compared it to the “cross at Ground Zero” — and today’s New York Times has the story behind it:  At the corner of Oceanside Avenue and Gotham Walk, the house inherited by the elderly McNultys’ niece Regina after the couple died, is a [Read More…]

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In Egypt, persecuted Christians turn to faith

Details: There was no mention of churches torched or Christians killed, but the prayer neatly written on a tiny piece of paper and placed atop an icon of St. George in the chapel of a desert monastery left no doubt about the growing fear and despair of Egypt’s Coptic Christians. “Oh Lord, for the sake [Read More…]

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What they don’t teach in seminary—but should

Some wise insight from Dr. Lawrence DiPaolo, Jr. in the Homiletics and Pastoral Review:  In my discussions with other seminary administrators, one area seems to be given perhaps less emphasis than it should, namely, the practical tools needed to administer a parish—running the gamut from the basics of small business accounting, to the less easily [Read More…]

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Oh no!

The world as we know it is coming to an end. Details:  Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract [Read More…]

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Great moments in academia: Fordham slams Ann Coulter, welcomes Peter Singer

Details: Late last week, the College Republicans announced on Facebook that they would be having Ann Coulter as their fall speaker, and they created a Facebook for the event. Well, as Ann Coulter does draw a strong response from both sides, there were many angry responses directed at the College Republicans for inviting such a [Read More…]

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“Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you…”

On Friday the Vatican published Pope Benedict XVI’s much anticipated message to young people as they begin the countdown to World Youth Day celebrations in Brazil, July 2013.  A snip: Dear friends, open your eyes and look around you. So many young people no longer see any meaning in their lives. Go forth! Christ needs [Read More…]

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Boom: Little Rock’s big deacon class of 40

Some happy news, from the Arkansas Catholic: For the first time in a decade, the Diocese of Little Rock will ordain new deacons to minister and serve the Catholic faithful in Arkansas. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain 40 candidates this month in Rogers and Little Rock, more than double the number for the last [Read More…]

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On the horizon: revised Liturgy of the Hours

But don’t give away your old set just yet. A new translation is years away. From Catholic News Service: Just a year after U.S. Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. [Read More…]

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Faithful fin fan: meet the chaplain for the Miami Dolphins

From Florida Catholic:  It is not his “dream job” — that would be the priesthood, says Father Manny Alvarez. But “this other gig does come in a close second,” added the Twitter and Facebook-posting sports fanatic. Earlier this year, Father Alvarez, ordained in 2001, was asked to be the team chaplain for the Miami Dolphins. [Read More…]

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