Bracing for "The Week That Was"

We’re sliding into one of the busiest times for parishes, but it can be easy to forget what it’s really about. From this week’s “All Things New”: Back in the 1960s, there was a TV show called “That Was the Week That Was,” which satirized current events. It was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live” [Read More…]

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A reader is dyeing to know…

Here’s a classic Easter-time quandary. A friend writes: How terrible is it if I have little kids come over to the apartment on Good Friday and color Easter eggs? I answered: “Not terrible at all.  The color is black, right?” She wasn’t amused. Any thoughts?  What do you think? [Read more…]

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Uncovered: why we veil the cross this week

Some churches go all out to cover statues and crosses before Holy Week; others do hardly anything at all. The New Theological Movement has an interesting explanation: We will reproduce here the historical study offered by Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University (taken from Zenit): “It probably derives from [Read More…]

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Welcome home: Boston sees some Catholics returning

The archdiocese launched the ambitious “Catholics Come Home” project on Ash Wednesday, and the Boston Herald takes a look at how it’s doing: The Boston Archdiocese’s largest effort in a generation to reach lapsed Catholics is drawing wandering souls back to the church’s open arms, but the biggest obstacle could be keeping them, priests and [Read More…]

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Homily for April 10, 2011: 5th Sunday of Lent

Every now and then, you’ll find a film critic who bemoans the state of Hollywood movies by pointing out that there are too many sequels. Last year, a writer noted that in 2010 there were 86 sequels in various stages of development.  Just this year, we have “Scream 4” about to open,  along with “Underworld [Read More…]

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And now, a few words from St. Ephrem

Hunting for an Orthodox prayer for the next issue of the magazine, my Associate Editor stumbled upon these wise and especially timely words from the saint who was also a deacon: Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and [Read More…]

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One more reason to fast during Lent

It turns out regular churchgoers take up more room in the pews: Young, religiously active people are more likely than their non-religious counterparts to become obese in middle age, according to new research. In fact, frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement. What is unclear [Read More…]

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A Lenten lectio: "Serenity now!"

I know the feeling. A classic bit from “Seinfeld”: [Read more…]

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"The Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns"

That’s how it’s described in one parish in Albany, according to Fr. Z.  One of his readers picked up this description of the event — happening tonight, if you’re in the neighborhood — from the archives of the local paper: While clowns are seen as symbols of humor, the Clown Ministry Associates take a page [Read More…]

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"We are citizens of a world on fire…"

Last night, I was invited to preside at Evening Prayer at a neighboring parish in Queens.  The good folks over at the Catholic portal at Patheos have posted the homily, which offers a few thoughts about Lent, one week on, and building something out of the ashes: More than ever before, it seems, we live [Read More…]

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