"What I tell my altar servers…"

A few thoughtful words from Fr. Dwight Longenecker… Snip: You’re not really employed to be useful. You’re employed to help lead the worship. As long as you understand that, everything else that we teach you will follow. You see, all of us work together to lead the people of God in the worship of God [Read More...]

Roll out the barrel: polka mass?

This is a new one to me, though apparently it’s been floating around YouTube for a while. Take a look and give a listen. I wonder what Karol Wojtyla would think… [Read more...]

Taking the iPad to church

A priest has already started using it for mass, as you can see from the image below (albeit, the altar was a little un-traditional): You can read about him here. Meantime, our Protestant brothers and sisters aren’t wasting any time.  Moses carried tablets — and now they do, too: When pastor Dennis Newkirk stands before [Read More...]

"Down in adoration falling…"

So begins the English translation of one of the most beloved and popular Catholic hymns, “Tantum Ergo,” the great song of praise sung at Eucharistic Adoration. We have Exposition and Adoration at my parish every Thursday — concluding with Benediction (sometimes celebrated by the deacon) at 7:30.  We also offer Benediction at the conclusion of [Read More...]

How's the Latin mass being received these days?

Nearly four years after the motu proprio that made possible greater access to the Latin mass, John Allen has an interesting interview with Fr. Richard Hilgartner, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A priest of the Baltimore archdiocese, Hilgartner studied liturgical theology at the prestigious [Read More...]

Report: priest "concelebrated" mass with Protestant minister

It reportedly happened last weekend, in California. Details: Some parishioners at St. Norbert’s Church in Orange describe themselves as “shocked and appalled” after a priest there allowed a Presbyterian minister to concelebrate a Mass and receive Holy Communion on Sunday, Feb. 13. Sources from the parish told California Catholic Daily that Fr. Agustin Escobar (shown [Read More...]

The rite done right: making a funeral easier for everyone

It’s a recurring problem at some Catholic liturgies — notably, weddings and funerals — where a sizable number of those in attendance may not be church-going Catholics. How do you handle the blank stares and stony silences? (And the silence can be deafening, and dispiriting.  I’ve presided at a couple of weddings where, after I’ve [Read More...]

Coming soon: a motu proprio on the mass?

Reports out of the Vatican indicate that may be in the cards. From the New Liturgical Movement website: In the coming weeks a document of Benedict XVI will be released which reorganizes the competences of the Congregation for Divine Worship, entrusting it with the task of promoting a liturgy more faithful to the original intentions [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“I must honestly tell you that our Christmas Eve liturgy was so slap-dash, so irreverent and untrained and featured music so poorly chosen and executed that it was joyless, perfunctory and at times just so awful as to feel more like torture than celebration. Even my husband, who never has a bad word to say, [Read More...]


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