"Come and kneel before him now"

For your Corpus Christi meditation: a remarkable Eucharistic flash mob in Great Britain.  Read all about it here. [Read more...]

Slap-happy

Were you slapped at your confirmation? We don’t do that anymore and, in this week’s All Things New, I wonder if we need to bring back the slap: Earlier this month, I was serving as deacon at our parish confirmation in Queens. The bishop anointed each of the kids as they came forward and then—I [Read More...]

Family claims discrimination because child was denied first communion

It happened in Texas, and the child has cerebral palsy. Details: A disabled boy was refused his first Holy Communion after a priest decided the child could not understand what it meant, his family have claimed. Eight-year-old Kevin Castro’s family have accused Father Phil Henning, priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Floresville, Texas, [Read More...]

"Do you mind if I kneel for communion?" — UPDATED

A young woman approached me before mass on Palm Sunday to ask that question. I replied, “Of course not.  That’s fine.”  She smiled sheepishly and said, “I know some priests don’t like it.”   I reassured it that it was okay, and she later came to my communion station, knelt, and received on the tongue. [Read More...]

Got a backpack of sins? Unpack 'em in confession!

Here’s a very cool entry in the iConfess video contest. It’s Reconciliation Monday here in New York.  Want to get something off your chest (or off your back)?  Now’s the perfect time to do it. Here’s one reason why… [Read more...]

From 1897: How to hear a woman's confession

Since this is Reconciliation Monday in the greater New York City area — three dioceses are “leaving the light on” until 9 pm tonight, so people can go to confession — here’s a fascinating glimpse at the sacrament from the 19th century, courtesy Pat McNamara, who found this advice in a manual for seminarians: A [Read More...]

It's written all over her face

Here’s one stunning entry in the iConfess video contest — it says it all, brilliantly.  It was produced by students at the John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.  Check out other entries at this link. [Read more...]

On cohabitation: laying down the law in Santa Fe

The Archbishop there, Michael Sheehan, has issued a pastoral letter that was read at all masses this past weekend. A snip: We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage: those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union with no previous marriage; and those who have [Read More...]

Sunday's baptisms: 15 babies, 30 parents, 200 people

That was the tally, roughly, for this Sunday’s baptism, which looked a little like this: I’d mentioned this large group in a post on Saturday, and some people were shocked. I was a little apprehensive about it myself — my wife, “Minister of the Towel and Oils” had misgivings, too. The last time I’d baptized [Read More...]

A Lenten reminder: have you been to confession lately?

If not, this might help. [Read more...]


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