Non-Catholics at a Catholic Mass: What To Do, What To Do….

Deacon Jerry and Kathy Schiffer

On Thursday, Deacon Greg Kandra wrote about the custom of making an announcement regarding who may receive the Eucharist at a liturgy—such as a wedding or funeral—when non-Catholics are likely to be present.Today—on my blog and elsewhere on the Internet—the conversation has turned to what, exactly, the Eucharist means in the various denominations.  The precipitating incident is a discussion initiated in the United Methodist Church about on-line communion—an event which is beyond imagining for … [Read more...]

Chatting It Up With Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Kathy w Fr Dwight Longenecker

So…. Here I Am! A while back, I did a telephone interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker for his radio show, "More Christianity".  (Actually, not just an interview but a long, rambling conversation about two of our favorite things:  faith and blogging.)Anyway, someone just told me I should post it; so I had to run over and dig it up on Fr. L’s radio site.   Take a listen, if you’ve got a few minutes.We talk about the history of blogging and social communications, and how we seek to promo … [Read more...]

Proselytize NO, Evangelize YES, Said Pope Francis

Fr. Longenecker

Well now, didn’t the Internet explode this week, what with all that excitement regarding Pope Francis’ second interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari in La Repubblica?“Proselytism is solemn nonsense,” he said.  “It makes no sense.”To which faithful Catholics responded, “WHAT?!!”  What about the resurrected Jesus’ instruction to the apostles in Matthew 28?  You know, when He told His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father … [Read more...]