Isn’t it Shocking, How People Dress for Mass?

The Spanish fan. Signed HaynesWilliams/Public Domain

It's a subject we can't get enough of. Deacon Greg's piece on the issue, from several years ago, always gets resurrected in summer, like a case of hay-fever.As that's true, it's not surprising that I'm still getting email and social media reaction to last week's response to Bishop Tobin's self-admitted 'rant' about the “hirsute flabmeisters” who populate Mass along with their children.Amid the commentary, someone put a blogpiece before my eyes that I thought really was the definitive dis … [Read more...]

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Dear Bishop Tobin: Ranting Right Back Atcha!

Image via Bishop's Office and this piece at Patheos.

"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD. -- Jeremiah 23:1Look, I totally get what Bishop Tobin was going for here, and I think it is valid to remind people that an hour at Holy Mass is distinct from strolling the midway on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore; that it warrants something better of us than water bottles and Bermuda shorts.But this is a destructive and unpastoral piece of writing. It's really difficult to square … [Read more...]

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Bad Pastors Cheat the Faithful of Sacraments and Wonder

Behold the Lamb of God

Given the burlap banners, the lack of kneelers (because heaven forbid we kneel before Christ in worship and adoration, particularly after Communion) the ridiculously pretentious (and dubiously licit) whole-wheat pitas and everything else Katrina Fernandez describes here, I would already be pre-disposed toward wanting to avoid the parish from which her grandmother was laid to rest, but this bit is really unconscionable, unpastoral, and in need of attention:Not only did he consecrate a wheat … [Read more...]

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Accept Almighty Father – FOUND!

A couple days ago I awoke with my memory ringing back a hymn from my childhood that I had not heard in likely 42 years, and which I could not find on google.Happily, a twitter-follower, HeyJulieo found the hymn, with the melody I remember, in the 1966 Parish Mass Book - St. Joseph Edition.Can we please have this wonderful, singable, instructive and reverent hymn back? Please? … [Read more...]

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Feast of the Presentation -UPDATED

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which is also called "Candlemas" because it is … [Read more...]

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Your thoughts on headcoverings? UPDATED

The Spanish fan. Signed HaynesWilliams/Public Domain

Taking a break from the writing, (which is not going well, because it's the first stirrings of Autumn, here in NY and I want to be outside!) I figured I'll talk about something that's been in my head for a while, and that is the question of whether I should cover it, while at prayer, and especially at Mass.Cover my head, I mean.I started wondering about this last winter, when I would go to Adoration and find myself getting a bit chilled in the stillness, and so I would put my jacket hood … [Read more...]

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