From Johnny Rotten to Johnny Reverent in One Easy Step …


... Does your son fidget and act unruly during mass? Or does he get bored and sit there like a listless lump zoning out?Do you wish he'd be more attentive, prayerful, or respectful and listen to the homily for stinkin' once?!?Now you too can have a new improved, wonderfully well behaved son accompanying you to mass each week with Altar Boy 2.0*!Here's how it works in one easy step.Step 1 -- Make your son be an altar server.I don't care if he wails and kicks and says … [Read more...]

Reader Poll — Attending Mass When Camping …


... Reader poll at bottom of post.Am I completely off base to expect a Boy Scout Troop, affiliated with and sponsored by a Catholic Church and made up predominately of Catholic boys and leaders, to plan mass attendance into camping trips?My feelings are, as a Catholic troop, the boys should automatically include going to mass in the itinerary when they plan these trips.Photo SourceTake for example this past weekend.They could have very easily planned Saturday vigil mass … [Read more...]

Finding the motivation to go to mass…


... This past Sunday morning was abysmal. Cold, grey, and rainy. The kind of morning that begs for sleeping late. I laid there for awhile trying to will myself to get up out of bed and push past the beginnings of a migraine.I had almost convinced myself that this little act of willful laziness was completely harmless and perfectly understandable. It was a headache, for crying out loud. Can't go to mass with a headache.And then I remembered him. The man at church that sometimes … [Read more...]

Wave ‘Em Like Ya Just Don’t Care…


You know that part in the mass, the sursum corda? In case you were wondering, it goes like this...Priest: Lift up your HEARTS. People: We lift them up to the Lord.Hearts. Hands. I know they sound fairly similar and all. But yeah... you can stop doing this now. … [Read more...]

The Church has a new Cardinal…

Wait. What?

"Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, who has led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for nearly three years, will be named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced on Friday.The Archdiocese of New York is widely considered the spiritual heart of the American church. It counts about 2.6 million Catholics in a sprawling jurisdiction that includes includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and several suburban counties.“As a kid, I just wanted to be a parish priest,” the car … [Read more...]