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Archive for May, 2017

Liturgy Lines: Catholic Cremation and the Columbarium

One could even imagine some elements of the rite of committal being incorporated into the Sunday Mass with a final procession to the columbarium.

Letter from Manchester

A call for prayer: Reflection on the aftermath of the Manchester bombing from a healthcare chaplain.

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Francis’s Latest Appointments to the College of Cardinals: A Closer Look [updated]

The distribution of red hats is not only about recognition of far-flung places in the world. It also recognizes rare and valuable gifts that these individuals, and their home countries, bring to the universal Church.

Ars Praedicandi: Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

The Lord whom we glorify in song at each Liturgy is the same Lord who never ceases to pray that those whom he has chosen will be one, as he and the Father are one.


It’s not a zero-sum game.

Retablo Paintings in Houston

As the Archdiocese of Houston reports, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Houston has installed retablo paintings of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Venerable Antonio Margil, O.F.M, St. Joseph, and the Virgin Mary as part of the renovation of the parish sanctuary, which began in 2015. Send to Kindle

Real Bread

I’m not proud of this, but only recently have I come around to a true, inward appreciation for the symbolic value of real communion bread

Liturgy Lines: The Voice and the Ear

Communicating the word is a two way process which requires attentive listeners for it to be effective.

“Your Hearts Will Rejoice”

Paging through this volume is like taking a tour of the whole Easter lectionary, beginning with the Paschal Vigil and running all the way through Pentecost. It invites us to slow down and appreciate what the church recalls at this time each year.

Review of Celebrating Divine Mystery by Catherine Vincie

Catherine Vincie’s Celebrating Divine Mystery: A Primer in Liturgical Theology, should be included on the reading list of any pastoral minister, particularly in the Roman Catholic tradition.