Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Are first communicants (or anyone for that matter)in the Richmond Diocese allowed allowed to wear gloves when they go up to receive communion IF THEY ARE RECEIVING ON THE TONGUE?. Isn't telling first communicants that they can not wear gloves the same as telling them that they have to take communion in the hand (since it seems that is the only reason for such a policy). Does the diocese treat BOTH ways of receiving EQUALLY? Or are the instructors/leaders allowed to pass off their own personal preferences as diocesan practice/local culture? What are the specific directions that the diocese gives to parishes regarding this aspect of training that his given to first communicants?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
How about some suggestions for topics from you guys and gals... Maybe we can get a conversation going...
I'd love to see the blog more active but as I peruse the Catholic Virginian, I don't see very much to comment on. I could use some help here...
Monday, September 13, 2010
The paragraph that stopped me in my tracks was this one:
"Perhaps the most explosive question is whether that fraternity will eventually include the two popes whose reigns coincide with the sexual abuse crisis, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Probably neither pontiff's reputation will be helped, though defenders of both men also have cases to make."
No matter what you think about either of these popes, including them on the list would be as surprising to me as the accusations against Pius XII regarding his lack of action against the Nazis during WWII.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
New Sacramentaries, new music, new prayerbooks, etc., etc.... A huge undertaking... And added expense for our smaller parishes...
Here's the link to the longer version of the story. Check the USCCB website.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
"Catherine Combier-Donovan, Coordinator of the Office of Worship, has resigned from her role effective August 13, 2010.".
Has anyone heard whether this is accurate? It hasn't hit the Catholic Virginian yet!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Maybe Steve Neill simply needs to be asked.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Please take the time to read this interesting article:
Mandatory Celibacy at the Heart of What's Wrong
I hope you will also take time to comment.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
In spite of the fact that I am lukewarm in regards to the need for a new translation, I know it is coming. My thing is that I hope the people in the parishes get well catechized in regard to the changes so that confusion can be kept at a minimum. I think what happened during the changeover to the vernacular and more people participation after Vatican II, many many people did not understand why things were being changed. Thus it took a long time before people became comfortable with the new Liturgy, etc. and some simply dropped out... And that, of course, gave rise to the breakaway Latin Mass communities.
I'm looking forward to helping with the transition - I don't want the same confusion again in spite of my own personal desires for things to remain pretty much the same...
What say you folks? Did any of you attend the conference? If so, what did you think?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
"In terms of what we today can discover in this message, attacks against the pope or the church don’t come just from outside the church. The suffering of the church also comes from within the church, because sin exists in the church. This too has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way.
The greatest persecution of the church doesn’t come from enemies on the outside, but is born in sin within the church. The church thus has a deep need to re-learn penance, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice. Forgiveness does not exclude justice.
We have to re-learn the essentials: conversion, prayer, penance, and the theological virtues."
~ Pope Benedict XVI (On the plane to Portugal, 5/11/10) ~
Thursday, May 6, 2010
1. The parochial vicar of St. John, Dinwiddie named sacramental minister at St. Mary of the Annunciation, Ladysmith.
2. The pastor of Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs, Richmond named parochial vicar of St. John's, Dinwiddie.
To the questioning mind, one might say:
But then, there are probably logical reasons for these assignments.... Just caught my eye...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
DC liturgy: cappa magna, glorious music, Latin glitches
The analysis is by Jerry Filteau.
It tells me that the Vatican needs to become better at communication in the 21st Century. I think even our traditionalist readers can agree on that...
Monday, April 12, 2010
From the Vatican Website:
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Here is the article: Clericalism and the Liturgy by Fr. Paul Philibert, a Dominican friar, lecturer and writer from Raleigh, NC.
Monday, March 29, 2010
First of all, let me say that I realize that there are time constraints involved. There is a lot going on concerning the New Roman Missal translations and conferences to set up involving it or to attend. But beyond those issues, it would have been nice to hear from her simply to let us know that at the present time, she has no time to engage us at a blog level.
If anyone has any further information, please comment...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
"Gino Burresi may sound like the name of a shortstop from the '50s, but among Vatican insiders, it marks a watershed in the sexual abuse crisis. For those with eyes to see, the fall from grace of Burresi, a charismatic Italian priest and founder of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, shortly after the election of Pope Benedict XVI, was taken as a signal that the days of lethargy and cover-up were over.
Burresi, 73 at the time, was barred from public ministry in May 2005, just one month after the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the church's top job. While the decree cited abuses of confession and spiritual direction, Vatican sources were clear that accusations of sexual abuse involving Burresi and seminarians, dating to the 1970s and '80s,were a principal motive for the action against him....."
I would like to have your comments on this article...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here is the canon that speaks to this question:
Canon 1251 Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless (nisi) they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Subsequent articles are the following:
Tuesday: The new spin on Vatican II
Wednesday: Pope aims to 'propose' practices
Thursday: Our brains are wired for liturgy
Friday: The hermeneutic of dysfunction, an NCR editorial
Please note: I have no link to the last three articles since they will be published on the days given. Those articles will be easy enough to find by going to one of the links and scrolling down to the bottom of the article.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
If you are looking for spiritual reading for Lent, this is it! I pray for him every day...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, Virginia
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem, Virginia
Here is the theme of the conference taken from the brochure:
"Source and Summit: The Mass as Catechesis. To assist us in our appreciation for and engagement with the liturgy, Rev. Paul Turner will gather with us to reflect on the critical link between liturgy, catechesis, and life. His four keynote presentations will help to prepare us for the coming revisions to the Roman Missal. Breakout sessions led by presenters from around the diocese will further equip pastoral ministers to lead others to deepen their understanding and experience of the liturgy."
Here are the brochures from the East location: Mechanicsville
Monday, February 1, 2010
It appears from the article that the Bishop is not going to change his tune. This could certainly have reprecussions on the dialogue that is going on at the Vatican with the representatives of the SSPX.
You know I am not a traditional Catholic; however, I firmly believe that the Church can hold all of us, as long as there is good will and tolerance among us.
What say you?
Monday, January 11, 2010
Please go to the link and read the CNS article taken from an interview with Msgr. Guido Marini, billed as "the pope's chief liturgist." I am not allowed to copy the article to this blog; though I would have liked to place the entire article here for you to read.
What say you? I expect to see many nods of approval. I can also hear sighs and groans from many of us who feel that Pope Benedict's "reform of the reform" is not necessarily heading in the right direction.
As always, I ask that you keep your comments civil. Did I really need to say that? Probably not!