Category Archives: Scheduled

Thank You to a Reader

A kind reader sent me a book from my Amazon wish list. Alas, there was no indication who sent it – I will pray for you nonetheless. Thank you!

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Benediction: A Detail

A wonderful devotion, which we get to experience every Friday here in my parish, is Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. And we follow the usual format for it: we sing the Tantum Ergo, then priest or deacon sings the … Continue reading

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Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May

Just a little show-and-tell: our new statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in the church sanctuary for the month of May. Bishop Baker is promoting the image of Our Lady of Fatima for the Marian year he proclaimed for our … Continue reading

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Some Old Mass Spirituality

The other day I was chatting with a priest who also celebrates both the older and newer forms of the Roman Rite. Most priests with experience in both will readily admit that their learning of the older form greatly enriched … Continue reading

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Baptism by Beer?

In preparing a handout for RCIA, I am brushing up on the matter and form of each sacrament.  With baptism in particular, many questions can arise about the matter of the sacrament. Can we baptize with beer – in a … Continue reading

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The Pope of Gestures

Pope Francis has repeatedly been referred to as “the pope of gestures“. It is of note, then, that the Holy Father again celebrated Mass on the high altar of the Sistine Chapel this past Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism … Continue reading

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Now Available – Bilingual Catechism

I am pleased to announce the release of a resource I developed several years ago, now to a wider market. It is a basic bilingual catechism (Spanish/English). This resource meets a pastoral need that I have encountered over and over again: … Continue reading

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A New Postulant!

I’ve posted here a number of times about the excellent Dominican Nuns in Marbury, Alabama. Recently I sent them a prayer request – as I occasionally do – and they responded not only saying that they would pray for it, but … Continue reading

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Helpful Thoughts on Marian Consecration

I made a total consecration to Mary, using St. Louis de Montfort’s guide for doing so, in preparation for my priestly ordination (I timed it so that it would end on the day I was ordained). More recently, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Purifying the Vessels

The purification of the sacred vessels at Holy Mass is an action limited to bishops, priests, deacons, or instituted acolytes. There was, at one point here in the United States, a special indult that allowed for other lay people to … Continue reading

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Follow Your Conscience?

I do not wish to engage in arguments about the Holy Father’s latest document, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Lætitia. Plenty of others have already done so and surely will continue to do so. My main concern, as a pastor, is that … Continue reading

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Holy Cards

I’ve always enjoyed collecting holy cards, particularly the older ones that one occasionally finds with unique and beautiful images and prayers or quotations on them. I remember that when I used to go to the local adoration chapel to pray … Continue reading

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