Tag Archives: Reminders

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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Weddings and the Sunday Obligation

It’s very common nowadays for couples to hold their wedding on a Saturday afternoon – in my current parish, 1:30pm is the standard time. A question that I often pose to couples when I am doing marriage preparation is: How … Continue reading

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Pastors Should Take A Pyx “Collection”

A post on this blog that has received a lot of traffic and generated a lot of contacts from readers is the one I wrote on PYX PROBLEMS a little over a year ago. Many good people had already noticed some … 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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Communion in Mortal Sin

I recently read an article that reminded me of a very important quotation from the great Father of the Church, St. John Chrysostom. It addresses those who might be tempted to make a bad communion – i.e., those who know … Continue reading

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Reminder: Priests May Offer Three Masses on All Souls Day

I wanted to remind everyone – especially brother priests – that it is permitted to offer three Masses on All Souls Day. Normally, its being a weekday this year, we would only be permitted to offer up to two (one … Continue reading

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“All” vs. “Many” – Something We Must Urgently Consider

Here is the homily I preached this weekend at St. Barnabas and Holy Rosary Parishes. * * * Sacred Scripture tells us in various places that Christ died “for all”. His saving Passion and Death was more than sufficient to … Continue reading

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Please Help the Nuns

I’ve posted here before about a lovely, small community of cloistered Dominican nuns located in the center of Alabama, in the town of Marbury: St. Jude Monastery (here, here, here, here, and here). Many of you helped them financially in … Continue reading

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Encyclical Hysteria

I have only scanned part of the encyclical and read excerpts of other parts thus far. It will be challenging, for sure. But it is part of the Papal Magisterium, so we must read it with an open and humble … Continue reading

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A Gem on Beautiful Churches

I attended a talk by Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco this morning, and he had a very interesting statement to make about the cost of building beautiful churches. The story went that the San Francisco Cathedral was started in 1963 … Continue reading

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An Ill-Advised Practice

I have posted here on various occasions about the ill-advised practice of Communion in the Hand (use the blog’s search function to find previous articles). I note today that Crisis Magazine has a fine article about the same. Do take a … Continue reading

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Fat Tuesday’s Excesses

In the Catholic world, the time leading up to Lent has traditionally been known as “carnival”, from the Latin words for saying farewell to meat (“carne vale”); during this time people would clean out the larder in their homes – … Continue reading

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