Tag: liturgy

Slacker Mass?

"Almost three-tenths (29%) of male Mass attenders [in Australia] aged between 15 and 29 go to Mass only on Sunday evenings, and a further 13% attend Mass on Sunday evening or at another time. For females of the same age, the corresponding figures are 25% and 16%." …. "the [total] Mass attendance rate among young …

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Out of Line?

Fr. Hamilton at Catholic Ragemonkey has posted an interesting anecdote about a non-Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from him. While I agree with most of his points, something he said at the end disturbed me. "[T]he line for Holy Communion is only for those actually receiving Holy Communion…[and] is not for blessings of …

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Is Your Parish Faithful?

The latest "Special e-Report" from Crisis Magazine gives "23 Ways To Identify A Faithful Parish". Here they are (with my emphases). Tell me whether you agree or disagree with them and why. 1. There is at least one daily Mass. Obviously, if a parish shares a pastor with other parishes, this may not always be …

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Dress for the Occasion

I was visiting with my in-laws in North East, PA and went to their parish for the Epiphany (Anybody know why it was moved back from the 6th?). I noticed something there that I’ve noticed at other parishes, and it drives me nuts. Those familiar with the Diocese of Erie (home of Bishop TrautFishmanperson) are …

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Receiving the Cross

I am now a sponsor in the combined St. Paul’s/Oratory RCIA class. On Sunday, our class participated in the Combined Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming. It is one of my favorite ceremonies. For those who are unfamiliar with this rite, in particular my Protestant readers, I reproduce some of it here.

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