Category Archives: Liturgy

‘Liturgical Dress’: Wearing God’s Word Every Day

James R. Celoni is a music director for his parish and, for a living, he’s a “technical evangelist”for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, helping parishes, schools and other church organizations find the best ways to use technology to achieve the mission of spreading the Word of God. Of course, at daily Mass everywhere around the [...]

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future [...]

The question nobody is asking about the black mass in Oklahoma

At least, I haven’t seen anyone asking it. First, a brief recap of events: A few weeks ago, a Satanist group announced plans to perform a black mass in Oklahoma using a consecrated host that had been stolen from a Catholic Church. In response, a legal team representing the local bishop obtained a court order [...]

#NatsMass and the New Evangelization

It’s only about 300 yards from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church to the main gates of Nationals Park in southeast Washington, DC, which means that when the Washington Nationals play at home—and especially when the Nats are in first place, as they are now—throngs of fans walk past the parish on their way to [...]

Priests Are People, Too

Being a revert who left the Church in my teens, I spent much of my life without any regular connection with Catholic priests, except for ones I saw on TV. Now, through social media and in-person meetings, I’m happy to have a handful of active priests I can turn to for advice, help with articles [...]

People Are Dying for Christ — Go to Mass on Friday

Friday, Aug. 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Unless it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, and that means that Catholics are required to attend Mass (unless they have a health issue or other situation that would licitly excuse them from attending [...]

The Ugliest Churches In The World

  A little something for the weekend. Over at Real Clear Religion, Nicholas G. Hahn III has a slideshow of the ugliest churches in the world.  They represent several denominations, but the vast majority are – you guessed it – Roman Catholic. Below are just a few of these architectural miscarriages, all of them Catholic.  [...]

This is how one group of Catholics responded to chants of “Hail, Satan!” [Photos]

Last summer, pro-abortion protesters shouted “Hail, Satan!” in the Texas statehouse as the late-term abortion ban was under debate. It was a messy, agitated scene — a battlefield between the forces of good and evil: Fast forward to this past feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, where a very different event took place in the same [...]

Bishop Paprocki: Return the Tabernacle to the Center of the Sanctuary

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has directed all the pastors in his diocese to move the tabernacles in their churches back to the center of the sanctuary. In a beautifully written pastoral letter, Ars celebrandi at adorandi (The Art of Celebrating and Worshiping), Bishop Paprocki expounds on the rich tradition [...]

Can Father Kelly’s ‘Hallelujah’ Begin Healing Catholic Ireland’s Heart?

Why has one Irish priest’s soaring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during an April 5 wedding at Catholic church in County Meath spread like wildfire through Ireland and around the world, turning into an Internet sensation? And Father Ray Kelly has done it before. This is from March 22, 2014. While questions could be asked about [...]


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