Why are we showing up to Mass as if we’ve just rolled out of bed?

Orange diocese offers guidance for all Catholics on proper reception of the Blessed Sacrament

If in fact we truly believe that we are receiving the body of Christ, is there any moment in our lives that could be more important? Why, then, are we showing up to Mass as if we’ve just rolled out of bed? Why are we approaching the person distributing Communion thinking of the big game that afternoon? Why are we (I’ve seen people do it) reaching to take the Eucharist from the … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah: Liturgical devastation reflects serious crisis of faith

Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship offers blunt assessment of the damage caused by post Vatican II liturgical excesses

In an address to a German conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Summorum Pontificum, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, offered an extraordinarily blunt appraisal of “the disaster, the devastation, and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused”: “The serious crisis of faith, not only at the level of the … [Read more...]

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A victory for the seal of Confession

Priests can't be forced to break the seal to report alleged abuse of minors, Louisiana Supreme Court rules

The following comes from a November 1 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Catholic priests do not have to break the seal of Confession to report the alleged abuse of minors, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The Diocese of Baton Rouge, at the center of the case, responded that they were “very pleased” with the court’s Oct. 28 opinion, “which affirms the … [Read more...]

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“The Lord starts to rub off on you through the sacraments”

Few things more fundamental to the Catholic faith than the seven sacraments

The following comes from a September 29 Orange County Catholic article by Michael J. Medley: There are few things more fundamental to the Catholic faith than the seven sacraments: baptism, Eucharist, reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, holy orders, and anointing of the sick. The Church teaches that these sacraments were instituted by Jesus during his public ministry as a … [Read more...]

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You never know what you’re going to get

The following comes from an August 10 The Motherlands blog post by Denise Renner: We recently took a family vacation to a small Midwest town with only one Catholic church. We would be there for two weekends, so we knew we would be hearing Mass—and that non-Catholic family might be coming with us. That first Sunday morning we pulled into a packed parking lot. There was a … [Read more...]

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He would never deny Holy Communion to anyone

New pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake asks newspaper "who are we to judge?"

The following comes from an August 4  Thousand Oaks Acorn article by Stephanie Bertholdo: Monsignor Paul Albee was welcomed as the new pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake on July 1. Albee, the pastor at Holy Cross for 11 years, joined St. Max after the Rev. Jarlath Dolan retired. Albee has worked in numerous California parishes since he became a … [Read more...]

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The circus priest comes to town

Cleric who is part of the USCCB's Circus and Traveling Shows Ministry travels to Burbank to officiate one baptism, six first communions and four confirmations

The following comes from a May 19 LA Daily News article by David Montero: BURBANK- The small hands were clasped together and a few gripped long white candles in a line that stretched to the Globe of Danger, three brightly-painted motorcycles and an idle fog machine. The Rev. Jerry Hogan made some final adjustments on his red vestment adorned with cartoon giraffes, … [Read more...]

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