Month: November 2017

It ain’t over yet….

As I write this, perhaps like most of you, I am relaxing with my family after all the exertions and celebrations of this  Christmas weekend.  Confessions, Masses, greetings were all both uplifting both spiritually and personally. I was very moved by the good spirits, the kindness, the cheer and respectful sentiments expressed by so many …

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The “Greater Ferias of Advent”

Today, the 17th of December the last week of Advent commences with what is traditionally known as The Greater Ferias of Advent. The word “feria” is a Latin word used in the liturgical calendar to denote a weekday. From time immemorial in our Roman or Latin Rite these last seven days before Christmas have an especially beautiful liturgical …

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Dates….

December 7, 1941… September 11, 2001… and today, November 22, 1963 are all dates that for most of you reading this blog entry will have some resonance and impact. For those alive at the time, and for any student of American history, the Pearl Harbor attack came as literally a bolt from the blue. The …

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Farewell to all that….

Today’s feast of Christ the King marks the end, as it always does, of the Church’s Liturgical Year in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This year, it also marks the end of an era. This is the last Sunday that we will use the old familiar responses and prayers of the Mass that we have …

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The “new New Mass”

Dear friends, As you may know, as of the First Sunday of Advent of this year, November 27-28th, a significant change in the texts, prayers, and responses that have been used for the celebration of Mass since 1970 will go into effect. These revised texts involve all of us in the celebration of Mass, not …

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The “Wall of Separation”…

The phrase that appears as the title of this entry is often quoted by those concerned about the real or imagined encroachment of organized religion in the public and social life of this country. The phrase appears nowhere in any of the founding documents of the United States but appeared in a letter of the …

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Countdown to Advent

I know it’s still the summer and we’re all enjoying the warm weather, the Summer Religious Education Program; but as I’ve been mentioning here and elsewhere we are about to embark in the English-speaking world a new era in the celebration of the Mass as we’ve known it for the last forty years. The familiar …

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“For this reason….”

The Catholic Bishops of NY State have released the following statement: http://www.nyscatholic.org/pages/news/show_newsDetails.asp?id=539 The subject line of this blog refers to the words of the Scripture about marriage: For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This simple truth no longer applies …

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