What’s in a name?

Easter is among other things, a feast where the Sacrament of Baptism is to the fore. The Easter Vigil has as its center the administration of Baptism to adult converts. I’ve been baptizing babies (and adults) for 34 years and in that time I’ve noticed what is to me a distressing trend: the gradual disappearance of …

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Ciceronianus vel Christianus?

The question above, according to Saint Jerome’s own account, came to him one day as what we might call an “epiphany moment”.  Jerome, a Christian, was a young man of the Fourth Century AD and totally enthralled and absorbed in the Latin writings of the Roman authors of the recent past; all of whom were pagan. …

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“What’s so wrong with…?”

Just the other day I had occasion to correct an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion as to the manner of his distribution of Holy Communion. I had earlier made the point below at a general meeting of E.M.’s and I thought perhaps it had not registered. In any case, I had to make the point …

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“Lady Day”

Well, it’s only nine months to Christmas!…As of yesterday. I would have posted this entry yesterday, March 25th, if I’d hit the right button at the end of my “admin page” but I didn’t. So, as they say, “better late than never”. Yesterday, March 25th was the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin …

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I Don’t Need Ashes

Continuing with the Ash Wednesday theme of the last few entries, I recently read the newsletter of another parish that piqued my interest. The pastor said that during the Ash Wednesday services in his church he saw a regular parishioner, a daily Mass goer, staying in the pews while everyone else was going up to …

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Here comes everybody!

Remember, O man, that you are dust….Repent and believe in the Gospel!   Back in 1966, Pope Paul VI issued an Apostolic Constitution entitled Paenitemini  ( “Do penance!”) on the penitential discipline of Lent and the other laws of the Church in that area. Those were the heady days of the immediate post-Vatican II era when changes seemed …

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The King’s Speech…and my own

As we know this year several “Oscars” went to the movie The King’s Speech. While I do not usually follow the movies, I had hoped this particular film would win. It seemed at first an unlikely candidate.  The film is an historical drama devoid of violence, special effects, or sex, based on events known to very few …

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Blog away…

This is the first new posting in my “Blog” ( “Web Log”) on our new parish website. I will “blog” here in this space periodically with thoughts, ideas, ruminations that I might put in the bulletin. Sometimes they will be fairly unremarkable, other times perhaps, more controversial of challenging. I believe that a good, active, …

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Last November

Thursday of this week is November 11th and for many of us that date brings back memories. For those perhaps a bit older, we might remember it as Armistice Day; though now it is officially Veterans’ Day. For most of the rest of the English-speaking world, it is known as Remembrance Day. What is the “Armistice” and what …

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