Tag Archives: Mass

The Night Jesus Went Missing

A few years ago when I was at my previous assignment in Dayton, at about 10 o’clock at night a young woman came to the rectory door. She was very upset – almost to tears. She had gone over to the chapel adjacent to the church (which is available 24 hours a day for prayer and adoration) and was distraught to find that the tabernacle was missing! My first thought was that someone had gained access to the chapel and taken the tabernacle to see what they could get from a scrap yard. One of …

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If Only We Heard This From the Pulpit

In the course of my work in the Family and Respect Life Office, I have occasion to participate in discussion on almost all of the Church’s lightening-rod issues. Abortion, Death Penalty, Traditional Marriage, Contraception, and Religious Freedoms are just a few of the touchiest conversations that come up in the course of my work. And when the occasion leads to a positive affirmation on the beauty of the Church’s message, I so often hear this phrase again: “Oh, if only we could be hearing this message from the pulpit.” This common statement is certainly well-intentioned. …

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1/168th: Another Way of Looking at Sunday Mass

When we think of our duty to worship God on Sundays, we probably consider the time we are “giving” to Him. Sunday Mass takes on average about an hour – some places less, some places more – or approximately 1/168th of our week. Even so, this minimum requirement of the Church to worship God each Sunday is not so minimal to some (we know that less than 25% of baptized Catholics in the U.S. attend Mass every week). And while it is true that many make sacrifices to attend Mass in the midst of the …

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Rediscover Catholicism Book Discussion: The Mass

Over the next 7 weeks we will be hosting an on-line discussion of the Rediscover Catholicism Book Study that many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are hosting in the new year. Each session asks multiple questions based on Chapters from “Rediscover Catholicism” and from videos either from Catholics Come Home or from Matthew Kelly’s talk “The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any or all of the following questions. OPENING PRAYER Loving Father, Open our hearts and minds and allow us to see the beauty of …

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Thinking Catholic Means Being in Love with the Church

Thinking Catholic involves acknowledging and accepting the church in its full reality. In and through the church Christ makes us holy in his Spirit. Every stage of life is touched by the love and the life of the Lord through his sacraments: baptism that gives us birth, confirmation and the Eucharist that offer us maturity and strength, reconciliation and the anointing of the sick that deal with our moral and physical weaknesses. It’s all part of God’s plan to make us holy as Christ is holy.   The Church Teaches Us In and through the …

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Waiting to Light the Pink Candle

There was Mass this evening in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut, with Monsignor Weiss praying with an overflow congregation of grieving and bewildered parishioners and townspeople. The church doors were thrown wide open for the Sacrifice of the Mass. Those doors will remain open throughout the night. Readers and speakers at the Mass were standing at the pulpit with the candles of the Advent wreath burning next to them. The pink candle, the “rejoice” candle for the Third Sunday of Advent, referred to as Gaudete Sunday, was unlit, waiting to be lighted for Sunday Mass. It was Catholic …

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I Used to Sit Next to You

I love my husband.  Some of my fondest memories of the early part of our relationship are the times we spent going to Mass together.  I guess because I was young and naïve, I totally took for granted the way we could sit with our shoulders touching.  We could always be close enough to really feel like we were at Mass as a couple: a little hand-squeeze if part of the homily applied to us in a special way, a small nudge if the reading was one we both loved, etc.  Just us…The old days. …

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Being Catholic Means Attending Mass: It’s Part of What We Signed on For

If it were a felony to be a practicing Catholic, what kind of evidence would be sufficient to convict somebody? Probably regular attendance at Sunday Mass. Regular attendance at Sunday Mass is the basic Catholic practice. Once you have stopped going to Mass on Sunday, although you are still a member of the church you really aren’t a practicing Catholic any more. The Catechism of the Catholic Church  (#2181) says that “the Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice.” It is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice because of what …

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The Sacramental Touch

A few weekends ago, the parishioners at St. Anthony Church said a fond farewell to Sr. Carol Leveque, who had been pastoral associate for five years. Church was full as the parish gathered for a single Sunday Mass so that as one they could pray with her one last time. It was a joyous celebration and most appropriate for someone who has given her life to ministry. Marking milestones at Eucharist reminds us that Christ gathers us together and sends us forth for all of the important works that we do. It was a joy …

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Truly, the True Presence

In the past couple of months I have had the privilege of attending Mass with small groups of people in relaxed settings – once on retreat with the Board of the Africa Faith and Justice Network and twice while running a seminar at the Comboni Mission Center here in Cincinnati. I am always amazed how the Mass, celebrated in this way, speaks to me. During Sunday Mass at my parish I usually spend Mass telling my kids to stop doing this (playing with the kneeler) or start doing that (praying). But even when I attend …

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