More ‘low’ Masses, please
Feb 16 2011
Thanks to the information provided through The Catholic Review, we have been made aware that some years ago the bishops decided that “music should be a part of all celebrations,” as much as possible. For the life of me, I can’t recall a survey or poll being taken at that time to ascertain whether this was acceptable or desirable to those they serve. Your pages continue to be packed with stories of churches closing, vocations being down, parishes being combined, only 43 percent of baptized Catholics attending church regularly and budget problems. It’s time for a change. Let’s go back to basics, more “low masses” where those in attendance can actually hear and respond to the words of preparation and consecration of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and not sit there listening to the choir and musicians performing an aria. What we are doing now is not working.
Fervor, devotion, joy: Parish Mass illustrates some of Kenyans’ gifts
Feb 14 2011
NAIROBI, Kenya – Mass was approaching the two-hour mark at St. Mary’s Church. Members of the choir were wiping the sweat from their brow under the heat of the corrugated tin roof. Some of the dancers were fanning themselves with the tri-fold papers that contained the Sunday readings.
Equipped for Ministry?
Feb 10 2011
One of the great joys I have experienced in my visits to parishes and schools in our Archdiocese over the past three-plus years has been the witness of so many dedicated lay Catholics who serve the Church in many and diverse ways.
Music minister honored for outreach to military
Feb 09 2011
LIBERTYTOWN – In an age when social media and digital tools are sometimes cursed for their negative influence, a Frederick County parish and its Knights of Columbus chapter celebrated one of their own and his use of technology to spread the Word.