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  • Mass and the Macaroni Necklace

    A Father’s Day Reflection on the Eucharist

    What does a golden ciborium full of hosts and glass cruets of wine and water have to do with a kindergarten art project? Plenty!

  • Happy Ascension Thursday Sunday!

    This Sunday is one of the few days of the year that Catholics (who attend the Ordinary Form) will be hearing different readings depending on where they live. Either they will hear…

  • Easter Triduum

    If Jesus died, why is the day called “Good Friday”? Read more about the Triduum.

  • Think Fast! It’s Lent.

    As we continue the Lenten Season, here are a few “fun-facts” (can the facts be called “fun” during Lent?)

  • Mass: Masked or Unmasked?

    Masks at Mass: A way of protecting the vulnerable or a loss of religious freedom?

  • Communion in the Time of Corona

    The Coronavirus has altered the way we celebrate Mass including the way we are to receive Holy Communion.

  • The Post-Pandemic Mass

    Live-stream Masses are fine for now, but what will the liturgy look like once we return?

  • To Quarantine is Catholic

    A rampant disease requires your attention and Lent is the time for action!

  • The Catholic Roots of Carnival

    As the season of Lent fast approaches, today is Mardi Gras, the last day of  Carnival . Here’s a video from the MassExplained iPad app that describes the celebration’s Catholic roots. In…

  • Flawed Applause?

    Is it proper to clap during Mass? How about applauding? Is there a difference? What does the Church say?

  • The Good Samaritan

    Better understand Jesus’ parable with this background information.

  • Watch the Language

    Understanding the limitations of language reveals the true meaning of a prayer said at every Mass.

  • Learning from Millennials

    Many millennials embrace a lifestlye that is of Biblical origin and its practice has been codified in the rule of almost all monastic orders.

  • A Holiday from Hell?

    Some believe Halloween to be an innocent evening of family fun, while others see it as a holiday promoting evil.

  • Mass Mimicking

    Children first learn the different postures and prayers said at Mass by imitating their parents. But as they grow older, they need more.

  • Bread of Life Discourse

    Jesus said he was a vine, a gate, water and light—all metaphors. Now he identifies his body with bread. Is this yet another symbol?

  • Judge Not

    Phobias, past hurts, scars and struggles limit Mass participation for many. Let charity guide us in our desire for increased reverence.

  • I Crossed the Line at Mass

    In my travels I’ve attended Masses where there is no protocol in place for Communion—it’s a free-for-all. All the members of the congregation simultaneously stand and exit from either end of the…

  • 5 Reasons You Don’t Want To Live Forever

    Some psychologists opine that part of the reason why we stand in line for our tall Iced Caramel Macchiatos and work our fingers to the bone to acquire the latest sports car is…

  • Let the (quiet) Children Come to Me.

    The cry room at Mass: Shangri-La or Sing Sing?