Posts Tagged ‘Eucharist’

Eucharistic foothills

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
eucharist

One of the buzz-phrases of Catholic theology – cited in virtually every document from the Vatican – is that the liturgy, and especially the Eucharist, is ‘the source and summit’ of the Christian life. The origins of the phrase are complex, but it enters mainstream Catholic discourse with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy in Read more

Liturgy with real bread real wine

Thursday, April 29th, 2021
real bread real wine

Cîteaux with its nine-hundred-year history, its image of those most un-modern of being, monks, working with the hands, and the expectation of a unique, rather than mass-produced, flavour make it a winner. The success of the monks selling cheese on-line should not surprise us. We want our food to have a story! The mass-production of Read more

We should stop filming the Liturgy of the Eucharist

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
filming eucharist

Over the past four summers, I have gotten a break from doctoral studies in sacramental theology at the Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome by ministering at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, S.D. It is a world away from the Eternal City’s snarled traffic and the equally snarled theological texts of my day job, Read more

Eucharist table after COVID

Monday, October 5th, 2020
Spiritus Domini

The pandemic has made anyone who enters a church sensitive like never before to how we are arranged in the building. Two meters apart! No bunching up! Signs on seats where we may sit. Tape on other seats making them off-limits. Signs on doors giving the maximum number that may enter — always a lot Read more

Eucharist is not enough to save us

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The other day I went to get a haircut after the last 2 months in lockdown (I didn’t trust the others in my ‘bubble’ to give me a haircut!). As I entered the shop to see my old friend and barber, I noticed – further along the street – the blanket-covered body of someone sleeping Read more

Covid-19 Level 1: Each diocese and parish to decide measures

Monday, June 15th, 2020
Covid-19 Level 1

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops met last Friday to discuss how COVID-19 Level 1 was working in their respective dioceses. They noted there were differences between some dioceses and even between some churches – for example, some churches allowed Communion from the Chalice, others did not. So they decided there was no need to issue Read more

Eucharist during COVID-19: What have we learnt?

Monday, May 18th, 2020
eucharist

A pandemic being fought with a lockdown imposed on the whole population affects all areas of life. Organised religion normally involves congregations gathering, the word ‘church’ is based on the word ‘assembly’. The respiratory virus can spread with disastrous effects in a closely packed crowd and for very good reasons public gatherings were banned during Read more

COVID-19 Alert Level Two discriminates against churches

Monday, May 11th, 2020
little churches

A Wellington parish priest is calling into question the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to limit the number of people in churches to ten people. “It is strange that bars and restaurants can open but churches are limited to just ten people”, said Fr Pete Roe the Parish Administrator of St Francis of Assisi parish Read more

“Take-out” communion is “insane”

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Many Catholic bishops are discussing the practical aspects of resuming public Masses, now the initial coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions are easing. One of their concerns is what to do about distributing communion, which is considered a “high risk of contagion” moment. Cardinal Robert Sarah, (pictured) who is the head of the Vatican’s liturgical office, has Read more

The Mass has ended… but

Monday, April 6th, 2020
Catholic women

The whole world is now infected. The coronavirus continues to circle the globe, bringing the usual rhythms of life and commerce to an almost total standstill. The pandemic caught most countries and their people completely off-guard and unprepared. And many are already saying that this global crisis will force all of us to radically re-think Read more