Posts Tagged ‘Liturgy’

Six decades of Sacrosanctum Concilium in New Zealand

Monday, December 4th, 2023
Sacrosanctum Concilium,

The promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, stands as a pivotal moment that ushered in a new era for the Catholic Church. Sixty years hence, we can reflect on the impact of this document on New Zealand’s theological landscape and liturgical practices. Sacrosanctum Concilium is the cornerstone of Vatican II because Read more

Liturgy is not the place for revealing tops, short skirts …

Monday, November 20th, 2023

Bad liturgy should not be happening and some practices must change. The comments come in a warning from Archbishop Roger Houngbédji O.P. of Cotonou. He has observed many “unruly” liturgical celebrations during his seven years as head of Benin’s largest Catholic diocese. Houngbédji has reminded priests, deacons, consecrated persons and laity of the archdiocese of Read more

Joy and liturgy

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

We humans (do we even need to say it?) are passionate animals! We have our loves and our hates, our up days and down days, and the times when we just want to sit quietly and be left alone. Moreover, these emotional swings are not simply mood swings or based on how we feel when Read more

Revamping liturgical translations: a call for inclusivity and clarity

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Hey folks, here’s the lowdown on what’s happening with liturgical translations. The bishops have kicked off a Synodal Consultation, and that’s a good start. But let’s push for a wider consultation, one that includes not just the bishops but also everyone involved in preaching, celebrating sacraments and teaching using liturgical texts. We’ve got to rope Read more

Inclusive lectionary, some actual English Mass prayers signalled

Monday, September 4th, 2023
Revised translation

The Catholic Church in New Zealand is setting its sights on introducing an inclusive lectionary for Mass. Improved translations for the opening and post-Communion prayers are also under consideration. The initiative was confirmed by Bishop Stephen Lowe, president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and the bishops’ representative on the International Commission on English Read more

Sacrosanctum concilium @60 – still getting our bearings

Monday, August 28th, 2023
Sacrosanctum concilium

On 11 October 1962, the Second Vatican Council opened, and a year later, Sacrosanctum concilium changed the Church’s liturgy. It was expected by most of the bishops that it would ratify a series of documents prepared by the curia covering a raft of issues – but in essence, this was seen as an exercise in Read more

Shaping the assembly – the shape of our churches shapes us

Thursday, August 24th, 2023
shaping the assembly

“We shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us,” echoes Thomas O’Loughlin in the forward of a new book: Shaping the Assembly – How Our Buildings Form Us in Worship. O’Loughlin suggests that the arrangement of space is often overlooked, but we constantly refer to it. It plays a pivotal role in our lives, he Read more

Ordinary Catholics experience of synodality

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Ordinary Catholics experience of synodality

When I ask ordinary Catholics what they think of all the discussions about synodality and Pope Francis’ call for us to become a synodal Church, I usually get blank stares. Some assume that I am one of those academic types that enjoy asking irrelevant questions; others simply say that they haven’t got a clue about Read more

Parish notices should happen before Mass

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
parish notices

The voice of my childhood pastor, Father Kerwin, was just short of Edward R. Murrow in wartime England. Except instead of saying “This…is London,” he would declare five minutes before Mass began: These…are the announcements. Grave proclamations in his deep, chastening, black-coffee voice that could refreeze a melted glacier: Ladies’ Circles, Holy Week schedule, parking Read more

Remote parishioners are changing the dynamic of Catholic parishes

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Shutting small parish communities and merging them with a larger one is leaving people stranded. Covid’s remnants also leaves some people feeling vulnerable. For others, and for a possible range of reasons, the local parish is no longer spiritually nourishing. One woman, Betty Ann Asaro, and has become a remote parishioner at Saint Cecilia Church Read more