Posts Tagged ‘Mass’

I am a scientist, we should cancel all Masses Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020
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As is already clear from the sudden rash of closings, cancellations and diagnoses of prominent people, the coronavirus outbreak is spreading rapidly. In response, many bishops around the world have taken the difficult but prudent step of dispensing the faithful from their Sunday Mass obligation. Those decisions are to be commended for the sake of Read more

Giving up Mass for Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

It is the spring sumo season in Japan, one of the six two-week periods of the year when the national sport is played out before huge crowds. But not this year. The media are showing the wrestling tournament taking place in an empty venue. Spectators are banned from the arena. In various parts of the Read more

Crying: What my young daughter gets out of Mass Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

“Baby girl, no!” My 14-month-old daughter’s hand briefly paused in the air, dripping water back into the dog’s drinking bowl. Her hand went to her head, to her chest and completed a toddler’s awkward sign of the cross. My husband and I were horrified by the slobbery dog-water blessing. But we were also awestruck: We Read more

Swedish Lutheran cathedral hosting Mass Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018

A Swedish Lutheran cathedral is about to host a Catholic Mass for the first time since the Reformation. The Lutheran Church of Sweden has offered the cathedral as a temporary place of worship to the Catholic parish of St Thomas. St Thomas’s will be closed for major renovation for several months. Read more Related Posts:500th Read more

The pedestrian who died after being hit by a car a daily Mass attender Comments 0

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Vainemoeroa Titaenua from Mangere died after being hit by a car last week. Titaenua was hit about 7 am on Idlewild Ave, Mangere, last Thursday. She died in hospital at 8.30pm on Friday. Titaenua went to her Catholic church every day. Read more “ Related Posts:One of New Zealand’s oldest altar servers has diedTeen suicide Read more

Forgiveness, hope as Mass celebrated in the streets amidst violence Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017

In the middle of the current wave of political unrest, hunger and death, Venezuelan people are finding forgiveness is possible and there is hope for a better future. Violent demonstrations and attacks since the end of March have seen 92 people killed and over 1,500 injured. The new change in Venezuelan people’s attitudes began with Read more

Bishop Drennan’s Chrism Mass homily Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The greatest pastoral challenge facing New Zealand today is to keep the distinction between what is essential and what is secondary. We risk substituting God with good things… Faith continually evolves. How we understand aspects of our faith today is different from a year ago or five or ten. We grow in insight (cf. Dei Read more

Find Mass boring? Good! Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Praying through the tedium at Mass can be a more authentic way of sharing the divine life. As citizens of late modern life, we seek to avoid boredom. We alleviate the stillness of a quiet moment by turning to our smartphones. We delight in the arrival of new emails, fresh stories and notifications from social Read more

Mass for scientists Comments 0

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A Mass for scientists will be celebrated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) chapel today. It is the first time such a Mass has been celebrated. The Society of Catholic Scientists is a recently formed group of American Catholic scientists as well as undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral students pursuing research in a natural science. Read more

Why are Catholics bad at fellowship? Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Recently I was asked to speak at a local Catholic women’s group. It had been awhile since I’d put on my speaking shoes, and I was genuinely excited. That is, until I was given my topic. Fellowship, they said. Fellowship? I couldn’t help but wince. Not suffering? Prayer? Family discord? Keeping the faith during crisis?? Nope, Read more