Posts Tagged ‘Mass’

Do put on your best to go to Mass? Comments 0

Friday, July 17th, 2015

There are at least two reasons why you should care about how you dress for Mass. First, because of what it says to others. Dressing nicely communicates respect and honor. When you dress specially for Mass, you’re telling God, “You are worth the effort; you deserve my best.” It tells your fellow worshippers, “I take Read more

US bishop thunders against sloppy dress in church Comments 0

Friday, June 19th, 2015

An American bishop has launched a broadside against the way some people turn up at Mass wearing very casual dress. Writing in his diocesan newspaper, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island complained of “an habitual lack of reverence . . .”. Bishop Tobin wrote that he had seen and received complaints about “the sloppy Read more

Bishop warns of excommunication for going to SSPX Masses Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

An Italian bishop has warned that Catholics who go to Mass at chapels staffed by the traditionalist Society of St Pius X incur excommunication. Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano diocese said SSPX bishops and priests are suspended from priestly ministry. When the faithful receive the sacraments from them, “they break communion with the Catholic Church”. Read more

Prince William goes to Mass in Malta visit Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, has attended his first public Catholic Mass in an official capacity, during a visit to Malta. The Duke of Cambridge was in the Mediterranean nation representing Queen Elizabeth II at the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence. He went to a Thanksgiving Mass at St John’s Read more

Priests told not to quiet noisy kids at Mass Comments 6

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Priests in England and Wales have been told to put up with noisy children at Mass, as Church leaders encourage more families to go to church on Sundays. Bishop Kieran Conroy, who chairs the England and Wales bishops’ evangelisation committee, said he “strongly discouraged” priests from intervening to prevent children talking during Mass. Bishop Conry, the Read more

Benedict XVI looks refreshed during Mass with students Comments 0

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI looked refreshed and stood for an hour and a half during a Mass with his former students this week. Members of the Ratzinger “schuelerkreis” or “student circle” had been meeting at Castel Gandolfo in Italy, and then travelled to the Vatican for a Mass on August 24, with Benedict as principal Read more

Nigerian churches drop Sign of Peace as Ebola crisis grows Comments 0

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Catholic dioceses in Nigeria have advised priests to skip the Sign of Peace at Mass as one of several measures against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. West Africa is faces a worsening crisis from the disease. Nigerian priests in some dioceses have also been advised to refrain from giving Communion on the tongue, unless Read more

Vatican tells priests to stay at altar for Sign of Peace Comments 14

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Vatican’s congregation for worship has ruled that priests are not to leave the altar to make the Sign of Peace with the faithful at Mass. In a recent circular, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments listed several “abuses” of the Sign of Peace that are to be stopped. These Read more

US diocese clamps down on lay people giving homilies Comments 4

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The practice of lay people giving the homily at Mass is coming to an end in a United States diocese, where it had been happening for 40 years. Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester diocese in New York state is drafting guidelines to clarify that homilies at Mass are reserved for the ordained. Bishop Matano said he is trying Read more

Bishop warns of eucharistic famine unless changes made Comments 0

Friday, July 4th, 2014

An Austrian bishop has warned that the Eucharist is in danger of “drying up”, because the Church is not prepared to change rule on who can be a priest. Former Vienna auxiliary Helmut Krätzl has called on bishops to take up Pope Francis’s request to “make courageous suggestions” in order to stop eucharistic scarcity. “We Read more