Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Dear parishes and priests: I want to pray with you, not watch you pray Comments 0

Monday, August 17th, 2020
pray

When public Masses were no longer allowed, my family and I watched the livestream Mass for a few Sundays. We tried very hard to continue our weekly ritual of prayer and worship. Like many families, we created a small home altar. We lit a candle. We set out a statue of Mary. We stood. We Read more

Australians turned to prayer during lockdown Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Australians have turned to prayer during the coronavirus pandemic, with many wanting to spend more time growing their faith once restrictions are lifted, according to a new study. McCrindle Research said that about a third of Australians increased their prayer and other spiritual activities during the March and April lockdown, with 26 per cent wanting Read more

Live plays rarely make for successful TV viewing. Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The Catholic Church was unprepared for COVID-19. Nothing particularly new there, countries have been caught unprepared; the transmission speed of this COVID-19 virus around the world has been unstoppable. The Decree released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from Rome on 25th March 2020, was unusually brief and not Read more

At morning Mass, Pope offers prayers for unemployed Comments 0

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

As countries continue to reel from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis offered prayers for the men and women who have been unable to work. “In these days, many people have lost their jobs, were not rehired or work off the books. Let us pray for these brothers and sisters of ours Read more

Reimagining the Eucharist Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
reimagining eucharist

“All Masses Cancelled.” That sign went up today outside my local church. Who could have imagined it just a couple of weeks ago? Most Catholics recognise it’s a sensible decision: large gatherings are just what we do not want at the moment. The loving thing right now is to keep our distance, lest we transmit Read more

In Reverse: Prayer in a time of isolation Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

New Zealand is in “Lock Down”. Life as we have known it is completely changed as the nation, along with the rest of the world, wages war against an invisible but deadly enemy, Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You may have already been “self-isolating”; the “Lock Down” extends that directive to nearly everyone. Only essential services remain Read more

Day One – the water of life Comments 0

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Setting: Make a prayer space in your room.  Whatever else you place there, put a crucifix, a bowl of water and a lit candle.  Begin your prayer with the Sign of the Cross, then – Give thanks for this new day: God of life and light, I thank you for another new beginning. For the Read more

Mass myopia and coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
Mass myopia

“Instead of watching Mass on the computer, why don’t we read from the Bible together?” That’s how our eight-year old daughter reacted last Sunday when we gathered to watch the celebration of Mass at home, where we’ve been self-quarantined since last week. From the mouths of babes… Our daughter is used to seeing me as Read more

NZ Church app for Google prayers Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
NZpray2day

The New Zealand National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS), Wednesday, announced the launch of a prayer app, NZpray2day. NZpray2day is available for Android devices. NCRS Director, Colin MacLeod, says NZpray2day is designed to support young and old in Catholic schools and parishes to enter simply into the richness of the ancient Christian cycle of seasons, Read more

Francis opens up on what it’s like to be pope Comments 0

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Popes don’t suddenly become perfect, sinless human beings after they’re elected to papal office. Pope Francis says what being elected does do, is make a pope’s responsibilities greater and his prayer list longer. As far as sin’s concerned though, Francis says he’s basically the same person he was before he was elected in 2013. “The Read more