Posts Tagged ‘preaching’

Women peachers in the Eucharistic assembly

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
women preachers

Pope Francis recently decreed the women can be formally instituted as lectors (readers) and acolytes (altar servers) with an apostolic letter, issued “motu proprio” (by his own initiative) called Spiritus Domini. Guillaume Goubert, editor-in-chief of La Croix made this significant point in reference to the new legislation: Although he does not suggest it, Francis does Read more

You can’t reach the world when all you have is a hammer

Monday, December 7th, 2020

“Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding,” said philosopher, Abraham Kaplan. In the Church today, we have one single instrument for leadership—the pastor. Search church positions on any of the many job search forums and recruitment sites and you’ll find there is only one tool churches Read more

I’m a Catholic woman who was allowed to preach at Mass—until it was banned

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

“Mary,” Jesus said to her. When she heard him call her name, she responded, “Rabbouni!” Teacher. “Go to my brothers,” he said, delivering a direct commission to announce the “good news.” “I have seen the Lord,” she told the disciples. In our parish in Northern California, lay women began to preach the good news during Read more

Catholic bishops need a year of abstinence on preaching about sexuality

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

If Catholic bishops hope to reclaim their moral credibility after revelations about covering up clergy sexual abuse, the hierarchy might start by sending a simple but potent message: Church leaders should take a year of abstinence from preaching about sex and gender. It might seem obvious that a church facing a crisis of legitimacy caused Read more

60 years a priest: “The less you say the more you say”

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Father Don Morrison recently celebrated 60 years of priesthood. He told those gathered to honour the occasion that his first posting was to Pahiatua where the then parish priest advised him that “the less you say, the more you say.” “As a Martinborough parishioner, where Fr. Don celebrates vigil Mass on a Saturday evening, I Read more

Top of the church shopper’s list: strong preaching

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray. That’s the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center study, released Tuesday (Aug. 23), which asked 5,000 people about their search for a new church or other house of worship. “This is what people value in a congregation — a good message, a good Read more

Pope pleads with priests to give short, clear homilies

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has pleaded with priests to give short, clear homilies. The Pope made this plea at the ordination of a Rome pastor as an auxiliary bishop. Ordaining Bishop Angelo De Donatis in Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis reminded the new bishop of something he had told him earlier. “Let your words be simple so that Read more

US archbishop categorises people who come to Mass

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

An American archbishop has categorised people who come to Mass and has spelled out to clergy how best to speak to them. In a letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit stated: “Many people have been sacramentalised, but never evangelised.” Such people “knew about God, but they didn’t know him”. Another group Read more

US seminary hires actors to run preaching boot camp

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

A United States seminary has hired to professional actors to help seminarians be better prepared for future preaching. Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary hired the actors to put seminarians through a three week acting and public speaking workshop. The exercise has been nicknamed “Preaching Boot Camp”, reported the Detroit Free Press. Actors Arthur Beer and Read more

Vatican issues guide to help preachers give better homilies

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Senior liturgical officials at the Vatican have emphasised that homilies at Mass must not be boring. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a new Homiletic Directory, which was launched on February 10. Congregation head Cardinal Robert Sarah said for many Catholics, the homily, experienced as “beautiful or awful, Read more