All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day, a holy day set aside for honouring and remembering departed loved ones. Parishioners have an opportunity to write the names of relatives in a Book of the Dead, and the names therein are read out from the Altar. Many people use the day to meaningfully express their sorrow over the loss of a loved one.…

Are We Walking to Heaven Backward?

Are we walking to heaven backward?  Msgr Charles Pope writes on the Priest’s orientation during the celebration of Mass. … The liturgical questions of the history of the eastward orientation and its recent loss, of how and why we got into the modern closed circle mentality, and the erroneous understandings of the liturgists of the…

Man Shot in the Head at Mass

In the Huffington Post: A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of walking into a Catholic church and shooting his father-in-law in the back of the head during Mass. Charles Richard Jennings Jr., 35, was captured Sunday afternoon in nearby Box Elder County after fleeing in a stolen pickup truck, investigators said. Witnesses say…

Priest Celebrates ‘Star Wars’ Communion

Meanwhile… in Germany. Details:  It wasn’t Darth Vader who gave the blessing to the first communion children. This was personally undertaken by Pastor Christoph Nobs with a bright green laser sword at the celebration of a Star Wars First Communion Mass. The idea for the stars-War Communion came from Nicolas Gkotses community director. Star Wars…

The Eight Secrets of a Good Mass

In the Catholic Herald, some good tips: … I have recently been on holiday and during my time off I went to Church “disguised” as a layman and observed a few things. I am sure lots of people would like to put in their bit as to what goes into the new manual, but here are…

Now I Sell Jesus Christ…

Canadian priest’s unorthodox evangelization drawing people to the pews. Over at The Deacon’s Bench: Details, from the Catholic Register: A financial analyst turned priest, Fr. Mario Salvadori is marketing an unorthodox and unapologetic formula of evangelization — and youth are flocking to it. Salvadori, the only priest at Thornhill’s St. Joseph the Worker parish, jokes…