Category Archives: Sacraments

A Guide for Confession

Returning to the practice of  regular Confession will be central to the forthcoming Year of Mercy. As each Diocese will have at least one designated Church, the Holy Door through which one will enter finding a Priest ready to hear … Continue reading

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The Church is Holy

A little vid which might cheer some of us up a bit, with some help from Gustav Holst. It did me, just a moment ago. The church, of Our Lady of Lourdes, is that built in 1928 by French priests … Continue reading

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Bishop of Shrewsbury celebrates Tridentine Mass at Dome of Home

Today the Rt. Rev. Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury celebrated his first public Tridentine Mass and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to a group of candidates at the Dome of Home. The liturgy at the landmark church of Ss Peter, … Continue reading

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Vatican official reaffirms teaching on divorced and remarried Catholics

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)   From the Catholic Herald online: Amid rising expectations that the Catholic Church might make it easier for divorced and remarried members to receive Communion, the Vatican’s highest doctrinal official reaffirmed Church teaching barring such persons … Continue reading

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Forgiving without forgetting?

By Patti Maguire Armstrong from Catholic Spiritual Direction: While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting … Continue reading

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Five errors at Mass

It’s just as well that Jeffrey Tucker from Chant Café introduces his five worst post V2 ‘wreckovations’ of the Mass with an upbeat message. May it bring hope to those who patiently endure the abuses he describes and worse: We … Continue reading

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Why Confess Sins to a Man? (Blanquette de Veau vs Burrito Supreme)

From:  http://www.taylormarshall.com by Taylor Marsal Why do we Catholics confess our sins to priests who are mere men? This is a question that Protestants repeatedly raise. I raised it as a Protestant almost every time I spoke to a Catholic about matters … Continue reading

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Need some inspiration for Lent?

This Lent as in previous years Father John Zuhlsdorf  will offer daily “LENTCAzTS” throughout the penitential season. In fact the first one begins today. Here’s Father Z introducing the 2013 lenten audio reflections himself: With this audio offering, I am … Continue reading

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Help with Confession

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Portiuncula reminder

The Portiuncula Plenary indulgence reminder comes from Rorate Caeli: On August 2, the “Portiuncula indulgence“: under the usual conditions, recite the Credo and the Pater in any Minor Basilica (33, § 2, c), Cathedral (33, § 3, e), or Parish Church (33, § 5, b). (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. … Continue reading

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The visit of St John Vianney’s relic: a blessing for us all

Fr Christopher Matthews is sub dean of the Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Peter of Alcantara, Shrewsbury, and Master of Liturgical Ceremonies of Shrewsbury diocese. Here he explains how you can take part in the the … Continue reading

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Vatican releases guidelines on promoting vocations

By CAROL GLATZ , 25 June 2012, CatholicHerald.co.uk In an effort to respond to a “clear and pressing” need for priests, the Vatican has released a set of guidelines to help bishops and Church communities promote, recruit and educate a … Continue reading

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On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall.

By: Msgr. Charles Pope A number of us priests asked for a review of the norms of the policies of the Church and the Archdiocese in these sorts of situations, and the Archdiocese responded at a convocation of the all the … Continue reading

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Bishop Schneider: Communion in the Hand is a Great Wound in the Church

From the Eponymous Flower blog: A reform of the Church is advanced by an end to Communion in the hand and supper tables.  Proceedings and Old Liberal committees will play a completely subordinate role. This is what Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies: ‘The Future of Humanity Passes by Way of the Family’

Homily for the National Association of Catholic Families National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham We gather during this celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. We rejoice with many today not only in the Queen’s constitutional role … Continue reading

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