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When a Century Turns 15, It's Sacred Party Time

Peggy Payne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Our current century has recently celebrated her 15th birthday. In fact, as the year turned 2015, our millennium has turned sweet 15. You may have thought the usual New Year's Eve hoop-la was enough. Nowhere near. It's time for a sacred moment.

'Mass Mobs' Are Taking Over Detroit's Catholic Churches

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

It’s a plan with mass appeal. With all the fervor of a typical “flash mob,” faithful Catholics in Michigan are joining "Mass Mobs" to fill th...

Catholics Gather To Protest 'Black Mass' In Oklahoma City

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

Roughly 40 people attended a highly-debated 'black mass' in Oklahoma City Sunday night -- with hundreds gathered outside to protest the event. Self...

Fr. Jorge's First Year As the Pastor of St. Martha's

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

When the Mass is ended, and he has removed his vestments, he comes and sits in the back of the chapel with the people in a few moments prayer and reflection, then his day has begun.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Francis Makes Major Change To Mass | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis approved a change in the Catholic Mass to include prayers referencing St. Joseph, the Vatican announced Wednesday. The additions, whic...

Jesus, The New York Review Of Books And Mass

Donna Schaper | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

I read something about transubstantiation, and it got me to thinking. In fact, I can't stop thinking about it.

The Day Clare Divorced Her Family In Order To Follow God

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Eight hundred years ago, 18-year-old Chiara Favorone, whom we now know as Clare of Assisi, went to church in the morning with her family. It was a Sunday, but not just any Sunday.

Do You Belong To A Religious Or Secular Gym?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Nancy Wurtzel

I guess that I shouldn't have been so surprised when the church made its presence known recently at my gym. In unison, everyone began genuflecting and responding to the priest's greeting and prayers.

The New Mass As New Coke

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Jeff DeGraff

I was in a positively ebullient mood as I went off to Christmas Mass at St. Mary's with my family in tow. The senses were amped up for the big production. And that's when "it" happened.

Et Cum Spirit Two Two Oh

Kate Clinton | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Kate Clinton

Last Saturday night, the smell of overheating lamination machines wafted from Catholic Church basements in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and India. Rome had ordered up a change.

Gaining Perspective On The Catholic Liturgy's New Translation

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Deborah Plummer

When I first heard about the changes, I was a bit miffed. Not because I was particularly wedded to the old translation, but I wished that other priorities would take preference over this.

The Truth Behind The Godawful New (Old) Roman Catholic Missal

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican claims that a translation more faithful to the original Latin is needed. Is this the real reason for this disruption? I don't think so.

My Jewish Daughter's First Communion

Rich Siegel | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Rich Siegel

Last week was the first mandatory mass. Feeling unsure, even more unsure than any normal 14-year-old girl would, she found herself looking down the barrel of a sacramental shotgun.

Starting A Dialogue With God

Kerry Weber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Kerry Weber

The process can seem overwhelming, but a dialogue with God does not need to take on a specific form, and we do not need to be intimidated by the idea.

Selective Welcoming In The Catholic Church

Deborah Plummer | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Deborah Plummer

If churches are for sinners, then why are only gay and lesbian sinners excluded? Why are only sexual sins of gays and lesbians off putting?

Canceled Mass Outrages Boston Gay Community

The Boston Globe | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion

The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, in response to criticism it was sanctioning a celebration of Gay Pride month, announced yesterday that it had orde...

Vatican Says Latin Mass Shouldn't Divide Catholics

Posted 07.15.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Friday (May 13) broadened access to the old Latin Mass with a ...

New Priests Offer Hope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

A list of those being ordained priests this spring elicits hope and joy. Almost 500 men, from age 25 to 63, constitute the class of 2011 and embody what we need in the priesthood.

The Sacred Nature Of Music

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

Christina Aguilera's opening anthem on one of America's biggest feast days was roundly criticized because it fell short of a proper offering.

An Evangelical Goes To Mass

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Roman Catholic mass can be a stolid exercise, perhaps even more so during Midday Mass at Conception Abbey in rural Nodaway County, Missouri.

New Catholic Missal Meets Resistance From Prominent American Liturgist

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Anthony Ruff, OSB, a prominent liturgical scholar and professor of liturgy at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., has published an open lett...