The Mass 2.0: The Introductory Rites | #145

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary31 – Now we will respond, “And with your Spirit.” The Confiteor is different in only two places. And we strike our chest. For many older parishioners, these changes will remind them of the old Latin-English Missal. We haven’t changed so much.

Benedictine Nuns and Monks

Benjamin Free Range

One of the amazing things about the Catholic Church is the resilience of consecrated life. Here is a wonderful article on a congregation of Benedictine nuns at Tyburn Convent in London, which has been founding new houses of nuns all over the world. The convent in London was founded in 1903 by a French nun, Mother Marie Adele Garnier, who …

The Pope, Peace, and Agnostics

Fr. Joel Church meets World

VATICAN CITY, 27 OCT 2011 (VIS) – Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the historic meeting for peace in the Italian town of Assisi, called by Blessed John Paul II. For the occasion, Benedict XVI has made a pilgrimage to the city of St. Francis, accompanied by representatives of other religions and by non-believers, for a Day of reflection, dialogue …

The Mass 2.0: A New Big Red Book | #144

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary30 – Mass 2.0 – We’re getting a new copy of the Big Red Book (called the Sacramentary or the Roman Missal). After going over a brief history of this book, I encourage people to take a fresh look at what we say at Mass and why.

Five things that don’t belong in the “modern wedding”

Benjamin Church meets World, Free Range, Human Relationships

Once upon a time, in a land far away, the fairy tales ended with a wedding. Why a wedding? Marriage was something definitive, conclusive, like death, except that it was happy. Marriage was permanent, and so it was hard to imagine anything better than being bound for your whole life to a wonderful and loving person. There was also the …

Prayer for the memorial of Blessed John Paul II

Benjamin Free Range

October 22nd will officially be the memorial of Blessed Pope John Paul, if you are living in Rome or Poland. The nature of declaring someone “Blessed” is to allow limited public celebration in honor of that person. The prayer for the memorial has been published and if you are a priest but not in Rome or Poland, you’ll just have …

Ord29 – Even Cesar Belongs to God | #143

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary29 – If the coin has Cesar’s image, then give it back to him. But whose image to do we bear? We bear the image and likeness of God himself! Repay to Cesar what belongs to Cesar, and to God what belongs to God… but even Cesar belongs to God.

Girl altar servers

Benjamin Free Range

The rector of Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix decided on a new policy – no girl altar servers at the Masses. Fr. John Lankeit, explained his decision from several perspectives: historically, that girls never used to be allowed to serve; philosophically, that men and women are different, priesthood is a male role and that altar serving is connected …

Ordinary28 – The Soiled Garments of Selfishness

Fr. Joel Homilies

[this homily was not recorded] Ordinary Time, 28th Sunday GK Chesterton once commented that people misunderstand the relationship of Jesus and the Church. They often think that Jesus is simple and nice, but the Church has made things complicated and confusing. The opposite is true. Jesus is sometimes complicated and confusing and the Church has tried to make things a …

Ord27 – Daily Stewardship | #142

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary27 – In today’s Gospel, the renters forget who really owns the property. We often have the same problem. Everything we have is a gift from God, including the world and our very life itself. Are we acting like renters or are we stewards?