Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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Celebrating liturgy in schools: Catholic identity in song
shares how school liturgies, when done well, can help ensure that every student leaves school "with a solid intergenerational Catholic liturgical music repertoire to carry them forward in their lives, and to connect them in prayer to a life-giving faith, lived in community."
Reaching Out with Hospitality to People with Mental Illness
Thomas P. Welch
is a psychiatrist at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Centre in Portland, Oregon and a member of the Council on Mental Illness of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. In an article originally published in
, Welch reflects on how parishes can better respond to parishioners with mental illness, and ways to create welcoming and inclusive spaces.
Psalmody and Hymnody: Scripture in Song
reminds us that "singing has been part of the life of the church from the very earliest times; and Sacred Scripture has traditionally formed the basis of this sung prayer, with the psalms taking a central role. The psalms formed the 'prayerbook' of ancient Israel, and the Jewish and Christian traditions of worship, over many centuries."
The Revision of the Lectionary
"Prior to the Second Vatican Council the percentage of the Old Testament used in the liturgy, excluding the psalms, was only one per cent (255 verses) ... Put another way, before the Second Vatican Council Catholics never heard readings at their Sunday celebration of the Eucharist from thirty-seven Old Testament books!"
Fr Chris Monaghan cp
discusses the key changes to the lectionary after the Second Vatican Council.
Chef's Choice: Feasting on the Word
"The four stages of
are like having a good meal: You take a bite (
), you chew on it (
), enjoy the taste (
) and then swallow it (
Fr John Dupuche
reminds us that 'feasting on the Word’ that leads to a better knowledge of Christ. This article includes a guided reflection on the readings for weekend of Sunday 16 July, which Pope Francis has encouraged as a 'Sunday for the Word of God' in dioceses around the world.
Psalms and liturgical life, psalms and life
"St Athanasius said a psalm ‘is a mirror in which you contemplate yourself and movements of your soul’. This beautiful insight encourages us to pray the psalms and to allow them to teach us about ourselves and to give expression to our deepest feelings, concerns and desires."
Mary Reaburn nds
reflects on the Psalms and how they can be a prism through which we see differently.
The travelling Mary
"Her faith, I learned, gave her a particular place in our collective religious history. For a beginner little Catholic, it was also an introduction to the world of the mystical."
recalls the tradition of the 'travelling Mary.'
Preparing parish celebrations: First Communion and Confirmation
reflects on the unique opportunity that parish celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation provide for hospitality toward families and visitors.
Celebrating the centenary of Fatima
On 13 May this year, Pope Francis will visit Portugal to mark 100 years since the Virgin Mary appeared to three young children in the town of Fatima.
Bishop Peter Elliott
reflects on the events of 1917, their message and what Pope Francis can expect when he arrives.
A Eucharistic Ecology
Rev. Anthony J Kelly
reflects on the unique way that the celebration of the Eucharist brings nature and culture together, inspiring an integral ecology of nature and culture, person and community, creation and God.
Music in contemporary culture: Some implications for our celebrations of the Eucharist
Music is integral to our Eucharistic celebrations, and can help participants experience God’s presence.
Maeve Louise Heaney
examines sacred music’s value for liturgy, and what it can achieve that other art cannot.
Our ‘bright sadness’: The Eucharist and Christian unity today
Fr Denis Stanley
explores eucharistic faith, practice and dialogue among the different Christian churches in relation to our journey to Christian unity.
The Eucharist makes (and breaks) the Church
notes that as a Church we are made by the Eucharist when we take Jesus’ own self-sacrificial love as the template of our lives. However, as Church we can be broken when we sacrifice the less powerful to maintain our own power.