Parents and Parish Religious Ed

What should a parish offer families to support the religious education of their children? First and foremost, where possible, a parish should provide a good Catholic school. When I was a girl, every parish had its school, but times have changed here and the Catholic school system is no more. There are but a handful […]

Catholic Preparation for Marriage

In a speech to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on Friday, Pope Francis spoke of a need for a “new catechumenate” for engaged couples. The Roman Rota is the judicial tribunal of the Church that deals with, among other things, null marriages. The pope suggested the creation of a process, similar to that of […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international ecumenical observance that takes place every year between January 18 and 25. In my experience, it is an occasion of extremely lame gatherings of various local Christian congregations to co-mingle for an hour or so, read a little Scripture and carry on. That said, I […]

Singing at Mass — Oh My!

Today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of church music. It seems like as good a reason as any to talk a little about church music. I am in no way qualified to make any judgments beyond that of an average parishioner in the pew. I don’t think that’s insignificant, though, […]