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More on the New Translations of the Third Roman Missal

Here’s my article on the new translations of the Roman Missal for October 2nd. Appreciating the New Translations After the opening prayer, we begin the Liturgy of the Word.  Nothing is changing in the readings or the homily (except with your spirit).  The next change will be in the Creed.  The most visible is that […]

Is There a Problem With Saying “God Bless You”?

Did you see the story about the teacher who disciplined his students for saying “God Bless You”?  I read the story on MSNBC at The teacher said he believed the students were being disruptive to the class by saying “God Bless You” when students would sneeze.  The story says the students were sneezing “dramatically.”  […]

The Opening Prayer

Here’s the bulletin article for September 25th on the new translations. Appreciating the New Translations After the Gloria, comes the Collect, more commonly known as the Opening Prayer.  The wording of this prayer will seem longer and more formal than in the old translations.  The old translations simplified the wording which can be good to […]

It’s Nice to Know People Care

It’s nice to know people care.  I’m not talking about people who care about me.  Two weeks we had major flooding in the southeast corner of our diocese from the remnants of Hurricane Lee.  The Diocese of Rochester in which I live and serve covers a twelve county area.  Only three counties (Chemung, Tioga, and […]

Working Together As One

To me one of the great treasures of the Catholic Church is that we are not just an agglomeration of individual churches.  Each church has its own building but we share the same liturgy with every Latin Rite Catholic Church across the world.  When a person goes to any Latin Rite Catholic Church in the […]

Appreciating the New Translations

Here is the this week’s bulletin article on the new translation of the Roman Missal.  After the Penitential Rite comes the ‘ancient hymn of praise,’ “The Gloria.”  At first glance, it may seem to have changed a lot.  What has changed is the order of the words.  The order of the words for the first […]

9-11 & Forgiveness

Here’s my homily on September 11th 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Sirach 27:30-28:7 Romans 14:7-9 Matthew 18:21-35 September 11, 2011 The traditional Jewish custom was to forgive a person three times.  If they continue to sin against you after that you were not obligated to forgive them. Peter puts the question to Jesus, […]

Next Article on the New Translations

Here’s the bulletin article on the new translations for 9-11-11. Appreciating the New Translations After the opening greeting at Mass comes the Penitential Rite.  We come to Mass to receive the grace we need.  We come acknowledges how we are imperfect and in need of God’s mercy.  In order to help us open our hearts […]

Building a Better Community

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Ezekiel 33:7-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 September 4, 2011 Today Jesus gives us some instruction about how to deal with those who have sinned against us. Note there is no mention of revenge.  There is no mention of punishment (except being treated as a Gentile or tax collector).  […]

Next Bulletin Article on the New Roman Missal

Here is my bulletin article for September 4, 2011 on the new Missal. Appreciating the New Translations We do not have to proceed far into the Mass before we come to the first change in the new Translations.  The priest leads us in the Sign of the Cross and then says one of three options, […]