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First Sunday of Advent and the New Translations

Here is the homily I shared with parishioners this Sunday as we began Advent and using the new translations of the Roman Missal. 1st Sunday in Advent, Year B Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 November 27, 2011 Today we start a new church (liturgical) year.  One might think we would start […]

One Last Article on the New Translations

Here is my last regular bulletin article on the new translations. Bulletin Article for 11/27/2011 Appreciating the New Translations Today, we begin using the new translations.  We may trip up on the words, forgetting to say “And with your spirit” instead of “and also with you.”  It may seem strange at first but we will […]


Today is a national holiday here in the United States.  Today we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is a holiday celebrated by many people, religious and atheist alike.  We have much to give thanks for.  While Thanksgiving is considered a secular holiday, it is a day that is in keeping with our Catholic faith.  In fact, the […]

One Last Time

Today (November 20, 2011) is the last Sunday we will use the old Sacramentary for the prayers at Mass.  We have used the same translation for over twenty-five years (If you go to daily Mass or Mass on Thanksgiving this week you will still hear the old prayers until Sunday).  Next Sunday we will begin using the new […]

Anxiety or Distress?

Bulletin Article for 11/20/2011 Appreciating the New Translations The words the priest says following the Lord’s Prayer change slightly.  The principal change is “protect us from all anxiety” becomes “and safe from all distress.”  Anxiety and distress?  What is the difference?  If you look up their meaning in a dictionary, the definition for one includes […]

What Does It Mean to Trust In God?

I titled this article “What Does It Mean to Trust in God?” but the thought behind it really is ‘why doesn’t God answer my prayers?’ In my own life, I very much strive to trust in God, knowing that he is the one who is all-knowing and that he has a plan for each of […]

Introducing the Lord’s Prayer at Mass

Bulletin Article for 11/13/2011 Appreciating the New Translations After the Great Amen, we come to the Lord’s Prayer.  Currently, there are various phrases the priest may say to lead us into this awesome prayer that Jesus taught us.  In the new translation there is one, “At the Savior’s command and formed by his divine teaching, […]

Translating the Mystery of Faith

My next article on the New Translations Appreciating the New Translations One of the oddities in the new translation that puzzled me is right after the consecration.  Currently, the priest says, “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.”  In the new translation, it is shortened to “the mystery of faith.”  We might think nobody says […]

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Today (November 2nd) is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.  That’s its official title.   It is more commonly called All Souls’ Day.  Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints honoring all those who are now saints dwelling in the heavenly kingdom with God.  In my blog article yesterday, I spoke about the Communion of […]

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints.  It is a holy day of obligation, meaning that we should all gather at Church for Mass today.  It is a solemnity and a holy day of obligation because of the important role that saints have in our Catholic theology. We probably all know the names of […]