Learn your lines: How parishes are preparing for the new Mass

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
It’s dress rehearsal time as parishes prepare for the new Mass.

It was last Advent season when Andy Hentz first heard his pastor talk about the new Latin-to-English translations coming to the Mass. But it wasn’t until Hentz, a mail carrier who reads Catholic magazines and listens to Catholic radio, read excerpts of the new texts on the Internet earlier this year that he realized how dramatic the changes will be.


To change or not to change: Responding to the new Mass

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
American Catholics who still strongly dislike the new liturgical texts once they are implemented this Advent season will have three options:

1. Stop going to church.

2. Keep attending but stop participating fully in Mass.

3. Attend, participate, and learn to live with them.


Sing a new song: New music for the new Mass

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Anyone who’s seen The King’s Speech, about King George VI and his speech therapist, knows people don’t stutter when they sing. So will singing similarly help Mass-goers with the words of the new missal translation?

Composer Steven Warner says yes. Singing will keep people from slipping back into the familiar words of the old translation. He sings a demonstration of the new “The Lord be with you” and its response, “And with your spirit.”


Jesus loves me, this I know...

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

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Learn your lines: How parishes are preparing for the new Mass

By Jeff Parrott| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
It’s dress rehearsal time as parishes prepare for the new Mass.

It was last Advent season when Andy Hentz first heard his pastor talk about the new Latin-to-English translations coming to the Mass. But it wasn’t until Hentz, a mail carrier who reads Catholic magazines and listens to Catholic radio, read excerpts of the new texts on the Internet earlier this year that he realized how dramatic the changes will be.


To change or not to change: Responding to the new Mass

By Jeff Parrott| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
American Catholics who still strongly dislike the new liturgical texts once they are implemented this Advent season will have three options:

1. Stop going to church.

2. Keep attending but stop participating fully in Mass.

3. Attend, participate, and learn to live with them.


Sing a new song: New music for the new Mass

By Kristen Hannum| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Anyone who’s seen The King’s Speech, about King George VI and his speech therapist, knows people don’t stutter when they sing. So will singing similarly help Mass-goers with the words of the new missal translation?

Composer Steven Warner says yes. Singing will keep people from slipping back into the familiar words of the old translation. He sings a demonstration of the new “The Lord be with you” and its response, “And with your spirit.”


New homes for old church treasures

By Judith Dupré| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Parish Life
When building a new church, parishes can look to former churches for resources.

Upon this empty lot: Building a church

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Article Art and Architecture
Parishes building new churches struggle to find the right marriage of bricks and mortar to house the body of Christ.

On the last Sunday of every month, Father John Jamnicky gets on a scale. Within moments his weight loss is posted on a big chart in the fellowship room of his church. “At 65, I have probably lost and gained more weight than the whole parish combined!” says Jamnicky, laughing.


New homes for old church treasures

By Judith Dupré| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Parish Life
When building a new church, parishes can look to former churches for resources.

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