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Sing a new song: New music for the new Mass

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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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Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


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

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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.


Upon this empty lot: Building a church

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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

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When building a new church, parishes can look to former churches for resources.

Pastoral juvenil in action: When young Latinos take the lead

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When young Latinos take the lead, church is anything but boring.

The venue for the live music concert is just across the river from downtown Los Angeles, but it is far from glamorous. Organized by a new youth and young adult ministry group, the Saturday afternoon event is scheduled in a dimly lit cafeteria of Dolores Mission Catholic Church in the gritty immigrant neighborhood of Boyle Heights.


When I was a stranger

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. . . you sent me a box of envelopes. Surely we need to warm up the welcome at our parishes, lest we become St. Mary of the Cold Shoulder.

One place we can and should be reminded of what true hospitality is—and given a chance to practice it—is in our parish.

I learned this lesson the hard way when my husband and I moved with our young family to a new town several years back.


Follow the laity: Zeni Fox on the future of lay ministry

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Lay ministry is here to stay, says this theologian. But there are growing pains still to come.

When faced with the question “Who are the laity?” in the mid-19th century, John Henry Newman quipped, “Well, the church would look very foolish without them.”

Theologian and expert on lay ministry Zeni Fox describes laypeople as “the disciples of Jesus who share responsibility for the mission of the church.” Indeed, without the laity, who comprise more than 99 percent of the church, the church wouldn’t just look foolish, but its mission could not be realized.


Blast from the past? Lay ministry in the Catholic tradition

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Zeni Fox says that calling lay Catholics to ministry has its roots in the early church.

Where in the tradition do we find lay ministry?

According to the New Testament there were various people—in addition to the Twelve—who exercised leadership in the early church. Paul mentions more than a hundred people by name associated with him and his ministry. But it gets fuzzy because the priesthood as we understand it now is not in the New Testament. The only place it is mentioned is Hebrews, and it’s Christ who’s the high priest.


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