What do you get out of Mass?

By Mary Lynn Hendrickson| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

No doubt U.S. Catholic Reader C. Wall of Woodstock, Illinois speaks for many when she succinctly sums up what does and doesn't make for a good experience of the Mass. Good: "My family by my side, great homily, with a community I know." And the clinkers? "Poor, long, aimless homilies. Music I can't sing along with."


Not-so-special delivery

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Article Environment
Sometimes the toxic waste is not just in babies' diapers.

The samples reviewed by the researchers at the Washington based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based chemicals, carcinogenic residue from dozens of widely used flame retardants, pesticides, and much more.


The Creed: Do you believe what you just said?

By R. Scott Appleby| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

I once knew a young priest, an affable fellow and gifted liturgist, who nonetheless had the annoying habit of omitting the Creed when he presided at Mass. On one occasion when I served as lector and he as presider, he explained to me privately his aversion to the profession of faith.


Do this in memory of me, but do it well

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
In an interview with U.S. Catholic, Bishop Kenneth Edward Untener shared his vision of a nourishing liturgy and united church.

You've written about the busyness in parishes these days. How is that a problem?


Do this in memory of me, but do it well

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments
In an interview with U.S. Catholic, Bishop Kenneth Edward Untener shared his vision of a nourishing liturgy and united church.

You've written about the busyness in parishes these days. How is that a problem?


Faithful departures: How Catholics face the end of life

By Robert J. McClory| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality

In these latter years of the 20th century, matters related to "letting go" or not letting go have attained great prominence. The slogans can be as confusing as they are diverse: right to life; right to privacy; death with dignity; physician-assisted suicide; euthanasia; palliative care. Scarcely a week goes by without some development in the debate over what must be done or not done for the dying.


Five prayers Catholics can take to heart

By Bishop Robert F. Morneau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God.-Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God (Hudson River, 1981)


Five prayers Catholics can take to heart

By Bishop Robert F. Morneau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God. One cannot pray unless he has faith in his own ability to accost the infinite, merciful, eternal God.-Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God (Hudson River, 1981)


The rite way to welcome new Catholics

By Tim Unsworth| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is conceptually akin to the building of a church. Further, it reminds one of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

Fueled largely by the personal experiences of faith of all involved, it multiplies graces and fills baskets with the leftovers of the experience of what it really means to be Catholic.


What happened to the rosary at wakes?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

One way of evacuating a funeral home via the back door is to have a priest come up the front stairs. Catholics of a certain vintage, such as those with vague lingering memories of the sinking of the Lusitania, may dread getting caught up in a moment of prayer. "Oh Lord!" they cry, "Hear comes himself for the rosary!"


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