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Mark your calendars: that’s the date the new translation of the Roman Missal will debut in a parish near you. Details, from CNS: The missal, announced by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and first published in Latin in 2002, […]

That’s the question that is lurking in the back of Cathleen Falsani’s mind. She’s been asked to officiate at the wedding of two friends, and is mulling what to say. From the Huffington Post: In the Book of Common Prayer’s […]

Shocking news out of Eastern Europe: The parents decided to baptize the child on July 22. The priest of the local church, who is also the chief of all priests of the district, was not going to be there, so […]

Well, first of all, don’t try to sell it on eBay. From the Telegraph: The Catholic Church in Vienna has ruled that a former confessional cannot be used as a sauna. Bidding on a confessional described on eBay as ideal […]

A wedding photographer, perhaps confused about which sacrament he’s attending, opts for full immersion.

Down the hall and into the bathroom? Huh? Read this, from OSV’s Mary DeTurris Poust, and shake your head in disbelief: This weekend at Mass we were sitting in the front pew, as we usually do. During Communion, my husband, […]

Fr. Alonzo Cox, Sunday June 27, 2010, at Queen of All Saints Church, in Brooklyn. 

File this under “Really Interesting Stuff Most Catholics Don’t Know.” It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then a priest is unable to complete the holy sacrifice of the mass. What then? Zenit, citing a theology manual from the […]

Some observations during this month of weddings… The elements are simple, really. A videographer, with lights, who roams around. A photographer. About 60 guests. A small bridal party involving a maid of honor, best man, flower girl.  Sometimes, there may […]

Will the priest one day celebrate mass with an iPad? It’s now technically possible (though, perhaps, not liturgically correct). Check this out: iBreviary–the daily prayer book for iPhone–will become a full Roman missal for iPad, allowing priests to celebrate mass […]