The Deacon's Bench
November 2008 Archives

A couple days ago, I posted an amusing photograph from my parish’s Thanksgiving Day mass. To my amazement, it unleashed a tiny firestorm of comment and debate on the subject of girls serving on the altar. One veteran of my […]

It’s not even December (barely) and I have been avoiding digging out the Christmas decorations, but that hasn’t stopped some hardy souls in Ohio, who are getting into the spirit with some novel views of the Nativity. From CNA: A […]

I have the weekend off, homily-wise, but I read this reflection over at Rocco’s and just had to link. It’s part of a new weekly series he’s beginning, devoted to particularly good homilies. This one comes from Msgr. James P. […]

It’s deja vu all over again. Yet another priest is telling his flock to make a trip to the confessional if they voted for Obama. From the Modesto (Calif.) Bee: Parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto have been […]

While spending a lazy Saturday surfing through iTunes, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Kristen Chenoweth has a Christmas album. My wife and I first discovered Chenoweth a few years ago, in a revival of “You’re a Good Man, […]

From the In My Own Backyard Desk comes this heartening report about a novel fundraising event at a church in Brooklyn. From the New York Daily News: On Dec. 6 spotlights will crisscross the Brooklyn night sky. Avenue T between […]

A parishioner sent this to me: a snapshot from the Living Rosary that we prayed outside my church last month (the month of the rosary). The plates served as our “beads” — blue for the Hail Mary, white for the […]

As I mentioned several weeks ago, I’ve embarked on a new chapter of my professional life, as News Director for our diocesan cable channel. On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, (and the feast day of our diocese) […]

A couple of readers sent this my way, and I have to say: this is unbelievably cool. It’s an Advent app for your iPhone. As the good people at Mac describe it: Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation […]

One of my last projects at CBS was working on a pilot for a proposed series that would consist of great animal clips from YouTube. The clip below was one of the best I saw. Now it’s getting some airplay […]