Here is my homily for the First Sunday of Lent, Friday 18, 2018.
Here’s a great piece on Reconciliation Monday from the point of view of a priest, Fr. Michael Duffy, of the Diocese of Rockville Centre:
I left physically exhausted, but spiritually renewed. My body ached from sitting for so long, but my soul felt like singing for having just witnessed such beauty.
Each year I’m tremendously impressed with the turn out for this “Reconciliation Monday.” But this year I was totally blown away.
Read the rest here.
Lent is a season of penance. For those parishes in the archdiocese now preparing for mergers, there is sure no shortage of opportunities for sacrifice this Lent.
For one, there is the somber prospect of “letting go” of a parish that is home, that we’re used to, where our babies were christened and from when our folks were buried. This is the parish where we have come to Mass on Sundays, sent our kids to learn their faith, put in our envelope each week, and come to know a warm community.
To “give that up;” to see two parishes merge into a…
I hope that our non-Catholic friends will pardon many of us Catholics today. They will probably sense that we’re a bit jittery: This is Holy Week, and, today is Reconciliation Monday throughout all five boroughs, Long Island, and seven counties north of the Bronx, reaching almost to Albany. Sometime this week, especially today in the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre (as every parish in those three dioceses has confessions available from 3:00-9:00) many of us will approach the sacrament of penance to conclude Lent and be ready for Easter.
So, we’re a little…
It caused somewhat of a stir . . .
A few months back, you might have heard, the bishops of England reintroduced the discipline of abstinence from meat on Fridays.
Every Catholic mid-fifties and older can recall how abstinence from meat on all Fridays was a constant of our lives. In 1967, Pope Paul VI relaxed this discipline, decreeing it no longer obligatory, but voluntary, while highly encouraged, on Fridays (except during Lent, when it remained binding).
This modification–the pros and cons still being debated–almost became the symbol of “change” in the post-Vatican II Church.
Whether one agrees with that decision or not,…
We are just about half-way through Lent, making this the perfect time to recommit ourselves to a real spirit of prayer, fasting, and charity. My column this week in Catholic New York, the Archdiocesan newspaper, is all about Lenten Penance. Here’s an excerpt:
Jesus doesn’t really tell us what we should exactly do for penance—although He does extol fasting, cutting down seriously on food—but He sure insists that we undergo some self-sacrifice.
Yes, it may be eating less, giving up certain foods, or doing laudable acts we find tough.
All you need to…