Why Should We Encourage Our Children to be Altar Servers

09-26-2021Liturgy CornerMiriam Esteban Benito

Serving God as an Altar Server is a wonderful way for a child to grow in faith as well as in responsibility, friendship, and other virtues.

I’m convinced of the importance of transmitting the faith to our children starting when they are small. If someone asks me how, I would say that faith is transmitted by spending time in God’s company and in His service through small daily actions. Many factors play a role, but there is a precious activity that is within the reach of all children and which combines these aspects: the role of an altar server.


5 Lessons We’ve Learned from 9/11 That Can Help Us Now

09-19-2021Liturgy CornerCerith Gardiner

As we mark the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks, let us reflect on the lessons we carry.

It’s a day that shook America and the rest of the world, and a day that changed us forever. Over these past two decades there has been a tsunami of emotions: from anger to love; from sorrow to hope.

With these sentiments we’ve learned some valuable lessons that show the resilience and courage we’re capable of under the most extraordinary and devastating circumstances, lessons we can carry with us for decades to come that will help honor the lives of the thousands of people who died or were injured on September 11, 2001.


What’s the Difference Between The Latin Mass and Mass in Latin?

09-12-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Ever since Vatican II, Catholics have often confused “Mass in Latin,” with “the Latin Mass,” thinking that they were the same liturgy.

However, those two phrases refer to different Masses, though they do have similarities. Mass in Latin

In the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, Mass has been celebrated in the Latin language since the 3rd century. Originally Mass was primarily celebrated in Greek, which was the common language of most early Christians.


What is a Novena?

09-05-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

Novenas are an ancient part of the the Church’s devotional life and many trace the structure back to the days between Jesus’ ascension and the feast of Pentecost.

Jesus’ final command on earth before ascending into heaven was to “wait for the promise of the Father.”

And while staying with them [Jesus] charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “You heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)


Three Prayers to Help Reduce Distractions Before Mass

08-29-2021Liturgy CornerPhilip Kosloski

A little preparation can go a long way. Getting into the right mindset before Mass can often be very difficult. Distractions take our mind and soul to a million different places, and before we know it the priest is ready to distribute Holy Communion, and we’ve barely realized we’re in a church.


6 Things You Have to Do to Stay Catholic in College

08-22-2021Liturgy CornerMatt D’Antuono

Know your faith, toughen up, make good friends — and love Jesus Christ with all your heart, soul, mind and strength As students return to college or go to college for the first time this fall, I would like to offer a few suggestions about how to stay Catholic in college. As it happens, I would suggest these same principles to anyone else as helpful practices for holding on to your faith.


30 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

08-15-2021Liturgy CornerMary Thierfelder

When it comes to concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, we should always turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing, and for peace of soul while enduring physical suffering. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for just about every illness and health concern we can think of! The saints are great aids to us in our time of need and help guide us to greater love for Christ through our crosses and trials, especially when it comes to our health. Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments:


We Welcome our new Sisters to the Parish

08-08-2021Liturgy Corner

Welcome Sister Maria Lan Nguyen

My name is Sister Maria Lan Nguyen and I was born in Vietnam. I have seven siblings, four boys and three girls. God has blessed our family with two in our family with vocations. One of my brothers (Father Michael) is a priest, and myself. I am the youngest in the family. My parents had very strong faith and they taught us “how to put faith as center of your life.” They nurtured our faith by taking us to church each day and by praying together at night before we go to bed.


Pope Grants July 25 Plenary Indulgence and Tells Catholics: Honor Your Grandparents That Day

07-18-2021Liturgy CornerRoger Landry

The vast majority of the world’s 197 countries don’t have a day to honor our parents’ parents. The United Nations, which has 190 international days, does not have one for grandparents. That’s why it’s highly significant — not just within the Catholic Church, but within the global community — that Pope Francis has established the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July. With Catholics present in almost every country, the commemoration should be a leaven, making fitting appreciation for grandparents rise across the globe. The first observance will take place July 25 this year.


Why do we remain silent in Catholic Churches?

07-04-2021Liturgy Corner

Assuming that what is being said is not itself sinful, it is morally neutral to talk. However, Catholic moral teaching tells us that "circumstances" change the moral character of actions. Talking in Church when not demanded by necessity is at least venially sinful for the following reasons:

It is the Lord's House, which Jesus taught was "a house of prayer" (Mt 21:13) and thus should be used according to its purpose. This is a violation of justice against God, for whom we should have reverence.


Bells at Consecration

06-27-2021Liturgy Corner

Catholic worship excites the senses with movement and color, incense and music — the “smells and bells” of tradition. This is because we bring the entirety of ourselves to prayer: body and soul. Posture marks the solemnity and reverence of certain moments — for instance, standing at the proclamation of the Gospel and kneeling for the consecration. Music enhances our participation as well, bringing the assembly’s voices together in unity as the People of God come together in divine worship.


8 Quick Tips to Make Mass a Time of Devotion

06-13-2021Liturgy CornerChristopher Carstans

How to Enter the Church Building

The fundamental insight: Sacramental signs and symbols are filled with Jesus. More than mere mental reminders, and more effective than simple pointers that direct us elsewhere, liturgical sacraments and sacramentals unite heaven and earth in the Person of Christ. The principal activity: As you approach the main entrance — don’t go in the side door! — bear in mind that you approach Christ “the door,” our access to the Father. Jesus “stands at the door and knocks” (Rev. 3:20), awaiting our entry. Let us “go within his gates, giving thanks,” and “enter his courts with songs of praise” (Ps. 100:4).


Why is the Color Green Used for Ordinary Time?

06-06-2021Liturgy CornerMsgr. Bill King

Prayer involves all of our senses. It involves being alive to touches of God’s grace everywhere around and within us. Color in a church is more than decoration. In public worship, it has a role similar to music, art and architecture of a church — to teach, to inspire, to help gather our thoughts.

Green is used as a liturgical color during the weeks known as Ordinary Time. Generally, this period of time occurs from the end of the Christmas season until the beginning of Lent, and from the end of the Easter season until the beginning of Advent. Far from being a filler between other liturgical seasons, Ordinary Time has its own meaning, signified by its own color.