A Liturgical Lent: a Review and a Look Forward

At my parish of Holy Rosary in Tacoma, we had a lot going on for this first weekend of Lent. Think of this as a look into the life of a parish pursuing the vision of the New Liturgical Movement Continue reading A Liturgical Lent: a Review and a Look Forward

Called to Love More

Saint Benedict was the founder of western monasticism; to this day, most monks and nuns worldwide follow some variation of his “Little Rule for Beginners“. Benedict had a twin sister, Scholastica, whose feast day is today. Under her brother’s guidance, Continue reading Called to Love More

The Dedication of an Altar

The Dedication of an Altar is a rare ritual in the church. Normally, it takes place within the larger dedication of a church or chapel. However, this coming week, Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will be dedicating a new altar at one Continue reading The Dedication of an Altar

My 12 Favourite Posts of 2017

Yesterday, I posted a list of the most popular posts of the past year on this blog. However, the things I like are not always the most popular. I know this comes as a shock. I’ve been charitably described as Continue reading My 12 Favourite Posts of 2017

The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Who doesn’t like top ten lists? These are the top ten post hits on the blog for this past year. Last year I published a similar list, and it’s interesting to see how they intersect. Not all of the posts Continue reading The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Rorate Cæli

This past Saturday, our parish of Holy Rosary celebrated a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This particular tradition is known as the Rorate Mass, for the first word of its entrance antiphon (Introit): Roráte cæli désuper, et núbes Continue reading Rorate Cæli

The Extraordinary Form and Mutual Enrichment

This morning for the first time I served at a public Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It was a votive Mass of Saint Joseph, celebrated at Saint Joseph church in Tacoma by the Rev. Caleb Insco, Continue reading The Extraordinary Form and Mutual Enrichment

Rorate Mass in the Ordinary Form

You are invited to an Advent tradition: a Rorate Mass on Saturday, December 16 at 6:00 AM. I can already hear the questions forming. What is a Rorate Mass? And why on earth would you have one at six in Continue reading Rorate Mass in the Ordinary Form

Ad Orientem Training

At our parish of Holy Rosary, we sometimes celebrate Mass on the High Altar. This method, where for much of the Eucharistic prayer the Priest and the people are facing the same direction, is known as ad Orientem. For many Continue reading Ad Orientem Training

A Bit of a Personal Update

Tuesday was wacky. It included me being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords. So if you know anybody in need of an award-winning writer with a quarter-century worth of writing and editing credits, let me know. Yesterday, Continue reading A Bit of a Personal Update

On the Two Cities

In this very volatile moment in the history of the United States, where so much anger rises to the surface so quickly, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the meaning of our times. This anger and factionalism and Continue reading On the Two Cities

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? (Benedictus antiphon, Monastic Office of Lauds for the Assumption) Today’s great Solemnity of the Assumption Continue reading The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fátima in Tacoma

This past Saturday (July 22), our parish of Holy Rosary was host to the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fátima. This statue has been on the road worldwide since 1947. The statue is in the middle of Continue reading Fátima in Tacoma

Changes 2017: Welcome Father Wagner!

This weekend, Father Michael Wagner celebrated his first Masses at our parish of Holy Rosary as its Priest Administrator. In his homily, he gave us a thumbnail sketch of his life and vocation story. Welcome Father Wagner! Within ten minutes Continue reading Changes 2017: Welcome Father Wagner!

Changes 2017: Farewell to Father Wichert

This morning, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Father Nicholas Wichert celebrated his last Mass at Holy Rosary as its thirteenth pastor. The Mass was celebrated for the fathers of our parish on the Saint Joseph altar. I served Continue reading Changes 2017: Farewell to Father Wichert

Saints Peter and Paul

Today the Church celebrates one of her oldest feasts, commemorating the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. I prayed at the tombs of these apostles during our pilgrimage to Rome in 2005. Peter With the body of Saint John Paul Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul

Saint Thomas More

Hans Holbein the Younger: Sir Thomas More

Today is the memorial of one of my favourite saints, Saint Thomas More, who died at the hands of King Henry VIII (that villain). That is, today is his memorial in the modern Roman calendar, which he shares with Saint Continue reading Saint Thomas More