Worship & Sacraments

Former director of the office of liturgy dies

Atonement Father C. Donald Howard, director of the office of liturgy for the Archdiocese of Baltimore from 1985 to 1988, died Jan. 6. He was 71. A funeral Mass will be offered Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Christ the Redeemer in Sterling, Va., the parish he served as associate pastor and then pastor for...
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Don’t rush through silence at Mass, pope says at general audience

The silence that precedes the opening prayer at Mass is an opportunity for Christians to commend to God the fate of the church and the world, Pope Francis said.
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Agoraphobia and Mass attendance/ Is sign of peace required?

In the latest "Question Corner," Father Doyle fields questions on agoraphobia and Mass attendance, and whether the sign of peace is required.
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Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says

"It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air," the pope said. "And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too."
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All Saints Day is a holy day of the Catholic Church

All Saints Day, a solemnity set aside by the Catholic Church to honor saints known and unknown, will be celebrated Nov. 1.
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USCCB publishes official English-language translation of exorcism rite

A translation from the rite revised following the Second Vatican Council. The revised text draws from rituals used by the Catholic Church for centuries.
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Catholic wedding in Columbia unites 10 Hispanic couples

Half of the couples were from El Salvador, but Mexico and Colombia were also represented. The wedding was webcast for their families across Latin America.
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St. Alphonsus Shrine entrusted to Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

“It’s a real pleasure and a real joy to be able to offer Mass in such a historic, beautiful church,” said Father Kiefer, a former Army captain who was deployed to Mogadishu in Somalia and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
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Duties of a pastor/Incense at Mass

Father Doyle fields questions about a pastor's duties and the use of incense at Mass.
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Rosary Congress is powerful opportunity for prayer and renewal

People throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore will renew their commitment to prayer and the message of Fatima during the archdiocese’s first-ever Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Congress.
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Pope amends church law on Mass translations, highlights bishops’ role

In changes to the Code of Canon Law regarding translations of the Mass and other liturgical texts, Pope Francis highlighted respect for the responsibility of national and regional bishops' conferences.
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Something New: Weekend Mass at St. Andrew by the Bay includes marriage

That describes Lynn Thomas and Brian Yeatman, who were married by Father Jeffrey Dauses during 5 p.m. Mass Aug. 19 at St. Andrew by the Bay in Annapolis.
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