Worship & Sacraments

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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Vatican II liturgical reform ‘irreversible,’ pope says

The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.
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Archbishop Lori to celebrate Solemnity of the Assumption at Baltimore Basilica

Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation, with a special 12:10 p.m. Mass Aug. 15 at the Baltimore Basilica.
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Linthicum parishioner’s art celebrates sacraments

Danielle Turner, 30, a parishioner of St. Philip Neri in Linthicum Heights, found an outlet for her sacrament-inspired art on Etsy.com, an e-commerce site specializing in handmade goods.
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A Mass confusion

With organ, guitar, drums or silence, it is our unity with the Lord that should be the pulse we quicken to. 
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Beauty, poetry of classic hymns comes through in book, audio CD

Anthony Esolen, an accomplished literary scholar who is a faithful Catholic, turns his attention to the poetry of our beloved classic hymns in "Real Music."
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Author says rosary ‘can help us achieve peace in the world’

"It's a simple prayer, easily memorized, ideal for group or individual praying while on the go or sitting still," Crowe said. "Its simplicity also allows for families to easily pray the prayers together, with young children even able to lead."
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Pentecost is celebration of unity in diversity, pope says

The Holy Spirit continues to give Christians different gifts and to call them to share those gifts with each other in a community marked by forgiveness and “unity in diversity,” Pope Francis said on Pentecost.
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