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Music & Liturgy Musings

The Season of Advent: Waiting in Joyful Hope

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/24/21

The Season of AdventWaiting in Joyful Hope With First Vespers (Evening Prayer I) on November 27, the Season of Advent begins and it goes all the way to the afternoon of December 24. As noted two weeks ago, the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar says, “Advent ... Read More »

Consecutive Holydays of Obligation - What to Do?

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/24/21

Consecutive Holydays of Obligation:The Solemnity of Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Family

In a little over a month, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and this year Christmas happens to be on a Saturday. The next day (Sunday) is the Feast of the Holy Family.We ... Read More »

The Second Coming and Advent

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/11/21

We are quickly approaching the end of the liturgical year as next week’s Solemnity of Christ the King is the final Sunday. The following Sunday begins the 2022 liturgical year with the Season of Advent. Or does it? Well...Advent officially begins this year on November 28; however, there is ... Read More »

The Holy Communion Fast

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/05/21

The Holy Communion Fast

 

Question: Why do I need to fast and how long must I fast before receiving Holy Communion?

Answer: We fast before receiving Holy Communion so that there is a desire for the heavenly food—the Bread of Angels. Fasting makes room in the body, soul, ... Read More »

Hallowe'en, Allhallowtide, and the Month of the Dead

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 10/26/21

Hallowe’en, Allhallowtide, and the Month of the Dead

Did you know that Halloween is actually a Christian holiday? Yes - you read that right. It can be hard to fathom considering the way our culture has secularized Halloween. There’s the huge focus on candy, costumes, and decorations, which are ... Read More »

Glory in the Cross - Part II

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 10/26/21

As we prepare to celebrate our annual Forty Hours celebration and our patronal feast this Friday, our readings this weekend prepare us to Glory in the Cross. The Church in her wisdom emphasizes Jesus’s statement in Mark 10:45 three times today: “The Son of Man has come to give ... Read More »

Glory in the Cross: Forty Hours 2021

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 10/26/21

Forty Hours 2021

 

In just under two weeks, we will celebrate our annual Forty Hours of Eucharistic Adoration which is centered around our patronal feast day, October 22. If you have never experienced Forty Hours before, I highly encourage you to attend these wonderful celebrations. This year the ... Read More »

Mass Settings

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 10/26/21

Mass Settings Although not received recently, one question I have been asked in the past is, “Why do we change the Mass Setting every couple of months?” To answer this, let me first explain what the Mass Setting is. In the Mass, there are essentially two sets of prayers: ... Read More »

Ministries: Where Might You Be Called to Serve

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/22/21

More on Mass Ministries Where Might You Be Called to Serve?

 

Ushers and Greeters: Four years ago, you may remember hearing about the beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey. A simplex priest in the religious order of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Fr. Casey resided in Detroit at ... Read More »

Ministries in Our Parish

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/22/21

Ministries

A quick reminder as I begin this bulletin article that I am happy to answer questions regarding liturgical or musical items. Perhaps one of your questions was answered in Father’s letter this week on “ascending solemnity.” Please feel free to send questions via email to [email protected] As Bishop ... Read More »

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