Cardinal Bo and Cardinal Sarah among speakers at Budapest International Eucharistic Congress

Cardinal Bo and Cardinal Sarah among speakers at Budapest International Eucharistic Congress

More than 25 cardinals and bishops will take part in the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, which will include Cardinal Charles Maung Bo and Cardinal Robert Sarah among its speakers. The International Eucharistic Congress, a celebration of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist with participants from across the world, will take place…

Tenebrae – a lesser known, beautiful part of the Easter Triduum for many – What is it?

Tenebrae – a lesser known, beautiful part of the Easter Triduum for many – What is it?

Celebrated by Catholic monasteries throughout the world and at many parishes, Tenebrae, which means “darkness” in Latin, focuses our attention on the sufferings and death of Our Saviour.  It takes place during the three days preceding Easter Day—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday—with special psalms and ceremonies during  Matins and Lauds (the first two…

J.R.R. Tolkein on the Eucharist, in a letter to his son

J.R.R. Tolkein on the Eucharist, in a letter to his son

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life,…

Surfing Mass-casts

Surfing Mass-casts

As a life-long Catholic, I must confess. I did something Sunday morning I’ve never done before. Even a month ago it would have seemed not quite right based on my Catholic foundation. Yet now it feels spiritually uplifting and beneficial! Confined at home in the coronavirus shutdown, I followed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…

Quick Find: MASS, ADORATION, Spiritual Resources online – Exceptional List

Quick Find: MASS, ADORATION, Spiritual Resources online – Exceptional List

The following is a very short list of exceptional online resources for virtually attending Holy Mass and for virtually participating in Eucharist Adoration.  HOLY MASS  (For Eucharistic Adoration, scroll down) Vatican Mass:  EWTN – Sundays – Check your local EWTN channel for time(s) Vatican News Livestream: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YceQ8YqYMc)  St. Albert’s Dominican House of Studies, Western Dominican…

COVID-19: Decree regarding the celebration of the Easter Triduum

COVID-19: Decree regarding the celebration of the Easter Triduum

Vatican News— A Decree entitled “In time of Covid-19” (II), has been issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Wednesday, 25 March 2020. The new document updates an earlier decree, dated 19 March 2020. It contains responses to questions it has received regarding the celebration of the Easter…

First Mass since Reformation to be held in Swiss cathedral

First Mass since Reformation to be held in Swiss cathedral

CNA—The first Catholic Mass in nearly five hundred years will be celebrated at a cathedral in Geneva later this month. Mass will be said in the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Genève on Feb. 29, 2020, in a decision announced by the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg’s episcopal vicariate for the city. The cathedral was…

The Eucharist through the Eyes of a Jewish Catholic

The Eucharist through the Eyes of a Jewish Catholic

I’ll always remember the taste of haroseth and horseradish on a matzah cracker. At first it’s sweet and nutty with a hint of red wine and then the horseradish pummels your sinuses and your eyes start to water. My siblings and I competed to see who could stand the most burning. It was our ritual,…

Vatican transfers task of Ecclesia Dei to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith

Vatican transfers task of Ecclesia Dei to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith

Pope Francis issued a motu proprio Saturday ending the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei and creating an office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to focus on doctrinal dialogue with traditionalist groups. For more than 30 years, the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei has “facilitated the full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, communities or individual…

Millennials Spur Liturgical Restoration in Western Canada

Millennials Spur Liturgical Restoration in Western Canada

Crisis—It sounds like the start of a “shaggy-dog” story. So … there are these three Western Canadian bishops at a Catholic youth conference called “One Rock 2.0.” The bishops are prepping for a Town Hall, a “Q and A” session with a tough audience, 620 millennials aged 18-35, and the episcopoi are steeling themselves for…