Who proclaims the Gospel at Mass?

This popped up today over at OSV’s The Catholic Answer: Q. If a deacon is assisting at Mass, should he be the one to read the Gospel, or is it merely a preference of the celebrant? A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) observes: “The sacred Order of [Read More...]

Helping the deacon learn the Exsultet

Music director Richard J. Clark has some wise advice on climbing this Everest of chants, and he concludes: Most every line is a gem. But while trying to concentrate on the notes, make sure you allow the boundless blessings of this text to supersede all that you communicate to the faithful. Here’s how: • Patience. Revel [Read More...]

Thank you, St. Petersburg!

I just got back from a wonderful visit to Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I gave a parish mission for Lent. The pastor, Fr. Wayne Genereux, and his friendly staff treated me like royalty, and the two deacons, Bill Lovelace and Lionel Roberts, could not have been more welcoming. From the [Read More...]

Must-read: why the deacon chants the Exsultet

A thorough and compelling answer from Deacon Bill Ditewig:  Recently, a good friend and a priest whom I respect very much, asked me just WHY the deacon should be the person who chants the Exsultet at the Easter Vigil.  “The rubrics permit someone other than the deacon to sing it, so why not just get [Read More...]

Deacons witness execution of Catholic inmate in Georgia

From The Georgia Bulletin:  The State of Georgia executed Warren Lee Hill, who had received the sacraments of the Catholic Church while on death row, the evening of Jan. 27. Hill, sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of a fellow inmate, died by lethal injection. The U.S. Supreme Court denied his application for a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 12 new permanent deacons for Atlanta

From The Georgia Bulletin:  During the Mass of ordination to the diaconate Saturday, Feb. 7, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory reminded the 2015 class of men ordained that the meaning of the word deacon is “one who serves.” Twelve men were ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta at the Cathedral of Christ [Read More...]

Deacons bring ashes to the streets of Beverly Hills

From The Los Angeles Times:  Two deacons, one Episcopal, one Catholic, were standing on a street in Beverly Hills, in front of Tiffany’s, across from Louis Vuitton. It could have been the set-up for a joke — and some passersby thought it might be. Or maybe somebody was filming something? They stood and stared at [Read More...]

Beautiful: son of a deacon is ordained a deacon

From Michael Alexander in the blog of The Georgia Bulletin:  Until last Saturday’s rite of ordination to the diaconate, the last time I saw John Timme it was the September 23, 2002 funeral for his father, Deacon Bill Timme. Bill was a well-respected deacon who served at Holy Cross Church in Atlanta for 15 years. [Read More...]

Ordination update: 31 new deacons for Galveston-Houston

From The Texas Catholic Herald:  From all walks of life, 31 men share a common bond in faith and willingness to serve the Archdiocese. On Jan. 31, they were ordained as permanent deacons at a ceremony presided by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, along with Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz and Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza. For each, [Read More...]

The speakin’ deacon: thanks to divine Providence

Spent a wonderful 24 hours in scenic, snowy Providence, Rhode Island Friday and Saturday, speaking to the convocation of deacons at the elegant Radisson Hotel at the airport. About 100 deacons and their wives attended to hear my talk on “Evangelization in the Digital Age.” I received a gracious welcome from Deacon James Walsh and his crew. [Read More...]