Fr. Vin – As I See It

On the Payroll

Today is April 15, usually (except this year it’s a Sunday) the day income-tax returns are due.  It seems to me a good time to dispel some myths about how priests are paid. I find that many Catholics have no idea about it, and that’s not good.  Good stewardship on all sides means that we’re accountable to one another, and accountability means we need good and shared information. So here’s lots of information you probably never knew. Read more →

Graduating from Being Catholic

Catechists used to say grimly that Confirmation seemed, for too many Catholic youngsters, to be “graduation”: They would leave the practice of the faith after the ceremony just as schoolchildren leave school after they graduate.  But that’s not true anymore, it seems.

Nowadays the “graduation” sacrament isn’t Confirmation: It’s First Holy Communion. Read more →

The Paschal Mystery

We who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death.
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death so that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

[Paul to the Romans, 6:3-4]

The Paschal Mystery is God’s way of doing things: new-life-only-through-dying. Christ’s dying and rising are a mirror to what God wants to do in all of us, all the time – not only at our physical deaths.  But few except the saints let God love them into the fuller joy and humanity that’s beyond “adulthood” as our culture imagines it. Read more →

The Lenten Gospels – Palm Sunday

Each year on this Palm Sunday we get a double Gospel: One at the start of Mass (before the blessing and procession with palms), and at the usual time the story of Jesus’ Last Supper, arrest, and crucifixion.  

Together the Gospels tell the story of Holy Week – and they invite us to see it as our story as well.   At the start of Mass we hold palm branches – for Jesus’ culture, the traditional way of welcoming a hero.  There’s a part of us that does that. Read more →

Report on Feedback for Bishop Barres

Last month, in preparation for meeting with Bishop Barres, I invited comments from parishioners who had returned to the practice of the faith.  Today I want to offer to all of you a brief report on what I received, along with thanks to the dozen or so people who shared their stories with me.  Here’s a brief summary of what I heard. Read more →

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