What are we supposed to DO during Mass?

mr bean at churchFather Dwight Longenecker over at Standing on my Head received a question that has likely been asked by countless Catholics:

What are we, the faithful (read: not clergy) supposed to do during the Mass? … As a layman, I know I am supposed to prepare myself before receiving the body and blood, but apart from not thinking on how fast I can get back home to watch my sports team, I’m at a loss as to what I am supposed to be preparing for. Receiving Jesus into myself obviously, but what does that mean in real life? I guess what I’m searching for is some kind of concrete, step-by-step explanation on what I am supposed to do. Something low on poetic language and high on basic, everyday language instructions. Or at least guidelines. Obviously one is often distracted, but it would be good to learn what I should be trying to do.

Fr. Longenecker offers some basic suggestions – such as arriving early and joining in with the words and hymns of the liturgy – before getting to the heart of the matter. He writes: (more…)

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Summertime Travel

Family Road TripJust because it’s summer, and you’re traveling to far off lands doesn’t mean you have to leave Catholic Radio behind. Immaculate Heart Radio has 31 towers across six western states! In addition to that, there are hundreds of Catholic Radio stations across the United States! The Catholic Radio Association publishes the Catholic Radio Update several times per year, so you can get yours today, print it out, and take it with you!

Now if you find yourself in Eureka, KS this summer, you’ll know that you can listen to 88.7 and hear Catholic Radio!

Download the Catholic Radio Travel Guide – Adobe Acrobat PDF file

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Sudanese courts release woman sentenced to death for her Christian faith – UPDATED

Mariam ibrahimUPDATE: Mariam Ibrahim and her family were reportedly re-arrested at Khartoum’s airport Tuesday while attempting to leave the Sudan and travel to the United States. Read more here


Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Sudanese mother, has been released from prison after “unprecedented” international pressure was put upon the Sudanese government to honor her right to religious freedom.  

Ibrahim joined the Catholic Church shortly before she married U.S. citizen Daniel Bicensio Wani in December 2011. Ibrahim was ordered by a Sudanese court last month to return to Islam, and was sentenced to death for apostasy when she refused to renounce her Christian faith. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because her marriage to a Christian was not seen as valid by the courts.

Ibrahim’s lawyer, Elshareef Ali, confirmed that she was released from prison on Monday and has been moved to a an undisclosed location for her protection. Ali said:

“She has been released from prison and she is on her way home with the children. She is very happy and the children are fine. Her husband Daniel Wani is overjoyed. He is so happy he is almost crying.”

Ibrahim’s 20-month-old son lived in the prison with her during her incarceration, and she gave birth to her second child, a daughter, while in prison. (more…)

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