Category: Mass

How We Dress for Mass

In the 1920s a lively debate in The Southern Cross focused on the immodest dress of women who displayed their ankles. The debate about how to dress, especially when attending Mass, continues today, even...

Homilies need Listeners Too!

From Margaret Mollett, Piketberg, Western Cape – Michael Shackleton’s point in Do poor homilies lose parishioners? (April 16), that Catholics lack attention span beyond 10 minutes because the preacher’s message is nowadays measured against...

Our Missal is Hard on the Ear!

Sarah-Leah Pimental -I refer to Fr. Chris Townsend’s column of 6 June “Let’s Look at the New Missal Translation – Again”. I similarly struggle with the current translation of our missal. It’s hard on...

What’s the Point of a Homily?

Bishop Edward Risi OMI – Lately there have been comments in The Southern Cross and other publications about homilies. Some are fair comment; others unfair and unhelpful, especially when sweeping generalisations are made. Most...

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Should We Vary the Preachers at Mass?

I know of one European diocese where the bishop has approved a “homily team” of half-a-dozen lay people who have undergone training, and who get together to plan and discuss their homilies. They serve...