An Encounter with Christ

Do you ever consider why you go to Mass on Sunday?

Many of us were raised to believe that it’s our obligation to attend Sunday Mass under penalty of sin. We also go because we look forward to special time with Jesus Christ in the intimacy of Eucharistic reception. It is important for us to remember, however, that Eucharist is not the only way in which we encounter Jesus in the liturgy. Read more

Understanding the Liturgy: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

This blog post corresponds to the mission priority of  “Vibrant Liturgy”

First, let me introduce myself. I am the new Director of the Office of Worship and Sacramental Formation. I have just moved to Baltimore from the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana where I was the Director of the Office for Divine Worship and the Catechumenate for the last 15 years.  Read more

Vibrancy and Richness in Liturgy

This blog post corresponds to the mission priority of “Vibrant Liturgy”

“You will get out of this experience what you put into it.” These formative words were spoken at my first retreat in high school and have served me ever since. When I feel bored or I check out, I take a moment to consider what I am putting into the experience. Am I paying attention? No. Am I fully present? No. In what ways am I contributing to the experience? I’m not. Well, no wonder I’m bored! Read more