Monday, June 6, 2011

Greetings from the Diocese of Davenport

Monday greetings from Iowa City, here in the Diocese of Davenport. The clergy convocation begins in a few hours. Please keep Bishop Amos, the priests, and deacons of this diocese in your prayers over the coming days.

Yesterday at Mass at my parish, Saint James, our pastor let the proverbial "cat out of the bag" as part of his homily. This was the first time that the new translation of The Roman Missal was brought up in a public forum in the parish. We have had a few bulletin articles, but this was the first time about which it was spoken publicy. The pastor outlined the ways our parish will approach catechesis and training over the next several months. He expressed some of his own trepidation and initial hesitancy about the new translation, telling us how much he has grown to love and become comfortable with the current translation. He said that he knew that there would be people in the parish who would be resistant; some would be angry; others would be anxious; still others would be glad. He told us that whatever our feelings, there would be plenty of opportunities for people to express themselves and to learn about why the Church is issuing a new English translation at this time in history.

I thought it was a good, honest beginning that addressed the pastoral reality in our parish. More about this and what is happening here at the Davenport clergy convocation tomorrow.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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