Monday, May 30, 2011

Another podcasts has been posted recently

I recently upload a podcast on Catholic Charities, Indianapolis. You can download and listen to it at iTunes and at the podcast source site.

"The Greatest Spectacle in Racing"

As those who follow me on twitter are aware, I gave the invocation at yesterday's Indy 500.  I had a blast "tweeting" about my first experience of the race at the Brickyard (at least until my iPhone ran out of power with about 40 laps to go).  It's hard to describe the sense of the day. Huge. Over 250,000 people. The noise is incredible when the race starts (above photo). It is so loud it just fills your whole body. When the cars come roaring down the track and the crowd is screaming screaming screaming, it's a "wow" moment.   For those who don't have twitter, I here's how the day was tweeted:

8:02 AM Here we go! Race Day! The greatest spectacle in racing!
8:04 Police escort down 16th St. to the track.
8:25 The humanity! The humanity!
8:30 Weather is supposed to be partly cloudy 80s no rain.
8:32 [Tweet from a follower; RT @StAlphonsusYM: @bishopcoyne are u texting and driving?] No. It's "Driving Miss Daisy" time.
8:46 Parking space right next to the pagoda. Whohoo!
8:50 Just got interviewed by local tv. I'm a stah!
8:52 [RT @onalaskamom: @bishopcoyne Will you be on National TV? What time?]  I'm praying just before they say "start your engines."
9:38 Getting all kinds of texts from friends sitting in traffic. Some not repeatable. Can't imagine talking to a bishop like that.
9:41 [RT @gkubancsek: @bishopcoyne so, did u go with jc Penney black clerics?] No. Stayed with the regular suit.
9:41 [RT @mkubancsek1: @bishopcoyne don't let it get to your head!] Too late.
9:44 Bloody Marys are available. I'm sticking with juice. [That's Ford, the executive assistant]

9:53 [RT @SeanGIndy: @bishopcoyne So have you picked a winner for the race?] Couldn't tell ya. Tiger Woods? Lebron?
10:06 Down on the track. Checking out the cahs.

11:13 Just fired up a couple of cars. Awesome. In your lung rumbles. Just met Fuzzy Zoeller, Florence Henderson

11:27 I'm praying at 12:01 PM.
11:29 [RT @angelmeg: @bishopcoyne Hope u aren't wearing Patriots fan-gear today. That would be bad.]  Pats t shirt under clerics
11:31 [Still thinking about the RT from SeanGIndy: @bishopcoyne So have you picked a winner for the race? Seeking any divine intervention for him/her?] Tom Brady?
11:33 Standing in the ready room meeting all the drivers as they come out of the bathroom. Jim Nabors just came in. Take a picture.

11:36 Kelly Clarkson just blew through. [too fast, no picture]
11:54 Florence Henderson just sang God Bless America. I'm a wreak.
12:12 Finished the prayer. Got a big amen.

"Good and gracious God, we give you thanks for the gift of this marvelous day and for all blessings in our lives as we gather on this Sunday for this closing race of the centennial era, the Indy 500, the greatest spectacle in racing.  It is a blessing for us all to be here and enjoy a day of fun here in the great Hoosier State.  We thank you, Lord, and we are grateful. 

"Not only are we grateful to you Lord for all of your generosity but we are grateful, as well, to the Hulman-George Family and the Izod Indy Series for making this spectacle possible for all of us to enjoy during these past few weeks.  May they and their families be blessed.

"We also lift up heartfelt prayers of intercession on this Memorial Day Weekend for all of the women and men of our armed forces who died in defense of this great nation.  May they rest in peace.  We pray for the safety of all those now serving in our armed forces who stand in harm’s way for us, against all violence, war, and terrorism.  Lord, hold them in the palm of your hands, safely under your loving care.

"Finally, Lord, we pray that you protect all of the drivers, crew members, safety personnel, team owners, and spectators from any harm or injury today.  May we have good weather, a safe race, and lots of speed, noise, and excitement.

"Trusting in you always, we make our prayers in praise of your holy name, now and forever.  Amen."

View from the Podium

After the prayer (from the Indy Star newspaper)

12:18 The race is 'stahtin'! I can't hear a thing but the cahs. I'm told it was not a good start. I agree.
12:19 What do I know.
12:21 First car pitted. One of the rookie women drivers. There's a joke here somewhere but you won't hear it from me.
12:25 She just pitted again. Btw. I'm going deaf.
12:30 What? I can't hear you! What?  I'm moving inside.

12:33 Yellow flag. Japanese driver crashed. Not hurt. I'm heading in to the lunch buffet. I wonder if they have sushi?
12:37 Just saw a tire guy get run over in the pit. Not good. Hope he's okay. 12 just came in on three tires.
12:44 iPhone is running low. Spaniard just crashed. #59. Not hurt. Now for the buffet.
12:59 Turn left. Turn left!
1:26 Buffet was good. Lots of NBA players here. I feel short.
1:48 Race is halfway over. So far so good. No serious crashes.
1:58 It takes about 35 seconds or 4 Hail Marys per lap.  Im shutting my phone off.
2:17 Everyone's talking strategy around me. May as well be talking about Cricket for all the good it's doing.
2:20 My iPhone .... running out of .... juice

And here is where the phone died.  The rest of the race was unbelievable, especially the finish.  I had a great time.  Met a lot of great people.  I can't thank the Hulman-George family enough for their hospitality.

The New Roman Missal, Part 4

The fourth podcast on the New Roman Missal has been posted. You can download, listen and subscribe to all my podcasts at iTunes and at the podcast source site.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

More on the New Roman Missal

For those who are interested in learning more about the New Roman Missal, there are some great videos available at:

New Podcast Page

For those who are interested, I now have another blog address that contains only Podcasts.  My friend Fr. Mark Hunt put it together for me and it is very, very nice.  Grazie, Marco!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Update on podcasts and other odds and ends

I broke down and bought some high quality recording equipment so the sound on the podcasts should be going up in a couple of weeks (I already have two more podcasts to post using the old equipment).  A big thank-you to my two friends, Fr. Mark Hunt and Charlie Ross, for helping to straighten out the subscription issue.  

If you wish to subscribe to my podcasts on iTunes, first delete all of my podcasts that you already have in your iTunes library.  Then go the ADVANCED pull-down menu in iTUNES and go to the second item Subscribe to Podcast ... In the URL box enter: Click "okay."

You will end up with 1 podcast icon - and when you double click on the podcast icon, you will see a listing of all the podcasts. iTunes will then check once a day depending on the settings in the subscribe and settings buttons at the bottom of the page.

As far as future topics for a podcast, please let me know.  I'm open to you suggestions.

The New Roman Missal (Part 3)

In this podcast, Father Beidelman and I examine specific changes in the revised translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. Father Beidelman presents not only the reasons for the translation changes but also the underlying biblical and theological foundation of the liturgical language. The conversation highlights 4 particular changes: “And with your spirit,” “consubstantial,” and the Words of Institution (“chalice of My Blood,” “poured out for many”).

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The New Roman Missal - Part 2

Father Pat Beidelman (Director of Liturgy, Archdiocese of Indianapolis) and I continue our discussion on the upcoming revised Mass texts. In this podcast, I ask a fundamental question that I believe many of the faithful have on their mind: “Why are the words changing?” From a historical perspective, our conversation deals with concerns first raised by Pope Paul VI regarding the quality of the translations that appeared in the early 1970's: while there was a general consensus that the translations were good, they could be even better with additional time and work.  The translation we will begin using in November is the product of that time and work and expresses a more 'lofty' language befitting the liturgy, capable of use among all English-speakers throughout the world.

Podcast has been approved for iTunes.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Food allergies and the Eucharist with a serving of "humble pie"

When I was the Director of the Office for Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston, an unfortunate controversy arose both in the Catholic community and in the media about a little boy who was unable to receive the Host at his first holy communion.  As I recall, the family was upset that the pastor in their home parish was unwilling to let them use a host made of rice rather than one of wheat.  They pointed to the fact that they knew of at least two parishes in the archdiocese that already used rice hosts for those who are gluten intolerant or allergic to wheat altogether.  When their pastor said he couldn't use rice hosts because it wasn't allowed, the family went to the media with their story.  It ended up on the front page of the local tabloid and then was picked up by the local radio and television.  Now, this was long before I had anything do with communications for the archdiocese but the archdiocese needed someone to respond to the media storm that the story was generating so they asked me, the Director of the Office for Worship to do so.  Well, they say "fools rush in where wise men fear to dwell," and I rushed in and blew it.

I called the pastor and asked him to fill me in on what was going on, which he did, but then I never called the family and got their side of the story.  Instead, armed with all I needed from the pastor I began to return calls to the media and explain what the Church’s teaching was on this matter – that the Host had to be wheat and couldn’t be anything else and that the child would just have to receive from the cup.  I explained that we Catholics believe that the fullness of the Eucharistic presence is found in both the Host and the chalice and that while it was unfortunate that the child could not receive the Host, he could surely receive from the chalice. 

Sounded pretty straight-forward and reasonable.  The problem was that I really didn’t stop and consider that we were dealing with a family and a little boy, not a theological case study.  My whole attitude was wrong-headed.  It wasn’t what I said, it was how I said it.  When I was interviewed by local television and radio, my manner came across as “I don’t know what the problem is for the family” and that they were some how being unreasonable. “The little boy can receive from the cup.”  Case closed.

Never mind that all the other children were receiving a Host at communion. Never mind that the family was receiving mixed messages because other pastors in the archdiocese were, unfortunately, using rice hosts and no one had bothered to correct this.  Never mind that none of the other children at First Communion were being offered the cup as well.  Never mind that in the little boy’s parish the cup was not offered to the laity as normal practice at any Mass during the week.   Never mind that our whole Catholic Eucharistic practice for centuries has focused on the Host and not on the cup, especially for the laity.  Never mind that in religious ed. classes and catechesis, the children heard over and over again about how they were going to receive the Host, “the little white guest.” Never mind that I didn’t bother to sit down and listen to the family tell their side of the story and the struggles that they have had with food allergies and protecting their child from food that he cannot eat and how finally, it looked like they had a solution to his being able to receive the Host but then, they didn’t.  Never mind that I forgot that we were talking about a little boy.

The family left the Church.  They joined another Christian community that used rice hosts.  I continued working as the Director of the Office of Worship.  I am embarrassed to say that it took the years of the clergy sex abuse scandal to really change my focus away from issues/theology/ecclesiology as my starting point to the person, the pastoral, first.  You would think that a priest would understand that, but I was too job and task centered.  When there was a person right in front of me, that was one thing, but if I was asked a question, I often went “policy” or theoretical.  I had to learn that in all things with the Church and human life, it is important to start with the person, which I didn’t do with that family.  I don’t know if the outcome would have been different if I had listened to them first.  I couldn’t tell them it was okay to use a rice host.  The only one who could give permission for a host made of anything but wheat is the pope, not me, not any other priest, not any bishop. Church teaching is very strict on this and has been for centuries.  But, maybe if I had listened to them, I could have worked with his pastor and parish to make the little boy’s communion from the cup a more normal practice for the whole community.

In my former parish, we made it a practice to offer low-gluten hosts (approved by the USCCB for use) at all the Masses to those who needed them.  This was not just for the few people in the parish community who were gluten intolerant.  Many times after Mass I would have guests come forward and tell me how welcome they felt in being able to receive the low gluten host at a parish other than their own.  When I first came on board as pastor, the cup was not offered to the laity at any of the Masses.  That soon changed.  Now the cup is offered at every Mass.  Working with the religious ed. director, we changed the manner in which the children were prepared for First Communion so that when we spoke of Communion we made every effort to speak of the Host and the cup.  At meetings with parents we explained that we would be offering both the Host and the cup at First Communion and that they could make the decision as to whether or not their child would receive from the cup.  As it turned out, about half the children did receive from the cup.  We changed the altar wine that we used to one that was sweeter and less apt to be too bitter for children’s taste.  We also had a little girl in the parish who was allergic to wheat and could only receive from the cup.  She received her First Communion with her classmates and continues to receive from the cup at every Mass.  

As more and more children and adults are found to have food allergies, we as Catholics need to look at our Eucharistic practices to make sure that we make every effort to be as inclusive as we can be.  This involves paying attention to matters of hospitality, attitude, and catechesis.  While we cannot use anything but wheat hosts for the Eucharist, we can certainly change many things to make it easier for those who cannot receive the Host to still receive Communion from the cup as a normal practice not just for them but for all who worship in faith.  
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