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DEAR FATHER | Staying until end of Mass continues reception of God’s graces

Is it OK to leave Mass immediately after receiving Communion? 

The word that stands out to me the most in this question is the word "OK." This word means that what's being proposed is satisfactory, and thus the question asked is: Is it a satisfactory practice to leave Mass immediately after receiving Communion?

Pope amends Church law on Mass translations, highlights bishops’ role

MEDELLIN, Colombia — In changes to the Code of Canon Law regarding translations of the Mass and other liturgical texts, Pope Francis highlighted respect for the responsibility of national and regional bishops' conferences.

The changes, released by the Vatican Sept. 9 as Pope Francis was traveling in Colombia, noted the sometimes tense relationship between bishops' conferences and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments over translations of texts from Latin to the bishops' local languages.

DEAR FATHER | Resources abound for learning more about the liturgy

One of the great desires of the Second Vatican Council was to increase knowledge of the liturgy among the faithful. In our archdiocese, thanks to liturgical giants such as Msgr. Martin Hellriegel, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Baden, a great love of the liturgy has been instilled in both the clergy and the laity. This legacy is manifested in beautiful liturgies at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, vibrant liturgies in our local parishes and a clergy invested in faithfully celebrating the liturgy of the Church.

Pope: Vatican II liturgical reform ‘irreversible,’ a source of light

Pope Francis gave a blessing at an audience with participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 24.

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

"After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible," Pope Francis told participants in Italy's National Liturgical Week.

The pope's speech to the 800 participants Aug. 24 was the longest and most systematic talk he has given as pope on the theme of the liturgy since Vatican II.

Mass Mob arrives at Little Flower in Richmond Heights

Father Lawrence Herzog celebrated the first all school Mass of the year. Little Flower Parish in Richmond Heights will host the next St. Louis Mass Mob. Formally dedicated on Dec. 18, 1949, the church is totally in the round with the altar in the very center of the building; the pews form a circle around the altar.

Students at Little Flower School explained that being planted right in the middle of a neighborhood is what makes their school appealing.

"Everybody knows everybody, and they're all friendly to each other," said sixth-grader Hunter Mueller, whose family has been part of the parish for nearly 80 years. And for the record — Mueller, who is in the same class as his first cousin Sophia Mueller, has only a 10-minute commute by foot.

Catholics on Guam stay centered in Christ amid threats by North Korea

Msgr. James Benavente blessed a boy after Mass Aug. 13 at Santa Barbara Church on the island of Guam. Leaders of the Catholic Church in Guam have called for residents to remain centered in the peace of Christ in the wake of threats from North Korea.

HAGATNA, Guam — The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea.

Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

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