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June 13th, 2012
“You’re Not Special” (Or Are You?)

A commencement speech made a lot of waves when the speaker proclaimed to the crowd of grads that they are in fact, NOT special. What do you think? Father Dave and the gang, and then some callers, all weigh in on the topic.

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  • Mary

    in my work in comfort ministry i have found that being welcoming to inactive family members and allowing them participation during the funeral liturgy, while gently catechizing on the symbolism and the “why” we do certain things is a powerful tool for evangelization. a suggestion i would have is to have some of the family place the pall at the beginning of mass

  • mike

    Technically speaking, there is nothing articulated in the Code of Canon Law nor the catechism of the Catholic Church. Anyone can participate in the offertory procession, as these are gifts from a particular community that the priest will receive on the community’s behalf.

    However, if you believe it is important to your brother in law the funeral might not be the best place to argue over this. If some who are not practicing Catholics wish to bring up the gifts and that’s important to them as well there may need to be a compromise. Perhaps your wife and her brother can bring the bread and wine up and others who wish to take part can bring some other symbol of your mother in law’s life forward to be placed at the foot of the altar. I’ve seen that happen to and perhaps it’s more appropriate in this case.

    No matter what, check with your pastor or presiding priest to see what he might suggest well before the funeral liturgy. But there is no formal prohibition for them to participate in the offertory procession.

  • Gregg Wysocki

    I don’t know if I will be able to get an answer to this quickly enough. It is regarding a funeral taking place tomorrow morning for my wife’s mother (mother-in-law). She was the unfortunate victim of the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease. She and her surviving husband raised seven children within the Catholic faith. Unfortunately, only two are currently practicing Catholics. This would include my wife and her brother (Mike). Mike doesn’t think it’s appropriate for anyone but my wife and my daughter and me to carry up the gifts because of this situation (he doesn’t believe it appropriate for a non-practicing Catholic to bring up the gifts when there are alternatives.
    I was not sure of the Church’s teaching on this.
    I know it’s not realistic to get an answer back sometime today…but I’d thought I’d try you guys anyway. You guys are my favorite show on the Catholic Channel and if anyone can get it done (answered before tomorrow), I know that it would be you.

    Your Loyal Catholic Brother/Fan in Christ
    Gregg Wysocki (you can use my name)

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