On Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent, English-speaking Catholics across the world will begin using the new translation of the Roman Missal. “No priest in the English-speaking world is going to be able to ‘coast through’ the Mass in the coming months,” he said. “Instead, each priest will have to learn to pray more slowly, and thus hopefully more truly, and the new book of prayers for the Mass [the Roman Missal] is filled with music, so each priest will have to consider the value of chanting or singing some of the prayers.” “Notre Dame has always been an important player in the American liturgical renewal, particularly on an undergraduate level,” O’Malley said. “As undergraduates contemplate the new images of the prayer, consider what they mean, they are invited to allow these images to transform their lives.” “[We] are offering a whole year of formation into these images so that students might come to mirror in their lives what they pray with their lips,” he said. “The new translation is a more faithful translation of the Latin based on the structure of the prayers and the content,” O’Malley said. “Thus, it will connect each Catholic more deeply to the universal Church in her own prayer.” Students are also welcome to learn the meanings of the new translation at the Center for Liturgy, O’Malley said. “There will be a campus-wide workshop this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the new translation inside Campus Ministry’s office in the Colman-Morse Center,” Carey said. “Priests, rectors, musicians and intrigued students are all invited to come and learn.” Dr. Timothy O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, said he expects an easy transition for the lay people of the English-speaking Catholic community. O’Malley said he expects the transition to the new translation of the Roman Missal to be harder for priests than for lay people. O’Malley said the changes will offer both students and the larger Notre Dame community new ways to reflect. “This phrase refers to the manna in the desert in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 16,” he said. “In this newly translated prayer, the connection between manna and (the) Eucharist is drawn. The Holy Spirit will come down upon the bread and wine and will transform it so that it will become a kind of manna from heaven, engaging Scriptural imagination.” O’Malley said the previous translation did not use the phrase, ‘like the dewfall,’ but that it refers directly to Scripture. The Second Vatican Council in 1965 allowed bishops to celebrate Mass in the vernacular, which created some problems in translation, O’Malley said. “The liturgy was translated into English using a philosophy of translation that focused on comprehensibility, as well as dynamic equivalence,” he said. “In 1998, the American bishops recognized the problems of the present translation and presented to the Congregation for Divine Worship an updated translation.” “The Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend has hosted workshops these past few months for our priests,” Carey said. “Rectors within residence halls have been given five talks — one for each Sunday — that began on Oct. 23 for students to understand the changes they will have to make with the new translation.” He said one of the more widely discussed changes to take effect Nov. 27 can be found in Eucharistic Prayer II, which reads, “You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall.” “For the lay person in the pew, the new translation of the Mass is not too complex,” O’Malley said. “There will be some new responses to learn, a few new prayers and songs like the ‘Gloria,’ the ‘Sanctus,’ and the ‘Confiteor,’ but nothing that cannot be picked up over a couple of weeks praying together.” Fr. Joe Carey, interim director of Campus Ministry, said Notre Dame priests and rectors are currently preparing for the change. Carey said additional assistance is available to students and interested members of the community to learn more about the changes. He said the new translation allows English-speaking Catholics to celebrate Mass in a deeper way.
In an area plagued by conflict, a push toward democracy may appear reasonable, but when dealing with the Middle East, some question whether such tactics are actually a mistake. Author John Agresto presented his views on the issue at a lecture Thursday night supported by the Kellogg Institute and the undergraduate minor in Constitutional Studies Program. Agresto began his lecture with a story that involved his first journey to Iraq in 2003. He recalled a conversation he had with the dean of one of the colleges of science at the University of Baghdad. This man could not understand why Americans were truly present in Iraq. Agresto said that though he could not speak for everyone, he believed Americans were present to help. “[The man replied] no one leaves home and country and family to go to another country to help. It’s unnatural,” Agresto said. Working as a civilian for the Pentagon in Iraq from 2003 to 2010, his views changed significantly over time. Entering the nation, he said he was a strong believer of U.S. efforts and thought a democratic system could successfully be transported to the Middle East. “We managed to help many of the formerly occupied nations of Eastern Europe, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere become viable, stable, and free democracies. Taking nations from autocracy and tyranny to some variety of freedom and democracy seems quite normal to us Americans,” he said. A life of freedom seems natural to the American people, yet Agresto pointed out that a transfer from autocracy to democracy could not successfully materialize in the Middle East. “Because I tended to believe that all people yearn for freedom and deserve to govern themselves I thought that what we were attempting was good for Iraq and all Iraqis,” he said. Agresto said he wanted to see a democratic nation rise from the ashes of tyranny. His thoughts were that an international friend was forming and perhaps also an ally for America. Agresto also thought a liberal democracy would bring peace to the region, but the gap between expectations and reality only lengthened. “There were political parties and elections and the writing of a constitution, but the peace, the toleration, the personal liberties, the moderation of violent passions that we hoped would follow in the wake of democracy’s advent seemed to be further away than ever,” Agresto said. Something was clearly wrong. Democracies, recognized as the pillar of American foreign policy and a most desirable form of government, were failing to materialize in the Middle East. Agresto said a more democratic Afghanistan was recognized yet not one Christian church, charitable organization or school remained in the country. “Perhaps one might want to look at the democratic mobs in Libya executing all blacks they capture, men and women,” he said. Agresto marveled at how so many could continue to support a view of democracy in the Middle East that was producing results contrary to the standard concepts of freedom, security and peace commonly attached to the system. “I think our understanding of government was defective,” he said. “What we are learning the hard way in the Middle East is that there is little in politics harder to create than just and stable democracy.” The success of democracy in the U.S. has perhaps led Americans to think that government can simply be willed into being, he said. A liberal democracy that is just is a challenge to create and even harder to maintain. “Nothing takes more art, more human effort and more intelligence to design than a good democracy,” he said. Agresto said especially in the Middle East people want to hold onto their customs and traditions. Americans may wish to say that all people deserve freedom, but that all people desire it is flat out wrong. Agresto then posed the question, “Don’t all people yearn for freedom?” He said the assumed answer was yes, but the real one was no. He said some people hold other goods in higher esteem. For instance, some value holiness, safety and instruction over freedom. Some cultures are not conditioned to build a free and liberal democracy, he said. “Democracy, we need to understand, is rule by the people. Democracy, more than any other government, takes on the character of its people,” Agresto said. A nation that is intolerant or radically sectarian cannot form a successful democracy Agresto said. He said if there is no patriotism, no real love of neighbor, no willingness to compromise then a democracy is close to impossible. “Freedom and democracy have political, social, and cultural preconditions,” he said. There are nations in which such preconditions are absent. Agresto said the protection and growth of liberty requires certain institutions and political arrangements. Political monitoring is necessary, and majority decisions are required in order to run a temperate, tolerant and just system. “Culture, especially religious culture, can make or break the prospects of democracy,” Agresto said.
The semester introduces a series of organizational changes to academic advising. Perhaps most notably, the First Year of Studies — now dubbed First Year Advising — is no longer its own college. The name change follows a number of core curriculum changes ushered in by the University’s most recent core curriculum review. Among these was the removal of first year math and science requirements to increase schedule flexibility; now students must only take these classes by graduation.With only the University Seminar and Moreau First Year Experience required under first year curriculum, setting apart first year programming as an independent college no longer seemed necessary, physics professor Micheal Hildreth, who co-chaired the Core Curriculum Review Committee, said. Incoming first years now enroll in the college of their intended study.“There was really not a first year curriculum anymore,” he said. “And so having a college to administer no curriculum just doesn’t really make any sense.”The review also brought forth significant structural changes to University advising. While academic resources for first year students, such as the Learning Resource Center and Program for Academic Excellence, will remain in Coleman-Morse Hall, first year advisers will now be housed in their respective academic colleges. This reorganization was done in an effort to strengthen ties between first year and college advisers. This, in turn, will give first years access to more major-specific academic guidance and smooth their transition into sophomore year, assistant provost for academic advising Elly Brenner said.“The directors of undergraduate studies will now be down the hall. So, if I had a student really interested in psychology, I’m more closely aligned with the director of undergraduate studies for psychology,” she said. “So, as an adviser, I could ask more specific questions or think of things through a little bit of a different lens.”The push for more cohesion among academic advisers was led by the Core Curriculum Review Committee’s Academic Advising Focus Group, which Hildreth also chaired. The focus group met a total of six times, with student representatives from STEM Ambassadors and the First Year of Studies Peer Advisers attending two of the meetings.The focus group was primarily tasked with evaluating academic advising and benchmarking University practices with peer institutions. Student feedback on advising was gathered by surveying first years and exiting business and engineering students. The focus group also held small student discussions, meeting with about 30 undergraduates in total.In their 2015 report, the Academic Advising Focus Group also recommended the University establish new advising standards to ensure quality advising across all academic departments. “Expectations concerning advising practices need to be established and means of assessing advising need to be put into place for both professional and departmental advisers to ensure all students are receiving good, if not excellent, advising during the entirety of their time at the University,” their 2015 report reads.Currently, advisers have widely varying levels of professional training, Hildreth said.“There’s a mixture right now of professional faculty who do advising primarily, as well as some teaching,” he said. “And there are some departments who just have random faculty members that might be students — which can be great, or not. And those people do not have any formal training with advisers.”Hildreth said the new standards and other efforts to strengthen advising are still in their conceptual stages.“We’re still in this transition phase,” he said. “So as people start to look at how the advising is going and how to improve it, I hope that there will be more resources made available to advisers, and some training, just to help them understand what their role should be and how to execute. It’s definitely been piecemeal.”Tags: Core Curriculum, First Year Advising, First Year of Studies
Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.NEW YORK – Former Libertarian New York Gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe has announced he is seeking the party’s Vice Presidential Nomination.Sharpe revealed his decision on his podcast The Sharpe Way.He is supporting the nomination for President of Judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian Vice President Nominee in 2012.Sharpe said he will support whomever is nominated and asked voters to have an open mind about voting for someone not Republican or Democrat. Sharpe finished third in the New York Governor’s race in 2018, but garnered enough votes statewide to give the Libertarians ballot access.Sharpe said he will release an official statement about his candidacy soon.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Judge Gray was the VP nominee for the Libertarian Party in 2012, not 2016. The 2012 ticket was Gary Johnson and Jim Gray. The 2016 ticket was Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.,Let’s not get too technical on details here, especially considering your ties to nefarious and fraudulent actions of people in a County “Committee” you’re affiliated with. Some people’s need to shine a light on matters should be first used to clean out their own closets.
Stock ImageNEW YORK CITY — According to data compiled by the Global Strategy Group, the race between Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano is getting closer.The GSG numbers show Reed leading Mitrano 50 percent to 38 percent. However, when likely voters were shown a simulated debate between the two, using website and press release information, the race stands at Reed 47, Mitrano 45 with 8 percent undecided.“The numbers speak for themselves. We are closing in on Tom Reed because he has failed this district,” said Mitrano. “When voters learn about our campaign, they join us because the people of this district are united in seeking change.”“Despite Reed’s substantially higher level of familiarity to voters, he fails to get above 50 percent – a significant warning sign for incumbents,” GSG said. However, the election tracking site 270 To Win lists Reed as safely likely to be re-elected.“Despite being well-known and even as Mitrano is largely unknown outside her base, Reed is only at 50 percent. Tom Reed is well-known to voters (85 percent familiar); in contrast, Tracy Mitrano is familiar to only 42 percent of voters – and these are largely voters in her Democratic base (60 percent familiar among Democrats),” GSG said.In a related matter, Mitrano was endorsed Wednesday by The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 840, saying Reed does not support organized labor.The local’s president, Ryan Davis, said Reed has consistently voted against organized labor issues.Citing Reed’s efforts to create jobs and grow New York’s clean energy economy, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally endorsed Reed for a return to Washington. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – Two new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Cattaraugus County overnight.The County Health Department says an 87-year-old woman and 62-year-old man both developed respiratory failure and were unable to overcome their illness despite aggressive medical treatment.This is the 34th and 35th COVID-19 death in the county.Furthermore, local health leaders reported 85 new cases on Thursday, with 699 now active. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is 7.3 percent, down from 8.3% the day before.There are also 32 people hospitalized with the virus in Cattaraugus County.There have been 1,965 reported since the outbreak started with 1,231 people recovering.
See Inside Aladdin’s Backstage World ABC’s Nightline featured a behind-the-scenes look at Aladdin April 15. Check out the video below and see everything from major last minute tweaks to the show from director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, to James Monroe Iglehart’s reaction when he won the role of the Genie (he taped it!) and how the magic carpet flies! OK, not the last one, but the rest. The Frozen Storm Rages On The Weekly Nielsen SoundScan numbers are in and, as Frozen songwriter and EGOT-er Robert Lopez tweeted April 16, “The #Frozen album just went double platinum, as is @IdinaMenzel’s version of #LetItGo.” According to The New York Times, the movie’s soundtrack has now sold a total of 2.1 million copies in the U.S. Paul Robeson Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies Stage actor, director and playwright Phillip Hayes Dean died, aged 83, on April 14 in Los Angeles. According to the L.A. Times, the cause of death was an aortic aneurysm. Dean wrote Paul Robeson, which first opened on Broadway in 1978, starring James Earl Jones. It was subsequently revived on the Great White Way in 1988 and 1995. His other plays include The Sty of the Blind Pig. Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys Talk Dirty Those naughty Jersey Boys! Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood’s big screen adaptation of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys has been awarded an R-rating! The official reason? The “language throughout,” apparently. F-bombs or not, we know that the film’s stars, Tony winner John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda and Erich Bergen, will be the apples of our eyes as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, when the film officially lands in theaters on June 20. Idina Menzel View Comments John Lloyd Young Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Broadway.com wishes Cumming, Williams and all the Kit Kat Klub’s usual suspects a “perfectly marvelous” opening! In honor of the show’s Great White Way return, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above portrait. The whole cast is represented in the sketch, with the foreground depicting, from left to right, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Cumming as the Emcee, Aaron Krohn as Ernst Ludwig, Bill Heck as Clifford Bradshaw and Williams as Sally Bowles. Michelle Williams About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Shows View Comments Alan Cumming “Come hear the music play” once more at Studio 54! Roundabout’s revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret opens officially on April 24, the last Broadway show to do so in the 2013-14 season. Director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall have recreated their Tony nominated direction and choreography of the 1998 production, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret Danny Burstein
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Star Files Related Shows The Real Thing tells the story of Henry (McGregor), a successful playwright who is unhappily married to Charlotte (Nixon), the lead actress in his current play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. The Real Thing Tickets are now on sale to see Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon in the new Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Directed by Sam Gold, the production will begin performances on October 2 and open officially on October 30 at the American Airlines Theatre. View Comments The original 1984 Broadway production won five Tony Awards including Best Play. The Real Thing was revived in 2000 and won three Tonys, including Best Revival of a Play. Cynthia Nixon
Ramin Karimloo View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 The cold never bothered her anyway, right? Broadway megastar Idina Menzel, after receiving countless nominations for the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, finally took the plunge at the Richard Rodgers stage door following a performance of If/Then. She herself nominated If/Then producer David Stone, co-star Anthony Rapp and everyone at the stage door. That’s right. If you’re a Tony winner, the #IceBucketChallenge nominating rules don’t apply to you. But wait. Wait. OMG. 2460WHAT?! Sorry Idina, we interrupt this “Watch It” for a very important message. Ramin Karimloo, after being nominated by many (including our own Paul Wontorek), has also joined the movement. And not to be outdone by the boys of Newsies, the Les Miserables hunk is sans shirt. All for a great cause! Idina Menzel Star Files Related Shows If/Then