Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Photographers taught to capture services
Aim of session is to foster an appreciation of the photographer's rolePhotographers at the seminar-workshop on Sacred Moments in Church photography
- Bosco de Sousa Eremita, Panaji
- March 24, 2011
The programs, primarily intended to foster an appreciation of the photographer's role, streamline certain practices that hinder â€śmeaningful celebration of the liturgy,â€ť said Father Afonso Mendonca, director of the Diocesan Centre for Liturgy that organized the program.
Some 150 professional photographers, including some from other religions, attended the workshops held yesterday at Margao, the stateâ€™s commercial hub, and at the state capital of Panaji two days earlier.
Fr Mendonca said the programs reminded the photographers that they should not merely work for their clients, but participate in Mass and other services in â€śa true Catholic spirit.â€ť
Melwyn Mesquita, a journalist, found the workshop â€śextremely fruitfulâ€ť as the organizers listened to several suggestions from the participants for a uniform policy in the archdiocese on photography in churches.
Some parish priests have a â€ślopsided and partisan attitudeâ€ť in allowing photography in churches, he said.
He said the workshop explained to participants â€śsacred momentsâ€ť such as the time after communion when they should avoid photography.
Photographers normally take pictures at this time during weddings but it distracts people, Mesquita explained.
The organizers also asked photographers to avoid videotaping people doing the readings and homilies.
The organizers also agreed to consider another suggestion to form an association of church photographers, Father Mendonca said.
The participants also asked the priests to respect the cameramenâ€™s role in the liturgical set-up. They also want churches to install proper lights at strategic positions to avoid disturbances from arc lights photographers use during liturgy.
Father Mendoncaâ€™s center has organized similar programs in the past two years for priests, sacristans, altar decorators, choir members and Mass readers.
The priest said the workshops were part of the centerâ€™s agenda to animate various groups associated with Mass.
The Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media also collaborated in the latest workshops.