PASTORAL TALKS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS by Harold A. Buetow*
Countless are the occasions for those who are involved in pastoral ministry to be called upon to say a few words of hope and encouragement, congratulations and praise: Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation for Children and Adults, Religious Education, Graduation, Youth Days, Vocation Days, Weddings and Their Anniversaries, Ordinations and Jubilees, the Commissioning of Lay Ministers, Holidays and Saints' Days, Special
Feasts, Ecumenical Gatherings, Healing Services, Mission Sundays and Funerals, to mention just a few. Father Buetow, with the aid of little stories and practical examples from real life, has put together an extraordinary collection of reflections to hallow these special occasions. There is much in this book to feed the spirit and bring
inspiration and comfort to many.
About the Author: Harold A. Buetow, PhD, JD is a priest from the Diocese of
Brooklyn who spent thirty years at Catholic University where he taught and was
Senior Staff Editor on The New Catholic Encyclopedia. Two of the more recent
among his many published titles are: Religion in Personal Development: An
Analysis and A Prescription (New York: Peter Lang, 1991 ), The Catholic School:
Its Roots, Identity, and Future (New York: Crossroad, 1988) ]Winner, National
Catholic Book Award]. He has likewise authored for Alba House (1995) a trilogy
of reflections for the Sunday Readings of the Liturgical Year: God Still Speaks:
Listen! (Cycle A), All Things Made New (Cycle B), and Ode to Joy (Cycle C).
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