Keep cry rooms around, and save parents' sanity

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life
Everyone can use a good cry now and then, especially children in church. Let’s make sure they have a place to let it out.

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On a scale of one to 10, my kid goes to 11. At age 4, he’s high energy, high intelligence, and often highly challenging. I love everything about my little wild man until Sunday morning comes and we’re at Mass and everyone’s staring at me like I brought an ape into the room.


Bringing the energy from World Youth Day home

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Article Parish Life Spirituality Young Adults
Millions of young Catholics are engaged and energized by World Youth Day. So why can’t they get excited about their own local church?

I traveled 5,375 miles to clap. It’s not as simple as it sounds. Clapping is more than just a routine motion—it needs purpose. We clap when we’re excited or proud. We clap to show appreciation or to join a communal rhythm. Purpose is what I found myself needing as I boarded a plane to Brazil for World Youth Day last summer. I needed the Catholic Church to give me reasons to clap.


Better Know A Parish: St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago, Illinois

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Parish Name: St. Thomas the Apostle

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Founded: 1869

Diocese: Chicago

Pastor: Fr. Elias O'Brien, O.Carm.

Number of Parishioners: 500 or so

Parish websitewww.stapostleparish.org


Better Know A Parish: Our Mother of Sorrows, Greece, New York

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Parish Name: Our Mother of Sorrows

Location: Greece, New York

Founded: 1829

Diocese: Rochester, New York

Pastor: Fr. Paul Tomasso

Number of Parishioners: 1,400 households

Parish websitehttp://motherofsorrows.net


Better Know A Parish: St. Andrew the Apostle, Moore, Oklahoma

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Parish Name: St. Andrew the Apostle

Location: Moore, Oklahoma

Founded: 1962

Diocese: Oklahoma City

Pastor: Fr. Jack Feehily

Number of Parishioners: 1,200 people at our weekend Masses

Parish websitewww.standrewmoore.com


Do we need to recruit more Hispanic deacons?

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life

According to Deacon William T. Ditewig, deacons are called to do their work outside the walls of the church, “connecting the dots” between a parish and a community. Because a growing number of Catholics are Hispanic, does there need to be a corresponding representation of Hispanic deacons? Here’s what Ditewig has to say.


A call of their own: The role of deacons in the church

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Article Parish Life
Deacons are not meant to be mini-priests, or super-laypeople. But the church as we know it wouldn’t be the same without them.

Even after nearly 50 years, the permanent diaconate still confuses some people. If deacons aren’t priests, are they laypeople? No—they are ordained. Some deacons say that priests have told them that theirs is not a “real” vocation. Wrong again. Deacons are called to embody the image of Christ the servant; they represent the church in the community, and at Sunday Mass they bring the needs of the community to the attention of the church.


Better Know A Parish: Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson, Arizona

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Parish Name: Our Mother of Sorrows

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Founded: 1958

Diocese: Tucson

Pastor: Msgr. Thomas P. Cahalane

Number of Parishioners: 8,410

Parish websitewww.omosparish.org


Tips for conserving water in your parish

By Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Parish Life

I grew up in the arid West: the land of prairie, tumbleweed, and newly-constructed subdivisions. I remember, as a kid, noticing the paradox between public concern about drought—and the fact that seemingly every house had a green, water-guzzling lawn. Later, I studied the intersections of human culture and ecology, especially with regard to fresh water. And now, in the 21st century, global fresh water scarcity is one of the major challenges facing humanity. What can we do about this serious situation?


Laypeople should have a role in choosing their bishops

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Rather than handing down bishops from on high, the church should listen to those on the ground when choosing its leaders.

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