Becoming a three dimensional catechist
Have you met Flat Francis? In an effort to drum up excitement about Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in the fall of 2015, the Catholic Extension Society launched a media campaign encouraging people to take photos of themselves with “Flat Francis” and post them on social media. There’s only one problem with Flat Francis. He’s FLAT! He’s one dimensional. And while that works nicely for social media, in reality, it’s not good to be one dimensional.
Better Know A Parish: University Parish Newman Center, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Parish name: University Parish Newman Center
Location: Kent, Ohio
Date founded: 1962
Pastor: Rev. Steven J. Agostino
Parishioners: 225 families plus 200 registered students and many more. There are currently 27,000+ students on our campus; we estimate about one-third are Catholic.
Better Know A Parish: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul, Hoboken, New Jersey
Parish Name: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark
Pastor: Msgr. Robert Meyer
Number of Parishioners: More than 1,000 families
Parish website: www.spphoboken.com
Seven steps for transforming your next mission trip
Is your parish, school, or diocese planning a mission trip? Here are some recommendations to make it a better experience for all involved.
Better Know A Parish: The Catholic Community of St. Odilia, Shoreview, Minnesota
Parish Name: The Catholic Community of St. Odilia
Location: Shoreview, Minnesota
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis
Pastor: Father Phillip Rask
Number of Parishioners: 11,602 individuals in 3,150 registered households
Parish website: www.stodilia.org
Better Know A Parish: St. Mark the Evangelist, Harlem, Manhattan, New York
Parish Name: St. Mark the Evangelist
Location: Harlem (Manhattan), New York City, New York
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York
Pastor: Father Freddy Washington, C.S.Sp.
Number of Parishioners: 350
Parish website: www.stmark138.com
African American Catholics and the quest for racial justice
Black Catholics must challenge their fellow believers to live up to the church’s moral teachings on issues of race.
Better Know A Parish: Saint John XXIII Catholic Community
Parish Name: Saint John XXIII Catholic Community
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio
Pastor: Father Herb Weber
Number of Parishioners: More than 3,000 and growing fast!
Parish website: www.stjohn23.org
Why the church needs girl altar servers
When girls are barred from serving at the altar, they miss out on an important part of faith formation—and the church does, too.
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