Why the church needs girl altar servers

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When girls are barred from serving at the altar, they miss out on an important part of faith formation—and the church does, too.

Oddball comedy ‘St. Vincent' highlights saints in everyday life

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Directed by Theodore Melfi (The Weinstein Company, 2014)

Better Know A Parish: The Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

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Parish Name: The Catholic Community of Christ Our Light

Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Founded: 2009 as a result of a merger of St. Peter Celestine and Queen of Heaven (each founded in 1962)

Diocese: Camden

Pastor: Rev. Thomas Newton

Number of Parishioners: More than 3,500 families

Parish websitewww.christourlight.net


30 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Does anyone give a damn about teenage Catholics?

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By Dan Morris

This article appeared in the January 1985 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 50, No. 1, pages 26-31).


Better Know A Parish: Saint Hyacinth Church, Detroit, Michigan

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Parish Name: Saint Hyacinth Catholic Church

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Founded: 1907

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit

Pastor: Reverend Father Janusz Iwan

Number of Parishioners: 300

Parish websitewww.sainthyacinth.com


Better Know A Parish: Immaculate Conception Parish, Malden, Massachusetts

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Parish Name: Immaculate Conception

Location: Malden, Massachusetts

Founded: 1854

Diocese: Boston

Pastor: Father Richard Mehm

Number of Parishioners: More than 1,600 families

Parish websitewww.icmalden.com


Inside America's most beautiful churches

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From the mountains to the prairies, Catholic churches stand tall—as widely varied as the people who worship in them.

Better Know A Parish: Corpus Christi University Parish, Toledo, Ohio

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Parish Name: Corpus Christi University Parish

Location: Toledo, Ohio

Founded: 1970

Diocese: Toledo

Pastor: Msgr. Michael Billian

Number of Parishioners: We are a university parish, so our parish census is always changing. We average around 1,000 people at Masses on weekends.

Parish websitewww.ccup.org


The next generation of lay ministers

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As the first wave of lay parish staff members begins to retire, a fresh crop of young people are bringing new energy and new ideas to parishes across the country.

Not every teenager knows what they want to do for a living, and fewer still dream of a career in church ministry. But after getting involved in her parish’s youth ministry program during her teenage years, Emily Anderson knew that this was what she wanted to do with her life.


Keep cry rooms around, and save parents' sanity

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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.

Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.

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.


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