Better Know A Parish: St. Paul the Apostle, Westerville, OH
Parish name: St. Paul the Apostle
Location (City, State): Westerville, Ohio
Year founded: 1913
Diocese: Diocese of Columbus
Pastor: Rev. Charles F. Klinger
Number of parishioners: 4100+ registered families
Parish website: http://stpaulcatholicchurch.org/
The exodus hits home
Recently, my sister celebrated her “re-baptism” as a member of the American Baptist church. Like me and her other siblings, she was baptized and confirmed Catholic, graduated from a Catholic grade school, and attended Catholic high school religious education. As an adult, she was a very active member of her parish. Over the years, she was involved in youth ministry, retreat leadership, and liturgy planning. She also belonged to a women’s spirituality circle, meeting regularly with other middle-aged adults seeking to grow in their understanding of faith and commitment to discipleship.
Are there rules for decorating the church during the holidays?
There are surprisingly few official rules about decorating churches, much to the chagrin of those who have been crowded out by Christmas poinsettias or engulfed by Easter lilies. At times, admittedly, the altar looks like it's been attacked by a rioting mob of florists.
Laypeople are creating a blueprint for the church's success
Better Know A Parish: Church of the Assumption, Fairport, NY
New Orleans’ long road to rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina
The impact of Hurricane Katrina on the people and parishes of New Orleans was as varied as the diverse neighborhoods throughout the city they call home. For the mostly poor African American households at St. David Parish in the Lower Ninth Ward and even the solidly middle-class African American families at St. Gabriel the Archangel in the Gentilly neighborhood, rebuilding was a slow and steady process. But at St. Dominic Parish in Lakeview, most parishioners owned homes that were insured for a price that paid for rebuilding.
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
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