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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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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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

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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.

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Better Know A Parish: Church of Saint Katharine Drexel, Ramsey, Minnesota

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Parish Name: Church of Saint Katharine Drexel

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Founded: 2004

Diocese: St. Paul and Minneapolis

Pastor: Rev. Paul Jaroszeski

Number of Parishioners: 350 households, around 1,050 people

Parish websitewww.stkdcc.org


Special Section: Best practices for parishes

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When businesses wish to stave off a surging competitor or enliven a tired staff, they consult their industry’s “best practices” to improve their own workplace and to better meet the needs of their customers. And if best practices can help make secular organizations more efficient and effective, it stands to reason that they might come in handy for Catholic parishes, too.


Best practices for multicultural communities

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Great parishes shared by several ethnicities discover ways to give each group what it needs while also forging unity.

The medium-sized Midwestern parish shared by communities of Mexican immigrants and non-Hispanic whites had two Easter Vigil Masses, one in English and another in Spanish. During the liturgy of the word at the second service, a man made his way up to the priests and quietly spoke to one of them.


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