US Catholic Faith in Real Life

The exodus hits home

Is our Catholic parish structure inadequate for supporting the needs of adult Christians?

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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?

Trying to decorate the church for Advent? Two church documents offer guidance on the subject of church decor.

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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.


Worship local

People who attend a church that's not their neighborhood parish are missing the nature of Catholicism.

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Some years ago, Eric Jacobsen wrote about the urban environment in Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith (Brazos Press). He outlined how walkable neighborhoods and urban spaces help make possible the relationships necessary for the kingdom of God to flourish. Many of our young people today really love city life; they are leaving the suburbs and moving to cities for both ecological and personal reasons. They wonder why anyone might want to live in a place where you have to drive a car to buy your groceries or visit a bar.
 

Laypeople are creating a blueprint for the church's success

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Any successful corporate leader will tell you that an organization needs to have sound business practices if it hopes to reach its goals. And while the Catholic Church may not be your average business, good management of people, programs, and resources is essential for achieving its mission of spreading the gospel.
 

Better Know A Parish: Church of the Assumption, Fairport, NY

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Parish name: Church of the Assumption

Location: Fairport, NY

Date founded: 1860

Diocese: Rochester, NY

Pastor: Father Ed Palumbos

Parishioners: 2,600 families

Website: http://cota.church/


New Orleans’ long road to rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina

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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

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Parish Name: The Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul

Location: Hoboken, New Jersey

Founded: 1889

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Pastor: Msgr. Robert Meyer

Number of Parishioners: More than 1,000 families

Parish websitewww.spphoboken.com


Better Know A Parish: The Catholic Community of St. Odilia, Shoreview, Minnesota

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Parish Name: The Catholic Community of St. Odilia

Location: Shoreview, Minnesota

Founded: 1960

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

Pastor: Father Phillip Rask

Number of Parishioners: 11,602 individuals in 3,150 registered households

Parish websitewww.stodilia.org


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).


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