To change or not to change: Responding to the new Mass

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
American Catholics who still strongly dislike the new liturgical texts once they are implemented this Advent season will have three options:

1. Stop going to church.

2. Keep attending but stop participating fully in Mass.

3. Attend, participate, and learn to live with them.


Sing a new song: New music for the new Mass

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Anyone who’s seen The King’s Speech, about King George VI and his speech therapist, knows people don’t stutter when they sing. So will singing similarly help Mass-goers with the words of the new missal translation?

Composer Steven Warner says yes. Singing will keep people from slipping back into the familiar words of the old translation. He sings a demonstration of the new “The Lord be with you” and its response, “And with your spirit.”


Upon this empty lot: Building a church

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Article Art and Architecture
Parishes building new churches struggle to find the right marriage of bricks and mortar to house the body of Christ.

On the last Sunday of every month, Father John Jamnicky gets on a scale. Within moments his weight loss is posted on a big chart in the fellowship room of his church. “At 65, I have probably lost and gained more weight than the whole parish combined!” says Jamnicky, laughing.


New homes for old church treasures

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Article Art and Architecture Parish Life
When building a new church, parishes can look to former churches for resources.

It's easy being green when building a church

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Article Art and Architecture Environment
It's not as difficult—or expensive—as you might think to build a green parish.

Church design is evolving as people reawaken to the ancient wisdom that the environment is a series of exquisite interconnections. Forward-looking congregations are building and renovating in ways that reflect the belief that God resides in the world and all creation resides within God.


New homes for old church treasures

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Article Art and Architecture Parish Life
When building a new church, parishes can look to former churches for resources.

Pastoral juvenil in action: When young Latinos take the lead

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Article Hispanic Catholics Young Adults
When young Latinos take the lead, church is anything but boring.

The venue for the live music concert is just across the river from downtown Los Angeles, but it is far from glamorous. Organized by a new youth and young adult ministry group, the Saturday afternoon event is scheduled in a dimly lit cafeteria of Dolores Mission Catholic Church in the gritty immigrant neighborhood of Boyle Heights.


When I was a stranger

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Article Parish Life

Editors' note: 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.

. . . you sent me a box of envelopes. Surely we need to warm up the welcome at our parishes, lest we become St. Mary of the Cold Shoulder.

One place we can and should be reminded of what true hospitality is—and given a chance to practice it—is in our parish.

I learned this lesson the hard way when my husband and I moved with our young family to a new town several years back.


When I was a stranger

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life

Editors' note: 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.

. . . you sent me a box of envelopes. Surely we need to warm up the welcome at our parishes, lest we become St. Mary of the Cold Shoulder.

One place we can and should be reminded of what true hospitality is—and given a chance to practice it—is in our parish.

I learned this lesson the hard way when my husband and I moved with our young family to a new town several years back.


Many cultures, one faith

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life Scripture and Theology
In his interview with the editors, Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas weighs in on cultural issues in the parish. See our full interview with him, It takes a parish.

What's the key to promoting a Catholicism that isn't Eurocentric?


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