Deacons' wives' tales

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Dung Tran remembers attending the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress several years ago and being struck by a particular scene.

"The deacons would go into the sacristy and vest with the priests, but they would come out holding hands with their wives," he says. "There's obviously a big difference there between priests and deacons."


Deacons' wives' tales

By Anna Weaver| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology Women
Dung Tran remembers attending the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress several years ago and being struck by a particular scene.

"The deacons would go into the sacristy and vest with the priests, but they would come out holding hands with their wives," he says. "There's obviously a big difference there between priests and deacons."


The church's "married clergy": 40 years of Deacons

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Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
The modern deacon has been around for 40 years—and some are still finding their place in the parish.

Beverly Hills, California deacon and author Eric Stoltz often finds himself uttering the phrase, "Please don't call me Father."

Besides that gentle correction to well-meaning parishioners, Stoltz also uses the first five minutes of new baptism classes he leads to explain to his captive audience what a permanent deacon like himself does.


The church's "married clergy": 40 years of Deacons

By Anna Weaver| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
The modern deacon has been around for 40 years—and some are still finding their place in the parish.

Beverly Hills, California deacon and author Eric Stoltz often finds himself uttering the phrase, "Please don't call me Father."

Besides that gentle correction to well-meaning parishioners, Stoltz also uses the first five minutes of new baptism classes he leads to explain to his captive audience what a permanent deacon like himself does.


The need for closure: What happens when a parish shuts its doors

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Article Parish Life
Parishes should have an exit strategy before shutting their doors.

The day after their farewell Mass, parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church were locked out. Archdiocesan officials had changed the locks days ahead of schedule.

So they walked around the building in Scituate, Massachusetts, desperately pulling on door handles. And then, one of the doors opened. Ever since, parishioners have kept vigil, staying in the church 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in protest of the closure. That was six years ago.


Merging parishes with a minimum of misery

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Article Parish Life

(This story accompanies The need for closure: What happens when a parish closes its doors.)

Whatever church leaders do, parishioners aren't going to be happy about a closure or merger. But leaders can ease the change by paying attention to a community's emotional needs and by involving parishioners in the process.


The need for closure: What happens when a parish shuts its doors

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Parishes should have an exit strategy before shutting their doors.

The day after their farewell Mass, parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church were locked out. Archdiocesan officials had changed the locks days ahead of schedule.

So they walked around the building in Scituate, Massachusetts, desperately pulling on door handles. And then, one of the doors opened. Ever since, parishioners have kept vigil, staying in the church 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in protest of the closure. That was six years ago.


Merging parishes with a minimum of misery

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life

(This story accompanies The need for closure: What happens when a parish closes its doors.)

Whatever church leaders do, parishioners aren't going to be happy about a closure or merger. But leaders can ease the change by paying attention to a community's emotional needs and by involving parishioners in the process.


Will the center hold?

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Article Parish Life Women
The church as we know it won’t last if its broad middle begins to shrink.

Pop culture journalists had the brass ring of celebrity stories dropped on them in August when author Anne Rice, grande dame of the current vampire entertainment empire, announced that, 10 years after her return to the Roman Catholic faith of her childhood, she was leaving once again.


Changes coming to a parish near you

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What will be different about the Mass come Advent 2011?

The recently approved English translation has a number of features that Mass-goers will surely notice. Here's a preview of the 10 most obvious changes coming to a parish near you. As Catholics around the country prepare, we'll offer more resources with analysis in the coming year. Learn about how we got to where we are by reading our special section on the liturgy.

(Changes indicated with strikethroughs and bold additions.)


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