US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Parishes with Pull

By Paul Wilkes| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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There are certainly many new approaches to spirituality and belief these days, but the parish remains the place most Catholics go to for sustenance. In fact, two thirds of all American Catholics are registered parishioners. While a varied lot, to be sure, they all are looking for-albeit in many different ways-a transcendent connection to God and guidance for their life's journey, a place where they will be at once nurtured and prodded. Catholics today seek not just to be on the rolls of an institution to fulfill their religious obligations; they want a spiritual home.

 


The rite way to welcome new Catholics

By Tim Unsworth| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is conceptually akin to the building of a church. Further, it reminds one of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

Fueled largely by the personal experiences of faith of all involved, it multiplies graces and fills baskets with the leftovers of the experience of what it really means to be Catholic.


Let’s tailor the seamless garment

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We have stretched out the consistent ethic of life on both sides of the political debate, an activist argues. Trimming out all but the key issues would set our priorities straight.

 

We were a hopeful band of prolife peaceniks, venturing out one summer day in 1979 to dialogue with other folks on the left. They were demonstrating in Cincinnati against a National Right to Life Convention. We passed leaflets out to them and carried picket signs with messages such as "Anti-War=Prolife/Be Consistent!"


Make it personal

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Millions have headed for the exits without getting the best of what we have to offer.

Come one come all

By Annemarie Scobey and Lisa Calderone-Stewart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."

While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.


Closing arguments

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Though they agree that sometimes a parish must be closed, U.S. Catholic readers have plenty of suggestions on how the process might be improved.

Under new management

By Father Darren M. Henson and Patrick T. Reardon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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A new pastor's offers suggestions for those preparing the parish welcome wagon.

"You must  be Father Darren. You're our new pastor!" Those were the first words uttered by a couple I had never seen in my life. They excitedly approached me with smiles, wide bug eyes, and extended hands.


Who's the Boss

By Richard R. Gaillardetz| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Authority seems to get a bad rap in the Catholic church. For many it comes with a negative connotation of oppression or suppression. Why is that?

There are examples of abusive authority in the history of the church that have contributed to that. But in fact, if you look at how our ancient tradition understands authority, it's not that simple. We need to place it in a larger context.


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