In good company: Young adults search for community

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Article Parish Life Young Adults
If you're looking for a faith community, you're not alone.

The day after graduating from Marquette University, Michelle Scaperlanda packed her vitals into a Toyota Highlander--laundry detergent, Macbook, Nike running shoes--popped the sun roof and embarked on a 500-mile trek from Milwaukee to Omaha.


It makes a difference whether you're Catholic

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
In the May 1979 Sounding Board that inspired the 75th anniversary essay of the same title by Angela C. Batie, James Breig explains why it matters if you're Catholic.

An acquaintance recently returned to the church after more than 10 years of apostasy. One motivation for coming back was the religious education of her son, who was nearing the age for First Communion. His growth had spurred her to reconsider her religious views.


It makes a difference whether you're Catholic

By Angela C. Batie| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology Spirituality Young Adults
Not even the deepest frustrations and disappointments can undo the sense that belonging to the Catholic Church makes a difference—for ourselves and for others. 

Issues that matter: U.S. Catholic through the years

By Father Raymond A. Schroth, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life

In 1961 Robert E. Burns, the executive editor of the Voice of St. Jude, told a group of editors at the Catholic Press Association Convention in Vancouver that "the Catholic press has suffered too long at the hands of well-meaning but untrained and unskilled practitioners."

He called for attractive layout, meeting the readers' needs, and "teaser titles" to pull the reader in.


The great awakening: How lay people have shaken up the church

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Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
The Second Vatican Council unleashed a wave of lay participation in the church—and there’s no turning back.

Joan Higgins remembers when things began to change at her San Francisco parish. "It was 1968," she says. "We had a new young pastor who was very forward-looking. He turned around the altar, moved the tabernacle to one side, and instituted a moment of collective silence for reflection after communion." The young priest also introduced another innovation: a parish council.


Is it OK to clap at Mass?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

There is no simple answer to whether applause is appropriate in the liturgy. It really depends on who the Catholics are and why they might be clapping!


You can go home again: Resources for returning Catholics

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

awakening faithAwakening Faith
awakeningfaith.org

 

In this small-group program, inactive Catholics meet for six sessions and discuss essays on topics such as spirituality, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God's mercy, the Mass, and the church. The meetings also consist of prayer, reflection, and faith-sharing.

 


Hispanic Catholics: They don't fit into the melting pot

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life
Father Virgilio Elizondo gives an introduction to Hispanic culture in a 1981 interview with U.S. Catholic about Hispanic Catholics.

The Statue of Liberty invites all the tired, the poor, and the wretched of the world to enter through the "golden door" and enjoy life in the land of the free. But what happens when a group of immigrants comes in and doesn't want to blend in? Should the country force these people to Americanize or should "American" be broadened to include the Hispanic culture?


Tolerance isn't good enough for the Body of Christ

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life
Parishes and dioceses often miss the mark when it comes to multiculturalism, argues Carmen Aguinaco. 

"We don't have anything in Spanish or geared to the Hispanic community here. We simply don't have any Hispanics," my pastor told me. "Are the Rodriguezes, the Lopezes, and the Garcias that I know in this neighborhood Polish?" I asked.

"No; but they have been here for so long, they'd rather attend the regular Mass."


Don't be indifferent to difference

By Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life
Living with other cultures takes practice, Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D. wrote in U.S. Catholic's July 2000 special issue on multiculturalism.

Last Sunday's bulletin had announced a parish meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday. So, at about 6:40 a number of cars began to arrive in the parish parking lot. Slowly folks began to take their places in the parish hall. A few more straggled in at about five minutes to 7. By 7 o'clock there was a healthy turnout of parishioners, except for one thing-almost everyone in the hall was white!


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