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

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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!


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!


That all may be one

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Article Hispanic Catholics Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Creating a truly multicultural church takes change from both the dominant group and minority groups, Sister María Elena González, R.S.M. shared with U.S. Catholic in interview for its July 2000 special issue on multiculturalism.

When worlds collide: Culture clashes in the parish

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Article Hispanic Catholics
With Mexican, American, and Mexican American cultures mixing at parishes, Gary Riebe-Estrella recommends a good dose of patience and understanding. 

When Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D. was a new priest, he had one heck of a time hearing Confessions from Mexicans and Mexican Americans in East Los Angeles. He was taught in the seminary that he could not give absolution until he had learned exactly what penitents had done and exactly how many times they had done it: This was called the "matter" of the sacrament.


How to turn a lukewarm parish into a hotbed of social justice

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Article Parish Life Social Justice
In a 1990s article from Salt of the Earth, Jack Jezreel wrote about the surprising success of JustFaith, the parish-based program on social justice, at its beginning.

In 1988, I decided to give parish work one more try. I reluctantly accepted a position as minister of social responsibility with Church of the Epiphany in Louisville, Kentucky, a position that focused on what today we call "parish social ministry."


What makes a parish great?

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Article Parish Life
On the whole, U.S. Catholic readers sing praises for their parishes.

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