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The next generation of lay ministers

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As the first wave of lay parish staff members begins to retire, a fresh crop of young people are bringing new energy and new ideas to parishes across the country.

Not every teenager knows what they want to do for a living, and fewer still dream of a career in church ministry. But after getting involved in her parish’s youth ministry program during her teenage years, Emily Anderson knew that this was what she wanted to do with her life.


Keep cry rooms around, and save parents' sanity

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Everyone can use a good cry now and then, especially children in church. Let’s make sure they have a place to let it out.

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.

On a scale of one to 10, my kid goes to 11. At age 4, he’s high energy, high intelligence, and often highly challenging. I love everything about my little wild man until Sunday morning comes and we’re at Mass and everyone’s staring at me like I brought an ape into the room.


Bringing the energy from World Youth Day home

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Millions of young Catholics are engaged and energized by World Youth Day. So why can’t they get excited about their own local church?

I traveled 5,375 miles to clap. It’s not as simple as it sounds. Clapping is more than just a routine motion—it needs purpose. We clap when we’re excited or proud. We clap to show appreciation or to join a communal rhythm. Purpose is what I found myself needing as I boarded a plane to Brazil for World Youth Day last summer. I needed the Catholic Church to give me reasons to clap.


Better Know A Parish: St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago, Illinois

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Parish Name: St. Thomas the Apostle

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Founded: 1869

Diocese: Chicago

Pastor: Fr. Elias O'Brien, O.Carm.

Number of Parishioners: 500 or so

Parish websitewww.stapostleparish.org


Better Know A Parish: Our Mother of Sorrows, Greece, New York

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Parish Name: Our Mother of Sorrows

Location: Greece, New York

Founded: 1829

Diocese: Rochester, New York

Pastor: Fr. Paul Tomasso

Number of Parishioners: 1,400 households

Parish websitehttp://motherofsorrows.net


Better Know A Parish: St. Andrew the Apostle, Moore, Oklahoma

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Parish Name: St. Andrew the Apostle

Location: Moore, Oklahoma

Founded: 1962

Diocese: Oklahoma City

Pastor: Fr. Jack Feehily

Number of Parishioners: 1,200 people at our weekend Masses

Parish websitewww.standrewmoore.com


Better Know A Parish: Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson, Arizona

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Parish Name: Our Mother of Sorrows

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Founded: 1958

Diocese: Tucson

Pastor: Msgr. Thomas P. Cahalane

Number of Parishioners: 8,410

Parish websitewww.omosparish.org


Better Know A Parish: Church of Saint Katharine Drexel, Ramsey, Minnesota

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Parish Name: Church of Saint Katharine Drexel

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Founded: 2004

Diocese: St. Paul and Minneapolis

Pastor: Rev. Paul Jaroszeski

Number of Parishioners: 350 households, around 1,050 people

Parish websitewww.stkdcc.org


Special Section: Best practices for parishes

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When businesses wish to stave off a surging competitor or enliven a tired staff, they consult their industry’s “best practices” to improve their own workplace and to better meet the needs of their customers. And if best practices can help make secular organizations more efficient and effective, it stands to reason that they might come in handy for Catholic parishes, too.


Best practices for multicultural communities

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Great parishes shared by several ethnicities discover ways to give each group what it needs while also forging unity.

The medium-sized Midwestern parish shared by communities of Mexican immigrants and non-Hispanic whites had two Easter Vigil Masses, one in English and another in Spanish. During the liturgy of the word at the second service, a man made his way up to the priests and quietly spoke to one of them.


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