Better Know A Parish: Corpus Christi University Parish, Toledo, Ohio
Parish Name: Corpus Christi University Parish
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Pastor: Msgr. Michael Billian
Number of Parishioners: We are a university parish, so our parish census is always changing. We average around 1,000 people at Masses on weekends.
Parish website: www.ccup.org
The next generation of lay ministers
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
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
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
Parish Name: St. Thomas the Apostle
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Pastor: Fr. Elias O'Brien, O.Carm.
Number of Parishioners: 500 or so
Parish website: www.stapostleparish.org
Better Know A Parish: Our Mother of Sorrows, Greece, New York
Parish Name: Our Mother of Sorrows
Location: Greece, New York
Diocese: Rochester, New York
Pastor: Fr. Paul Tomasso
Number of Parishioners: 1,400 households
Parish website: http://motherofsorrows.net
Better Know A Parish: St. Andrew the Apostle, Moore, Oklahoma
Parish Name: St. Andrew the Apostle
Location: Moore, Oklahoma
Diocese: Oklahoma City
Pastor: Fr. Jack Feehily
Number of Parishioners: 1,200 people at our weekend Masses
Parish website: www.standrewmoore.com
Do we need to recruit more Hispanic deacons?
According to Deacon William T. Ditewig, deacons are called to do their work outside the walls of the church, “connecting the dots” between a parish and a community. Because a growing number of Catholics are Hispanic, does there need to be a corresponding representation of Hispanic deacons? Here’s what Ditewig has to say.
A call of their own: The role of deacons in the church
Deacons are not meant to be mini-priests, or super-laypeople. But the church as we know it wouldn’t be the same without them.
Even after nearly 50 years, the permanent diaconate still confuses some people. If deacons aren’t priests, are they laypeople? No—they are ordained. Some deacons say that priests have told them that theirs is not a “real” vocation. Wrong again. Deacons are called to embody the image of Christ the servant; they represent the church in the community, and at Sunday Mass they bring the needs of the community to the attention of the church.
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