Non-parishable goods: The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet

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The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet.

Thirteen in Miami, 52 in Cleveland, 33 in Albany, New York. No, these aren't Chrysler dealerships or Starbucks franchises closing due to the recession but parishes that will be shuttered this year in three dioceses. The diocesan announcements do, however, share something in common with their corporate counterparts: The news comes with the just about the same amount of pastoral care and sensitivity-little if any.


Death comes for the book club

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With so many "Catholic" writers to choose from, your parish book list might require some heavy lifting.

Death comes for the book club

By Brian Doyle| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
With so many "Catholic" writers to choose from, your parish book list might require some heavy lifting.

Final Exam: Can we reinvent Catholic schools?

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Article Young Adults
Can we reinvent Catholic schools?

Mixed messages: Liturgy across Christian churches

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The new Catholic translations of the Mass pose a stumbling block to ecumenical relations, says a Lutheran liturgy scholar.

Incoming Missal

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Get ready for changes to your Sunday Mass.

Incoming Missal

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Get ready for changes to your Sunday Mass.

Two rites make a wrong

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
We are one church and we need just one Mass, this Catholic argues-even if that one Mass is celebrated in any number of languages.

Watch your steps

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Mass could use the hard dose of reality offered by those recovering from addiction. 

I go to church every Sunday with a bunch of addicts.

Well, technically, I've been going to church alongside the addicts. For the past 10 years a Narcotics Anonymous group has been meeting in the church basement during our Sunday evening liturgy. They're also not really "addicts" but in recovery-though the unflinching honesty of their gathering leads me to believe that they wouldn't shy away from such a politically incorrect term.


Watch your steps

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Mass could use the hard dose of reality offered by those recovering from addiction.

I go to church every Sunday with a bunch of addicts.

Well, technically, I’ve been going to church alongside the addicts. For the past 10 years a Narcotics Anonymous group has been meeting in the church basement during our Sunday evening liturgy. They’re also not really “addicts” but in recovery—though the unflinching honesty of their gathering leads me to believe that they wouldn’t shy away from such a politically incorrect term.


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