Can the church get in step with stepfamilies?

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

Bette Hausman and Don Storck are in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together. If only it were as easy as scheduling the priest and ordering the cake for the Happily Ever After to begin. Storck prefers to complete his conversion to Catholicism first. The Pennsylvania couple must also wait for Storck's annulment to finalize. While they care for spiritual matters, Hausman's children make room for Storck inside their home.


Has the church been in the family's way?

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Article Marriage and Family

The development of Christian family values is a central aspect of Christianity's ongoing self-interpretation in the 20th century. That development is linked to the growth of lay ministries, to the continuing reconciliation between the long-opposed body and the soul, and to the Vatican II shift toward seeing the church as being in service to the world (rather than the reverse). All of these changes are simultaneous, gradual, and interrelated.


Is your parish a good friend of the family?

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

When I wrote a column several years ago about our church's silence on wife and child abuse, I was stunned at the number of letters I received from ordinary faithful Catholics living in abusive families. One short letter summed up the many:

"My husband abuses us physically and verbally all week long, but is considered a pillar of the parish because he ushers, counts money, and receives Communion every Sunday. We've heard dozens of sermons on volunteering in the parish but not one on abuse as a sin. Does the church ever think of what the family's like outside the pew?"


Is your parish a good friend of the family?

U.S. Catholic| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

When I wrote a column several years ago about our church's silence on wife and child abuse, I was stunned at the number of letters I received from ordinary faithful Catholics living in abusive families. One short letter summed up the many:

"My husband abuses us physically and verbally all week long, but is considered a pillar of the parish because he ushers, counts money, and receives Communion every Sunday. We've heard dozens of sermons on volunteering in the parish but not one on abuse as a sin. Does the church ever think of what the family's like outside the pew?"


Out of Africa -- The Editors Interview Father James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp.

By Father James ChukwumaOkoye| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology Spirituality

We hear that the church is growing fast in Africa. What's behind that growth?

In parts of Africa it is not growing. But where it is, I think we have to consider the grace of God. Because God's grace is mediated through culture, many also think it is because traditional African religion is close to Catholicism. The traditional religion is sacramental, with sacred words, places, and events.


What do you get out of Mass?

By Mary Lynn Hendrickson| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

No doubt U.S. Catholic Reader C. Wall of Woodstock, Illinois speaks for many when she succinctly sums up what does and doesn't make for a good experience of the Mass. Good: "My family by my side, great homily, with a community I know." And the clinkers? "Poor, long, aimless homilies. Music I can't sing along with."


How to help parishioners with the baby blues

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

Mother's day is hard. Baptisms are really hard. Christmas, with all its talk of the birth of baby Jesus, isn't exactly a happy occasion either. Church should be a source of consolation during trying times, but for couples suffering from infertility, it's often an alienating, difficult place. And, although one in six couples now has difficulty conceiving or has experienced miscarriage, few parishes offer any services or even acknowledge the pain of infertility.


What I learned from Father Dan

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Article Sex and Sexuality
Many gay priests have served and continue to serve our church well. Let's not make them scapegoats for the sins of others.

 

IN OUR CHURCH AND IN THE MEDIA THERE HAS BEEN MUCH TALK about the recently released Vatican instruction on vocation discernment and gay seminarians. As a middle-aged, married woman and the mother of two teenage children who has worked for most of her professional life in ministry, why should I care to add to that debate? Shouldn't I just leave the commenting to a gay priest or seminarian?


For crying out loud, let's keep kids from disrupting Mass

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

It happened again last Sunday, as it has happened other Sundays. A young couple arrives-usually late-with an infant and toddler in tow. After making a commotion in the back of the church, taking off coats, extracting the toddler from his buggy, and assembling an array of child-care accessories, they walk to a seat in front of the church-almost as in solemn procession-during one of the readings, thereby becoming the center of attention. For the duration of the Mass, the baby fusses, and the older child, unattended, runs back and forth up and down the aisle.


For crying out loud, let's keep kids from disrupting Mass

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Parish Life

It happened again last Sunday, as it has happened other Sundays. A young couple arrives-usually late-with an infant and toddler in tow. After making a commotion in the back of the church, taking off coats, extracting the toddler from his buggy, and assembling an array of child-care accessories, they walk to a seat in front of the church-almost as in solemn procession-during one of the readings, thereby becoming the center of attention. For the duration of the Mass, the baby fusses, and the older child, unattended, runs back and forth up and down the aisle.


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