Better Know A Parish: St. Thomas Aquinas, Ruston, Louisiana

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Parish Name: St. Thomas Aquinas

Location: Ruston, Louisiana

Founded: 1941

Diocese: Shreveport

Pastor: Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.

Number of Parishioners: 320 households

Parish website: www.rustoncatholic.com


Ramp it up: How parishes can increase accessibility

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Despite a few stellar examples, many parishes have a long way to go to make sure all people can literally get in the door.

How disabilities can promote a true culture of life

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By getting to know people with disabilities, we can learn to value all as part of the human family.

In a June 11 audio message to the Italian Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Pope Francis encouraged the association to “spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities, not just asking for the proper social services but also encouraging their active participation in society.”


Real presence: What Catholics with developmental disabilities bring to the table

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Catholic churches strive to welcome those with developmental disabilities through special ministries and a change in attitude.

Better Know A Parish: All Saints Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Parish Name: All Saints Catholic Church

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded: 1994

Diocese: Milwaukee

Pastor: Father Carl Diederichs

Number of Parishioners: 600 families

Parish websiteallsaintsmilwaukee.org


What happens when a closed parish reopens its doors?

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A determined group of Catholics scored a major victory when the closing of their parishes was overturned. But getting their churches reopened was only half the battle.

Better Know A Parish: Saint Catherine Laboure Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Parish Name: Saint Catherine Laboure Church

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Founded: 1948

Diocese: Harrisburg

Pastor: Rev. Neil Sullivan

Number of Parishioners: 6,636

Parish websitewww.sclhbg.org


What's the difference between closing a parish and closing a church?

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Different rules govern a bishop’s right to eliminate parishes and churches in a diocese—and determine parishioners’ chances of a successful appeal.

When we talk about churches and parishes on a day-to-day basis, we often use the terms interchangeably. But there is a big difference—especially when it comes to a bishop’s decision to close one under canon law.


Bridging the generational divide on parish staffs

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Striking a balance between the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth can make for a vibrant church.

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Help wanted: Parishes offer assistance to the unemployed

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Stuck in the job hunt with seemingly few prospects? Maybe your parish can offer some advice.

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