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The passion of priesthood: Why priests need to demonstrate joy

By Father William J. O’Malley, S.J. | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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For better or worse, people’s experience of the Catholic Church often hinges on the attitudes of their local priest.

In our pampered society, Christianity is not an easy sell. Try offering today’s Christians honor, responsibility, generosity, forgiveness. Try offering forgiveness to kids who've been told, even in Catholic schools, guilt trips are bad for you. Try offering resurrection as a value to people who don't believe they will ever die.


Five habits of highly effective parishes

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How do bustling parishes stir up so much activity and enthusiasm? Experts share a few key ingredients that have proven to be a recipe for success.

It’s a good man, or rather a good deacon, who sees remodeling a parish bathroom as a great opportunity to attract new parishioners. But then Deacon Jesus Espinoza sees most everything as a chance to welcome newcomers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha, a suburb of Portland, Oregon.


Better Know A Parish: Cross in the Woods, Indian River, Michigan

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Parish Name: Cross in the Woods

Location: Indian River, Michigan

Founded: 1948

Diocese: Gaylord

Pastor: Father Michael Haney, O.F.M.

Number of Parishioners: 877 persons

Parish websitewww.crossinthewoods.com


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


Say bon voyage to destination weddings

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Save the beach for the honeymoon. Instead, get married at your local parish.

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.

I don’t understand why they just can’t get married here!” lamented the grandmother who was being force-marched 2,800 miles to Mexico for her grandson’s wedding. “We spent $2,000 on the trip, if you can believe that,” said a friend who returned with her husband from a family wedding in Hawaii.


Finding leadership roles for women in the church

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Who says that all the top positions in the church need to go to priests and bishops?

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