What happens when a closed parish reopens its doors?
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
Parish Name: Saint Catherine Laboure Church
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pastor: Rev. Neil Sullivan
Number of Parishioners: 6,636
Parish website: www.sclhbg.org
What's the difference between closing a parish and closing a church?
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
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
Stuck in the job hunt with seemingly few prospects? Maybe your parish can offer some advice.
Tips for networking in your parish
Finding a job can be hard work. Try these five steps for using your church in your employment search.
Many experts agree that the most important aspect of finding a job is being able to network. And for Catholics, what better place to connect with individuals in a wide variety of careers than at their parish?
Here are five ways to make the most of your potential parish connections during the job hunt:
How to stage an intervention with an alcoholic
A good intervention is …
…planned. “The alcoholic can do a pretty good job of saying how wrong you are and who served him too many drinks,” says Father William Stenzel, a Chicago pastor and guest lecturer and spiritual director at Guest House treatment center for clergy and religious. “The best ones are organized interventions where he’s always free to choose.”
…clear. “If you choose not to get help, you’ve chosen to not work here.”
Identifying alcoholism in the workplace
Even if you don’t work in a parish, you might find yourself affected at work by your manager’s alcoholism or addiction. Just as family members are affected by a loved one’s addiction, so too are work colleagues.
Many of us spend more time each day with people at work than with family members. We might even say that our colleagues are “like family.” When our employment dynamics mimic family dynamics, there’s a good chance that we will also develop similar behavioral characteristics.
When Father has a drinking problem
A priest’s alcoholism becomes the parish’s affliction, too.
Every week or so, Father Ray toted a suitcase past the rectory offices. “Dry cleaning,” he’d say.
“Liquor bottles,” feared both the pastor and Mary Catherine Meek, who worked in the suburban Chicago parish. People caught whiffs of alcohol on Father Ray (not his real name) at Mass. He had undergone treatment for alcoholism before this assignment.
Confronted by the pastor, Father Ray denied relapsing. The pastor expressed his concerns to the diocese.
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