Where 20, 000 or 30,000 are gathered: Life in a Catholic megaparish

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Article Parish Life
Challenges and rewards abound in super-sized parishes.

Flip, flip, flip, flip!

Some 25 years later Maureen Regele laughs and says she’ll always remember the sound of 200 theater seats popping up and down during Mass. Back then her parish, St. Matthew in Charlotte, North Carolina, held weekly worship services in a small, dimly lit movie theater, which is all that was needed to serve the small group of Catholics living in the area at the time.


Where 20, 000 or 30,000 are gathered: Life in a Catholic megaparish

By Jeff Parrott| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Challenges and rewards abound in super-sized parishes.

Flip, flip, flip, flip!

Some 25 years later Maureen Regele laughs and says she’ll always remember the sound of 200 theater seats popping up and down during Mass. Back then her parish, St. Matthew in Charlotte, North Carolina, held weekly worship services in a small, dimly lit movie theater, which is all that was needed to serve the small group of Catholics living in the area at the time.


Pride and prejudice: The uneasy relationship between gays and lesbians and their church

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Article Parish Life Sex and Sexuality
As church leaders turn up the volume on same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Catholics find themselves wondering just where they stand in their church.

On a clear, windy Sunday in March 2010, Father William Breslin told his parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder, Colorado why the parish school would not re-enroll a child of same-sex parents for the coming school year.


Pride and prejudice: The uneasy relationship between gays and lesbians and their church

By Kristen Hannum| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Sex and Sexuality
As church leaders turn up the volume on same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Catholics find themselves wondering just where they stand in their church.

On a clear, windy Sunday in March 2010, Father William Breslin told his parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder, Colorado why the parish school would not re-enroll a child of same-sex parents for the coming school year.


The mamas and the papas: What it's like for Catholic parents of GLBT children

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Article Sex and Sexuality
Parents have much to say about the church and their children.

The young priest preached on the sanctity of life at a Denver hospice. Afterward an older couple asked him if their son, who had died of AIDS, would be in hell forever. The priest said he couldn’t answer that.

More than 20 years later Shawn Reynolds still remembers the anguish on the couple’s faces. “He didn’t say anything about Christ’s love,” Reynolds says.


Off the corporate ladder: Working for the church

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Article Parish Life Spirituality
Some professionals are quitting their day jobs and stepping up to a new spiritual calling.

if someone had told Barbara Evans a decade ago that she’d be working as the director of religious education for a parish in New Jersey, responsible for the faith formation of children and teenagers, she’d have told them they were crazy.


Off the corporate ladder: Working for the church

By Leslie Scanlon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Spirituality
Some professionals are quitting their day jobs and stepping up to a new spiritual calling.

if someone had told Barbara Evans a decade ago that she’d be working as the director of religious education for a parish in New Jersey, responsible for the faith formation of children and teenagers, she’d have told them they were crazy.


Degrees of service: More on lay ministry programs

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Article Parish Life
What types of lay ministry formation programs are available?

The answer varies—from shorter-term diocesan programs that might involve a class taken at night or on Saturdays for a month or two to formal university graduate school programs lasting several years.


Not in it for the money: Why some Catholics jump off the corporate ladder and into church ministry

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Article Parish Life
Those who enter lay ecclesial formation programs do so for a variety of reasons, but not usually because they expect to find a job with a whopping paycheck at the end.

“Financially – if it were a pure financial decision, it would not make a lot of sense” to go to graduate school for such work, said Marti Jewell, an assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas, who has studied the development of lay formation programs.


Degrees of service: More on lay ministry programs

By Leslie Scanlon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
What types of lay ministry formation programs are available?

The answer varies—from shorter-term diocesan programs that might involve a class taken at night or on Saturdays for a month or two to formal university graduate school programs lasting several years.


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