US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Seven habits of highly effective mass goers

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Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who won't respond? Or tried to dance with someone who won't move? What would happen if the outfielders just stood there and stared as the ball was hit deep into center?


Confession: A shadow of its former self?

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 When Bonnie Lavric was growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the mid-1960's, her mother, father, and four siblings dutifully piled into their VW Beetle every Saturday for an afternoon drive. The destination? Weekly individual Confessions at their local parish.
  

Let's put the Eucharist to work

By Robert J. McClory | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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With a name like "Communion," it seems obvious that Eucharist shouldn't be a private experience. Robert J. McClory takes a look at parishes living out Jesus' command to "do this in memory of me."

The other Latin Mass

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Charismatic liturgies, with their lively music, mysticism, and strong community, offer the best of both worlds to Hispanic Catholics looking for a little more oomph in the Mass.

 


Guided tours: Four routes to the ultimate destination

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For the ultimate getaway why not create a customized travel itinerary designed with your spiritual needs in mind? Choose from Ignatian, Benedictine, Carmelite, or Franciscan guides.

 

Like many parents of young children, Ivan Uberti likes to begin his family's supper by saying grace. But in addition to saying a traditional mealtime prayer, Uberti's family takes time for another, less common spiritual practice he learned at his local Jesuit parish.


Come one come all

By Annemarie Scobey and Lisa Calderone-Stewart | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."

While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.


Closing arguments

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Though they agree that sometimes a parish must be closed, U.S. Catholic readers have plenty of suggestions on how the process might be improved.

Under new management

By Father Darren M. Henson and Patrick T. Reardon | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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A new pastor's offers suggestions for those preparing the parish welcome wagon.

"You must  be Father Darren. You're our new pastor!" Those were the first words uttered by a couple I had never seen in my life. They excitedly approached me with smiles, wide bug eyes, and extended hands.


Who's the Boss

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Authority seems to get a bad rap in the Catholic church. For many it comes with a negative connotation of oppression or suppression. Why is that?

There are examples of abusive authority in the history of the church that have contributed to that. But in fact, if you look at how our ancient tradition understands authority, it's not that simple. We need to place it in a larger context.


Let's watch our language about gays and lesbians

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Official statements calling gays and lesbians "disordered" and "violent" do little to make them feel welcomed and respected in the church. A pastor argues that it's time to stop the name-calling and start treating gays and lesbians as brothers and sisters in Christ.

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