US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How to time travel at Mass

Christ is beyond time, and the Mass has much in common with a time travel adventure.

By Jessica Mesman Griffith |
Article Culture

My church welcomed new parishioners last week, and as we sat around a conference table eating strawberries and celery sticks, our priest passed around the liturgical calendar, explaining that here, time works differently. 


How are the Sunday readings chosen?

After the 16th-century Council of Trent, all the readings and prayers for Mass had been collected in a single book called the Roman Missal.

By David Philippart |
Article Your Faith

Scripture is proclaimed on Sunday according to a schedule of passages called a lectionary. For Roman Catholics it is the Lectionary for Mass and for many other Western churches, the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). 


Is your parish creating new Catholics?

Maybe it's time to rethink RCIA.

By Diana Macalintal |
Article Your Faith

When Rocio showed up at our parish, she knew nothing about the Catholic Church. All she knew was that her life was filled with darkness and she hungered for something more. It was January, and our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sessions had begun months before. So our catechetical team asked Rocio to come to Mass each Sunday and hang out with the community. We hoped this would keep her interested until she could join the next RCIA in the fall and we could teach her about becoming a Catholic.


How your parish can help those suffering from depression

A pastoral response to depression requires more than just listening.

By Jessie Bazan |
Article Your Faith

During Holy Week 2016, an obituary written by a woman in Duluth, Minnesota caught national media attention. Eleni Pinnow wrote the obituary for her young adult sister Aletha. She began, “Aletha Meyer Pinnow, 31, of Duluth (formerly of Oswego and Chicago, Illinois) died from depression and suicide on February 20, 2016.” 


What’s the problem with women deacons?

Nothing, says this scholar of women’s ordination in the early church.

By Phyllis Zagano |
Article Your Faith
At least 25 years ago the late Archbishop of New York Cardinal John O’Connor told me there were secret discussions in Rome about restoring women to the ordained diaconate. The problem, he said, was that they could not figure out how to ordain women as deacons and not as priests. 

The confusion remains. One priest, a convert to Catholicism, wrote me recently:  “It seems somewhat disingenuous for an expert in women’s ordination to the diaconate to then insist that there is no connection with women priests.”


Should Catholics have to pay for church weddings?

Get married in the church—if you can afford it.

By Father Greg Kenny, C.M.F. |
Article Your Faith

The moment was 79 years ago, but it is as fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday: I was a first grader in Catholic school and, as such, was expected to attend the 9 a.m. Sunday children’s Mass. But I overslept, so my dad rushed me over to attend the adult Mass in the lower church at 9:30 a.m. I was excited about attending Mass with my dad and the “big folks.” It would also give me bragging rights at school the next day.


Do young people run your diocese?

Young qualified Catholics don’t need to earn their stripes before taking on church leadership roles.

By Nicole Perone |
Article Your Faith

Most people don’t dream of working for the institutional church; it’s not high on the list for childhood career days or suggestions of what to be when one grows up. But I’m not most people. 


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