US Catholic Faith in Real Life

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

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.” 

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. 

Can a pastor make everyone happy in a multicultural parish?

It’s difficult to ensure parishioners from different cultures all feel welcome.

By Father Bill Barman |
Article Your Faith

A wet knot on a pair of sneakers is hard to untie—even harder when they’re on your feet. As the pastor of a multigenerational, multicultural, and multilingual (Spanish, Vietnamese, and English) parish, I at times feel responsible for untying a lot of wet knots.