Brooklyn gets its third basilica

From the In My Backyard Desk, some heartening and happy news–and it’s really quite remarkable. Is there any other diocese in the United States with three minor basilicas? The announcement from the diocese: This morning, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was informed by Pope Benedict XVI of the decision to designate Regina [Read More...]

Picture this: our parish centennial Mass

The superb photographer Niranjan Fernando, a parishioner, captured these images from my parish centennial Mass Sunday. (N.B., the lady lector is The Deacon’s Wife :-)) [Read more...]

Churches cope with Sandy’s aftermath: “It’s an emotional overload”

From the New York Times, a rare look at how churches and congregations are also suddenly homeless because of Hurricane Sandy: Across the vast region hit by Hurricane Sandy, dozens of houses of worship are dealing with an extraordinary circumstance. Normally, their clergy members and lay leaders would be spending these weeks occupied with the [Read More...]

Illinois diocese to name new parish for St. Kateri

I expect we’ll be seeing more of these.  Details: On the same day last month that Pope Benedict XVI canonized St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton announced that a new parish, to be named for the new saint, will be built in Gallatin County. The new parish will stand on the same land, in [Read More...]

Anchorage church names parish hall in honor of deacons

How cool. This may be a first:  The deacons of the Anchorage Archdiocese took center stage last month when St. Patrick Church named its parish hall “Deacons’ Hall” in honor of past, present and future deacons of the archdiocese. The Sept. 7 ceremonies, which included Mass with Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz, honored the many deacons who [Read More...]

Another Catholic church may become a mosque

Some weeks back, I posted on a California church being used by Muslims. Now, a church in France may also undergo a conversion: A church in the central French town of Vierzon may be converted to a mosque, as Muslims across Europe are converting empty churches to fit their faith – but some locals are [Read More...]

Catholics hold first event at Crystal Cathedral

Hundreds gathered there for a service before a prayer breakfast. Details, from the Orange County Register: The Crystal Cathedral sanctuary known around the world for its flying angels and messages of positive thinking on Wednesday became a place of prayer for its new owners: Orange County’s Catholics. More than 1,200 Catholics filled the cathedral for [Read More...]

Ka-ching: New York may sell air rights over St. Patrick’s

Details, from the New York Daily News: The Archdiocese of New York wants to cash in on a proposed upzoning of midtown by selling the lucrative air rights to its landmark properties, including venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Church officials are lobbying city agencies to be allowed to transfer their development rights to any building in [Read More...]

Report: Anglicans discuss sharing cathedral with Catholics in New Zealand

Details are sketchy, but if it happens it would truly be historic: Anglicans in Christchurch are talking about sharing a cathedral with the Catholics, a move that would have worldwide ramifications. OLIVIA CARVILLE reports. Rebuilding Christchurch’s two wounded cathedrals into one ‘unprecedented’ Anglican-Catholic super-cathedral is under discussion at top levels in the Anglican Church. The [Read More...]

Slash: Milwaukee to close, consolidate over 100 parishes

That will affect about half of all the parishes in the archdiocese.  From Catholic News Service:  The Milwaukee archdiocese will close or consolidate 103 of its 203 parishes through 2020. Church officials pointed to three principal factors during the next decade: •The number of priest retirements will exceed ordinations, resulting in a projected 40 percent [Read More...]


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