Benedict’s parting gift to Brooklyn: historic church designated as co-cathedral

Great news from the In My Backyard Desk: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio petitioned the Vatican last year to give Cathedral status to St. Joseph’s, the largest church in the Brooklyn diocese. Pope Emeritus Benedict granted the request before he resigned. DiMarzio will be the Pastor of St. Joseph’s, which will now serve as the seat of [Read More...]

Before and after: a Texas church reborn

Earlier, I posted on my visit to St. Monica’s in Dallas, which has just completed a lengthy renovation. It will be rededicated later this month.  I paid a visit to the parish Facebook page and found some truly impressive pictures of the renovation in progress.  Check ‘em out. [Read more...]

New Ohio church uses glass salvaged from other churches

From the Columbus Dispatch:  When planners asked St. Paul the Apostle parishioners what they wanted in a new church, their preference was clear: a return to the traditional. The Romanesque-style Catholic church in Westerville, with its arches and columns, cross-shaped floor plan and Jerusalem stone throughout, filled the bill. The church received some help achieving [Read More...]

Before and after: a church renovation in California

From the good folks at New Liturgical Movement, here are some shots of Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Long Beach, California.  I’m a little baffled at the big marble pillars that appear to be holding up…some painted words?  And the ambo seems too modern and out of place. I do think it’s an improvement, though.  Visit [Read More...]

Sanctuary: San Francisco church opens its pews to the homeless

Huffington Post has a longer look at this project this week, but the San Francisco press has been covering it for a while. The undertaking is, in a word, remarkable: The ornately painted ceiling, stained-glass windows, huge marble columns and organ pipes high above the wooden pews could make St. Boniface Church a stop on any San Francisco [Read More...]

Making all things new: how a Manhattan church was saved

A heartening story from this morning’s New York Times:  For more than 160 years, St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church has borne witness as transformation after transformation has cascaded through the Lower East Side. Yet conflict, drama and wrenching change occurred within its walls, too: In the church founded by Irish immigrants who fled the famine [Read More...]

Closed abbey searching for another religious group to take it over

You’ll remember that the Blue Cloud Abbey closed its doors last summer. Now, the search is on for another religious group or community to take it over. Details:  Caretakers at Blue Cloud Abbey, the Benedictine monastery overlooking the Whetstone Valley in northeast South Dakota, are looking for another religious order to occupy their vacant premises. [Read More...]

Crime wave hits New York churches

From the New York Daily News:  Is nothing sacred? Priests at some Bronx churches have seen an uptick in crimes inside and around their houses of worship. Purses are stolen from pews during Communion. Cars parked outside get broken into during Mass. “It’s very sad,” said Rev. Francis Skelly of Immaculate Conception Church in Melrose. [Read More...]

Speaking of altar rails…one priest’s experience

Fr. Jay Finelli of the Diocese of Providence stumbled on yesterday’s post and recounted on his blog his own experience with adding an altar rail at his parish: Since installing the altar rail in 2010, a number of people requested to use if at all of our Masses. We began using the altar rail for [Read More...]

Massachusetts diocese sells Catholic church; town will turn it into a library

Details, from Mendon, Massachusetts:  The town has bought St. Michael the Archangel Church and plans to convert the former house of worship on North Avenue into a public library. The Diocese of Worcester sold St. Michael’s and its attached rectory for $360,000. The new library would replace the Taft Public Library, which is at 18 [Read More...]


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