St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in St. Louis may join Episcopal diocese

Photo: by Huy Mach Details from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  It has stood up to three Catholic bishops. It has weathered a decade-long legal storm. It has embraced doctrine far afield from its Roman roots. Now St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is on the verge of aligning with a different denomination entirely, joining forces with the [Read More…]

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Church sign celebrates how Jesus had “two dads”

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“You don’t think this is ever going to happen to your church”: Landmark Maine church prepares for sale

Photo: Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Details, from the Lewiston-Auborn Sun Journal:  Few prayers remain for St. Louis Catholic Church. The neo-Gothic landmark still sits just as it did when its last congregation gathered there in April. Stacks of spring fliers now gather dust on a table near the broad front doors facing Third Street. The grand [Read More…]

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A Maryland milestone: parish marks 200-year anniversary

St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Photo by Tom Fedor/The Gazette I stumbled on this bit of news this morning, about the Maryland parish where my wife and were married in 1986. From the Gazette newspapers:  In its 200 years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville has seen Civil War soldiers, famous authors and thousands of Rockville [Read More…]

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Amazing: New Zealand’s new cardboard cathedral

Details:  The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 killed more than 200 people and damaged thousands of buildings, including the city’s oldest church, a grand stone copy of a gothic cathedral in Oxford. This week, two years after it fell, its replacement is open to the public. And it’s unlike anything ever [Read More…]

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“Parishioners Were on the Sidewalk Crying”: Vandal Strikes Brooklyn Churches, Synagogue

Details:  Police at the 68th Precinct were questioning a suspect in connection with a rash of attacks on religious institutions in Bay Ridge discovered early Tuesday morning. Four churches and a prep school were splattered with red paint, according to Police Officer Sophia Tassy-Mason, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. Tassy-Mason said the [Read More…]

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Something Cool: Time Lapse Video Shows Restoration of St. Patrick’s

A brief glimpse at some of the ambitious work now underway in midtown Manhattan, restoring one of the most famous churches in America. Take a look. [Read more…]

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Fire in Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland—UPDATED

Details:  Fire crews were battling a blaze Friday night at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, according to college spokesman Christian Kendzierski. The fire, which was first reported at 8:41 p.m., had not been extinguished at 9:30 p.m., according to Brian Easterday, the manager of communications at the [Read More…]

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“This is Why We Need the Cathedral…”

Kate Monaghan in First Things offers some eloquent sentiments about faith, beauty, and the human heart, all tied to the current and ongoing restoration of New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral: The first time I sat inside the cathedral for Mass—long before I worked so closely with St. Patrick’s—I saw a woman with several plastic bags alternating [Read More…]

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South Carolina Church Robbed of Part of Its History

Details from Charleston, SC: Two bright red buildings stand out among miles of soggy swamp that lines Ritter Road in Colleton County. They’re a sure sign you’ve made it to Catholic Hill, a small settlement about 40 miles southwest of Charleston. The buildings — a steepled church and an old school house – belong to [Read More…]

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