A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…

Ten thousand of them, in fact.  Below is a snapshot from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando, which every year celebrates both Mary and all mothers will memorial roses on Mother’s Day.  They often stay in bloom and in place for two or three weeks after the [Read More...]

What’s Darth Vader doing on the National Cathedral?

  Late today, I stumbled on this story, about a tour of the damaged cathedral — and noticed an unusual detail: The Washington National Cathedral will be offering tours of its unique stone carvings for the first time since the building was damaged by an earthquake last year. Tours exploring more than 100 gargoyles perched [Read More...]

A famous modern church gets an addition

  It’s considered by many a masterpiece — though that may be a matter of taste — but this celebrated and much-visited church in France has just gotten a new convent and visitor’s center.  The New York Times architecture critic dropped by for a visit: Completed in 1955, Le Corbusier’s hilltop chapel of Notre Dame [Read More...]

“We’re organ donors”: Indiana church closes, sends tabernacle and altar to a needy parish

Here’s a remarkable account of a church leaving a legacy — and sending part of it to another parish in need: The purpose of any parish is for mission, and since 1876, the community of St. Ann Parish has fulfilled its mission by taking care of those in need. In days long gone, the parish [Read More...]

Meeting them where they are: a profile of an “intentional parish” in Brooklyn

I missed this on Good Friday — I was otherwise engaged — but it’s worth a read.  It looks at a growing phenomenon in the Church: people seeking out parishes outside of their geographic boundaries. From the New York Times: St. Boniface attracts an average of 700 people a weekend, remarkable when only about a [Read More...]

Building a monastery the medieval way

It’s an ambitious undertaking that will be launched in Germany next year — and will take decades to complete. Details: What did a medieval stonemason do when heavy rainfall interrupted his work? Umbrellas are impractical at construction sites. Gore-Tex jackets weren’t yet invented, nor were plastic rain jackets. “He donned a jacket made of felted [Read More...]

Incroyable! France’s oldest tree is also a church

Read all about it. H/T New Advent. [Read more...]

My church, Palm Sunday

I’m the one in the pulpit. This was taken from the choir loft.  Thank you, Regina! [Read more...]

Where we came from: a look at Old St. Patrick’s in New York

Here’s a fascinating and timely video, from America Magazine, about a time and place we shouldn’t forget — when Irish Catholics were a minority facing discrimination and outright persecution right here in the United States.  But the Church remained their rock and refuge. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day: take a look at Old [Read More...]

Splitsville: bowling alleys and churches part company

For the life of me, I can’t remember ever attending a church that had a bowling alley, but evidently it was a big deal for a while in some parts of the country. But that’s changing.  This, from USA TODAY: When Max Carson watched his bride Nancy walk down the aisle at St. Ann Catholic [Read More...]


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