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...]

Saved: Vatican reverses Cleveland decision on closing of 13 parishes

It’s a rare reversal — and one that should give other parishes around the country cause for hope. Details: In an extraordinary move, the Vatican has reversed Bishop Richard Lennon’s closings of 13 churches in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, saying the parishes must be restored and the sanctuaries reopened for worship, according to activists [Read More...]

When yoga is more reverent than Mass — UPDATED

An astute observation from Elizabeth Scalia: Out of curiosity, I recently visited a yoga class with a friend. It was held in a simple, unadorned room. Outside of it, there was a great deal of socializing and chatting, but once people entered the room, all talking ceased. People moved carefully, so as not to disturb [Read More...]

After the tornado: “We were spared with a purpose by God…”

A great story of charity and hope, from storm-ravaged Indiana: From the moment a tornado tore through its community, the damaged but still-standing St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church became a crisis hub where emergency workers could dispense food, water and information. But for a brief hour Sunday morning, the church resumed its mission as a [Read More...]

“It gives a whole new meaning to destruction”

I posted a few pictures of the devastation of St. Joseph’s Church in Illinois a couple days ago. Now, there’s more: Elizabeth Schmitt, who planned to get married in May at St. Joseph Church in Ridgway, never imagined she would be picking up debris from the gothic church that was completely destroyed in the Feb. [Read More...]


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