Utah Church Offers Liturgy of Reparation Following Sunday’s Shooting

Details:  “I love you, Tara.” These were the first words Jim Evans uttered to his wife after being shot in the head by his son-in-law during a worship service Sunday at the St. James the Just Catholic Church. Tara Evans was one of more than 150 congregants who gathered at the church Thursday for a [Read More…]

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Fr. George Rutler Reassigned

The well-known priest—an Episcopal convert, staunch traditionalist and a familiar fixture on EWTN—is leaving the parish he’s pastored for nearly a dozen years. Rutler broke the news in his parish bulletin:  Writing a weekly message to you is a challenge even under ordinary circumstances, because the cruel regimen of the printer requires that it be [Read More…]

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Wow. How’s THIS for a Vibrant Parish?

Here in Denver for the Catholic Media Conference, I was struck by the bulletin for a local parish, which shows a whopping seven deacons. I visited the parish website and found even more astonishing facts (as of December 2012): Registered individual Catholics: 15,730 Registered Catholic families: 4,500 Estimate of young adults (8-25): 1,649 Estimate of [Read More…]

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Is One of the World’s Greatest Churches About to Become a Mosque?

Reports a few weeks ago indicated as much—and now it’s closer to reality:  While unrest in Turkey continues to capture attention, more subtle and more telling events concerning the Islamification of Turkey — and not just at the hands of Prime Minister Erdogan but majorities of Turks — are quietly transpiring. These include the fact [Read More…]

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Thousands Pack into New Catholic Church in United Arab Emirates

Details:  There was a huge outpouring an faith and devotion as more than 8,500 worshippers from across the United Arab Emirates celebrated the first Mass at the emirate’s new Catholic church on Friday the 14th June 2013. It was one of the biggest ever turnouts, with residents travelling from across the country despite the summer [Read More…]

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Corpus Christi in Los Angeles

The picture above, from yesterday, shows Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. And the tabernacle? From the cathedral website: The bronze tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was designed and fabricated by sculptor Max [Read More…]

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Vatican Official Slams Modern Churches as “Museums, Spaces That Do Not Suggest Prayer…”

Details: Opposition is mounting in the Holy See to a spate of recent, ultra-modern churches, in Italy and abroad, by high profile architects. “The lack of integration between the architect and the faith community has at times been negative,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontificial Council for Culture. “Sometimes it goes wrong.” [Read More…]

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Trinity

Well, there are three of us. Pictured: Your Humble Blogger, wrapping up his West Coast Odyssey with a visit to the legendary Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, with two wonderful clergymen serving that parish, Msgr. Thomas Welbers (left, doing his best impression of Sir Richard Attenborough) and Deacon Eric Stoltz (right). The [Read More…]

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“Instead of Closing Parishes and Schools, We’re Doing the Opposite. We’re in Total Growth Mode…”

It’s a trend worth spotting:  In the waves of turbulence that rippled throughout the Catholic Church in the 1970s, the nuns of St. Dominic’s Monastery found themselves forced to leave their longtime home in Wisconsin in search of a new one. The nuns moved to a temporary residence in Washington, D.C., while looking for a permanent setting [Read More…]

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Tabernacle stolen from Michigan church

Details:  Detectives from the state police post in Mt. Pleasant are looking for information in the theft of a Tabernacle from a church in Isabella County. A Tabernacle, which holds communion wafers, was stolen from St. Charles Of Leaton Catholic Church Friday, state police Detective Sgt. Gary Green said. In the church, the Tabernacle, which [Read More…]

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