Solidarity: Catholic church paints Arabic “N” on its door

From The Richmond Register in Kentucky:  Throughout its history the Roman Catholic Church has been associated with Latin language and lettering, so passersby on West Main Street were surprised Thursday to see a strange symbol emblazoned on the church’s door.Some were even more surprised to learn it was an Arabic character.It is the Arabic character [Read More...]

How do you renovate a church?

The Heritage Restoration and Design Studio in Illinois produced the video below, showing the impressive work they did on a small Catholic church in Texas. (The finished product is shown above). The renovation is exceptional—and so is the process.  Take a look. [Read more...]

Detroit “Mass Mob” fills city’s largest church

Amazing:  For the third time in a row, the Detroit Mass Mob movement filled every seat and spilled out the doors today at another historic, architecturally awe-inspiring Catholic church in Detroit. An estimated 1,800 curious Catholics, many who attend suburban parishes, made for a standing room only crowd at Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church [Read More...]

Celebrating Mass at Celebration

One of the pleasures of traveling around the country is getting to experience Mass at different parishes. This week my wife and I found ourselves in Orlando, and decided to visit Corpus Christi Church in the nearby town of Celebration. It’s a pretty church, relatively new, seating around 500 people. It has an adoration chapel [Read More...]

Boom: Catholic Church growing in Georgia

 Photo: by John Rawlston Details, from The Chattanooga Times Free Press:  Two separate car dealerships failed at a concrete-and-glass showroom built in 2001 in Chatsworth, Ga. Then Dalton’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church bought the 22,000-square-foot building on U.S. Highway 76 in 2012 to establish a mission in Murray County, which had no Catholic church. “It [Read More...]

Report: shooting of Phoenix priests is just the latest incident in wave of church violence in US

Details from The Christian Science Monitor: The shooting of two priests at a Phoenix church is the latest in more than 780 deadly attacks in US places of worship in the past 15 years. Phoenix police responded to a call about a burglary at Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission shortly after 9 p.m. local time [Read More...]

The myth of Catholic “decline”—UPDATED

It can be tempting, when ingesting a daily diet of internet chatter, to think the Catholic Church these days is a disaster.  Things have never been worse. Vatican II destroyed the faith. Batten down the hatches. The barque of Peter is taking on water, and sinking fast. So goes the popular thinking among some on [Read More...]

“Jesus Lives”: Easter decorations in Illinois

A deacon candidate thought I might appreciate the pictures below, of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham, Illinois. The first image is from Easter 2013. And this is from Easter 2014.  The theme: Jesus as giant Easter candle. [Read more...]

Mass in the Extraordinary Form at a Brooklyn church—UPDATED

Some may remember the pictures I posted last week, showcasing the newly renovated Holy Name of Jesus church in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Saturday, they put the beautiful James Renwick-designed altar to good use and celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The pastor, Fr. James Cunningham, reports close to 200 people showed up. Fathers Brandon O’Brien, [Read More...]

Is it appropriate to display the American flag in church?

The question arises after I posted the image below on Facebook. It comes from my own parish: a display that was set up for Memorial Day, next to the ambo. Normally, the flag sits in a back corner of the sanctuary, with the papal (Vatican) flag in the other back corner. A couple of readers [Read More...]