Lift high the cross: crucifix from 1963 Detroit fire to be restored

It’s taken nearly 50 years, but it’s finally going to happen. Details: The image is seared in the memory of many in Detroit’s Belgian community: firefighters carrying a 13-foot crucifix out of the devastated and fire-ravaged Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on the city’s east side. The date was April 10, 1963. Shortly after 8 a.m., [Read More...]

A Catholic Crystal Cathedral?

Maybe.  Is someone up for “flipping” a cathedral? The Diocese of Orange, California is looking to build a new cathedral — but there may already be one that’s been built and is ready to go…or at least, ready to become the American church’s biggest and most expensive convert: The Roman Catholic Diocese is exploring the [Read More...]

"Buy a CD, build a church"

That’s the theme of a unique fundraising campaign underway in Sioux City, Iowa. Details, from CNS: Father David Hemann is putting the profits from sales of a CD he recorded — his seventh – toward construction costs of his parish’s new church. He even has a slogan: “Buy a CD, build a church.” The new church is for Sacred [Read More...]

Now at St. Pat's: virtual vigil candles

Want to light a candle for someone you love? America’s most famous cathedral now lets you do that from the convenient comfort of your laptop: Each day, visitors from all over the world come to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to light a candle as an act of prayer. We invite you to participate in our community [Read More...]

God's green earth: NJ parish first in nation to be certified "green"

Here’s an unusual distinction for a Catholic parish, whose members are taking their call to be stewards of the earth very seriously: “We are called to care for Creation.” said Fr. Bob Stagg of The Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Presentation is the first Catholic parish nationwide to be accepted into [Read More...]

Boston priest assures gay Catholics "you are welcome here…"

Controversy has been swirling around a Boston parish that was planning to host a mass tied to Gay Pride Month. This weekend, the pastor spoke out — and alluded to the controversy – during his homily: Sunday Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay brought the first standing ovation any parishioner could remember. During [Read More...]

When do you think this church was built?

Would you believe…2003? It’s an Anglican Catholic Our Lady of Walsingham Church near Houston. And this one below? 2008. It’s St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Farragut, Tennessee. Both are part of a growing trend toward more traditional church architecture, according to this piece in the National Catholic Register: “That is an enormous change from [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words — or a thousand roses

I saw this for myself last weekend: Every year for Mother’s Day, people donate roses in honor of their mothers at the Basilica Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe in Orlando, Florida. They had some 10,000 on display the last two weeks. The celebrant pictured above is the shrine’s rector, Fr. Paul Henry. If [Read More...]

Florida parish prays for Osama bin Laden

A couple weeks ago, this exact situation arose in England, and made headlines.  Now it’s happening in West Palm Beach, Florida. Details: The name of Osama bin Laden appears in the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday bulletin. There’s a cross next to it. A parishioner made a prayer request for the mastermind behind the 9/11 [Read More...]

My Holy Thursday

Jesus, moved tonight to a temporary altar erected in the middle of our church.  (Click to enlarge the pictures). This was accomplished with a beautiful candlelight processional around the darkened church, complete with Pange Lingua Gloriosi… Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s Glory, Of His flesh the myst’ry sing: Of the Blood, all price exceeding, Shed [Read More...]