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...]

Check this out: one parish’s own news show—and this place is a hotbed for vocations

A friend from Georgia sent this my way. All I can say is: wow. It’s an impressive example of how one parish is using modern media. This comes from Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, GA. It’s a parish news show called “Transfiguration Today,”  which is almost like a broadcast bulletin. But it’s done with a [Read More...]

What was and what is: the dramatic difference a church renovation makes

Behold, some images from the restoration of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn, just rededicated Sunday by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. This is what the church used to look like: And the finished product last week, after several months of work: Below, some images from the rededication on Sunday. [Read more...]

Amazing renovation of Brooklyn church completed

Regular readers may remember postings from a few months ago about the renovation of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Brooklyn.  The work is now complete and the church is to be rededicated Sunday, just a few days after another Brooklyn landmark, St. Joseph’s, was rededicated as the diocese’s co-cathedral.  Brooklyn, the “city of churches,” [Read More...]

Bishop urges Catholics at “blended” parish in Virginia to go elsewhere—UPDATED

You may remember when this unique parish made news last year. Now it’s in the news again:     Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has urged Roman Catholics attending a one-of-a-kind Catholic and Episcopal church to worship at a nearby parish because he has not been able to find a “suitable priest” to serve the blended congregation. [Read More...]