I’m back! And look who I bumped into!

I’m back from my quick jaunt to Washington, which actually was a quick jaunt to Alexandria, Virginia, just across the river. There, I sat on a panel discussing blogging for the regional meeting of the Catholic Press Association (my companions for the session were Matt Palmer from the USCCB and noted “Mommy Blogger” Elizabeth Foss). [Read More...]

Conversion story: church becomes gym

  Photo: by Will Lew Check out this item from the Wall Street Journal:  Inside the former Saint-Jude Church in Montreal, personal trainers mill about where priests once did and hot-stone massages have replaced baptisms. In this city, a former Roman Catholic stronghold where Mark Twain once said you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking [Read More...]

A new church will rise at Ground Zero

Details were first reported in The New York Times:  A gleaming, monumental and unmistakable symbol of Orthodox Christianity would rise at the south end of the National September 11 Memorial under plans drawn up for the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The original St. Nicholas Church was crushed on Sept. 11, 2001, when the [Read More...]

Breezy Point’s Mary statue to be part of Sandy remembrance

From the Wall Street Journal:  On Tuesday night, St. Thomas More church will once again be the cornerstone of Breezy Point, the close-knit, mostly Irish community where hundreds of homes burned and flooded during superstorm Sandy. To remember the one-year anniversary, the church will host a Mass with readings and a sermon. And at the center of [Read More...]

Gay marriage impacts North Carolina Catholic churches, local interfaith service

From the Charlotte Observer:  One Catholic Church in Charlotte fired music director Steav Bates-Congdon after he married his longtime male partner. Now another has pulled out of hosting the city’s largest interfaith service rather than allow Bates-Congdon to be part of the team planning the annual event. Mecklenburg Ministries’ 38th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service is [Read More...]

After membership declines, Catholic church sold to Muslims

Details from the Sunday Express: St Peter’s Catholic church in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has now closed its doors to the shrinking congregation following the sale. Church leaders have reassured Christians the local parish, Cobridge, will continue to exist and money from the St Peter’s sell-off will be used to benefit parishioners. The identity of the buyers has not been [Read More...]

Man steals monstrance containing Eucharist from New Mexico church

Details: It was a brazen, and blasphemous crime. A Catholic community in northern New Mexico is beside itself after a man burst into the adoration chapel at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, and stole something very precious to them. The priest at Sacred Heart told News 13 this is the highest form of desecration [Read More...]

Horror: suicide attempt at Catholic church in Florida

Details:  A parish employee shot himself twice inside St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church early Thursday in an attempt to kill himself, prompting officials to close an adjacent K-12 private school for a police investigation. The employee, who was not identified, shot himself in the face and in his chest sometime after 6 a.m., according to Altamonte [Read More...]

Shock: vandals decapitate statues at New Jersey Catholic church

From the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia:  Members of St. Mary’s Malaga are in disbelief after vandals smashed the heads off of statues of Virgin Mary and Jesus. In all, nine statues were damaged including three statues that are about five-feet-tall – Sacred Heart of Jesus, Virgin Mary, and Our Lady of Fatima. “For a statue [Read More...]

Report suggests holy water may be hazardous to your health

Details:  When getting blessed, you might also be getting sick. Researchers say holy water could actually be harmful to your health, as some of it contains fecal matter. “Austrian scientists tested water from more than three dozen holy springs and church fonts and found that none, not one of them were safe to drink.” (Via WPVI) Researchers [Read More...]


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