Stabbing update: New Mexico parish forgives attacker, starts fund for victims

Remember this story?  Here’s more:  Members of a Catholic church where three people were stabbed during Mass a week ago launched an effort on Sunday to raise money for victims hurt in the attack. The start of the campaign came as Sunday services resumed at St. Jude Thaddeus Church. Parishioners were also collecting cards and [Read More...]

How come more people don’t go to church?

It may not be the reason you think. Details:  The Rev. Stephen Fichter understood just how dominant a role sports has assumed in the culture when a family told him they would be out of town Good Friday to Easter Sunday to attend their child’s volleyball tournament. “It’s truly sports that has become like the [Read More...]

Making something beautiful in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn landmark is about to get an extreme—and much-needed—makeover. As a local website described it: A historic church in Windsor Terrace, the Holy Name of Jesus Church at 245 Prospect Park West, is receiving a big historical restoration. And as a tipster puts it, “This isn’t just any church overhaul: Holy Name was architecturally [Read More...]

Benedict’s parting gift to Brooklyn: historic church designated as co-cathedral

Great news from the In My Backyard Desk: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio petitioned the Vatican last year to give Cathedral status to St. Joseph’s, the largest church in the Brooklyn diocese. Pope Emeritus Benedict granted the request before he resigned. DiMarzio will be the Pastor of St. Joseph’s, which will now serve as the seat of [Read More...]

Before and after: a Texas church reborn

Earlier, I posted on my visit to St. Monica’s in Dallas, which has just completed a lengthy renovation. It will be rededicated later this month.  I paid a visit to the parish Facebook page and found some truly impressive pictures of the renovation in progress.  Check ‘em out. [Read more...]

New Ohio church uses glass salvaged from other churches

From the Columbus Dispatch:  When planners asked St. Paul the Apostle parishioners what they wanted in a new church, their preference was clear: a return to the traditional. The Romanesque-style Catholic church in Westerville, with its arches and columns, cross-shaped floor plan and Jerusalem stone throughout, filled the bill. The church received some help achieving [Read More...]

Before and after: a church renovation in California

From the good folks at New Liturgical Movement, here are some shots of Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Long Beach, California.  I’m a little baffled at the big marble pillars that appear to be holding up…some painted words?  And the ambo seems too modern and out of place. I do think it’s an improvement, though.  Visit [Read More...]

Sanctuary: San Francisco church opens its pews to the homeless

Huffington Post has a longer look at this project this week, but the San Francisco press has been covering it for a while. The undertaking is, in a word, remarkable: The ornately painted ceiling, stained-glass windows, huge marble columns and organ pipes high above the wooden pews could make St. Boniface Church a stop on any San Francisco [Read More...]

Making all things new: how a Manhattan church was saved

A heartening story from this morning’s New York Times:  For more than 160 years, St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church has borne witness as transformation after transformation has cascaded through the Lower East Side. Yet conflict, drama and wrenching change occurred within its walls, too: In the church founded by Irish immigrants who fled the famine [Read More...]

Closed abbey searching for another religious group to take it over

You’ll remember that the Blue Cloud Abbey closed its doors last summer. Now, the search is on for another religious group or community to take it over. Details:  Caretakers at Blue Cloud Abbey, the Benedictine monastery overlooking the Whetstone Valley in northeast South Dakota, are looking for another religious order to occupy their vacant premises. [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X