Who’s getting paid for ministry at your parish?

I don’t know anyone who’s getting rich working for the Church, but the good people at CARA have some interesting insight into paid staff at parishes:  According to CARA’s recent National Survey of Catholic Parishes (NSCP), the average parish in the United States has nearly six paid ministry staff members (mean = 5.8, median = 4; [Read More...]

Thousands call for halt to Wisconsin parish’s annual pig wrestling event

Details: Tens of thousands of people nationwide, including Garbage singer Shirley Manson, are calling on an Outagamie County church to cancel a pig wrestling event planned for Sunday. As of late Thursday, an online petition at change.org had more than 31,000 signatures calling for the cancellation of the Pig Rassle in Stephensville, an unincorporated community [Read More...]

A wonderful vocations tool: novena to St. John Vianney

Once again, my parish is in the midst of a great tradition, offering the annual novena to St. John Vianney —patron saint of parish priests—and praying for vocations to the parish priesthood. Every year, we open the novena with a Mass celebrated by a jubiliarian, and bring it to a close with a Mass celebrated by a [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...]

When the parish administrator is a deacon

Photo: Lisa Johnston An interesting glimpse into another aspect of the vocation, from the St. Louis Review:  Deacon [Allen] Boedeker came to St. Andrew Parish in 2001, assisting Father Joseph Weber, who later was named pastor of St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills. Deacon Boedeker’s wife, Mary, began work as religious education director at [Read More...]

Report: gay man in Michigan removed from parish ministry after “commitment ceremony”

This story isn’t that unusual. But the swift response from the bishop is. Details: A gay man in Marquette was told he can no longer have an active role in his Catholic church after he and his longtime partner held a commitment ceremony, according to news reports out of Northern Michigan. Bobby Glenn Brown and [Read More...]

How to be a “Pentecost Church”

Some good advice here, from Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ: This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday in the church. It’s the Sunday when churches everywhere are filled with the color red, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, and we celebrate a story from the church’s earliest days. On Pentecost we remember how the Holy [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...]

More on blessings from EMHCs—with a helpful solution from Archbishop Chaput

Various people have written in over the last 24 hours, suggesting that it’s just not practical or pastoral for an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) to turn away someone in the communion line who wants a blessing. Several years ago, Archbishop Charles Chaput offered a solution that I’ve blogged about in the past. I offer [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...]