Parish cancels pig wrestling competition after backlash

In Wisconsin:  St. Patrick Parish in Stephensville has called off its decades-old annual pig wrestling event following animal cruelty accusations. It is instead planning a new competitive game, a “human foosball tournament in the mud,” the Outagamie County Catholic parish said Tuesday. “After much prayer and many hours of discussion, we realize that what we [Read More…]

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Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? Get your papers in order!

An excellent nudge, from Commonweal:  Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? I’m afraid you’ll have to do more than feed the hungry and teach your children the Lord’s Prayer in at least four modern languages and one or two dead ones. The absolute steel test for proving you’re a good Catholic has little to [Read More…]

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Lent to go: church offers drive-thru fish fry

From The Detroit News:  On Fridays during Lent, just a little before 4 p.m., a line of cars starts to wrap around Inkster Road in Redford Township. It’s not a line for a popular fast food chain, but the fish fry drive-thru at a local Catholic church. The men’s club at St. Robert Bellarmine and [Read More…]

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Girls interrupted: how one parish changed its altar server policy

From CNA:  Holy Name Parish in Denver changed its altar serving policy about six months ago. Now, altar serving is reserved for boys.But Holy Name’s pastor, Father Daniel Cardo, has established a new sacristan program for girls in the parish. The “Sacristans of Little Therese of Lisieux” have a schedule and responsibility, similar to the [Read More…]

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UPDATE on SF parish banning altar girls: “A lot of the people who are upset are not parishioners”

A follow-up on this story from last week, from SF Gate:  The Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at Star of the Sea Church since August, said he believes there is an “intrinsic connection” between the priesthood and serving at the altar — and because women can’t be priests, it makes sense to have only altar boys. “Maybe the most [Read More…]

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What happened when a priest invited 500 young people in his parish to talk about the church?

Read on, via National Catholic Reporter:  Less than 10 percent of the 500 invited showed up. The low attendance was discouraging. It told me that the church is irrelevant to their lives. They do not even care enough about church to come and tell us why they don’t want to come. For them, the church [Read More…]

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New York parish serving the deaf slated to close

Details: The choir members filed up to the altar in robes the color of the red roses of Saint Elizabeth, the patron saint of their beloved church. They arrayed themselves on two risers and looked to the choir director for a cue. Then they raised their hands in unison and began to sign. “Jesus,” they [Read More…]

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Want to evangelize the young at your parish? Try this.

It’s these guys: the altar servers. Sunday, we installed 27 new servers—in the picture above, they’re lined up in the rectory, waiting for the processional—and that brings our number of servers to a grand total of 130. You read that right. 130. We are blessed beyond belief. Kids join in the 4th grade, and many stay [Read More…]

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Is yours a “million dollar parish”?

An interesting glimpse at a growing phenomenon in the American church, via OSV: A million-dollars isn’t what it used to be. Throughout the past decade, a growing number of Catholic parishes have learned that lesson for themselves, as they’ve joined the ranks of “million-dollar parishes” — parishes whose annual revenues exceed $1 million. According to [Read More…]

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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…]

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