Catholic New Year’s resolutions

[I wrote the following for my parish bulletin.  Dcn. G.] So here we are, beginning another year, rising to face new challenges, hoping to be better people next December 31 than we were last December 31.  Some people are hoping to lose weight.  Some will stop smoking.  Looking for suggestions?  Maybe these will help.  Meantime, [Read More...]

Are veils coming back?

When  I was growing up, my mother kept a small white circle of lace in a plastic bag in her pocketbook, in case she needed to pop into church for one reason or another.  And in the 1960s, it wasn’t uncommon  for a woman to improvise a veil with a bobby pin and a Kleenex. [Read More...]

A Polish Catholic woman discovers her Jewish identity

It’s a journey more and more Holocaust survivors are undertaking: As Nazi troops imposed their terror on Warsaw, an 18-year-old Polish girl slipped into a Warsaw church with an elderly rabbi to teach him how to dip his hand in holy water and cross himself. The rabbi, his newly shaven beard leaving his cheeks white, [Read More...]

Bishops to undocumented immigrants: “You are not alone”

The message came in a pastoral letter released yesterday, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: “We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity,” begins the strongly worded letter released on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12. “We open [Read More...]

Archbishop urges lapsed Catholics to just leave the Church

While dioceses in the United States are climbing aboard the “Catholics Come Home” bandwagon, at least one bishop in Ireland is saying “Go ahead.  Leave.  And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Details: The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has urged the country’s lapsed Catholics to have the maturity to leave [Read More...]

How to welcome Catholics home at Christmas

From OSV and Eric Sammons comes this insightful primer on how to keep people in the pews who return over the holidays: As practicing Catholics, what can we and our parishes do to reach out to those who are estranged from or perhaps just uninterested in the Catholic Church? While this question has many possible [Read More...]

Detroit may close, consolidate nearly 50 parishes

That’s according to recommendations presented to the bishop yesterday. Details: In a sweeping reorganization of Catholic parish life that will hit the suburbs as well as landmark churches in Detroit’s urban core, the Archdiocese of Detroit unveiled tentative proposals Wednesday night to cluster, close and merge some four dozen parishes in the next five years. [Read More...]

Bishop’s decree: stop holding hands

Hot on the heels of the new Roman Missal translation, the Bishop of Covington, Roger J. Foys, has issued a decree clarifying the proper gestures and postures for Mass, according to rubrics laid out in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. As he notes: The rituals of the Roman Church, of which we are [Read More...]

O’Malley’s message to lapsed Catholics: “We miss you, we love you”

“My dear brothers and sisters: please know that we miss you, we love you, and we hope you will rejoin our Catholic family for our Sunday Mass. Some of you have drifted away from the Church and have been waiting for a good time to return. I pray that you will consider this the time [Read More...]

What it means to be Black and Catholic

A new study breaks ground and adds insight: The African-American community’s relationship with the Christian faith is well known and has been thoroughly documented, but a new study focusing on Black Catholics specifically, challenges common assumptions about one of the Black community’s less popular Christian churches. Overall, the findings show that the U.S.’s estimated three million Black Catholics [Read More...]


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