Stop everything and read this. It will make your day. Really.

From Rebecca Frech at “Shoved to Them,” a testimony that will make you see everything differently: The older kids and I went to a different parish for Mass last night. The events of the day had run longer than expected, and by the time we realized it we were too late for the 5pm Mass. A [Read More...]

Churchy phrases that are scaring off millennials

From a 30-year-old, Addie Zierman, in The Washington Post:  The statistics are in. The millennials are leaving the church, and nobody seems quite sure what to do about it. I am one of them. Born in 1983, I belong to the wispy beginnings of the new generation. I turned 30 this year, and I’m raising two [Read More...]

Vatican releases full text of document and survey questions for 2014 Synod of Bishops on the Family

From News.va:  The preparatory document for next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family was formally released at a news conference in the Vatican on Tuesday. The synod’s theme is “The pastoral challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelization and it will run from the 5th to the 19th of October 2014. The document gives [Read More...]

Hot cross bums: cold church tries pew warmers

As one reader noted, on sending this to me, “Leave it to the Anglicans.” Check it out: The prayers of parishioners at two cold and damp churches have been answered after the Diocese of Exeter agreed to trial re-heatable cushions on the pews. One hundred cushions are being trialled in Broadclyst and South Tawton’s Anglican [Read More...]

Catholic ministry reaches out to porn addicts

From the Columbus Dispatch: Responding to concerns arising in prayer groups and confessionals, some central Ohio Catholics have started a ministry aimed at helping prevent and treat pornography addiction. The My House Initiative offers a confidential help line, support groups and referrals to counseling. It’s a collaboration of the Columbus Catholic Men’s Ministry, the Columbus [Read More...]

The Francis Effect in Nebraska

From the World-Herald in Omaha: At his sister’s wedding reception, Taylor Leffler sat down for a friendly chat with friends of hers who are gay. For Leffler, a 22-year-old Nebraska native studying for the priesthood, the conversation was spurred by a powerful reason: Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to reach out to others, rather than [Read More...]

Church confronts the “silent schism” of divorced and remarried Catholics

From Vatican Insider:  Shock declarations, such as the ones contained in the document issued by the Diocese of Freiburg which offers recommendations on communion for remarried divorcees end up complicating rather than facilitating reflection on the issue. Pope Francis’ intention is for this issue to be discussed at an Extraordinary Synod in October 2014. The Synod [Read More...]

Study: multicultural parishes growing in U.S.; Hispanic membership booming

Details: The percentage of multicultural Catholic parishes in the U.S. is on the increase, according to research by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The report also indicates that some 29.7 million U.S. residents who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of [Read More...]

Poll: most Catholics who attend Mass weekly support gay marriage, women priests

Details: American Catholics agree 68 – 23 percent, with little difference between more observant and less observant Catholics, with Pope Francis’ recent observation that the Church has become too focused on issues such as homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today (October 4). Support for the Pope’s observation is [Read More...]

“You can make a difference”: a terrific stewardship video

We’re just launched a new stewardship drive at my parish. The video below, produced and edited by one of our parishioners, Roger Aguinaldo, was shown at all the Masses this morning. It gives a great glimpse at life in my corner of the world—and features a poignant cameo appearance by my late former pastor.  Take a [Read More...]


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