A "cardboard cathedral" for New Zealand?

The innovative design for a temporary structure — that could serve as Christchurch’s cathedral for several years — was unveiled yesterday. Details: Christchurch leaders have revealed the unconventional design they want to use for the city’s temporary Cathedral and it is made out of cardboard. They hope to have it built by the first anniversary [Read More...]

When do you think this church was built?

Would you believe…2003? It’s an Anglican Catholic Our Lady of Walsingham Church near Houston. And this one below? 2008. It’s St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Farragut, Tennessee. Both are part of a growing trend toward more traditional church architecture, according to this piece in the National Catholic Register: “That is an enormous change from [Read More...]

My Palm Sunday

At my parish in Queens. Masses were pretty full, but not as crowded as last year.  I was there for four of the five weekend masses. (Served and preached at two, assisted with communion at the others.)  Everything went beautifully — and none of the readers made the blunder I was anticipating: pronouncing “buffeted” as [Read More...]

Historic first: new parish in U.S. to be named for Blessed John Paul

The possibility was announced earlier this week, when the Vatican outlined its guidelines for celebrating his feast in October. Now, a new Rhode Island parish may be the first to claim the late pontiff for its patron — using the title “Blessed” — providing it gets permission from Rome. Details: Two more Roman Catholic parishes [Read More...]