This Heavy Snow Is a Mess for People–But Just Think How Bad It Is for Churches!

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The storms of 2015 are hard on parishes which are buried in snow!You heard it directly from the bishop:  On February 13, as Snowmageddon, that most fearsome of storms, approached the Northeastern U.S., Bishop Thomas J. Tobin told Catholics in the Diocese of Providence to stay home from Sunday Mass if driving conditions were dangerous.And conditions have been so dangerous!  What with the frigid temperatures, the icy roads and the piled snow, many people who attend Mass regularly have been … [Read more...]

Diocese of St. Augustine Honors the Virgin Mary, Breastfeeding Mother

On Saturday, October 11, the Diocese of St. Augustine will honor Mary in her role as a new mother nursing her infant.Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, head of the northeastern Florida diocese which is the oldest diocese in the United States, has declared the Feast of Our Lady of La Leche to be celebrated throughout the diocese.He also instituted a Jubilee Year in commemoration of the Blessed Mother, celebrating the 450th anniversary of the founding of America's oldest city at the site of the cu … [Read more...]

Beauty Meets Grace in Detroit’s Historic Churches


My fingers tugged at the wrapper, and I held my breath as I rushed to open Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship.  I’d visited many of Detroit’s oldest churches through the years, and I was looking forward to reviewing this new book; but I was delighted by the explosion of color and fine detail on every page of this beautiful coffee table book, released in September 2012 by Wayne State University Press.“Churches and synagogues have played a crucial role in Detroit for generations,” said Nancy … [Read more...]