Catholics in San Francisco Respond: Mass Mob Planned at Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Fr. Joseph Illo and Fr. Patrick Driscoll, Star of the Sea Catholic Church (Photo from Facebook)

When Fr. Joseph Illo, the pastor at San Francisco's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, announced his decision to train only boys to be altar servers, some parishioners and others protested.  Amidst the hullabaloo, the media jumped at the chance to criticize both Fr. Illo and his beleaguered bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.Religion News Service quoted Fr. Illo, who explained his reasons for enacting the policy: The that “boys usually end up losing interest (in altar service) … [Read more...]

What’s New In New York? A Catholic “Mass Mob”

You've seen "Flash Mobs" surprise shoppers in the mall, enchant tourists in the National Museum of Art, and bring the strains of classical music to European street corners.Now there's something new:  In Buffalo, New York, there's the Catholic "Mass Mob"!In that city, as in many metropolitan areas around the country, stately churches in urban areas are losing their congregations and struggling to remain open.  So mobs of Roman Catholics are showing up at some older churches--filling the p … [Read more...]