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Incredible edible: a gingerbread house of God

posted by jmcgee

Just in time for the holidays, a chef in Washington has created an extraordinary gingerbread house — er, church — of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. From the Georgetown Patch:(with a H/T to CNS) Crafting gingerbread […]

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What’s Latin for “slam dunk”?

posted by jmcgee

Here’s a local TV report with more on the blessing of New York’s new basilica, with Archbishop Dolan as winning as ever.

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A new basilica: old St. Pat’s

posted by jmcgee

The venerable church in lower Manhattan — where America’s first cardinal received his red hat — today becomes the Archdiocese of New York’s very first basilica. (Incredibly, the fabled St. Pat’s on Fifth Avenue isn’t one.). Congratulations to our neighbors […]

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A parish grows in Brooklyn

posted by jmcgee

From the In My Backyard Desk…an inspiring story of evangelization: What I found while teaching a Called & Gifted workshop in Brooklyn last week is absolutely unique. I’ve worked in hundreds of Catholic parishes in 100 dioceses on 5 continents […]

Archbishop Wenski appears in restored cathedral’s new window

posted by jmcgee

A new window in Orlando’s renovated cathedral is raising eyebrows: When the renovated St. James Catholic Cathedral is dedicated here Saturday, the new stained-glass windows will feature a few familiar faces: Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary — and Archbishop Thomas […]

Church closings hit Brooklyn

posted by jmcgee

The City of Churches will soon have fewer of them.  From the In My Backyard Desk, another sign of the times: Facing a drop in attendance and a shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn plans to close […]

When a parish closes: “In the end, it is about the numbers of the faithful”

posted by jmcgee

Leave it to Msgr. Charles Pope, in the Archdiocese of Washington, to frame the ongoing story of parish closings in a way we rarely consider it: One of my own frustrations with the closing of large numbers of parishes is […]

Duck!

posted by jmcgee

Amazing video below (h/t Rocco) of the famous giant thurible at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Top speed: a reported 42 mph. You gotta see this to believe it.

What a parish website can be

posted by jmcgee

There are a lot of awful ones out there, but I have to say that the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills may have one of the most appealing, attractive, informative and user-friendly sites anywhere. (Is it mere […]

Wow: 9,000 confessions at parish mission

posted by jmcgee

Well, it was in 1891. But this clip from the Brooklyn Eagle (thanks to Pat McNamara!) offers a fascinating glimpse at the way we were: On the Tuesday after the beginning of the week’s exercises the missionaries commenced to hear […]

Bye bye bingo?

posted by jmcgee

A fabled Catholic cultural institution may be vanishing in one part of the country: It seems that the “bingo bubble” in many areas of the Albany Diocese has burst. The game of chance long subsidized many parishes and schools, bringing […]

A home for Latin in the Lone Star state

posted by jmcgee

A church in North Texas is now the official home for the Latin mass in that part of the state. From the Dallas Morning News: Jack Schmidt converted to Catholicism about a decade ago and never learned Latin. But that’s […]

Are you now or have you ever been…?

posted by jmcgee

The AP is reporting that a growing number of churches are now making it a habit to conduct routine background checks: More churches and religious groups are conducting background checks and taking other steps to protect children against mistreatment in […]

Faithful campaign for Mary’s return

posted by jmcgee

A mural of Mary in a Denver church has been covered up — and it’s sparked some controversy: All it took for Mercy Cruz was two days and a few words to gather about 70 signatures for a letter to […]

The Catholic church building boom in Texas

posted by jmcgee

Some heartening news from the Lone Star state. At a time when many dioceses are closing or consolidating parishes, down in Texas, the church business is booming: Each week at Midland’s Our Lady of San Juan Parish, churchgoers attending Mass […]

Church as theater

posted by jmcgee

Some unusual news out of Brooklyn, where a Catholic church is playing a starring role in a theatrical production of “Murder in the Cathedral.” A snip from the New York Times review: Comparing the buttoned-up experience of seeing a play […]

Another reason not to have mass outdoors

posted by jmcgee

Folks at an Episcopal church learned that lesson the hard way: The rector of a Hingham church said parishioners trying to hold a post-Mass picnic at the town’s beach were interrupted by a Canadian goose being shot in front of […]

Was a Quran blessed at a Catholic cathedral??

posted by jmcgee

You might think so, based on some reports. But the rector of the cathedral in Sacramento explains: First of all, the “Qu’ran blessed at California cathedral” was misconstrued and of course the event was not in the Cathedral building but […]

The pews get even emptier

posted by jmcgee

Grim numbers from Ohio point to a larger trend in the American Church: Almost two out of three Catholics in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky won’t go to church this weekend to celebrate Mass, an event they have been told […]

The holdouts

posted by jmcgee

Some die-hards in Boston are refusing to surrender their church, even after six long years. The video below tells part of their story.

The Rescuer

posted by jmcgee

He may have one of the more unusual jobs around — but he’s providing an invaluable service: Lou McClung’s past life as a handyman, and his present career as a photographer, makeup artist and manufacturer, were perfect preparation for his […]

The Muslim gargoyle on a Catholic cathedral

posted by jmcgee

That would be the character above, on the left, which was modeled on the gentleman on the right. He is the Muslim foreman who led the restoration of the tower and worked on the cathedral for 30 years. And wouldn’t […]

A Chicago city church moves to the suburbs — brick by brick

posted by jmcgee

Last winter, I posted this story about a Buffalo, New York church moving, brick by brick, to Georgia. Now, a similar move is about to happen in Chicago: Church congregations have been known to migrate from the city to the […]

Passing the basket — and the sunscreen

posted by jmcgee

A parish in Knoxville, Tennessee had a big outdoor mass last weekend and the local media came to check it out. Video below. Story and more video here. And this blog has more pictures and video, too.

What can you do with old pews?

posted by jmcgee

How about sell ‘em on eBay? One church set out to do that — but then came up with a better idea.  Check this out, below.  You can read more about it here.

Hospitals change chapels into meditation rooms

posted by jmcgee

A desire to be more open and inclusive is forcing many hospitals to change the design and function of their chapels. An explanation: The shift to meditation rooms mirrors a growing trend among hospitals nationwide as health care centers try […]

The hallmark of a truly beautiful church

posted by jmcgee

The simmering thread about church music got me to thinking about church architecture. (No, I’m not going to start another Top 10 list…but it’s tempting…) I remembered a conversation I had when I met Fr. George Rutler, at his magnificent […]

Testing, testing…can you hear me?

posted by jmcgee

That might become a familiar refrain in some parishes, if they haven’t switched to a new wireless microphone. CNS explains: Churches across the country are among those who might need to switch the kind of microphones they are using if […]

How does your church rate?

posted by jmcgee

Now there’s a place where you can find out. The story is in this morning’s Detroit Free Press: We use dating Web sites to find soul mates. Now, some entrepreneurs want to take that to a higher level and help […]

It’s a big church — in every sense

posted by jmcgee

It’s not often that a beautiful and historic church in a city like New York gets a new altar — and gets a full-blown rededication, complete with cardinal and archbishop. But that happened recently at St. Francis Xavier Church in […]

“Lost” found its ending at a Catholic school in Hawaii

posted by jmcgee

If you saw the “Lost” finale, you couldn’t miss the religious overtones — or the setting. Now CNS is revealing where it was filmed: The gateway to heaven is through the chapel doors at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu. Or […]

Can LA teach the Vatican how to fill pews?

posted by jmcgee

An interesting observation here, from blogger Joe Ferullo: My 23-year-old cousin from Italy has been staying with us for three months. A lot of things have surprised him about Los Angeles — the wide streets, old buildings that were only […]

A vandalized statue, a “teachable moment”

posted by jmcgee

A statue of Mary was desecrated over the weekend in North Carolina. Details: At the urging of their pastor, members of St. Matthew Catholic Church stopped at a rose garden on church grounds Sunday to pray for whoever knocked off […]

St. Louis church may reconcile with archdiocese

posted by jmcgee

A long and bitter feud may finally be about to be resolved.  From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In the strongest evidence yet that the long legal battle between the St. Louis Archdiocese and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church could soon be […]

A church on the move

posted by jmcgee

What the — ? You have to read it to believe it. Check it out.

From Old St. Patrick’s: a Gaelic mass

posted by jmcgee

Yesterday, Archbishop Dolan announced that the Archdiocese of New York would get its very first basilica: the historic Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in lower Manhattan. Fittingly, the previous weekend the old church — forerunner of the glorious temple in midtown […]

Stand and deliver: posture in church

posted by jmcgee

A columnist who writes from Ohio is using the beginning of Lent to wonder about the great cardio workout people get in church: Before Lent got going, I’d been writing about some of those “edge phenomena” around worship, “adiaphora” or […]

Want to save a church? Move it

posted by jmcgee

That seems to be the solution for one church in upstate New York, which may soon be headed — brick by brick — to Georgia: St. Gerard’s was where her grandparents and parents were married, where she was baptized and […]

“We have a church we busted our humps for…”

posted by jmcgee

It’s happening in more dioceses around the country, and the New York Timesthis morning looks at the impact that parish closings is having on Camden, New Jersey: Eleanor Medany remembers when South Jersey was in thrall to Roman Catholicism. There […]

The last word

posted by jmcgee

At a church in Michigan, the pastor has posted a parting shot for people who decide to leave mass early: Some people still take off right after Communion at St. Peter Church, but not as many now that they have […]

Mass as theater: after communion, let’s go to Sardi’s and wait for the reviews …

posted by jmcgee

Over at First Things, Patrick Rostrum has attempted to write what amounts to a review of a church and its mass, with special emphasis on the homily: The pre-service stillness did not last long. With the first note of the […]

Praying to St. Mel for a miracle (and money)

posted by jmcgee

Could an Irish cathedral destroyed by a fire get an unexpected — and very famous — savior? The local bishop hopes so: A desperate plea for actor Mel Gibson to help restore a landmark burned-out Irish cathedral has been made […]

Yes, they DO build ‘em like they used to — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

A friend dropped me an e-mail earlier today to give me a heads-up about a beautiful new Catholic church that’s being built in Brewster, New York. He thought I’d be especially interested, because I serve at a gorgeous Gothic-style building, […]

Almost heaven: West Virginia gets a basilica

posted by jmcgee

And it’s in Charleston: Pope Benedict XVI has elevated the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart to the status of a minor basilica of the Catholic Church. The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is the 63rd minor basilica […]

“Thug Sunday”: Detroit church buys back guns

posted by jmcgee

A church in Detroit kicked off the new liturgical year by doing something besides lighting a candle and hanging purple: St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church held a gun buyback event Saturday, offering $20 for each weapon. The church, known for its […]

Happy 50th, dear Genesee, happy 50th to you…

posted by jmcgee

Here’s something to be thankful for tomorrow: the Trappists at Genesee, celebrating their 50th year in upstate New York. (Those of us who loved Henri Nouwen’s “Genesee Diary” will find this brief video especially captivating.) Enjoy.

Can’t get to Rome? Take this virtual tour instead

posted by jmcgee

Monday, the Vatican unveiled a stunning website that offers a virtual tour of the Lateran Basilica. CNS has details: The Vatican Web site celebrated the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran by launching a virtual […]

The U.S. gets another basilica

posted by jmcgee

This one is in Connecticut: Pope Benedict XVI has elevated St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Stamford in the Bridgeport Diocese to the status of minor basilica. The designation was announced Oct. 17.  Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport […]

Previous occupant: God

posted by deacon greg kandra

How would you feel if you saw your parish church listed in the real estate ads? Some parishioners in Cleveland weren’t exactly pleased: The members of St. Stanislaus parish will hold their final Mass this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. But […]

A monastery is born: Vietnamese monks establish “heavenly heart” in Texas

posted by deacon greg kandra

Further proof that the Church is alive and thriving in the South: word that a new Benedictine monastery is being established in the Lone Star State. From the Dallas Morning News: Here in cow country about 70 miles southeast of […]

Conversion: “The Waltons” actress transforms church into her home

posted by deacon greg kandra

Most of us remember her as Ike Godsy’s prim spouse up on Walton’s Mountain. But the actress Ronnie Claire Edwards is also something of a character herself, and she recently bought a Dallas Catholic Church and converted it into a […]

Don’t kiss the saint

posted by deacon greg kandra

That’s evidently the latest rule enacted in Spain as a way of averting swine flu. Details: For centuries, pilgrims have visited one of Roman Catholicism’s holiest shrines—the cathedral holding the purported remains of St. James the Apostle, Spain’s patron saint. […]

A day fit for a Queen: America gets another basilica

posted by deacon greg kandra

On the anniversary of the day it was dedicated — the feast of the Queenship of Mary — Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine near Orlando became, officially, a basilica. From the Orlando Sentinel: It wasn’t a new gut-gripping ride […]

Beware: this preacher is armed

posted by deacon greg kandra

A reader sent me the picture below (I’m not sure where it was shot; it was sent to him by a friend) and noted: “Having traveled all over the US and Europe I haven’t even seen it before. So, I […]

The U.S. gets another basilica

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s in Florida, at one of my favorite churches: Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine (a stone’s throw from Disney World.) Details, from Florida Catholic: Good things come in threes, including basilicas within Florida. The Sunshine State will be home […]

Enshrined

posted by deacon greg kandra

Fittingly, as the year devoted to St. Paul draws to a close, the U.S. has a new shrine dedicated in the saint’s name: The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of St. Paul to be the first national shrine in honor […]

Swine flu hits Catholic parishes

posted by deacon greg kandra

The flu that is running rampant around the world is forcing some churches in the Lone Star State to take extra precautions: Addressing liturgical matters amid concerns of a swine flu outbreak, Bishop of Dallas Kevin J. Farrell has advised […]

Time, talent, treasure: “Generations of generosity”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Anyone curious about where I spend my weekends can take a look at the video below, produced by my parish Stewardship Committee. It will be shown at all our masses this weekend. (Your Humble Blogger makes a couple cameo appearances.) […]

Bracing for a busy Easter: one priest, six parishes

posted by deacon greg kandra

This weekend is an especially exhausting one for Catholic clergy — is it Monday yet? — but it’s more frenetic and harried in regions hard hit by the priest shortage. The Baltimore Sun has a case in point: On Palm […]

Wanna swap priests?

posted by deacon greg kandra

They’ve been doing that during Lent at some parishes around Pittsburgh, and the experiment has been well-received, according to the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper: In what was billed as “pulpit sharing” or “priest swap,” the priests from five parishes in two […]

Dear Pope: don’t close my parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

A number of parishes from around the U.S. have taken an extraordinary step to fight parish closings: they’re taking their case straight to the top. From the AP: Worshippers in eight dioceses around the country have banded together in a […]

Away from The Bench, and caught on tape

posted by deacon greg kandra

How’s this for an April Fool? Those who have been waiting breathlessly for Your Humble Blogger to appear on camera — I know it’s all my wife can talk about (not) — can now see my debut right here. Just […]

My big fat Greek parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

Okay, well, not exactly. But on the NET series “City of Churches” last week, they visited and toured my old parish in Astoria, Queens, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The neighborhood has the greatest concentration of Greeks outside of Athens. […]

Religious ed for the autistic: “The whole point of Jesus is totally inclusive”

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader spotted this item in the Washington Post, about a remarkable outreach to an often-neglected community: Two autistic boys sat inside a parochial school classroom this month. In a setting stripped of unnecessary furniture and toys to avoid […]

A closed parish takes its sermons to the street

posted by deacon greg kandra

As many people know, New York is one of the archdioceses that has been feeling the pain of parish closings. And some parishioners aren’t taking it sitting down (or even kneeling). From the New York Times: The closing of their […]

The Pope, Jesus and me

posted by deacon greg kandra

That could be the title of the window below, which adorns the sacristy of a church here in Queens: You can read the story behind it right here.

Over the top Down Under: a parish confronts excommunication threat — UPDATED

posted by deacon greg kandra

The saga of St. Mary’s in Brisbane, Australia has attracted a surprising amount of attention. The blog Te Deum laudamus has a write up, and no less a luminary than Fr. Z. has also weighed in. If you want to […]

Falloff in Sioux Falls?

posted by deacon greg kandra

More parish closings and consolidations may be on the way — this time, in South Dakota: Thirty-five eastern South Dakota Catholic parishes could lose their regular Masses by 2012 under a plan led by Bishop Paul Swain of the Catholic […]

Scranton moves to close nearly half its churches

posted by deacon greg kandra

Big news from northeastern Pennsylvania this weekend, as the bishop announced a massive restructuring that will affect every parishioner: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton is closing almost half of its churches, reducing the number of parishes from 209 to […]

Blessing the river

posted by deacon greg kandra

Our Byzantine brothers and sisters gathered recently in snowy Pennsylvania to continue a winter tradition: On a frigid, snowy Sunday afternoon, congregants and clergy from five local Byzantine churches celebrated their faith atop Veterans Memorial Bridge, singing a prayer as […]

Salt and light

posted by deacon greg kandra

My “goddaughter” in Florida sent this to me, and it’s fascinating: a cathedral carved from salt. Take a look.

Church sit-ins: arrests in New Orleans, perseverance in Boston

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some may remember the stories of churches being occupied by unhappy parishioners in Boston and New Orleans. Now police have made some arrests in Louisiana: At least three people have been arrested today after the Archdiocese of New Orleans sent […]

Splinter Catholics in Buffalo: “Sometimes, I feel like I’m breaking rules”

posted by deacon greg kandra

A paper in upstate New York has this curious report about a splinter group of Catholics seeking to attract a wider following: A decade ago, when a large group of Catholics feuded with the Diocese of Rochester over issues such […]

300 figures, 30 houses, 3 wise men, 1 baby: a “presepio” is born

posted by deacon greg kandra

‘Tis the season. My little hometown paper — the New York Times — had a nice piece this weekend about a little hometown tradition — a massive and meticulously detailed nativity display in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn. Coincidentally, it’s […]

Why bad times are good for churches

posted by deacon greg kandra

The current economic woes seem to bear out the old idea that tough times can lead to crowded pews. (There are no atheists in foxholes and all that). From Sunday’s New York Times: The sudden crush of worshipers packing the […]

The house that faith built: the spiritual wealth of the poorest parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

At a time of great financial uncertainty, and growing need, stories like this one are a revelation. And something of a miracle. From the Los Angeles Times: When the ceiling began to collapse at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Solace in stone

posted by deacon greg kandra

How do you commemorate a nightmare? The Los Angeles Times this week has this poignant and, I think, important piece on how various dioceses around the country are honoring and remembering the victims of clerical sex abuse: Oakland’s new Cathedral […]

Doo-wop doing good

posted by deacon greg kandra

From the In My Own Backyard Desk comes this heartening report about a novel fundraising event at a church in Brooklyn. From the New York Daily News: On Dec. 6 spotlights will crisscross the Brooklyn night sky. Avenue T between […]

“These are our parishes”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

New Orleans has now joined Boston as an American city where parishioners have moved into churches and are refusing to leave, to keep them from being shuttered. From USA TODAY: Parishioners occupying two Catholic churches in defiance of closure orders […]

As the spirit moves you

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Many people can tell you they’ve had a moving experience in church. Here’s a church that had one itself. Below are a couple pictures that show the remarkable relocation of part of a Catholic cathedral in China — where it […]

After Ike: “Right now, all we have is each other”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Antoinette Pacini prays during Sunday mass at the Galvez Hotel, which was headed by a priest from Sacred Heart Cathedral Galveston. Photo by Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle. Galveston was hit hard by Hurricane Ike, and some of the most severely […]

Help wanted

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A story out of Massachusetts offers a poignant new take on the priest shortage. Reuters reports: The sign outside St. James Church in the affluent Boston suburb of Wellesley sums up Catholicism’s deepening struggles in the United States. “Still searching […]

A Catholic megachurch?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

That is exactly what this striking facility seems to represent. An article in Church Executive Magazine outlines how the building came to be, from the merger of six parishes in Wisconsin. Could this be the shape of things to come? […]

Oakland debuts Christ the Light Cathedral

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

California’s most eye-popping place of worship up until now has been Los Angeles’ controversial Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Now it may have some competition. Oakland is unveiling its shiny new Cathedral of Christ the Light. And the local […]

On these rocks …

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This may be the very definition of “pro-active.” Faced with the inconvenient truth that their churches would probably be closing, two parishes in Massachusetts voted in 2006 to consolidate. They did this on their own, without any pressure from the […]

“A priest who doesn’t get at least three complaints a day isn’t doing his job”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

One of the most familiar faces in my corner of New York is Msgr. James Lisante, former head of The Christophers. He pops up a lot on television, offering analysis and commentary, and he has a popular interview program on […]

Hero or heretic?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It just may be the most famous — or infamous — parish in Missouri, known far beyond the borders of its own archdiocese. And this week, the local paper takes a look at life at St. Stanislaus Kostka — and […]

A conversion story: churches into condos

posted by deacon greg kandra

Once, churches were sanctuaries for refugees and hunchbacked bellringers. Now, anyone can live there. More and more canny developers are transforming abandoned churches into condos. And the Boston Globe takes note: When developer Tony Pace had the chance to turn […]

Pass the Pledge. And lots of paper towels.

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you’ve ever wondered just how they clean one of the largest churches in the world, a paper in Canada has kindly provided the answer: As the tomb of the first pope and the principal church of most of his […]

Forgive us our debts: one pastor’s solution

posted by deacon greg kandra

An alert reader sent this my way: the story of a pastor in the Archdiocese of New York who is standing up for his church — and walking: Got a problem? Walk it off! That’s what Monsignor John Budwick is […]

Salvation: anonymous donor gives $20 million to rescue a church

posted by deacon greg kandra

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s dispiriting news about the way Cardinal Egan is reassigning priests in his archdiocese, we have this word that someone is coughing up money — a LOT of money — to save a church: An […]

One thriving parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

How can a modern urban parish prosper, when church attendance is down and vocations are lagging and people are fleeing for the suburbs? The New York Times has one intriguing answer: The morning service begins with the swift tap-tap-tap of […]

Name that church

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

What’s the most popular name for a Christian church? A reporter in Chicago conducted an informal survey of the Windy City and found some interesting answers: If church names are any indication, St. Paul is the most popular saint in […]

DiNardo’s new digs

posted by deacon greg kandra

America on Wednesday will welcome a new cathedral — or co-cathedral — in the Lone Star State, as the shiny new co-cathedral of the Sacred Heart finally is dedicated in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. It’s been a massive undertaking — […]

The Catholic town without a Catholic parish

posted by deacon greg kandra

The people who have settled in at the Catholic town of Ave Maria in Florida are facing a curious contradiction. They don’t have, officially, a parish: For four years, the idea of a parish in Ave Maria has been on […]

Lift high the cross (or crucifix)

posted by deacon greg kandra

As the plans for Benedict’s visit in April start to come together — and the itinerary becomes finalized — everybody wants to get into the act. And an effort seems underway to try and involve as many locals as possible, […]

Parish hopes to “bless” homosexual partners

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I can’t imagine this initiative will fly, but you never know: St. Francis Cabrini church, of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese, has announced on their website that they are ready to “bless” homosexual partners. The parish has published a […]

When a church closes: “I went all my life, and then they threw me out”

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s becoming a familiar story: a parish closes, and the flock can do little more than grieve. It happened again this weekend in Buffalo, and the local paper picks up the story: The Kilgen pipe organ thundered for the last […]

You can shop for anything on the web — including a church

posted by deacon greg kandra

Looking for a place to pray? USA Today says: look no further than your computer screen: Across the country, fall is high season for “church shopping,” as people in search of a new faith community to call home set about […]

The perfect place for a little gathering of 9,000

posted by deacon greg kandra

A new church has just opened in Portugal, to help comemmorate the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother in Fatima. The new facility is not exactly intimate, according to this report from the BBC: Thousands of pilgrims […]

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