“National parishes” were common before 1920. They served the specific needs of ethnic Catholics, whether German, Polish, Portuguese, etc. Should the Church in the United States return to the model of "personal parishes" to better serve the specialized needs of the 21st century?
Anne Donahue is a woman who has always wanted to help. She was a good listener, she said; she was told she had a compassionate ear.
So, a few years ago, when her Roman Catholic parish, Sacred Heart in Southbury, began a program that sent lay people to minister to those enduring trying emotional times, she signed up.
“I have a large family,” said Donahue. “I keep thinking of the fact that some people have nobody and, to me, it is just an overwhelming concept how sad that is. People such as that have to depend on a neighbor or neighbors. It has bothered me.”
Donahue is one of an estimated 40... Read more about Ministers lend an ear to those dealing with hardships
If women were protons and men were electrons, the Vatican would be a pretty negatively charged electric field, meaning that men generally own the stage.
The female advisory board for the Pontifical Council for Culture wishes to change that, sending an “electric shock” that will open discussion on women’s roles in the Church.
“The Church is a male-dominated world, but the [wider] world in which it exists is both male and female,” Consuelo Corradi, vice rector for research and international relations at the LUMSA University of Rome, told Crux.
“The global church needs to enter a... Read more about Vatican women's council hopes to be 'electric shock' for global Church
Making room for everyone at the Lord’s table is the spirit behind a focused new program in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The Special Projects Program is funding the expansion of basic worship and religious education space in a few uniquely challenged parishes whose churches cannot hold all the people coming for Mass or religious education. The program immediately will address needs in three churches - a parish and two missions in Cedartown, Gainesville and Lilburn.
Source: ...Read more about Creative program funds buildings for rapidly growing Georgia parishes