Is church leadership too old? Would youth leadership help liven up the place? Or does running a parish involve years of on-the-job experience? Take our survey now and let us know what you think!
Here’s an interesting graph about belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist!
According to newly published research on American Catholics, it is more common for Catholics to believe Christ is present in the Eucharist without actually knowing the church teaches that fact than to know the church’s teaching but not believe it to be true.
US mission territories face unique challenges
Areas with small Catholic population and few resources struggle to serve needs of the faithful
By Scott Alessi
Every Sunday, Father Theodore Nnabugo is likely to spend as much time behind the wheel of his car as at the altar of a church.
ather Nnabugo, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in La Pine, Ore., also serves three mission parishes spread across a 10,000-square-mile region in the Diocese of Baker, Ore. On Sunday mornings he first heads to Holy Trinity in Sunriver for 8 a.m. Mass, then returns to Holy Redeemer for Mass at 10 a.m. Next up are Masses in two other mission churches, Our Lady of the Snows in Gilchrist at 12:30 p.m. and Holy Family in Christmas Valley at 3:30 p.m., before he returns home — having logged a total of 500 miles round trip.
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— Liz Lefebre, in “Let’s stop defining women by fertility and motherhood,” a blog on uscatholic.org.
— Kira Dault, in a blog post called “Let’s not use the Eucharist as a weapon” on uscatholic.org.
— Scott Alessi, from a blog on uscatholic.org called “For crying out loud: What should we do with noisy children at Mass?”
What can the church do for worker justice in America?
In Pittsburgh, according to U.S. Census data 25 percent of households do not have a personal vehicle, and nearly 20 percent of workers use public transit to get to work. I wonder how many churchgoers use transit to get to church?
Thanks to budget deficits, Pittsburgh transit lines are facing a doomsday scenario, potentially losing half of the regions routes.
We like to cut public transit when budgets are tight, but tend not to get concerned about highways and building developments. Unfortunately, it seems the expansion and sprawl of major cities has helped contribute to the break up and dissolution of once Catholic enclaves. When you have to drive to church, are you less likely to go? How far are people willing to drive to church? What if you don’t have access to transportation? I think this is an especially important question for the increasingly Hispanic and new immigrant population of the Catholic church.