Why do Catholics stop going to Mass?

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is getting some interesting answers: Professors Phillip Hardy, Kelly Kendra and Brian Patterson surveyed 575 lapsed Roman Catholics from November 2012 to March 2013, asking them why they had stopped attending Mass or had left the church altogether; what might motivate them to return; and whether the church’s stance [Read More...]

Chicago church gives flock $500 each to spend on a good cause

From Reuters:  Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it. “I was just in disbelief,” said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got [Read More...]

Pittsburgh reminds Catholics: it’s a big Church

CNS photo/Chuck Austin, Pittsburgh Catholic From CNS:  An all-night vigil Sept. 13-14 at a Byzantine Catholic church in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for people of faith to participate in the prayers of the various Catholic churches that are “essential facets” of the culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse city of Pittsburgh. St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic [Read More...]

Archbishop Listecki’s vision

An overview on the results of a recent archdiocesan synod, from The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  Catholic laity — the people in the pews — will play a more prominent role in the life of the church in southeastern Wisconsin in the coming years, according to a declaration issued Sunday by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki. And local [Read More...]

Study: church is becoming more informal, diverse

The New York Times takes note:  Religious institutions often see themselves as countercultural — outposts in an increasingly secular society that challenge the culture with views and practices that are no longer mainstream. But inevitably, culture seeps in, affecting how clergy and laypeople dress and pray and behave toward one another. A new study — the [Read More...]

As another year of RCIA begins, meet some who have made the journey home

Here’s a story I suspect will resonate with many, from The Lowell Sun: A couple of years ago, Richard Lee of Billerica, a retired University of Massachusetts police officer, wasn’t enjoying his then-recent retirement. In fact, since a son died shortly after a premature birth 15 years before, his outlook on life wasn’t great. One day, [Read More...]

Does it matter where you sit for Mass?

A couple weeks ago, Fr. Roger Landry wrote a column for his diocesan newspaper in which he argued that, yes, it does: When people come to a Church that is anything but standing room only, where they opt to worship indicates something about their attitude toward involvement at Mass. Sitting up front is normally a [Read More...]

“Would you like a rosary?”

Catholic San Francisco this week has this glimpse at an unusual lay ministry—one that is, literally, taking it to the streets: Office workers on their lunch hour, shivering tourists, local street folk and others crisscrossing the sidewalks near San Francisco’s Metreon complex Aug. 18 walked past – and a few around – the burly man [Read More...]

When a parish refuses to do a funeral

The following email arrived yesterday afternoon: I just had a disturbing conversation with a co-worker whose sister passed away a few days ago, and when the family tried to arrange her funeral, they were refused by a local parish because the sister wasn’t registered there. The sister had been sick with cancer for several years and [Read More...]

Bridgeport’s Bishop Caggiano: “It’s not our church, it’s His church…”

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport is convoking a local synod in his diocese. Sean Salai, S.J. at America magazine interviewed him about what this synod might entail. Snip: Reports from the pre-synod listening sessions you held in the spring indicated a wide variety of perspectives, with some people wanting a stronger devotional life and others [Read More...]


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