Orthodox parish in Maryland thrives

St. Jerome Catholic Church and its affiliated school, St. Jerome Academy, both in Hyattsville, have experienced dramatic growth because of the parish's reputation as a haven for conservative Catholics

At a time of declining church attendance across America and growing disenchantment with traditional religion, a Catholic parish in Hyattsville, Md., thrives by embracing the very orthodoxy other congregations have abandoned. St. Jerome Catholic Church and its affiliated school, St. Jerome Academy, have both experienced dramatic growth over the past few years, largely due to an … [Read more...]

Finishing the Christmas wish list

Recommended gifts include books about God and atheism, popes and spies, marriage and religious freedom

The following is a December 9 Catholic World Report article by George Weigel: It’s been a good reading year and I highly recommend the following to the readers on your Christmas (not “holiday”) shopping list: God or Nothing, by Cardinal Robert Sarah (Ignatius Press): It was the book being discussed at Synod-2015 and with good reason, for this interview-style autobiography … [Read more...]

Master of Ceremonies helps altar servers master their craft

New position inspired by Fortune 500 CEO who helps create “military-like precision” at Sunday mass

The following comes from an August 12 Catholic San Francisco article by Lidia Wasowicz: St. Hilary Parish in Tiburon has introduced a ministry to help altar servers master their craft and worshippers mind the Mass. Seated to the right of the altar in a cassock and surplice, an adult master of ceremonies assists, guides and, when necessary, steps in for school age acolytes … [Read more...]

A skeleton, a Catholic relic, and a mystery about American origins

A newly discovered artifact buried with one of Jamestown’s most prominent leaders suggests he could have been a crypto-Catholic

The following comes from a July 28 Atlantic article by Adrienne LaFrance: After 400 years in the Virginia dirt, the box came out of the ground looking like it had been plucked from the ocean. A tiny silver brick, now encrusted with a green patina and rough as sandpaper. Buried beneath it was a human skeleton. The remains would later be identified as those of Captain Gabriel … [Read more...]

Where have all the Christians gone?

Increasing amount of "nones" when it comes to religion

The following comes from a July 29 Crux article by Michael O'Loughlin: Your notion of whether or not the United States is a “Christian nation” could be colored by where you live In Dallas, for example, nearly 8 in 10 residents are Christian, but in San Francisco, fewer than half identify as Christian – and the number of those claiming no religious affiliation is … [Read more...]