NCR Today: Pope Francis has made a change to the Roman Missal officially permitting the washing of women's feet in the Holy Thursday ritual, and for some, this change is disturbing.
NCR Today: As a Capuchin, I was both edified and challenged by Pope Francis' words to the Capuchins last week.
The parish's annual celebration started in 1999 when Deacon Keith McKnight introduced the custom by inviting congregants to pray, celebrate, tell their family story and share a meal.
The Field Hospital: Montana youth group cleans headstones of veterans' graves; Calif. parishioners send care packages to active military; San Francisco parish hosts bus with shower facilities for homeless.
I grew up, like most Catholics, thinking that Lent was a gloomy season when we stopped singing "Alleluia!" and eating candy because we had to be sorry for our sins for 40 days. The only good part about Lent was that I just might get to go to the parish fish fry on Friday evening and run around with my grade school buddies.
Sadly, I'm not sure that my understanding of Lent matured much more than that until recent years.
The Peace Pulpit: "As Jesus was anointed priest, prophet and king, so are you anointed as a member of his body unto everlasting life."
The Field Hospital: Chicago Catholics prepare for parish closings; Fake priest fleeces LA parishes; Ministry for gay and lesbian Catholics profiled in video series
NCR Today: The Chicago Tribune reports that that the archdiocese of Chicago could close many of its churches by 2030, as the result of a "radical overhaul."
The Field Hospital: Ariz. group works with women who have had abortions; Ore. deacon distributes goods in Democratic Republic of the Congo; Parishioners hear a first-person miracle survival story
The Peace Pulpit: "As we gather together as God's people, we are those who continue to build on the foundation that was laid previously 60 years ago in this place."