The Field Hospital: Breaking the silence around domestic abuse; a megachurch for Catholics for a change; Boston group starting its own parish; a look inside another closing.
USCCB meeting: The plan sets priorities for evangelization, marriage and family life, human life and dignity, vocations and religious freedom.
Call to Action: The best way to engage Catholics is to ask them how the church can be of service to them, panel says.
Preaching: "Sometimes our words respond to questions nobody is asking," Pope Francis said. "If you don't listen to people, how can you preach?"
The Field Hospital: Founded nearly 100 years ago, Oregon Catholic Press sends out its church music across the country. If you are a Catholic Mass-goer, it's likely you know their hits.
The Field Hospital: Jesuit parish to focus on human trafficking; politics in a church bulletin; "returning citizens" tell their stories; Home Starter Kit helps flood victims.
Working groups offer "a promising model for healing and bridge-building ... and the American church needs this desperately," says one adviser to the diocesan family synod.
The Field Hospital: St. Elizabeth Parish partners with the Center for Exchange and Solidarity in San Salvador to fund scholarships with a community bent.
The growing numbers of young Catholic Latinos are a "powerful sign of hope" to those gathering in Seattle to talk about ministry to that next generation.
Updated with video: As groundbreaking synod ends, diocesan leaders look to address what Bishop McElroy calls the US church's "great pastoral crisis and challenge."