Parish roundup: Modern social justice heroes celebrated; Houston religious schools booming

by Peter Feuerherd

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Oak Park, Illinois, Catholics come together to help the homeless.

A parish in Gary, Indiana, threatened with closure, has reinvigorated itself.

More parishes in the Boston Archdiocese work collaboratively by sharing a pastor.

Rhode Island parishioners work together to fight hunger, including with an annual Good Friday walk to the State House.

St. Charles Borromeo Parish in South New Jersey hires armed security to patrol church grounds during weekend liturgies.

Louisiana Catholics join in a Bible Reading Marathon.

In the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, parishes are asked to participate in a diocesan revitalization process. A pastor there is making himself known in an effort to stem the tide of Catholics leaving active practice.

In Fargo, North Dakota, aging Catholics are concerned that there has been a cutback in priest visits to senior facilities.

Low-gluten hosts are now available in most parishes for those afflicted with celiac disease. 

Stained-glass windows celebrate modern heroes of social justice at a Buffalo, New York, church.

Catholics in the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, await the results of a financial audit. Expenditures have been put on hold during an investigation of diocesan accounts.

Religious schools around Houston, including Catholic high schools, are undergoing a boom.

Parish renewal is the theme of an April 19 symposium at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. The event will mark the 40th anniversary of Renew International.

A parish school in Green Bay, Wisconsin, thrives via outreach to Latinos.

[Peter Feuerherd is a correspondent for NCR's Field Hospital series on parish life and is a professor of journalism at St. John's University, New York.]

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