Parish roundup: Parishes talk restructuring; California parish has safe parking for homeless

People pray during Mass April 17, 2016, at Holy Redeemer Church in Detroit. The Mass was the site of a "Mass Mob" event, an evangelization effort aimed at boosting regular Mass attendance. (CNS/Jim West)

by Peter Feuerherd

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The Diocese of Pittsburgh is making a concerted effort to reach out to "nones," those young adults who have no church affiliation. It comes in the context of a massive restructuring and consolidation of parishes in western Pennsylvania.

Newly reconfigured parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago get new names.

We recently posted an item on schools in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, being closed. The diocesan newspaper has a different angle on why this is happening.

Parishes in the Diocese of San Diego respond to mental health issues.

A pastor recalls the impact of a massive immigration raid in his Iowa town 10 years later.

In Oklahoma, the governor signs a bill that extends "castle" defense protections to houses of worship.

"Mass mobs" connect suburbanites with the historic parishes of the city of Detroit. It's become a regular tradition.

A parish in Orange County, California, provides the homeless who sleep in their cars a safe parking area. No good deed goes unpunished, as some neighbors object.

Officials in the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, are meeting with parishioners to determine the future of parishes there. Bishop Edgar da Cunha is playing an active role. The meetings are being held in English, Spanish and Portuguese

[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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