Parish roundup: Parishioners serve at northern and southern borders

Fr. Maurice Restivo stands near Our Lady of the Assumption Church June 14 in Windsor, Ontario. (CNS/Valaurian Waller, Detroit Catholic)

by Peter Feuerherd

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Catholics cooperate across borders, this one the Canadian-U.S. line that runs between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.

Filipino, Latino and Vietnamese wedding traditions get incorporated into wedding vows in Catholic churches in Utah.

A delegation from the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, visits to help at the border in Texas.

Deacon Greg Kandra reflects on the troubles in scheduling weddings in parishes. He points out the common logistical issues and raises what should be the biggest concern: fewer people are being married in church, skipping what they perceive as burdensome rules and scheduling issues.

A popular priest speaker is notified that he is no longer welcome in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.

The famous Crystal Cathedral is now the Christ Cathedral. The Diocese of Orange, California, has completed its renovation of the famous building that used to be the site of the Rev. Robert Schuller's weekly "Hour of Power" broadcasts. Renovations cost $72 million.

Fr. Matthew P. Schneider argues, in Patheos, that parishes need priest pastors. He takes issue with an NCR columnist's positive view of a lay-run parish in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is the original NCR article.

An argument in favor of upgrading the feast day of Mary Magdalene.

The Church of St. Dismas serves inmates at a tough upstate maximum security New York prison. Donations for the church included one from gangster Lucky Luciano. It is served by the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Catholics in Atlanta take to heart Pope Francis' message on the environment.

[Peter Feuerherd is NCR news editor. His email address is]

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