Parish roundup: Pittsburgh parishes merge; marriage prep renews

First responders and residents walk amid debris and destroyed homes Oct. 11 after Hurricane Michael swept through Mexico Beach, Florida. (CNS/Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

by Peter Feuerherd

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It's a tough time to be a priest in New Jersey.

Massive parish mergers take effect in the Pittsburgh Diocese.

Catholic parishes are in the midst of hurricane recovery in the Florida Panhandle.

The Salvadoran community of Long Island, New York, celebrates the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Romero.

Marriage preparation programs are renewed, taking a cue from Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia.

A "One Percent Challenge" encourages Catholics in Arkansas to read and study the Bible.

Parishioners react to the lack of communication about pastor changes in the Memphis Diocese. Their protests have an impact, as Bishop Martin Holley is removed by Pope Francis.

There is a plea to commission local artists for parish work.

[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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