Parish roundup: Bishop Braxton recounts racial profiling; flu affects Masses

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Statuary and stained-glass windows at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Pittsburgh: An evening Mass on the first Friday of every month has been attracting young people to the church. (Wikimedia Commons/Bestbudbrian)
Statuary and stained-glass windows at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Pittsburgh: An evening Mass on the first Friday of every month has been attracting young people to the church. (Wikimedia Commons/Bestbudbrian)

More closures and consolidations: this time, schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and schools in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois.

Catholics in Pennsylvania forgo the sign of peace and the eucharistic cup in response to the flu epidemic. Similar steps have been taken in other dioceses as well, including in Maine.

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, visits a parish and describes what it's like to be racially profiled.

Braxton also communicates with three parishes whose pastor was recently arrested for child pornography and possession of illegal drugs. The priest denies the charges.

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Despite a concerted effort at evangelization, Mass attendance in the Cincinnati Archdiocese continues to decline.

A Pittsburgh parish makes a connection with young adults.

In Florida, a parish marks 20 years of perpetual adoration.

[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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