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