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From six to one: A town transforms its notion of parish

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service (Last in a series) MANITOWOC, Wis. (CNS) –- More than a decade ago, some of the Catholics in Manitowoc decided to help decide how their town would be affected by the anticipated end of … Continue reading

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To Mass by boat, plane or whatever means necessary at Alaska parish

By Nancy Wiechec Catholic News Service (Eighth in a series) KLAWOCK, Alaska (CNS) — The challenges of managing most parishes don’t usually extend to needing to travel by airplane and boats to celebrate Mass. But when your Delaware-sized parish is … Continue reading

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In an era of fewer priests, some Catholic parishes are run by women

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service (Seventh in a series) SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (CNS) — Growing up in Bermuda in an Anglican family, Cambria Smith Tortorelli was an unlikely person to replace a longtime popular pastor as the head of … Continue reading

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Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of U.S. society

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service (Sixth in a series) WASHINGTON (CNS) — American parishes are not so monolithic anymore. Traditionally European parishes, once the hallmark of the American Catholic Church, have become places where immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Central … Continue reading

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Success of religious education depends on parents, parish leaders say

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service (Fifth in a series) WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just as one Catholic school does not reflect all of them, there isn’t one religious education program Pope Francis could visit while he is in the United … Continue reading

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Parish views: From do-it-all pastors to 100 ministries to guide

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service (Fourth in a series) GREENWOOD, Miss. (CNS) — Franciscan Father Gregory Plata is the key to one example of how Catholic parishes are dealing with the decline in the number of priests. He’s pastor … Continue reading

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Although of many styles, Catholic schools face similar challenges

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service (Third in a series) WASHINGTON (CNS) — In trying to pick a “typical” Catholic school for Pope Francis to visit in the United States, planners found Our Lady Queen of Angels in New York.       … Continue reading

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From flush to floundering, parish finances cover the gamut

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service (Second in a series) SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CNS) — Where to get enough money to keep the place and its programs running is a perennial problem for every parish, although the scale of the … Continue reading

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No such thing as a ‘typical’ U.S. parish; a glance at some versions

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service (First in a series) WASHINGTON (CNS) — If Pope Francis were to have time on his U.S. visit this month to stop at “typical” parishes, it might take a week or two just to see … Continue reading

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