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    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Criminals sharing abortion-rights sentiments targeted a church in Boulder Tuesday night, smashing windows and spray painting Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Boulder. The Catholic church, and the Archdiocese in Denver, said the vandalism to the property will cost thousands of dollars to repair. Parishioners of the Boulder County church showed up for morning mass to find ani-catholic and pro-abortion rights messages spray-painted on their buildings. Windows were smashed, and messages of universal healthcare were also left on sculptures. “Once again a parish community showed up for a morning mass and had to walk in and witness that their parish had been targeted,” said Mark Haas, spokesperson for the Archdiocese. “I hate to say it. I was not surprised to learn of this, this morning.” Haas said the Archdiocese had suspected the possibility of targeted vandalism if the Supreme Court elected to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling. However, they were not expecting it to happen until June at the earliest. Haas said the church was saddened to be expecting possible vandalism due to their anti-abortion...
    Bishop Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has condemned the rebel raid of a Mass on Easter morning as a profanation and a sacrilege. “Very bad news on Easter Day,” Bishop Paluku told Catholic radio Monday regarding Sunday’s armed incursion of Mai-Mai rebels into the Queen of Angels parish church. “It means that this group which comes to disrupt the Mass, did not come at random. It means that they prepared their strike, and the fact that they went right up to the altar and carried away the missal is already a profanation.” “We strongly condemn this incursion, this disruption of worship on the holiest, most fundamental day of our Christian faith,” the bishop declared. “No one is obliged to believe, but even if you don’t believe in something, you must at least leave that freedom to others.” “Religious freedom is constitutional and requires respect for the faithful to practice their worship without being disturbed,” he said. The bishop went on to insist that the act not only constituted theft but...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Lenten season is here. If that means you’ll be forgoing meat on Fridays for a fish lunch or dinner — you’re in luck! The annual KDKA Fish Fry Guide is back! So, go on, plan ahead and find some great places to grab the catch of the day! For more information on the Lenten season in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, visit their website here. Not on our list? Submit your fish fry to us by clicking here: Fish Fry Submissions MORE INFORMATION: Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Catholic Supply Chain And Inflation: Local Fire Departments And Churches Raise Prices For Fish Frys ________________________________________________________________________________________ KDKA FISH FRY GUIDE KDKA Fish Fry Guide sponsored by Eat ‘n Park • Click here to order your “Whale of a Cod” Fish Sandwich. • Click here for the Eat ‘n Park Lenten seafood menu. • Click here for Eat ‘n Park, Hello Bistro and The Porch locations. ________________________________________________________________________________________ PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC DIOCESE St. Aidan Parish Blessed Francis Seelos Academy 201 Church Rd. Wexford, Pa. 15090Curbside Pickup OnlyWhen:...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Families came one by one to the baptismal font in a Phoenix church where the Rev. Andrés Arango, whose baptisms up until last summer are presumed to be invalid, poured holy water over the heads of a dozen people in a do-over of the Catholic ritual. The ceremony Thursday evening represented a new assignment for Arango, pastor of St. Gregory Parish for nearly five years until news broke that he had repeatedly flubbed the phrasing on the initiation rite. His task now: Healing and helping those he invalidly baptized. Thirteen-year-old Alysson Najera, who was baptized by Arango in 2009, was among the 11 children and one adult who underwent the rite again during the ceremony, this time with Arango using the church-prescribed language. Like others, she then again received Communion and was confirmed — this time as valid sacraments in the eyes of the church, which require recipients first to be baptized. Alysson’s mother, Eliana Najera, said she doesn’t hold it against Arango that her daughter’s first baptism was invalidated. She praised him for his work over...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many people are giving thanks this year for the return to normalcy as we gather for the Thanksgiving holiday.At Saint Benedict Parish in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, they are preparing to welcome back area residents in need for a traditional meal.Church member Kevin Buchar said he has plenty of reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving."It's been a tough year and a half for everybody, so it's time to be thankful for what we do have," he said.Buchar is one of dozens of parishioners at St. Benedict's Parish who are volunteering for the church's community dinner on Thanksgiving Day. The gathering was canceled last year because of the pandemic.Church member Carolyn Bull has been the dinner's coordinator for the last 23 years."It's been a hard year," she said. "It's been a hard time where people are struggling and they've been spread out, and it's nice to bring people back together.Food donations and gifts continued stream in Wednesday afternoon as preps got underway for the church's traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey and all the fixings.St. Benedict's Father Stephen Kanonik...
    A former Pennsylvania pastor admitted to stealing over $30,000 in parish funds, which he spent on a beach house on the New Jersey shore, and men with whom he had sexual relationships, authorities said. Monsignor Joseph McLoone, 58, was spared prison time and sentenced to five years of court supervision, the first nine months completed on electronic home confinement, restitution, and other conditions, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. McLoone, of Bryn Mawr, began his service as pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Downingtown in 2011 after the removal of Msgr. William Lynn, the DA's office said. McLoone diverted funds into secret accounts and stole included donations from the congregation related to special collections held during mass, as well as fees paid to the parish for weddings and funerals by those married at the church or holding funeral services, according to authorities. He allegedly spent the money on his salary, a beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey, and men he was dating. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia noted that his "relationships with adults" represented a violation of The Standards of Ministerial...
    VISALIA, Calif. (RNS) — It’s billed as the largest Catholic parish in the United States and it’s being constructed about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, in what’s often referred to “as the heart of California’s dairy industry.” With an estimated $18.5 million price tag, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church will seat 3,200 people, will encompass approximately 33,000 square feet and is expected to open in spring 2022. The church is being built in Visalia, a city in Tulare County, and Catholic leaders there are hailing it as the largest U.S. parish in terms of seating capacity. ___ This content is written and produced by Religion News Service and distributed by The Associated Press. RNS and AP partner on some religion news content. RNS is solely responsible for this story. ___ The new church — financed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno and private donations — will feature 9-foot-tall stained glass windows in its sanctuary, a baptismal font at the parish entrance, Stations of the Cross with 14 devotional posts and an octagon-shaped dome highlighted in antique gold featuring...
    By Peter Smith | Associated Press The domed sanctuary rising in Lower Manhattan, where workers are busy installing translucent Greek marble in time for a ceremonial lighting on Sept. 10, bears little resemblance to the modest parish church that John Katsimatides had discovered years ago. He often visited the old St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to say a prayer and light a candle as he went to or from work nearby on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower. The church stood as a quiet oasis amid the soaring financial district. John Katsimatides “was thrilled that there was a Greek church right across the street from where he worked,” recalled his sister, Anthoula Katsimatides. “St. Nicholas was very special to him.” In the immediate aftermath the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, John’s relatives held on to hope that he might have survived. They put up missing-person posters in Lower Manhattan and searched the streets and hospitals for him. But as the days stretched into weeks, “our priest insisted that we, for the sake of his soul, read...
    The domed sanctuary rising in Lower Manhattan, where workers are busy installing translucent Greek marble in time for a ceremonial lighting on Sept. 10, bears little resemblance to the modest parish church that John Katsimatides had discovered years ago. He often visited the old St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to say a prayer and light a candle as he went to or from work nearby on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower. The church stood as a quiet oasis amid the soaring financial district. John Katsimatides “was thrilled that there was a Greek church right across the street from where he worked,” recalled his sister, Anthoula Katsimatides. “St. Nicholas was very special to him.” In the immediate aftermath the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, John’s relatives held on to hope that he might have survived. They put up missing-person posters in Lower Manhattan and searched the streets and hospitals for him. But as the days stretched into weeks, “our priest insisted that we, for the sake of his soul, read the prayer rites” marking his death,...
    WILMINGTON (CBS) – After the Archdiocese of Boston issued an August mandate to separate masked parishioners from unmasked parishioners, a Wilmington parish will ask all those who come to church to wear masks. “While the intent is to protect all individuals, we feel it creates havoc for all attending Masses and other parish events. It creates a confrontational environment for ushers and staff members to be seating people in different areas of the churches based on their masks/no masks preferences – it doesn’t make good pastoral sense to us!” Pastoral Associate Tom Griffin said in an email to members of The Parish of The Transfiguration, which has two churches in Wilmington. READ MORE: Tornado Warnings Issued For Parts Of Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard In August, the Archdioceses said that while churches should comply with local and state mandates, it should also have “clearly marked, clearly communicated and clearly enforced” areas of the church for people who are wearing masks. READ MORE: Flash Flood Warning As Idas Remnants Likely To Bring Up To 5+ Inches Of Rain Overnight The mandate also...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A North Side church had a bittersweet celebration Saturday as St. Ignatius parish held its final regular mass.There were mixed emotions in Rogers Park as a thousand or so parishioners gathered for a final time in the beautiful neoclassical church.The St. Ignatius parish is more than a century old, opening in 1907, but last December the Archdiocese made the difficult decision to close the parish and consolidate with two others -- St. Gertrude and St. Jerome -- as part of the "renew my church" initiative.Father Dan Hartnett has helped lead St. Ignatius since 2018 and this was also his home parish growing up."I'm sure all of us feel very broken hearted in many ways because this isn't just a building for us, but this has been our spiritual home," Fr. Hartnett said before they final mass."It's just, there's joy because this is where I grew up, but heartache too," added parishioner Tim Boyle.It's still unclear what will happen to the church, as well as the school and other buildings on the campus, which parishioners hope they will...
    The Washington, D.C., Catholic parish where President Joe Biden attends Mass announced it wouldn’t deny any politicians communion regardless of potential church statements advising the opposite. Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s Parish Council issued a statement Tuesday affirming its history of “welcoming all,” according to The Pillar reporter J.D. Flynn. The council said it stood by Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, who has pushed back on prohibiting some “American politicians” from receiving Communion, the statement added. “Holy Trinity Catholic Church will not deny the Eucharist to persons presenting themselves to receive it,” the parish council said in the statement. Earlier this month, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a measure to draft a statement clarifying whether politicians who openly counter key church teaching on topics like abortion may be denied Communion. Nearly 75% of the 229 U.S. bishops approved the measure. Gregory’s request that the USCCB delay the drafting of a statement was rejected by the bishops, the parish council said. The vote has caused “considerable desolation” among Roman Catholics nationwide, according to...
    More On: go to greg Can someone have a word with my co-worker about her plunging necklines? How do I get back into the workforce after a long gap? Should I accept requests on LinkedIn from people I don’t know? Should I call out my work colleague for being mean to me? Last July, after 34 years of employment and service to the church, I was told by the new pastor I was being terminated. I was told the parish could no longer afford to pay me. I’m 61, remain unemployed and in financial hardship. I was also a coach and director in their youth outreach volunteer program for over 20 years. Is there any chance that they are required to reward me with any severance payments? I am so sorry to hear this, and I wish I had more encouraging news. Unless there was some written agreement or practice of providing severance, there is no obligation to provide any. And now, a year later, it is even more difficult to make the case. That said, there is...
    MT. LEBANON (KDKA) — It was the first Sunday in more than a year that almost looked normal for parishioners with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon. “It’s going to be so wonderful. We’ve been looking forward to it,” parishioner Carolyn Cornelius said. READ MORE: Shadyside Art Festival On Walnut Street Offering Vaccine Incentive Continues Today The impact of the pandemic still lurked. People were masked, distant and not in their church home but the Peterswood Park in Peters Township. “I wouldn’t not be here. I go to church all the time. Every week. This is my church,” said Ellen Goss who has been a parishioner for more than 30 years. For the past 15 months, the church has had small group setting or Zoom meetings. “God bless Zoom,” Cornelius said with a smile. For Cornelius, that’s how she was able to meet some of the parishioners. She started going to the church right before the pandemic. Same with Wayne Williams. “Being isolated. Just via Zoom was challenging,” Williams’s recalled. “It’s also been a time when I’ve really learned...
    MT. LEBANON (KDKA) — With COVID-19 restrictions easing across the state, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is holding its first full-parish, in-person service in 15 months. This will be the church’s first full in-person service since the pandemic began. READ MORE: Study Ranks Pennsylvania As The 4th Grossest State In The U.S. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has one of the largest congregations of local Episcopal parishes. According to the Diocese, it’s too large to safely gather inside the church, so they are gathering at Peterswood Park in Peters Township for their service. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Deputs Open Air Outdoor Performance Series In Schenley Park This will allow as many people as possible to gather. With it being Pentecost Sunday, the symbol of a dove is used in the church, so doves will be released during the service. In this setting, The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks, but it is recommended that unvaccinated people do wear masks. MORE NEWS: Wilkinsburg Gardening Fair Focuses On Backyard Gardens The service is set to begin at 10:45...
    A crucifix dedicated to a Brooklyn monsignor’s late mother was smashed and an American flag was burned Thursday at a local Catholic church. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is looking into what may constitute a hate crime after a vandal jumped over a fence Thursday night, toppled the Jesus statue, and torched the flag at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Bensonhurst, according to the New York Post. Jesus statue toppled, American flag burned in NYC church attack https://t.co/ngaHMLGGVq via @nypmetro. Very sad to see this! Monsignor Casatto is one of the most upbeat clergy members in NYC & he said that this was his saddest day in 20 yrs at St A’s parish. — Sal Albanese (@SalAlbaneseNYC) May 15, 2021 Hundreds attended a prayer vigil Friday night following a morning post the church wrote about the incident, according to The Christian Post. (RELATED: NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Investigates Vandalism Of Statue Depicting Anti-Communist Polish Priest) “On such a short notice we all came together to show how strong our Faith is! What an amazing crowd! We are...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A fire destroyed their church, but a Twin Cities community says their spirit is still as strong as ever. A fire devastated the Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis last Monday. The flames caused the century-old ceiling to collapse. (credit: CBS) On Sunday, the congregation worshipped in the parish hall — a smaller, temporary spot — where the congregation typically gathers after Sunday mass. Thanks to the work of volunteers, some of the church’s original religious relics were preserved from the fire, and used for Sunday’s service. Father John Kutek is the head pastor. “[We] pray and ask God about his guidance, what he wants us to do,” Kutek said. “So we concentrate on healing right now, and prayer and unity. Get together not only as parish members but [as a] whole city.” (credit: CBS) Sacred Heart has held a Sunday mass every week since 1914, when the church opened. Father Kutek thanks everyone for their support, and says they plan to rebuild. Investigators are still working to determine how the fire...
    The Archdiocese of Chicago announced on Wednesday that it had one of its pastors to step aside after allegations arose this week that he sexually assaulted a minor 36 years ago. The Associated Press reports that Cardinal Blase Cupich told members of the Christ the King parish in a letter that Rev. Larry Sullivan will be living away from the parish as the allegations are investigated. The archdiocese’s Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review first learned of the allegations against Sullivan this week, according to Cupich. “Allegations are claims that have not been proven as true or false,” Cupich wrote in the letter. “Therefore, guilt or innocence should not be assumed.” The allegations have been referred to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as well as the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, according to the AP. The AP reports that Sullivan sent a letter to parishioners on Monday, stating he became aware of the allegations after they were posted on social media. Sullivan acknowledged that he made "unwelcome verbal comments" to a female employee when he worked at...
    A fire destroyed the parish house of a historic Long Branch church, injured one firefighter and displaced five residents Easter Sunday. Flames erupted on the first floor of the Broadway facility -- originally the First Reformed Church of Long Branch --  and spread to the second level, NJ.com reports. The blaze was reported by neighbors around 6:25 p.m., bringing approximately 50 firefighters to the scene. The parsonage was evacuated as firefighters worked to prevent the blaze from spreading to the church next door, which dates back to 1867, the outlet said. Tour 4 operated at a 2nd Alarm earlier this evening in the Uptown section of the CityPosted by Long Branch Professional Firefighters on Sunday, April 4, 2021One firefighter was treated for minor injuries at Jersey Shore Medical Center, NJ.com says. The facility now is home to the Pillars of Harvest Ministries Inc., a social services and religious organizations.
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