October 11, 2020
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Saving a Church

All of us are aware of the closings of Catholic churches around the country. There are four main reasons why this tragedy has occurred. Sometimes a church will close because the neighborhood has changed dramatically, forcing many parishioners to...

Coming to a Parish Near You?

It seems as if it does not affect your parish then there is no reason to be concerned. Except when it is yours. My parish, St. Patrick’s in Chatham, New Jersey, motored along for years not too concerned about the conditions affecting the...

Empty Pews

I hope I am not the only one concerned about the paucity of pews that are are occupied during Saturday and Sunday Masses of obligation. I keep wondering where have all the faithful Catholics gone. At one time I thought after a Saturday Vigil Mass...

Practicing What We Preach

It is useful to start by recalling the incident in which an expert of the law asked Jesus about the greatest commandment; and how Jesus answered by pointing out that there were actually two: “to love our God with our total self and to love our...

Life by the Numbers

Sabermetrics is defined as the science of numbers applied to baseball to determine the relative monetary and athletic relevancy of everyone who has played or is trying to play the game professionally. This new baseball numerical science is the...

Christ in You

We live in a world awash with evil, sin and suffering. We, along with people of all the ages, ask why. Why would a loving all powerful God permit such pain and blatant immorality to exist? Each and every one of us spends every day of our life in...

The Cross and the Flag?

In the November wake of 9/11, I bought a small lapel pin at the St. Patrick Cathedral gift shop in New York City.  It depicted a small cross and an American flag, leaning on each other at a 45-degree angle. The pin beautifully linked these two...

Two Churches

During a Men’s Bible Study years ago, one of the men in my group said he was reading John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come. His religious’ curiosity got me to thinking about my own...