Posts Tagged ‘parish life’

Visiting Canadian lay leader helping Catholics inject new life into parishes Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Canadian lay leader Ron Huntley arrived in Brisbane last week to speak with priests and Church leaders about how to go beyond the crisis in the Catholic Church and inspire an authentic renewal of faith. “If the way we do Church doesn’t lead to an encounter and a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ Read more

Pope’s three signs a parish is doing well Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

During a visit to a parish in Rome, Pope Francis offered three signs a parish is doing well: prayer; the “charity of facts”, exemplified by their charitable works; and “passive charity”. “What is passive charity?” he asked rhetorically. “That you love one another and do not criticize one another”. During his pastoral visit Francis meets Read more

Catholic parish life has become insufferably middle-class Comments 0

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Parish and sacraments

There are plenty of things for which I thank God: good friends, the health of my children, the glorious tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. Another is the fact that my wife and I were never made to attend a Catholic marriage preparation course. If we had been members of a parish where the mind-numbingly dull half-year Read more

Social scientists join the dots on the Church’s future Comments 0

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Social scientists say a number of demographic forces have been reshaping the Catholic landscape for decades. These forces are causing concern in some places, offering opportunity in others, and changing the church in ways that couldn’t be decreed by synods or ecumenical councils. A new publication, Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century is providing an Read more

18 new parishes for Christchurch diocese Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A major reorganisation is ahead for the New Zealand diocese of Christchurch with the planned formation of 18 new parishes. “New and wider parish boundaries will now include previously separate parish communities, making possible a sharing of resources, both human and material. These changes will cause some sorrow and sadness, but also present new opportunities. For many Read more

How parish life has changed Comments 0

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

While the following article concerns the US, much of what is reported here is reflected in Catholic parish life in Aotearoa New Zealand: A lot has changed in parish life in a quarter-century, yet American Catholics are still predominantly attached to territorial parishes headed by a priest pastor. The model is being stretched and transformed, Read more