Catholic parishes flourish

.- Only four years after it was created, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in LaGrange is ready to build a new 1,000-seat church.

The new Catholic church is needed to handle an explosion of growth in the young parish from 320 families in 2002 to 1,100 now, reported the Poughkeepsie Journal. The number of children in their faith-education program has also soared from 294 in 2001 to 720 today.

The current church, which has five masses per weekend, seats 315. Masses are standing room only, except for the 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning mass. Construction for the new church on Route 82 will begin this spring. The current church will be converted into classrooms for the parish faith program.

The $12-million construction is anticipating growth in the rural area of LaGrange, where farmland continues to be transformed into upscale subdivisions, reported the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Due to demographic shifts, parishes in the outlying areas continue to grow while the Archdiocese of New York considers closing or merging parishes in the New York City area. It is not unusual to find three parishes in a five-block area, many of them with sharply reduced attendance. The archdiocese must also consider its shortage of priests in its diocesan realignment strategy, which is expected to be announced soon.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees

Liturgical Calendar

July 27, 2014


All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:44-52


Daily Readings

First Reading:: 1 Kings 3: 5, 7-12
Second Reading:: Rom 8: 28-30
Gospel:: Mt 13: 44-52

Saint of the Day

St. Panteleon »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:44-52


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: