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Mass at Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus Parish in Chicago.

Parish named for Sts. Martha, Mary, and Lazarus keeps the faith on Chicago’s South Side

Jul 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A parish under the three siblings’ patronage celebrates unity as it marks the July 29 feast day of the three... Read more

The pandemic has hit Catholic parishes hard. It’s also taken a toll on priests

Jun 21, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Pastors across England discuss the pandemic’s long-term impact on their parishes. Read more

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican cardinal invites German bishops to discuss parish instruction

Jul 30, 2020

A Vatican cardinal has invited German bishops to Rome to discuss their criticisms of a new instruction on parishes.   Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican publishes instructions on parish reform and diocesan restructuring

Jul 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy published instructions Monday on reforming parishes and restructuring dioceses to better serve their “singular mission... Read more

Our Lady of the Assumption, Gateacre, Liverpool. Courtesy of @ourladygateacre Facebook page

Catholic parish offers phone support to more than 500 people amid pandemic

Jun 23, 2020

A few years ago Catholics in a suburb of Liverpool, England, recognized that they had a problem: parishioners didn’t know... Read more

St. Mary's historic church in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

‘Nones’ rise amid declining church attendance, survey shows

Apr 18, 2019

Church membership in the United States has dropped considerably in the last two decades, and the number of people who... Read more

What is a lay 'Parish Life Coordinator'? A CNA Explainer

Dec 11, 2018

By Ed Condon

What is a ‘parish life coordinator? What does such a lay person do?  Read more

Cathedral of Saint Paul in Pittsburgh.

As Pittsburgh churches consolidate, bishop urges strong communities

May 1, 2018

By Perry West

As the Diocese of Pittsburgh moves to condense its 188 parishes into 57 multi-parish groups, Bishop David Zubik hopes the... Read more

Growing the Church through New Media - Transforming Parish Communications by Scot Landry.

Faith on Facebook? Author stresses need for 'digital missionaries'

Oct 2, 2014

Catholic presence in social media is critical in reaching out to those who are lost or distanced from the Church,... Read more

Fr. Ken Simpson (far right) brainstorms with parish leadership at the Amazing Parish Conference Aug. 28.

Hundreds flock to conference looking to revive parish life

Sep 1, 2014

By Mary Farrow

Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference... Read more