Roman catholic – Parish Church http://parishchurch.org.uk/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 15:52:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://parishchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-37-120x120.png Roman catholic – Parish Church http://parishchurch.org.uk/ 32 32 Renovation of St. James Roman Catholic Church completed in time for Christmas in Johnson City https://parishchurch.org.uk/renovation-of-st-james-roman-catholic-church-completed-in-time-for-christmas-in-johnson-city/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:02:19 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/renovation-of-st-james-roman-catholic-church-completed-in-time-for-christmas-in-johnson-city/ A week ago, workers rushed inside St. James Roman Catholic Church in Johnson City. They were carpeting and adding other last-minute touches to a six-month renovation of the church, founded in 1900. Father Charles Opondo-Owora, the pastor, approached and hugged the base of a newly installed statue of the patron saint. It was from this […]]]>

A week ago, workers rushed inside St. James Roman Catholic Church in Johnson City. They were carpeting and adding other last-minute touches to a six-month renovation of the church, founded in 1900.

Father Charles Opondo-Owora, the pastor, approached and hugged the base of a newly installed statue of the patron saint. It was from this location about five years ago that the project was born.

Opondo-Owora was new to the ward and decided to move the tabernacle from there to the side behind the high altar.

“The Lord is the center of our life,” he said.

Father Charles Opodo-Owora examines the new statue of Saint James in the renovated church.

Then he noticed that the shrine had to be cleaned up, which led to more.

“We really need to clean up the whole church. Why would one place be so beautiful and the other just like … ah? Said Opondo-Owara.

With over four years of planning and discussion, and six months of hard work, the restoration was recently completed. Parishioners had attended Mass in the basement until Christmas.

“A new pair of eyes came in and saw the church completely, totally different from what we’ve seen,” said lifelong parishioner John Kolly.

Kolly, whose parents and grandparents also went to St. James, volunteered to help with the project.

Left to right, Ryan Jenson, director of church affairs and facilities;  John Kolly, parishioner and volunteer;  and Father Charles Opondo-Owora, pastor of St. James, with the renovated worship space behind them.

Left to right, Ryan Jenson, director of church affairs and facilities; John Kolly, parishioner and volunteer; and Father Charles Opondo-Owora, pastor of St. James, with the renovated worship space behind them.

Ryan Jenson, ward business and facilities manager, was the third member of the renovation team.

Jenson said they consulted with parishioners when developing the plans. And they worked with Martin Rambusch and Troy Simmons, both from companies with years of experience renovating churches.

A major change stabilized a sloping ground directly in front of the altar. It now provides easier access for people in wheelchairs and their families. There is also an improved space for the folk choir.

“You’re never going to see it if you weren’t here before, but it was a lot of work to level this ground. I think we’re pretty proud of the way it came out, ”Jenson said.

The newly renovated St. James ceiling, looking down from the church floor.

The newly renovated St. James ceiling, looking down from the church floor.

A hearing loop has also been installed in the floor that connects the audio system to the T-coil hearing aids.

In the aisles, the benches have been shortened to facilitate access to the aisles and around the pillars.

Looking up, there are vibrant images of saints in the ceiling domes and a mural above the altar. They were meticulously cleaned and restored by experts who sometimes used cotton balls to do their jobs.

The restored domes inside St. James, shown from the choir attic.

The restored domes inside St. James, shown from the choir attic.

Jenson said the colors on the walls and pillars are more vibrant now. He marveled at the change from different lights, “new architectural LED lighting and dimming control for different scenes”.

The stained glass windows have also been restored. Jenson said this includes a decades-old name correction on a shutter requested by a descendant of the original donor.

Nearby is the main entrance, where terrazzo tiles feature a scallop which is the symbol of scallop.

A terrazzo tile in the front assembly area of ​​St. James's Church.  It shows the symbol of Saint-Jacques, a scallop.

A terrazzo tile in the front assembly area of ​​St. James’s Church. It shows the symbol of Saint-Jacques, a scallop.

The cost of the project was approximately $ 1.8 million. The parish drew on two endowments left by parishioners, as well as money donated by current members.

“The plan is still to pay off whatever is left,” Jenson said. “We reimburse the investments.

“I am very, very grateful that God’s people were involved as much as they could,” Opondo-Owora said of the project.

“Thank God for the people of God,” he added.

“The first time the church was used, the first time the doors were opened, was on Christmas Day, when Monsignor renovated it and reopened it in 1980; it was Christmas day, ”Opondo-Owora said. “I think it was God’s plan, wait until Christmas Day.

St. James Roman Catholic Church

Or: 147 Main Street, Johnson City, 13790

Call: 607-729-6147

E-mail: stjamesjc@syrdio.org

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Visit the Churches of Bengal: Roman Catholic Diocese of Krishnagar https://parishchurch.org.uk/visit-the-churches-of-bengal-roman-catholic-diocese-of-krishnagar/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 10:11:50 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/visit-the-churches-of-bengal-roman-catholic-diocese-of-krishnagar/ With its crazy crowds, messy urbanization and chaotic traffic, Krishnagar, at first glance, doesn’t seem quite the right place for heritage tourism. But, go through the door of the Roman Catholic Church located in Don Bosco para, and all doubts are dispelled. A green lawn and a beautiful century-old church – complete with a large […]]]>

With its crazy crowds, messy urbanization and chaotic traffic, Krishnagar, at first glance, doesn’t seem quite the right place for heritage tourism.

But, go through the door of the Roman Catholic Church located in Don Bosco para, and all doubts are dispelled. A green lawn and a beautiful century-old church – complete with a large clock tower and dome – greet visitors, as if a little piece of Europe had been kept intact in this Bengal town.

The church is located in the Don Bosco para de Krishnagar

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While the history of this piece of land dates back to 1822, the history of the church began in earnest when a team from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions arrived in Krishnagar from Milan. Father Luigi Limana asked the municipality to use the land to found a Catholic society. There, on September 1, 1886, he erected the first Catholic church in the region. Francis Pozzi was appointed its first bishop. In 1887, the church received its official name – the Roman Catholic Diocese of Krishnagar – although it is now simply referred to as “Catholic Church”.

The church was destroyed in an earthquake in 1897. But in two years, thanks to the efforts of Bishop Pozzi, a new cathedral, still considered one of the most beautiful in Bengal, was built on its site. current and inaugurated on March 19. 1899.

A statue of Jesus holding a cross on the front pediment, with the great dome of the church in the background

A statue of Jesus holding a cross on the front pediment, with the great dome of the church in the background

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In 1928 control of the church was taken over by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

The church is very distinct in its design and physical beauty. Neither Gothic, Neoclassical or Victorian, it presents a mixture of different styles of architecture. Although its shape is largely European, it still stands out from other churches built during this time.

The front pediment is supported by four pillars, which are not Ionic, Doric, or Corinthian in style. Instead, a touch of Tuscan design is visible in these pillars.

Statues of Catholic Saints

Statues of Catholic Saints

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A large exit under the pediment has two Romanesque arches covered under another larger arch and supported by three Corinthian pillars. The lower part of the pediment has two swan neck extensions facing each other, giving the structure a royal touch. At the top, there is a statue of Jesus holding a cross in his hand.

Underneath the pediment, just after another line of floral designs, a line is carved in Bengali which reads: “Eshwarer Griho – Swarger Dwar” – which means “the house of God – the gate to heaven”.

Inside the church, many oil paintings and some period furniture still exist. Being a Catholic Church, it houses idols of Jesus, Mary and others.

Many oil paintings still exist inside the church

Many oil paintings still exist inside the church

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In 2009, a large structure called ‘Christo Mandir’ was built right in front of the old church.

It is a huge prayer hall-exhibition hall, decorated with superb sculptures of religious and social importance. On its outer wall, statues of saints like St Augustine, St Pauls, St Francis Xavier, St James etc are installed.

A massive wooden door with an engraved figure of Christ greets people in

A massive wooden door with an engraved figure of Christ greets people in

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The floor of the hall is all marble and the walls are adorned with sculptures and paintings on glass depicting the life of Jesus and stories from the Bible. The hall has provisions for visitors to rest and pray.

Christo Mandir’s exterior pediment has sculptures of famous figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, BR Ambedkar and even a British royal.

An ark with carvings showing Jesus from his birth to his crucifixion

An ark with carvings showing Jesus from his birth to his crucifixion

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Standing on four heavily ornate Corinthian pillars, the portico is completed by a solid wooden door with an engraved figure of Christ. The central arch on one side of the wall features carvings depicting Jesus from his birth to his crucifixion, while many scenes from the Bible are painted on the glass panes covering smaller arches.

Scenes from the Bible Painted on Windows

Scenes from the Bible Painted on Windows

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Although the old church sporadically opens to the public, the new structure welcomes tourists every working day. It is especially popular during Christmas and New Years week when tourists and locals visit the place to celebrate. However, due to the pandemic, the celebrations have been limited to some extent.

Somen Sengupta has a passion for heritage and travel and has written about it for 26 years. When not working as a senior executive in a multinational corporation, he keeps an eye out for intriguing historical anecdotes and unearths forgotten stories. It also makes him a quiz enthusiast.


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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s files for creditor protection https://parishchurch.org.uk/roman-catholic-archdiocese-of-st-johns-files-for-creditor-protection/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 01:20:07 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/roman-catholic-archdiocese-of-st-johns-files-for-creditor-protection/ For victims of sexual abuse at Mount Cashel Orphanage in the mid-20th century, time is running out, but that’s exactly what the church is looking for more grace – the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s has asked the protection of its creditors. “We are the garbage,” said one of four John Does who have […]]]>

For victims of sexual abuse at Mount Cashel Orphanage in the mid-20th century, time is running out, but that’s exactly what the church is looking for more grace – the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s has asked the protection of its creditors.

“We are the garbage,” said one of four John Does who have fought for compensation for more than two decades – a legal battle waged by St. John’s attorney Geoff Budden.

The man and his four brothers were abused at the St. John’s orphanage. A brother has died in the past two years. Two are in long-term care and one has early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s no surprise the church is taking the bankruptcy court route, but it’s infuriating that the wait for compensation goes on and on, Doe said.

He will be 82 on his next birthday.

“What do you say after you say it’s amazing?” ” he said.

“This is the Holy Roman Catholic Church for you.… I have no more anger. I think I expressed it all. My feeling towards them or my idea of ​​who they are is a bag of pus. They have no feelings for the complainants, absolutely none. I think they have confused Beelzelbub and Jesus. “

Archbishop Peter Hundt made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, December 21, via a press release indicating that the Archdiocese had filed a notice of intention to make a proposal under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act .

“In the past year, since the court ruling became final that the Archdiocese was vicariously liable for the abuse allegations at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, we have worked hard to determine the best way to resolve these complaints. while ensuring the continued practice and celebration of our Catholic faith, ”Hundt said in the statement.

“Indeed, we will be asking for additional time to complete our valuation of our assets, launch a formal appeal for claims against the Archdiocese and develop a proposal for our creditors to settle victims ‘claims and creditors’ debts. This process will involve the Archdiocese commercializing Diosesan properties, including church buildings, to satisfied claims. It will be a transparent process arbitrated by the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Hundt, who declined an interview, said in the statement that the church is committed to resolving the victims’ claims and “hopes that by doing this we can bring some healing to them, their families and to all who have been hurt by sexual abuse. “

Hundt said he would meet with parishes and groups in the coming weeks.

Budden, of Budden and Associates, said the church has had quite a bit of time already.

“They were one year since the Supreme Court (of Canada) ruling and 16 months since the Newfoundland Court of Appeal ruling,” Budden said Tuesday after the case was announced.

“They do what they think is right for them. And we will respond by doing what is right for our customers. … We will be there (throughout the bankruptcy process), ”he said.

The case was opened in 1999 with a declaration, but was not tried until 2016.

One of John Does’s four representatives has since died.

The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of St. John’s, the legal entity of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, had asserted that it was not to blame for the sexual abuse and insisted that the Irish Christian Brothers were an independent secular order.

In the summer of 2020, however, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of St. John’s was responsible for the sexual abuse of orphans at the hands of some members of the Christian Brothers during this time. .

The church’s attempt to appeal the ruling was dismissed in January 2021 by the Supreme Court of Canada, which declined to hear the appeal.

The orphanage opened in 1898 and was demolished in 1992. A scandal erupted in the 1980s when systemic sexual and physical abuse of boys residing there in the 1970s and 1980s was finally exposed after cover-ups and led to the Hughes Inquiry.

Men who were abused as children at the orphanage in the mid-20th century were not compensated by the provincial government, as subsequent victims were, and after the bankruptcy of the Irish Christian Brothers, victims of that time have sought compensation from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. of St. John’s in the lawsuit brought by Budden and Associates of St. John’s. There are over 75 claimants represented by the firm, appeals continue to come in, and the outcome also affects the cases of various other lawyers.

In 2018, at the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Justice Alphonsus Faour ruled that the Archdiocese could not be found vicariously responsible for the conduct of Christian brothers.

But the Court of Appeal concluded that the trial judge had erred in law on this point, and that the relationship between the Archdiocese and the Irish Christian Brothers was sufficiently close to warrant holding the Archdiocese responsible for the fact. others, and he should pay damages to the victims.

In 2016, a Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court civil lawsuit – covered almost exclusively by The Telegram – heard, among other things, allegations that boys from Mount Cashel were beaten while on the job. queued for meals, had to eat porridge filled with dead larvae, and steal waste from swill vats made from the remains of patients in city hospitals.

There was also the account of an incident of a boy being dragged by a rope into a freezing cold pool where children were forced to bathe with bars of Sunlight soap to save hot water, of a boy screaming as he was beaten up in the shower for arriving late and rushing in and out of the cold water, sex acts committed at night by a Christian brother wandering in the young boys’ dormitory , and a traumatized boy eating a bar of chocolate and drinking carbonated drinks while being sexually assaulted by the canteen operator because he did not know what else to do.


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Washington’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese outlines precautions for safe Christmas masses – Catholic Standard https://parishchurch.org.uk/washingtons-roman-catholic-archdiocese-outlines-precautions-for-safe-christmas-masses-catholic-standard/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 15:23:51 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/washingtons-roman-catholic-archdiocese-outlines-precautions-for-safe-christmas-masses-catholic-standard/ As Catholics prepare for Christmas celebrations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington continues to prioritize policies to ensure that in-person attendance at Mass safely reduces the risk of the coronavirus spreading. At the same time, the Archdiocese, many parishes and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception continue to offer the possibility […]]]>

As Catholics prepare for Christmas celebrations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington continues to prioritize policies to ensure that in-person attendance at Mass safely reduces the risk of the coronavirus spreading. At the same time, the Archdiocese, many parishes and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception continue to offer the possibility of participating in Mass through YouTube and other platforms.

Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are usually among the most frequented liturgies in Catholic churches. With more people vaccinated against COVID-19, mass attendance at Christmas is expected to increase from last year, as vaccines were just starting to become available.

Parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington still follow the guidelines (https://adw.org/coronavirus/) which have been updated regularly throughout the pandemic. They include:

• In accordance with local regulations, masks are mandatory inside churches in Prince George and Montgomery counties. Starting Tuesday, December 21, the District of Columbia will reinstate its mask mandate. Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties currently do not require the use of masks. However, in October, Father Daniel B. Carson, Vicar General and Curia Moderator for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, informed priests that even in jurisdictions that do not require the mask, “pastors have the right to do so. discretion to ask the faithful to continue to mask themselves. in their respective parishes if they wish. Therefore, pastors in jurisdictions that do not require masks still have the prerogative to require that spectators of Mass in their parish wear a mask.

All jurisdictions can change their policies if conditions warrant.

• Ordinary and extraordinary Communion ministers are required to wear masks when distributing Communion.

• Social distancing is always encouraged indoors. Pastors are allowed to reduce the distance to allow use of all rows. Pastors may also choose to reserve a section of the church that maintains a 6-foot distance for those who wish to maintain more social distancing.

People who are reluctant to celebrate Christmas in a full church are encouraged to join one of the many masses available online. Here are some options for locating one:

• The Archdiocese’s YouTube page (www.youtube.com/c/WashArchdiocese/featured) and link to Mass on Christmas Eve (https://adw.org/event/vigil-mass-for-the-solemnity-of-the-nativity-of-the-lord/)

• Directory of parishes (https://adw.org/parishes-masses/parish-mass-finder/) many of which list their own options for online masses on their websites.

• Masses of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (www.nationalshrine.org/mass/).

As is always the case when Christmas falls on a Saturday, parishes will offer Sunday Masses as usual on December 26. Check with each parish to see if the hours have been adjusted.


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Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany resigns https://parishchurch.org.uk/director-of-communications-for-the-roman-catholic-diocese-of-albany-resigns/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 16:43:00 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/director-of-communications-for-the-roman-catholic-diocese-of-albany-resigns/ ALBANY – Mary DeTuris Poust, who has handled communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for the past six years, will step down effective Jan. 28, according to the diocese. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the Diocese of Albany for almost seven years, and I am proud of all […]]]>

ALBANY – Mary DeTuris Poust, who has handled communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for the past six years, will step down effective Jan. 28, according to the diocese.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the Diocese of Albany for almost seven years, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished with the help of an excellent communications team,” said DeTurris Poust in a statement Friday. “Now it’s time for me to return to what has always been the core of my ministry and my professional life: writing, retreat work, and public speaking.

She was hired in 2015 to create a social media presence for the Diocese and the Bishop. The diocese spans 14 counties and she suggested social media would be a way for the church to expand its reach. She suggested to the General Assembly of American Bishops in 2012 that social media would be a beneficial way for the church to reach both Catholics and non-Catholics.

“Mary brought to the post a unique blend of journalistic skills, spiritual insights and social media knowledge, not to mention a long-standing Catholic faith that guided everything she did,” said the Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger. “Although we are sorry to lose her, we are grateful for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Diocese and the Church as a whole, and we wish her all the best as she continues to spread the gospel through the community. written and spoken word. “

In her statement, DeTuris Poust said she was grateful to the bishop for “his commitment to transparency and truth, for his support of Catholic communications as the primary means of evangelizing, educating and to inspire, and, most importantly, for his tireless efforts to bring healing to survivors of sexual abuse.

She is former editor-in-chief of Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York, and editor-in-chief of the weekly Our Sunday Visitor, and has also served the dioceses of Metuchen, NJ, and Austin, Texas.

A search for his replacement will begin soon.


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Sex outside of marriage is not a serious sin, says Roman Catholic Pope Francis – Malawi 24 https://parishchurch.org.uk/sex-outside-of-marriage-is-not-a-serious-sin-says-roman-catholic-pope-francis-malawi-24/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 12:47:32 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/sex-outside-of-marriage-is-not-a-serious-sin-says-roman-catholic-pope-francis-malawi-24/ Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, has said that sex outside of marriage is not the “gravest sin”. On the contrary, argues the Pope, the gravest sins are pride and hatred. The 84-year-old pontiff made the remarks during a question-and-answer session with reporters aboard the papal plane on a return flight to Italy from […]]]>

Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, has said that sex outside of marriage is not the “gravest sin”. On the contrary, argues the Pope, the gravest sins are pride and hatred.

The 84-year-old pontiff made the remarks during a question-and-answer session with reporters aboard the papal plane on a return flight to Italy from Greece on Monday.

He was responding to a question about the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, who resigned over allegations he was intimately related to a woman, which contradicts the priesthood vows of the Roman Catholic Church – a requirement that all Catholic priests must abstain from sexual relations.

Pope Francis supports same-sex marriage

While keeping his innocence, the archbishop resigned his role with the pope saying the archbishop had fallen “against the sixth commandment, but not a total”, according to a report by The independent.

The sixth commandment says “you shall not commit adultery,” which applies to people having sex outside of their marriage, but the Pope has suggested that this could apply to priests who do not remain celibate.

“[Adultery] is a sin. But it is not the most serious because the sins of the flesh are not the most serious… Aupetit is a sinner. As I am, like Peter, the bishop on whom Christ founded his Church ”, declared Pope Francis, quoted by the Online Mail.

The pontiff previously said the Catholic Church may consider allowing married priests to work in remote areas facing a shortage of priests.

He recently sparked controversy when he said that all Christians should apologize to gay people and anyone who engages in homosexuality.

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Roman Catholic Church Apologizes To Parents After Bishop Tells Children Santa Claus Isn’t Real https://parishchurch.org.uk/roman-catholic-church-apologizes-to-parents-after-bishop-tells-children-santa-claus-isnt-real/ Sun, 12 Dec 2021 16:05:12 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/roman-catholic-church-apologizes-to-parents-after-bishop-tells-children-santa-claus-isnt-real/ For many children around the world, the excitement of Christmas isn’t just about climbing the tree and knowing that there are many presents waiting to be opened, but it’s also when Santa Claus comes to town. A Roman Catholic church in Sicily, Italy, had to apologize to relatives after its bishop told a group of […]]]>

For many children around the world, the excitement of Christmas isn’t just about climbing the tree and knowing that there are many presents waiting to be opened, but it’s also when Santa Claus comes to town.

A Roman Catholic church in Sicily, Italy, had to apologize to relatives after its bishop told a group of children that Santa Claus didn’t exist. According to BBC News, Bishop Antonio Stagliano also mentioned that the red costume of Santa Claus had been chosen by Coca-Cola for advertising.

Reverend Alessandro Paolino, from the Diocese of Noto, said the bishop had tried to emphasize the true meaning of Christmas, but the comments angered many parents.

“First of all, on behalf of the bishop, I express my sadness for this declaration, which created a disappointment among the little ones, and I want to clarify that the intentions of Monsignor Stagliano were very different”, declared Reverend Paolino in an article on the diocese. The Facebook page.

No more milk and cookies for us then! Guess Santa Claus won’t be coming to town.

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The largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the Gulf opens in Bahrain https://parishchurch.org.uk/the-largest-roman-catholic-cathedral-in-the-gulf-opens-in-bahrain/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 05:45:56 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/the-largest-roman-catholic-cathedral-in-the-gulf-opens-in-bahrain/ The largest Roman Catholic church in the Persian Gulf has opened in Bahrain. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, which can accommodate at least 2,300 people, is located in a desert town about 20 kilometers south of the capital, Manama. The modernist church with an octagonal dome, several levels of seating, two chapels and […]]]>

The largest Roman Catholic church in the Persian Gulf has opened in Bahrain.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, which can accommodate at least 2,300 people, is located in a desert town about 20 kilometers south of the capital, Manama.

The modernist church with an octagonal dome, several levels of seating, two chapels and an auditorium with a capacity of 800 is fast becoming a focal point for Bahrain’s 80,000 Catholics and an architectural monument.

The flags of Bahrain and the Pope fluttered on the roads, as the sound of hymns wafted from the cathedral benches into the desert air before the opening.

It is truly an achievement for Bahrain. This will encourage others who would like to come and live in Bahrain. It means you are welcome

Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said Bishop Paul Hinder, who oversees the Catholic vicariate, or jurisdiction, of northern Saudi Arabia which encompasses Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

“We are happy to have such a wonderful and extraordinary building that will be an architectural highlight in Bahrain,” said Bishop Hinder. “We are grateful.”

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, granted the 9,000 square meter land eight years ago and his representative, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, inaugurated the church on Thursday.

It is the culmination of years of work involving the country’s leaders, Church figures, the wider Roman Catholic community of Bahrain and dozens of others, from architects to builders. It also speaks to a rich history of tolerance in Bahrain for other religions that dates back centuries.

Our Lady of Arabia – named after the patroness of the vicariate of northern Arabia – can be seen for miles around, and its design is striking. It looks like a tent in which the Prophet Moses met his people, as described in the Old Testament, and is topped by an octagonal dome under which most of the congregation will sit for Mass.

The gray walls are made of pietra serena stone which is only produced in Florence. On the walls are a series of icons depicting scenes such as the death and resurrection of Jesus, made with materials including 24k gold shipped from Italy. Light is constantly flooding the church from different angles.

“I feel joy and full of emotion,” said the cathedral’s Italian architect Mattia Del Prete, looking at her work years after her team won the global competition to design it.

“The most fundamental aspect of the whole project is the light. At every moment of the day, it changes color and atmosphere.

The opening is a time of celebration for Catholics in Bahrain, but also to express deep gratitude to their host country. Arabia is a place where, for centuries, Islam has prevailed over Christianity. But Bahrain has long allowed people of other faiths, from Judaism to Hindu, to pray in peace. A Hindu temple was established in Bahrain about 200 years ago, while in the 19th century an American mission was allowed to open a church there.

“It was not really an easy question for a very conservative, very Muslim, Arab leader,” said Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, chairman of the board of the King Hamad Global Center of Peaceful Coexistence. “I’m sure he had a lot of opposition, but he got over it. He foresaw the future.

In the 1930s, Bahrain became the commercial center of the Persian Gulf thanks to the oil boom. The first Roman Catholic church in the Gulf – the Church of the Sacred Heart – opened in Manama in 1939 with the arrival of more workers. The new cathedral is close to Awali, a small town in the center of the country that long hosted expatriate workers during the oil era. From the walls of the church, we can still see oil heads pumping.

Today, Catholics in Bahrain are mostly migrant workers from dozens of countries, but mostly from the Philippines and India. Bahrain is also one of the few GCC countries to have a local Christian population – largely Roman Catholic – of around 1,000. The majority of them were originally Arab Christians from the Middle East and immigrated to Bahrain in the 1930s to 1950s and now hold Bahraini nationality.

“Tolerance is important, but not just tolerance,” said Bishop Hinder. “We have to enter into mutual understanding. It doesn’t mean that I have to convert to the other religion, but I have to have a good understanding and get rid of all prejudices. It is an ongoing process and never ended.

Relations between Bahrain and the Vatican have progressed in recent years. King Hamad presented a model of the cathedral to Pope Francis in 2014 and he also invited the pontiff to visit the country.

King Hamad also approved the Document on Human Fraternity, signed in Abu Dhabi by the Pontiff and Dr Ahmed El Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar in 2019 which aims to bring people together in a spirit of respect and tolerance.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a small number of people attended the opening. The cathedral will be consecrated – that is, blessed and ready for services – on Friday.

“The importance of this cathedral is not only the history but also the size,” said Sheikh Khalid. “It’s truly an achievement for Bahrain. This will encourage others who would like to come and live in Bahrain. It means you are welcome.

On Thursday, in front of the cathedral, were hung posters showing the construction with the slogan “journey to a dream”. On Thursday, that dream came true.

Update: December 10, 2021, 5:56 a.m.


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Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese announces mass mask mandate effective December 18 – Boston 25 News https://parishchurch.org.uk/boston-roman-catholic-archdiocese-announces-mass-mask-mandate-effective-december-18-boston-25-news/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 22:44:56 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/boston-roman-catholic-archdiocese-announces-mass-mask-mandate-effective-december-18-boston-25-news/ BOSTON – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it will reinstate a mask mandate for all public masses, including weddings and funerals, beginning Saturday, December 18. Cardinal Seán O’Malley issued the warrant, “in light of the growing number of new COVID cases and the likely increase in those numbers over the upcoming […]]]>

BOSTON – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it will reinstate a mask mandate for all public masses, including weddings and funerals, beginning Saturday, December 18.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley issued the warrant, “in light of the growing number of new COVID cases and the likely increase in those numbers over the upcoming holiday season.”

Children under 5 are not required to wear masks, while the Archdiocese has clarified that those under two should not.

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“Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, waiters, choir members and instrumentalists should all wear masks except when speaking,” the church statement read.

“Parishes should have masks available to people where possible, as some people who attend Christmas especially may not expect to need masks.”

The mandate expires on January 17, 2021.

Cardinal O’Malley issued a statement regarding the mandate:

“Over the past two years, the people we serve have benefited greatly from the fact that our priests, laity and parishioners have made safety a priority. With the recognition of recent increases in COVID, we believe this policy will provide a significant and improved level of security during the coming Masses of the Christmas season. We continue to encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated. With care and concern for our parishioners and the community at large, we believe it is important to make additional efforts to limit the exposure and transmission of this deadly virus. “

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Letter: The History of the Roman Catholic Church’s Involvement in Abortion Laws – InForum https://parishchurch.org.uk/letter-the-history-of-the-roman-catholic-churchs-involvement-in-abortion-laws-inforum/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://parishchurch.org.uk/letter-the-history-of-the-roman-catholic-churchs-involvement-in-abortion-laws-inforum/ One explanation for the aggressive involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in abortion laws in the United States is the papal decree “Ineffabilis Deus” (Ineffable God) made by Pope Pius IX during the annual celebration of the holiday. of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. , 1854. After long discussions and fervent prayer with the […]]]>

One explanation for the aggressive involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in abortion laws in the United States is the papal decree “Ineffabilis Deus” (Ineffable God) made by Pope Pius IX during the annual celebration of the holiday. of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. , 1854. After long discussions and fervent prayer with the elders of the church, the Pope proclaimed that the Virgin Mary was herself the product of an immaculate conception and the beneficiary at the very moment of conception (better understood since the advent of the microscope as the exact moment of fertilization) of an absolutely perfect, blameless soul, even free from original sin. This made Mary of Nazareth the most blessed being in all of God’s creation, heaven or earth, worthy of being the mother of the Son of God as well as a brilliant centerpiece of Catholicism.

This new doctrine was officially enshrined in church law in 1869 with the additional condition that not only does the soul occur to everyone at the time of conception, but it is the only time the soul can happen. Job One for the Church saves souls, and this decree emphasized that the soul creates a complete human being from the zygote to the embryo to the fetus at birth. Two years later, in 1871, the Church declared the Pope infallible, preventing any discussion or argument on the new doctrines of the immaculate conception and of the soul. The Roman Catholic Church has had 150 years of pulpit power to instill these beliefs in its members, but no other world or apostolic church gives credit to papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, or the soul. strictly at design, as none of the three is supported by scriptural evidence.

During the last three decades of the 19th century, these dogmatic changes forced Catholic clergy in Europe and North America to work to enact laws criminalizing abortion. In the United States, they were successful in over 30 states, often collaborating with the new American Medical Association (1847) which intended to train and license physicians and get rid of charlatans, some of whom performed abortions. At the turn of the 20th century, the same clergy were struggling to convince local authorities to arrest and jail the providers of modern birth control methods. And since Roe’s death against Wade, the Catholic Church has spent a lot of money and effort re-criminalizing abortion, which has resulted in threats at abortion clinics, vandalism and abuse. murders of clinic staff.

In the United States, women were granted legal status in 1970 to challenge state anti-abortion laws, although by that time 13 states already allowed abortion on demand. The plaintiffs made it clear to the Supreme Court justices that they wanted to overturn these 19th century laws and have legal access to safe, hygienic abortions, and in 1973 the court agreed to overturn those laws. Earlier this month, in the Supreme Court’s arguments regarding Mississippi’s challenge against Roe v. Wade, at least one judge expressed confusion over the constitutional law at stake. In my opinion, the Ineffabilis Deus declaration of 1854 was based on nothing more than a self-proclaimed revelation or epiphany from a group of clergymen. determined to rejuvenate their faith in the face of many obstacles. This long and very persistent campaign against abortion by the Roman Catholic Church has been an attempt to inject their questionable dogma into the laws of this nation, which to me represents a serious violation of the American constitutional right to freedom of religion. .

Dudley Wells lives in Twin Valley, Minnesota.

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