TOPEKA — When in 2004, parishioners gathered for the first “Mass in the Grass” on land north of town here, the parish was comprised of less than 400 families.
By March 2013, however, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish had more than doubled in size. And like most growing families, it needed more room. The parish’s 19,200- square-foot multipurpose building (dedicated in 2007) just wasn’t big enough to accommodate all the activities of the parish.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, four women — including a survivor of clerical sex abuse — two Jesuit priests and an Italian lawyer are the first eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Pope Francis established the commission in December; announcing the first members March 22, the Vatican said they would help define the tasks and competencies of the commission and help identify other potential members.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When presented with a Hobson’s choice of acting contrary to the Catholic faith or facing ruinous fines, Villa St. Francis chose a third option: to fight.
The Catholic Benefits Association — a coalition of nearly 200 Catholic employers and 1,000 parishes, including Villa St. Francis — filed a class action lawsuit on March 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
The following will have Lenten dinners on all the Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday.