- Jul 10, 2020
The largest deployment of the National Guard in Minnesota history brought order to the Twin Cities on last week, but in the evening, St. Paul and Minneapolis residents were preparing for the worst.
Like many people, the Rev. Shawn Brandon, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, has had more time on his hands while sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, but little did he know he would solve a five-year mystery while cleaning out a closet in his Arnold, Maryland, church.
As COVID-19 forced churches across the world to suspend public worship, Catholic parishes faced a sort of identity crisis. Separated from the Eucharist, their place of gathering, and each other, many wondered how to sustain a community when even the act of leaving one’s home posed danger.
As questions swirl around plans to resume public liturgies, hundreds of ministry professionals tasked with implementing those plans gathered online for two weeks of dialogue and training on mission and the sacramental life.
Dutch parishes are missing out on thousands in donations and other sources of income as coronavirus measures prevent them from holding public Masses, according to research done by the Dutch Catholic weekly Katholiek Nieuwsblad.