Monday, January 12, 2009

Holy Rosary Church in the News

In the past, I discussed Holy Rosary Church in light of VOCE ITALIANA, their gazette which highlighted Sen. Nancy Pelosi. The problem is that this gazette, published by a Catholic Church (has the same return address and phone number), highlights a pro-abortion and anti-family politician. Some people don't care, but many do.

This time, it is highlighted in my blog because of an article over the weekend in Washington Post.

Most of the weekend, empty federal buildings and vacant streets make the Judiciary Square neighborhood feel like a ghost town. But not on Sunday mornings, when hundreds of Italian Americans are drawn to Holy Rosary Church and find a piece of the old country.

The thriving Renaissance-style church is more than an oasis in blocks of offices. It is a long-established venue in an ongoing mission of the Catholic Church: serving Catholics in their native languages and customs wherever they are living, even as it struggles with a shortage of priests.

Seven of the 140 parishes in the Washington archdiocese are designated as ethnic, meaning their official purpose is to serve a particular ethnic group rather than a neighborhood. Holy Rosary is the oldest, dating to 1913. Others, established in the 1970s and 80s, serve Polish, French, Korean and Spanish communities. Newer parishes serving Vietnamese and Portuguese Catholics were created in the 1990s. The archdiocese also includes Chinese, Croatian, German, Nigerian and Haitian missions, which are less permanent than parishes but have their own pastors, said Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese.

Read the entire story here.

For their website, click here.

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