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By John Bookser Feister

Catholic Events On the Web


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The Web has created a new way for people in the Church to share in events we once only heard about, or caught a glimpse of in the media.

Ever since the pope’s historic visit to the United States in 1994, the world has watched through the Web. What was a relatively small audience then has grown dramatically in a short time. Now, when we hear about something big in the works, we turn on our computers and tune in, on our schedule, unless we’re going “live.”

Two for 2002

A good example is the Third Continental Congress on Vocations, to be held in Montreal, Quebec, next April. If you go to the site, you’ll have a choice of reading about the congress in English, French or Spanish.

You’ll not only find out how to get there and see a schedule of events, but also find news releases and resources about vocations in the Church today.

World Youth Day is coming back to our continent next year, too. It will be held July 18-28, 2002, in Toronto, Ontario. Its site,, is offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Polish—it’s a worldwide Web!

At the site you can read in detail about the World Youth Day cross, see photos from previous World Youth Days, find out how to get there, where to stay, what to expect. You can also find out how to help in the extensive preparations that are well under way.

A reliable site for live coverage of bigger Church events is

One nice thing about the Web is that you can look back and learn about historical events long gone. You can see St. Anthony Messenger’s coverage of recent papal visits and the 1997 Synod for America in the archive section of

If you want to read a fine set of talks from Denver’s 1998 Catholic Internet Conference, visit

Not all events are such a big deal. It’s fun to see who came out for the talent show at a parish festival. Check out for a nice example.

Web Pick
This Chicago parish site is simply outstanding, from its sophisticated design to the many features that go above and beyond most parish sites: an audio welcome from the pastor, a virtual reading rack including an online bookstore, a site search engine, a showcase of the parish’s striking sculpture, “Cross of New Life.” Hats off to the pioneering Holy Family Internet Ministry.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Little Falls, Minnesota, keeps a simple, easy-to-navigate site that’s chocked with information for parishioners, newcomers, any interested person. Especially noteworthy is the bulletin, the pictorial tour of the Church with fast-loading, enlargeable thumbnails. The kids’ corner, by young parishioner Jeremy Davis, is a delight.

This is the home of Infinite Grace: Mom’s E-Grace in Cyberspace, a new e-zine from an entrepreneurial mother of three, Marilyn Lopez. Her thoughtful reflections, on the Web or by e-mail, are rooted in her experience as a Catholic mom. It has book reviews and product marketing, too.

The Vatican section of is a useful, ad-driven, up-to-date collection of reports on all things Vatican compiled from news outlets.


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