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Combined Va. church overcomes challenges

Sunday - 11/10/2013, 1:44pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia Beach church with a blended congregation of Roman Catholics and Episcopalians has overcome challenges regarding its services.

In November 2012, Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo ordered the Church of the Holy Apostles to change its worship. DiLorezo said allowing Catholics and non-Catholics to participate in a combined communion liturgy violated Roman Catholic norms.

Following months of discussions, a solution was found.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the church now conducts a less formal rite, Morning Prayer, instead of the traditional Mass. It's followed by the Eucharist with Catholic and Episcopal prayers offered separately at different altars.

The parish vestry council's president, Michael Cherwa, says the past year has been a struggle. But he believes it has revitalized the community.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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