Mission Matters: July 11, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Convocation videos; Spiritual Exercises; WYD Unite; Article on evangelization and marketing strategies; plus: changes to our blog. Read more

Mission Matters: June 27, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Remembering Brian Johnson; Convocation of Catholic Leaders; Fortnight concludes; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

Locusts & Wild Honey and the Life of the Parish

Last week, Deacon Presberry wrote about how “Church isn’t out for summer”. It does have seasons – liturgical seasons. And just like we gear up for sprinklers and strawberries in the summer and snow shovels and hot cocoa in the winter, we can prepare for the Church seasons of fasting and feasting through intentional liturgical living.

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Mission Matters: June 20, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Lead with the Beautiful; Celebrating ordination; Faith of the fathers; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

“Church’s Out for Summer?”

Oh!! Know who said that? A young girl said this after Mass to her mother on Sunday. Her mom and I told her that the Church has seasons but they’re liturgical. Unlike schools, the Church is never closed. Vacations? We all need them, young and old alike. The Church recognizes this and invites us to spend some time away rejuvenate ourselves. Read more

Mission Matters: June 13, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Volunteer Appreciation Day for Prison Ministry; Fortnight for Freedom; Website for selecting songs; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

Seven Ways NOT to Invite People into Ministry (and a few hints on how to avoid them)

People come to church bearing gifts. They come to us, made in the image and likeness of God. That is gift enough. But wait … there’s more:they bring to us their gifts, their talents, their time, and treasure.They entrust to us those that they love most in this world, and ask only that we love them as well. We, for our part, ask them to serve in our parishes in a number of great ways.

Here then are seven not so great ways to invite people to ministry: Read more

Mission Matters: June 6, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Resource for teaching young people to pray; Article on the future of parish life; Making a splash; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

Sacrament and Solidarity

The sacramental life of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, particularly the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, gave St. Mother Teresa everything that she needed to serve the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. Read more

Mission Matters: May 30, 2017

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: New ArchBalt website, Keepers resources added, Pentecost video, Radical hospitality video, Catholic Center summer hours; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

An Encounter with Christ

Do you ever consider why you go to Mass on Sunday?

Many of us were raised to believe that it’s our obligation to attend Sunday Mass under penalty of sin. We also go because we look forward to special time with Jesus Christ in the intimacy of Eucharistic reception. It is important for us to remember, however, that Eucharist is not the only way in which we encounter Jesus in the liturgy. Read more