Welcoming Those Who Grieve

When we think of “welcome” as a mission priority, what comes to mind? A user-friendly website? Parking attendants? A family-friendly Sunday experience?

Yes, yes, and YES! Read more

Mission Matters: Nov. 15, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: National Vocations Awareness Week; An Advent resource; Reminder – The mystery of marriage; Quick Deaf Ministry tips; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

Leading Through Change

Our recently published Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan describes how we will be forming pastorates that “…will be centers of worship and prayer that promote lifelong conversion and reverence for the Catholic faith.” As parishes “come together,” as my colleague Daphne Daly wrote about a couple of weeks ago, and begin to work together to sustain a vibrant community that spreads the mission of the church, some changes will be inevitable. Read more

Mission Matters: Nov. 8, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”:  Prayer for election day; Post-election unity; Disagreeing elegantly; Young adult ministry grants; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

Got Kerygma?

That’s kerygma, not charisma.

Yes, a personality with a lot of charisma is a great gift when it comes to evangelization. But what we’re talking about here is even more powerful and essential to evangelization. Read more

Mission Matters: Nov. 1, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Multicultural Faith; A spiritual retreat; The mystery of marriage; Quick Deaf Ministry tips; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

Come Together Right Now

I freely admit that I am not the world’s biggest Beatles fan. However, over the last few months, the refrain from their song “Come Together” has been echoing in my mind. I like to imagine Jesus singing it over and over to us as we try to figure out how we can make pastoral planning bear lasting fruit. Read more

Mission Matters: Oct. 25, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Novena before election night; Evangelizing in prison; Media evangelization; Modern science and Catholicism; Transitions – New director of Worship and Sacramental Formation; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

How’s Your Elevator Speech Coming?

I spend a lot of time helping to form volunteers and ministers in parishes and schools. We have spent time in prayer and reflection, time learning about our rich faith, time redefining our priorities, and time learning how to do the ministry to which we have been called.  However, as I reflect on encountering these wonderful people and accompanying them on their journey with Christ, I fear I have been missing an important step: the proclamation of the kerygma. Read more

Mission Matters: Oct. 18, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Update – Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan; Essential figures in Catholicism; The mystical body of Christ; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more

I Was Naked And You Clothed Me

We are called to “clothe the naked”. How can we share this message in our parish? There is the obvious corporal work of mercy of donating clothes. This time of the year as the air gets crisp we are reminded to think of our homeless sisters and brothers and to clean out our closets. The St. Vincent de Paul boxes are overflowing at parishes, which is great. You might want to suggest that folks keep care packages in their cars, especially during the winter season. Good things to fill small bags with are socks, sweatshirts, bottles of water and snacks. It is great to slip a rosary or prayer card inside as well. But what does it mean to spiritually “clothe the naked”? Read more

Mission Matters: Oct. 11, 2016

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: 2018 Synod of Bishops; Holy Doors Deaf Catholic Pilgrimage; plus this Thursday’s blog post. Read more