Transformation: Using our Strengths to Transform the Culture of our Parish

“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)

Clearly, we serve a God who is about transformation. It is this transformation that is the stuff that dreams are made of for Pope Francis: “I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of TRANSFORMING everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation.” Joy of the Gospel, 27 (Of course, the emphasis is added.) Read more

Mission Matters: Nov. 3, 2015

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Update on Project Rachel; Christ the King Solemnity and Religious Freedom; National Bible Week; Matter Conference; and Divine Renovation track at MAC. Plus, this Thursday’s Blog post.

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The Top Four Priorities for an Evangelizing Parish

In 2007, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires gave an interview to Sefania Falasca for the journal, 30 Days. There, he said something that would prove a hallmark of his future papacy as Pope Francis, something that poses a profound challenge to us today: “precisely if one is faithful, one changes.”

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Mission Matters: Oct. 27, 2015

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Laudato Si and your parish; In Joyful Hope Essential Planning; Building Intercultural Competencies workshop at the MAC; and Transitions. Plus, this Thursday’s Blog post.

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How to (and How Not to) Welcome Families: Our Trip to Philly to See the Pope

My family was lucky enough to attend the Saturday “Festival of Families” in Philadelphia during the Pope’s visit to the US. There were some incredible moments. Read more

Mission Matters: Oct. 21, 2015

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Five Keys to Developing Stewardship in the Hispanic Community; the “Divine Rennovation” workshop at the MAC; and the Jubilee of Mercy. Plus, this Thursday’s Blog post. Read more