Mission Matters: Nov. 24th, 2015

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Year of Mercy; Hello from our staff on retreat; Thanksgiving fun facts for Catholics; MAC tracks; plus Transitions and this Thursday’s Blog post.

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Paris, Your Parish, and the Wisdom of Silence

Sometimes it’s only in silence that our hearts can hear most clearly what’s being said.

Last week, news from Paris began streaming across our TV screens, smart phones, and tablets. In the midst of TV news anchors updating us on the latest developments, politicians shouting for retaliation, reporters reading the terrorists’ messages, it was the silences in between that spoke to our hearts. Read more

Mission Matters: Nov. 17th, 2015

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Pope Francis and Paris; What are your parishioners watching on TV?; NCYC followings; Prison Ministry; Thanksgiving prayer of John Carroll; Emerging Leaders Applications at MAC; and Transitions. Plus, this Thursday’s Blog post.

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Engaging Archbishop Lori’s Pastoral Letter: Universal Call to Mission

Lessons on evangelization sometimes come from the most unexpected places.

My two-year old son recently discovered that he loved lollipops. On Halloween, trick-or-treating at the first two houses we visited, he received chocolate and was unimpressed. Read more

Mission Matters: Nov. 10th, 2015

This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: Evangelize Baltimore!!; Catholic Social Ministry Gathering; Outreach Day for families with Special Needs members; Anniversary Mass for Archbishop John Carroll; Mega Workshops at MAC and Transitions. Plus, this Thursday’s blog post.

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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