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.

Watch for this Thursday’s Post:

Paris and Parish by Deacon Siegfried Presberry, Director of Prison Ministry and Ruth Puls, Director of Catechetical and Pastoral Formation

Parish Table Talk

  • Pope Francis claims “nothing can justify terrorist attacks.”  We join all of you in praying for peace in our world.
  • WHAT ARE OUR PARISHIONERS WATCHING?  A 2015 CARA study provided some insight into how much attention Catholics pay to different types of media. They also studied just what they were watching. It is curious to note that Sports is not mentioned on the list! For those of us who are Ravens fans, our season may come under Science Fiction.  What is the point of this? To let you know there is a boatload of Catholic research available  and it is good to get some indicators of just what people are watching and how much.
  • For I was in prison and you visited me… Come to a prison volunteer Day of Enrichment at St. Lawrence Martyr, Jessup on November 21st from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Current and interested volunteers welcome!  Contact Chris Mahaley (cmahaley@archbalt.org) by November 19th to register ($10 fee).
  • twitter FB InstaFollow your parishioners and their experience at the NCYC conference this week with live streaming.  Or keep up with them on social media.  #thepremiersee
  • Archbishop John Carroll was the cousin of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1789, Pope Pius VI named him the first bishop of the United States. (He would later become the first archbishop when the Diocese of Baltimore, the mother diocese of the United States, was elevated to the status of archdiocese.)  Archbishop Carroll wrote this prayer on November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes throughout his diocese.  It is a good prayer to pray as a family or as a parish on national holidays, such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

Mid Atlantic Congress

Calling Emerging Leaders!  If you have been in ministry for three years or less and would like to attend the Emerging Leader track at MAC with a bootcamp, dinner on Thursday, and attendance at the conference for free, apply to be an Emerging Leader today!


Greg Leitner, Senior Director of Development has accepted the position of Executive Director of Development for the Diocese of Raleigh, NC.  His last day with us will be December 4.

Join us to pray for the November General Assembly of the USCCB taking place this week here in Baltimore.

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