Building a Family of Faith

My wife and I have used the same baptismal gown for all 3 of our children. It is a symbol of each child washed clean by the sacrament, and how faith has been passed down generations.

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Mystery in an Age of Fact-Finding

We live in a data-driven age, with every answer right at our fingertips. The facts are comfortable. This upcoming Sunday, we celebrate the deepest mystery of our faith: the Holy Trinity.

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Moving in The Spirit of Pentecost

This Pentecost Sunday, if you come to my Mass, you will see a sea of red all around. The choir, the lectors, the extraordinary ministers, people in the pews, will all be wearing red.

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4 Tips for a Smart Summer

This time of year, your staff takes vacations, and the parish office might close early on Fridays. With summer right around the corner, how can your parish make the most of it?

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An Era of Change

Traveling to unfamiliar and sometimes hostile places, the disciples proclaimed the Good News. Their lives gave witness to many things, but one specifically became a game changer.

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Living Out the Good News

When the first disciples preached the Good News, their words were confirmed by “accompanying signs.” We believe that miracles still occur in our world, but few witness with their own eyes.

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Spreading the Good News on World Communications Day

The paper shows up on your doorstep. Your cell phone buzzes. A week’s worth of groceries is delivered. Communication technology is constantly evolving. Is your church keeping up?

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Live in God’s Promise

In her novel, Gilead, Marilyn Robinson shares the story of Rev. John Ames who looks back on a life of pastoral service, love, loss, faith, and hope. The New Testament is is a similar story.

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Online Communications for Divine Communication

May 3rd is National Day of Prayer! The country’s attention turns to the heavens, with prayer front and center. As a church, you plan to keep that focus long after this day is over.

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We Are All Called to Love

For Sunday, May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 St. Therese of Lisieux was only a teenager when she entered the convent. Like many young people, she was unsure of her talents and how she should serve God and others. All around her were nuns who […]

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4 Reasons to Revisit a Parish App

Diversity. Mobility. Accessibility. For parishioners on the go, having access to information at their fingertips is a necessity. 95% of Americans own a cellphone, and for 77% of us, our smartphone allows us mobile access to any information needed. Millennials get roughly three-quarters  of their news from online sources. Most parishes have recognized the need […]

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Rediscovering Nature

For Sunday, April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 Several months ago, I watched the documentary, “Back to Eden,” which is the story of a Los Angeles lawyer turned hobby gardener in Washington. In the documentary, he explained how he came to a biblical understanding and practical appreciation […]

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