Parish Life on Facebook

You have a lot going on. From Sunday Mass to social events, your parish is thriving with activity and community involvement in person, but what about online? Facebook can be an invaluable tool for fostering engagement with newcomers and can serve as a vital source of genuine connection for your members. Utilizing the helpful features […]

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The Risks and Rewards of Discipleship

During the Easter season, we reflect on being followers of the stone that the builders rejected, the crucified and risen Jesus. Like a shepherd he leads us by his voice that echoes throughout the centuries and remains real and effective even in our modern world. To be his disciple means to risk rejection in a […]

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An Intimate Relationship with God

For Sunday, April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 As a newly pregnant mother years ago, I remember hearing that newborns could distinguish their mothers from other women by scent, and mothers could smell random clothing and know exactly which ones belonged to their babies. I was so […]

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Hope for the Resurrection of Our Bodies

For Sunday, April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 1 John 2:1-5a Luke 24:35-48 If you want to be reminded of your mortality, turn on the news and see the recent attacks in Syria, the growing tensions over gun violence in the United States, and the latest tragedy in your local news. […]

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“Think Outside the Box”

For Sunday, April 8, 2018 Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Acts 4:32-35 1 John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31 When people are feeling afraid or insecure, they often find security and solace behind the locked door of a room. While locking oneself in a secure place may relieve an immediate threat or reduce anxiety, it […]

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Living the Resurrection

For Sunday, April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 In his book, “The Dwelling of the Light: Praying with Icons of Christ”, Rowan Williams (the former archbishop of Canterbury) reflected: “Orthodox theologians have said — surely rightly — that the moment of resurrection […]

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Hospitality as a Way of Life

The slumbering church is awakening. We are realizing that our pews are empty, our familiar way of doing things isn’t working, and we are facing an unexpected future. We are asking how we will be viable in the years to come. How will we bring back our young people, our Gen -Xers and a growing […]

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He Emptied Himself

For Sunday, March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday Mark 11:1-10 Philippians 2:6-11 Mark 14:1—15:47 Over the past few decades, what has become known as the “Prosperity Gospel” has gained popularity among televangelists. It claims that following Christ should result in increased financial success for the believer as well as improved health and well-being. For those who […]

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Catholic Photos: 3 Ways to Find Images You Need

Incorporating photography into your parish communications enhances your message and inspires your parishioners. But where should the images come from? Google has made many things easy for us, but simply typing “church pictures” and using what you find might not be ethical. Since 1989, copyright is presumed on all creative works, which includes photography. The […]

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“With My Own Eyes”

For Sunday, March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33 I remember the first time I was in the exam room as the ophthalmologist tested various prescription strengths for glasses. “Which is better … 1 or 2 … 2 or 3?” Soon afterwards, my first prescription eyeglasses arrived, and I […]

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Springing Forward with LPi Events

March is off to a busy start as LPi works to help church customers nationwide build their vibrant parishes. From stewardship days to seminars, LPi offers churches the best practice tips and practical tools they need to engage their parishioners and evangelize their community. Tools for Growth in Davenport The LPi team traveled to Davenport, […]

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From Visitor to Parishioner: Online Registration for Easter

A young family is new in town and they found your Easter Mass times online. When Easter morning comes around, they arrive at your doors and are greeted warmly by your hospitality team. They look around to see the flowers and decorations. They are inspired by the music and dynamic homily. They’re moved by the […]

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