Respond with Love

Do you remember a time when you spent much time or money on a surprise or gift for someone else and they failed to appreciate it? We do open ourselves up to disappointment if our expectations do not match the response.

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Does your website accurately portray your parish?

When selecting a church, many people will look at your website first to get a sense of your parish. Bad design, out-of-date information, or an unclear sense of your focus has the potential to derail any efforts to attract new members. Here are a few ways to stay on track.

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Prepare For The Feast

Invited to the Feast

What’s at stake in this Sunday’s Gospel are the same themes of the end of time and judgment that we found in last week’s Gospel. Jesus is pulling the rug from beneath our feet. Remember, this isn’t just a nice story. Parables are intended to throw us off balance.

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Gifts Given to Share

God gives us gifts every day and we too often act like those gifts will simply always be there. The truth is, unlike God Himself, many of those gifts are not eternal. If we fail to acknowledge them and put them to use, we risk losing them in the end.

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The Process of Parish Reopening

Some think that many Catholics will jump back into Mass once churches reopen, while others theorize that some may never return. Wherever you are in your parish reopening plan, here are some ways to keep Mass and the Catholic faith at the forefront of your members in a safe way.

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Is It the Thought That Counts?

The intentionality of our actions is important, but intentionality without action is meaningless. How we act and what we give serves as evidence of our intentions and indicates where our heart truly lies. We need to make sure our desires are moving us to act.

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The Precious Gift Of Life

What does it mean to be pro-life? It means that every human being is precious and that the measure of the moral goodness of our society is whether those lives — without qualification — are welcomed and given an opportunity to flourish.

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The “Benefits” of a Difficult Conversation

As a pastor, you’re bound to run into some uncomfortable situations. Whether that be with a parishioner who is unhappy with the quality of the music, or a staff member feeling burned out and showing it, sometimes you need to have difficult conversations.

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Thy Will Be Done

Embracing Obedience

While many of us have learned to maintain our composure, we know that deep within, there flows a river of molten negativity that monastic spirituality calls grumbling.

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Be Sure to Look the Part

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we certainly do not want to fake it, but we do need to look the part. The world looks at those of us who proclaim to be Christians to see if there is anything to this way of life. Can the world see the power of Christ in you?

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What the Coronavirus is Teaching Churches About Evangelization

For parishes that haven’t focused as intently as they should have on evangelization, COVID-19 was a complete wake up call. The health pandemic taught parishes that they needed a back-up plan and ways to connect with members using as many digital methods as possible.

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God Is Here

A Sign of Contradiction

God is speaking directly to our hearts to call on Him in our disrupted plans and to seek Him not as some far-off deity, but as the God who is near and who is deeply invested in our lives.

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