The Importance of Communicating with Teens

Parishes need to reflect on how to share the Gospel message with teens in a way that will effectively resonate with them. It’s not enough simply to knock on the door of their heart: we must stand ready to cross the threshold, to be invited in.

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Do You Speak Stewardship?

The truth is the same in every language, but it’s important for us to convey that truth graciously. That’s what Pentecost teaches us. The gift of being able to speak in tongues afforded the Apostles a practical skill to spread the Gospel message, but it also served as a powerful symbol of the importance of effective communication.

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The Sacrament of Abiding Prescence

Rather than go to Jesus with our needs, we think that we have to fix ourselves, or sometimes, we deny there’s a need altogether through fear or ignorance! only Jesus’ presence has the genuine power to heal a soul-sickness.

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Quick Tips for Better Bulletin Covers

Kristen Rokenbrodt, a graphic designer at LPi for over 5 years, knows a thing or two about bulletin covers. She is on the team that refreshes entire bulletin layouts for churches across the United States. Where does Kristen start? These are her tips:

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God’s Game of Telephone

As individuals, we don’t receive news in the same way. Our personalities, our histories, our weaknesses, and our strengths determine how we interact with information we encounter in the world, both good and bad. The same news can mean completely different things to different people.

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Slipping Through Mysteries

There is something immensely intimidating about mysteries of faith. Broaching a subject like the Holy Trinity without falling into heresy is as easy as walking across a just-mopped floor. For a long time, it meant that I avoided reflecting too deeply within myself on the mystery of the Trinity.

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The Power of Photographs

We live in a highly visual world — pictures are worth more than just a thousand words. Whether you’re already using visual imagery and photography to communicate your parish message, or you simply don’t know where to start, here are some points to consider.

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Receive the Holy Spirit

Send Out Your Spirit Through Us

The Spirit prepares the faithful with a grace that draws them closer to Christ, reveals the Risen Lord to them, and recalls the Word of God — opening their hearts and minds to understand these teachings so they may be embraced, lived, and brought to others.

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Famous Last Words

earth. We want to ascribe some kind of power and significance to the last words they say. In Jesus’ case, every word he ever said had power and significance, but especially those he said before ascending into Heaven: “You will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.”

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Build Your Social Media Platform with Images

Social media is a crowded space, but using images is one of the best ways to grab parishioners’ attention. A picture is worth a thousand words, today it’s also worth a thousand views, likes, or comments. Here are some image-driven tips to keep your posts on top of the heap.

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A Crisis of Identity

The world needs the Good News of the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis tells us, “The Ascension does not point to Jesus’ absence, but tells us that he is alive in our midst in a new way. He is now in the Lordship of God, present in every space and time, close to each one of us.”

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Management According to the Apostles

If you’ve ever worked in any kind of organization, for-profit or not-for-profit, I’m sure you have attended a conference or two. Whatever our expectations going in, I usually find these conferences expose me to communication and problem-solving styles that are different from my own, nudging me into a little unexpected self-discovery.

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