Do not be afraid

Everyday Stewardship / 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As Everyday Stewards, we are always looking for the small actions that make big differences. God takes what we offer in a simple action and performs miracles. The words of Jesus to Jarius should be in our minds everyday as we go forth into a chaotic world where things are unsure: “Do not be afraid, […]

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Original and Redesigned Bulletin

Evangelize Your Parish In All Your Communications

St. John Vianney Catholic Parish is a welcoming Catholic faith community with a dedication to lifelong faith formation of its parishioners. It has numerous ministries, an active school and parish community, as well asan engaging website. The goal of this makeover was to help the parish fully utilize the power of its weekly print bulletin […]

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Biblical Tamar Park in the Arava desert, Israel.

Water in the Desert

For Sunday, June 28, 2015, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time The Arava Desert is the northeastern portion of the Negev Desert in Israel. It is arid, rocky, and hot. This is where I am for three months of volunteer work at Biblical Tamar Park. There is a tel here (archeological site), going back to the […]

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Prayer

One More Day

God has not promised us any set number of days to spend with our loved ones. In fact, we never know when the day we are experiencing will be our last day. Nine people in South Carolina didn’t see the end of their days coming. Click here to read the full post

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Charleston

Remembering Our Slain Brothers and Sisters in South Carolina

Whether the sun is shining or dark clouds hover above us, we must never fade. In the face of love or the face of hatred, we must never shrink. The world needs to change, but we who remain in Him must never change. Click here to read the full post

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Jesus

Everyday Stewardship: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The reality of the world is right. I can’t control my lust for things, and yes, many times if given the chance I will choose incorrectly. But this is without Jesus. With Jesus, I have been transformed and given the power to resist temptation and follow a narrow, but better, way. Click here to read the […]

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Father's Day

For My Father

Since Father’s Day is this weekend, I wanted to remember my father by posting here an Everyday Stewardship reflection I wrote for All Souls Day this past year. He was larger than life when he was with us, but I am thinking he is still quite a character in the after-life as well. Click here […]

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Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the USA. Image of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo, 1660.

Fortnight for Freedom

For Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time What is a fortnight? It is simply another term for “two weeks.” It is a word more frequently used in England than in the United States, perhaps because of our shorter attention spans. In 2012, the bishops of the United States established the Fortnight for […]

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Celebrate Mass

Mass: “The Heart of the Matter”

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee released a powerful video that follows the story of two friends, one an Atheist, who are drawn into the joy and beauty of the Catholic Mass and the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. Their story stands as a great testimony to the need for evangelization in our everyday lives and how […]

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Decisions

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Some decisions we make are “gut decisions” using blind intuition informed neither by logic or emotion. Other decisions are based on facts, emotions, or conscience. What kind of decisions should we make? Click here to read the full post

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Anthony Bourdain

The Risk of Eating Well

Giving one’s self the chance to discover something new and wonderful sometimes requires us to step outside our comfort zone. We can choose to continue ordering chicken nuggets and mac & cheese just like a child all our lives, or we can risk it and try something from a place outside of our everyday environment. […]

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Germany

God is God Wherever We Are

Cities and countries may differ, but God is God wherever you are in the world. Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi – and I need to be conscious that the Body of Christ comes in all shapes and sizes, across all nations and ‘encounter’ is close if I but dare to see […]

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