Posted on October 14, 2017 by Jane Angha - Vibrant Parish Toolkit
The community I live in is a vacation destination. Today there are coach busses traveling up the highway filled with tourists looking at the fall colors, taking part in pumpkin festivals, and who knows what other fun! Every store, restaurant, winery, and farm stand is decked out with pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, and scarecrows. The fun and excitement is contagious. I feel like I need a caramel apple and some of those funky ghost pumpkins and lumpy gourds! Later.
People are coming for an experience. My town and all the others around are making sure people will leave with lovely memories. They are setting the stage for friends and families to have an unforgettable fall day with one another. It is important to set the stage for an experience or adventure of any kind, because those who participate will be touched, moved, and transformed. It takes us beyond the ordinary and into the extraordinary! Just why do we love fall rituals so much?
Posted on October 12, 2017 by Anna Carter - Catholic Tech Talk
When you picture world missions, what do you imagine? Most of us might think of a remote village, building projects, and catechism lessons in one-room schoolhouses. Modern American life is disconnected on multiple levels from the everyday life of a foreign missionary. This World Mission Month, the team at Missio is trying to bridge that gap in an innovative way: a Papal ChatBot.
For Sunday, October 15, 2017
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Wedding registries. Christmas lists. Return policies. Gift cards. No one can deny that these modern conveniences make our lives easier. What do they all have in common? Personal preference. In each of these things, we have a say over the gift we receive. It’s something to which we’ve become accustomed. But does God work that way?
Posted on October 9, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
Liturgical Publications was proud to support vibrant parishes in the Diocese of Phoenix by sponsoring this year’s Ascent Parish Leadership Conference on October 5th and 6th. This daylong event occurred in two locations and drew leadership from across the diocese. As parishes juggle programs in key areas: stewardship, discipleship, and evangelization, Ascent asked the question: how can these complement one another? The day featured an opening Mass with Bishop Thomas Olmstead and continued with inspiring keynotes and practical application sessions. Collaborative activities gave space for attendees to take inventory of their parish ministries and make plans for mission.
LPi’s sponsorship will continue throughout the year as the Phoenix Diocese launches it’s Pathfinder Program, an ongoing formation series to connect and equip parish leadership teams for their ministry.
Visit the Diocese of Phoenix online to learn more.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
You know how the story goes. Your son or daughter swears that while you were gone he or she only invited 2 friends over to watch a movie and eat popcorn. How those other 25 people got there with beer is still a mystery! They were not invited but your young host felt pretty uncomfortable just kicking them out. You did teach them about good hospitality after all.
Did you know October is the month of the rosary? Whether you grew up praying a family rosary every night or still struggle to remember the words to the Apostles Creed, there are always ways to grow. Here are a few practical ways for you and your parish to make the most of this powerful prayer.
Posted on October 5, 2017 by Joe Luedtke - Catholic Tech Talk
Who’s Responsible for Your Church’s Online Strategy?
As technologists, we’re only one big piece in this puzzle. Many of the challenges we have with encouraging technology adoption aren’t rooted in the technology itself, but rather the adoption of it. Technology is just a tool. It’s how we use it that counts.
For Sunday, October 8, 2017
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
God created the beautiful glory of the heavens and the earth, animals, plants and human beings. All things were placed in proper order and he blessed it all with the gift of free will. He placed within the human heart the desire to know him, the author of all that is. It is with this gift of free will that all can find their paths to freely love God, their very selves, one another, and the world he has entrusted to our care. After all was finished and properly in place, God looked at all that he had made and found it very good. What more was there to do that God had not done?
The virtue of temperance helps us discover balance and harmony. We are meant to live in proper relationship with one another, the world, and the God who made us. But that gift of free will that makes life so creative, meaningful, and engaging can, if not properly used, lead us down a very different path. By choosing not so virtuous and balanced choices, we can quickly find our relationships very disordered. (more…)
Posted on October 3, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
As the Church enters into a new era of technology and innovation, the practice of stewardship requires an ever-evolving perspective. The International Catholic Stewardship Council has been an authoritative presence in the field for 55 years. This September, over one thousand church leaders from parishes, dioceses, and foundations across the world gathered in Atlanta for the ICSC Annual Conference. As a Gold Partner with ICSC, Liturgical Publications was pleased to participate in this year’s conference in a number of ways.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Tim
Remember a time when jealousy or envy reared it’s ugly head and you wished you had what someone else owned? Maybe it was a house, a car, a bank account, or even that luscious green lawn. All humans have had that feeling before and some of us more often than others. After the emotion hit you, hopefully you considered all the good gifts you did have in your life and gave thanks for them. Let’s pray that you are still not hanging onto those feelings. Unfortunately, we do live in a world that seems to fuel those desires and push us toward wanting more and more.