Three-Day Stewardship Presentation Draws Hundreds in Utah

Posted on November 14, 2017 by - LPi News

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The life of an everyday steward is a life for all. Hundreds of Utah Catholics unpacked a stewardship spirituality over the course of three days this October. The stewardship presentation featured a series of workshops offered by LPi’s Tracy Earl Welliver.

Read the full article from Intermountain Catholic, a weekly newsletter serving the Catholic Church in Utah, here.

The Last Everyday Stewardship Reflection You’ll Ever Read

Posted on November 12, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

For all I know this Everyday Stewardship reflection is the last one you will ever read. That’s not because I fear you will no longer get something out of reading these. At least, I hope not! It is because Jesus may very well return by this time next week. Then there will be no more need for reflections like these in bulletins, on websites, or wherever else you are reading this. You think the odds are against this happening in the next few days? I can gamble from time to time, but I guess this is not something I am willing to say won’t happen for sure. We do believe Jesus will come again, don’t we?

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Vibrant Witness: Living the Gift of Hospitality

Posted on November 11, 2017 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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It’s early morning and I am sitting by my mom’s bedside. My sister is dozing in a chair and my youngest daughter checking her phone, messaging friends and watching videos. My mom is on her last days. Alzheimer’s claimed her long ago, but still, she is my mom. She was – is – an amazing woman. She taught me about welcome, hospitality and graciousness.

Bishop Caggiano from Bridgeport Connecticut says that if we want company in church we should do what his Italian mom says: “ Clean the house, make some food and when people come, treat them like family.” ( Convocation of Catholic Leaders , The Joy of the Gospel in America, July 2017)

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Will I Be Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

Posted on November 8, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: “Will I Be Prepared If Disaster Strikes?”For Sunday, November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Wisdom 6:12-16
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

The first time I considered this question seriously was after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. Up to that point, it had seemed as though every other terrorist attack happened far away. However, we live only 45 minutes south of Boston and 20 minutes west of where one of the perpetrators attended college.

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Top Tips for Mobilizing Your Parishioners this Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 6, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

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Giving Tuesday has been around long enough that most of your parishioners have heard of it. It’s a great opportunity to create a giving campaign for your parish on an online platform or mobilize your parishioners to donate to causes you all care about. If you want to invite your parishioners into the #iGiveCatholic movement this holiday season, here are some ideas.

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A Shepherd Serving His Sheep

Posted on November 5, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Over the years we have had many great social events in parish community. We have had socials for New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Valentine’s Day, and so many more. It seems we will use any excuse to have a party and enjoy each other’s company. And for more than the last decade, my pastor has been present at most of these events. What always tickles me is to see him in his clerics going around with a tray of entrees or desserts as he seeks to serve his parishioners. We have joked that his clothing does resemble that of a waiter in a fine restaurant. The only difference is no tips! Sorry, Monsignor.

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Giving Tuesday 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017 by - LPi News

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At LPi, we believe that not only do vibrant parishes matter, but so does a vibrant Church. This Giving Tuesday we are pleased to partner with three Catholic nonprofits doing good across the world. On this global day of charity, LPi is collecting donations and matching your generosity dollar for dollar. $10 becomes $20. $100 becomes $200.

Learn more about the organizations in their own words.

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Everyday Stewardship Events Across the United States

Posted on November 2, 2017 by - LPi News

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Sharing Stewardship in Utah
October 24th ended a three-day Everyday Stewardship parish mission at St. George Catholic Church in St. George, Utah. LPI’s Tracy Earl Welliver began the event by speaking at all the weekend Masses about how our baptism places an indelible mark on us claiming us for Christ. We have to ask the question, “What do we really own and what owns us?” Hopefully we can answer with conviction that we have offered all to God and that we belong to Him.

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All Saints Day for All!

Posted on November 1, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of All Saints

I remember attending Catholic School growing up and every year having to write a report on a saint. We were told that these people of faith were role models for us in our Christian journey. Even though they were real people, they always seemed to me to be larger than life. When I was younger I never thought I could become just like them. Now that I am older, I realize that we are all in fact called to be just like them.

Holiness is not something reserved for those in a book of saints. It is the goal of all intentional disciples living as good stewards. However, it takes commitment to achieve holiness. It also requires us to live mindfully and be continually aware of how God is moving in our lives.

You may never have thought about a stewardship way of life as a pathway to sainthood, but if you take the time to read the lives of saints you will see how these heroes truly cultivated the gifts God had given them and gave them back with increase to God. You will encounter stories of outreach to the poor, comforting the distressed, and befriending the lonely. And you will begin to see the parallel between what these great disciples did in their lives with the simple responses to God’s call in your life. The Church may never formally canonize you, but there will be those whose paths you cross that will bear witness to the fact that at least – for a moment – they caught a glimpse of what could have been a living saint.