The Recovery of Sacred Things

Posted on February 28, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: The Recovery of Sacred ThingsFor Sunday, March 4, 2018
Second Sunday of Lent

Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

When is the last time you were alone — really alone — and how did it feel?” I asked a room full of teenagers. They discussed the answer amongst themselves. I crouched down into a conversation between a few boys and repeated the question. “I don’t actually know,” one of them said. “I can’t remember.” Teenagers reportedly fill nine hours a day with various forms of media. They’re not alone in their priorities. Netflix released their 2017 viewing statistics, and 109 million members across 190 countries stream 140 million hours a day.

For me personally, the trouble lies with scrolling through the popular photo app Instagram. Even there — where content provides no more than a quick visual hit — users average 24 to 32 minutes a day, depending on their age demographic. Are we captured in awe and wonder by beauty and good story telling? Or are we addicted to the physiological high that media consumption gives? (more…)

3 Things Your Church Can Learn From Hawaiian Hospitality

Posted on February 23, 2018 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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On a recent trip to Maui to visit family, I learned a word and fell in love with it! The word is ohana. According to the Urban Dictionary, “Ohana means nobody gets left behind. It can also refer to a close group of friends or class that resemble a family.” I was so happy to add this word to my vocabulary. As a parent of children who live far from home, this word gave me hope that they would find community no matter what.

Many of us have friends, colleagues or neighbors that are ohana to us. We just don’t have a word for them. They are people we call to share good news or invite for an impromptu dinner. They are the kind of people who don’t care if your house is messy, that you might have a horrible cold. They are the ones who comfort you after a loss or are included in celebrations and accomplishments. Beautiful, right?

This got me thinking about everyday hospitality and community and ways we can include, invite, and welcome in our parishes. (more…)

Faith in Uncertain Times

Posted on February 21, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Faith in Uncertain TimesFor Sunday, February 25, 2018
Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Romans 8:31b-34
Mark 9:2-10

Life can be uncertain. Fergie sings a version of the National Anthem that belongs more in a jazz lounge than the NBA All-Star game. For those of us following the Olympics, we’ve seen unanticipated falls, photo finishes, and controversy in the most unlikely places. Back home, unexpected tragedy in Florida and election-tampering indictments exacerbate division and uncertainty. This Sunday’s readings also introduce us to the unexpected, both exciting and alarming.
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4 Ways to Revitalize Online Giving for Lent

Posted on February 15, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

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Lent is the perfect time to revitalize your online giving program as your parish enters into an intentional time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The mood shifts, church decorations change, parish events increase, and discipleship is on people’s minds. As parishioners consider ways to give sacrificially during Lent, here are four ways to engage your church and utilize your online giving program for the season.

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Press Release: Liturgical Publications Becomes LPi

Posted on February 14, 2018 by - LPi News

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Since the birth of our company in 1972, employees and customers have known us as Liturgical Publications. We began as a local company providing ad-supported printed products for our Catholic parish customers. Over the past several decades, our market has expanded considerably.

We are a national stewardship and communications leader, offering a broad suite of digital, print, and coaching products to our church customers. While the Catholic Church remains by far our largest non-profit customer segment, we now work with non-profits across a wide spectrum of sectors.

To best showcase the breadth of our offerings and customer base, as well as to better align with our corporate growth strategy, “Liturgical Publications” will now go to market simply as “LPi.” (more…)

Mercy Flows From the Flood

Posted on February 14, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Mercy Flows from the FloodFor Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 9:8-15
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

The story of Noah and the flood is one of the most fascinating narratives in the Bible. Not only is it a gripping saga of survival, it also relates the destructive power of sin and God’s desire to
save us.

The book of Genesis tells us that when God saw the wickedness on the earth, “[He] was sorry that he had made mankind …” (Gen 6:6). The people whom He created “very good” had turned out to be wicked. God is saddened by the sinfulness of His people.

This story gives us some insight into how sin offends God. Our Heavenly Father is all good, and He created us to be good also. However, when we sin, we reject God’s goodness and choose something less. (more…)

Encountering Everyday Miracles

Posted on February 11, 2018 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

If you witnessed a miracle, wouldn’t you want to tell everyone? If you saw the sun dance in the sky, a crippled man walk, or the Virgin Mary appear in front of you, wouldn’t you just want to shout about it from a rooftop so all could hear? (more…)