3 Lenten Preparation Tips for Church Employees

Posted on February 8, 2018 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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“Is Stations of the Cross in the bulletin?” “Who submitted the invoice for the parish mission speaker? “The confirmation retreat is the weekend after Ash Wednesday. We can’t order pepperoni pizza for Friday! Change the order!”

If these concerns sound familiar to you, you might be a church employee! Lenten considerations look a little different if you’re on a parish staff. It can be easier to feel like Martha rather than Mary. But the Lenten invitation to conversion and sacrifice is extended to every person, even – and perhaps especially – when faith is your job. Read on for a few ways to enter into the season of Lent in your heart, not just on your ministerial to-do list. (more…)

What Is the Rudder in Your Life?

Posted on February 7, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: What Is the Rudder in Your Life?For Sunday, February 11, 2018
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1
Mark 1:40-45

“If you wish, you can make me clean … I do will it. Be made clean.” This dialogue can easily be on each of our lips as we begin the season of Lent this week. This season is a wonderful opportunity to take an assessment of where we are on our journey of faith. Lent is a time of discovery, renewal, conversion, and repentance. To be fully engaged in this intimate walk with God, we must be prepared to be vulnerable, humble, and brutally honest. Not only does God want to make us whole, but we desperately desire, in the depths of our being, to have our often fragmented and disjointed lives gathered and healed.

Lent is a time of healing and wholeness. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches. Children have very little time for their parents and parents have very little time for their children and for each other. So the breakdown of peace in the world begins at home.” (more…)

Ordinary Gifts

Posted on February 4, 2018 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes we can feel like we are living the life of Job: everything is going wrong all at the same time. Everyone finds himself or herself in a valley once in awhile. How we got there is not nearly as important as how are we going to get out.

Everyday stewards are called to be grateful for all things, large and small. (more…)

Is Your Church Website Ready for Lent?

Posted on February 1, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

Ash Wednesday

Christmas and Easter may be your church’s busy days of the year, but Ash Wednesday is the busiest day for your parish website. Why? It makes sense if you think about it. Most parishioners know—or should!—when Easter or Christmas Masses take place. Typically these holidays follow the typical Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule, but not Ash Wednesday! This means parishioners and visitors will be looking one main place for their Mass time information—the parish website. (more…)