Greeters at the door and public welcome from the pulpit will go a long way to making sure people feel welcome when they return to your parish. But what about when they walk out the parish doors? Most visitors will walk out with something in hand – your bulletin. You want them to open it, discover a new event, and get connected. In a media-driven world, including attractive visual elements in your bulletin can make a world of difference. Make a New Year’s resolution to add one new piece of art per week. We’re offering four tips to make your bulletin more eye-catching, more inspirational, and more organized. (more…)
Christmas is a week away! As Catholic churches around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we remember that “the regulars” – Mary and Joseph – were not alone that Christmas night. While there was no room in the inn, there was space in the stable to welcome the shepherds.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Midnight Mass…tis the season for fuller pews. How can your parish best handle the influx and prepare an inviting celebration for all?
This is a guest post from Fr. Nathan March, pastor of Parish of the Holy Savior in Mexico, ME.
I’ve always been sort of a paradox. Before becoming a priest, I studied Electrical Engineering and worked for about 5 years designing computer chips for companies like Texas Instruments and Motorola. As an engineer, when all my co-workers were rebuilding the pre-amp stage of their home stereo system, I was on a silent retreat in a monastery. In seminary studying to be a priest, while my classmates were visiting the monasteries I was installing Linux on my PC and writing a program to translate my Latin homework. In my life, technology and religion have always been integrated.
Posted on November 29, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
With the late November emphasis on shopping, supporting small businesses, and hot online deals, we know it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters. #GivingTuesday is an international day of generosity. Individuals and organizations donate to worthy causes around the world. LPi is grateful to have partnered with three Catholic organizations building vibrant communities, matching donations dollar for dollar this Giving Tuesday.
Our Giving Tuesday results are in! Together we raised $11,960! Because of your generosity, Catholic Climate Covenant will have more resources to inspire and equip people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Haiti180 will have support to build infrastructure changing lives in Haiti. Life Teen International has increased ability to reach today’s teens, restore parishes, transform lives, and reclaim culture.
Together we can build vibrant parishes, a vibrant Church, and help one another change the world.
This is a guest post from Chuck Frost.
Frederic Ozanam was a law student at the University of the Sorbonne in the 1830’s. During his time at the university, Frederic started a discussion club composed of Catholics, atheists, and agnostics. They met to discuss the issues of the day and often these meetings turned into lively and heated debates. During one meeting, Frederic spoke about Christianity’s role in civilization and while some of his detractors acknowledged the good that Christians had done in the past, one of the group members pointedly asked Frederic: “Let us be frank, Mr. Ozanam; let us also be very particular. What do you do besides talk to prove the faith you claim is in you?”
Posted on November 24, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
LPI’s Tracy Earl Welliver was on the road again in November providing a variety of stewardship events and services to parishes across the United States.
First, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee hosted the Spirituality of Stewardship Conference for Leaders for close to 700 people from across the region on November 3rd and 4th. Tracy spoke at four sessions on the topic of bringing young people into a stewardship way of life. He emphasized that our youth are the Church of today and not just of tomorrow. The Body of Christ needs all parts, regardless of age, if it is to truly preach the Gospel effectively to the world. He urged the participants to make clear to our youth that we need them just as much as they need the Church.
Posted on November 14, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
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.
Posted on November 10, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
LPis commitment to cutting edge CRM technology was confirmed this week. Thousands of tech-savvy developers, marketers, and business owners converged in San Francisco November 6-9 for Dreamforce, the premier conference for the Salesforce platform. LPi was among them.
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.
Posted on November 3, 2017 by Liturgical Publications - LPi News
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.