Press Release: LPi Expands Internationally

Posted on January 14, 2017 by - LPi News

NEW BERLIN, WI (PRWEB) JANUARY 14, 2017

Frank Horning accepted a new role of President, Liturgical Publications of Ireland Limited, on January 3, 2017. LPi is excited to announce its expansion internationally and is now actively servicing customers overseas in Europe along with Canada and the Caribbean. Frank has built his career at LPi: first in sales, later as General Manager of several LPi offices, and most recently as Vice President of Operations. Frank’s breadth of experience makes him ideally suited to help expand LPi’s operations internationally.

Ron Nash was named VP of Customer Success on January 9, 2017. In this newly created position, Ron will be responsible for leadership of the full portfolio of products and services across LPi’s customer base. Most importantly, he will lead LPi to proactive customer service that will be instrumental in our customers’ success. Prior to joining LPi, Ron was employed with Noosh, a procurement and product management software company, as the Director of Client Success, managing product implementation, service delivery, and relationship management on a global scale. Prior to his time at Noosh, Ron was employed with Quad Graphics in roles such as VP of Customer Service, VP of Integration Services, and Regional Sales Director. As VP of Customer Service, Ron spent time understanding client needs to better align product selection and offering.

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A Song of Revolution

Posted on December 6, 2016 by - Everyday Stewardship

bob-dylan-times-they-are-a-changinThe line it is drawn, the curse it is cast
The slowest now, will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fading
And the first one now will later be last
Cause the times they are a-changin (Bob Dylan)

Revolutions often begin in song.

In the Civil Rights era there were many songs that were anthems of that movement: “We Shall Overcome” – “We Shall Not Be Moved” – “The Times They Are A-Changin.”

In the American Revolution there was “Chester” and in the French Revolution “La Marseillaise.”

Back around AD Year One another, far more important revolution began in song. It was sung by a humble young girl who said yes to news that she would conceive the Son of God. She then hurriedly went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant. And when the infant in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy, Mary began to sing:

MagnificatHe has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty, (Luke 1:51-53).”

It is tempting to sentimentalize the Christmas story, but this song is no lullaby. It is a song of revolution, a tune of liberation, and not likely to make it in a Hallmark Christmas card.

Amidst the scramble and stress to get our shopping done in time and prepare our homes for the big day, it is important to keep before us that Advent is the beginning of a world-changing and soul-shaking movement. God has come to earth to show us what love is and how to pull it off. This love is at times a threat to power for it gives preference to those who are oppressed by it – the hungry and thirsty, the stranger, those without shelter, the sick and imprisoned.

So let us sing the Song of Mary, the original version of “The Times They Are A-Changin,” and live the revolution of Advent!

Chuck Frost is Pastoral Associate at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Roanoke, Virginia. Chuck was received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in 2000 after spending ten years as a United Methodist Pastor in Mississippi and Alaska. After becoming Catholic, Chuck served for nine years as Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Savannah, GA. Chuck has a MDiv from Duke Divinity School.

Follow Chuck’s blog at: chuckfrost.wordpress.com

Giving Tuesday 2016—Help Us Help Others

Posted on November 16, 2016 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

Giving Tuesday 2016 LogoGiving Tuesday is a global day of generosity and charity celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving that stands in contrast to days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The idea is simple—find a way to give back and share that idea with others on social media.

This Giving Tuesday, November 29, LPi will collect donations for various charities across the country and match each donation, dollar for dollar.

Your $5 donation becomes $10. Your $10 donation becomes $20. And so on.

Here are the organizations we’re supporting this year:

On Giving Tuesday, we will send an email with instructions on how to donate through our website, Facebook, or Twitter page. If you’re not currently on our email list you can sign up here or you can look for the post on our Facebook page.

It doesn’t matter what cause or charity you select, we encourage you to give from your heart to charities across the country or in your own community. Join us on Giving Tuesday to make a bigger difference to those in need.

 

Stewards of Our Strengths at the 54th Annual ICSC Conference

Posted on July 25, 2016 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

When my parish first began its stewardship journey, it was not uncommon to have conversations that began like this: “I understand the need to be a good steward of my time. Each of us only has so many hours in a day, and we never know when our life will end. I ‘get’ that we need to be stewards of our treasure.

StewardshipEven though I always feel I need more money, I can learn to separate my wants from my needs. But stewards of our talents? What are our talents? What does it mean to be a steward of talent?” For many years, we searched for ways to help people become aware of and grow as stewards of their talents. That is one of the many reasons why we were so excited when we discovered StrengthsFinder .

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Taking Responsibility for Each Other

Posted on July 18, 2016 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

For Sunday, July 24, 2016, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mother Teresa quote and image taken from QuoteHD.com.

The turmoil of the past few weeks—another terrorist attack in France , police shootings, and the violent protests that followed—call to mind the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta:

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Our society has fractured into numerous factions.  Republican and Democrat, black and white, progressive and conservative are unable to talk to each other and quick to blame one another for whatever tragedies we suffer. In fact, we much sooner blame conservatives for gun violence and liberals for terrorist attacks than we do those who actually commit the atrocities.

Listening to all the rancor vulgarly displayed in the media makes one wonder if we should bring back the Old Testament practice of mourning in sackcloth and ashes. Perhaps as a country what we need more than anything else is a time of silence to grieve for all the lives lost and all the families affected by the violence of the past year. Maybe by closing our mouths and simply shedding tears together, we might be reminded that, despite our differences, we really do belong to each other.

In this Sunday’s first reading, we witness a beautiful example of one man showing mercy and love to others. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not Abraham’s kin. In fact, there can be little doubt that their reputed violence, inhospitality, and debauchery deeply offended him. It would be understandable for him to take pleasure in seeing God’s justice done. Yet Abraham begged God to have mercy on them. Though they were not his people, Abraham had a sense that he belonged to them and that they belonged to him. For that reason, he felt compelled to intercede for them and bargain for their lives.

In his recent encyclical on care for God’s creation, Laudato Si, Pope Francis remarks about Noah, “All it takes is one good person to restore hope!” (LS 71). In Sodom and Gomorrah, as few as ten good people would have prevented the destruction of those cities. In our society today, it would not take many of us to turn the tide of destruction and avert further violence. All we need to do is put aside our agendas, drop whatever label we have chosen to hang around our neck, and listen to one another. No matter what our backgrounds, we have something to learn from each other. If we can stop calling each other names and raising suspicions about each other’s motives, we might actually come to understand that what unites us is so much greater than what divides us.

Once we understand that we belong to each other, we will not need political parties, social agendas, or race to define our identity. Seeing ourselves as children of God, we will come to understand that we are all brothers and sisters. Just as all the violence of the past year has begun with one person inflicting harm on another, just so this revolution of compassion can be initiated simply by one person deciding to listen to her neighbor without judging or condemning. Then we might experience healing, peace, and, finally, justice.

And, in case you are not convinced of the power of one simple gesture of love and compassion, consider the example of one young Portuguese soccer fan who consoled a crying French fan after his team lost the Euro 2016 championship. All of us should consider doing the same to someone who is hurting today.

Douglas Sousa, STL

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,
we are all your children.
How quick we are to choose lesser identities.
How slow we are to see each other
as brothers and sisters.
How quick we are to speak
and how slow we are to listen.
How quick we are to judge
and how slow we are to understand.
Give us the spirit of Abraham to work for mercy
rather than for ruthless justice.
Give us a spirit of intercession
rather than of condemnation.
and give us peace.

We ask this in the name of the Prince of Peace,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

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Create a Dynamic Parish Facebook Page…in Just Ten Minutes a Day

Posted on June 27, 2016 by - Catholic Tech Talk

St. PaulSt. Paul the Apostle spent a lot of time in town squares, preaching the good news of Jesus Christ wherever he went. He spoke of becoming all things to all people, in order to win some to the cause of Christ. And as Catholics we are each called to do the same.

Imagine if you could regularly share the Gospel with those in your community who are feeling discouraged, disengaged, or even lost from the faith in just ten minutes a day. Facebook provides a digital place for you to do exactly that.

Think of Facebook as the new town square, with roughly 1.4 billion active users logging in every month. Your parishioners are here. People needing God are here. And your church needs to be here too.

Many parishes today have a basic Facebook page for their church. If you don’t have one, a good place to start is to share elements of your weekly bulletin and parish website, communicating the information in short segments that can be read quickly, responded to immediately, and shared exponentially.

To take your page to the next level you’ll need to find great content to share to increase your parishioner engagement. There are several simple steps you can take to move forward. With a little bit of planning, you can easily create a dynamic parish Facebook page in less than ten minutes a day.

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Three Reasons Every Parish Needs to Be on Facebook

Posted on June 27, 2016 by - Catholic Tech Talk

Churches on Facebook LogoFacebook allows you to engage your parishioners every single day
The Mass is the center of all things for the Church, bringing the sacrifice and love of Christ into the present moment. This is a message that can be (and should be) echoed throughout the rest of the week using your Facebook page.

Facebook allows you to share parish news, as it happens, not just on Sundays
Make Facebook your place to keep parishioners up-to-date with parish news and event information. By liking your page, they will receive up-to-the-minute notifications every single time you post.

Facebook gives you the tools to share the good news of Jesus Christ
Use Facebook to post content that speaks to the power of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Then encourage your parishioners to share those posts with their friends to spread the Gospel.

Stewards Among Us

Posted on June 20, 2016 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

Inspiring Discipleship One Story at a Time

Take a moment to think back to the days when you weren’t so engaged in parish life. Remember how it felt to show up for Sunday Mass without knowing a soul or feeling any connection to your parish?

Now recall the specific instance when you were invited to join in a particular parish ministry or group. Why did you say yes?

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Bring Your Bulletin To Life With Color

Posted on June 15, 2016 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently took advantage of the latest print technology offered by LPi and upgraded its entire bulletin to full color, transforming it into a beautiful, vibrant communications tool for the parish.

First, you need to know that LPi did not create this awesome bulletin transformation—the parish did. But you will never believe who on the parish staff created this engaging new design. It was Joe Kallenberger, Director of Administrative Services for the church. Joe started with a strong overall color palette and organized their content into different color blocks. With the use of such vibrant colors, the white space stands out in greater contrast and improves the visual flow for the reader.

We love that Our Lady of Lourdes uses its weekly bulletin less for dates and times and more for communicating the good news of Jesus Christ. To see the parish’s most recent color bulletins online visit its website at www.ololmke.org.

Here Are A Few Changes That Make This Bulletin Really Stand Out
Original Bulletin

The limited color palette makes it difficult to highlight the most important content, even with an effective use of white space.

 

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