First Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 3, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

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Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

“What could happen next?” How many times have you asked yourself that question? Unfortunately, we most often use that expression when things don’t seem to be going our way. Then when the stars seem to align just right we might use the same expression to explain our feelings of being overwhelmed by blessings and good things.

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#GivingTuesday Results Are In!

Posted on November 29, 2017 by - LPi News

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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.

An Inviting Warning

Posted on November 29, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: An Inviting WarningFor Sunday, December 03, 2017
First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 63:16B-17, 19B: 64:2-7
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

We hosted two other families for Thanksgiving this year, which means I spent the week of Thanksgiving like many of you – cleaning, cooking, and preparing. After the pomp and chaos, I settled in for a long weekend ready to rest (and eat more turkey). I stumbled upon a Hallmark-type Christmas movie centered on the predictable worldly pair falling in love as the snow flurries around them. At one part in the film, the lead female missed a warning sign on the banks of a lake not fully frozen and found herself stranded in the middle, ice skating, as the lake began to crack around her. As expected, the leading male arrived just in time to help her off the ice, admonishing her for missing the warning sign.

In an unexpected way, that scene in the low-budget film has me reflecting a lot on the connection between Advent and the stern warning our Lord gives us in the Gospel. “Be watchful! Be alert! … What I say to you all: ‘Watch!’”

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Jesus in Disguise

Posted on November 26, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

One day when I was walking the city streets where I was giving a series of talks, I saw what appeared to be an older woman hunched over with a sign asking for help. At first I passed her, on my way to visit the local drugstore. But then I came back around when I realized I had not been very mindful upon first seeing her. I didn’t have much cash to give her, but as I always tell everyone else in my talks, often times what people need more than cash is someone to at least acknowledge them. I reached into my pocket to give her what little I had and I simply said, “Hello. I hope you are okay and I hope you can use this.”

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The Apologetic of Your Life

Posted on November 25, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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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?”

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Special Events and Coaching in November Demonstrate Diversity of Offerings

Posted on November 24, 2017 by - LPi News

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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.

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A Hollow Kingdom?

Posted on November 22, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: A Hollow Kingdom?For Sunday, November 26, 2017
Solemnity of Christ the King

Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

In his encyclical Laudato Si Pope Francis writes: “The creation accounts in the book of Genesis contain, in their own symbolic and narrative language, profound teachings about human existence and its historical reality. They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself.” In other words, we are designed by God to keep these fundamental relationships in proper perspective and order. With our reading from Ezekiel and Matthew’s Gospel front and center on this Feast of Christ the King, we are able to give these primary relationships some much needed reflection. Also, assessing these relationships is a wonderful way to end one liturgical year and begin another.

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Tech Tips for #Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 20, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

giving tuesday churchGet Ready for #GivingTuesday

Just a few short days before the start of Advent, is an increasingly popular and important day of giving. It’s called #GivingTuesday. It’s an inherently online phenomenon created in response to the consumer shopping dates of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday November 28th, 2017. In 2015, over $116 million was raised online for non-profits around the world. Did your church take part in this? It’s not too late to kick off Advent and the season of giving with a promotion for your church on #GivingTuesday! Here are seven ideas you can leverage in your parish.

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What Are You Burying?

Posted on November 19, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I remember watching a television show about a high school that dug up a time capsule students had buried 25 years earlier. They had buried it with the purpose of showing others many years later the trends of the day and how student life was at that time. It was a fun exercise and everyone, the current students as well as those now grown, laughed at the clothing styles, corny photos, and lack of technology from years ago.

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