Advent begins December 3 this year and it will be here before we know it! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, but it can only be fruitful if we spend some time preparing for the preparation. Here are just 4 things we can do now to ensure that on the first Sunday of Advent our parishes and our people are ready.
For Sunday, November 19, 2017
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
What is the purpose of the Christian life? Or, to ask the question in a simpler way, what’s the point of all this?
As the Church Year comes to an end, this essential question is brought into sharp focus. The answer is as simple as it might be unpopular: we’re waiting for the fulfillment of time and of hope-filled promises of an untold future. We are awaiting the return of Christ. I would go so far as to say that if we’re not watching and waiting in hopeful expectation, then something vital is missing from our individual faith.
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.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
For all I know this Everyday Stewardship reflection is the last one you will ever read. That’s not because I fear you will no longer get something out of reading these. At least, I hope not! It is because Jesus may very well return by this time next week. Then there will be no more need for reflections like these in bulletins, on websites, or wherever else you are reading this. You think the odds are against this happening in the next few days? I can gamble from time to time, but I guess this is not something I am willing to say won’t happen for sure. We do believe Jesus will come again, don’t we?
Posted on November 11, 2017 by Jane Angha - Vibrant Parish Toolkit
It’s early morning and I am sitting by my mom’s bedside. My sister is dozing in a chair and my youngest daughter checking her phone, messaging friends and watching videos. My mom is on her last days. Alzheimer’s claimed her long ago, but still, she is my mom. She was – is – an amazing woman. She taught me about welcome, hospitality and graciousness.
Bishop Caggiano from Bridgeport Connecticut says that if we want company in church we should do what his Italian mom says: “ Clean the house, make some food and when people come, treat them like family.” ( Convocation of Catholic Leaders , The Joy of the Gospel in America, July 2017)
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.
For Sunday, November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The first time I considered this question seriously was after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. Up to that point, it had seemed as though every other terrorist attack happened far away. However, we live only 45 minutes south of Boston and 20 minutes west of where one of the perpetrators attended college.
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.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Over the years we have had many great social events in parish community. We have had socials for New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Valentine’s Day, and so many more. It seems we will use any excuse to have a party and enjoy each other’s company. And for more than the last decade, my pastor has been present at most of these events. What always tickles me is to see him in his clerics going around with a tray of entrees or desserts as he seeks to serve his parishioners. We have joked that his clothing does resemble that of a waiter in a fine restaurant. The only difference is no tips! Sorry, Monsignor.
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.