Impacting Others in Christ

Posted on January 28, 2018 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

When I reflect on the many years of my life, there are many people who were influential on my development as a person, a student, and a Christian. Through their graciousness and generosity, I was able to work through challenges and difficulties, becoming stronger in the end. They pushed me to become better than I was at the time and helped me to see what I could eventually become. Without them giving of themselves to me I am unsure where I would be today. (more…)

Your Parish Collaboration Needs a Brand

Posted on January 25, 2018 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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We live in a changing religious landscape. Areas that once featured a Catholic Church on every block now find themselves unable to support the infrastructure while suburban parishes boom and expand. New immigrant arrivals mean ethnically and linguistically diverse parishes. Newly ordained priests don’t always replace the numbers who retire.

In many dioceses, this means adaptability and collaboration on the part of the average parish. These collaborations often bring tensions between staff and parishioners, even perhaps the fear that one day a beloved parish will close or lose it’s unique identity.

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Jesus’ Power Over Evil

Posted on January 24, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Jesus’ Power Over EvilFor Sunday, January 28, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

Imagine what the scene would have been like 2,000 years ago when Jesus preached at the synagogue in Capernaum. Right before their eyes, demons were being cast out, convulsing and shrieking as they left. We can imagine how shaken up and amazed they would have been. What if such a thing were to happen in the middle of Sunday Mass? It would either make us want to come back next week to see what else would happen or make us so afraid that we would never want to come back again.

By such a display of power at the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus is demonstrating that, with the Kingdom of God now among us, the reign of Satan has come to an end. As Son of God, He will undo all the evil that the devil has wrought in the world. By forgiving sinners who come to Him, He will show His power over sin. By healing the lame, the blind, and the deaf, (more…)

Six Mistakes Churches Make With Online Giving

Posted on January 22, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

Online Giving Program

So your church selected an online giving program and rolled it out to parishioners. Great! This was the right decision!

More than 50% of churches now offer online programs, up from 11% in 2011, and there is potential for your parish donations to increase by 30%. (more…)

Growing in Stewardship in Indiana

Posted on January 22, 2018 by - LPi News

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For many parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carmel, Indiana, “stewardship” was synonymous with fiscal generosity. On Saturday, January 20th, Tracy Earl Welliver led over ninety staff members and ministry leaders in a daylong immersive exploration of stewardship as a way of life.

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Prayer as Compass: Are You Directionless?

Posted on January 21, 2018 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

I use GPS wherever I go and it serves me well most of the time. However, sometimes it leads me to a place that does not exist. Then there are those times when I am about to turn and the man inside my phone shouts out, “GPS signal lost” or “Rerouting!” The problem is when the area is unfamiliar to me, I have no choice but to listen. I could try to get where I am going by simple intuition or pulling over to look at a paper map, but I don’t trust my sense of direction and haven’t bought a paper map in close to a decade.

Many people move through life without any direction. (more…)

Maximizing WeShare for Your Catholic School

Posted on January 18, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

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With Catholic Schools Week right around the corner (January 28 – February 3), we celebrate what makes our parochial schools so great. Your parish school provides an excellent, well-rounded education with Jesus Christ at the center of it all. That’s something to celebrate! There are always new ways to learn, grow, and expand as a school:

  • Field trips spanning multiple days or to more expensive locations
  • New sports equipment for athletic teams
  • Student life activities
  • Academic or need-based scholarship funds
  • Facilities updates for computer labs, theaters, libraries, gymnasiums, chapels, or sports fields

When it comes to fundraising, moving things online to your parish WeShare account can help! (more…)

Sewing for the Kingdom

Posted on January 17, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Sewing for the KingdomFor Sunday, January 21, 2018
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

My favorite childhood movie is The Three Amigos. In this comedy, three American cowboy-actors come to the realization that their movie career is dwindling and there’s not much waiting for them in America. They receive a curious telegraph from a small town in Mexico inviting them to put on a show. Soon after their arrival, they realize that this is not a movie they are in, but a real-life scenario of a villain who is harassing a tiny villa. Instead of leaving the town to its fate, they help the village in their plight against the menace, El Guapo. In a poignant scene before the final showdown, the villagers are asked, “What is it that this town really does well?” An elderly grandmother responds, “We can sew!” This is met initially by a quizzical look from our would-be heroes, but then the actors begin to brainstorm.
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Gigs, Geeks, and God: Milwaukee’s G3 Conference

Posted on January 15, 2018 by - LPi News

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What happens to your parish brand identity when your parish collaborates or clusters with others? LPi’s Vice President of Marketing, Carin Winghart, shared best practice tips at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s G3 conference on Thursday, January 11th.

The conference was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milwaukee, WI and drew attendees across ministerial lines, from pastors and DREs to business administrators and IT professionals. A changing religious landscape across the United States requires adaptability and collaboration on the part of the average parish.  (more…)