Everyday Stewardship Events Across the United States

Posted on November 2, 2017 by - LPi News

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Sharing Stewardship in Utah
October 24th ended a three-day Everyday Stewardship parish mission at St. George Catholic Church in St. George, Utah. LPI’s Tracy Earl Welliver began the event by speaking at all the weekend Masses about how our baptism places an indelible mark on us claiming us for Christ. We have to ask the question, “What do we really own and what owns us?” Hopefully we can answer with conviction that we have offered all to God and that we belong to Him.

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All Saints Day for All!

Posted on November 1, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of All Saints

I remember attending Catholic School growing up and every year having to write a report on a saint. We were told that these people of faith were role models for us in our Christian journey. Even though they were real people, they always seemed to me to be larger than life. When I was younger I never thought I could become just like them. Now that I am older, I realize that we are all in fact called to be just like them.

Holiness is not something reserved for those in a book of saints. It is the goal of all intentional disciples living as good stewards. However, it takes commitment to achieve holiness. It also requires us to live mindfully and be continually aware of how God is moving in our lives.

You may never have thought about a stewardship way of life as a pathway to sainthood, but if you take the time to read the lives of saints you will see how these heroes truly cultivated the gifts God had given them and gave them back with increase to God. You will encounter stories of outreach to the poor, comforting the distressed, and befriending the lonely. And you will begin to see the parallel between what these great disciples did in their lives with the simple responses to God’s call in your life. The Church may never formally canonize you, but there will be those whose paths you cross that will bear witness to the fact that at least – for a moment – they caught a glimpse of what could have been a living saint.

“He Has Cast Down the Mighty From Their Thrones”

Posted on November 1, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: “He Has Cast Down the Mighty From Their Thrones”For Sunday, November 05, 2017
31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Malachi 1:14B-2:2B, 8-10
1 Thessalonians 2:7B-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

These words may be familiar to you. We hear them in Mary’s Magnificat, as she sings the praises of God, who acts in a way counterintuitive to the plans of the world. They aren’t in this Sunday’s readings, but they perfectly capture the theme of the Gospel and the latest stream of current events.

In the era of the 24 hour news cycle, it seems like anyone and anything are up for grabs. As much as we thrive on thrusting people into the limelight, we seem to be equally—if not more so, fascinated by their demise. Entertainment icons Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey have received just opprobrium. Former strategists for President Trump have been indicted for pre-campaign white-collar crime. And who can miss the ongoing controversy in the NFL? These events raise the age-old questions: “what does it mean to have power?” and “how do we exercise it with integrity?”

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LPi Welcomes New Catholic Churches to the WeShare Family

Posted on October 30, 2017 by - LPi News

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In early 2017 LPI announced the acquisition of the merchant portfolio of Yapstone’s ParishPay online giving solution. In simpler terms, we took possession of all the data for the churches, contacts, giving opportunities, and donors along with all related financial information. We did not acquire their software or technical infrastructure.

The move to WeShare provides many advantages to our new clients:

  • Event management with registration and payment features
  • A mobile platform for easy donor access and management
  • A donor system that integrates to most church management systems
  • An Engagement Manage dedicated to individual parishes
  • Professional promotional materials to further engage the donor community
  • LPI is a single source provider for digital, print, service and branding solutions

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The Call Beyond Tolerance

Posted on October 29, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

I read an interesting article about how tolerance has become a substitute for love. As Christians we often talk about tolerance toward others when truly the call of Jesus Christ is to love others, not simply tolerant them. The truth is tolerance is a lot easier than love.

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Hospitality is Communications at Your Catholic Church

Posted on October 28, 2017 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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My wife and I have an area of the church where we like to sit with the boys. It is close to the choir we have a beautiful choir and it’s near our entrance. We are not the people who have our “pew,” but we do have our section. Sound familiar?

My pastor’s homilies for the past few months have been on the theme of welcoming. The one homily that really stuck with me related to what he called “pew hospitality.” He said to move into the middle of the pew when you get to church. When others arrived at Mass, they don’t need to ask you to move over or climb over other people. He made me feel bad since I was the one at the end of the pew! I leaned over to the woman next to me and told her that. Since that Sunday, I have always moved the middle of the pew.

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Moving Closer to the Center

Posted on October 25, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Moving Closer to the CenterFor Sunday, October 29, 2017
30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Exodus 22:20-26
1 Thessalonians 1:5C-10
Matthew 22:34-40

There are familiar themes in today’s Gospel: love of God and love of neighbor. But how are these one and the same reality? Allow some wisdom from a Desert Father, Dorotheos of Gaza, to explain:

Suppose we were to take a compass and insert the point and drawn the outline of a circle. The center point is the same distance from any point on the circumference. For the sake of the example, let’s suppose that this circle is the world, and that God is the center; the straight lines drawn from the circumference to the center are the lives of men. To the degree that the saints enter into the things of the Spirit, they desire to come near to God; and in proportion to their progress in the things of the Spirit, they do in fact come close to God and to their neighbor. The closer they are to God, they closer they become to one another, and the closer they are to one another, the closer they are to God! Now consider in the same context the question of separation; for when they stand away from God … it is clear that the more they recede and become distant from God, the more they become distant from one another. See! This is the very nature of love. The more we turn away from and do not love God, the greater the distance that separates us from our neighbor. If we were to love God more, we should be closer to God, and through love of Him, we should be more united in love to our neighbor; and the more we are united to our neighbor, the more we are united to God. (more…)

To Be Held Accountable

Posted on October 22, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

accountableAn Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many years ago, during faith formation in my parish, one of the children wrote something that wasn’t very nice on a textbook that belonged to someone else. Being the pastoral associate who oversaw the program, I began the investigation immediately. Slowly I began eliminating suspects until it became obvious who was the perpetrator. He denied he was the one, but after much pressure he broke down and confessed. Of course, I derived no satisfaction from finding out the culprit. Of course, it was my own son.
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Coming for Advent 2017!

Posted on October 21, 2017 by - Advent Reflections

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Last year, parishes across North America gave out the printed booklet, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2016. It featured a reflection for each day, followed by a daily stewardship challenge. We received great feedback and were happy to enrich the lives of many during this season of preparation.

THIS YEAR, Everyday Stewardship Advent 2017 will be entirely ONLINE! You will be able to access the daily reflections and challenges right in this spot. In addition, you will be able to sign-up for a daily email receiving the reflection, challenge, and link to the online site for social media sharing. All content will be brand new for 2017 and written by Tracy Earl Welliver. Sign up today!

In the meantime, check out the book, Everyday Stewardship: Reflections for the Journey, and the booklet, Everyday Stewardship Way of the Cross, by clicking here.