Vibrant Witness: Living the Gift of Hospitality

Posted on November 11, 2017 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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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)

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Will I Be Prepared If Disaster Strikes?

Posted on November 8, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: “Will I Be Prepared If Disaster Strikes?”For Sunday, November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Wisdom 6:12-16
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

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.

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Top Tips for Mobilizing Your Parishioners this Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 6, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

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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.

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A Shepherd Serving His Sheep

Posted on November 5, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

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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.

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Giving Tuesday 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017 by - LPi News

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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.

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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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