Michelle Allen of St. Michael Catholic Parish

Everyday Stewardship Produces ‘Extraordinary Outcomes’

About 40 parishioners, priests, and parish and diocesan staff members attended a day of focused learning on stewardship at St. Francis of Assisi, Grapevine, presented by Tracy Earl Welliver. In addition to sharing the teachings of stewardship with all those in attendance, he also discussed the importance of helping people find their unique gifts and how to use those gifts in the Church community.

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Leading the Way

You and I can either lead people to Jesus by our words and actions, or we can lead them away from him. Our actions and words bear witness to the power of Jesus. Our actions and words bear witness to the transformative power of Jesus Christ.

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Listen & Obey

The Obedience of Faith

St. Joseph is more than just and righteous. This Sunday’s Gospel presents a different facet of his character: obedience. As we enter into this final week of Advent, ask St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin to help you cultivate a spirit of humble obedience so that you are able to discern what it is God is asking of you in these holy days.

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Why Your Parish Needs to Embrace Technology

While churches today continue to have the same tasks as years before, ways in which to do them have greatly changed. Aside from well-known aspects of church life, there are multiple ways technology can help manage your parish and evangelize a whole new generation of intentional disciples.

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Jesus Is Headed Your Way

Reminders of our mortality find their way into life. A car accident or a health scare can cause us to reflect on where we are in our relationship with God. Without those moments, we find ourselves living daily without a mindfulness of where God is.

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How to Welcome the Stranger This Advent

In order to capture the people who come through our doors this Christmas, we all need to work together, from staff to parishioners, to create a welcoming environment. Here are five ways your faith community can “welcome the stranger” this Advent season.

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The One Who is to Come

A Time for Longing

Like the priests, prophets, and kings of the Old Testament, we have received an anointing. It is now time for us to put that power of God to work. Only by seeing our lives transformed by the peace which only God can give will the world come to know that Jesus alone provides the answers that the people of today are seeking.

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Wide-Open Eyes

If you approach these December days simply as a way to prepare for Christmas, you may find yourself just doing the same old thing as last year. But remember, Jesus is coming again. When people of all ages understand that, it can be a cause for large, wide-open eyes.

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Open the Eyes of My Heart

The View from Heaven

We like answers logically explained, predictable returns on investment, and healthy organizational culture. While all of those are good from a human perspective, the view from heaven seems to operate differently … and this drive us mad. But it all comes from the hand of a loving divine Father who knows what He is about.

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How to Create an Advent-Themed Online Giving Campaign

The holidays are now upon us, and the time is right to tie-in the theme of Advent with your giving efforts. Read on for tips and best practices on how to create your own Advent-themed giving campaign for your parish.

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How Would You Rule Your Kingdom?

The King of kings could have had all that, but instead, he chose quite a different path. He gave up having servants so he could be the servant of all his subjects himself. Yes, he was the King of kings, but he was nothing like a typical king.

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Make the Most of Facebook Events

The Facebook events feature is a great way to promote your upcoming parish events, and it’s great way for the parish to see how many people plan to attend or are interested. Check out a few tips to use this tool to your greatest benefit.

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Called & Chosen

Honoring Our Anointing

On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we speak about how Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords. All have been saved by the death and resurrection of the Anointed One, but now he is calling us and counting on us to honor our anointing through our discipleship and stewardship in this world.

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