Parishes are busy, and the job of analyzing results from parish campaigns and parishioner giving patterns are often an afterthought. Just because it’s worked in the past, doesn’t always mean it will work in the future. This includes parish tithing.
The magi followed a star so they could worship someone they knew nothing about. In their rejoicing, the wise men gave earthly treasures, but their greatest gift was offering Jesus their time. Do you follow the promptings of your heart to seek Christ, giving him honor and respect? He humbly waits for us to come and adore him.
One December, my oldest son informed us that he would be getting up early on Christmas to serve breakfast to homeless people at a nearby shelter. We’re a good Christian family, but we never before had that tradition. My son had thrown a wrench into our plans.
Oftentimes thought of as a self-seeking group always plugged into their iPhones, Millennials are a misunderstood group. In order to find out how best to engage millennial givers, it’s imperative to learn who they are and what they value most.
We are called to care for all the human souls God created. Because in protecting, nurturing, and tending to our earthly families, we shape the family of God. All we have to do is be willing to be led and learn to listen. God always needs to be the one to give us direction, and this feast of the Holy Family reminds us of this once again.
When we try to tackle life alone, we can find ourselves in a very lonely position. Just like Jesus’ parents, we need God to assist us and provide us with the strength for what lies ahead. Every parent needs God to become more than they can be on their own.
In today’s ever-growing technological society, we have a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to our parish appeals. In this latest blog, we cover four growing trends in the fundraising field and how to customize them for your next parish appeal.
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.
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.
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.