Your administrative staff is invaluable at your office. They manage day-to-day responsibilities and, when needed, put out those little metaphorical fires that sometimes pop up. Here are some ways you can show your appreciation for your colleagues.
If we claim to be Christians, disciples of the risen Jesus, then those around us should be able to tell by our actions. When we come together to break bread at Mass, Jesus shows us his love by becoming truly present to us. What are we in turn willing to show him?
This pandemic is teaching the Church that we need to be more attentive to technology and how it can aide us in effectively being Church. How we organize and lead our parish and diocesan communities off our campuses is key to our Church in the modern world. Therefore, embracing technological solutions which allow us to do that is a necessity.
St. Luke presents Cleopas and his companion fleeing Jerusalem after the death and burial of Jesus and, although they had heard the testimony of the women that Jesus had been raised from the dead, their disappointment and grief would not allow them to believe such an amazing story. Their despair is captured in one simple but profound statement: “We had hoped…”
Today, we find the Church in a new turmoil. Increasing secularism, abuse scandals, and a lack of true fidelity place us once again in a time that is not easy. We create our burdens by not using our gifts wisely and by turning inward selfishly.
Every so often, a parish must re-evaluate its offering of ministries or programs to see if it’s serving its original purpose. Sometimes, if you find that a particular group has dwindling involvement, it may be time to cut that ministry back.
Life is perhaps God’s greatest gift to each of us. Without life, we would be unable to experience all the wonder of this world, the love of family and friends, and the joy that comes from using our talents and skills. Life itself is more profound a gift than we can even truly contemplate.
John tells us that Jesus shows himself to the apostles, “despite the locked doors.” John is not just referring here to the heavy wooden doors of their hiding place. He is talking about the closed doors of their hearts. Jesus doesn’t wait until they calm down or get perspective on the situation. Rather, he breaks through the door of their fear announcing the good news that he is alive.
When a parish wants to tackle a project, often a group of people — including the priest, parish staff, and other leadership — will get together to plan or problem solve. Follow these tips to make these meetings more fruitful.
If we are accountable to no one, then the community is simply an option on a Sunday morning, much like golf or household chores. If we are not accountable to God, then our faith is simply something we look to periodically when we are sad or frightened.
St. Irenaeus of Lyons says that, “The business of the Christian is nothing else than to be ever preparing for death.” Monastic spirituality has embraced this preparation in many concrete ways because of the understanding that death is not a finality, but rather a passageway into eternal life!
It takes volunteer efforts, time, and money to create a successful children’s ministry program. But it’s an investment that can lead to a richer faith life for children. If your parish is looking into implementing one, here’s what you need to consider.