Are You Rich?

For Sunday, July 31, 2016, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Are you rich? Most of us, if asked, would think immediately of material possessions when considering whether or not we are rich. Wealth, as it is commonly considered, is about what we own—money, cars, houses, and the like. Yet in Sunday’s narrative from the Gospel of […]

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To Serve or Be Served

Let’s be real. It’s awesome to be at an all-inclusive resort, a five star hotel, or a top restaurant, and be catered to like you were royalty, people bending over backwards to make sure you are happy. No matter who you are and no matter the simplicity you have been able to create in your […]

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Stewards of Our Strengths at the 54th Annual ICSC Conference

When my parish first began its stewardship journey, it was not uncommon to have conversations that began like this: “I understand the need to be a good steward of my time. Each of us only has so many hours in a day, and we never know when our life will end. I ‘get’ that we […]

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Create a More Welcoming Parish

5 Ways to Create a More Welcoming Parish

  My wife and I have an area of our church where we like to sit with our two boys. We are not the people who have our “pew” but do have our section. Sound familiar? For the past few months, our pastor’s homilies have centered on the theme of welcoming. One that stuck with […]

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God’s Generosity

My father would always say to me when I was growing up, “Whatever is mine is yours.” He was always very generous toward me, and if I am being truthful, probably spoiled me. We were not a rich family by any measure, but I never really wanted for anything. If I asked, I received. In […]

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Building a Better Bulletin – Parishes in Action

A few months ago we released a series of Building a Better Bulletin webinars designed to help parishes create beautiful bulletins in less time. Since that time, we’ve been seeing exciting changes as more churches use these tips and tools to organize their bulletin content and build better bulletins. Here are just two examples:

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Sowing for a Full Harvest

Today’s Gospel has Jesus telling us the parable of the sower. This story has so many implications and important themes for a modern world. It would seem that too many have uncultivated hearts where the seed of the Good News falls on rocky soil and bears no growth. Also, too often we spend our lives […]

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Talking About Strengths

I am attending the Gallup Strengths Summit in Omaha for the next couple days. It is the first gathering of trained Gallup Strengths coaches, with coaches coming from all around the world. To spend time with people who have a similar passion for helping others unlock the potential of the gifts and talents that God […]

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Taking Responsibility for Each Other

For Sunday, July 24, 2016, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time The turmoil of the past few weeks—another terrorist attack in France , police shootings, and the violent protests that followed—call to mind the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” […]

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Good Hospitality

When we realize we are going to have company, my family and I swing into motion with a frenzy. No dust shall be present for our guests. The bathrooms shall be spotless and toilets worthy of the name “throne.” We must run at top speed to the store for an endless supply of refreshments and snacks to greet […]

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You, Me, or Us?

I was reading about all the speculation occurring over Presidential running mates and a vision of a license plate entered into my mind: “God is My Co-Pilot.” I am sure you have seen these, although I have to admit they do not seem to be as prevalent today as they were twenty years ago. The […]

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A Hospitality of Presence

For Sunday, July 17, 2016, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t give your care, but give your heart as well.” Living the Gospel […]

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