Novena for Peace

A Novena for Peace

In light of the events of last week, I wanted to share with you a call by the Knights of Columbus for a novena for peace starting this Thursday. You certainly do not need to be a Knight to pray and I believe there is always great power in the combined prayer of many. The […]

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Good Samaritan Stained Glass Window

True Stewardship

What does it mean to give of yourself completely, without reservation, without fear, and without a concern for the cost? Should it matter if the person who needs us is unlike us in skin color, religion, or nationality? What does real mercy look like? Jesus answered these questions beautifully in perhaps the greatest of the […]

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St. Matthias Logos

A Fresh New Logo Can Reenergize All Your Communications

St. Matthias Catholic Church has a vibrant church and school community filled with young families with children. The parish originally came to us looking for help updating its logo. So we began by talking about ways to better communicate the vitality of parish life through its logo.

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Parable of the Good Samaritan painting by Jan Wijnants, 1670.

Just How Good Was the Good Samaritan?

For Sunday, July 10, 2016, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Go ahead and perform a Google search for news stories about Good Samaritans. You will find a wide range of stories about people doing all sorts of kind acts:  Good Samaritan returns wallet containing over $200 to police. Good Samaritan talks about rescuing boy from Lake […]

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Making Second Collections Easier

Sometimes it’s the Diocese. Sometimes it’s a mission parish that you support in another country. Sometimes it’s a local ministry. Whatever the cause happens to be, Catholic churches have a variety of second collections where the basket comes around again. And your parishioners often need to write two checks and bring two envelopes that week. […]

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Never Take Freedom for Granted

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016 “Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes one’s own life. Human freedom is a force […]

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Who do you say that I am?

Do You Know Jesus?

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew includes perhaps the most important question of all time. Jesus asks Peter, and in turn you and me, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus wasn’t interested in hearing what everybody else was saying about him. He wanted to hear from Peter’s own mouth, “Who do YOU say that […]

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Workers harvesting grapes from rows of vines in a vineyard.

Laborers for the Harvest

For Sunday, July 3, 2016, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time In workshops, retreats, and classes I’ve offered over the years to parish and diocesan groups around the country, I’m consistently struck by the tension that many people feel between spirituality (which they often think of as something private) and action (which is, of course, more […]

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God can use detours to take you to your destiny.

The Person God Created You to Be

People ask me if being on the road so much is hard. I tell them the hard part is being away from my family. However, I also say that the time away seems to give me a greater appreciation of my family when I am at home. I take less things for granted and am more […]

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Three Reasons Every Parish Needs to Be On Facebook

Create a Dynamic Parish Facebook Page…in Just Ten Minutes a Day

St. Paul the Apostle spent a lot of time in town squares, preaching the good news of Jesus Christ wherever he went. He spoke of becoming all things to all people, in order to win some to the cause of Christ. And as Catholics we are each called to do the same. Imagine if you […]

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Three Reasons Every Parish Needs to Be on Facebook

Facebook allows you to engage your parishioners every single day The Mass is the center of all things for the Church, bringing the sacrifice and love of Christ into the present moment. This is a message that can be (and should be) echoed throughout the rest of the week using your Facebook page. Facebook allows […]

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The Remedy for Spiritual ADD

The world is a very busy place. Our lives are sometimes very complicated. Everywhere we turn there are distractions. Add to all this the increasing number of people with virtually no attention span or diagnosed ADD and you have a reality where it can be quite hard to stay focused and committed to any task […]

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