Everyday Stewardship: Don’t Forget Your Glasses

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling […]

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For Those Who Are No Longer Free

The problem with addiction is often times your freedom is so limited that you can no longer see you are being held captive. And whether the addiction is drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, or some other vice, the addicted person never really asked for the dependence he or she now experiences. Choices were made to disregard parental […]

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Printed image of Jesus heals the blind man in Grace Church Chiangmai, Thailand. Photo © Freedom Studio / Shutterstock.com.

What Are You Looking For?

For Sunday, October 25, 2015, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Nearly thirty years ago, U2 proclaimed in their hit song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” —an anthem for searchers everywhere. A generation later, it seems, we’re still searching. A study a few years back found that people are changing religions at a phenomenal […]

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Hidden Treasure

When we think of riches, we think money and material goods. It is a logically understanding. But when we hear the parable that Jesus tells in today’s Gospel, we realize that riches in the eyes of God are quite something different. Click here to read the full post

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Everyday Stewardship: Hanging Out With Jesus

The world tells that status alone matters. But Jesus tells us that status isn’t important, but instead we should focus on becoming like those we surround ourselves with. So if we’re choosing to associate with Jesus, we should seek to become more like him every day. Click here to read the full post

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Five Tips for Building Vibrant Church Greeters

Church greeters are a vital part of your parish ministry and a successful greeter team can help grow your church. Greeting is an opportunity to express God’s love through Christ and to help set the tone before Mass for parishioners and guests. 1. Make a plan People respond to leadership and are more likely to […]

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Photos of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and Catherine Doherty. Photo of Mother Teresa © Saikat Paul / Shutterstock.com.

There Is No Need to Fear

For Sunday, October 18, 2015, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time It is quite amazing to consider the status that Blessed Mother Teresa gained in this world by living a life that certainly was not mainstream in any modern culture. While so many of us on this planet sought to advance ourselves and accumulate more and more […]

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Lessons from Fantasy Football

Too often in the Church we look at things like we are playing fantasy football. We look for the pastor to carry most of the burden for the pastoral care of those in need in our community. We look to the DRE to pull through and get all the catechists needed for the new faith […]

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Lightning

Everyday Stewardship: When Lightning Strikes

One evening at my house the skies were filled with intense lightning and rain was pounding the windows. So the TV along with all the other electronics were turned off, including the lights, and the blinds were lifted so we could watch the event further unfold. My wife mentioned a family in our neighborhood that […]

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Church volunteers pray round-the-clock for 30 years straight

While you’re snug in bed, there’s someone praying at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish in Elm Grove. As of Wednesday, the adoration has been going on for 30 years, 24 hours every day, a marvel of round-the-clock commitment and coordination. The church is celebrating with three special Masses this week. Click here […]

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Between the Francises

For Sunday, October 11, 2015 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 7:7-11 Hebrews 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27 He’s back in Rome. That gentle smile is no longer dominating our TV screens. His halting English is no longer a challenge coming over our radio waves. Pope Francis is no longer on American soil. Have we […]

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Called to be the Good Samaritan

The Gospel reading for today is my favorite stewardship parable, that of the Good Samaritan. I love it because I feel it gives the most complete stewardship spirituality. How far would you go to help someone in need? Click here to read the full post

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