Prophetic Voices

For Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Many Americans lived this past week without seeing or thinking about the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the end of World War II. CNN offered full coverage of the commemoration. Multinational leaders were present, as were religious […]

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Discerning the Voice of Truth

For Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time I have to admit that I am finding it harder and harder to pay attention to current events. The issues facing the world are increasingly complex. From global terrorism to world financial markets, every “expert” has a different opinion on what is happening and why. […]

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A Climb We Can’t Make Alone

For Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time It was one of the famous adventures in recent history: the breathtaking climb up the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson spent six years planning the venture, which took them nineteen days to achieve what no one else […]

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Searching for Jesus

For Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time The search for the historical Jesus continues! The Washington Post had a report last week that a great possibility exists that the site of Jesus’ actual trial has been discovered. For centuries, archeologists, curious seekers, and people of faith have been trying to validate the […]

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The Power of Baptism

For Sunday, January 11, 2015, Baptism of the Lord Baptism is powerful stuff! The act of pouring water or submerging someone in water and saying a few words, given to the early Christian community by Jesus, seems non-threatening at face value. But the implications of such an action can send ripples of disruption through the […]

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Following the Star

For Sunday, January 4, 2015, Epiphany of the Lord The stockings that were hung by the chimney with care have come down and been put away for next year. Santa Claus has come and gone. Christmas presents have been unwrapped and put away or exchanged. Jingle bells have already stopped ringing in stores as after-Christmas […]

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How to Insert a PDF into a Microsoft Publisher Document

Customers occasionally call to ask “Can I insert a PDF into my Microsoft Publisher document?” Yes, you can insert a PDF into your Publisher document as an object. You won’t be very happy with the results, however. Publisher inserts the object at low resolution. What’s the workaround? The best workaround that we’ve discovered is to […]

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How to Use a Style Sheet

Style sheet? What’s a style sheet? A style sheet is a set of criteria defining the layout and appearance of a publication. Style sheets impose margins, fonts, point sizes, alignments, and other criteria to give text a uniform appearance. It includes rules for using artwork and conventions for specifying names, titles, places, numbers, dates, times, […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Save Files to Your Desktop

Your computer’s Desktop is the easiest place to save images, text documents, recent downloads, and any other kind of file. But while it seems easy and convenient to save that file there where you know you can find it again, here are three reasons why you shouldn’t: Why You Shouldn’t Save Files to Your Desktop […]

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Seven Tips for Building a Better Bulletin

1. Use boxes sparingly: Cluttering a bulletin with lines and boxes makes it difficult for your parishioners to know where to look. Keep lines to a minimum and separate content with color or white space. Try adding images to help illustrate the content allowing for a more attractive, clean layout. 2. Use white space: It […]

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Get Inspired!

Creativity can be very elusive, especially when you are working on a deadline and need an idea as soon as possible!  Many of the world’s greatest thinkers developed unusual habits in an effort to spark their minds.  Maya Angelou made hotel rooms her workspace of choice, while Igor Stravinski got his innovative juices flowing by […]

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Calendar

Creating Event Calendars for Busy Schedules

Spring will soon be in the air, and Lent is now upon us. Preparing for holy seasons presents a challenge to our editors, who must find a way to squeeze many special events and masses into the bulletin. What is the best way to convey important dates and church happenings to parishioners within a limited […]

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