Great Reads: Great Catholic Parishes

If you’ve met me in person you know I’m never without a book (or 2 or 3). I think reading is the best way to live someone else’s story and experience a new adventure. In 2018 I read over 200 books and learned so many new and interesting things. This year I’m going to read a “Catholic Church Book” every month or so and share the wisdom I glean here with you … so you can either ‘get everything you need from my post and save yourself a few hours of reading’ or ‘get excited about reading it on your own.’ By “Catholic Church Book” I mean, a book that is designed to help parishes grow and thrive! I’ve got a whole bookshelf, but if you have a favorite you think I should read, let me know! I’m always in the market for a new book!

Post-Its & Process

Every other day someone is telling me about a new process or way of doing things. Just the other day my pastor and I were chatting about some of the processes and activities we did when I was the Office Manager there about communication and personality. Having a good process for obtaining feedback and creating a plan is critical to our success. I’ve started using post-its and survey questions to help parishes!

Mindset Matters

Even before I became a parish coach, I was addicted to spiritual memoirs, self-help books, personal growth, and inspirational quotes. Now those things along with how other people are doing things are my life blood. Knowing what others are doing and how they are growing helps make us all better!

Parish-Wide Holy Hours

I had my first experience of Eucharistic Adoration when I was in Catholic elementary school. Our associate priest began an all-day Friday adoration program after the 8:30am Mass that we attended as a school. It began a life-long love for this type of prayer: just sitting with Jesus where He looks at me and I look at Him. We need more of this in our world!!

Preparing for Funerals

A couple of months ago a friend of mine texted me to ask “Is this song appropriate for my funeral?” She’s many years (hopefully) from her passing, but she has taken the liberty of creating a Google Doc with all of her requests for her funeral Mass to share with her family. How can you parish help people prepare for a funeral?

A Focus on Middle School

When you hear “deep theological discussions” most people don’t immediate think “Middle School Youth Ministry.” But today I want to make you a little more curious about middle school students, the faith, and where the church can go this spring. Let’s choose one thing we can do to actively engage our middle school students in the faith … read more about why that’s important in today’s post!

Image Information

Are you confused about images and how to find good ones? I talk with parishes all the time about how to create a great website, bulletin, or newsletter. Great images are always the answer! So how do you get great images? What images are good to use? Where can I find good ones? Let’s talk!