2020 Innovation Challenge Winners

Did you know that the OSV Institute has been hosting an Innovation Challenge these past 12 months? Well, if not, these are some great Catholic Organizations to check out. The 12 finalists are all outlined here on the Challenge Website. After a year of preparation, this past Saturday was Demo Day.

Our Lady of the Rosary

October is right around the corner, if you can even believe it! Two of my favorite Marian Feasts are during October: The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th and the Miracle of Fatima on October 13th. So I thought I’d share a few “Let’s Celebrate the Blessed Mother” ideas with you today to prepare for a month dedicated to the Rosary next month.

Virtual Evangelization

These days we’ve been spending a lot of time online. We work online. We workout online. We learn online. We hang out online. We eat together online. We worship online. We practically live online. Even as parishes return to public Masses, most people aren’t comfortable gathering in groups outside of Mass. They’re still minimizing their risk and exposure; sticking to much of their gathering online. For this reason the Church needs to step up her online presence in the form of evangelization. I’ve always thought we needed to be online, but if you haven’t started, now is the time!

Social Justice Series from Pope Francis

Did y’all see that the Holy Father is starting a new series about Social Justice in light of things he’s seen during the pandemic? What a great topic to discuss at our parishes this fall. There’s a LOT in the news right now about social justice that the Church needs to start talking about but many I speak to have no idea where to start. The basic plan: We need to understand what we believe, how to act on those beliefs, and why it’s imperative for our faith. So here are a few resources that are not just ‘based on what’s happening in the news’ but that share the teachings of the faith in a time-honored way, a way to discusses Church teaching based on the previous 2000 years not just 2020.

Small Catholic ‘Water Drops’

As a Cradle Catholic, I often wonder what brings converts to the Church. The ultimate answer is the Lord, of course – but what methods or people or situations did He use?! When I saw this article from a few weeks ago, I was taken aback by this phrase in the man’s conversion story: small Catholic ‘water drops.’

Upcoming Webinar

I rarely advertise for our upcoming webinars here at Transform Your Parish but I’m making an exception. Will you join me Wednesday, August 26th at 2 pm Eastern for a webinar I’m hosting with a co-worker?