Welcoming on Ash Wednesday

When I worked at the parish I almost dreaded Ash Wednesday. Not because Lent was beginning, but because of the number of calls that came in asking about Mass times and the plethora of cars in the parking lot all day long. I was happy that people were beginning this beautiful season with the Lord, but I didn’t really want to be anywhere near it.

Surprised by Lent

I am frequently surprised by Lent. Both in my personal life and here in this newsletter. I’m typically writing about Lent the week after it starts. I’m always looking for the time between Christmas and the beginning of Lent to be longer, an extension of this very short season of Ordinary Time. This past Sunday our pastor reminded us of the upcoming penitential season in the opening announcements, encouraging us to begin considering how we will spend the time growing closer to the Lord.

Thoughts on Being Welcoming

In order to be safe at Mass, we have to undertake a variety of different precautions from masks to hand sanitizer to disinfecting the pews to sitting six feet apart. For so many of you this time is just about surviving from one Sunday to the next. You might have even had a minor panic attack looking at that picture above with two people shaking hands! (I think it was taken pre-pandemic!)

Kitchen Organization

I know you don’t normally come to me for Organizational Ideas … I’m not sure why though since I have a pretty organized home. But anyway, I saw this idea last week at Church of the Blessed Sacrament in their kitchen and thought I’d share.

Movie Watching Group

Last week I shared an idea about a Podcast Club and someone commented that they have a movie club. A few hours later I saw this article from Busted Halo about some Catholic-Themed films. Thought I’d share some thoughts and ideas!

A Podcast Club

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a few new podcasts I wanted to share with y’all. I’ve really been appreciating them or anticipating them, if I’m being honest – I haven’t listened to one on the list, but I did listen to an interview with the author of it. Podcasts are a great way to listen on the go for personal development, but they’re also an easy thing to share on social media. I think it would also be intriguing for a parish to have a “Podcast Club” where participants listen to an episode before the meeting, then come to discuss. I’ve never seen this done before, but it would be very intriguing. If you try it, let me know!

Undignified Liturgical Music

I just listened to the last OSV Innovation Talk about Liturgical Music and I’m in love with his vision. It’s different than what anyone else is talking about and also my dream for Liturgical Music. It reminds me of a quote from Thérèse of Lisiuex. “My God, I choose all! I don’t want to be a saint by halves; I choose all that You will!” She’s talking about the spiritual life. She wants to be a Saint 100%. For me, regarding Liturgical Music, “I choose all.”

Changing Hearts

I’ve always thought that comment boxes on the internet are the absolute worst places. Read an article you love then look at the comments to see tons of people agree with you – and you won’t find them. Just hatred thrown at the author, anyone who agrees with the author, and anyone who might remotely look like, believe the same, or read the article. It’s where we’re our worst selves.

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.

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.’