Consider the Impact

Since January 1st I’ve been following along with The Bible in a Year Podcast from Ascension with Fr. Mike Schmitz. Maybe you’ve heard of it? If you haven’t, I’d be shocked as it’s one of the top podcasts on iTunes every single week – beating news outlets, celebrities, and true crime dramas. It’s also quite simple. Jeff Cavins created a reading plan years ago to accompany his The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation Bible Study. It walks through the scriptures in a chronological fashion giving the reader an experience of the story of salvation (a great method of reading the scriptures that’s not just starting at page 1 and muddling through too Revelation).

YA Ministry Model

Engaging young adults is a priority for almost every parish I work with to create a Parish Vision Plan. A consistent thought about young adult ministry is that “it’s slippery.” It seems to be one of the hardest ministry to start, develop, grow, and sustain.

Thoughts on Homilies

Some weekly activities at the parish are intended to be for the people to grow deeper in the faith. Some are for the pastor to engage with his people. However, the reality is that everything is related to the Mission! Today an idea for a simple opportunity for parishioners to unpack the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel that comes full circle to the homily preached at Sunday’s Mass.

Languishing & Mental Health

I read this article about “Languishing” and thought, “Yes, this describes so much of what’s going on right now in the world. We heard about this idea of “emotional burnout” related to the pandemic about a year ago.

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!