Even Better and Happier

Sharing the faith is a simple as sharing the story of our happiness, the cause for our joy, the reason for our hope! Although it’s simple, it’s not always easy! I love how this priest lays it right out in his email signature!!

Hospitality for Christmas Revisited

This is a re-post from a couple of years ago – and since we’re about to enter our second pandemic Christmas, I thought it was time to revisit hospitality! Many parishes had a reservation system last year because they were limiting seating due to local social distancing regulations. Some of you might be doing that again this year. However most parishes I’m speaking to are back to regular capacity with about 60 to 85 percent of parishioners returning to Mass.

Eucharistic Revival

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Bishop’s approving a plan for a three-year National Eucharistic Revival by now (read more here). A need for a deeper reflection and acceptance of The Real Presence has been needed for quite some time. Surveys show that even the most committed Catholics (those who attend Mass each week) do not all believe that Jesus is really, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.

End of Year Giving

The end of the year is fast approaching, so I wanted to share a few thoughts on end of year giving to make it simple and easy for your parishioners.

Pass the Rolls

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving my former pastor always gave the same homily. Sometimes he incorporated his advice into that Sunday’s message as well. But it ended with “Pass the Rolls.”

Some Ideas for Advent

The end of the Church year is rapidly approaching and that means Advent is almost here! As you prepare for the season of anticipation, how about trying a few of these fellowship ideas.

Your Parish Mission

A few days ago a co-worker sent me a link to a podcast where the guest mentioned a book he’d written about “Catholics after Covid” so I did some internet sleuthing and ended up reading an eBook. Isn’t that how time on the internet always goes?

Try Something New

One of the most common comments on surveys when asked about “Adult Education Topics” is “Basics of the Faith.” I’ve written about this recently, you might remember. Then I saw this new initiative that launched right after Labor Dat called “Real + True.” It’s an effort to take the Catechism and make it come alive, to showcase it’s relevancy.

A Six Week Option

thought about my reply to that question and issue (not a unique one) I came up with the following idea: Six Week’s on the Eucharist (or fill in the topic of your choice).

Welcoming Language

A few years ago I wrote a piece of Stewardship Wisdom about language called “Inside Catholic Baseball” (and I even revised it once – which I’m going to do again today). Last week a co-worker sent me a video about hospitality that remarked on the words we use (or do use) for people to come to our parishes. Think about your parish, what signs point you to the office? The Church? The Restrooms? Meeting rooms? The Cry Room?