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.’

It Looks Different

How does a parish have a festival in the midst of a global pandemic? St. Joseph in Summit Hill, PA, figured it out this summer. Cars lined the street as they waited to order their favorite dishes at the 86th Annual Parish Festival!

Welcome Ministry Initiative

I’ve been working with a recently merged parish in the Archdiocese of Hartford for the past year and wanted to share their new Welcome Ministry Initiative with you today. It began as a seed in the mind of one of their new parishioners who received a bulletin and envelopes upon registration and is now a full blown ministry (even in the midst of Covid-19) to welcome parishioners. One of the older gentlemen who recently received a Welcome Bag said this to his son, “I have never had a Catholic Church welcome me like this! Gifts and information delivered right to my door!”

Celebrating Diversity

When we say “let’s celebrate our diversity” what might that look like? I saw an article from Detroit Catholic that paints a beautiful picture I just had to share!! St. Anne, pray for us!

Gather and Go

Did y’all see this article from Katie Prejean McGrady about Youth Ministry in the midst of a pandemic? She makes some amazing points that I don’t want us to forget about as we (hopefully) begin to live in our post-pandemic world this fall.

Reflecting on Being Back

Every state and diocese is at a different place in their phased reopening. I’ve been back at Mass for a few weeks now, and we’re even back to our normal Daily Mass schedule, which is a blessing for me. A lunchtime Mass fits much better into my schedule than a 9 am Mass, although I was able to rearrange things most days of the week.