I can’t remember when I learned that the bread and wine actually became the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. I don’t know if there’s been a time when I haven’t believed that, to be honest. That could be because I grew up in a parish school that focused on teaching us the importance of the Mass and provided regular Eucharistic Adoration. It was a teaching that “stuck” for me.
It wasn’t flashy, it didn’t take hours to do, but it did help someone who needed some dinner and a little love today. For me cooking is an act of love – and I’m not the only one. What if you helped your parishioners by creating a ministry of acts of love through meals?
I might not have a talent for great graphic design, but I can point out things that aren’t working. Sometimes the simpler the better. Does this article need a rainbow title so people will read it? No. Should I have words flash and make noise on my website to get people to stay longer? Nope, you sure shouldn’t! Today’s edition of “Do This Not That” is about making a bulletin article stand out!
I fondly remember family dinners as a kid … my dad worked 7pm to 7am, so we would sit down at the table those nights at 5:30 to a home-cooked meal before he headed off to work the graveyard shift. Great memories of family time, not so great memories of being forced to load the dishwasher!
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!!
One of the most common things I hear from survey respondents is “where are the young families? children? next generation?” Many times the answer is “they’re struggling to figure out where they fit in the parish in the midst of everything else.” What if every parish did one new thing to help young families this year? What difference could we all make in the Church?
Not everyone love puns, and I’m not always very good at them – but they always put a smile on my face (even if it’s a reluctant one)! So when I heard about an event involving a pope and some eggs, I had to learn more! I wonder what came first – the pope or the egg!
As a parish family, we need activities and events that help to build community. Some families are related but never talk to one another … that’s not the family we’re trying to build as a parish. If people are going to talk to one another, we need events that get people talking! What’s better than coffee? (Maybe coffee AND donuts!)
As American Catholics we see ourselves as citizens of our country and of the Kingdom of Heaven. How will we celebrate our country in the midst of our faith this summer?
Finding great media online can be difficult, so when I find something good I can’t help but share! City of Saints is my newest find!!