Give Him 21 Lent Edition

Back in December I wrote a post about giving the Lord 21 of something in 2021. I thought it would be good to revive this for Lent and include some graphics you can use. We talked earlier this week about a Lenten resolution for the whole parish. 21 minutes a day with the Lord is a great one. I hope you’ll share these with your parish !

Year of St. Joseph

The Holy Father announced a Year of St. Joseph a few weeks ago. How is your parish embracing a devotion to this holy man? Have you thought of anything? My diocese actually just concluded a year dedicated to St. Joseph – so I thought I’d share a few ideas. Offer a parish-wide Consecration to St….

Knowing the Priest

I wrote earlier this week about how I’ve become enmeshed in my new parish over the course of about six weekend Masses. The past few weeks I’ve been attending another parish while visiting my brother at his new home in the Catskills for the holidays. I’ve been to their local parish now for five Masses…

Becoming Invested

How long does it take to become invested in a parish? I’d venture to say 6 to 8 weekend Masses – around 6 to 8 weeks of attending Mass, meeting the pastor, getting to know the people who sit around you, and ‘finding your groove.”

Give Him 21

A few weeks ago the woman who produces the fitness videos online I like launched a program that’s 21 minutes a day for 2021, and it got me thinking about how we could adapt this for the Church. A Spiritual Exercise program for our faith. Since everyone loves alliteration (you do, right?) I’ve been thinking…

Doing Triage on the Wound

I work with parishes all over the country to develop Vision Plans that are intended to help transform their parish. As you can imagine many think now is an odd time to create a plan for moving forward in your parish.

Back to Normal

The latest OSV Talks video really struck me when I watched it last week. It’s entitled “What If They Don’t Come Back?” Dan talks about what if people don’t come back but also what if we all just “went back to normal?” … Would it be okay to go back to February 2020 and pretend like the last 10 months never happened?

When Plans Change

The number of plans that have changed in 2020 is countless for me. Probably for you too. 2020 is the year of cancellations, pivoting, changing plans, and just having no plans. So what does that mean for your parish after creating a strategic plan?

Angel Trees on Amazon

The pandemic procedures are going to change a lot about the upcoming holiday season from visits with family to capacity for Mass to end of year offertory collections to helping those in need. A close friend of mine is the Angel Tree coordinator for our parish and we’ve been discussing creative ways to meet the needs of the children who benefit from Angel Tree gifts as well as abide by safe procedures.

RCIA Mentorship Program

Today’s post flows from yesterday’s research on trusted, belonging relationships. It’s not just for the young people in our life. With the media being so volatile, it’s important we have someone we trust to talk to about matters of faith. How are we living the truth of evangelization. I’ve said before that the first step is relationship. I’m reinforcing that here today.