Have you read the Holy Father’s new Encyclical? I’ve just been able to read the summary put together by the Editorial Board here at OSV, and I’m already convicted about how I use social media and engage with people online.
One of the “extras” we recommend when a parish engages with us for an offertory program, capital campaign, or vision plan is a compelling parish video. How has the parish shaped the lives of parishioners?
Almost every parish I’ve ever worked with has asked some form of this question, “How do we engage young people?” Or they express a concern about how “they never see young people at Mass; they’re always off doing other things.” I think this new research from Springtide will help us all craft a ministry that really meets the needs of Gen Z! Let’s explore it together!
The Fall is typically full for our offertory programs at OSV. Parishes are asking their parishioners to renew and update their commitment to supporting the parish through the Sunday Offertory. One of my co-workers who is very passionate about this solution shared this article with our team a few weeks ago. The old, tried and true, way of simply sending a packet of envelopes to each house and meeting budget isn’t working anymore. It’s more than that.
These days we’ve been spending a lot of time online. We work online. We workout online. We learn online. We hang out online. We eat together online. We worship online. We practically live online. Even as parishes return to public Masses, most people aren’t comfortable gathering in groups outside of Mass. They’re still minimizing their risk and exposure; sticking to much of their gathering online. For this reason the Church needs to step up her online presence in the form of evangelization. I’ve always thought we needed to be online, but if you haven’t started, now is the time!
Did y’all see that the Holy Father is starting a new series about Social Justice in light of things he’s seen during the pandemic? What a great topic to discuss at our parishes this fall. There’s a LOT in the news right now about social justice that the Church needs to start talking about but many I speak to have no idea where to start. The basic plan: We need to understand what we believe, how to act on those beliefs, and why it’s imperative for our faith. So here are a few resources that are not just ‘based on what’s happening in the news’ but that share the teachings of the faith in a time-honored way, a way to discusses Church teaching based on the previous 2000 years not just 2020.
Why aren’t people coming to Mass? I’m going to list some reasons I hear from family, friends, co-workers, parish surveys, articles, and people I follow on the internet. COVID-19 has exacerbated this issue, but it’s not the only reason why people are staying away from Mass. So here are the reasons I’ve heard:
Nathan writes from his own experience as a convert (the first Catholic in his family), a bi-racial man, an US Army Ranger, and man of faith in active ministry. He helps me answer a question I’ve been asking over the past six weeks – “What should the Church being doing right now?” // I hope you’ll appreciate this words as much as I did today.
Have you ever thought about “WHY your parish exists?” Why is there a Church on that corner? What benefit does it bring? What would be lost if it closed or never existed? My parish has been reopen for Mass for over a month now, but we are still closed for events and activities – and probably will be for awhile. I think many of you are in the same situation as us, or you’re considering opening in the next few weeks.
I found this image from a tweet a few weeks back and paused before sharing. Why? Because I didn’t think we were in a place to think about the graces of this season yet. I wasn’t at least. I wish I had been though. I wish I’d had a more positive, long-term outlook – but, truthfully, I was just getting by day-by-day, week-by-week.