Earlier this year, the OSV Institute sponsored an event (the first of many) called “OSV Talks.” The goal was to mimic the format of TED Talk Conferences and inspire the Church to be creative in Her efforts to Evangelize and share the message of the Gospel.
As I write today, I’ve attended more than 25 Liturgies via a screen. As someone who can count on one hand the number of times I’ve missed Mass, in a Church, on a Sunday, this has been quite a strange season. I know most of you reading this are feeling the same attending Mass via live-stream. I’m so grateful for our priests and parishes who are working through the wobbliness and strangeness of this entire process. As our associate keeps saying, “It’s very strange to say Mass looking at an iPad.”
Who’s job is it to share the Gospel? Who’s responsible for spreading the message of the Good News? Are we prepared to do our part as Baptized Catholics? Or is that why we have the priesthood?
This parish book club is an example of what can happen when everyone at the parish is on the same page. A focus on a particular topic for all formation from children to teens to adults can transform your parish culture!
I read a lot of books, some are okay, but some are fantastic! Made for Mission was fantastic!! I’ve been sharing with you for a few months … but in case you need one more push to get you and your staff a copy, here it is!
The purpose of Catholic Schools is more than just teaching the basics of reading, writing, math, and science. It is about infusing every aspect of our lives with our Catholic identity. Let’s celebrate that!
When we work as a team, we accomplish more than if we went at it alone. We all agree that’s true in business, sports, and even our personal lives … so why don’t we live it in our parish ministries?
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I spent some time on pilgrimage recently. I prayed for you all in Assisi that you may persevere in your plans to Transform and Rebuild the Church!
We weren’t created for brokenness, but we all live it every day. We are a wounded people living in a broken world. Too many times we gloss over this in ministry at our parishes or want people to deal with it before they arrive … but our parishes can be a place of hope and healing.
Ash Wednesday’s coming up! What will your parish do to ready itself for new people?!