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!
Oh TITHING – an 7 letter word that is not only hard to explain and talk about, it’s hard to do. The worth tithe is derived from 1/10th, so 10% of my time (144 minutes or 2 hours, 24 minutes a day), 10% of my talent (how do you even quantify that), and 10% of my treasure (gross or net pay? Assets too?). Is it enough? Am I keeping anything for myself? What if there isn’t enough left over? Are these questions disciples ask?
Instead of saying “this is exactly what we need” think about asking “where are you called to serve” to new parishioners and volunteers. Imagine of each of us were using our God-Given gifts and talents in the way they were intended?
A few weeks ago as I was walking to my car after Mass I overheard a teen talking to someone about our youth group. She said she’s gone a few times, but she’s not friends with the other teens nor did she feel like she learned anything useful while she was there. So she hasn’t been back. It got me thinking about this book I just finished about youth ministry and what we can do to revolutionize our approach.
“In his first general audience, Pope Francis challenged all the baptized to ‘move beyond a dull or mechanical way of living our faith, and instead open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes, our movements or associations, going out in search of others so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ.'” Let’s be inspired today to have a renewed vigor for evangelization in our daily lives and our parishes!
If you’ve met me in person you know I’m never without a book (or 2 or 3). I think reading is the best way to live someone else’s story and experience a new adventure. In 2018 I read over 200 books and learned so many new and interesting things. This year I’m going to read a “Catholic Church Book” every month or so and share the wisdom I glean here with you … so you can either ‘get everything you need from my post and save yourself a few hours of reading’ or ‘get excited about reading it on your own.’ By “Catholic Church Book” I mean, a book that is designed to help parishes grow and thrive! I’ve got a whole bookshelf, but if you have a favorite you think I should read, let me know! I’m always in the market for a new book!
When you hear “deep theological discussions” most people don’t immediate think “Middle School Youth Ministry.” But today I want to make you a little more curious about middle school students, the faith, and where the church can go this spring. Let’s choose one thing we can do to actively engage our middle school students in the faith … read more about why that’s important in today’s post!
“It’s time to make a mess. It’s time to change the world. And we are just the fools to do it.” Matthew Warner wrote a super short, super inspiring book on evangelization! If you haven’t heard of it, I’m rectifying that issue today. It’s time to change the world!!