Dear Catholic Parishes, You are not in competition with one another. Stop acting like it. Blessings, Katie
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.
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!
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.
I wanted to share one of my favorites from my good friend Meg Hunter-Kilmer. She shares some interesting things about Simeon, Korea, and the Hidden Christians of Japan. It’s inspiring and worth your time!
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?
What’s the experience at your parish when someone comes in to inquire about a Sacrament? Do they feel welcomed, loved, and embraced? Or rejected because they’ve missed a step? What does your parish do to help them rectify the situation? How do you love them through the process?
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!
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!