One of the themes of Pope Francis’ ministry has been a focus on those who are forgotten by the world. One group he has focused on is the elderly with the establishment of Grandparent’s Day on the 4th Sunday of July – the Sunday closest to the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne (the parents of Mary, the grandparents of Jesus).
Marriage is the most common vocation. I might even venture to say 99% of the adults at your parish are married, seeking marriage, been hurt in marriage, or are widowed after being married. With 110 million Americans living the single (unmarried but maybe cohabitating) life, it’s even more important to do what we can to support great, solid, holy marriages. What’s your parish doing? I’ve got a few ideas … would love you to share even more!
I’m reminded of a song that goes “But it’s the little things that make a difference; It’s the little things that show love; It’s the little things. A simple cup of water that can change the world, That can save our sons and daughters” (Little Things by JJ Heller). It is the small things that make a difference in our communities and parish families!
Do most people equate missing Mass on Sunday with Mortal Sins like murder or adultery? The Church tells us that grave matter is grave matter – and missing Sunday Mass is grave matter. But do most Catholics believe that? Is that a motivator to get them to Mass?
One of the most common things I hear from survey respondents is “where are the young families? children? next generation?” Many times the answer is “they’re struggling to figure out where they fit in the parish in the midst of everything else.” What if every parish did one new thing to help young families this year? What difference could we all make in the Church?
Not everyone love puns, and I’m not always very good at them – but they always put a smile on my face (even if it’s a reluctant one)! So when I heard about an event involving a pope and some eggs, I had to learn more! I wonder what came first – the pope or the egg!
As a parish family, we need activities and events that help to build community. Some families are related but never talk to one another … that’s not the family we’re trying to build as a parish. If people are going to talk to one another, we need events that get people talking! What’s better than coffee? (Maybe coffee AND donuts!)
A couple of months ago a friend of mine texted me to ask “Is this song appropriate for my funeral?” She’s many years (hopefully) from her passing, but she has taken the liberty of creating a Google Doc with all of her requests for her funeral Mass to share with her family. How can you parish help people prepare for a funeral?
Define Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. … Here comes the Savior at Christmas! What are we doing to prepare for the coming of the Savior?
What are the Holy Days of Obligation? Do they fall on a Monday or a Saturday? Have we planned an extra Mass this year? Do our parishioners even know it’s upcoming?