Supporting Engaged Couples

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!

Family of the Day

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!

Missing Mass and Mortal Sins

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?

Helping Young Mothers

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?

In Love With Alliteration

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!

Coffee and…

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!)

Preparing for Funerals

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?

Ideas for Advent

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?

Holy Days of Obligation

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?

Time for a Confession

It’s Confession time … I read a lot of blogs, I watch a lot of Instagram stories, and I drink a lot of tea … oh, this isn’t “True Catholic Confessions”? You want me to save it for the confessional?