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?
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!
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?
Sleepy Sundays, Rising with the Sun, or whatever fits into that weekend’s schedule – how do you plan for Weekend Mass? I’ve taken in the best of all worlds: 11:30 – my perfect time for worship!
Some of my favorite people in the whole world are children, especially the smiling babies that sit in front of me at Mass! Having children in our communities shows just how vibrant our parishes will be in the future!