Engagement or Encounter

Why aren’t people coming to Mass? I’m going to list some reasons I hear from family, friends, co-workers, parish surveys, articles, and people I follow on the internet. COVID-19 has exacerbated this issue, but it’s not the only reason why people are staying away from Mass. So here are the reasons I’ve heard:

Our Mission Has Not Changed

Nathan writes from his own experience as a convert (the first Catholic in his family), a bi-racial man, an US Army Ranger, and man of faith in active ministry. He helps me answer a question I’ve been asking over the past six weeks – “What should the Church being doing right now?” // I hope you’ll appreciate this words as much as I did today.

Definition: Maintenance Mode

Continuing to read through “Made for Mission” I came across a deeper definition of what “Maintenance Mode” is and how it might be showing up at your parish. Let’s dig in!

Relationships First

Why do relationships matter? Are they important? Should we focus on them as we share the Gospel? My recent trip to Maui really got me thinking about this.

Planning to be Missionary Disciples

“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!

Falling in Love

Falling in love changes everything; it changes everyone. People in love do strange things, they have new priorities, they seek the greater good. Falling in love isn’t reserved for just a human spouse.

Thoughts on Evangelization

Evangelization: What is it? Do we have to do it? Can’t someone else take care of it? I’m not comfortable, can you do it?

Re-Focus on Mission

Our mission is Jesus Christ. Period. The Church exists in order to share the message of His Love in the world. Are you filling that mission?

Finish Your Goals

In January, almost all Americans undertake a collective effort to create a few resolutions. This will be the year I read more, watch less TV, workout every day, lose ten pounds, and reconnect with family and friends. As a parish you might be making some goals as well to meet budget, pray more, or do…