What Do You Want from Your Parish? Social, Administrative & Communications

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Our weeklong series “What Do You Want from Your Parish?” continues. Today the focus is onĀ “Miscellaneous” but very vital areas of social life, communications, and parish administration. How can your parish best aid you in your mission within your Domestic Church in these areas of parish life that make Church feel like home? How can [Read More...]

What Do You Want from Your Parish? Ministries

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Our weeklong series “What Do You Want from Your Parish?” continues. Today the focus is on Ministries. How can your parish best aid you in your mission within your Domestic Church in the arena of providing great ministry experiences, both within your parish and outside it, in the community? What great experiences can you share [Read More...]

What Do You Want from Your Parish? Religious Education

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Our weeklong series “What Do You Want from Your Parish?” continues. Today the focus is on Religious Education. How can your parish best aid you in your mission within your Domestic Church by educating all members of your family in the faith. What great experiences can you share from your own parish, or other good [Read More...]

What Do You Want from Your Parish? Sacramental Preparation

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Our weeklong series “What Do You Want from Your Parish?” continues. Today the focus is on Sacramental Preparation. How can your parish best aid you in your mission within your Domestic Church in the arena of preparing your family to receive the sacraments? What great experiences can you share from your own parish, or other [Read More...]

What Do You Want from Your Parish? Worship

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Friends, as some of you know, my partner-in-geekdom Sarah Reinhard and I will be speaking at the upcoming Religious Education Congress for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For one of our two talks, we need your input. I thought I would break our “needs” down into a weeklong series of blog posts and invite your [Read More...]

Note to Self: Call Grandma & Thank Pope Francis

The Saints were not superhuman.  They were people who loved God in their hearts, and who shared this joy with others.

Need a little kick in the pants today to remember that old adage, “Charity begins at home”? Then read today’s first reading from 2 Maccabees and then watch the video summary of Pope Francis’ homily today: In typically eloquent yet understandable fashion, our Holy Father reminds us of the importance of treating our elderly loved [Read More...]

Cardinal Burke Speaks Lovingly of Devotion to Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I invite you to take two minutes to watch this video of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke speaking with great affection regarding his family’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: In the video, Cardinal Burke suggests enthroning an image of the Sacred [Read More...]

Countess, Tramp or Toothache Sufferer? — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Pray for Us

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Today is one of my least favorite kinds of days. It’s a wake up early and do housework day, with just a touch of blogging thrown in here for good measure. We’re welcoming a special guest this weekend, so my gravely-neglected home needs a lot of TLC. I’ll admit it. I’m a domestic failure. My [Read More...]

Are the Synod & Year of Faith Just Inside Baseball?

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Today, I read with great excitement Bishop Gerald F. Kincanis’ amazing blog post for Catholic News Service detailing the 57 propositions being put forward for consideration by the Synod Fathers. I have a few favorites among his summarizations, including: The role of social communication is important in handing on the faith. The primary mode of [Read More...]


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