Committing to Child Care

If you’re looking to make your parish more family-friendly, the next best thing is not free parenting classes or Dave Ramsey money management classes. It’s committing to child care. That’s it. The number one thing stopping young families from becoming more involved in your parish is not that young people are godless heathens or shallow goof-offs […]

Should Your Parish Offer WiFi?

Every year we are drawing closer to the moment when every man, woman, and child has an internet-enabled device on them at all times. Love it or hate it, that’s the way the culture is going. All of this begs the question – should your parish offer WiFi to guests?  Here are a few points […]

Gather Digital Prayer Requests

There is an entire universe of priests who are active on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. In addition to their own local duties, they minister to people online, evangelizing, catechizing, and counseling the laity on these platforms. In the last few years, one of the most edifying and powerful things some of them […]

The Church’s Response to Loneliness

Many clergy, theologians, and lay ministers have been thinking about the Church’s response to loneliness. Study after study has shown that there’s an epidemic of loneliness in modern life. Life in Christ is the answer – joining the One Body that makes up the Church and experiencing true love and friendship. If you feel there are people […]

The School of Prayer

Many Christians – Catholics and Protestants alike – think they are bad at prayer and are embarrassed about it. And generations of Catholic catechesis and education has assumed that everyone knows how to pray and doesn’t need to be taught. Wrong. WRONG. WRONG! Even Jesus’ disciples beg Him, “Lord, teach us to pray!” All the […]

Check Out Great Catholic Preaching

Catholicism isn’t necessarily known for its rousing homilies (at least in this day and age), but we are blessed with numerous gifted preachers in our Church. One resource that highlights many of these deacons, priests, and bishops is Great Catholic Preaching. The GCP team crowdsources audio and video recordings of some of the great preachers of […]

Introduce Parishioners to the Saints

There are just so many saints. Everyone has their patrons, their favorites, and the ones they don’t understand. There’s an easy way to systematically introduce parishioners to lesser-known saints or saints with a local connection. Choose four or five who you think are particularly special, order a few hundred prayer cards of each, and mix them […]

Radical Community at Your Parish

We are living in a time where community bonds are growing weaker, with churches and membership-based organizations losing members at an alarming rate. But Christ has called us to be a Church, a visible community of faith that reaches your neighborhood and across the world. The answer? Commit to creating a radical community at your parish. […]